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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for July 11 to 13

Slash will perform with his band, The Conspiracy, and Myles Kennedy on July 11 at Bluesfest.

Slash will perform with his band, The Conspirators, and Myles Kennedy on July 11 at Bluesfest.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 11, 2014

This weekend is your last chance to check out Bluesfest, so head on down to the LeBreton Flats after work. The Barenaked Ladies are headlining on Friday night, but if they’re not quite your thing, there are loads of other acts to enjoy as well: Third Eye Blind, Slash, Amanda Rheaume, July Talk, The Texas Horns, and Keturah Johnson.

By day, Pressed is a quaint and relaxed sandwich bar, but on Friday night, it will play host to The Aviary Kings, a Thunder Bay-based band that describes its music as “space punk.” They are joined by Avarice, a Toronto metal/punk band, and Tenenbaums, a punk band out of Winchester, Ont.

Glengarry Glen Ross was slated to run at The Gladstone from June 24 to July 5, but the dark comedy has been such a hit that the theatre has added two more dates to the schedule. So grab some tickets, settle back in your seat, and watch as four desperate Chicago real estate agents compete to sell undesirable properties to unsuspecting clients—using any means necessary.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 12, 2014

Kevin James, known for The King of Queens, brings his stand-up act to the National Arts Centre on July 12.

Kevin James, known for The King of Queens, brings his stand-up act to the National Arts Centre on July 12.

He’s known best for his work on The King of Queens and numerous movies, including HitchPaul Blart: Mall CopGrown Ups, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. But Kevin James launched his career as a stand-up comedian in Long Island—in fact, he was discovered at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 1996. You can catch his stand-up act at the National Arts Centre on Saturday evening.

Saturday should be sunny, so pop over to Mooney’s Bay to take in some volleyball and live music at the HOPE Volleyball Summerfest. Over 1,000 players will compete in this year’s event, and Matthew Good, The Glorious Sons, and Mad Anthony will perform throughout the afternoon on the concert stage. Proceeds from registration fees and ticket purchases will go to local charities.

Hear ye, hear ye! Should you wish to get away from the bustle of the city this weekend, the Osgoode Medieval Festival is happening in one of Ottawa’s many surrounding villages. Feel free to dress up in your best medieval garb, and don’t forget to cheer on your favourite knight at the fighters’ ring and joust area. Vendors at the medieval market will be selling armour and leather goods, home-made breads, and jewellery.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 13, 2014

For most of us, the night sky is an empty black dome, the stars blotted out and constellations dimmed by light pollution. But for artist Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, it’s a space for meditation and awareness, and he’s captured the cosmos in a series of breathtaking photographs and oil paintings. His new exhibit, Vanishing Stars, is on at the Cube Gallery, and a quiet Sunday is the perfect time to take it in!

River City Junction plays Sunday Blues Night at the Atomic Rooster on July 13.

River City Junction plays Sunday Blues Night at the Atomic Rooster on July 13.

Cap off the weekend at the Atomic Rooster with a beer and Sunday Blues Night. This week, River City Junction performs their unique blend of old school Chicago blues, Motown, and classic rock. Later, you can catch an acoustic jam with Scott Allen and Dr. Dave.

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