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Marvel Live Soars into Ottawa

Thor and a host of other beloved Marvel superheroes quest to stop Loki from destroying the universe. (Photo: Feld Entertainment)

Thor and a host of other beloved Marvel superheroes quest to stop Loki from destroying the universe. (Photo: Feld Entertainment)

JULY 31 TO AUG. 2 Marvel Universe Live brings all your favourite superheroes to the stage for an action-packed spectacle. Loki, the trickster god and brother of superhero Thor, plots to use the Cosmic Cube to obliterate the universe. With a bevy of beloved Marvel characters in tow, including Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk, Thor embarks on a quest to stop him, encountering other Marvel villains along the way.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 30 to Aug. 2

BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE

Toronto's Union Duke performs their upbeat bluegrass songs at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night. Expect banjos — lots of banjos.

Toronto’s Union Duke performs their upbeat bluegrass songs at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night. Expect banjos — lots of banjos.

Capital Ribfest
Smell that? It’s the tantalizing aroma of ribs — lots of ribs! — slathered with barbecue sauce and smoking on an outdoor grill. Brought to you by Capital Ribfest, this meaty smorgasbord features a half dozen ribbers and grillers from Canada and the United States who, over the course of the long weekend, are cooking up a feast of beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can also treat yourself to corn on the cob, salads, pizza, fries, doughnuts, ice cream, and a handful of gluten-free and vegetarian treats.

Up on stage, entertainment includes old-time jazz band the Boxcar Boys, local indie rockers Amos the Transparent, country rock duo Sons Command, and much more.

The festival is on at City Hall’s Festival Plaza from Thursday, July 30 until Monday, Aug. 3. Admission is free, but you pay for what you eat. The event is cash-only, with an ATM on site. See website for more info. Festival Plaza, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., capitalribfest.ca.

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Aquatic Adventure

Embark on a wilderness adventure right in the heart of the city with Ottawa City Rafting.

Embark on a wilderness adventure right in the heart of the city with Ottawa City Rafting.

One of Ottawa’s greatest strengths is its proximity to the Ottawa River, and Wilderness Tours takes full advantage of this fact. The Ottawa City Rafting packages let you brave the currents of the Ottawa River without leaving the city proper. Each three-hour excursion begins at Britannia Bay, takes you downstream through the Deschenes Rapids, and ends with a stunning view of Parliament Hill from the river.
•Ron Kolbus Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., 1-844-688-7238. ottawacityrafting.com

Bewitching Bites

The Scone Witch conjures up delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

The Scone Witch conjures up delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Looking for breakfast on the run without sacrificing quality or flavour? The Scone Witch is the place to go. The cute café offers a variety of sweet and savoury scones, with the option of converting the latter into their signature “sconewich.” From poached salmon to gruyere cheese to a BLT with pesto, there’s no end of delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunchtime options for you to choose from.
•150 Elgin St., 613-232-2173 and 35 Beechwood Ave., 613-741-4141, sconewitch.ca

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 23 to 25

BY AMY ALLEN AND MATT HARRISON

This collage of singer Lana Del Rey is part of Ways of Something, a video art exhibition pulled together by artist Lorna Mills. (Artist: Georges Jacotey)

This collage of singer Lana Del Rey is part of Ways of Something, a video art exhibition pulled together by artist Lorna Mills. (Artist: Georges Jacotey)

Ways of Something
“When the camera reproduces a painting, it destroys the uniqueness of its image. As a result its meaning changes. Or, more exactly, its meaning multiplies, fragments into many meanings.” — John Berger, 1972, Ways of Seeing 

More than four decades later, Berger’s observations — taken from his iconic four-part BBC mini-series, Ways of Seeing — is being reexamined by Canadian and other international artists: 110 of them, to be exact. Culled together by Toronto-based artist Lorna Mills, her mammoth art project, Ways of Something, will present video, 3D renderings, animated gifs, live web cams, and digitally manipulated visuals in the context of the 21st century (hence the Lana Del Rey collage), along with Berger’s original narrative and voiceover, in an effort to ask the question: is Berger’s ground-breaking 20th century presentation still relevant in the 21st century? Find out this Thursday, July 23 at SAW Video from 6pm to 11pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit website. SAW Video, 67 Nicholas St., 613-238-7648, sawvideo.com. 

