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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 15 to 17


Lady Antebellum plays Scotiabank Place on Friday

Lady Antebellum will be performing with guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on Friday night as part of their Own The Night 2012 World Tour. Guests can expect to hear the band’s latest number one hit “We Owned The Night,” as well as “Just A Kiss.” The Grammy Award-winners rose to fame with the 2009 country-pop smash “Need You Now.”

A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage is in its 12th year in Ottawa, celebrating Canadian culture, arts, and music. Audiences will enjoy over 50 performers showcasing the history of Canada in a bilingual performance of song and dance. The performance includes everything Canadian, from the historical First People, to the RCMP, to our country’s contribution to music, television, and film over the past century.

Get ready to rock with D-TOX Rockfest, Quebec’s largest rock music festival. Located in nearby Montebello, the event features some big names with over 100 bands performing on indoor and outdoor stages. Friday’s lineup includes Korn, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, The Planet Smashers, a Black Sabbath tribute band, and many more. Also in attendance will be local artisans, vendors, and demos.


Carivibe, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture, is back again in the capital this Saturday. The event, which is hosted on Petrie Island in Orleans, will include Caribbean food and drinks, a children’s play area, masqueraders, entertainers, DJs, dance groups, steel bands, drummers, arts and crafts, and more throughout the day. At night the party continues with “Beach Ball,” a theme party requiring attendees to dress in beach-appropriate wear (golf shirts, Hawaiian shirts, straw hats – the works!).

The Ottawa Fringe Festival runs from June 14-24

The Ottawa Fringe Festival offers an array of performances throughout the almost two-week-long fest, which begins this week. Fringe Night Live occurs daily during the festival, and includes sketch comedy and digital shorts (think SNL).

Festival Franco-Ontarien will be celebrating its 37th year in Ottawa this weekend. The festivities will take place in the ByWard Market and Major’s Hill Park and will offer face-painting artists Kromatik and Déséquilibrécompagnie, a group of acrobats, jugglers, and stilt walkers, all throughout the event. Performers include Mohombi, Ngâbo, Marijosée, and more. Keep an eye out for a flash mob during Mohombi’s performance.


This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Piggyback Fringe Festival in nearby Wakefield. This four-day event, which coincides with the Ottawa Fringe Festival (also this weekend), celebrates theatre and arts. Make sure you don’t miss the Piggyback Rooting Pen Sunday evening!

Treat dad to an afternoon of antique cars and travel back in time to see how cars have evolved over the years with the Father’s Day Antique Car Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site. This Sunday’s events include crafts, a barbershop quartet, and a barbeque. Pose for a picture with dad in front of the Billings 1959 Cadillac.

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