Friday was a great day to be a Canadian in Ottawa. The weather was typically Canadian, too. It was an extremly hot morning and afternoon, tempered by two short rain bursts in the late afternoon which then gave way to bright sun the rest of the day. The only negative thing about the event was the lack of adequate bathroom facilities on the hill. Only 15 or so Johnny-on-the-Spots located adjacent the East Block. In the evening there were 50 deep line ups at each tank with a half an hour or so wait. Yeash!
Anyhow, I can't believe I actually took pictures of Kalan Porter, Canadian Idol winner. Astute viewers will like the juxtaposition of the manly truck in the background as I do. Here is Mr. Porter with a weeks worth of stubble. (Sorry the web version of this photo does not resolve such a minute level of detail.) But I am sure there are some folks out there who just love this guy. He performed quite well and the crowed loved his afternoon and evening perfomances. He is worthy of the mantel, idol, in the opinion of the many young girls who flocked to get his autograph. As an update to this post, I racked my brain for the last day wondering where I saw this picture before of Kalan... then it hit me. This picture reminded me of the famous Birth of Venus
renaissance painting by Sandro Botticelli. Here is a detail of painting's head
for you to compare. Tell me that I am not crazy.
The last rainfall of the day caught most people by surprise as the skies greyed rapidly. Even the patio umbrellas could not afford protection, even to passers by seeking refuge from the downpour. Julie and I ducked into a tiny alcove of a store with about five others who were visiting from Toronto for the weekend.
The Mighty Popo and band were playing at Major's Hill Park in the afternoon. This stage was more public friendly than on Parliament Hill as people were allowed to belly up to the stage.
Major's Hill Park venue was a very popular spot to be with some fantastic acts such as B.C.'s Jeremy Fisher shown below in an acoustic performance. The crowd cheered as he was able to squeeze in an extra song.
One happy glowing boy celebrates Canada Day evening with some Maple leaf head bobbers.
Security in the downtown area (Elgin Street) was pretty tight in the evening. This is what happens when you bring contraband alcohol to an event and get caught. Pity.