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Canadian Museum of Civilization

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 20-22

Friday, July 20

Belle Starr is headlining the Stewart Park Music Festival in Perth on Friday night.

Head out to beautiful Perth for the 22nd annuaStewart Park Music Festival, a festival that continues to bring music to the people for free. Check out performances by Ian Tamblyn, Sherman Downey, Belle Starr and more on Friday night, plus a slew of other exciting performers over the course of the weekend.

Learn all about the culture and people of Turkey at the Ottawa Turkish Festival at Confederation Park. Explore the culture tent filled with treasures from Turkey, as well as music from world-famous Montreal-based group Soleil Tzigane, whose music stems from gypsy music of the Balkans, and a free traditional Turkish meal (registration required). Ends Saturday.

Join in for the 6th annual Festival Haiti held on Petrie Island in Orleans. Kombite Outaouais (KO), a non-profit organization, promotes the artistic and cultural heritage of Haitians and the greater Caribbean community. Friday is the official kick-off, Saturday features a beach party and after party with performances, and Sunday is a sport and fun day, featuring activities and musical performances.

Saturday, July 21

Mitsubishi City Chase, the world’s largest urban adventure series, has dates in cities across Canada and brings teams of two downtown to participate in a challenge that is part obstacle course, part scavenger hunt. Complete with prizes and an after party, it is sure to be a day to remember. Registration required.

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Hot Attraction: Mysteries of the Maya

 

A ceramic bowl depicting a bird from the Late Classic Period (600-900 CE).
Photo ©CONACULTA.-INAH.-MEX. Jorge Vertiz 2011

The mysteries behind the enigmatic Maya civilization are uncovered in “Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World,” a captivating exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Through nearly 250 stunning artefacts, visitors can learn about the temples, cities, languages, life cycles and beliefs of the Classic and Post-Classic Mayas — and uncover the truth behind the 2012 end-of-days legend. May 18 to Oct. 28. 

Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000. www.civilization.ca.

JUNO Mania: The JUNO Awards Come to Ottawa

It's all about glitz and glamour on awards night. Photo credit: CARAS/iPhoto).

The JUNO Awards celebrate the best of the best in Canadian music, and after eight years away the celebrations are back in Ottawa with a week of events that run March 26 to April 1. As musicians from around the country descend on the city, we highlight some of the hip happenings taking place around town. By Misa Kobayashi.

AWARDS SHOW
Roll out the red carpet! Taking place on April 1 at Scotiabank Place, the awards show will be broadcast live on CTV. With William Shatner hosting and big name nominees such as Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Arcade Fire, Hedley, Avril Lavigne, and The Sheepdogs vying for top honours, it’s certain to be a night of glitz and glamour for the Canadian music industry. Also on the bill are performances by JUNO Award winners City and Colour, Deadmau5, and Feist. Blue Rodeo will also take the stage and are being honoured as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees.

Singers, such as Michael Bublé, vie for top honours at the 2012 JUNO Awards, which will be hosted by William Shatner.

JUNO WEEK
Can’t make it to the awards show? There’s still lots to see and do at these signature JUNO Week events. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 16 to 18

Friday, March 16
Get creative at the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Vintage Fun – Making Do workshop, which is part of their March Break program. Bring your whole family and travel back in time to the 1920s and 1930s. Play Bingo, do some candle dipping, make arts and crafts, play a giant board game, or put your shoes on and try your feet at some swing dancing.

Art, nudity, and live performances come together at Bleu Nuit, a multimedia performance Art show at Falldown gallery this Friday. The show features a 1960s nude style photography collection called “Business Casual Fun,” by Irene Barrot Vasquez, in collaboration with Nilton De Menezes. NDMA, Zoo Legacy, and Live Projections and body art by Ariane Beauchamp will make up the live performance roster. With door prizes from Gypsy & Co., Young Janes, and Allegro, this is an art show not to be missed!

Party it up in Chinatown with Poptronic at Shanghai Restaurant. Poptronic is a DJ night led by CKCU’s DJ Jeff Main. He will be spinning an upbeat mix of indie electronic, synthpop, and electropop. This is anything but top 40 pop music! So come out, listen to songs you won’t hear anywhere else, and diversify your musical tastes.

Canoeing is just one of the activities to explore at the first annual Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in Ottawa.

Saturday, March 17
As frigid winter winds give way to warm, spring sunshine check out the first-ever Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show at the CE Centre. Learn about amazing travel destinations from safaris to eco-holidays and camping trips. Watch kayak, canoe, and scuba experts in the demo pools, climb the Rock Wall, or get inspired to bike, hike, run, or play water or mountain sports. Make sure to see the world premiere of The Best of the Reel Paddling Film Festival. (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 October 7 to 9

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. Photo credit: ©2010 Cirque du Soleil inc.

