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Winterlude Concerts Put On Ice as Festival Comes to a Close

Winterlude Concerts Put On Ice as Festival Comes to a Close

All Photos by Andre Gagne. 

The joke kind of writes itself, doesn’t it? Winterlude’s Sub-zero Concert Series cancelled due to sub-zero weather.

Those few who were brave enough to venture out into the near -40 C weather Saturday were met in Confederation Park with closed windows at the vendor trucks and a screen on the Crystal Garden main stage advertising the cancellation of a concert that would have brought husband and wife folk rock duo Whitehorse to cap off the festival. Also scheduled was the CBC sponsored Heart My City event that planned to showcase Newfoundlander Séan McCann and local singer-songwriters Jim Bryson and Amanda Rheaume.

“Winterlude closed because of winter,” somebody chuckles, shaking their head before wandering towards the ice sculptures.

Well, at least the Beavertail stand was still open!

Though Saturday met the big freeze, crowds danced in the snow Friday night to Ottawa’s indie pop band Hilotrons.  Lead by Mike Dubue, the show’s electronic rhythms got the bundle bunch moving and at one point attracted an energetic Santa. The jolly old elf busted out his best moves but, when he tried to hop the barricade, security promptly ushered him back to the North Pole.

Perhaps we have him to blame for tipping off Jack Frost the following day.

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