Friday, June 17
Cheer on 5,000 paddlers from more than 190 teams at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, the largest of its kind in North America. This free, three-day party boasts non-stop racing, kid-friendly activities, and live music (performances include Steven Page from the Barenaked Ladies and Ash Koley). Watch in awe as teams of 20 (plus a drummer and a steersperson) propel these massive boats forward with lightning-fast times. The festival runs until Sunday.
Centre d’exposition L’Imagier debuts its latest exhibition today, called “Hommes en voie de distinction.” This group show invited eight artists to take a personal and current look at the notion of “gallantry,” and showcases eight very diverse perceptions of this word. The exhibit takes a fresh look at what gallantry could be in a present-day context, and is presented in a variety of mediums that include installation, painting, photography, audio art, and video.
In honour of National Aboriginal Day, the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival offers a chance to experience and celebrate diverse Aboriginal cultures. The usual festival activities are on the bill (pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy castles), but you can also explore an artisan village, which features interactive arts workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and traditional food. There will also be live performances taking place throughout the weekend, with an international competition powwow, a headline show by Shane Yellowbird, an “Aboriginal Canada We’ve Got Talent!” competition with more than $15,000 in prize money, and a cultural showcase featuring traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts. It starts today and runs until Sunday, rain or shine. Note: the festival is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Saturday, June 18
Singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega from Toronto brings her upbeat, folk-infused brand of country to Cafe Dekcuf after the recent release of her latest album, Little Red Boots. A unique genre she refers to as “a roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings,” her tunes will have you swaying in your seat and tapping your (cowboy boot-clad) toes. Interesting fact: she’s opened for UK band Keane and Kevin Costner’s band The Modern West. (more…)