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Winterlude announces bands, VJs and DJs for outdoor concerts

A Tribe Called Red, Terra Lightfoot, Misteur Valaire, Hilotrons and Whitehorse will be playing some very cold concerts in Confederation Park.

A Tribe Called Red, Terra Lightfoot, Misteur Valaire, Hilotrons and Whitehorse will be playing some very cold concerts in Confederation Park.

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A Tribe Called Red, Terra Lightfoot, Misteur Valaire, Hilotrons and Whitehorse will be playing some very cold concerts in Confederation Park.

Heritage Canada has revealed the list of Canadian artists playing Winterlude’s new outdoor concert series as it attempts to inject a nightlife vibe to the traditionally family-friendly festival. 

The Sub Zero Concert shows will take place in the Crystal Garden (inside Confederation Park) at night every Friday and Saturday of Winterlude at 7:30 p.m. Canadian musicians will be followed by a set by a partnering DJs and VJ.

Local electric powwow artists A Tribe Called Red will open the festivities on Jan. 30 starting at 7:30 p.m. followed by DJ Le Ferrailleur and VJ Soko.

The following weekend blues singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot will take the stage Feb. 5 followed by DJ Woerks and VJ Diagraf.

The show continues on Saturday Feb. 6 with French-Canadian electropop group Misteur Valaire followed by DJ Thomas Von Party and VJ Sasha V.

The final weekend of the festival will conclude with indie pop group Hilotrons and DJ Mat Thibault and VJ Hard Science on Feb. 12.

On Saturday Feb. 13 folk-rock group Whitehorse will take the stage followed by DJ Trevor Walker and VJ Chocobeets.

The outdoor concerts could be seriously cold if Ottawa’s weather continues to drop, but the concert announcement encourages that concertgoers “move to the pulse of the music and stay warm at night.”

The 38th annual Winterlude celebration begins Jan. 29 and runs two weeks until Feb. 15. Other events returning this year include the Winterman race, ice slides and ice carving competitions.

Gatineau’s Festibiere is also planning to host a spin-off festival in Ottawa that will coincide with the last weekend of Winterlude.

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