This three day festival runs Friday (7 p.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m. - 10 p.m.), and Sunday (2 p.m. - 6 p.m.) at Dockside Bar and Grill, located at 1001 E Main St. in Ottawa. Admission is free.
"This is really the kickoff to our summer music series at Dockside, and we couldn't be more excited about the lineup for the festival. We're bringing in nationally touring acts, some really big up-and-coming names like The Common Heart, and local favorites like Chicago Farmer. Best of all, this is a totally free event," said Nick LeRoy of NTL Productions.
Here's a look at the first Down by the River Festival lineup: