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SAW Gallery

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 27 to 29

Friday, July 27

Estonia’s Arsis Handbell Ensemble plays Ottawa Chamberfest on Friday night.

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is back for another season of international music from the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance. Concerts are held in churches, arts centers, and other downtown venues. Featured artists on opening night include the Arsis Handbell Ensemble, the Gryphon Trio with Julie Nesrallah, and poetry and interviews with Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. Until August 9.

Odyssey Theatre is presenting The Game of Love and Chance, Marivaux’s classic comedy, in this 2012 season of Theatre Under the Stars. Enjoy the ambiance of the great outdoors as this 18th Century comic farce takes you on a journey through the tale of two lovers, caught up in intrigue, disguises and forbidden passion. Until August 26.

The Ottawa Little Theatre presents the last weekend of Black Coffee, one of Agatha Chrisite’s lesser-known mysteries. With many twists and turns, the audience is brought through a case that will tantalize both die-hard Christie fans and those who are new to her work.

Saturday, July 28

Steering Towards Hope showcases unique cars and motorcycles at Scotiabank Place. The Steering Towards Hope team and the Kidney Foundation of Canada are working together to make this the biggest event in its history, and the only event in the National Capital Region to involve cars, big trucks, and motorcycles. General admission is free; however, a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank is welcome.

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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for June 29 to July 1

Friday

Chris Botti plays the Ottawa Jazz Fest on Friday.

Catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti perform with the NAC Orchestra, as the TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival comes to a close this weekend. Botti, who has sold more than three million records worldwide, has performed with iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, and many more.

The Unisong Canadian Choir Festival has featured over 5000 singers and 191 groups throughout its 16-year run. Presented by the Arts Bureau for the Continent, Unisong brings choristers together from across Canada during the five-day event.

Nine artists will showcase contemporary pieces in “Local Flora,” an exhibit opening this weekend at SAW Gallery. The artists, all of whom are from the Ottawa and Outaouais region, will display works in painting, photography, sculpture and video-based installation that explore how nature is interpreted through artistic expression.

Saturday

Escapade Music Festival promises to be bigger, better, and louder than ever. The two-day lineup includes live performances across three stages by artists Avicii, Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Alesso, Sander van Doorn, and many more. Partygoers will enjoy the weekend-long show at the new venue at Ottawa Stadium. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 3 to 5

Quinsin Nachoff is just one of the performers taking the stage at the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest.

Friday, Feb. 3
Jazz up your weekend by taking in the international and local talent at the first annual Ottawa Winter Jazzfest. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz enthusiast or looking to diversify your musical tastes, this festival promises to thaw that winter chill. Hop all over downtown Ottawa, from the National Arts Centre to Club SAW to the Mercury Lounge to catch the smooth sounds of artists such as Megan Jerome, Quinsin Nachoff, Remi Bolduc, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble of Chicago.

Experience Ottawa’s diverse architecture and examine the relationship between architecture, the arts, and politics through music with Polytectures. This sound walk was created by Montreal’s Antoine Bédard and 10 local musicians. Through a variety of musical styles, Polytectures allows visitors and locals alike to experience Ottawa’s architecture in new ways by pairing songs with local landmarks. Although the entire walk is an hour long, it has been divided into sections with warm-up breaks for Winterlude.

If you’re a film buff with a soft spot for independent cinema, then you’re going to want to Get Iced this weekend. The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa is presenting 10 new Super 8 short films made by local filmmakers in cooperation with Winterlude. Afterwards, unwind with drinks at the Soviet-style reception hosted by Avant-Garde Bar and Gift Shop. The party continues at the bar after 9:30pm with live music and no cover charge.

This Friday, Yamantaka //Sonic Titan and Boyhood bring the party to Babylon. Yamantaka //Sonic Titan are a psychedelic opera group that fuses noise, metal, folk, and pop music to create an east-meets-west culture clash extravaganza. Boyhood is new on the Ottawa scene, bringing catchy songs with haunting melodies. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

Orpheus House, a musical theatre society, is one of the stops you can make during Culture Days. Photo credit: Alan Dean Photography.

Friday, Sept. 30
Circus workshops, Victorian photo collage mash-ups, and cabaret performances are just a few of the local activities being served up as part of Culture Days, a cross-Canada initiative that aims to put the spotlight on the country’s cultural institutions. More than 50 free events in Ottawa alone offer a range of opportunities to fuel your inner artist, from getting down and dirty in pottery class to going behind the scenes at theatre workshops. From Friday to Sunday (see website for full schedule).

Beau’s Oktoberfest, the party that beer lovers look forward to all year, is back for another rip roaring weekend. This annual event, put on by a local brewery, serves up Bavarian inspired food and seven different Beau’s beers to wash it down, as well as music by Cuff the Duke and Jim Bryson. Activities taking place include Bavarian dancing, world class beer speakers, brewery tours, a kids’ zone with 1,000 lbs. of Playdough, a sauerkraut cook-off, a keg toss, and a variety of other kooky competitions (spouse carrying race, anyone?) — no lederhosen required. The event runs Friday to Sunday, but don’t wait long to get tickets: Saturday’s already sold out.

It’s got a stronghold on the Internet and has also become a verb, now Google is the star in Mexican artist Emilio Chapela‘s first major solo exhibition in Canada. Ask Google, on at SAW Gallery from Sept. 30 to Nov. 12, presents image and text-based works generated from search engines and transformed into poetic statements about race, language, and translation. The show kicks off tonight with a reception and party at 8pm with food and tequila donated by the Embassy of Mexico.

Saturday, Oct. 1
Love the look of handmade goods, but lack the artistic talent? Then Urban Craft is just the ticket. This monthly craft sale, which debuted in September, offers up new and returning artisans, so there will be an ever-changing selection of goods to choose from, including screen-printed tees, local and organic body products, trendy fascinators, and even toys for modern tots. (more…)