Local bands ready to pump up the crowd

Sometimes keeping your energy up during a race requires a little something more than a cup of water or an energy gel.

That’s why 19 musicians and bands will be performing along the race route, ready to liven things up for both the runners and the spectators.

“We’re super excited with the line-up we have this year,” said Shawn Davey, Run Ottawa’s Entertainment Coordinator.

With talent ranging from high-energy DJ’s to jazz ensembles, a few of the recognizable names performing this year include the Ottawa Drum Club and De La Salle High School.

Every artist is local to Ottawa and many are well-known and well-loved in the community—including one group that a community centre demanded for an encore performance.

“The Hintonburg Community Centre really loved what Samba Ottawa did last year, so they called us up and asked if they could come back,” he said, and Samba Ottawa said they would love to.

Davey said that many of the locations they’ve picked out have lots of space and will have plenty of room for spectators who want to enjoy some music while cheering on the runners.

Some of the locations where musicians will be performing this year include the Canadian War Museum, Dow’s Lake and Major’s Hill Park, among many others.

See below for a list of the groups performing and when and where to catch them en route.

Ottawa Drum CircleCanadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place)7:30 a.m.
Cesar RicardoSir George Étienne Cartier Parkway & Tennis Crescent7:00 a.m.
Eden TatesMajor’s Hill Park9:00 a.m.
Late Night InsightQueen St. East & McLeod St.8:30 a.m.
Rapid Eye ReviewSir George Étienne Cartier Parkway & Birch Ave.8:00 a.m.
Boom PercussionTunney’s Pasture7:00 a.m.
The SawchucksFairmont Park (Fairmont Ave. & Hereford Place)7:00 a.m.
Thomas BrawnQueen St. East & Frank St.8:30 a.m.
Love CircusQueen St. East & 5th Ave.7:00 a.m.
Star FireSussex Drive & Stanley Ave.8:30 a.m.
Liam MeagherHemlock Road and Birch Ave.8:30 a.m.
Samba OttawaHintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.)7:00 a.m.
Noise CanadaScott Street near Sir Frederick Banting Drive7:00 a.m.
DJ – TBASussex Ave near the National Gallery7:30 a.m.
Old StereoDow’s Lake7:00 a.m.
The SuperlativesRue Montcalm & Rue Wellington7:30 a.m.
De La SalleSaint-Jean Bosco near Université du Québec en Outaouais7:30 a.m.
DJ – TBASir John A Macdonald Parkway & River Street7:00 a.m.
DJ – TBACanadian History Museum @ Alexandria Bridge7:30 a.m.