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1000 Words: Wildlife Photography at the Museum of Nature

See some of the year's best wildlife photography at the Museum of Nature. The exhibit is on until Sept. 1. (Photo: Pamela Beale)

See some of the year’s best wildlife photography at the Museum of Nature. The exhibition is on until Sept. 1. (Photo: Pamela Beale)

Witness some of the most beautiful images in Canadian Wildlife Photography. The sixth edition presents wins of the 2013 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year contest. See incredible shots of birds, mammals, insects, and amphibians taken by budding and experienced Canadian photographers, including Rob McLean. At the Canadian Museum of Nature until Sept. 1.
•Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700. nature.ca

Travis Persaud        

Helping Hand: LIFTwo Wheeled Garment Bag

LIFTwo Garment Bag

Looking for some versatile, sturdy carry-on bags for the flight home? This LIFTwo garment bag, available at Ottawa Leather Goods, will keep your clothes crisp.

Keep your clothes crisp and clean with Samsonite’s LIFTwo Carry-on Wheeled Garment Bag. Redesigned to weigh in less than its competition, this little guy delivers on practicality and ease-of-use. The four multi-directional wheels make it incredibly easy to steer with minimal effort. Open it up to find two mesh pockets in the top corners — wasted space in other garment bags — and a spot to hang your clothes, complete with gentle compression straps that keep everything in place. And the paddled laptop pocket allows you to bring your business along without needing an extra bag. $320.
•Ottawa Leather Goods, 179 Sparks St., 613-232-4656. ottawaleathergoods.com

Travis Persaud

Secret Garden: Healthy Living at Herbfest

Celebrate healthy food and healthy living at Herbfest on July 27.

Celebrate healthy food and healthy living at Herbfest on July 27.

Get ready for some fresh air and ideas when you visit Herbfest, an annual celebration of herbs, clean living, and gardening. Located in Almonte — about 35 minutes west of the city — the festival features over 90 vendors, a celebrity chef cook-off, herb garden tours, presentations, music, dance, tea sampling, and an outdoor market. It runs all day July 27. Admission is $5.
•3840 Old Almonte Rd., Almonte, 613-256-0228. herbfest.ca

Travis Persaud

Battlefield Art: Transformations at the Canadian War Museum

Transformations

A.Y. Jackson’s A Copse Evening is on display at the Canadian War Museum as part of an exhibit on World War I art.

Two artists — a Canadian and a German — were enemy combatants who fought in the same war, on the same front, but never met. Now, for the first time, these two World War I soldiers share the same space 100 years later in Transformations, an art exhibit at the Canadian War Museum. The exhibit features the works of A.Y. Jackson, best known as a member of the iconic Group of Seven painters, and Otto Dix, a well-known German artist, whose art was sidelined by the Nazis. Jackson’s landscapes, with their twisted, dying trees, represent the horror of the battlefield, while Dix’s depictions of the war and post-war period are more overt — sometimes brutal. Each artist presents his own unique, honest, and grim perspective on a period currently being remembered for its Centenarian anniversary. On display until September 21.
•Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 819-776-7000. warmuseum.ca

Travis Persaud

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for July 25 to 27

Buffalo-based punk rockers Pentimento hit Mavericks on July 25.

Buffalo-based punk rockers Pentimento hit Mavericks on July 25.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 25, 2014

Kick off the weekend with Wild Exposures, a new exhibition featuring works from local nature photographer Marc Latremouille. His images capture the beauty of birds, bears, sloths, and other creatures in their natural habitats, both in Canada and abroad. The exhibition runs at the Atrium Gallery until August 20.

If you want to experience some Canadiana, head over to Parliament Hill for Fortissimo. The Band of the Ceremonial Guard, an Ottawa-based unit of the Canadian Armed Forces, is joined by dancers, pipers and soldiers. This year’s program includes a drum salute, a pipe and drums dance set, and a brass and reed march.

Pentimento, a punk rock quartet from Buffalo, is still relatively new to the scene, having just released its first full-length album in late 2012. But in that short time, the band’s lyricism and passion for music has attracted a loyal following. So grab some earplugs and head down to Mavericks to catch Pentimento’s live show, along with opening acts Have Mercy and Gates.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 26, 2014

Chamberfest officially launches on July 24, but why not wait until Saturday and make it an all-day affair? At noon, the Toronto Consort brings to life music from Elizabethan England, with many pieces drawing heavily from passages from Shakespeare’s plays. Later, check out some international music with the Sicilian Jazz Project and tango Nuevo ensemble Soledad.

Speaking of Shakespeare, A Company of Fools has been performing As You Like It at parks across the city this month, and on Saturday, they stop at Windsor Park in Old Ottawa South. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, pick a spot on the grass, and enjoy some Elizabethan comedy in the great outdoors. There is no admission fee, but donations of $15 are strongly encouraged.

