BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
From Folk Fest to CityFolk! The name change came with an added bonus, too: Marvest, a musical harvest. Part of CityFolk (Sept. 16 to 20), the free festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 17 until Sunday, Sept. 20. It spotlights over 60 local bands and singer-songwriters, who will perform at the Aberdeen Pavilion as well as various restaurants and shops along Bank Street. Venues include The Wild Oat, Metro Music, Octopus Books, Black Squirrel Books, House of Targ (the only paid show — a steal at $5), Kunstadt Sports, FarmTeam Cookhouse & Bar, David’s Tea, The Unrefined Olive, Original Burger Joint, Whole Foods, Local Public Eatery, and Irene’s Pub.
According to the CityFolk website, “the focus of Marvest is to present Ottawa with a feast of locally produced music, food and drink — everything from within 100 miles of the region.”
Nine bands from the area were chosen to release their new albums at Marvest. The performances will cater to a variety of audiences, with Saturday afternoon shows being more family oriented. Check the schedule for more details. The Glebe, cityfolkfestival.com.
As we gear up for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, we must also tip our hats to the Richmond Fair, which celebrates its 171st anniversary this year. Starting Thursday, Sept. 17 and running until Sunday, Sept. 20, the fair is the largest annual spectator event held within Ottawa’s surrounding areas.
The fair promotes agricultural awareness within the Ottawa region (which has the largest agricultural land base and agricultural economy in Canada) and boasts a variety of activities. There will be a midway, a lawn tractor pull, musicians and bands, agricultural shows, a demolition derby, a dairy show, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, and livestock shows.
Thursday has free admission to the grounds. Friday to Sunday tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for children aged six to 12, and free for children five and under. See website for more info. Richmond Agricultural Society, Richmond, 613-838-3420, richmondfair.ca.
Ottawa Burlesque Festival
Corsets. G-strings. Feather boas. Glitter. Lots and lots of sass — and a healthy dollop of body positivity.
Sound like your idea of a good time? Then you’re in luck. The Ottawa Burlesque Festival is back for its second year with performers from Ottawa and around the world.
Headliners include Toronto’s burlesque school headmistress, Coco Framboise, as well as Montreal’s BonBon Bombay, veteran performer and activist Jo Weldon, and burlesque legend Judith Stein.
The festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 17 and continues until Sunday, Sept. 20. Performances are delivered in both English and French, and are entirely wheelchair accessible. Admission from $20. Venues vary. See website for schedule, venues, and ticket info. ottawaburlesquefest.com.
In 2011, local DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks founded a dance event called Kitchen Party, which has been held at Ottawa’s Rochester Pub on the second Friday of every month ever since. Now, they celebrate their fourth anniversary with a giant bash at Café Nostalgica on Friday, Sept. 18 — and you’d better get your dancing shoes on, because Hobo and Sweet Cheeks are spinning everything from funk and soul to hip hop and house to electro and techno.
Halifax-based producer AA Wallace will also be on deck with his original dance-floor beats. You definitely don’t want to miss him — he’s performed at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, and Great Escape UK, and has a spot at the upcoming POP MONTREAL.
Admission is $8 if you arrive before 11pm, and $10 after. See website for more info. Café Nostalgica, 601 rue Cumberland St., 613-562-5800, cafenostalgica.ca.
Ani DiFranco’s name is synonymous with more than just music — she’s also involved with numerous social causes, and for more than 20 years, she’s been penning folk-rock anthems about everything from feminism to income inequality to the horrors of war.
But recently, she’s taken a (slightly) mellower approach to her songwriting. She’s married now, and mother to two young children, and the songs on her latest album, Allergic to Water, reflect the ups and downs of private life.
See her perform selections from her vast repertoire on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets are $43. Algonquin Commons Theatre, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-4723 ext. 7711, algonquinsa.com.
Pinball and Gameroom Show
Despite the flashing lights and various bells and whistles associated with pinball, it’s a game that’s been around since the mid 1700s. The prototype was called “billard japonais” and it was first used in the French court of King Louis XIV. Although its design was rudimentary, its spring and plunger — the apparatus that allows the player to shoot the ball up the table — is still in use in machines today.
In fact, you can (probably) buy a similar apparatus for yourself at the Ottawa Pinball and Gameroom Show on Saturday, Sept. 19. Purchase games, machines, and parts at the Playdium market, battle it out in the O-Town Throw-Down for the coveted title of Grand Wizard, and chow down on delicious perogies and hot dogs courtesy of House of Targ.
The fun and games continue until Sunday, Sept. 20. General admission is $10; $5 for children aged 12 and under. Maker Space North, 250 City Centre Ave., ottawapinball.com.
Translated from French, Nuit Blanche literally means “white night.” It’s an event that originated in Nantes, France, but cities across the world have been putting their own spin on it over the years.
The premise is this: museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions stay open (and free of charge) through the night, while the downtown core of the city becomes a de facto art gallery itself, with space for art installations, performances, themed social gatherings, and other activities.
Ottawa celebrates its fourth annual Nuit Blanche this Saturday, Sept. 19. The theme is HYPE-FRÉNÉSIE (Hyper-Frenzy), and it runs from 7pm to 4am at multiple venues in Ottawa and Gatineau.
There are more than 70 projects to check out this year. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts hosts an animation screening and massive dance party, while Orange Art Gallery celebrates with music, food, and drink.
Admission to all events is free. See website for full schedule, shuttle bus info, and maps. nbog.ca.
Taste of Wellington West
What is Wellington West? It encompasses the neighbourhoods of Hintonburg and Wellington Village, along with over 500 businesses on the Wellington Street West strip.
This Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11am to 5pm, head on down to this enclave for Tastes of Wellington West — a free one day event geared toward showcasing the shops, restaurants, cafes, markets, and art galleries Hintonburg and Wellington Village have to offer. Sidewalk sales, demos, food samples, course registrations, music, and family friendly activities are all part of the program. See website for more info and map. Wellington Street West (between Island Park Drive and the O-train line), wellingtonwest.ca.