Grey Cup Festival kicks off in Ottawa


Ottawa Redblacks cheerleaders will be making an appearance at the Grey Cup Festival in Ottawa.  (Photo Courtesy CP Images via Ottawa Tourism)

Story by Rod Charles Deputy Editor

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Thousands of CFL fans have descended on Ottawa for Grey Cup Festival, a week of music, food and tailgate parties that will continue until Sunday with the 105th edition of the Grey Cup.

It should be a classic as the Calgary Stampeders square off against the Toronto Argonauts  at TD Place Stadium in front of a sold out crowd.

The festival will celebrate Canada’s CFL teams with an Outdoor Family Zone and visitors can see some of the greatest names to play the game at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Overall, fans can enjoy more than 30 free and ticketed events including the Shaw CFL Awards & Rev-Up Party and the RNation Party.


Don’t worry – these Ottawa fans are only interested in a good time. (Photo Courtesy CP Images via Ottawa Tourism)


Concert Series Presented by TD
Date: All week
Hosted at TD Place, this all Canadian line-up has something for every music lover with acclaimed female Canadian country singer Jess Moskaluke, Juno award winner Jess Moskaluke, Reuben and the Dark, Sloan, April Wine and Trooper.


Ottawa Redblacks mascot Big Joe will be a busy in Ottawa this week. (Photo Courtesy CP Images via Ottawa Tourism)

Team Parties

All the teams are represented in Ottawa this week and you won’t have to wander far before running into a team party. The Argos are my team, so I will be making an appearance at The Shipyard at the Argos Team Party on November 25 at Barley Mow on Bank Street. You can find the Alouettes at the Montreal Huddle at FlyBar and The Lions Den at The Great Canadian Cabin. Also appearing are RiderVille at Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, Bomber House at Eve Nightclub and The Touchdown Manitoba Party.

Calgary Grey Cup Committee Free Pancake Breakfasts
Date: Friday, November 24 – Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Aberdeen Square

Grey Cup wouldn’t be a the  same without pancakes from the Calgary Grey Cup Committee. Calgary hasn’t always had a team in the big show but they’ve always had pancakes, along with their special style of western hospitality. Meet the mascot, Charlie Horse, the Calgary Stampede Queen and the lovely Indian Princess.

Nissan Titan Street Festival
Date: November 25
Time: 11am – 10pm
Location: Aberdeen Square

Another great stop for the whole family. There will be live music, giveaways, autograph sessions with players and food. The event is free.

Cheer Extravaganza
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Arena at TD Place

Wear your team colours to this wonderful, free event for all ages. Cheer and dance teams from across the league perform all their choreographed routines from the course of the 2017 season.


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Rod has previously worked for and is currently freelancing for Huffington Post Travel. He’s also written travel articles for the Toronto Star and Up! Magazine. Living in Toronto but raised in the small central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

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