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Barrymore’s Music Hall

Weekend Roundup: Special Canada Day Edition

In honour of Canada’s 144th birthday, we’ve rounded up an assortment of activities that get you in on the action, whether you’re looking for one day, or a whole weekend, of fun. Happy Canada Day!

Parliament Hill is just one place to celebrate Canada Day this weekend. Photo credit: NCC/CCN.

Friday, July 1
Everyone knows downtown is the place to be if you want to be in the thick of things, and everyone should experience Canada Day on the Hill at least once. Today, some of the highlights include the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, the noon show, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus musical acts from across the country, and an evening show with plenty of live entertainment. Major’s Hill Park and Jacques-Cartier Park are good places to take the family, with activities that include a VIA miniature train, kite flying, an outdoor sculpture gallery, an international village, a Great Canadian Chicken BBQ, dance classes, fireworks, and — we can’t even believe we’re saying this — so much more!

Located right downtown, the National Arts Centre will be hosting an array of activities that are fun for the whole fam. If you need a breather from carousing on Parliament Hill, head here for some free fun that includes storytelling, breakdance performances by Culture Shock, music by the NAC Orchestra and 250 choiristers, plus entertainment by the Ottawa Stilt Union.

Earning a visit on the Royal Tour, you know the Canadian War Museum has serious cred. While Wills and Kate will stop by here on July 2 for a private function for veterans, there’s plenty of fun programming to be had on Canada Day for the country’s grand fete. Activities include military marches and highland tunes with the museum’s “wandering piper,” temporary tank tattoos for the kids, lectures about battlefield medicine, and more. Even better? For today only admission is free.

The National Gallery of Canada sure knows how to throw a party: Local ogranization Fresh Beat will be pumping up the jams on the plaza with techno and house music in the outdoor amphitheatre. This day of electronic music will feature well-known DJs from the region, such as Akash, Yan Larouche, Dr. Phil, Martin Diotte, Chris Falardeau, Jason Jesse, and Steve Martin. Also on site will be a barbecue and gelato, plus it’s the perfect place to grab a prime seat for the fireworks show at 10pm. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 25 to 27

Bakelite bangles.

Friday, March 25
Those who love the thrill of the hunt will adore the Ottawa Antiques Show. A treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds, this indoor flea market offers thousands of items, including period pieces, home décor, jewellery, furniture, artwork, and more. Be sure to look for the colourful Bakelite bangles, which rose to fame in the ‘30s and ‘40s, especially after fashion powerhouse Coco Chanel began to offer them in her collection.

New York City’s Snarky Puppy takes the stage at Barrymore’s Music Hall tonight. The nine-piece electro-dancefloor jazz ensemble will get the audience grooving with their unique sound that’s been influenced by everyone from Erykah Badu to Herbie Hancock. Violinist Zach Brock opens the night with his trio and Ottawa’s DJ Rise Ashen takes over between sets.

Saturday, March 26
Camp it up with the Lemonjellow Vernissagerie. This new DIY collective presents a showcase of 11 local artists and their provocative, tongue in cheek art. Pieces on display run the gamut from the quirky and fun, to the nostalgic, to darker subject matter. Also taking place on Sunday. (more…)