Haunted Walks of Ottawa heads to Upper Canada Village on July 26.

Fancy a historical excursion with a creepy twist? The Haunted Walk of Ottawa is running an exclusive tour of Upper Canada Village, where hooded guides regale audiences with tales of the site’s more sinister past. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the village after hours, with ghost stories galore!


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 27, 2014

Celebrate healthy food and healthy living at Herbfest on July 27.

Celebrate healthy food and healthy living at Herbfest on July 27.

Those interested in fresh food and healthy living will want to check out Herbfest, a one-day event held at the Herb Garden in Almonte. In addition to educational lectures and discussions, visitors will be able to participate in the Chef Cook-Off, where local culinarians go head to head with their best recipes. There will also be live entertainment, face painting, an outdoor marketplace manned by local vendors, and guided walks through beautifully manicured herb gardens.

The Black Sheep Inn is as good a place as any to close to weekend, especially when Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk are playing live. The energy behind their folk-pop melodies is matched only by their live performance. They’re joined by Ottawa trip hop band Sound of Lions.

Christmas in July: Snow at the Canadian Museum of History

Snow—History Museum

Ever wondered how snow helped shape Canadian identity? Wonder no more — a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History has all your answers.

Snow. It’s one of the defining features of Canada, whether we like it or not. The winter-time fluff causes traffic and sore backs from all that shoveling, but it’s also a source of passion and creativity. Snow, the exhibition, examines the more positive side of this substance, delving into how snow has shaped Canada’s identity. The exhibit will also look at the evolution of winter sports in Canada — how it has influenced everything from artists to the economy. Features more than 250 artifacts. On until Sept. 28, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History.
•Canadian Museum of History, 100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000, historymuseum.ca

Travis Persaud

Rock Your Body: Justin Timberlake Hits Ottawa

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake performs in Ottawa on July 22. The singer-songwriter released his third album last year to critical acclaim.

Entertainer extraordinaire Justin Timberlake raised the bar with his third solo album, The 20/20 Experience. It’s his most diverse offering to date, and features hit singles “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors.” He comes to the nation’s capital as part of his world tour. He plays the Canadian Tire Centre on July 22.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100, canadiantirecentre.com

Travis Persaud

Installation Art: From the Transit Bar

Vera Frenkel's installation, From the Transit Bar, is on at the National Gallery of Canada until Aug. 17. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Vera Frenkel’s installation, From the Transit Bar, is on at the National Gallery of Canada until Aug. 17. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

A bar in an art gallery? A great idea, right! This summer, the National Gallery of Canada fulfills every art aficionado’s dream by presenting exactly that—sort of. The bar is not only a fully functioning one (yes, you can order a vodka martini), but it’s also part of a brilliant piece of contemporary art. Canadian artist Vera Frenkel’s bar is part of …From the Transit Bar, a primarily video-based art installation, which was first shown in Germany in 1992. Painstakingly reassembled, the exhibit presents a place where visitors meet and converse in transit and, importantly, it conjures themes associated with such places as exile, cultural migration, and translation. On display until Aug. 17.
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985, gallery.ca

Travis Persaud

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.

Burgerlicious: The Works in Ottawa

An assortment of wacky burgers are on the menu at the Works—like this, the Three Ring Binder.

An assortment of wacky burgers are on the menu at the Works—like this, the Three Ring Binder.

The Works ain’t your normal burger shop. First, pick your choice of seven patties, from elk to veggie to Canadian beef. Next, pick one of the dozens of topping combinations that start with Babewatch (avocado and Monterey Jack) and ends with War Pig (mushrooms, smoky BBQ, cheddar, and bacon). Last, add a side, such as their spicy bold slaw or fresh cut fries. With so much choice you’re destined to find a combination that’s right for you—and you’ll see just why this gourmet burger joint has won so many awards.
•Seven locations, including: 580 Bank St., 613-235-0406, worksburger.com

Travis Persaud

Friday Night Lights: The Ottawa REDBLACKS

Football returns to the capital! Check out the Ottawa REDBLACKS at TD Place this summer.

Football returns to the capital! Check out the Ottawa REDBLACKS at TD Place this summer.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) returns to Ottawa! After a nine-year absence, Canada’s capital once again has a team vying for the heralded Grey Cup. The Ottawa REDBLACKS are led by quarterback Henry Burris—two-time Grey Cup winner and former CFL Most Outstanding Player. Watch them play under the bright lights of the brand new TD Place.
•TD Place, 1015 Bank St. ottawaredblacks.com

Travis Persaud

Exhilarating Comedy: The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre from July 15 to 27.

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre from July 15 to 27.

The Book of Mormon, a mega-hit Broadway production, has garnered nearly every platitude it could in its short lifespan since debuting in 2011. From the creators of South Park, this religious musical satire continues to amass critical and public acclaim. Catch it at the National Arts Centre from July 15 to 27.
•National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Travis Persaud