HALLOWEENER: Our curated list of pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and spooks to take you through October



Overwhelmed with the amount of ghoulish activity leading up to Halloween, we just had to curate a list. We will update it with any new events we hear of, and please share any scares we may have missed!

Cannamore Orchard Spooky Wagon Ride
Oct. 9 to 31.
Witches, ghouls, and body snatchers come out to play on this terrifying wagon ride through the woods. Other attractions include a haunted house, a fog maze, and a spooky village. Candy apples and other seasonal treats are available at the village store. Ages 10 and older. $20.
1480 County Rd. 32, Cannamore, 613-448-3633, spookywagonride.com

Halloween at Watson’s Mill
Oct. 17: Paranormal Investigation.
This historic mill in Manotick is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of Ann Crosby Currier, who was killed on the premises when her skirt became caught in machinery. With the assistance of Haunted Ottawa and the Paranormal Society, participants use ghost-hunting tools to search for evidence of her spirit. 7pm to 11pm. Ages 10 and older. $25.
Oct. 22 to 24: Haunted Mill. The mill is transformed into a house of horrors where actors dressed as creatures of the night attempt to terrify visitors. $5.
5525 Dickinson St., Manotick, 613-692-6455, watsonsmill.com

Haunted walk guide, Michelle at the gallows

Haunted walk guide, Michelle, at the gallows

The Haunted Walk
Oct. 9 to 31.
Experienced guides tell spine-tingling tales from the city’s past during an extended version of the Haunted Walk’s permanent tours. Ready for the real fright? Try Incident at the Bunker, an interactive zombie adventure at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. See website for schedule and prices.
461/2 Sparks St., 613-232-0344, hauntedwalk.com

Halloween at Rideau Hall
Oct. 31.
The visitors’ centre at the residence of Canada’s governor general is transformed, for the evening, into a haunted house. The governor general himself will be handing out goodies to visitors of all ages. Free.
1 Sussex Dr., 613-991-4422, gg.ca

Pumpkin Inferno 2012

Pumpkin Inferno 2012

Until Nov. 1.
Thousands of beautifully carved pumpkins glow in an outdoor display at Upper Canada Village, a historic site in southeastern Ontario. Images carved into the pumpkins include historic scenes, woodland animals, mythical heroes, comic book characters — even a massive, fiery dragon! Food, drinks, and snacks available for purchase. $14; $12 for seniors; $10 for youth (ages six to 12); free under five years.
13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, 613-543-4328, uppercanadavillage.com

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Saunders Farm

Saunders Farm Haunting Season
Sept. 26 to Nov. 1.
By day, the farm is an idyllic retreat where families navigate mazes, visit a petting zoo, and take in puppet shows. By night, it turns into a festival of frights that includes a walk through the Barn of Terror and a trip through the woods on the Haunted Hayride. See website for hours and ticket info.
7893 Bleeks Rd., Munster, 613-838-5440, saundersfarm.com

Trick or Treat with the Mayor
Oct. 24
Trick or treat with the Mayor and your favourite costumed characters in Jean Pigott Place. Visit the spooky witches’ den in Andrew S. Haydon Hall and decorate your own miniature pumpkin outside at Marion Dewar Plaza. Take photos in the fall-themed photo booth and ride the Giant Tiger train. In support of the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Supply Cupboard, which helps parents in need by providing items in high demand such as formula, baby food and diapers. Bring a non-perishable as your admission.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., ottawa.ca

Oct. 18 to Oct. 25  The word “séance” comes from the French word for “seat”, “session” or “sitting”, from the Old French seoir, “to sit”. Innocent enough beginnings, but now the word instills a shiver in many, as a means to communicate with the other side. Now you have the opportunity to participate in one at Billings Estate with a psychic medium. Following the experience, participants will be treated to hot cider and Halloween candy, and can learn all about the mysterious side of history. $30.
2100 Cabot St., 613-247-4830, ottawamuseumnetwork.com

Nature Nocturne: Giant Bug Invasion!
Oct. 30.
Dress up in a costume inspired by the Canadian Museum of Nature’s newest exhibition, Bugs: Outside the Box, and dance the night away to music provided by Spins and Needles. Admission includes one food ticket and access to the museum’s galleries. $25.
Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700, nature.ca

Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
Oct. 31.
Get dressed up in your most devilish costume, and prepare to dance the night away at this fundraiser for cancer research. Groove to music provided by live bands and DJs, treat your taste buds to delicious food by Algonquin College culinary students, and vie for best-costume prizes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $40.
St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St., greatpumpkinball.com

Halloween Party
Oct. 31  Ottawa has a very shady history and many (rumoured) haunted homes, including Billings Estate. Visit it for family-friendly explorations of Ottawa’s haunted past. Little ones can trick-or-treat at the custom, child-sized haunted houses, built to replicate Ottawa’s best-known landmarks. Each house will offer an activity (including a monster shooting gallery) that visitors may participate in before receiving a treat! $6/person $10/pair $16/family.
2100 Cabot St., 613-247-4830, ottawamuseumnetwork.com.

