Friday, July 13
Wizard of Oz fans everywhere (and fans of musicals in general) will love Wicked. Returning to Ottawa after a very successful run in 2008, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical is sure to please. Instead of the doe-eyed girl from Kansas, this tale follows Glinda the Good, and her counter, the Wicked Witch of the West. Running at the National Arts Centre from July 11 to 29.
For those with a literary flare: The Dusty Owl, a popular reading series that began in the ’90s, showcases Ottawa talent and special guests in the historic Elmdale House Tavern. Tonight features two published poets, Christine McNair and Ottawa’s rob mclennan (yes, all lowercase).
Channeling the sensibilities, fashion, and music of the 1950’s and ’60s, Two for the Seesaw opens tonight, part of the Classic Theatre Festival. This Tony Award-winning comedy is set in 1958 and follows two lost souls trying to find themselves in New York City. Showing until August 5 at the Mason Theatre in Perth.
Saturday, July 14
Each year, Hope Volleyball Summerfest brings out more than 25,000 players and spectators to Mooney’s Bay Beach for a day of volleyball and live music to raise money for over 110 local charities. The 30th anniversary of the event will feature performances by Mother Mother, Ill Scarlet and Treble Charger.
The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival kicks off today, and guests can enjoy Shakespearean classics outdoors on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Prescott. Opening this year’s season is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Another one of his classics, Othello, will open July 18.
For those who want to revisit the ’70s and ’80s (and really, who doesn’t?), the Casino du Lac-Leamy is throwing a Flashback Party on Friday and Saturday. Featuring a professional dance troupe and well-known performers of the era, this night will bring the years of classic disco dance music back to life. Era-appropriate attire more than welcome!
Sunday, July 15
Sunday is is the last day of this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest. With performers The Weeknd, K’naan, Metric, and The Trews, the 2012 festival festival is certainly ending with a bang.
The Billings Estate National Historic Site is hosting Savouring Sunday, offering a taste of food history, along with and demos such as jam and beer-making. The site displays artifacts, furnishings, even farming equipment, to tell the story of Ottawa over four generations.