BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, June 19
Works in photography, paint, and illustration are the focus of a trio of exhibitions at Wall Space Gallery. Paul Wing’s Instant | Development explores the unusual and unsettling aspects of human life through a series of Polaroids. In The River, painter Peter Colbert puts forward impressionist landscapes that capture the crisp beauty of Ottawa in summertime. And Marcel Guldemond combines illustration and paint in Stories and Places to convey strong emotions in fragments of narrative. On display until June 29. Admission is free.
More than a dozen barbecues from across North America — including Texas, Kentucky, and New Mexico — fire up their grills for one of the tastiest festivals of the summer. Enjoy smoked ribs, pulled pork, chicken, homemade coleslaw, and much more at Ottawa Ribfest. Entertainment on the festival’s two stages includes singer-songwriters Claude Munson and Ty Hall. On until June 21. Admission to the site is free, but be sure to bring money for food.
The Ottawa Fringe Festival is well underway and dozens of boundary-breaking live shows are being staged at venues around the city. One highlight of the festival is The Orchid and the Crow, a solo act created and performed by Daniel Tobias in which a man, stricken with stage three testicular cancer, turns to Lance Armstrong for salvation. The story is told through a combination of drama and song. He performs at Arts Court until June 28. Tickets are $12. See the Ottawa Fringe website for the complete schedule of performances.
Saturday, June 20
At Urban Craft Market, you can snap up some delightful handmade goods by Ottawa artisans. Check out jewellery by Strut, delectable sauces and spreads by Michael’s Dolce, and savoury spice blends by Cardamom and Cloves — plus home décor, accessories, and clothing from dozens of other vendors. On at the Glebe Community Centre from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.
Did you know that Ottawa used to be considered one of North America’s roughest cities? Learn about this and more — including political assassinations, conflicts between French Canadian and Irish labourers, and the construction of the Rideau Canal — on the Ottawa Free Tour. It departs from the National War Memorial at 2pm; look for the guide in the bright red t-shirt. Participation is free.
A DJ and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with hip hop band The Roots, Questlove has over the years produced immense creative output. He performs a DJ set at Ritual Nightclub on Saturday night. Tickets are $20.