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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Sept. 19 to 21

Ottawa future-folk duo Bosveld performs at Gallery 101 on Friday. (Photo: Isaac Vallentin)

Ottawa future-folk duo Bosveld performs at Gallery 101 on Friday. (Photo: Isaac Vallentin)

Friday, Sept. 19

At 6 pm, Développé, a joint effort between the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) and the National Arts Centre (NAC), is kicking off in the NAC Theatre’s foyer. The exhibition displays works from the SPAO’s emergent photographers, who photographed dancers during the 2014 Canada Dance Festival in June. The result is an exhibition that highlights the close relationship between photography and dance.

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Frights and Festivals at Upper Canada Village

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

Fancy a trip back in time? At Upper Canada Village, constructed entirely from 1860s-era buildings relocated from surrounding villages, costumed interpreters tell visitors about life in the 19th century and tradesmen give demonstrations in yarn spinning, iron forging, cabinet-making, and more. The Fall Fair Weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) recreates an 1860s fall fair, with music and magic shows, livestock, agricultural and dairy products, seasonal produce and flowers, and fine arts. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more spooky, try Pumpkinferno (every weekend in October), where visitors can take a nighttime stroll among thousands of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins. —Amy Allen
•Morrisburg, 613-543-3704. uppercanadavillage.com
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Ottawa and the First World War

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

What was Ottawa’s role in World War I? Men enlisted, women volunteered as nurses, and ordinary citizens did their part in factories to develop the country’s national consciousness and promote its status on the world stage. The Bytown Museum’s Ottawa Answers the Call exhibit features several rare artifacts, including uniforms, trench art, historic documents, photographs, and a commemoration wall, as it tells the story of Ottawa’s contribution to the Great War. —Amy Allen
•1 Canal Lane, 613-234-4570. bytownmuseum.com
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Ottawa’s Best Fall Walks

BY AMY ALLEN

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Any local will tell you that Ottawa in the fall is a sight to behold. The city’s vast swaths of greenery turn brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come October, and the region has an assortment of walking paths and nature trails where you can take it all in. Here are a few of our suggestions for the region’s best fall walks.

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A Tale of Two Faces: Jo-Ann Zorzi at Trinity Art Gallery

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi uses fibers such as silk, hemp, linen, and wool to convey her ideas about the human condition, and Emote, her latest exhibit at Trinity Art Gallery, is a stark commentary on the epidemic of dishonesty that plagues the human race. The exhibit explores the facial expressions and masks we each wear to hide our true feelings. It also represents the movements and emotional struggles that go hand-in-hand with neurological disorders. On at Trinity Art Gallery until Sept. 23. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts
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Taste Test: The Glebe’s Unrefined Olive

The Unrefined Olive sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the globe — and they let you try it first!

The Unrefined Olive sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the globe — and they let you try it first!

The Unrefined Olive brings the flavours of Italy to the Glebe. This little shop boasts a tasting bar, where patrons can sample the freshest premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from Modena. They currently carry a number of olive oils from around the world, including California, Chile, Australia, and Tunisia. —Amy Allen
•The Unrefined Olive, 151 A Second Ave., 613-231-3133. unrefinedolive.com
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Deacon Brodie’s Pub in Ottawa

Deacon Brodie's Pub is new in town, and it's offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is new in town, and it’s offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is named after a Scottish thief who was hanged for his crimes in the early 18th century. There’s plenty of traditional pub fare on offer, but there are some unusual items on the menu as well, such as lobster and salmon pot pie, ginger crusted pickerel, and malai kebab chicken. And be sure to keep an eye out for the haggis, that traditional Scottish dish made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. —Amy Allen
•247 Elgin St., 613-236-6464. deaconbrodiespub.com

The Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Hills

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

When he died in 1950, former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King left his vast estate in the Gatineau Hills as a gift to Canadians. It’s been an ideal place to take in the fall colours ever since. Visitors can roam the Moorside manor and the cottages at Kingswood, stop in for tea at the Mackenzie King Tearoom, or retreat to the Abbey Ruins for some quiet reflection. Events run year-round here, and guided tours are available. —Amy Allen
•Gatineau Park, 800-465-1867. gatineaupark.ca
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Gustave Doré’s Dark Imagery

Gustave Dore's fantastical images are on display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 14. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Gustave Doré’s fantastical images are on display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 14. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Frequently hailed as one of the best illustrators of all time, Gustave Doré was a talented artist who applied his skills to a number of mediums. His work has been a source of inspiration for many 20th and 21st-century artists and filmmakers. Master of Imagination features his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. On until Sept. 14 at the National Gallery of Canada. —Amy Allen
•380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Bar7 at the Casino du Lac-Leamy

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has undergone some extensive renovations, and Bar7 is a dazzling example of what the location now has to offer.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has undergone some extensive renovations, and Bar7 is a dazzling example of what the location now has to offer.

Casino du Lac-Leamy has undergone an incredible transformation, highlighted by the all-new Bar7. In the heart of the gaming section, this bar acts as a hub for your night out. The interactive zone has a multimedia table, a video wall, a dance floor, and a stage for live bands. It’s the perfect spot for a pit stop during an evening of gaming.
•Casino du Lac-Leamy, 1, blvd. du Casino, 800-665-2274, casinosduquebec.com/lacleamy

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Modern Cuisine at Gezellig

Delicious modern food is on offer at Gezellig, a cozy restaurant in the heart of Westboro.

Delicious modern food is on offer at Gezellig, a cozy restaurant in the heart of Westboro.

Restaurant entrepreneur Stephen Beckta and executive chef Michael Moffatt’s newest venture Gezellig (gah-zell-ig), named after the Dutch adjective for “convivial”, is both comfortable and inspiring with its modern menu and cozy atmosphere. Located in a converted 1950s bank building in Westboro, the restaurant specializes in big plates designed to be shared, such as the St. Louis back ribs with swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, grilled peppers, and butter-fried cornbread. The menu gets inspiration from around the world, including the wine pairings, while still supporting local producers.
•337 Richmond Rd., 613-680-9086. gezelligdining.ca
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Union Local 613 in Ottawa

Communal seating, southern cuisine, and a vast selection of bourbon are part of Union Local 613's charm.

Communal seating, southern cuisine, and a vast selection of bourbon are part of Union Local 613′s charm.

Nestled in Ottawa’s Somerset Village, Union Local 613 has caused a wave of excitement in the nation’s capital with its bold take on Southern cuisine. Communal seating covers the majority of the restaurant, allowing raucous conversations to travel across shared tables — and once your order comes, raucousness will continue. Buttermilk-fried yardbird, cracker crusted Louisiana catfish and cheddar, and roasted garlic hominy grits are just a few of the items worth shouting about. A selection of bourbon makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Kentucky saloon.
•315 Somerset St. W., 613-231-1010, union613.ca
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