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Capturing Ottawa's Summer Magic: 2 Underrated Events Worth Attending

Hey there! I'm a professional photographer living in the heart of Ottawa, capturing the city's iconic landmarks and unforgettable moments for almost 10 years. You can check out some of my work at https://www.tccurtis.com/ottawa. Today, I want to spill the beans on two seriously underrated summer events in Ottawa that I absolutely love. Let's dive in and uncover these hidden gems together!


Lac Leamy Firework Competition - "Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy":


Move over Canada Day fireworks, because I've got a secret to share! Have you heard about the Lac Leamy Firework Competition? It's a mind-blowing event that happens every summer. Trust me, if you're a fan of fireworks (who isn't?), this is an absolute must-see. Held every August, this dazzling spectacle is an absolute must-see. The view from the Canadian History Museum is incredible, giving you a front-row seat to the fireworks extravaganza against the backdrop of Ottawa's famous landmarks.


Unlike any other event, however, I had a personal connection to this show as it became the backdrop for a life-changing moment when I proposed to my fiancée (@theottawadiaries on Instagram) during the grand finale!


Picture this: standing atop the SkyLounge at ReStays Ottawa, overlooking the Parliament of Canada, we were treated to a grand finale of fireworks illuminating the sky behind the iconic Peace Tower. It was a breathtaking experience, blending romance, architectural beauty, and mesmerizing pyrotechnics.



Bluesfest: Where Music Magic Happens:

Now, let's talk tunes! Ottawa's Bluesfest is a seriously underrated music festival that flies under the radar for many folks, especially if you live in Toronto or Montreal. But let me tell you, it's an absolute blast! I had the privilege of photographing Bluesfest back in 2016, and it was off the charts. We're talking about a melting pot of musical genres that caters to every taste.


I was lucky enough to capture mind-blowing performances by superstars like Alessia Cara, Half Moon run, and Brad Paisley (check out more photos here). The energy was through the roof as the music flowed through the crowd, creating an atmosphere of pure joy and celebration. This year, they've got Shania Twain headlining! Can you believe it?


Bluesfest isn't just about music; it's an immersive experience that showcases Ottawa's vibrant festival culture. Imagine strolling through the festival grounds, surrounded by food stalls, electric atmosphere, and captivating performances. It's a sensory feast that goes beyond just the music.


Ottawa's summer scene is bursting with incredible events, and these two gems often slip under the radar. The Lac Leamy Firework Competition and Bluesfest are two of my personal favorites, each offering a unique and memorable experience. Whether you find yourself captivated by the explosive beauty of fireworks reflecting upon historic landmarks or immersed in the rhythms of a diverse musical extravaganza, Ottawa's summer events will leave you with cherished memories.


Have you attended any underrated events in Ottawa that left a lasting impression? I would love to hear your thoughts! Share your experiences and let us know what you consider to be the most underrated event in Ottawa. Leave a comment below and let's celebrate the hidden gems that make our city shine even brighter during the summer months.


So, grab your camera or simply your curiosity, and dive into the summer magic that awaits in Canada's capital.

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