BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, June 26
Located at the scenic Calabogie Peaks Resort, the Mountain Man Music Festival celebrates singer-songwriters, folk musicians, indie bands, and blues. This year’s artists include The Riot Police, The Dreadful Starlings, Tamara Weber Fillion, Moonfruits, and a variety of other musicians from the Ottawa area. It’s also a great weekend to sleep under the stars — campsites are available for tents and RVs. Tickets start at $40. Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Chute Rd., 1-800-669-4861, mountainmanfestival.com.
Pops conductor Jack Everly teams up with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to bring you an evening of beloved showtunes in Broadway Standing Ovations. The orchestra performs selections from The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Wicked, and much more. Tickets start at $25. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Artist Allen Egan uses light and colour to create mysterious, otherworldly paintings that will whisk you away to magical gardens and mist-shrouded mountaintops. Although they are evocative, the works in his new exhibition, Short Stories, don’t contain an obvious narrative — the viewer is instead encouraged to decipher the meaning for him- or herself. On display at Orange Art Gallery until July 12. Admission is free. Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave., 613-761-1500, orangeartgallery.ca.
Saturday, June 27
Get on your dancing shoes and prepare to hit the (outdoor!) dance floor at Latin Sparks, a massive block party that celebrates South American culture. Salsa and shake the night away to music provided by Latin bands La Esquina de la Rumba and Terrato Group, as well as beats by DJs Dani Z, Rahim, and Mendez — and when you need a bit of energy to keep yourself going, stop by the cantina for a beer and some Latin street food (empanadas? Churros? Plantain chips? Yum). The party starts at 9:30pm and takes place on Sparks Street, just south of Parliament Hill. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Sparks Street, O’Connor Street at Queen Street, latinsparks.ca.
West coast singer-songwriter Carolyn Mark lights up the stage with her trademark sass, wry sense of humour, and country twang. Although she’s collaborated extensively with Neko Case and Toronto alt-country band NQ Arbuckle, it’s in her solo shows that her powerful voice and clever lyrics truly shine. She performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night. Tickets start at $12. The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.
This is your last chance to catch Dangerous Corner at the Ottawa Little Theatre. The play, penned by J.B. Priestley, who also wrote the classic drama An Inspector Calls, centres around an innocuous remark made about a dead friend at a social gathering. As a result, destructive secrets are brought to light, lives are changed forever, and Priestley shows the audience the tragedies that lie in wait when we unwittingly round that “dangerous corner” of truth-telling. Regular admission is $25. Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, ottawalittletheatre.com.
Sunday, June 28
The Canadian War Museum kicks off its family programming this weekend, beginning with Awesome Colosseum, an event that runs in conjunction with the museum’s temporary Gladiators and the Colosseum: Death and Glory exhibition. Work hands-on with others to build a replica of the Roman Colosseum, then learn about Roman fashion and take a ride on a Roman-style chariot. The activity is free with museum admission (regular admission $15, seniors $13, students $10, children three-12 $8, families $36). Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 800-555-5621, warmuseum.ca.