OTTAWA, BC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — It was a solid year for the 19th edition of the Ottawa Folk Festivalm which drew 25 to 30 thousand music fans over the course of the five-day event, which was double last year's attendance figures. Additionally, these attendance figures do not include the festival's free shows, which would add an additional four to five thousand to the final tally.
"The combination of free programming plus the major acts we brought in resulted in a very successful year," says Mark Monahan, the festival’s executive director and head of programming. "Fans really enjoyed the changes we made to the festival site, so we hope to continue to improve and to build on this success."
Staged at Ottawa's Hog's Back Park, the festival this year featured a lineup that included Lindsey Buckingham, Great Big Sea, Kathleen Edwards, Patrick Watson, and Dan Mangan with Bob Iver closing out the event. 2012 was the second year for the festival operating under the direction of Mark Monahan and his team and the first year with new naming-rights sponor Telus. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers