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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 6 to 8

The Sound and Light Show runs nightly through September 6 on Parliament Hill

Friday
The Sound and Light Show kicks off tonight and sees the façade of the Parliament Buildings become the backdrop for a 30-minute audio and visual experience that highlights Canada’s cultural and physical landmarks. The current showing is entitled “Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people.” Running until September 3, this bilingual event is held nightly on Parliament Hill, and admission is free.

A trip to Ottawa in July is incomplete without a night at Bluesfest. The fest runs from July 4 to 15, and Friday night features artists such as City and Colour, Arkells, Sleigh Bells, David Grey, and Tommy Lee and Dj Aero, just to name a few.

The NAC Orchestra performs the award-winning score from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as the film is projected on a 60-foot screen. The show, running Thursday to Saturday, provides avid fans and newcomers alike with a fresh experience of the film.

Saturday
Urban Craft, Ottawa’s first and only monthly craft market features pieces from hip and fresh vendors. Come out for some great finds, from gourmet and local food to body products and accessories, even handmade toys for the kids. The event is held the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Comedian Aziz Ansari performs at the NAC on Saturday night.

Just for Laughs presents Aziz Ansari. Voted one of the Top 10 Comedians of the Decade by Paste Magazine, the stand-up comic and actor will be performing at the National Arts Centre as part of his Buried Alive Tour.

For those who like to get moving, the Meech Lake Triathlon is taking place this weekend. The multi-sport event takes participants through gorgeous Gatineau Park scenery in a 1200m swim, 23.5km bike ride, and a 6.4km run. Preregistration is necessary.

Sunday
For the sports fan, The Ottawa Fat Cats, the capital’s Intercounty Baseball League team, play home games this weekend against the London Majors on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum plays host to the Kid’s Music Adventure, presented by Music and Beyond. Fun for the whole family, the event features over 100 artists, dancers, and musicians performing both indoors and throughout the grounds of the museum. Kids will also have the opportunity to get their faces painted, make their own musical instruments and try a few instruments out with the assistance of Suzuki Music and students from the University of Ottawa.

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