A show of talent at the first Ottawa Porchfest

This article was first published in the Kitchissippi Times on Oct. 29, 2015

On Oct. 24, the sound of live music was heard coming from unusual places – the porches and front stoops of over a dozen Hintonburg homes. It was the first annual Ottawa Porchfest, and it was in full swing.

Friar Tuck at the 2015 Ottawa Porchfest.
Friar Tuck at the 2015 Ottawa Porchfest.

Organized by local residents, Ken McKay and Stephanie Halin, Porchfest is largely what the name implies; it is a musical festival staged upon various porches within the Hintonburg community. From Bayswater Avenue to Hinton Avenue North, close to twenty households were more than willing to volunteer their space for the event.

The various bands and performers were almost exclusively local, and included guitarist Friar Tuck, French folk singer Sandy Dupuis, local band The Beating Hearts, as well as Ken McKay himself.

By the time the last act wound down, Halin and McKay were thrilled to see how much attention the event had attracted. As chilly as it was, there were as many as sixty people crowded around a single porch, with people often spilling over to the opposite sidewalk.

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