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 Circle Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place) 7:30 a.m.
Cesar Ricardo Sir George Étienne Cartier Parkway & Tennis Crescent 7:00 a.m.
Eden Tates Major’s Hill Park 9:00 a.m.
Late Night Insight Queen St. East & McLeod St. 8:30 a.m.
Rapid Eye Review Sir George Étienne Cartier Parkway & Birch Ave. 8:00 a.m.
Boom Percussion Tunney’s Pasture 7:00 a.m.
The Sawchucks Fairmont Park (Fairmont Ave. & Hereford Place) 7:00 a.m.
Thomas Brawn Queen St. East & Frank St. 8:30 a.m.
Love Circus Queen St. East & 5th Ave. 7:00 a.m.
Star Fire Sussex Drive & Stanley Ave. 8:30 a.m.
Liam Meagher Hemlock Road and Birch Ave. 8:30 a.m.
Samba Ottawa Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.) 7:00 a.m.
Noise Canada Scott Street near Sir Frederick Banting Drive 7:00 a.m.
DJ – TBA Sussex Ave near the National Gallery 7:30 a.m.
Old Stereo Dow’s Lake 7:00 a.m.
The Superlatives Rue Montcalm & Rue Wellington 7:30 a.m.
De La Salle Saint-Jean Bosco near Université du Québec en Outaouais 7:30 a.m.
DJ – TBA Sir John A Macdonald Parkway & River Street 7:00 a.m.
DJ – TBA Canadian History Museum @ Alexandria Bridge 7:30 a.m.