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Urban Craft

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: Best Best for May 4 to 6

Friday, May 4
The 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability is a two-day event aimed at creating change to transform Ottawa into an environmentally sustainable city. The event, which is partnered with the City of Ottawa (among others), has also teamed up with businesses and community members to create an action plan for Ottawa’s future. Moe Garahan, Executive Director at Just Food in Ottawa will be one of several speakers as part of a panel.

Tulip Festival

The 60th annual Canadian Tulip Festival kicks off this Friday.

This Friday kicks off the first weekend of the 60th Commemorative Edition of The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. To celebrate this milestone, the festival will begin with an opening party in the ByWard Market. Join half a million visitors during this month-long event, and tour some of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods.

Join Bryan Adams on his first Canada-wide tour since 1992, this Friday at Scotiabank Place. Expect to hear great hits like “Open Road” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” as Adams rocks out alongside his longtime band members.

Saturday, May 5
Death and the Maiden, directed by Craig Walker, is a live performance that tells the story of fear and paranoia in a now defunct dystopian society. This three-week event begins May 1 at The Gladstone.

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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 6 to 8

Friday, April 6
The best in Canadian handmade crafts are at Originals – The Spring Craft Sale. Come and browse through endless selections of jewellery, clothing, visual art, and home and garden decorations at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This weekend find items to brighten up your home and wardrobe for spring.

B.A. Johnston brings the sweaty underbelly of east coast music to Ottawa with the recent release of his eighth album Hi Dudes!. At Irene’s Pub, listen to Johnston wail hillbilly songs that are equal parts fun and debauchery (song titles include “Deep Fryer in My Bedroom” and “You’re Going to Miss Me When the Zombies Come”). Note: Not for the easily offended.

The Harlem Globetrotters take over Scotiabank with their wacky skills. Photo credit: Harlem Globetrotters International Inc.

Saturday, April 7
The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their madcap skills to Scotiabank Place this weekend. Basketball fans will love the Globetrotters classic tricks, jokes, and shenanigans, from this year’s team that includes Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the first female Globetrotter in nearly 20 years.

The first Saturday of the month is here and that means Urban Craft is back. Ottawa’s coolest artisans come together so you can sample the best of carefully made chocolate, jewellery, candles, clothing, baked goods, toddler toys, and more. It’s the ultimate stop for local handicrafts. (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…)