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Canada Science and Technology Museum

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 27 to 29

Friday, April 27
The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place this weekend and will feature world-renowned writers speaking about their experiences in the field of history, science, fiction, poetry, and more. Some of the big-name draws include Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam and CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

In an event that will showcase young Canadian performers, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare tells the story of seduction and politics. The semi-staged production, put on by Thirteen Strings, is the highlight of the orchestra’s season.

Ana Miura plays at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Saturday, April 28
Folk music takes centre stage at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The event features local talent and includes Ottawa artists such as The Bytown Ukulele Group and Ana Miura.


Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 13 to 15

Friday, April 13
Gallery 101 presents the work of John Saski in the solo exhibition “I’ll Try to Move It.” Saski’s canvas is the world around him, as he uses everyday objects to comment on the struggles of everyday life. Saski can transform a pile of ladders or a box fireworks into art.

Kids will love the upbeat tunes of Imagination Movers at Centrepointe Theatre. The Movers dance around onstage to their friendly music, and the bright costumes and colourful lights will keep kids enthralled until the end.

New Country Rehab

New Country Rehab plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, April 14.

Saturday, April 14
One of Canada’s most exciting new bands, New Country Rehab, is coming to the Black Sheep Inn this weekend. New Country Rehab blends indie, bluegrass, and roots rock—a perfect sound to go with sipping a cool beer on a long weekend evening. Each member has had an extensive musical career, and their different skills form a complex combination of sounds.

For one day only, Shop Your Local Talent by the Old Ottawa South Community Association offers handmade crafts from the Ottawa area. Peruse pottery, jewellery, handmade cards, painting, baking, and more from 20 of Ottawa’s artisans.This is a great opportunity to brighten your home or get a head start on Mother’s Day.

World-renowned mentalist The Amazing Kreskin is appearing at Casino du Lac Leamy. Kreskin astounds audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to reveal their thoughts and tap into the power of the human mind.

Sunday, April 15
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s tragic disaster with Titanic Remembered at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Listen to stories of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, see a six metre long replica of the ship, and learn about the technology surrounding it. There is also underwater footage of the ship’s remains and an opportunity to build your own ship!

Travel back in time to one of the most romantic moments of the last century. Casino du Lac Leamy is recreating the setting of the last dinner served to first class travellers aboard the Titanic,which sank on April 15, 100 years ago. Titanic Evening is a seven-course surf and turf gourmet meal inspired by the flavours of the early 1900s.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 13 to 15

Works by Pedro Isztin will be on view at Red Wall Gallery. Photo credit: Pedro Isztin, "Wakefield I, Canada 2010."

Friday, Jan. 13
With snow banks all around us and temperatures dipping below zero, we’re reminded of nature every day. So what better time to go check out Pedro Isztin’s new collection of nature photography at Red Wall Gallery? This new exhibit, Study of Structure and Form, displays photographs from all over the world, including Sweden, Spain, and Canada, in a wide range of environments. Isztin looks at shape in the natural world and humankind’s influence on nature – a very timely topic. Opening this Friday, this collection is on view until Feb. 6. (more…)

Exhibition Roundup: What’s On at the Museums

Still got out-of-towners visiting? Check out our rundown on some of the coolest and most fascinating temporary and long-term exhibits in Ottawa.

"Awesome Arctic" is now on view at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Photo credit: © Doug Barber (Yorkton, SK).

The Canadian Museum of Nature has recently unveiled a new exhibit, Awesome Arctic, which features a collection of more than 50 photographs taken over several decades during the museum’s Arctic research adventures. The exhibit, which runs until next fall, displays fascinating visuals of Canada’s North, as well as researchers documenting marine life, plants, fossils, and minerals.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum brings you its most recent permanent exhibition Living in Space, which is all about adapting to daily life in zero gravity. Learn about what astronauts do in space, whether it’s work or play, eating or sleeping, or keeping up their personal hygiene. This highly interactive exhibit presents the technical, psychological, and physical challenges of living in space. You can also check out Green Skies Ahead, on view until June 2017. This exhibit takes you on a tour to discover the carbon-friendly technology of tomorrow. With so much focus on the environment, this is your chance to learn about energy production and consumption in today’s world, as well as get a taste of what the future holds through displays of energy-efficient aircraft designs.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum presents Energy: Power to Choose, an interactive display all about energy production and consumption, running until June 2017. Learn all about the social, economic, and environmental consequences of exploiting resources and get inspired to make a change. This exhibit even lets you produce your own electricity with a human hamster wheel. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out SiO2: The Science of Glass, on view until April 9, where you can see the true and brute strength of glass. Find out all about the chemical properties of glass and the role of glass in the history of civilization. Last but certainly not least, until January 20, you can snag your last chance to check out Braille: Knowledge at your Fingertips, which explores the language of touch for those who have lost their sight. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Aug. 12 to 14

Campfire & Storytelling takes place Friday nights through August.

