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The Weekender: Dancing, drive-ins, and three other inspired weekend ideas

Catch the Sound of Light grand finale on Aug. 21.

CASINO DU LAC-LEAMY SOUND OF LIGHT
This annual fireworks fest draws to a close on Saturday night with the aptly titled grand finale. The best pyrotechnics from four different countries duke it out to see who puts on the best show set to music — and earns bragging rights and the coveted Zeus trophy. Head out to see if Portugal, the defending champs, can hold on to their crown. Aug. 21 (9:30 p.m). General admission $10, free for children 11 and under, reserved seating $23. Lac-Leamy, 1 boul. du Casino, Gatineau, 819-771-FEUX (3389). www.feux.qc.ca

BELL BIV DEVO
Parliament Ultra Club hosts its biggest Rewind Party ever, courtesy of Bell Biv Devoe. Guaranteed to perform their smash hits “Poison,” “Do Me,” “I Thought It Was Me,” “When Will I See You Smile,” “She’s Dope” etc. Dress code: chic + summer. Vibe: dance till you can dance no more. Aug. 21 (9 p.m.). $35-$45. Tickets at Norml Clothing, The Pita Pit, Fades, and Mama Cee’s, as well as online. Parliament Ultra Club, 151 George St. www.capitaltickets.ca

PORT ELMSLEY DRIVE-IN
Relive your youth — visit the drive-in and make out under the stars. If you’re under 40 and have never experienced the drive-in, grab some friends and head to Port Elmsley to enjoy the groovy-ironic retro-cool vibe. First up, it’s The Switch with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. After that, some hardcore action with The Expendables. Movies begin at dusk. $10, children, $2. Snack bar available. Cash only. 333 Port Elmsley Rd. (just outside Smith’s Falls), 613-267-7772. www.portelmsleydrivein.com

IBL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
The boys of summer keep that sweet season feeling alive, serving up the Intercounty Baseball League All-Star Classic at sunny Ottawa Stadium (Lynx Stadium to baseball old-timers). The two-match series sees two Ottawa Fat Cats All-Star players (Cody Mombourquette and Danny Desclouds) suiting up for the IBL. On the other side, the cream of La Ligue de Baseball Senior Elite du Quebec (LBSEQ). Aug.21 (7 p.m.) and Aug. 22 (2 p.m.). Adult $10.62, child $5.31, seniors and students $7.08. 300 Coventry Rd., 613-749-2020. www.ottawafatcats.com

JUSTIN BIEBER
Ok, so this concert takes place after the weekend, but how could we not mention the Stratford, Ontario-native? Since becoming a YouTube sensation, this kid has attracted more than four million followers on Twitter, performed on Saturday Night Live alongside Tina Fey, and set the online world abuzz about his dreamy hair. Plus, he can sing! Songs like “Baby” and “One Less Lonely Girl” have no doubt made their way into your head and camped out for days. See what “Bieber Fever” is all about when he comes to Ottawa on Aug. 24. $32.50-$52.50. Scotiabank Place, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267; 877-788-3267. www.scotiabankplace.com

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