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Event Schedule

1200. Guests notified of top secret picnic location via Email.

1430. Gates Open.

1500. Concert by Eric Speed. Picnic Tables setup begins. Bars open.

  • A high-energy concert you won’t want to miss. Fiddler Eric Speed from Montreal, 2011 Guinness World Record holder for fastest violinist, will be providing electrifying mix of gypsy jazz, folk, symphonic and electronica for picnic accompaniment that is sure to wow picnic-revellers.
  • 50/50 Draw. Enter a 50/50 draw to be the big winner!
  • Groups should arrive no later than 1530 to ensure their tables are fully decorated and ready for picnic Start.

1615. Concert by beatboxing Cello Joe. Cycle Mob arrives!

  • Picnic tables virtually finished setup.
  • Picnic-goers seated as Cycle Mob arrives in grand style!
  • Cello awesomeness and beatbox percussion – Refined picnic accompaniment with beatbox percussion  by Cello Joe from California!

1630. Official picnic start

  • Napkin-waving ceremony to mark the end of summer, FALL EQUINOX, and start of the harvest and our picnic feast!

1815. Fashion Show

1930. Concert by Stan Clark Orchestra

  • Back by popular demand, the ultimate live big band! The Stan Clark Orchestra will be at the helm of a prohibition-era dancefloor, bringing on the classics like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and, of course, Cab Calloway.
  • Picnic starts to wind down

1950. Celebration of Light

  • Participate in the spectacle of 700+ guests simultaneously lighting up sparklers and celebrating the harvest after dusk, accompanied by stilt walkers!
  • Picnic pack-up begins.
  • Side Street Swing will be offering swing demonstrations and lessons.


Once again, we are opening up the amazing Harvest Noir after-party, DANCE NOIR, to guests who are not attending the chic picnicPlan to stay up late: Dance Noir was voted one of Ottawa’s sexiest parties.

2000-0100 Dance Noir. Mixology inspired by Top Shelf Distillery!

  • Live music from the Harvest Noir fan favourites The Stan Clark Orchestra playing swing, ragtime, and jive
  • At 2200h, an amazing concert by Ottawa’s own soul dynamos Le Meow, channeling Amy Winehouse/Adele-style sultriness!
  • Karaoke by China Doll. Fabulous drag queen China Doll, who always has the best accessories at Harvest Noir, will be hosting our first ever DIY singing lounge. Expect the unexpected from your friends! Harvest Noir organizers Sam and Greg promise to make an appearance for a song or two.
  • Also look out for an electronica dancefloor by DJ Phil Fairhead, and back by popular demand DJ Eric Latulippe will throw down a crowd-pleasing mix of Top 40, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and classic rock on the main dancefloor.

2010. Gates open for Dance Noir ticket holders. 50/50 Draw Winner announced!

0100. Harvest Noir is over.