Friday, Oct.7
Two fantastical worlds collide at Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. On one hand you’ve got the incredible music of a pop legend, and on the other the bizarre, otherworldly acts of modern circus performers. When the two meet, it can only be magic. The show hits Scotiabank Place tonight and runs until Sunday.

Discover your connection to animals through Anna Williams’ sculptural mixed-media installation Dark Timber, on view at Karsh-Masson Gallery from today until Nov. 20. The young Canadian artist is quickly gaining notoriety for her skilled craftsmanship with metals, along with her cultural insights. Williams’ life-like creations make us think about what we’ve lost in our transition from nature to modern culture, and also about what we can learn from these creatures.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Take a drive to the oh-so-charming town of Perth for the annual Perth Autumn Studio Tour, which showcases a selection of contemporary fine arts and crafts. This year’s event features 20 artists in eight rural studios, and part of the fun is checking out the local scenery as you travel from place to place. Beautiful craftsmanship abounds with works that include jewellery, etchings, canoes, pottery, furniture, stone sculpture, wood carvings, and more.

On this weekend that’s all about family, your kids will love the kooky adventures of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon. This live production follows two fun-loving characters with out-of-this-world imaginations and tells their stories through music, theatre, dance, puppetry, and multimedia. (more…)

Ottawa Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 16 to 18

"Of the Appearance of Bees" by Andrew Smith. Photo credit: "Involution," 2011, oil on canvas.

Friday, Sept. 16
This date night, why not grab dinner and a show? And by “show,” we mean “art exhibit.” There are lots of public and commercial galleries downtown with interesting exhibits that range from traditional to contemporary. On now at City Hall Gallery is an exhibition of abstract paintings entitled “Of the Appearance of Bees,” by Andrew Smith. Using colours and figures, these oil-on-canvas images depict the working lives of the winged insects, and you’ll be inspired to ask, “How do bees think, act, and feel?” The gallery will be buzzing with Smith’s works until Oct. 23.

Avid Potter fans probably saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 when it debuted its epic final chapter in July. But if you want to see it with 30,000 watts of sound and a 3D screen that’s more than 16 metres tall, check it out tonight when it opens in 3D at the IMAX theatre at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reprise their roles for the last time as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger when they head towards a showdown with Lord Voldemort.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch is the place to be as the leaves change colours and the air turns crisp. Today is the launch of Fall Family Fun Activities, which runs until Oct. 30. This seasonal event boasts a plethora of quirky and exciting entertainment that includes pig races on the Hugli’s speedway (seriously!), a six acre corn maze, plus pirate ship, hay, and pumpkin mazes, pumpkin cannon shows, a hay jump, and puppet shows, among other activities. In the upcoming weekends there are also giant pumpkin weigh offs (Sept. 24) and giant pumpkin boat races (Sept. 25), and other Halloween-themed events.

The West End Studio Tour, which runs Sept. 17 and 18 and 24 and 25, gets art lovers out of the gallery and into the studios and homes of some 20 artists. We recommend checking out Rob Huntley‘s landscape images (especially the aerial ones) for an interesting perspective on cityscapes and landmarks. Other artists taking place include Alice Hinther, Wendy Feldberg, Shlomo Feldberg, Deidre Hierlihy, Andrew King, Jeff Wiebe, Paul Wing, and more. (more…)

10 Things to Do for $10 or Less

Who says you have to break the bank to have fun? Not us, that’s for sure! Here are just a few activities you can do in Ottawa on the cheap.
By Misa Kobayashi

The ByWard Market. Photo credit: OTCA.

1) Outdoor markets: $0-$10
This city has an awesome selection of farmers’ markets from which to score baked goods, fresh produce, flowers, jewellery — you name it. Located in the heart of downtown, the historic ByWard Market is a must for its bustling shops and vendors. Another top pick is the Ottawa Farmers’ Market on Sundays in the Glebe neighbourhood. We love the many restaurants that set up shop in the outdoor food court. See www.byward-market.com or www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca.

2) Downtown art galleries: Free
Check out a contemporary art exhibit at the City Hall Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery, or Ottawa Art Gallery, all of which are located within walking distance of each other in the downtown core. Even better? All offer either free admission or pay-what-you-can. See the gallery listings for more info.