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Ottawa Makers Market
Ottawa has a thriving artisan community, and Ottawa Makers Market is proof of that. On Thursday, Oct. 8, head over to Orange Art Gallery for After Hours, a special late night edition of the market. Peruse skin care products (Scrub Inspired), jewellery (Strut and Wildtree), pottery (Clay Pigeon Design), ice cream truffles (Moo Shu), preserves (Lowertown Canning Co.), and more, all while you chow down on gourmet Asian food by Angry Dragonz and delicious plantain chips by Plátanos. Admission is pay-what-you-can. See Facebook event page for more info.
Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave., 613-761-1500, orangeartgallery.ca


Dave Trattles

Cycle Touring with David Trattles
Do you enjoy cycling? Photography? It’s time to combine those passions. On Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., head to MEC for a free session from David Trattles as he shares his experiences about bicycle touring and photography. For 20 years, Trattles has been traveling by bicycle through 60 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). Why should you travel by bicycle? Dave will tell you. He shares the joy of human relations, by learning who the people are and how they live their lives, rather than focusing on what they are doing. You will see the ordinary become extraordinary (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta). Don’t miss, it appeals to all levels of cyclists and non-cyclists. And it’s free!
Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700, events.mec.ca


Fringe performance: I think my boyfriend should have an accent. Photo by Joshua Pearlman

Fringe Encore
Missed some of the shows you wanted to see at Ottawa Fringe? Don’t worry. Fringe Encore is here to give you a second chance. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, two acclaimed plays are returning to the stage at Arts Court for a double bill. In the first, I think my boyfriend should have an accent, playwright and performer Emily Pearlman tells stories that, among other things, caution against the romanticization of strangers. In the second, Moonlight After Midnight by Fringe darling Martin Dockery, a complex layering of scenes slowly unravels the mystery of a meeting between a man and a woman in a hotel room. The double bill continues until Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets are from $15. See website for more info.
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., 613-765-5555, artscourts.ca


Laura Demers piece: Where is north from here

Laura Demers piece: Where is north from here

Laura Demers
Laura Demers’ work explores conundrums between surface and space in painting, and how the medium can be a filter for our vision of the world. Demers enjoys working with painting and collage and combines both strengths for her latest exhibit, Unknown Destinations, showing Thursday, Oct. 8 to October 25. Landscapes become fragmented and unusual details are accentuated, creating a beautiful canvas of colour and texture. Unknown Destinations speaks about the land, and illustrates how one may envision and experience it, physically, psychologically and metaphorically.
Studio Sixty Six, 202-66 Muriel St., 613-800-1641, studiosixtysix.ca.


Sean McCann

Séan McCann
In 2013, Séan McCann left Great Big Sea after 20 successful years as one of its founding members. When asked why, he told CBC’s Bob Mersereau, “the band was where [he] hid” from his problems with alcohol. In his latest solo album, Help Your Self, he faces down his demons and charts a path to a brighter future. He performs on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a second show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets from $25. See website for more info.
The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.

Harvest Festival
Right after the farmers’ market in Manotick (starting at 8:30 a.m.), stick around for Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 10. Running all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join the celebration of all things fall at Watson’s Mill: pumpkin decorating, children’s crafts, games and toys, and much more. Free wagon rides around the village will be provided by the Manotick BIA, and live music will be playing on the Dickinson House lawn from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This weekend also marks the final Carriage Shed Used Book Sale, the Manotick Farmers’ Market, and the live milling demonstrations.
5525 Dickinson St, Manotick 613-692-6455, watsonsmill.com.


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Thanksgiving Weekend at the Agriculture and Food Museum
At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the crops that will sustain us throughout the colder months. To celebrate the harvest, head to the Agriculture and Food Museum from Saturday, Oct. 10 to Monday, Oct. 12 and learn how to make a hearty fall soup and apple spice caramel cake. Learn about a pumpkin’s life cycle and make/taste apple cider. Cost is included with admission. Once you’ve had your fill of fall activities (but can you ever?) check out the rest of the museum. See the website for a daily schedule.
901 Prince of Wales Dr., 613-991-3044 , cafmuseum.techno-science.ca.

Harvest Brunch at the Museum of Nature
Not your typical brunch option for your Thanksgiving Sunday (or any day for that matter), but a  unique opportunity nonetheless. Head to the Museum of Nature on Sunday, Oct. 11 for fall fare – more than just bacon and eggs, a sample of the buffet selection includes an omelet station, turkey with all the fixings, sour caramel-glazed ham, assorted harvest salads and soup, and desserts from the pumpkin and apple pantry. Once you’ve had your fair share, walk it off and check out the exhibits. Each brunch includes general admission to the museum, as well as a tip for the server. Cost: $39.99.
Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700, nature.ca.

And don’t miss:

Sens home opener vs Montreal Canadiens: Scotiabank Place. $32+. Sunday, Oct 11, 7 p.m. senators.nhl.com.

Ottawa Fall Colours Run: half marathon, 10 km, 5km, 3km – charity run benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Day-of registration available, check website for details. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Sunday, Oct 11. somersault.ca/eventfallcoloursrun.htm.

WEEKENDER: 9+ things to do for your first October weekend (Oct. 1-4)

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Mike Evin
The following fact might either make you cringe or pique your curiosity — Montreal-based (via Halifax/Toronto) songwriter Mike Evin has, in the past, worked with members of the Barenaked Ladies. Regardless of your initial reaction, this should, at the very least, be a big nod to Evin’s pop sensibilities, which shine on his latest Life As A Lover. Sticking mainly to piano/synth (and drums for live shows) and his signature smooth-sounding vocals, Evin crafts out a recording akin, perhaps, to Phoenix’s earlier works, Beck, even some Hall & Oats. He’s playing, alongside Ottawa’s own Jill Zmud at the Black Sheep Inn on Sunday, October 4 — in the afternoon (4 p.m.). $10 adv. Watch “Have I Ever Loved?”

Black Sheep Inn, 753 Chemin Riverside Dr., 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.

