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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 29 to July 1


Chris Botti plays the Ottawa Jazz Fest on Friday.

Catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti perform with the NAC Orchestra, as the TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival comes to a close this weekend. Botti, who has sold more than three million records worldwide, has performed with iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, and many more.

The Unisong Canadian Choir Festival has featured over 5000 singers and 191 groups throughout its 16-year run. Presented by the Arts Bureau for the Continent, Unisong brings choristers together from across Canada during the five-day event.

Nine artists will showcase contemporary pieces in “Local Flora,” an exhibit opening this weekend at SAW Gallery. The artists, all of whom are from the Ottawa and Outaouais region, will display works in painting, photography, sculpture and video-based installation that explore how nature is interpreted through artistic expression.


Escapade Music Festival promises to be bigger, better, and louder than ever. The two-day lineup includes live performances across three stages by artists Avicii, Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Alesso, Sander van Doorn, and many more. Partygoers will enjoy the weekend-long show at the new venue at Ottawa Stadium.

The RCMP Musical Ride Canadian Sunset Ceremonies run from June 26 to 30.

RCMP Musical Ride Canadian Sunset Ceremonies is a celebration of everything Canadian in a showcase of Mounties, horses, and music. The family-friendly event is a century-old tradition linking national identity and our heritage. Donations are welcome and go towards the RCMP Foundation.

The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair features many exhibitors who sell poetry books, novels, cookbooks, posters, graphic novels, comic books, and much more. The fair brings together many small presses in an annual event celebrating all forms of literature.




The Snowbirds fly over Parliament Hill on Canada Day.

Oh, Canada! Our nation celebrates its 145th birthday this Sunday, and what better way to commemorate it than in the heart of the capital. This year’s Canada Day festival takes place throughout the day at Parliament Hill, Jacques-Cartier Park, Major’s Hill Park, and Confederation Park, and will include live performances, the changing of the guard ceremony, and so much more. End the day with a spectacular fireworks show on Parliament Hill at sundown.

The 12th edition of Wonders of Sand takes place this weekend in nearby Gatineau, and displays impressive sculptures constructed entirely of sand. Guests can partake in family and amateur sculpting competitions. Other activities include workshops and games, swimming, dancing, and more.

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