Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Aug. 8
The weekend kicks off with the annual Festival of India, which takes place on the lawn beside City Hall. The event runs until Aug. 10, but on Friday evening, you can take in the opening ceremony, Indian music, and some traditional dancing. Throughout the weekend, there will also be yoga, cooking lessons, pottery and jewellery workshops, henna demonstrations, and Bollywood performances.
The Black Sheep Inn hosts Belfast’s Anthony Toner, who, thanks to his unique blend of country, pop, and rock, has been steadily gaining a following in Canada. His performances tend to feature amusing stories from the road, and his thoughtful lyrics paired with his skilled guitar playing will stay with you long after the show is over.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 9
There’s no shortage of festivals to attend this August, especially those that reflect Ottawa’s cultural mosaic. On Saturday, head down to Mooney’s Bay for JAMDAY, an annual celebration of Jamaican culture. Reggae artists such as Tinga Stewart, Ghost, and Pinchers will be performing, and you can take in some traditional folk dance, songs, and food.
The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word is taking place in Victoria from Oct. 13 to 18, and Ottawa’s Urban Legends 2014 team needs your help to get there. Saturday’s Poetic Royalty event at Pressed is part fundraiser, part hip hop/poetry event, and some of the city’s best artists in those genres will there to show off their skills. Local slam poet Apollo the Child will also perform. Admission is $10 at the door.
The Steve Adamyk Band only just returned from a tour in Japan, but they’re already getting right to work here in the capital. The band plays House of TARG on Saturday night with special guests Tropical Dripps and Blue Angel. They’ll perform songs from their latest album release, Dial Tone, as well as older selections from their discography.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 10
In conjunction with Archaeology Month, Heritage Ottawa is offering a very special Archaeological Tour of Parliament Hill that will explore how settlers and residents have used the site since Ottawa was founded. Led by Hugh Daechsel, a senior archaeologist with Golder, Inc., the tour will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken on Parliament Hill over the past 20 years.
Nova Scotia native Ryan Cook was raised on a dairy farm, and in his teens, he played in punk rock and metal bands to escape cowboy culture. But something about the genre lured him back, and now he tours his blend of country, roots, and folk music across Canada. He plays at 8 Locks’ Flat on Sunday night.