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Wellington West

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.


Hot Dining: Fantastic Food Fills an Ever-Changing Menu at Allium

Diners can always find something inventive (and delicious) at Allium.

The low-key dining room at Allium has all the makings for a great night: attentive service, delicious food, and a fun atmosphere. The menu changes on the first Thursday of every month, meaning you can make many return visits and try something different each time (they also offer a popular tapas menu on Monday nights). One of the items you don’t have to worry about changing though is the banoffee pie. This to-die-for treat (and local favourite) features a graham cracker crumb crust, banana slices, toffee, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. A perfectly decadent way to end the meal. 87 Holland Ave., 613-792-1313.


Hot Dining: Contemporary Food and a Great Atmosphere at Absinthe

Contemporary Canadian soul food at Absinthe

What to expect from a restaurant named Absinthe? Well, five varieties of this spirit, of course (“Yes, it’s legal, and yes, it does have the real ingredients,” says general manager Thomas McVeigh). You’ll also find seasonal menus and contemporary Canadian soul food to fill your belly, such as the much-loved steak frites and the “Benevolent Burgers” ($1 from which goes to charity). Round out the experience with an extensive wine list, creative cocktails, and a relaxed ambience that lets you laugh loudly with your friends. 1208 Wellington St. W., 613-761-1138.

Hot Art: Cool Space for Contemporary Art

Orange Art Gallery

The site of an old Stubby Soda Pop factory is now the home of Orange Art Gallery. Open since April 2010, the gallery represents over 20 established and emerging contemporary artists and is making quite a splash in the Ottawa arts scene. From Jan. 4 to 22, check out paintings of the beautiful Ottawa Valley landscape by Crystal Beshara in the exhibition “Winter’s Promise,” or reflect on the experience of visiting an art gallery with “A Conversation with Painting” by Lorena Ziraldo, on from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12. We’re digging the cool, industrial feel of the space, which seems like just the place to spend an afternoon absorbed in the arts.

The Ottawa Style Files

Shopping is an essential part of exploring a new place, so WHERE gives you the scoop on five top shops. Whether you’re from a big city or a small town, Ottawa’s got just the store for you. By Misa Kobayashi.

Pretty dresses abound at Victoire.

At the downtown location, an old dresser displays knickknacks and vintage jewellery, while pretty party dresses line the wall. This girly shop boasts clothing lines with classic designs that flatter a woman’s body, while still offering a bit of edge. Nearly all the stock comes from within Canada, and popular items include Laura Langford leather bags (made locally), Preloved clothing made from recycled materials, and walls of funky jewellery made by Ottawa artists. Prices range from $5 for quirky greeting cards to $220 for a dress or coat.
246 Dalhousie St., 613-321-1590, and 1282 Unit B. Wellington St. W., 613-421-0089. www.victoireboutique.com

Workshop highlights local, female designers.

This is the home of the handmade. Workshop carries more than 180 small designers — half of whom are local, and nearly all of whom are Canadian — with an emphasis on startup women designers. One such brand is Twiss & Weber, a line that features eco-fabrics and great hats and scarves for fall. While higher-end items like dresses could go for $200, you can also find a range of delightful and inexpensive gifts, such as $2 fabric brooches, hilariously raunchy soaps, and cards. Check out the selection of fun print bags, unique stuffed animals, and jewellery (there’s plenty in the $25 to $50 range).
242 1/2 Dalhousie St., 613-789-5534. www.workshopboutique.ca (more…)