Craig Ferguson
One of late night’s most hilarious personalities comes to the National Arts Centre for an evening of stand-up. Craig Ferguson, the Glaswegian comedian who spent 10 years hosting The Late Late Show, brings his trademark monologues and storytelling charm to political observations, social musings, and pop culture commentary. He hits the stage at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets from $44.
National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

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Photo credit: Jim Wright

Metcalfe Fair
If there is one thing I learned this summer while doing the Weekender, it is this: most of our rural fairs are older than our country. The Metcalfe Fair will be celebrating its 159th anniversary this year on Thursday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 4. Look forward to a dairy cattle show, midway and games, demolition derby, musical performances, a kid’s tent, pony show, dancing, and even a wrestling match. Daily rates and event passes vary in cost, check the website for a detailed schedule and price list.
2821 8th Line Rd., Metcalfe, 613-821-0591, metcalfefair.com.

Farmers’ Appreciation
Autumn is synonymous with harvest, and what better time to celebrate the people who put food on our tables? Ottawa’s Farmers’ Appreciation Week kicks off on Friday, Oct. 2 with an outdoor screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. On Saturday, Oct. 3, get out your sharpie for a pumpkin carving demo with local artist Mowafak Nema — plus the opportunity to decorate your own pumpkin! On Sunday, Oct. 4, tuck in to a farmer’s breakfast from 9.30am to 11.30am, then check out a live cooking demo by chef Eva Bee and partake in some family friendly programming such as face painting, giant pumpkin displays, a photo booth, and more. The fun continues next weekend, too! Events are free (excluding Farmers’ Breakfast, which is $5). See website for more info.
ByWard Market, 613-244-4410, byward-market.com.


Mac My Cheese Fest
Is it possible to have too much St. Albert’s cheese? I think not. Friday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 4 is Mac My Cheese Fest. And, not that you need more than cheese curds and macaroni to be happy, there will also be musical entertainment and eating contests. “Three days of ooey gooey awesomeness featuring Gourmet, tradish and exotic mac and cheese!” as the website says. You had me at ooey. Admission is free, pay for what you eat. Prices range from $6 to $15 (cash only, ATM’s on site) Gluten free options available.
110 Laurier St. W., 613-851-5752, macmycheesefest.ca.

Beau’s Oktoberfest
Prost! Raise a glass at Beau’s Oktoberfest, the Ottawa region’s version of the famous Bavarian beer bash. And Beau’s has a lot more going on at this sudsy party than just lederhosen and schnitzel. The family owned Vankleek Hill brewery pours 14 of its creative brews — like Weiss O’Lantern and Return of the Mumme — at a massive cask haus. Food by a swath of Ottawa eateries, as well as a sausage eating contest, a keg toss, and a skate stage, are highlights. Musical acts include Yukon Blonde, Alvvays, The Dears, and The Beaches, plus a guest appearance by comedian Tom Green. Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, tickets from $27.
Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St. W., Vankleek Hill, 866-585-2337, beausoktoberfest.ca.

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Harvest Noir
Saturday, Oct. 3 marks the 5th and FINAL pop-up event for Harvest Noir: the outdoor picnic event that is black-tie (all black, actually) and a twist on the European tradition of celebrating the autumn harvest. There will be three parts: a farmer’s market and vintage funfair, followed by a farm-to-table chic picnic, and capped off by “Ottawa’s sexiest” dance after-party. There will be music of all kinds: orchestra, DJing, and even karaoke. Philanthropy is also involved; Harvest Noir supports local farms and raises funds for Bioregional’s work on sustainable communities in Ottawa, the international One Planet Living program as well as a food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank. Check the website for details like what to bring. Starts at 2 p.m., the location will remain a mystery until the day of. Stay tuned… Cost: $29 to $59.

Ottawa Geek Market
Calling all cosplayers, gamers, and comic book aficionados: the Ottawa Geek Market is back in town from Saturday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 4. The event includes dozens of exhibitors, featured media guests (including a stand-up act by Andrew Ivimey, creator of the popular website TextsFromSuperheroes.com), cosplay and costume contests, a craft room, a scavenger hunt, and video games. The Geek Market has also acquired the Capital Gaming Expo, which means you can roll the dice against other fans of tabletop games, partake in trading card tournaments, or take your Bard or Barbarian on a quest in Dungeons & Dragons. Tickets from $15; see website for details.
Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave., 613-862-3556, geekmarket.ca.

12 String Chamber Music in Chelsea
We have a unique opportunity to see and hear some of the most well-known music that was ever written as three internationally-renowned soloists come together for an afternoon to pay tribute to some of the greats. Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., violinist Yehonatan Berick, Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer, and Vancouver-born violist Jethro Marks will play the likes of Mozart and Bach with a portion of ticket sales being donated to OrKidstra, a local organization dedicated to empowering kids and building community through music by offering programs to children aged five – 18 in the under-served areas of Ottawa. $20 in advance through eventbrite, $24 at the door.
Chelsea Community Events, 8 rue mill Chelsea.

And don’t miss:
Panda Game 2015: Ottawa GGs vs. Carleton Ravens (football). TD Place. $20+. Saturday, Oct 3tdplace.ca.

Oktoberfest Ottawa (Barrhaven): The world’s longest bier tent, contests and a performance by High Valley. Clarke Fields Park. $20+. Thursday, Oct 1-3. oktoberfestottawa.com.

Zombie Run for Humanity: 5km run with obstacle “corpses”. Runners are attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Log Farm (Nepean). $59.50+. Saturday, Oct 3. zombierunforhumanity.com.

CIBC Run for the Cure: 5km and 1km run or walk for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Tunney’s Pasture. $40+. Sunday, Oct 4cibcrunforthecure.com.

