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Hot Date: Capital Pride

Capital Pride, Ottawa’s annual 10-day celebration of the city’s LGBTTQ community, kicks off today. Opening night offers plenty of must-attend events, including Repo! The Genetic Drag Show at Club Saw ($10) and an awards gala that acknowledges leadership in the Ottawa-Gatineau area LGBTTQ community at ARC Hotel (free admission). Pride Week continues until Aug. 26, culminating in a massive parade on the last day of the festival.

613-252-7174, www.capitalpride.ca

Hot Date: Show Your Stripes at the Pride Parade

photo by Karen Chapelle

JULY 1 Celebrate diversity with the city’s huge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community as a week of festivities culminates in the annual Pride Toronto parade. Drawing tens of thousands of spectators and participants from across Ontario and even farther abroad, the boisterous bash honours openness and acceptance with over-the-top costumes, music and decorative floats as revellers make their way down Yonge Street, from Bloor Street south to Gerrard Street. 2 p.m.; call 416-927-7433 or see here for more information.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 18 to 20

Friday, Nov. 18
Winter may be on its way, but the good news is that so is the Signatures Show. This event showcases gifts by Canada’s best artisans and designers, who display a plethora of goods, including art, home décor, beauty products, fashion, gourmet treats, and jewellery. Be sure to check out the daily fashion shows, custom perfume by Aromachology, and Grandma Deb’s Fruitcake, which was one of the wedding gifts sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The show started on Tuesday and runs until Sunday.

The longest running “mobile guitar festival” in North America is coming to Ottawa this Friday. At International Guitar Night at the Shenkman Arts Centre, you will be treated to performances by guitarists from California, Scotland, Brazil, and Madagascar. This showcase of international talent is not one to miss!

Would you like a medium latte with a small painting on the side? At the fall fundraiser for the Ottawa School of Art, Small Medium Large, you can place that order! The evening is café themed, selling coffee and baked goods, as well works of art all priced as small, medium, or large. The event, which raises money for outreach programs, bursaries, and new studio equipment, also features live entertainment from DJ Spade and M. Parker Jazz Quartet.

Greg Cockerill performs Saturday night at D'Arcy McGee's.

Saturday, Nov. 19
If you’re in the mood for some vintage rock-and-roll with a Canadian vibe, head to D’Arcy McGee’s in Orleans on Saturday evening to catch the CBC-acclaimed Greg Cockerill Band. Cockerill and his younger brother Joshua collaborated on the new album, Festuca, which they are currently promoting on tour across Canada. The band is making this one stop in Ottawa—and you don’t want to miss them. (more…)