Trying to find something to do for the weekend? Check our Ottawa Weekend Calendar for a roundup of what’s happening in the capital.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Aug. 1
Photojournalists help us understand what goes on in far-flung corners of the globe, and the Canadian War Museum, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is displaying the 140 best shots captured over the past year in World Press Photo 14. The collection includes photographs from recent and ongoing conflicts, and illustrates how they continue to shape the world.
Local photographer Whitney Lewis-Smith kicks off A Collection of Natural Fascinations, a new exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery that explores humanity’s preoccupation with collecting objects. The artist’s haunting photographs include insects, marine fauna, minerals, unusual flora, and taxidermy.
Haligonian Ben Caplan is a talented musician indeed. When touring, he can — and does — easily switch between the guitar, piano, banjo, and melodica. When accompanied by his band, The Casual Smokers, the sounds of saxophone and clarinet join his music. Catch him at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 2
A host of performers from home and abroad converge on Sparks Street this weekend for the Ottawa International Busker Festival. Performers include acrobats, pyromancers, illusionists, escape artists, visual artists, and Ottawa’s own Junkyard Symphony.
Fancy a daytrip? Drive an hour east of Ottawa to Maxville and catch the final day of the 66th annual Glengarry Highland Games. The schedule is packed with Highland dancing, heavyweight competitions, piping and drumming performances, a clans parade, whisky tastings, and a ceilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering that involves music and dancing).
Close out the evening at Mavericks, where Montreal-based death metal band The Agonist is playing. Fronted by new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who uses both growled and clean vocals, the band performs songs that touch on issues such as animal rights and societal concerns. The Catalyst, My Shadow, and Accursed Creation open.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 2
Monday is Colonel By day, but on Sunday evening, The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa is holding Colonel By Night in the ByWard Market. The event features several guests who will give talks about the various groups that contributed to the development of Ottawa in the 1800s. Additionally, costumed characters will perform vignettes, John Cundell will provides carriage rides around the ByWard Market, and Haunted Walks will lead its Time Travel Trail adventure tour.
Florida punk band Against Me! perform at Ritual Nightclub on Sunday night, touring their sixth studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues — the band’s first album since vocalist Laura Jane Grace came out as a transgender woman. Philadelphia’s Creepoid opens.