3) Splash pads: Free
Beat the heat on a hot day with your kiddies at one of the city’s splash pads. Our favourite is Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way), for its excellent picnic spots, sprinklers, mini water slide, and three different play structures. A list of splash pads can be found at www.ottawa.ca.

Buskerfest on Sparks Street.

4) International Busker Festival: Pay-what-you-can
This annual fest lights up Sparks Street Mall from July 28 to Aug. 1, when performers from around the world strut their stuff. Enjoy daily shows that captivate and delight with performances that are all about unusual — and often daring — talents. See www.sparksstreetmall.com.

5) Lunch at Di Rienzo: $5-$10
This authentic grocery and deli, located in Little Italy, is part corner store, part sandwich shop. Locals arrive in droves at lunchtime, so there’s often a line-up out the door. Choose your bread, your toppings, and your meat, and grab a seat at the park across the street, or take a stroll through the charming neighbourhood. 111 Beech St., 613-729-4037. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for the Long Weekend (May 20 to 23)

A piece from the exhibition "JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation." Photo credit: Designer- Toshiyuki Kita. Manufacturer- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan 2002. Photo- Luigi Sciuccati.

Friday, May 20
The Canadian Museum of Civilization launches its newest exhibition today, entitled “JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation.” We’ve heard many stories about this country since it was struck by a devastating tsunami and earthquake on March 11; now, learn more about the enterprising spirit that has defined Japan in the past and will continue to define it in the future. The show is comprised of five themes: travel, automation, social status, consumer culture, and entertainment, and provides rare insight into the creative character of Japan by comparing contemporary designs with historical artifacts.

Saturday, May 21
Starting today and running until Monday, visitors can learn about the surprising world of wool at the Canada Agriculture Museum. Watch sheep-shearing demonstrations given by an expert shearer, and learn how many different objects we use in everyday life are made by washing, carding, dying, spinning, and knitting wool. You can also watch border collies take part in agility competitions, try your hand at knitting (with a little help, of course), and kids can make some fun sheep-themed crafts to take home.

Here’s the premise for Ottawa’s third annual Ottawa Rock Lottery (and if you don’t know about this, you should!): There are 25 musicians from different genres and bands. Five bands are determined by randomly pulling names out of a hat. The newly formed groups have 24 hours to create a 20 – 30 minute set of all original music, which will be performed that very night. Some added cool for this year includes a burlesque performance, door prizes, and a free rock’n’roll photo booth. How does it get better? Oh yeah, all proceeds go to a local charity!

Ottawa Fat Cats. Photo credit: Michael Gauthier/Freedom Photography.

The city’s cheekily-named Intercounty Baseball League team, the Ottawa Fat Cats, kicks off the season with their first home game tonight. The team plays Kitchener at home Saturday and Sunday, followed by a double header against both Kitchener and Toronto. It’s a great family outing and tickets are a bargain at $12 for general admission and a variety of student, senior, child, and online discounts. Now that should get you singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in no time! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 15 to 17

Friday, April 15
Ottawa musician Bruce Cockburn is at the National Arts Centre to support the release of his 31st studio album Small Source of Comfort. Boasting chart toppers like “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “People See Through You,” folk music and rock and roll lovers won’t want to miss this Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee’s adventurous songs of romance, protest, spiritual discovery, and humour.

Junkyard Symphony uses everyday items as instruments.

The entire family will love Earth Day Activities, on offer at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In anticipation for the big day on April 22, drop by the the museum this Friday to make stamp art from reusable household items, create haute couture newspaper fashions, and groove to the beats of the Junkyard Symphony. The theme is green; join in the fun to celebrate our planet.

Saturday, April 16
The Mammoth Used Book Sale is back at the Nepean Sportsplex! This special event offers more than 20,000 books and audiovisual materials for children and adults. With most paperbacks at $1 and hardcovers at $2, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your library. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 4 to 6

Friday, March 4

"Naked Naked Naked" is on view at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Photo credit: “She is Sunshine... She is Love. Oil on canvas.”

Artists bare their souls in “Naked Naked Naked,” on view at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery until March 26. This group exhibition of paintings explores the theme of the word “naked,” from the literal meaning to more metaphorical interpretations about the soul, truth, and pure expression. Stop by the exhibition grand opening on Thursday, March 3, and catch a sultry burlesque show by The Sin Sisters. Visit the Facebook page to add your name to the guest list for the vernissage.

Enjoy a Vegas themed evening at “Drag for a Wish” that includes casino-themed games, a drag show by some of Ottawa’s top performers, and silent auction. Presented by Algonquin College’s Event Management program, which is raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. (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.