Friday, July 8
The second year of Music and Beyond, the new classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival brings in the big guns: orchestras, choirs, bands, wind ensembles, recitals, and small ensembles team up to offer classical music in its many variations. Even more interesting, the fest hosts a bunch of other arts and cultural disciplines ranging from poetry to yoga to food and wine. The opening weekend kicks off with “Breaking Ground: Music by Women Composers,” a children’s “Music Adventure” at Saunders Farm with 100 dancers and artists performing outdoors, and Trevor Pinnock conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the complete orchestral suites of Bach. Runs July 7 to 17.
In case you didn’t know, it’s the International Year of Chemistry, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum is celebrating with “Chemistry Uncovered,” which runs July 7 to 10. Discover the role that chemistry plays in everyday life while taking part in hands-on experiments, watching a magic show with a scientific twist, and even getting to taste liquid nitrogen ice cream (yum!). Special events include “Sweet Chemistry” on July 9 and 10 with cookbook author and scientist Christina Blais, as well as an outdoor screening on July 9 of David Cronenberg’s The Fly.
Saturday, July 9
After a three-year hiatus, the lovely summer event Glebe Art in Our Gardens and Studio Tour is back. Spend a day (or two) exploring the Glebe, where 14 artists will be displaying their work in nine different gardens. Some of the works on offer include Alice Hinther’s whimsical pieces from repurposed everyday items, digital images by Jaan Krusberg, and lifelike scenes by Heather Bale. The tour is on July 9 and 10.
Remember Bewitched? Well, the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth is opening its season with the play that is said to have inspired the television series (and, ultimately, the 2005 remake with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman, for those of you who don’t remember!). First produced in 1951, the romantic comedy Bell, Book, and Candle by John van Druten continues to captivate audience with its mysterious female lead and witty quips. The play will be on July 8 to 31 from Wednesday to Sunday.
Sunday, July 10
In Muslims?!, Ottawa photographer Asif Rehman has photographed Canadian Muslims in ordinary and extraordinary acts in order to break down stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim. By juxtaposing the various labels that any one person might take on — mother, athlete, scientist, artist, etc. — the exhibition illustrates that any label can only define a small part of a person’s identity. The exhibition is on until July 26 at Trinity Art Gallery, with the vernissage July 10.
It’s BBQ season, and everyone is vying for a chance to prove their skills on the grill. Don’t be a snore and insist on using your grandfather’s old recipe; instead, get creative with Chef Charlotte Langley of The Whalesbone Oyster House at The Urban Element‘s “Grilling Fundamentals” course. The hands-on class involves an examination of wings, with a few flavours on offer, as well as lamb chops with harissa, curried scallops with fingerlings and cheddar, and plenty more lip-smacking choices. The class is $150 and includes instruction, a multi-course meal, and two glasses of wine.
Now that Canada Day’s over, you can still get that sense of national pride with a visit to Parliament Hill (and you’ll probably have more elbow room, too). Take part in free tours of Centre Block, or come by at night to see the Sound and Light Show: Mosaika, which kicks off July 6 and runs until early September.