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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for July 4 to 6

Journey headlines on July 4 at Ottawa Bluesfest.

Journey headlines on July 4 at Ottawa Bluesfest.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 4, 2014

Leave the work week behind and party down at Bluesfest! The largest blues festival in Canada brings an array of artists to the stage for its first weekend, including rockers, DJs, songstresses, and local acts. Be sure to check out Journey on the Bell Stage, along with Bonobo, Jeff Tweedy, Zedd, Ottawa’s own Cold Capital, and Grammy nominee Beth Hart. Come back Saturday to catch Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The Artpop Ball.

A Company of Fools, Ottawa’s original Shakespearean theatre troupe, kicks off its annual Torchlight Shakespeare series with three performances of As You Like It. On Friday, July 4, the troupe will be at Anthony Vincent Park in Rockcliffe. Saturday, July 5 will find them at Alexander Grove Park in Stittsville, while on Sunday, July 6, they hit Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and lots of bug spray! Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Peter Shmelzer’s Shoot Me, Please at La Petite Mort Gallery is an exploration of disembodied violence and the ways in which we are all detached from its consequences. The artist accomplishes this by transposing his hyper-realistic oil paintings of world leaders onto vintage NYC shooting range posters.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 5, 2014

Passenger Pigeon

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature looks at the passenger pigeon.

The passenger pigeon, long extinct, was once the most abundant bird in North America, with an estimated population of three to five billion. The Canadian Museum of Nature has a new exhibit that explores the history of these birds, including how the extinction happened and whether new technology in the field of genetics can help bring them back.

In imitation of the farmer’s markets that pop up in Ottawa throughout the summer months, The Brewery Market seeks to give Ottawans a taste of the beers produced by Ontario brewers. There are no sample sizes, only full cups of beer, so make sure you clear your schedule for the afternoon. The Brewery Market runs from 12pm to 8pm at Hintonburg Park, on the corner of Fairmont Ave. and Duhamel St.

Since its launch in 2010, Music and Beyond has been working to promote classical music in the capital region. The festival presents classical music performances at venues across the city. Catch the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe at the Chinese-Canadian Heritage Centre, or Branford Marsalis, a Grammy Award winning saxophonist, at the festival’s opening gala.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 6, 2014

Viet Cong Calgary

Calgary’s indie rockers, Viet Cong, hit Raw Sugar Café.

If you’ve ever dreamt of looking at art while quaffing some craft beers, you’re in luck. Beau’s has teamed up with the Shenkman Arts Centre to offer Beau’s Art, an event that runs on select weekend and allows visitors to sample the Ottawa brewer’s goods while conversing with artists featured at the Shenkman galleries. Admission is free.

Round off the weekend at Raw Sugar Café, where Calgary-based indie rockers Viet Cong will perform songs from their debut cassette EP, aptly titled Cassette. The band was formed in 2012 by ex-Women members Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace.

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