What Is This Thing, Anyway?
Since the very dawn of time, Mayofest has been a celebration of all the good things that summer brings us. It begins early one Friday afternoon and continues on until Sunday morning. Mayofest is a chance for you to bring your friends, camp, meet people, listen to some live music, play some games, hang out on a pirate ship, eat great food, great beer and enjoy the weekend at our private lake!
We're incorporated as Lumberjack's Lake and Suns, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing you the best event of the summer. Our charter makes us a members-only association. This means if you want to join us at Mayofest, you must be a member.
As a LLS Member, you're entitled to the following:
- Access to onsite and offsite LLS-managed events (Mayofest, Mocktoberfest)
- Periodic communication about important organizational information
- Access to the Annual Member Meeting (AMM) where Voting Members can vote on the future of LLS
- We're working on perks and discounts too! Stay tuned for that!
Looking to volunteer?
Mayofest has always fostered a welcoming and safe environment for all its guests. For this reason, we have a contingent of volunteer bouncers identified by yellow Mayofest shirts. If a situation gets tense, or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, or if you have any other concerns, report it to these people. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for any violence, sexual harassment or otherwise intimidating behaviour. We reserve the right to eject and ban anyone who violates this policy.
Anyone in a yellow shirt can also direct you to the nearest medic or first aid kit. Please alert them, or any other organizer if someone is hurt.
Mayofest is an amazing party with amazing people and we want to keep it that way. We are very serious about maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. If you see something, or have any concern whatsoever please please please speak up and let one of the our staff know.
Join us in 2019! Stay tuned for more info about how to sign up. Here’s a few acts we had last year:
Amos the Transparent
Amos the Transparent is a Canadian rock band from Ottawa, Ontario, who have released three full-length albums and a number of EPs on 45 Records, Pop Culture Records and Sunday School Music.
Their debut album, Everything I've Forgotten to Forget, was released on Pop Culture Records in 2007, and an EP, My What Big Teeth You Have followed in 2009 on Sunday School Music. Their second full-length album, Goodnight My Dear...I'm Falling Apart, was released in February 2012. It was preceded in 2011 by two separate EPs, Goodnight My Dear and I'm Falling Apart, which each previewed four songs that would appear on the full album. Their third full-length album was titled "This Cold Escape" and is a "loosely biographical" concept album.
Songs such as "Lemons", "All You Bellydancers" have received extensive airplay on all major college and university radio stations, CBC Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. Most notable and is the use of the song "After All That, It's Come to This" in a television ad for online dating giant PlentyofFish. (from Wikipedia)
Cast in Cadence
Cast In Cadence is a solo project turned captivating, energy packed touring band who's' live show is not to be missed. Originally constructed by singer/songwriter/drummer/guitarist, Ryan MacIntyre CIC is heavily influenced by 90's pop, rock, alternative, grunge, and punk. After years of writing/recording basement demos, performing/recording with many local bands, Ryan recorded his debut solo EP titled Serotonin performing almost every instrument himself. Since its release in the spring of 2010, and after enlisting the talents of some of Ottawa's top musicians Cast in Cadence debuted its current lineup in July 2014 and shortly after released Vocation, the bands first full length album. Cast in Cadence recently placed 2nd in the LiVE88.5 Big Money Shot competition in Ottawa.
Groovy grunge rock. We love Mayofest <3 Currently recording our first full length album and filling our calendar with 1-2 Ottawa shows a month as well as out of town dates. Local and national radio play with four different singles. Watch out! LEONE's in the house!
Crackers and Jam
Slacker lounge act. Yacht rockers extraordinaire. Melancholy party boys.
Crackers are a soul and rock band that provide an immersive and energetic sound, and an unforgettable visual experience. Playing a mixture of 70’s groove, 21st century synths, and timeless strings, Crackers never fail to pack dancefloors with their wallflower sentiment and jock pop bravado.
Crackers and Jam are currently in post-production for their first full- length album. Due for release summer 2018, the LP showcases the band’s blend of 70s pop tropes and modern aesthetics. In the course of their 2017 tour along the Saint Lawrence river, Crackers and Jam honed in on their new sound, which Louis-Solem Pérot of ecoutedonc.ca calls “a succeful blend of soul-funk brilliantly stuffed with vocal harmonies that evoke the Beatles”.
