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Ottawa

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.
•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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Walking With Dinosaurs in Ottawa

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking With Dinosaurs, which strives to recreate life in the Mesozoic era, comes to the Canadian Tire Centre from Aug. 20 to 24.

Based on the award-winning BBC Television series, Walking With Dinosaurs crosses the pond to bring this breathtaking show to North American audiences. The show draws on the latest scientific research in order to create the most realistic dinosaurs you’ve ever seen — with many featuring feathers, head crests, and tail fans. It depicts dinosaurs’ evolution with incredible realism, making this a must-see spectacular. From Aug. 20 to 24 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
•1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

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Close Listening at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Close Listening, an exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery, brings together the work of four artists who explore the abstract with new materials.

Close Listening, an exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery, brings together the work of four artists who explore the abstract with new materials.

Painting — it brings to mind a colour palette of oil or acrylic, a brush, knife, or sponge, and a surface of some kind — paper, canvas, even a wall. But how about the addition of a video component? Sculpture? Or perhaps merging the painting with two- or three-dimensional objects? These are some of the ways in which four Canadian painters are exploring their medium through non-traditional means in Close Listening, an exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Come see the results! On display until Sept. 21.
•2 Daly Ave., 613-233-8699, ottawaartgallery.ca
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Underground Sensation: Ottawa’s El Camino

In the mood for tacos with a twist? Head over to El Camino — their fillings include such delicacies as ox tongue and lamb!

In the mood for tacos with a twist? Head over to El Camino — their fillings include such delicacies as ox tongue and lamb!

Tacos? Yes, please. Raw food? Mhmm. Creative cocktails? Heck, yeah! El Camino has wowed Ottawa with its chill underground space and varied menu that elevates the simple taco with such fillings as lamb and ox tongue. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and if you’re in a rush — or just want to enjoy the beauty of Ottawa during the summer — they have a takeout window so you can eat and walk!
•380 Elgin St., 613-231-1010, eatelcamino.com

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Green Shopping at terra20

Terra20 is your one-stop-shop for all things environmentally-friendly. You'll find clothes, beauty products, cleaning supplies, and even toys for the little one.

Terra20 is your one-stop-shop for all things environmentally-friendly. You’ll find clothes, beauty products, cleaning supplies, and even toys for the little one.

Green reigns supreme at terra20. The 15,000-square-foot store is a one-stop-shop for everything eco-friendly: sustainable fashion, cleaning products, toys, and a lot more. The selection is huge — over 12,000 products — and staff are very knowledgeable. We love the soaps from Purple Urchin: the Ottawa-based company makes bath and body products that smell good enough to eat, and are pure enough that you could. Another big draw is the store’s Ecobar — the largest of its kind in North America, the bar allows customers to fill and refill reusable containers with a range of green house-cleaning products that are mixed on site.
•2865 Iris St., 855-837-7220, terra20.com

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Wild Ride: Ottawa Rickshaws

Looking for a unique way to see the city? Ottawa Rickshaws isn't just about transportation — they offer tours as well.

Looking for a unique way to see the city? Ottawa Rickshaws isn’t just about transportation — they offer tours as well.

In a city with a rich history and plenty of sights, Ottawa Rickshaws ensures you see the highlights while they dish the details. For tourists and residents alike, Ottawa Rickshaws’ runners can be found daily from May to August in the ByWard Market, on Elgin Street at Parliament Hill, and Major’s Hill Park. They offer downtown tours, group events, scavenger hunts, and rickshaw shuttle services. If your legs are weary this summer, or you’re just in the mood for a wild ride, climb aboard and hold on tight!
•Ottawa Rickshaws, 613-784-9122. ottawarickshaws.ca
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Whitechapel at Ritual Nightclub

Metalcore band Whitechapel performs at Ritual Nightclub on Aug. 8.

Metalcore band Whitechapel performs at Ritual Nightclub on Aug. 8.

At the forefront of the heavy music scene, Whitechapel’s fifth release, Our Endless War, builds on what has made the sextet a success thus far in their career. Their trio of guitarists creates dense textures and layers, and allows them to replicate much of their studio polish in a live setting. Five bands open, including Stick to Your Guns and Sworn In, making for a mini metalcore festival. They play at Ritual Nightclub on Aug. 8.
Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer St.
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Aug. 8 to 10

Belfast's own Anthony Toner plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 8. (Photo: Ken Haddock)

Belfast’s own Anthony Toner plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 8. (Photo: Ken Haddock)

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Aug. 8

The weekend kicks off with the annual Festival of India, which takes place on the lawn beside City Hall. The event runs until Aug. 10, but on Friday evening, you can take in the opening ceremony, Indian music, and some traditional dancing. Throughout the weekend, there will also be yoga, cooking lessons, pottery and jewellery workshops, henna demonstrations, and Bollywood performances.

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Not Your Grandparents’ Orchestra: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra plays the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 7. (Photo: Yannick Grandmont)

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra plays the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 7. (Photo: Yannick Grandmont)

Featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor  — the critically-acclaimed instrumentalists, and recent Polaris Prize-winners — Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra weave melodies and anthemic, rocking sections that help separate themselves from the slow, dark, plodding creations of their beloved parent band. Expect an entertaining and engaging live show. At the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 7.
•The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228. the blacksheepinn.com

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