BY MATT HARRISON
Pass the Mic Y’all
“If You can feel what I’m feeling then it’s a musical masterpiece/ If you can hear what I’m dealing with then that’s cool at least/ What’s running through my mind comes through in my walk/ True feelings are shown from the way that I talk/ And this is me y’all, I M.C. y’all/ My name is M.C.A. and I still do what I please/ And now I’d like to introduce what’s up/ I’ll pass the mic to D. for a fist fill of truth” — Pass the Mic, Beastie Boys
Pass the Mic — it’s not just a dope track by the aforementioned Brooklyn trio, it’s also — fittingly — the name of House of PainT’s upcoming urban festival of arts and culture, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Brewer Park. Various MCs from noon until 11 p.m. will highlight the four elements that make up hip hop — DJing, graffiti art, urban dance, and MCing itself. During the event, there will be popping battles; crew vs. crew breakin battles; and live performances by SOCALLED, Flight Distance, Jazz Cartier, and more, including workshops and discussions on topics related to hip hop and urban culture. No cover before 5 p.m. More info, visit here.
Lansdowne Flea Market
From the organizer behind two of the largest vintage clothing shows in Canada — the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show — comes a not-for-profit, ‘curated’ market. What’s a curated market? It means some thought/selection has been put into which vendors attend and, likely, what’s presented. 613Flea will include crafts, but also antiques, artists, vintage clothing, and food, all produced by the city’s community of artisans, artists, designers, entertainers, and makers. Held inside Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 12 will be the first of four such events this fall: the other three will take place on Sept. 19, Oct. 10, and 17 — with more events throughout the winter months. Opens at 10 a.m., runs until 4 p.m. More info, visit here.
… Need More Fleas?
Buy/sell records, hunt through clothes, check out used books, toys, games, handmade items, art and more at Punkottawa.com’s flea market on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Bronson Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: by donation. More info, visit here.
Go Hog Wild
Bacon ice cream; The Baconater — Wendy’s popular fatburger; and the Bacon Bowl: yep, a bowl made out of bacon strips. Quote: “Everything tastes better in a bacon bowl.” It sure does. With the advent of the bacon bowl, the possibilities are endless! Utensils? Plates? Why not a bacon ice cream cone? It’s clear that we’re a bacon nation — which is why we need a party to recognize this distinction. Introducing Baconpalooza: a celebration happening on Saturday, Sept. 12 at The Canada Food and Agriculture Museum. Food trucks, beer, cocktails, BBQ, smoking, and other related demonstrations, and live entertainment — from $20 day/$25 night. The VIP night takes place on Friday, Sept. 11 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and includes music by Bang on the Ear, cooking demos, cocktail demos, etc. — $50 tickets. More info, visit here.
Old Ottawa South Annual Porch Sale
Set the alarm for “early”, toss back a coffee, and head off to Old Ottawa South for their annual ‘porch’ sale. Lots of haggling, deals, and great finds to be had (I met my wife there! — no, she was not for sale). It starts (officially) at 8 a.m. and runs until about 3 p.m. There’ll be live music, face painting, and yummy fare at the Old Firehall (260 Sunnyside Ave.) from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. More info, visit here.
One World Film Festival
Though the One World Film Festival doesn’t officially happen until Sept. 24, the launch is this Saturday, Sept. 12 at ByTowne Cinema at 6:30 p.m. The launch is a chance to preview the Canadian and international documentaries being shown from Sept. 24 to 27, as well as to get a glimpse of upcoming panel discussions and workshops. At 7 p.m., award-winning Canadian director Ryan Mullins’ documentary Chameleon will be shown — a film that shines a light on one of Africa’s leading journalists, Anas Aremeyaw, who has investigated sex-trafficking disguised as a bar tender, uncovered deplorable conditions in Accra’s psychiatric hospital, and posed as a crown prince in order to bypass a rebel checkpoint. More on the film, here. One World Film Festival preview tickets are $10, available here. More info on the preview night or the festival, visit here.