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WestFest 'Otto' Spread Wings

OTTAWA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — In its eighth year running, Westfest, Westboro Village’s Festival of Music, Art and Life, is making a few changes.

This spring, from June 10-12, Westfest’s Domicile main stage will return to the eastern end of Westboro Village, at the corner of Byron and Kirkwood Avenues.

The Domicile main stage will open each day of the festival at 5 pm, leaving the daytime for families to enjoy the “On The Street” features of Westfest. As street activities wind down, the party will start on the main stage with a line-up of artists performing each night.

For years, the community greenspace at the corner of Byron and Kirkwood Avenues has remained virtually unused, reserved for community utilization.

Westfest Founder and Producer Elaina Martin says the new location will provide an audience area four times the size of the previous location, making the festival experience safer and more comfortable for everyone, according to the press release.

In addition, Martin said the entire audience area at this year’s Domicile main stage will be fully licensed.

“The new Domicile main stage space will give attendees a truly full festival experience; the comfort of having a drink while still experiencing an intimate show in a safe setting – all while also not having to peek around trees or buildings to do so!"” Elaina said.

Last year saw more than 5,000 music fans attend Westfest’s Domicile main stage area; while the audience continued to grow, the space became too small.

After a year of searching, a new Executive Director, Natalie Hanson, has been named to the Westboro Village BIA, leaving past executive director Elaina Martin free to focus on Westfest.

This will be the second year that the festival has operated with full autonomy from the Westboro Village BIA., according to the press release.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon