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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 10 to 12

"The Vampire Stalker" launches June 10.

Friday, June 10
Everyone knows that vampires are currently the hottest other-worldly characters out there. With the young adult novel, The Vampire Stalker, local author Allison van Diepen poses the question “What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world – and came into yours?” The book launch takes place tonight at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books with a reading by the writer and Q&A, plus cake and blood-red refreshments.

Add a little respite from your busy day with the National Arts Centre’s “Young Artists Program: Music in the Afternoon.” Starting today and running until June 23, these free noon hour concerts at the University of Ottawa showcase plenty of new talent from the Summer Music Institute.

"Poppies" by Kathryn Rebecca.

Wall Space Gallery hosts “RED,” a travelling group exhibition by the members of Jewel Envy Studio in Toronto. This show explores nine different personal interpretations of the colour through jewellery. Themes addressed by the artists include death, madness, romance, beauty, natural disasters, health, and more. The show kicks off today and runs until July 3.

Saturday, June 11
Celebrate diversity at the folkloric festival, Carnival of Cultures, which takes place at Marion Dewar Plaza. Running Friday through Sunday, this event not only highlights an array of cultures, but also promotes creativity and artistic expression in a variety of folk arts. Just a sampling of some of the performances you will see: highland dancing, Bollywood entertainment, Argentine tango, Lebanese dancing, an Ottawa Chinese arts group, and a Zimbabwean band.

If last month’s marathon intimidated you, the Britannia Beach 5K Run might be more your style. This run/walk travels along the Ottawa River at Britannia Beach. It’s happening alongside the Ottawa Riverkeeper Festival of running, swimming, paddling, and cycling activities, so you’ll get to see some of the triathlon and duathlon action as you make your way along the site. This year, they’ve also added a 3K run and a quick kids’ 1K. If you’re not the sporty type, grab a spot on the sidelines and enjoy the fun atmosphere.

Bif Naked performs Saturday night at Westfest.

Stroll through the charming neighbourhood of Westboro Village and check out Westfest, an annual (free!) fest, which has become one of the city’s darlings. With its diverse selection of music, art, literature, and spoken word, the festival offers something for everyone. New this year is the theme “Westfest Gets Naked” in honour of alt-rocker Bif Naked. Other events on the bill include an “Ottawa Night” of local talent, street performers, an Inuit showcase, spoken word and literary performances, and more. The festival runs Friday through Sunday.

Sunday, June 12
This is the last day to check out “Places and Circumstances: New Additions to the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection” at City Hall Art Gallery. This exhibition features recent acquisitions, commissions, and donations by more than 20 artists. Works on view include those by Katie Argyle, Chelsea Delorme, Gabby and Thoma Ewen, Pedro Isztin, Jean Jewer, Andrew Morrow, Chris St. Amand, and Howie Tsui.

This is the opening weekend of the accessible, thought-provoking exhibition “Energy: Power to Change” at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Energy is a hot button topic these days, with the production and consumption of energy having social, economic, and environmental implications. This interactive show highlights practical tips to reduce your consumption, and hopes to inspire visitors to pledge to better conserve energy. Unique objects on view include a human hamster wheel and an electric eel.

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