Friday, July 27
The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is back for another season of international music from the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance. Concerts are held in churches, arts centers, and other downtown venues. Featured artists on opening night include the Arsis Handbell Ensemble, the Gryphon Trio with Julie Nesrallah, and poetry and interviews with Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. Until August 9.
Odyssey Theatre is presenting The Game of Love and Chance, Marivaux’s classic comedy, in this 2012 season of Theatre Under the Stars. Enjoy the ambiance of the great outdoors as this 18th Century comic farce takes you on a journey through the tale of two lovers, caught up in intrigue, disguises and forbidden passion. Until August 26.
The Ottawa Little Theatre presents the last weekend of Black Coffee, one of Agatha Chrisite’s lesser-known mysteries. With many twists and turns, the audience is brought through a case that will tantalize both die-hard Christie fans and those who are new to her work.
Saturday, July 28
Steering Towards Hope showcases unique cars and motorcycles at Scotiabank Place. The Steering Towards Hope team and the Kidney Foundation of Canada are working together to make this the biggest event in its history, and the only event in the National Capital Region to involve cars, big trucks, and motorcycles. General admission is free; however, a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank is welcome.
SAW Gallery presents Summer Nights, a festival featuring cinema and live music under the stars. The festival will take place over two weekends (the next is Aug. 3 to 5). This weekend, events will take place at the SAW outdoor courtyard, bringing the summer camping experience to the city (complete with a campfire).
The Capitol Beat, an eight-piece soul band originally from Ottawa, is performing at Zaphod Beeblebrox tonight. After living in Toronto for the last couple of years to expand its musical network, the band is back to prepare for the release of a debut EP.
Sunday, July 29
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays allows bikers, in-line skaters, runners and walkers to enjoy the scenery of Ottawa without the threat of oncoming traffic. Take a stroll along the parkways and cycle along the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, or through beautiful Gatineau Park. Until Labour Day.
For those interested in herbs, gardening, cooking and living a healthy lifestyle, Herbfest is a must-attend event! Held at the Herb Garden in Almonte, the one-day festival offers entertainment, guided herbal walks, henna tattoos, and yoga in the gardens — you may even spot a dancing fairy or two.
Come out to the Algonquin College Soccer Complex to see the top two teams in the 2012 Women’s Soccer League, the longest standing soccer league in North America, compete for it all in the championship game. The semifinals will be played on Friday, July 27, showcasing three conference champions fighting for their chance at the final.