WEEKENDER: Nine things to do Sept. 24 to 27

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The Carp Fair celebrates its 152 birthday

The Carp Fair celebrates its 152 birthday


Carp Fair
When I think of Carp, I think of three things: the fish, the bakery, and the fair. For 152 years Carp Fair has been keeping us entertained with music, animals, games, food, drink (it’s licensed), rides, and raffles. Thursday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 27 check out the program of events for the full list of what and when to do it. Thursday admission is donation based: give a toonie to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit and CHEO. The rest of the week: Adults $10 in advance and $12 at the gate, children 6 to 12 $5 advance and $6 on site. Ride and entertainment tickets sold separately.
3790 Carp Rd., 613-839-2172, carpfair.ca.


Haida Gwaii - on the edge of the world

Haida Gwaii – on the edge of the world

One World Film Festival
Off the coast of British Columbia, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii is the ancestral home of the Haida people, who have inhabited its twin islands for more than 10,000 years. Their recent history has been turbulent: diseases spread by European colonists in the 1800s wiped out 90 percent of the population; in the ensuing decades, unsustainable logging and over-fishing have wrought further havoc on the land’s pristine beauty. But the Haida people are fighting back. In Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, director Charles Wilkinson shows how they have exerted their sovereignty to stop industry from running roughshod all over the islands — including Enbridge, with its proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. It’s just one of several documentaries with a social justice bent that will be screened at this year’s One World Film Festival, which launches on Thursday, Sept. 24.  Admission is pay-what-you can. Films screen at the National Gallery of Canada from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 26, and Saint Paul University on Sunday, Sept. 27. See website for complete schedule.
National Gallery of Canada: 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. Saint Paul University: 223 Main St., 613-236-1393. oneworldfilmfestival.ca.



Glamorous shades will be available for the first time at Ladies night for a cause: Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

Ladies night
The second ladies night for a cause will take place this Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Merivale Optometric Centre. Enjoy food and drink, five minutes manicures, quick makeup applications, and free samples whilst perusing brands such as Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo and Max Mara eye wear collections – a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Guide Dog for the Blind. It will be the first and possible only time some of these glasses will be available in Ottawa. Can you say guilt-free splurge? Last year’s event raised enough to sponsor and train a guide dog and they are hoping to do it again.
Merivale Optometric Centre, 1547 Merivale Rd. Suite 8A, 613-226-8446.


Art Battle Ottawa 2014 champ Diane Fontaine

Art Battle Ottawa 2014 champ Diane Fontaine

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Take part in a truly unique and artistic experience: Art Battle returns to Ottawa Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Last year’s winner, Diane Fontaine, represented the capital region at the International Live Painting Championships at the Toronto Pan-Am Games and came in first! There will be some real talent to watch at this year’s show as well. General admission: $20, early online $15, students $10.
Arts Court Theatre,
2 Daly Ave., artbattle.ca.

Walking With Our Sisters
The Highway of Tears — it’s an appropriate name for the lonely, 720-km stretch of road in British Columbia where dozens of Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or vanished without a trace since the 1960s. According to a report by the RCMP, 1,000 others between 1980 and 2012 have met the same fate. That statistic is 4.5 times higher than the national average. On Friday, Sept. 25, an installation that honours them opens at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Walk alongside a winding path made of more than 1,800 moccasin vamps (the top part of a shoe) in a show of solidarity. The vamps, purposely not sewn into moccasins, represent the victims’ unfinished lives. The exhibition is on display until Friday, Oct. 16. Admission is free. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120, cuag.carleton.ca.

Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour
The 27th annual Artists In Their Environment Studio Tour kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the spectacular Gatineau Hills. Seventeen artists working in paint, mixed media, photography, woodworking, fibre arts, sculpture, and ceramics display their work at their studios in the beautiful villages of Chelsea and Wakefield. At the same time, exhibitions are taking place at Chelsea’s Galerie La Fab (until Oct. 4) and the Wakefield Community Centre (Oct. 1 to 4). The tour continues until Sunday, Sept. 27, then resumes on Oct. 3 and 4. Admission is free. See website for brochure and tour map.

Maple Beer Tasting
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Vanier Museopark — known for its Sugar Shack and March maple sugar festival — is hosting a maple-themed beer tasting, so drop by and sample some craft brews by local breweries. Admission cost: $35.
Vanier Museopark, 200-300 des Pères Blancs Ave., 613-580-2424 ext. 32001, ottawamuseumnetwork.com. 


Food Truck Rally 2013 - Photo by Natalie Lyle photography

Food Truck Rally 2013 – Photo by Natalie Lyle photography

Ottawa Food Truck Rally
Let us put all of the amazing food trucks that have come to call Ottawa home in one place so we can sample everything. Best idea ever. Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. head to the former St. Charles Church and bring your appetite. Some of the food fare purveyors on site include Ad Mare Mobile Seafood, Angry Dragonz, Big D’s Dog House & Poutine Emporium, Gongfu bao, Ottawa Streat Gourmet, Rico Peru, Relish Food Truck, Sula Wok, The Grilled Cheeserie, The Merry Dairy, and What the Truck? The rally is a fundraiser – money raised supports the OCH Foundation, a local organization that helps Ottawa residents break the cycle of poverty through education and employment success – and the driving force behind the $7,500 scholarship awarded annually to an OCH tenant looking for financial aid to attend the Algonquin College Culinary Management Program. Entry is $10 per person, which is directed straight to the scholarship program. All food will be priced between $4 and $10 per plate. Bring cash!
The former St. Charles Church – 135 Barrette St., ottawafoodtruckrally.com.


Full moon yoga at Lansdowne with a charitable twist

Full moon yoga at Lansdowne with a charitable twist

Full Moon Yoga
Free full moon yoga has been going on at Lansdowne throughout the year in conjunction with Rama Lotus. This Sunday Sept. 27 session in particular will have an added bonus to the health of your body: exercise your heart strings as well and bring a donation to the UNHCR Syrian Refugee Emergency fund. There will be a stand for collections on site and if you can’t make it but would like to donate to the cause, you can visit e-activist.com/p2p/tara. In case of rain, the event will proceed indoors. These classes are open to all levels. Some yoga mats will be available but it’s best to bring your own.
Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-234-7974 (Rama Lotus).