Friday, Aug. 12
Snuggle up ‘round the fire and let your imagination run wild at the weekly Campfire & Storytelling event. The Ottawa Storytellers host an evening of oratory for both young and old at Billings Estate National Historic Site. These artists continue the age-old old tradition of storytelling, no book or paper in sight. Enjoy tales for adults and separate stories and songs for children, as well as plenty of marshmallows to roast.

Give date night a lift by grabbing snacks and laying out a blanket on the grass of Dundonald Park for the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival. On Friday night, follow Harry and the gang in the second last installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. On Saturday night the magic continues with awkward goofball Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, about a teenager who must win the heart of a girl by defeating her seven evil exes. This is the final scheduled two-night showing of the festival, with Aug. 19 as a make-up date for any rained out films and Aug. 20 either a make-up date or a surprise film.

Blues fans and rib lovers come together for the aptly titled Calabogie Blues & Ribfest. This brand new event boasts talent such as Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, and MonkeyJunk. There’s also a beer garden, a vendor’s area, a kids’ zone with face painting and rides, Canadian and American “ribbers” who are vying for the honour of best ribs in town, and fireworks. There are even spots for camping so you can make a weekend of it.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Remember the board game Clue? Well Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green and the rest of the motley crew are getting together again for a dinner party, only this time you’re invited! Suzart Productions presents Clue: The Musical, a hilarious dinner theatre show based on the popular game, in which audiences receive clues to help them figure out the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Show runs Thursday, Aug. 11, until tonight. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 8 to 10

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.

A mosaic by Alice Hinther.

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.

The Classic Theatre Festival. Photo credit: T.H. Wall.

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

17 Things We Love About Ottawa in May and June

1) "i think i can" plays at the NAC.

1) National Arts Centre performances like the tap/hip-hop show i think i can

2) The colourful costumes and dancing at Carivibe

3) Access to an abundance of farmers’ markets come spring

4) Bon Appetit, a top-notch food and wine show that benefits local charities

5) The Trial of Louis Riel, a historical re-enactment play

6) Hosting fantastical shows like Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

7) Rideau Valley Roller Girls play May 28 and June 25. Photo credit: Helen Kriemadis.

7) The rock’em, sock’em attitude of the Rideau Valley Roller Girls

8) Being at the epicentre of Canadian politics

9) Enjoying art outdoors at The New Art Festival

10) Lobster poutine, on the menu at the GNAG Lobster Kitchen Party

11) The oh-so-good International Chicken-Rib Cook-Off

12) Festival season. Enough said. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 7 to 10

Explore the water at the Reel Paddling Festival.

Thursday, April 7
Get your weekend started early with the best paddling films of the year at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Expect exciting stories from the stream that feature both professional and amateur films potentially ranging from four minutes to 80 minutes in length. Complete the ballot on the back cover of the evening program to vote for your favourite film for the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, April 8
What would it be like to live on Mars? Gather the whole family and head to the Living on Mars event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum to build a Mars habitat from recycled materials. Bring your own materials from home to add a personal touch to your extraterrestrial real estate.

Come out to Shanghai Restaurant in Chinatown to celebrate music free of expectation. Open Format 04 benefits the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives and gives visitors an unsolicited opportunity to enjoy musical creations without prejudice, hype, commercial ambition, or posturing. Pay what you can and settle in for a groovy evening. This month’s surprise DJ was born and raised in Ottawa and now hails from Vancouver. (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…)

The Roundup: What’s on at the museums (but not for long)

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colours" is on until Jan. 9. Photo credit: Museum of Nature, created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Museum of Nature wraps up some of its special exhibits on Jan. 9. Head over to the museum for a last look at live (and sometimes creepy) species in “Frogs: A Chorus of Colours.” While you’re there, take part in holiday programming that teaches kids about the importance of winter in nature.

The Bytown Museum offers a look at the history of Ottawa. Check out two neat exhibitions that make the past come alive. “Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits” pairs Victorian-era photographs from the museum with self-portraits by six Ottawa artists (until Dec. 31), while “Preserving Our Past: A Conservation Project,” gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the hard work that goes into conserving treasures from days gone by (until Jan. 9).

What came before the celebrity mug shot? “Arresting Images: Mug Shots from the OPP Museum” explores 100 reproductions of criminal photo cards, dating from 1886 to 1908, and tells the stories of the people in the pictures. On view at the Canada Science and Technology Museum until Jan. 2.

Those who love all things equine will be sad to see the end of “The Horse” on Jan. 2. This exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization looks at the profound relationship between horses and humans through artifacts, models, dioramas, art, interactive stations, and high-def videos.

The Canadian War Museum closes its long-running exhibit “1759–2009: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham” on Jan. 9. In honour of the 250th anniversary of this epic showdown, the museum offers a new perspective with 18th and 19th century images that portray the battlefield as it was seen by the soldiers of Montcalm and Wolfe.