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Mayfair Theatre

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Aug. 19 to 21

Les 7 doigts de la main. Photo credit: Christian Tremblay.

Friday, Aug. 19
There’s no big tent, but Loft by Les 7 doigts de la main is an edgy, modern show that pulls from the best of the circus. Following the story of seven friends who take up residence in a loft to escape from the outside world, members of this collective use acrobatics, juggling, clown acts, aerial performances, poetry, and song to entertain themselves and their roommates. Music by a DJ is the backbone of the performance, with tunes that range from swing to rap to tango. On at the Casino du Lac-Leamy this Thursday and Friday and Aug. 24 to 27.

File this under “things that are really cool to watch but too scary to try” when the World Championships of Slalom Skateboarding comes to town. Slalom skateboarding involves racing down a hill on a skateboard while maneuvering between tightly placed cones. The world championships of this fast-paced sport are being held in Ottawa this year — the first time since Expo ’86 that they’re taking place on Canadian soil. More than 70 racers from 12 countries and three continents will convene in the capital to vie for the top spot in men, women, juniors, and masters classes — the latter category being for racers over 45. The event is partnered with, and will be making a donation to, United Way Ottawa. Takes place all weekend.

Make the most of the quickly dwindling summer evenings with a visit to the Ottawa Night Market. The only one of its kind in the city (this is its inaugural year, too), the market aims to promote multiculturalism by exposing visitors to the best that local businesses have to offer. Bring your appetite, as plenty of food vendors — Thai Flame, Taste of India, and My Sweet Tea, among others — will be on hand to tempt your taste buds. Visitors can also pick up some one-of-a-kind crafty creations, or just stroll along Somerset Street West, listen to some tunes, and take in the atmosphere. Takes place Friday starting at 6pm and Saturday starting at noon, with both nights running until  1am.

Saturday, Aug. 20
Adore Japanese culture? (And who doesn’t? This is, after all, the culture that brought us sushi). Then head on over to the seventh annual Japanese Summer Festival at Vincent Massey Park. The annual celebration showcases martial arts, flower arranging sessions, traditional dances, tasty food (like a hot dog with Japanese toppings!), a children’s tent with face painting, origami, and games, and a performance by Japanese pop star Blaise Plant of Monkey Majik. The pièce de résistance? It’s all free! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 6 to 8

Talhia Macneil, "Highway 5" as part of "Exhibition No. 6."

Friday, May 6
This is the last day to see the exciting works of some of Ottawa’s emerging photographers at Red Wall Gallery. “Exhibition No. 6” is a unique collection by students in the Portfolio Program at the School for Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO). In a city known for inspiring Yousuf Karsh, these students have learned to hone their craft and express their personal style.

Gather your most fabulous friends and hit up the Glamour in the Glebe Jewellery Show for two evenings of jewels and gemstones. All the bling you can imagine is on offer by more than 30 designers, so expect to come home with that perfect something special for yourself or someone else (Mother’s Day, anyone?). The Friday night opening is $5 admission and includes a jewellery fashion show and refreshments, while the Saturday event is free.

Linda Eder plays the songs of Judy Garland.

Saturday, May 7
Many associate Judy Garland with Wizard of Oz, but in A Tribute to Judy Garland, award-winning vocalist Linda Eder, maestro Jack Everly, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra take the audience through the late star’s most memorable tunes, from “Me and My Shadow” to “You Made Me Love You.” Also takes place on Friday.

Canadian band The Sheepdogs play Barrymore’s tonight and with Bachman & Turner on Sunday. These guys from Saskatoon have made a name for themselves, nabbing one of the top four spots in Rolling Stone‘s first-ever “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star” competition. The winner of the competition will be the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover of the magazine, while also receiving a recording deal with Atlantic Records and a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Be sure to check out The Sheepdogs in Ottawa before they really hit it big. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Easter Weekend (April 22 to 24)

Ceramic bunnies from "Gnomeo and Juliet." © Touchstone Pictures

Friday, April 22
Get your matinee fix with a visit to the Mayfair Theatre to see Gnomeo and Juliet. This classic Shakespeare tale is retold in a world of warring garden gnomes who may or may not eventually realize the foolishness of their feud. A Braveheart-esque band of ceramic bunnies defy the passive and peaceful persona of the Easter Bunny — no other ornament can match their battling skills. Playing all weekend.

The Easter Bunny at Valleyview Little Animal Farm has lost hundreds of Easter eggs and needs help to recover all of them during their Easter Weekend event! Gather the whole family for a day of scavenging, puppet shows, train tours, and many up-close encounters with an array of farm animals.

Saturday, April 23
The Annual Easter Market Day is back at North Gower Farmers’ Market with their farm- or home-fresh goodies. From plants and veggies to jewellery and wool products, there’s something for even the pickiest of market shoppers. And with an emphasis on inconspicuous gluten-free food, it’s an inclusive event for the whole family. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 11 to 13

Friday, March 11

Dai Vernon gained an international reputation as the only man to ever fool the great Houdini. In the play The Shadow Cutter, learn about the life of the mysterious Ottawa-born magician known as “The Professor,” as two actors take on the story of Vernon’s obsessive quest for the ultimate card trick. Evening and matinee performances take place all weekend.

Celebrate your poetic side at VERSeFest, a brand spankin’ new poetry fest organized by a collective of the city’s poetry groups. The final weekend of the event is jam-packed with plenty of fun for word nerds, including multiple slam showcases, a discussion with Ottawa songwriters, an afternoon of Japanese form poetry, a children’s workshop on creative collaborations, and a reading by Richard Greene, winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Feb. 24 to 27

Thursday, February 24

An example of the Ikenobo school, by Ismat Zeine. Photo credit: Gregor Bochmann © Ikebana International, Ottawa Chapter

Okay, so Thursday isn’t technically a weekend, but the annual four-day Ikebana exhibition kicks off today at the Canadian Museum of Nature with a showcase of 50 beautiful, unique designs. Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of floral design, and it’s far more than simple flowers in a vase. Inspired by the theme “Ignite” this show is a sure thing for floral fiends and lovers of the unexpected alike.

Friday, February 25

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa team up with the Vancouver Chamber Choir this Friday. One of Ottawa’s premier choral group will be hosting the night in the historic Christ Church Cathedral, as East and West join together for one night only to create a beautiful wave of sound. There is also a dinner package available through the Bay Street Bistro. (more…)