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Ottawa Fat Cats

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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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 6 to 8

The Sound and Light Show runs nightly through September 6 on Parliament Hill

Friday
The Sound and Light Show kicks off tonight and sees the façade of the Parliament Buildings become the backdrop for a 30-minute audio and visual experience that highlights Canada’s cultural and physical landmarks. The current showing is entitled “Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people.” Running until September 3, this bilingual event is held nightly on Parliament Hill, and admission is free.

A trip to Ottawa in July is incomplete without a night at Bluesfest. The fest runs from July 4 to 15, and Friday night features artists such as City and Colour, Arkells, Sleigh Bells, David Grey, and Tommy Lee and Dj Aero, just to name a few.

The NAC Orchestra performs the award-winning score from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as the film is projected on a 60-foot screen. The show, running Thursday to Saturday, provides avid fans and newcomers alike with a fresh experience of the film.

Saturday
Urban Craft, Ottawa’s first and only monthly craft market features pieces from hip and fresh vendors. Come out for some great finds, from gourmet and local food to body products and accessories, even handmade toys for the kids. The event is held the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

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Weekend Roundup: Special Canada Day Edition

In honour of Canada’s 144th birthday, we’ve rounded up an assortment of activities that get you in on the action, whether you’re looking for one day, or a whole weekend, of fun. Happy Canada Day!

Parliament Hill is just one place to celebrate Canada Day this weekend. Photo credit: NCC/CCN.

Friday, July 1
Everyone knows downtown is the place to be if you want to be in the thick of things, and everyone should experience Canada Day on the Hill at least once. Today, some of the highlights include the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, the noon show, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus musical acts from across the country, and an evening show with plenty of live entertainment. Major’s Hill Park and Jacques-Cartier Park are good places to take the family, with activities that include a VIA miniature train, kite flying, an outdoor sculpture gallery, an international village, a Great Canadian Chicken BBQ, dance classes, fireworks, and — we can’t even believe we’re saying this — so much more!

Located right downtown, the National Arts Centre will be hosting an array of activities that are fun for the whole fam. If you need a breather from carousing on Parliament Hill, head here for some free fun that includes storytelling, breakdance performances by Culture Shock, music by the NAC Orchestra and 250 choiristers, plus entertainment by the Ottawa Stilt Union.

Earning a visit on the Royal Tour, you know the Canadian War Museum has serious cred. While Wills and Kate will stop by here on July 2 for a private function for veterans, there’s plenty of fun programming to be had on Canada Day for the country’s grand fete. Activities include military marches and highland tunes with the museum’s “wandering piper,” temporary tank tattoos for the kids, lectures about battlefield medicine, and more. Even better? For today only admission is free.

The National Gallery of Canada sure knows how to throw a party: Local ogranization Fresh Beat will be pumping up the jams on the plaza with techno and house music in the outdoor amphitheatre. This day of electronic music will feature well-known DJs from the region, such as Akash, Yan Larouche, Dr. Phil, Martin Diotte, Chris Falardeau, Jason Jesse, and Steve Martin. Also on site will be a barbecue and gelato, plus it’s the perfect place to grab a prime seat for the fireworks show at 10pm. (more…)

17 Things We Love About Ottawa in May and June

1) "i think i can" plays at the NAC.

1) National Arts Centre performances like the tap/hip-hop show i think i can

2) The colourful costumes and dancing at Carivibe

3) Access to an abundance of farmers’ markets come spring

4) Bon Appetit, a top-notch food and wine show that benefits local charities

5) The Trial of Louis Riel, a historical re-enactment play

6) Hosting fantastical shows like Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

7) Rideau Valley Roller Girls play May 28 and June 25. Photo credit: Helen Kriemadis.

7) The rock’em, sock’em attitude of the Rideau Valley Roller Girls

8) Being at the epicentre of Canadian politics

9) Enjoying art outdoors at The New Art Festival

10) Lobster poutine, on the menu at the GNAG Lobster Kitchen Party

11) The oh-so-good International Chicken-Rib Cook-Off

12) Festival season. Enough said. (more…)