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Terry Fox Run

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Sept. 14 to 16


The free House of PainT Festival is on at Brewer Park this weekend.

The House of PainT Festival – an annual outdoor event that showcases urban arts and culture from across the country – returns this weekend with some big-name performances, an elaborate set of workshops and master classes, and over 200 graffiti artists. Be sure to check out the main event, the 4 Disciplines of Hip Hop jam, on Sept. 15 at Brewer Park.

Six-time Just For Laughs Festival veteran John Pinette brings his latest comedy tour to the National Arts Centre this weekend. With a Bill Cosby-inspired wit that blends hilarious observations with zany impressions, he is sure to have audiences roaring with laughter. Pinette will be at performing September 13 to 16 at the NAC.

For 168 years, the Richmond Fair has been working to promote agricultural awareness in the Ottawa area. This year’s schedule includes a petting zoo, midway, pony rides, antique machinery displays and horse shows, as well as performances by The Blackwell band, Chris McCann Trio, and The Hypnotizers. 


ARBORETUM is Ottawa’s newest boutique arts and music festival. This one-day event aims to highlight the best food, music and art the city has to offer by showcasing a range of local talent. On hand will be musical acts like Boyhood, Ohbijou and Andrew Vincent; food from Murray Street, Art-Is-In Boulangerie and the Hintonburg Public House, among others; and drinks from Bridgehead, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and Kichesippi Brewery.

Photo © Peter Handley, Vintage Wings of Canada

Beautiful vintage airplanes will take flight this weekend during Wings over Gatineau-OttawaLook to the skies for stunning aerial demonstrations by the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds and wing-walking phenom Carol Pilon, among others, and scope out legendary Second World War aircraft such as the Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster bomber. There’s a special focus on Warbirds of the Med, marking the 70th anniversary of many of the major air and land battles in and around the Mediterranean Sea during the Second World War.

Taste of Wellington West returns this Saturday with a jam-packed day of music, shopping and food! Performing this year are Reverb Syndicate, Crown Vic, Still Dangerous and Tall Trees, as well as renowned children’s performers, Hey Buster!. You can also treat your taste buds to a plethora of free food samples, with Hintonburger, Bridgehead,  and SuzyQ Doughnuts offering up some goodies.


The annual Terry Fox run takes place this Sunday.

The Terry Fox Run returns this weekend to the nation’s capital. This annual non-competitive event invites runners, walkers, cyclists, inline skaters and wheelchair athletes to travel 1km, 5km or 10km to help raise money for cancer research. The central Ottawa event departs from Carleton University. Though admission to the run is free, fundraising is strongly encouraged.

Ottawa music promoter DNA Presents is organizing a country music benefit concert in support of farmers affected by this summer’s drought. Farm Aid will feature performances by Michelle Wright, Paul Brandt, and Emerson Drive, along with local up-and-comer Jason Blaine, who just this week was awarded Single of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Y101 will be hosting the event, with Wayne Rostad helping out as guest MC.

The annual Feast of Fields fundraiser at the Canada Agriculture Museum brings together top chefs and local organic farmers to create a delicious spread of socially and environmentally conscious meals. This exclusively organic event is the main fundraiser for Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa, helping to support farmer outreach and farm-to-institution programs within the community. The event takes places at the Canada Agriculture Museum.


Weekend Roundup, September 16 to 18

Friday: Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall debut in Noël Coward's Private Lives

Friday, September 16
Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross trade the silver screen for the big stage in the Toronto engagement of Private Lives. This straight-from-London production of Noël Coward’s comedy classic opens tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Discover Ukrainian culture at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival. The event kicks off tonight and runs all weekend in Bloor West Village. Watch dancers and musicians, taste authentic Ukrainian food and drinks, and shop the sidewalk sale.

Cheer on slugger Jose Bautista, rising star Brett Lawrie, and the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, as they open a three-game  series against the New York Yankees (and look to spoil the Bronx Bombers’ hopes of another division title).

Saturday: Celebrate the season at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Saturday, September 17
Press some cider, bid on handmade quilts, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride at the 55th Pioneer Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village. This year’s event celebrates local food and the history of the harvest with fresh-baked pies and a team of volunteers producing 1,000 pounds of sausage throughout the day.

Don your red threads and head over to BMO Field for some Major League Soccer action. See if Torsten Frings and Julian de Guzman can lead Toronto FC to victory against the visiting Colorado Rapids.

Listen to the folk-rock melodies of Wilco at Massey Hall. The Chicago-based band is following up on its 2009 Grammy-nominated, self-titled record with the release of its eighth studio album, The Whole Love, due out later this month.

Sunday: Cheer on the thousands of runners keeping Terry Fox's dream alive (photo by Logantech)

Sunday, September 18
Carry on the legacy and spirit of national hero and support cancer research. Running, walking, and cycling paths of various lengths will be set up at Terry Fox Run sites around the city.

Celebrate “Hangawi,” also known as the Korean Thanksgiving at the Korean Harvest Festival. Concerts, a Korean culture show, and a singing competition are all part of the festivities taking place at Mel Lastman Square in North Toronto.

Polka your way over to Roncesvalles Village for the Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Experience the heritage, art, music, and food of Poland, along with a soccer tournament, and film screenings at the Revue cinema.

Hot Date: Run for a Cure

Lace up those sneakers for the Terry Fox Run (photo by Timothy Takemoto)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 The legacy of a Canadian icon lives on this weekend as municipalities across Canada host their annual Terry Fox Run. The fun and inspiring community-based event carries on Fox’s mission to find a cure for cancer. In Muskoka, the village of Windermere welcomes runners, walkers and cyclists to participate in its Terry Fox Run, starting at the Windermere Village Hall, across from the United Church. In conjunction with the event are a barbecue, live music, games and even a silent auction featuring gifts from Muskoka businesses.