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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for July 18 to 20

Electric Six plays at Mavericks on July 18.

Electric Six, the band responsible for hits such as Danger! High Voltage, plays at Mavericks on July 18.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 18, 2014

What better way to kick off the weekend than with the Ottawa RedBlacks’ first ever game? After a nine-year absence, the CFL returns to the capital to face off against the Toronto Argonauts. The stands will be packed, and parking tight, so consider taking a bus to the stadium to avoid traffic jams.

The weekend is a great time to check out Ottawa’s surrounding communities—and there’s no better excuse to drive out to Perth than for its Stewart Park Music Festival. On Friday, one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, Danny Michel, headlines. He’s joined by the Long Sault Trio, The Lovelocks, Sultans of String, and The Bills. Make sure you check out some of the local vendors and food trucks, as well.

They’re probably best known for their single Danger! High Voltage, but Electric Six have plenty of other great songs to their name. In their 11-year career, they’ve produced 10 albums, with another due out in the fall. On Friday, they perform at Mavericks with The Mohrs.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 19, 2014

On Saturday, the 10th annual Japanese Summer Festival is happening at the Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall. There will be demonstrations of martial arts, shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), ikebana flower arrangements, and Japanese calligraphy. Visitors can also sample hot dogs smothered with traditional Japanese toppings—for free!

In Close Listening, four artists explore the relationship between paint and other mediums.

In Close Listening, four artists explore the relationship between paint and other mediums.

If you’d rather a low-key activity for your Saturday afternoon, the Ottawa Art Gallery has a new exhibition called Close Listening on display. It features works from four artists—Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, and Jinny Yu—who challenge the medium of paint in often startling ways. You’ll find assemblage, sculpture, installation, and video alongside (and sometimes intertwined with) oils and acrylics.

Cap off the day at the Black Sheep Inn, where Newfoundland native Amelia Curran brings her evocative folk rock songs to the stage. A Juno winner, East Coast Music Awards nominee, and first prize recipient in the Folk category at the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition, Curran has been lauded for her poet’s touch in the songwriting process.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 20, 2014

Ever wanted to learn how ice cream is made, or possibly try your hand at the process yourself? Now’s your chance—the Ice Cream Festival is on at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday. You can also learn how to make milkshakes, waffles, and ice cream sandwiches. Food aside, there will be games, storytelling, crafts, and wagon rides for the kids.

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27.

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27.

Since its premiere in 2011, The Book of Mormon has taken the musical theatre world by storm. It received nine Tony Awards, a Grammy, and four Laurence Olivier Awards—and that’s barely scratching the surface. Some critics have said it’s the funniest musical ever, possibly the musical of the century. Either way, this story about two missionaries out of their depth in Uganda is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27, so catch it while you can.