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Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sept. 24 to 27


Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World is just one of several social justice documentaries being screened at the One World Film Festival.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World is just one of several social justice documentaries being screened at the One World Film Festival.

One World Film Festival
Off the coast of British Columbia, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii is the ancestral home of the Haida people, who have inhabited its twin islands for more than 10,000 years. Their recent history, though, has been turbulent. Diseases, spread by European colonists in the 1800s, wiped out 90 percent of the population; in the ensuing decades, unsustainable logging and over-fishing have wrought further havoc on the land’s pristine beauty. But the Haida people are fighting back. In Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, director Charles Wilkinson shows how they have exerted their sovereignty to stop industry from running roughshod all over the islands.

Haida Gwaii won the 2015 HotDocs Award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary, and it’s just one of many films with a social justice bent that will be screened at this year’s One World Film Festival, which launches on Thursday, Sept. 24. On opening night, catch My Enemy, My Brother, a Canadian short about two men who fought on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq War and who later became friends, and Democrats, which chronicles an uneasy alliance between two officials in Zimbabwe’s government.

Admission is pay-what-you can, with a suggested donation of $15. Films screen at the National Gallery of Canada from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 26, and Saint Paul University on Sunday, Sept. 27. See website for complete schedule. National Gallery of Canada: 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. Saint Paul University: 223 Main St., 613-236-1393, oneworldfilmfestival.ca.

Just west of the city, the Carp Fair has been entertaining visitors for more than 150 years.

Just west of the city, the Carp Fair has been entertaining visitors for more than 150 years.

Carp Fair
When I think of Carp, I think of three things: the fish, the bakery, and the fair. For 152 years, the Carp Fair, located in the village of Carp just west of downtown Ottawa, has been entertaining with music, animals, games, food, drink (it’s licensed), rides, and raffles. From Thursday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 27, check out the program of events for the full list of what to do and when to do it. Thursday admission is donation based, with proceeds going to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit and CHEO. The rest of the week: general admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate; children aged six to 12, $5 advance and $6 at the gate. Ride and entertainment tickets sold separately. 3790 Carp Rd., 613-839-2172, carpfair.ca.

Walking With Our Sisters
The Highway of Tears — it’s an appropriate name for the lonely, 720-kilometre stretch of road in British Columbia where dozens of Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing without a trace since the 1960s. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Across the country, a disproportionate number of Aboriginal women have met this same fate — more than 1,000 between 1980 and 2012, according to a report by the RCMP.

On Friday, Sept. 25, an installation that honours these girls and women opens at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Walking With Our Sisters invites visitors to walk alongside a winding path made of more than 1,800 moccasin vamps (the top part of a shoe) in a show of solidarity. The vamps, purposely not sewn into moccasins, represent the victims’ unfinished lives.

The exhibition is on display until Friday, Oct. 16. Admission is free. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm; Wednesday, 10am to 8pm. Closed Mondays. Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120, cuag.carleton.ca.

Art Battle 309
Take part in a truly unique and artistic experience at Art Battle, a cross-country paint-off that comes to Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 25 from 7pm to midnight. Using the same materials, a group of local artists have 20 minutes to paint individual masterpieces — and then the audience chooses a winner from the lot. Each work is then sold off in a silent auction, so don’t miss your chance to nab some one-of-a-kind art. General admission: $20, early online $15, students $10. Arts Court Theatre,
 2 Daly Ave., artscourt.ca.

Ottawa Food Truck Rally
Let’s put all of Ottawa’s amazing food trucks together in one place so we can sample everything — best idea ever, right? On Saturday, Sept. 26, bring your appetite to the former St. Charles Church, where some of the capital’s most popular mobile food purveyors are dishing up their greatest hits. To name just a few: Angry Dragonz’s Asian fusion fare, Gongfu Bao Cart’s steamed buns, Ottawa Streat Gourmet’s innovative Canadian cuisine, and The Merry Dairy’s frozen treats. Admission is $10, with food priced between $4 and $10 per plate. Bring cash! The event runs from 4pm to 8pm. 135 Barrette St., ottawafoodtruckrally.com.

Maple Beer Tasting
…And on Saturday, Sept. 26, the Vanier Museopark — known for its Sugar Shack and March maple sugar festival — is hosting a maple-themed beer tasting, so drop by and sample some craft brews by local breweries. Admission costs $35. Vanier Museopark, 200-300 des Pères Blancs Ave., 613-580-2424 ext. 32001, ottawamuseumnetwork.com.

Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour
The 27th annual Artists In Their Environment Studio Tour kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the spectacular Gatineau Hills. Seventeen artists working in paint, mixed media, photography, woodworking, fibre arts, and sculpture and ceramics display their work at their studios in the beautiful villages of Chelsea and Wakefield.

At the same time, exhibitions are taking place at Chelsea’s Galerie La Fab (until Oct. 4) and the Wakefield Community Centre (Oct. 1 to 4).

The tour continues until Sunday, Sept. 27, then resumes on Oct. 3 and 4. Admission is free. See website for brochure and tour map. tourcw.com.

Night Yoga

Join a moonlit yoga class at Lansdowne Park, courtesy of Rama Lotus.

Full Moon Yoga
Local yoga studio Rama Lotus has been running free full moon yoga classes all year at Lansdowne Park. The class on Sunday, Sept. 27 offers an added bonus to the health of your body: you can choose to exercise your heart strings as well and bring a donation for the UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) Syrian Refugee Emergency fund. There will be a stand for collections on site, and if you can’t make it but would like to donate to the cause, you can visit this website. In case of rain, the event will proceed indoors. The class is open to all levels. Some yoga mats will be available but it’s best to bring your own. Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-234-7974 (Rama Lotus), ottawayoga.com.

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