Surprise dance party in the ByWard Market

Jessey is a writer, digital communications strategist, and the founder of Local Tourist Ottawa.

As some of you already know, while walking aimlessly in the ByWard Market on Saturday I saw this poster:

Obviously, I needed to get to the bottom of this, so I sent out a tweet asking Ottawa’s Local Tourists for more info.

After a bit of buzz and a lot of confusion, our dear friend Conor Cronin passed along this little gem:


Of course I wasn’t going to miss a surprise dance party! Luckily the rain cleared, and shortly after 9:30 p.m., this happened:

All in all, it was a very cool stunt that should definitely spike more interest in Ottawa’s thriving dance community. A big thanks and congratulations to the talented dancers that put on the show. 

The surprise dance was performed in the historic former Geological Survey of Canada Building, which is home to McMillan, who partnered with the Canada Dance Festival Society  to put on the show. The Society’s signature activity is a biennial celebration of Canadian dance at the Canada Dance Festival. It takes place in Ottawa, with the National Arts Centre as co-producer. This year it is taking place from June 15 – 18. Interested?