Clarence-Rockland, May 5, 2015 – An even greater number of performances and surprises are expected at the 4th Ottawa River Festival, being held from July 3 to 5 in the many riverside municipalities of Prescott and Russell.
Proud of its achievements and success during its first three editions, the Festival continues to innovate while relying on its core values that have built the reputation of this innovative and unifying concept.
First, Mr. Jean-Marc Lalonde has generously accepted to be the spokesperson of the festivities. Well-known in the region as a former MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, mayor of the former City of Rockland and now as a newly-elected councillor for the City of Clarence-Rockland, Mr. Lalonde’s long-time commitment to the Ottawa River makes him the ideal representative of the Ottawa River Festival.
New this year, the Foire Gourmande has been added to the Festival’s program, with all activities related to the Foire Gourmande to be held on Sunday, July 5 at Du Moulin Park in Rockland. In addition, a very special guest – renowned Montreal-based chef Charles “Chuck” Hughes – will be the celebrity host of this busy day. Festival attendees are invited to come and meet him and attend his cooking demonstrations while sampling the many local products from our region!
“The local food movement has never been stronger and we are proud to support our producers in the promotion and presentation of what our region has to offer,” stated Réjean Ouimet, President of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network.
The City of Clarence-Rockland is offering two busy evenings: on Friday evening, the Du Moulin Park in Rockland welcomes Honeymoon Suite, the well-known rock band, while on Saturday, the park makes room for some comedy, featuring Jean-Thomas Jobin and François Massicotte. Tickets for these shows are on sale at www.festivalprescott-russell.ca, at city hall, at the Caisse populaire Trillium, and at Jean Coutu.
July 4th is slated to be an electrifying afternoon at Confederation Park in Hawkesbury, where the Le Chenail Cultural Centre will present the Hawkesbury Electronic Music Party (HEMP). Come and have a picnic by the river’s edge while listening to the music of renowned guest DJs from Montreal’s underground scene: Cosmic Orgasm, Floz and Mr. Bubbles. The turntables will also be available for our amateur DJs. There will also be a day of local country music on Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. at Place des Pionniers.
But what makes the Ottawa River Festival so unique is the participation of local communities. This year, community activities will be held in Chute-à-Blondeau, Hawkesbury, L'Orignal, Lefaivre, Wendover and Rockland. As has been the tradition for the past four years, these activities will complement the Ottawa River Festival alongside two other major activities, which have in turn connected the riverside municipalities. Performance boats will participate in the Poker Run on Saturday, July 4, while the Festival will once again host the Rockland Ford Classic Poker Run that will allow participants to discover both the Quebec and Ontario riverbanks.
“The Ottawa River Festival allows our region to showcase its beautiful river as well as offer residents and visitors an excellent opportunity to discover the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. These activities help create tourism and increase the visibility of our region, in addition to contributing to the growth and well-being of our communities,” concluded Robert Kirby, Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and Mayor of the Township of East Hawkesbury.
For more information on the various activities of the Ottawa River Festival, visit www.festivalprescott-russell.ca.
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For more information, please contact:
Julie Chartrand Annie Grenier
Communications Officer Project Officer
613.446.6022 ext. 2227 613.675.4661 ext. 8103