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Moonfruits will perform at the Original Burger Joint Friday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m.

Moonfruits will perform at the Original Burger Joint Friday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m.


City Folk – Marvest
Folk Fest to City Folk – the name change came with an added bonus: Marvest, a musical harvest. Part of CityFolk (Sept. 16 – 20), the free festival will run Thursday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 20 and feature over 60 local bands and singers who will perform at Aberdeen Pavilion and along Bank St. at 13 local shops. Venues include: The Wild Oat, Metro Music, Octopus Books, Black Squirrel Books, House of Targ (the only paid show, minimal at $5), Kunstadt Sports, FarmTeam Cookhouse & Bar, David’s Tea, The Unrefined Olive, Original Burger Joint, Whole Foods, Local, and Irene’s.

“The focus of Marvest is to present Ottawa with a feast of locally produced music, food and drink – everything from within 100 miles of the region.”

In keeping with the local theme, nine bands from the area were chosen to release their new albums at Marvest. The performances will cater to a variety of audiences, with Saturday afternoon shows being more family focused. Check the schedule for more details.
The Glebe, cityfolkfestival.com/marvest.


Midway at the Richmond Fair

Richmond Fair
As we gear up to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, we must give an honourable mention to the Richmond fair which is celebrating a milestone of its own. Starting Thursday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 20, join the fun for the 171st fair, the largest spectator event held annually within the surrounding areas.

The fair promotes agricultural awareness within the Ottawa (which has the largest agricultural land base and agricultural economy in Canada) and has a variety of activities. There will be a midway, lawn tractor pull, singers and bands, agricultural shows, demolition derby, dairy show, kids entertainment, arts, crafts, livestock, produce, and cowboy boots. In no particular order. Check the site for the schedule.

Thursday has free admission to the grounds, Friday to Sunday 13 years of age +: $10; 6 to 12: $5; and 5 and under are free.
Richmond Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 1210, Richmond, 613-838-3420, richmondfair.ca.

Toronto-based DJ AA Wallace will be on deck to get your grooving

Toronto-based DJ AA Wallace will be on deck to get your grooving

Kitchen Party
Café Nostalgica & CHUO 89.1 are hosting the fourth anniversary of the Kitchen Party. Not the typical Tupperware party – not Tupperware affiliated at all in fact. Friday, Sept. 18 from 9 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., prepare to party with DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks (Pawel Skorupski and Jose Palacios), founders of the monthly dance party that began in 2011. Continuing to lead Ottawa’s DJ scene and dance culture, you will find (and hear) a well curated spin list of funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, house, techno, and everything in between.

Toronto-based AA Wallace will also be on deck leading with original dance-floor beats. “Wallace channels the art of classic, dance-pop production in the funk-infused nu-disco burner, Harlequin, and the driving synth-pop anthem, VLT Girls (We Win Again).” Having performed at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, Great Escape UK, and has an upcoming spot at POP Montreal, he is not one to be missed.

Ottawa’s own, Memetic, is a DJ, producer, TIMEKODE’s resident man-on-the-mic, and according to Play De Record in Toronto, he is “one of Canada’s best beatmakers”. According to the Facebook page, his latest 2 LP opus, RIDEAU2RICHMOND features contagious musical ideas for headphones and dancefloors. After entering through the ear, infection is imminent.

$8 if you arrive before 11 p.m., and $10 after. For more info on the DJs and to stay up to speed, follow the Facebook page.
Café Nostalgica, 601 rue Cumberland St., 613-562-5800.

"Scout's Honour" from the Cry Babies series by Jonathan Hobin, who will be presenting at Nuit Blanche

“Scout’s Honour” from the Cry Babies series by Jonathan Hobin, who is participating in Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche, literally translated from French, means White Night. Originating in Nantes, France, the annual nighttime arts festival takes place in the summer when the sunset is late and the sun rise is early, keeping the night from every being in full darkness. Typically, museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions are open and free of charge, with the downtown core of the city being turned into a de facto art gallery itself, providing space for art installations, performances, themed social gatherings, and other activities. Similar festivals have sprouted all over the world taking their own spin.

Ottawa will celebrate its fourth Nuit Blanche festival this Saturday, Sept. 19, a bilingual event called HYPE-FRÉNÉSIE (Hyper-Frenzy) that will run from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. taking place across multiple venues and within the cityscape of Ottawa and Gatineau such as the ByWard Market and the Arts Court.

Approximately 160 artists took part in the inaugural event in September 2012, a part of a quartet of Nuit Blanche events that took place across Ontario, and were visited by nearly 30,000 people.

There will be over 70 projects to check out this year, such as artist Jonathan Hobin, a Canadian photo-based artist, and his series, Cry Babies, at City Hall. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts will have an animation screening and massive dance party. More music, food and drink to be had over at the Orange Art Gallery, too.

See the website for the schedule of the night, as well as for the free shuttle bus route. You can also download their program, which includes maps and descriptions.
Ottawa + Gatinuea, nbog.ca.

Come down to Wellington Village on Saturday to enjoy samples and sidewalk sales!

Come down to Wellington Village on Saturday to enjoy samples and sidewalk sales!

Taste of Wellington West
What is Wellington West? It is home to Hintonburg, Wellington Village, over 500 businesses from the O-train line to Island Park Drive along Wellington St. W.

This Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., head to the Village and visit some of those 500+ shops for Tastes of Wellington West – a free one day event to thank all those who shop in the neighbourhood, and invite everyone across the city to come and explore Hintonburg and Wellington Village.

Tastes of Wellington West has grown over the years to highlight shopping, arts, and of course food, that calls this area home. Sidewalk sales, demos, food samples, course registrations, music, kids play zone, Parkdale Market, and good cheer await!
Wellington St. W., wellingtonwest.ca/tastes-of-wellington-west-2015.


You will certainly see a variety of shows at Ottawa’s Burlesque Fest

Ottawa Burlesque Festival
Corsets. G-strings. Feather boas. Glitter. Lots and lots of sass — and a healthy dollop of body positivity.

Sound like your idea of a good time? Then you’re in luck. The Ottawa Burlesque Festival is back for its second year with performers from Ottawa and around the world.

Headliners include Toronto’s burlesque school headmistress, Coco Framboise, as well as Montreal’s BonBon Bombay, veteran performer and activist Jo Weldon, and burlesque legend Judith Stein.

The festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 17 and continues until Sunday, Sept. 20. Performances are delivered in both English and French, and are entirely wheelchair accessible. Admission from $20. Venues vary. See website for schedule, venues, and ticket info.

Ani DiFranco - photo by Charles Waldorf

Folk-rock artist, Ani DiFranco will visit Ottawa Friday. Photo by Charles Waldorf

Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco’s name is synonymous with more than just music — she’s also involved with numerous social causes, and for more than 20 years, she’s been penning folk-rock anthems about everything from feminism to income inequality to the horrors of war.

But recently, she’s taken a (slightly) mellower approach to her songwriting. She’s married now, and mother to two young children, and the songs on her latest album, Allergic to Water, reflect the ups and downs of personal life.

See her perform selections from her vast repertoire on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets are $43.
Algonquin Commons Theatre, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-4723 ext. 7711, algonquinsa.com.


Pinball and House of Targ hot dogs… we are there! Image from hopesandfears.com

Pinball and Gameroom Show
Despite the flashing lights and various bells and whistles associated with pinball, it’s a game that’s been around since the mid 1700s. The prototype was called “billard japonais” and it was first used in the French court of King Louis XIV. Although its design was rudimentary, its spring and plunger — the apparatus that allows the player to shoot the ball up the table — is still in use in machines today.

No longer limited to French royalty, you can purchase such an apparatus for yourself at the Ottawa Pinball and Gameroom Show on Saturday, Sept. 19. Purchase games, machines, and parts at the Playdium market, battle it out in the O-Town Throw-Down for the coveted title of Grand Wizard, and chow down on delicious perogies and hot dogs courtesy of House of Targ.

The fun and games continue until Sunday, Sept. 20. General admission is $10; $5 for children aged 12 and under.
Maker Space North, 250 City Centre Ave., ottawapinball.com.

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WEEKENDER: Six things to do on the weekend of Sept. 11 & 12



Bang on the Ear play Friday night at Baconpalooza, held at the Food & Agriculture Museum

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.

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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.


Hidden in plain site — Anas Aremeyaw, Africa’s famed investigative reporter, who is the star of Ryan Mullins’ documentary, being shown as the preview for the upcoming One World Film Festival on Saturday

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.



WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa for the long weekend (September 3 – 7)


ACDC: 1990's

ACDC: 1990’s

“We just want to make the walls cave in and the ceiling collapse. Music is meant to be played as loudly as possible, really raw and punchy, and I’ll punch out anyone who doesn’t like it the way I do.” Bon Scott (R.I.P)

Absolutely gone are the days when Ottawa was seen as the city that music tours forgot. Among other big names such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West (to name a few from just this year), we are preparing to welcome legends. AC/DC will be playing at T.D. Place Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Starting out as young, unknown boys in Australia, only teenagers, their success and growth is unquantifiable. As any sort of indicator, the bands last tour six years ago (seeing the members all over 50) was viewed by five million people in 29 countries.

The line-up from the Quebec City and Montreals showing provide promising reviews and feature some of their biggest hits: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Whole Lotta Rosie, Thunderstruck (who hasn’t used this tune to amp up a workout?), as well as songs from the latest album, Rock or Bust.

Michael Hann wrote in The Guardian after the London show, “Rock ’n’ roll reduced to its purest essence, in doses of flavour so concentrated they seem to set the world alight. If it’s farewell, it’s a glorious one.”

Basically? Do not miss. Tickets starting at $99.50. Forgot to get yours? Head down to Bank St. – according to Bon Scott, I don’t think you’ll have any problem hearing them from the street.
TD Place, 1015 Bank St., 613-232-6767, tdplace.ca

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WEEKENDER: 7 things to do in Ottawa for your last August weekend (Aug. 27-30)


08-27-Moonface credit Tero Ahonen

Spencer Krug. Photo by Tero Ahonen

Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, Fifths of Seven — these are just a few of the music projects songwriter and keyboardist Spencer Krug has been involved with over his career. He’s an amazingly prolific musician who has been credited on almost two dozen releases since 2003. So it’s safe to say he knows a few things about making good music.

His latest project, Moonface, is a (mostly) solo endeavour. In several of his albums, he relies heavily on the piano as he waxes lonesome about everything from the collapse of a relationship to disillusionment with a once-loved city. He also collaborated with Finnish band Siinai to create Heartbreaking Bravery, an indie rock-tinged album with a brooding, melancholic atmosphere.

He performs at Pressed on Thursday, Aug. 27. Tickets from $13. See Facebook event page for  details.
Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., 613-680-9294, pressed-ottawa.com


The Norman Conquests
In 1973, playwright Alan Ayckbourn set himself an ambitious task: to write a trilogy of plays wherein the events in each happen simultaneously. And so, The Norman Conquests was born.

