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.
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…)