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Underground Passage: Lusk Cave in Gatineau Park

Tap in to your adventurous side at Lusk Cave, a geological phenomenon located right in Gatineau Park. (Photo: National Capital Commission)

Tap in to your adventurous side at Lusk Cave, a series of passages located right in Gatineau Park. (Photo: National Capital Commission)

Adventure awaits at Lusk Cave, a natural geological phenomenon that offers the spelunking experience right in Ottawa’s backyard. Roughly 12,500 years old, the caves were created during the Wisconsin glaciation, when water from the melting ice tunneled through a patch of soft marble in the surrounding Canadian Shield. Bring comfortable footwear, a flashlight, and appropriate clothing — the hike to the site is approximately 12 kilometres and the water levels inside the cave can fluctuate dramatically.
•Lusk Cave, Gatineau Park, 819-827-2020. gatineaupark.ca
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A Colourful Tale at the National Gallery of Canada

(Marc Chagall, The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961. Colour lithograph on wove paper, 42 x 31.9 cm. Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. Photo © NGC. © Sodrac 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®)

(Marc Chagall, The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961. Colour lithograph on wove paper, 42 x 31.9 cm. Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. Photo © NGC. © Sodrac 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®)

The Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe, penned by the writer Longus sometime in the 2nd century AD, tells the story of two lovers who are separated and reunited after a series of unfortunate events. Marc Chagall’s lithographs vibrantly breathe new life into the novel, taking the viewer on a journey from idyllic countryside to adventure on the high seas to a magnificent banquet in a royal palace. They serve as an enduring reminder of his skill as a colourist and are considered among his most important work. On display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 13.
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Sword and Shield: Osgoode Medieval Festival

Step back in time at the Osgoode Medieval Festival, where you can watch an authentic joust. (Photos: Amy Allen)

Step back in time at the Osgoode Medieval Festival, where you can watch an authentic joust. (Photos: Amy Allen)

JULY 11 AND 12 Hear ye, hear ye! The Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival opens its doors for its eighth consecutive year, transporting visitors back to the days of chivalry, adventure, and romance. From dueling warriors to valiant knights on horseback, from minstrels to merchants peddling their wares in the forest market, you’re bound to get your fill of the Middle Ages here.
•5673 Osgoode Main St., Osgoode, 613-443-9090. osgoodemedievalfestival.com

Ottawa’s Best Brunches

Drop in at the Hintonburg Public House for a scrumptious brunch. (Photo: Dwayne Brown Studios)

Drop in at the Hintonburg Public House for a scrumptious brunch. (Photo: Dwayne Brown Studios)

Brunch: it’s a Sunday dining favourite, that late-morning meal that brings together the best parts of breakfast and lunch. Not sure which one is right for you? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to help you decide.

Wilf & Ada’s
After 20 years in business, the owners of Ada’s Diner, a beloved greasy spoon in Centretown, retired and sold the property to a new generation of restaurateurs. The location was reborn as Wilf & Ada’s and has been serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch ever since. Dishes are lovingly prepared from scratch wherever possible, using high quality products sourced from local suppliers. Popular choices include the hot chicken sandwich, the eggs benny, and the house-made sugar pie. Wilf & Ada’s, 510 Bank St., 613-231-7959, wilfandadas.com. 

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Surreal Sights at Galerie St. Laurent + Hill

(Jaber Lutfi, Rabbit, 2014, acrylic on paper glued on wood, 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist)

Jaber Lutfi’s surreal paintings draw on elements of fantasy and history. (Jaber Lutfi, Rabbit, 2014, acrylic on paper glued on wood, 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist)

Jaber Lutfi’s paintings are as beautiful as they are sinister. A figurative artist, Lutfi dabbles in the surreal, using muted colours and distorted faces to create a sense of wonder and unease. His work draws from history, myth, and religion, in many cases blending reality with fiction. The forms he portrays seem simultaneously familiar yet otherworldly — a rabbit, for example, with what appear to be the chunky feet of an elephant and the humped back of a camel. On at Galerie St. Laurent + Hill from July 9 to 22.
•Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, 293 Dalhousie St., 613-789-7145. galeriestlaurentplushill.com
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Summer Blues

BY AMY ALLEN

Vancouver indie rockers Mother Mother perform at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 16.

Vancouver indie rockers Mother Mother perform at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 16.

Every July, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest draws thousands of music fans to the festival grounds at Lebreton Flats for acts that range from blues and classic rock to hip hop and pop. This year’s schedule is better than ever, which means there’s a concert to cater to everyone’s tastes.

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Taylor Swift Arrives in Ottawa

Pop superstar Taylor Swift arrives in Ottawa as part of her 1989 World Tour.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift arrives in Ottawa as part of her 1989 World Tour.

JULY 6 With the release of mega hits “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”, Taylor Swift proved she has the chops to be one of the most successful singer-songwriters of her generation. The evolution of her sound from country to pop — as well as her meteoric ascent to superstardom — continues with the release of her latest album, 1989, an electronica-inspired offering that relies more on synths than twangy guitars. She brings her 1989 World Tour to the capital.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com