Westboro Villager August 2019

FUSE is back – August 17 – 18!

You may be seeing lots of info about FUSE throughout this paper, online and even in a flyer that our volunteers might have dropped off in your mailbox. FUSE Street Festival is back Aug. 17-18 with tons of family-friendly activities and entertainment. As a community member, we want to make sure that you are aware of the road closures so you can plan and prepare

your weekend! Richmond
Road will be closed between Roosevelt Avenue and McRae Avenue. The main intersection of Churchill Avenue at Richmond will not be accessible to cars.If you are a Westboro Beach resident, please use Scott Avenue. If you are heading west, you will need to use Byron Avenue (the closest westbound road) via Island Park Drive. All side streets will be accessible via Scott or Byron with no through-way across Richmond Road. McRae Avenue is open. All cars will be required to turn left from McRae (or right from Richmond Road) or enter the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot. Roosevelt Avenue is open – with no Eastbound access on Richmond Road.


Odds are, you’ll know the lyrics at FUSE this year!

Chances are, Canadian hits such as “Eat My Brain” and “Someone Who Is Cool” were on your high school, college or work playlist in the ’90s. Go back to your Happy Place and relive The Truth Untold live when Vancouver band Odds headlines this year’s Westboro FUSE Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. A FREE summer street party in your own backyard, Westboro? Yep! And it’s full to the brim with local talent!

FUSE proudly welcomes back Ottawa’s favourite bluesy duo, Dueling Pianos, on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. A good tickle on the ivories is tonic for the soul! If you have not yet seen this lively, groovy pianist performance, there is no better time than at a free outdoor street concert! Westboro’s talent shines: Five + None is about as local as it gets! Recently featured on Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot for their original song “3D”, Five + None are proving to be dynamic musicians with a promising future. They’ll be performing live on Aug. 17 at noon.

Westboro native hip-hop/pop duo Pei and the Joynt are set to perform live at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 18. The unlikely duo’s story was featured on CBC’s All in a Day last August. Rapper Peter Joynt and student vocalist Pei Pilgrim connected following a motivational speech Joynt gave at Pilgrim’s school on his personal experience with overcoming adversity. The story literally struck a chord with Pei. The two deeply inspired one another and decided to combine their talents to make music. Their message? Channel your creativity to overcome obstacles in life. You’ll be Lovin’ This Feelin’ too after their performance!

Other must-see acts this year include Road Apples, who are set to rock on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. The band from Kingston is adoringly dubbed Canada’s premier tribute to The Tragically Hip. Expect iconic, poetic Hip nostalgia alongside fellow diehard Hip fans alike! To see the full lineup of entertainment and festivities, visit westborovillage.com/fuse/. See you at the hottest block party.


Free outdoor family fun, all weekend long at FUSE!

Get ready: Westboro FUSE Street Festival is BACK Aug. 17 and 18 – it’s a neighbourhood block-rockin’ party you won’t wanna miss! This all-inclusive street festival is jam-packed with FREE live music, entertainment, artistic adventures and outdoor activities for the whole family all weekend! Discover local fashion hotspots and yummy restaurants to hit in the hood while you’re out and about enjoying the festivities. Invite friends and family from out of town and get to know your neighbours, Westboro!

Bluesfest School of Music and Arts and RBC will collaborate this year to present super-talented local music acts,
art demonstrations and more at FUSE! Join them on the RBC Community Stage for an exciting two days of activities for all ages, not just for youth! Expect performances by amazing students, interactive classes such as campfire ukulele and painting, plus a few intro to dance classes, courtesy of West Coast Swing group and Westie Underground. A few collaborative efforts with local businesses will add even more arts fun to the stage, including a workshop on Japanese wooden sword with Erika from Meishinkan Ottawa in Hintonburg. #RollerDerby, anyone? Neon Skates has you covered at this year’s FUSE! The festival will feature an outdoor roller-skating rink, and not just any rink by the way – a Disco Roller Rink along Roosevelt Avenue, providing fun for the whole family! And by the way, yes you can roller skate! Don’t own skates? No problem! You can rent them if yours are non-existent or “in the shop.”

Dovercourt Family Fun Zone is baa-aack! All ages are welcome, so bring the whole fam-jam! While you’re there, scope out their schedules for swimming lessons, camps, fitness, childcare, dance, sports and more to help support an active lifestyle all year round. In the mood for climbing? Otto’s Subaru is back again on the street with family-friendly activities – last year they had a wall-climbing apparatus; a hit for all ages, plus a big bouncy tent to pounce on! Who doesn’t need an excuse to jump around for fun?! Get outside, get involved and get inspired by our community at this year’s FUSE Festival.