In a shotgun shack in the sub-zero depths of the Ottawa winter, The Red Rails began, with vocalist and guitarist Kim Vincent, bassist Chris Slaney and drummer Steve Brogno as its constituent parts. Since then, they’ve roamed the landscape like a pack of wolves, challenging audiences with their feral rock intensity and a taste for blood.
Their debut full-length album, A Living Fiction, is a rare beast. The songs pummel forward with muscular precision until either transcending to moments of melodic power or unraveling into anarchy. The first single from the album, On the Line, is a fine example, and its official video showcases the band’s frenetic edge, with Kim lacerating his guitar between vocal assaults on the mic. They’ve been compared to Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, and Death From Above 1979.
Kaleidoscopic, post rock, genre bending eclectica, Ottawa’s Bitter North doesn’t know what genre’s banner to fly under, but they are happy as undefinable music explorers, dirt on their knees, thumbs out, with a style uniquely their own. Boot stomping, drum driven singalongs, give way to eerie harmonies, subtle synthesizers, tantalizing guitar riffs, which support soaring lead vocals. The songs weave in and out, endings and beginnings blur, subtle to heavy and back. Fresh off of their second EP, released in November 2017, “Vacation Days”, Bitter North feel solidly themselves, and are looking to branch ever further afield from their Ottawa base, with shows across Ontario and Quebec in 2018.
No! We've never had this ahead of time! I'm scared that we're this organized :) :) :)
Here's the schedule of bands at Mayofest. Please add an "ish" to the end of each start time and make sure to remember that while at the site we all operate on "Mayo Time"!
Check out some of these guys on our Google Play Mayofest 2018 playlist!
Hate driving? No car? No friends with cars? Then take the Mayo Bus! For $25 bucks.
Pickup spot: Metro, Rideau street
There'll be a ride back from Mayofest on Sunday with a drop off to the same location.
Forgot something at the last minute?
If you need to buy any snacks or camping gear then you can get off Highway 50 and turn left at the Chemin Lépine exit (Exit 171). Following Lépine will take you to a Metro, Canadian Tire, pharmacy, gas station, Dollorama, and a Maxi. These are the last big stores/supermarkets and your last chance to buy gas. If you turn on to Dollard and keep going a few hundred meters you'll see an SAQ on your left.
Past the roundabout that gets you on to Highway 315 you'll run into Depanneur 315, this is the nearest general store and last chance to score food.
Unfortunately our liquor license prohibits any outside alcohol at the Mayofest event, so please don't buy alcohol on your way up just for us to have to confiscate it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do i get there?
Refer to our directions page
How can I help out?
There are so many ways to help out and we can always use an extra hand. We just ask you give us a bit of information about yourself here:
House policy: 18 + Event
You must be 18 years of age or older to attend Mayofest. Our staff who will welcome you to the fest will be ID'ing everyone. If you do not have sufficient identification or proof of age, you WILL be turned away. Mayofest staff reserve the right to refuse entry or service to any individual or party. Don't want to be disappointed? Have your I.D. and be 18 or older. If you are of age but do not have proof of it, you can be denied entry.
We apologize to our Mayofest friends who will be unable to attend this event due to the age restriction, but we look forward to welcoming you at future Mayofests.
SHOULD I BRING FOOD?
If you'd like! Food is available to purchase but is not included with your admission. If you have any allergies, or are have special dietary requirements (gluten free, vegan, etc.) we encourage you to bring your own food since there may not always be a wide selection able to accommodate every dietary restriction.
IS THIS BYOB? SHOULD I BRING OUTSIDE ALCOHOL?
No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted to be brought onto or removed from the premises. Our liquor license prohibits any outside alcohol at the Mayofest event. Security will be checking bags and gear upon arrival and any found alcohol will be confiscated. Please note that our license extends to the parking lot as well. Please leave it at home! Mayofest staff and security reserve the right to inspect personal effects at any time.