The play follows the character of Norman as he attempts, on three separate occasions, to seduce his wife, Ruth; her sister, Annie; and their sister-in-law, Sarah. The setting is a country house belonging to Ruth and Annie’s invalid mother, with whom Annie lives and for whom she cares. The action takes place over a single weekend as all three women react to Norman’s charms.

The trilogy begins on Friday, Aug. 28 at The Gladstone. It runs until Saturday, Oct. 10. The plays can be viewed independently, but if you want to see all three, consider purchasing a package. Tickets start at $18. See website for more info.
The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., 613-233-4523, thegladstone.ca


Ottawa Craft Beer Festival
The National Capital Region has seen an explosion in craft brewing in recent years, with breweries such as Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company, Kichesippi Beer Co., and Bicycle Craft Brewery popping up in the area.

For its fourth year, the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival is bringing in 40 craft breweries, international beers, delicious food from local eateries, and live music. It’s also running brewmaster seminars, holding a 5K run (or walk!), introducing the winners of the National Capital Home Brew Competition, and more.

The brews start pouring on Friday, Aug. 28 and the festival continues until Sunday, Aug. 30. Admission starts at $15. Please note that the event is restricted to ages 19+. See website for ticket prices.
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., ottawacraftbeerfestival.ca


CFL Fans Fight Cancer teams up with RiderGirl Productions to raise some money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29 join fellow CFL and theatre fans –  not only will there be a show (of which $1/ticket sold will go to the foundation), there will be a Tailgate Party (where more funds will be raised) – which is arguably the best part of football. The pre-show will have a cash bar as well as hot dogs and sausages to purchase. Tailgate Party at 6:30 p.m., show time 7:30 p.m., and a post-game party to follow the show.

However, this one-woman show (two-time Rideau Award nominee Colleen Sutton) offers fair competition to the typical tailgate.

“A prairie girl is seduced into sports fandom and discovers the rules don’t just apply to the game. Colleen Sutton throws herself into multiple characters as she fights for first downs and flags begin to fly. Loaded with laughs, it’s a fast-paced, physical and trash-talking march down the field that will haul your heart into the game.”

Come in your CFL gear and colours! If you intend to bring your kidlets, keep in mind that there will be some swearing – this is football after all. Tickets start at $26 (tailgate included in ticket cost).
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., 613-765-5555, artscourt.ca/events/ridergirl


You had me at fried dough.

You had me at fried dough.

Palestinian Festival Ottawa
Did you know the Palestinian region, the area located between the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, was one of the earliest in the world to see human habitation, agricultural communities and civilization?

As I’ve been saying it all summer long, I will say it again: one of the best parts of summer in Ottawa is the plethora of cultural festivals. Let us welcome Ottawa’s Palestinian Festival, returning for the second time to City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza!

Running from Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 30, take part in this free event and learn about Palestine’s language and people, take part in the dance and music, and taste all of the food. Follow the festival on Facebook to keep up-to-date. Family encouraged! Event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Marion Dewar Park, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., palestinianfestivalottawa.com



Montreal band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – the look will fit right in at Zaphods

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Montreal band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan was born when drummer Alaska B and vocalist Ruby Kato Attwood decided to bridge their two cultures through music (Alaska is of Chinese-Irish descent, while Attwood is of Japanese-Scottish descent). They playfully dubbed the resulting sound Noh-wave, after the 14th century Japanese theatre art whose defining characteristic is the use of masks.

Their music is often referred to as prog-rock, but the term doesn’t adequately describe their sound. They bring together eastern and western music styles, and stir the pot further with hints of metal, punk, grunge, and psychedelic.

They perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Saturday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $12. See Facebook event page for more info.
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St., 613-562-1010, zaphods.ca



Harvest Table 2013

Harvest Table 2015 – Savour Ottawa
Harvest Table has grown over the last four years, in attendance and food. For the fifth annual event, courtesy of Savour Ottawa, it will be no different. Held Sunday, Aug. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, beside the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (a fitting location), come celebrate the local harvest with a multi-course, gourmet luncheon. Harvest Table sees some of the city’s finest chefs partner with local farmers to create fresh, seasonal dishes. Enjoy a family-style feast sharing the company of producers, chefs and other guests.

Tickets are only sold in advance, and it always sells out so don’t delay! Regular tickets are $75, or get the VIP treatment – “Cream of the Crop” – for $90. The extra $15 will get you a guided tour of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market with C’est Bon Cooking and appetizers and cocktails to start the afternoon in style. Purchase online here.

Check out some of the featured local restaurants to get your mouth watering in advance: The Albion Rooms
, le café at the National Arts Centre
, Courtyard Restaurant, 
Fairmont Château Laurier, Thyme and Again,  Creative Catering
, The Red Apron.
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613 699 6850 ext. 10, savourottawa.ca/events.php

THIS CITY: Pride Week in the capital


City hall has raised the Pride flag and the celebrations have officially begun!


$5 stubbies from Dominion City Brews at Clover Food & Drink

We stopped by Clover food | drink today to take in some of the festivities ($5 beer from Dominion City + ice cream truffles from Moo Shu, with a special rainbow fruit loops pop).

Most activities will be taking place on and around Banks St., make sure to check out the detailed events page for locations and times to see how you can get involved this week. Much will be covered, from serious topics such as a “Confidence, Consent, and Communication” talk to the light-hearted including a show at the NAC, a family BBQ, and all else in between.

Don’t miss Sunday Aug. 23, the final day of Pride looks to be very promising with the signature event: a parade ending at the beer garden located at Bank & Gilmour.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa Aug. 13-16



GreekFest 2014 – the Zorba dancers’ performance.

