This weekend, it’s the fourth annual Lille Gard Festival, held annually at Bo.ttega. For those of you who still haven’t made the venture up to this hidden gem of a venue, it’s high time you did. The festival is a family-friendly one, filled with art, music, dance and spoken word events. All profits raised go to two different charities – Hands In Service and the Najenga Congo Project. Live music include one of my very favourite local bands, Cod Gone Wild (must be my Newfoundland heritage but I can never get enough of these guys), along with the amazing soprano Alexandra Babbel, Jimmy Balfour, Ari Neufeld (another confessed favourite), Joyful Door, Corey Doak, Kyle & Chloe, Cowboy Bob (okay, so this list is full of favourites…), Urban Birds and a whole lot more. You can find the full list of performers and the schedule online at www.lillegard.tribehouse.org. The festival runs rain or shine. Please do NOT bring alcohol or other mind-altering substances but come ready to dance barefoot in the grass if you wish and pack along the usual festival necessities of water bottles, sweaters for the evening, and a blanket or festival chairs to sit on. Kids love to dance even more than adults so bring them along to make this a true family outing. Should your little ones tucker out, there is childcare on hand, and should you be in need of an alcoholic beverage, there is a beer garden.
Get all the details on their website. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday – don’t miss the pancake breakfast on Sunday hosted by Metro Community.
A full weekend pass is only $30 or $15/day for Saturday and Sunday, available via their website or pay an extra $5 at the gate. For more about Friday night’s kick off, read on…
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The next Ten Ten Ten is set to take place Friday night as part of the Lille Gard festival at Bo.ttega. These are always so informative and fun. Never been to one before? There will be ten artists that each get ten minutes to show off their talents or talk about their work and the cost is just $10. This time around, the 10 artists are Celtic harpist Caroline MacKay, dancers Haily Neufeld and Jordan McAlpine, spoken word artists Bernet McLean and Nygel Metcalkf, singer/songwriters Norm Strauss and Brent Tyler, fiddlers Chloe Kyle & Co., soprano Alexandra Babbel and classical guitarist Alan Rinehart. Start time is 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on if you wish and (and if you’re smart, maybe some mosquito repellant?)