Drinks can be purchased at the Underbar - Mayofest's very own, fully licensed forest bar! MayoBucks are the accepted currency and can be purchased from the Tuck Shop check-in station or online at the Mayo Store
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
- Valid photo ID proving you're not a minor
- Drinking water
- Bathing suit
- Flash light
- Toilet paper
If this is not your first time, you are well acquainted with the camping areas. For the newbies: There is rough camping on site for tent camping. Some people have brought hammock tents, and these are welcome as well! Spaces are not reserved, so come early to secure you choice of a spot (we have ample room, but it's rough terrain and a short hike might be involved). There are no power or water hook-ups available for camping; we have a limited supply of power on site and it is dedicated to run essential festival needs. Respect the land; dispose of your trash responsibly in the bags and bins provided on site.
Fire safety: DO NOT light your own camping fire. Fires are not permitted in the camping areas. We have a (large) dedicated fire pit in the middle of the site. There are designated spots you can use a BBQ or small cooking fires in order to prepare food if needed.
Yes! Environmental sustainability is a big thing at Mayofest. We do not provide Solo Cups!W e're asking everyone to bring a reusable cup to drink out of. Don't have a cup? We'll have some available for purchase!
Our reusable cups change color and come with the Mayofest logo on them, making for a great souvenir of your time in the woods :)
IT'S RAINING! IS MAYOFEST STILL ON?
YES! We have enclosed structures to keep everyone dry and plenty of tarps. Nothing gets cancelled because of the rain :)
CAN I BRING SOMEONE?
You just need to make sure you buy a second membership for them :)
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Unfortunately not :(
Only registered service animals will be allowed at Mayofest. This is for the safety of our guests and the pets involved.
IS THIS AT SOMEONE'S HOUSE/COTTAGE?
Not really, the land used for Mayofest is used as an event location, with the exception of a few organizers camping out every so often, nobody lives on that land.
IS THERE ELECTRICITY?
Electricity is for staff use only. We do make some exceptions so contact an organizer if you need power. We do not guarantee power, and you should not expect it.
IS THERE DRINKABLE WATER THERE?
Bringing your own potable water is highly recommended. There is water on site but it's generally not available for drinking. The lake water is clean but is not drinkable. The bar is stocked with drinks, including water but we don't guarantee that water will always be available. Please also use biodegradable soap in the lake water to keep our lake as clean as possible.
WILL MY CELLPHONE WORK THERE?
Your cellphone will work from the road with intermittent service. At the site there's no cell reception. Please plan ahead and prepare to disconnect!
I HEARD THERE'S A WALK/HIKE INVOLVED TO GET TO THE LAKE. IS THAT TRUE?
Yes. Your car can't go any further than the parking areas – we need to keep the road clear for emergencies. There is however a ferrying service that can bring your stuff to the top. The walk is about 10-15 minutes from the parking lot to the lake, but you can probably also catch a ride on the ferrying vehicles when it's not too packed with stuff.
CODE OF CONDUCT
At its core, Lumberjack Lakes and Suns (LLS) seeks to foster community and creative expression. As such, all members, organizers, volunteers, performers, and anyone else present at events or at the mayofest site are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct;
We expect everyone to care for themselves, those around them, and their environment and surroundings . Please report anything of concern to a LLS staff member or volunteer.
Discrimination will not be tolerated. This includes any action or decision that treats a person or a group poorly for reasons such as, but not limited to: race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, disability, genetic characteristics.
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes offensive or discriminatory verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Anybody who is asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately.
Violence or assault of any kind will not be tolerated.
Theft from or the willful and malicious destruction of property belonging to the organization, its members or attendees will not be tolerated.
Excessive public intoxication will not be tolerated.
Any action which threatens the safety of others or yourself will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to: drunk driving, the careless use of tools or weapons, the construction of booby traps outside of zombie apocalypses, and the construction of unsafe structures or buildings
Violation of any event specific rules such as outside alcohol bans, parking rules, entering closed areas, or other such rules, as may be communicated from time to time, will not be tolerated.
Everybody is expected to follow instructions from LLS staff and volunteers at all times.
Failure to comply with these expectations are grounds for removal, suspension and/or banning from any and all LLS sponsored events. In the event this occurs, no refund will be issued. If the severity of an incident requires it, law enforcement will be contacted.
Mayofest keeps happening every year because of our Members, Organizers, Directors, Volunteers and Donations. If you have some money to spare and are willing to support us, know that your donation will go to improving the site and keeping Mayofest awesome for years to come.