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Ottawa Folk Festival

Hot Date: Freewheelin’ at Folk Fest

Ben Harper plays the Ottawa Folk Festival tonight, along with Matthew Good, Matt Mays, Danny Michel, and more.

With a lineup that includes the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Bon Iver, Ben Harper, Matthew Good, Kathleen Edwards, Great Big Sea, Dan Mangan, Patrick Watson, and lots more, the Ottawa Folk Festival keeps true to its roots while luring crowds with some big names. Hundreds of folk, roots, blues, and pop-rock performers take to the stage during the five-day fest. Folk Fest also offers interactive and performance workshops, which allow curious beginners and experienced musicians alike to try their hands at a new craft or learn some tips from the pros in a laid-back environment. Food and drinks, family-oriented entertainment, and lots more are also on the bill. Sept. 6 to 10.

Hog’s Back Park, 613-599-3267, www.ottawafolk.com

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 7 to 9

Friday, September 7

Bon Iver plays the Ottawa Folk Festival on Monday

This weekend marks the 19th anniversary of the Ottawa Folk Festival, the city’s annual five-day fusion of music, dance and visual arts. Operating under new management – the Bluesfest organizers took control in 2011 – this year’s event will feature a slew of big-name acts such as Bon Iver, Lindsey Buckingham, Ben Harper and Matthew Good. Also on the bill are local musicians Kathleen Edwards, Black Dogs and Brock Zeman. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Aug. 26 to 28

"The Fourposter" at the Classic Theatre Festival.

Friday, Aug. 26
The Classic Theatre Festival in Perth wraps up its summer-long season this weekend with The Fourposter, a comedy about marriage by Jan de Hartog. This Tony Award-winning play follows the joys and challenges of a 35 year marriage, all the way from the nerve-wracking wedding night, to parenting (and the inevitable midlife crisis), to the realities of aging. Shows take place Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

You don’t need to strap on your Birkenstocks to enjoy the Ottawa Folk Festival. This community celebration brings together a sweet mix of music, dance, and visual arts for a four-day family-friendly event. An eclectic mix of musical performances is on offer, including shows by Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, City and Colour, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman, The Nightwatchman (alter ego of Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine), and a variety of other acts. Bring along your own instrument and join in on organized jam sessions that range from Celtic music to African drumming. Runs Aug. 25 to 28.

This is the last day to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony, an iconic Canadian sight. Held each morning at 10am on Parliament Hill from late June to late August, this ceremony is a colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry, and music, complete with military drills. A regimental band and pipers also perform.

Saturday, Aug. 27
The Canadian Museum of Nature throws open its doors to people and animals alike this weekend. Come meet some four-legged critters from the the Muskoka Wildlife Centre. Learn about the “extreme” features of some well-known creatures, and at the end of the 30-minute show you might even get a chance to pet one or two. Afterward, go explore the museum’s newest exhibit “Extreme Mammals,” with new-found insight about our furry friends. Takes place Saturday and Sunday. (more…)