Almonte Song Cycle Street Party

Chamberfest 2017 launches in Almonte with a two-day community celebration of art and sport: the Almonte Song Cycle Street Party. Audience members and cycling enthusiasts alike are welcome for a four-hour bike ride from Ottawa to Almonte, alongside the world class opera performers that make up the Bicycle Opera Project. Participants will have rest stops in Carp and Blakeney before receiving a heroes’ welcome in Almonte including a community potluck, where they’ll experience free performances from the Bicycle Opera Project, accompanied by pianist Jenna Richards on a bicycle-powered keyboard, and Stretch Orchestra.


Saturday 22 July
09:00 – Cycling group, led by the Bicycle Opera Project departs from Ottawa’s Parkdale Park in Westboro
11:00 – Cycling group arrives in Carp, Ontario
11:00 – 11:45 – Food and drink break for cyclists; Bicycle Opera Project sets up for performance
11:45 – Bicycle Opera Project performs two arias and a sneak-peek of the a capella opera Sweat (20-30 minutes)
13:15 – Departure from Carp; en route to Almonte
15:00 – Cycling group arrives in Almonte; “welcome to Almonte” festivities
15:00 – 17:30 – Rest time for cyclists along Almonte’s main street
17:30 – Cyclists and Almonte residents reconvene in the town hall parking lot for a town potluck; performances from Bicycle Opera Project, and Stretch Orchestra (Jesse Stewart, Kevin Breit, and Matt Brubeck)
18:00 – Dinner, followed by a second 30-minute performance by Stretch Orchestra

Sunday 23 July
14:00The Bicycle Opera Project Goes to Almonte – Sweat, at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum; tickets available for $25 (HST included)
18:00 – Pub dinner in Almonte’s Barley Mow pub
21:00 – Screening of film Breaking Away

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