Greece holds a romantic place in my heart. The community, family, food, people, and the country itself are beautiful. I remember my first visit to GreekFest – just old enough to go out on my own, dressed up with my girlfriends, enjoying a little piece of Greece. The Zorba show, Greek food, jewelry, clothing, art, family, culture, and, of course, checking out the dancers.

This year will be no different for me as I intend to join the many other Ottawans who will take in the festival opening Thursday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 23. Take advantage of the free shuttle to avoid parking around Prince of Whales. See the website for the event schedule, there is something going on every day, but rumour has always had it that the closing ceremony is not to be missed! See you there, I’ll be at the Loukoumades tent. Opa!
1315 Prince of Wales Dr., ottawagreekfest.com


TD South Asian Fest

All sorts of treats avaialble at South Asian Fest. Photo by Amna Hakim Photography

All sorts of treats avaialble at South Asian Fest. Photo by Amna Hakim Photography

If there was ever doubt that there is a variety of culture in Ottawa, this Thursday also marks the opening ceremony for TD South Asia Fest, the largest South Asian gathering in Ottawa.

On Aug. 13, 2015, the festival will open with an art exhibition followed by a boat cruise on Friday. Saturday will be a family friendly free outdoor event held at City Hall. There will be live performances from local artists, an opportunity to try a variety of South Asian cuisine, a kid zone, henna, clothing and jewelry, and an after party on Saturday at Club Discoteka on Dalhousie.
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., 613-291-8624, southasianfest.net


Calabogie Blues and Ribfest
Guitarist and singer Keb’ Mo’ is frequently hailed as one of the last living links to Delta blues, a musical genre that emerged in rural Mississippi in the early 20th century. He’s just one of many performers slated to take the stage at Calabogie Blues and Ribfest this weekend.

Others include Shemekia Copeland, an electric blues vocalist and the daughter of the late blues artist, Johnny Copeland; Steve Strongman, a blues guitarist from Kitchener; and Jack de Keyzer, a two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter.

Meanwhile, a host of barbecues from Canada and the United States are on site to grill up juicy ribs and compete for prizes, including Best Ribs, Best Chicken, and Consumers’ Choice.

The festival gets started on Friday, Aug. 14 and continues until Sunday, Aug. 16. Camping for tents and RVs is available on site. See website for more info. Tickets from $25.
Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Chute Rd., Calabogie, 1-800-669-4861, calabogieblues.com.


2015 Student Jewellery Competition Finalists

Aurélie Guillaume, Madame au chien rose. Brooch, with enamel on copper, cloisonné fine silver wire, powder coated copper, fresh water pearls, enamel paint, steel, and micro glass beads, 9 x 17 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of L.A. Pai Gallery.

Aurélie Guillaume, Madame au chien rose. Brooch, with enamel on copper, cloisonné fine silver wire, powder coated copper, fresh water pearls, enamel paint, steel, and micro glass beads, 9 x 17 x 1.5 cm. Courtesy of L.A. Pai Gallery.

The art of cloisonné — a painstaking technique by which coloured glass, gemstones, or enamel are sectioned into elaborate designs using thin strips of wire — has been around since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs. Back then, cloisonné was used to make trinkets such as rings and buttons, but over the centuries, it began to appear in larger objects. The Chinese, for example, used it to beautify everything from bowls to vases to pots.

Art jeweller and NSCAD student Aurélie Guillaume takes this ancient technique and does something quite modern with it in her intricate, whimsical brooches of unusual characters. Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 15, L.A. Pai displays her work, along with that of five other jewellery students, in the 2015 Student Jewellery Competition Finalists exhibition.

The six finalists will be at the gallery from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, and the award will be presented to the winner at 3 p.m.

The exhibition runs until September 4. Admission is free. See website for more info. L.A. Pai Gallery, 13 Murray St., 613-241-2767, lapaigallery.com.


Amos the Transparent


Amos the Transparent

Making a name for oneself as an artist can be an uphill battle. Being constantly on the road and playing gig after gig with no guarantee it will pay off can take a mental and physical toll. This is what Jonathan Chandler, frontman for Ottawa indie rock band Amos the Transparent, endured before he found himself ready to give up on a career in music altogether.

Instead, he used the experience as material for the band’s latest album, This Cold Escape. The concept album travels the landscape of indie musicianship, tackling everything from youthful dreams of fame to the fragile balance of public and private life.

The band performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, Aug. 15. Tickets are from $12.
The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.



Lumière’s lantern labyrinth

Lumière Festival
The “Festival of Lights” has origins dating back to 1643 in Lyon, France, when the city became plague stricken. The ruling municipality devoted a tribute to Mary, mother of Jesus, to rid them of the plague and, in thanks, a festival is held on December 8 of each year (this also ties in to the reasoning behind Christmas lights). But variations of this event take place all over the world, and obviously, at different times of the year.

This weekend, starting Saturday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. Ottawa will hold its own Lumière Festival in New Edinburgh Park.

Whether coming with friends, family, or on your own, it will be a special, one-of-a-kind experience. Everything will be entirely lit by lanterns, including a labyrinth and performances. Artists will be performing for donation; so don’t forget to bring some spare change in addition to your lantern. Costumes are also welcome.

Lights that are brought to the park need to be battery operated flash-lights or glow-sticks only. Please do not bring any candles or open flames to the park.

“The Lumière Festival is presented by the New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre. Through lantern-making workshops and community outreach initiatives, Lumière encourages people to come together and share their own creations and view the creations of others in a celebration of light and community.”
New Edinburgh Park, 193 Stanley Ave., 613-745-2742, lumiereottawa.ca