BY AMY ALLEN & MATT HARRISON
Pokey LaFarge brings his trademark Americana music to Ritual Nightclub on Friday night. (Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins)
Over the past century, as the world has grown and cities expanded, light pollution has dimmed the stars and forced darkness from the night. This has had adverse effects on human health and the world’s ecosystems, not to mention altered our perception — perhaps even our awareness — of celestial objects. At Cube Gallery, Nocturne VII: Festival of the Night Sky celebrates the beauty of starlight with lectures, music, and sidewalk telescope parties.
BY AMY ALLEN
Mysterious creatures creep out from Varekai’s magical forest. (Photo: John Davis; Costumes: Eiko Ishioka ©2010 Cirque du Soleil)
The circus has come a long way since its birth in ancient times, when it was known as the place where Romans congregated to watch chariot races, gladiatorial battles, and fights with trained animals. From the 18th century through to 1972, it was all about lion taming, equestrian acts, and clowns. But today, the power and artistry of the human body is the star of the show.
The capital is the place to be on Canada Day! The city throws a giant bash with fireworks and live music by some of the country’s biggest artists.
JULY 1 Get decked out in your red and white because the capital is the place to be on Canada Day. Don’t miss the concerts at Parliament Hill, where some of Canada’s biggest names show off their talent. Wander the downtown core and you’ll run into all manner of buskers, interactive games, art installations, and other presentations. The festivities end with a spectacular fireworks show over Parliament Hill.
Among this year’s performers on the Hill, you won’t want to miss Kiesza — who won the 2015 Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year — as well as Magic!, Jonas and the Massive Attraction, and Gord Bamford.
At Jacques Cartier Park, singer-songwriter David Myles hits the stage, while Shad, a hip hop artist and the new host of CBC’s Q, performs at Major’s Hill Park.
See the Canada Day website for the full lineup and schedule.
Delicious Mediterranean fare awaits you at EVOO Greek Kitchen.
EVOO Greek Kitchen is named after that staple of Mediterranean cuisine, extra virgin olive oil, and the chefs at this family-run Little Italy restaurant aren’t afraid to use it to great effect in their cuisine. The menu offers traditional Greek fare — gyros, souvlaki, and spanakopita abound — which can be ordered individually or for the whole table to share. Traditional Greek beverages such as skinos, a liqueur derived from the mastic tree on the island of Chios, are also available.
•438 Preston St., 613-695-3860, evoogreekkitchen.ca
Shania Twain hits Ottawa as part of her Rock This Country Tour. It’s the first time she’s toured in more than a decade. (Photo: Maura McEvoy)
JUNE 27 With massive hits such as “From This Moment On” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Canadian songstress Shania Twain long ago cemented her legacy as the Queen of Country Pop. Although she’s been on hiatus from touring for more than a decade, she returns to stages across North America with her Rock This Country Tour — so slip on your cowboy boots and get ready to dance!
•Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd., 613-271-5452, wesleycloverparks.com
The MEC High Jinx 16 Daypack is perfect for toting your gear around on a hike.
Blue skies and balmy weather may entice you to get outdoors and hit the trails, so you’ll want to make sure you’re well equipped for a day under the sun. The lightweight MEC High Jinx 16 Daypack is great for storing water bottles, umbrellas, sunscreen, and snacks. Its breathable padded straps will keep you comfortable and cool, whether you’re a serious hiker or just looking for a hands-free way to carry your things around town day-to-day. $28.
•Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700. mec.ca
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is a scenic place to go kayaking. (Photo: Ottawa Tourism)
The 202-kilometre Rideau Canal was built not long after the War of 1812, at a time when British North America was still bracing itself for an attack by the United States. Although it was intended as an alternative supply route to the St. Lawrence River, it was never used for this purpose, and it’s now one of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada, you can take in its scenic beauty by foot, bike, or boat.
•Map and reviews
Pink Martini, the self-described “little orchestra”, is one of many groups performing at this year’s TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.
JUNE 18 TO JULY 1 The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival marks its 35th anniversary this year, welcoming a roster of talented and diverse musicians to the capital for a two-week bash. Although jazz has always been the festival’s primary focus, it has begun to attract musicians from other genres as well.
Gladiators and the Colosseum tells the real story behind these larger-than-life figures who fought and died for the amusement of the Roman public. (Photo: Contemporanea Progretti)
These days, the word “gladiator” conjures images of heroism, but the legendary warriors who fought in the arenas of Rome for close to 1,000 years endured physical, mental, and social hardships that we can only imagine. Reviled as slaves, most of them fought and died in obscurity for the amusement of the Roman public. Through one-of-a-kind artifacts, Gladiators and the Colosseum: Death and Glory tells the real story behind these larger-than-life figures. On at the Canadian War Museum from June 13 until Sept. 6.
•Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 800-555-5621. warmuseum.ca
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This bust of Alexander the Great from the ancient city of Pella is just one of 500 artifacts on display at The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. (Photo: © Hellenic Ministry of Culture)
From the pages of Homer’s Iliad to the empire of Alexander the Great, our understanding of Western culture’s earliest days is a blend of myth, legend, and fact. The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great brings together 5,000 years of Greek culture, uncovering the lives of kings, scholars, poets, and philosophers. See more than 500 authentic artifacts — including Agamemnon’s gold-plated death mask and a marble bust of Alexander from the ancient Macedonian city of Pella — that have seldom been exhibited outside of Greece. On at the Canadian Museum of History until Oct. 12.
•Canadian Museum of History, 100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000. historymuseum.ca
•Map and reviews
Korea’s Ji Soyun and Canada’s Desiree Scott fight for the ball. Korea plays in Ottawa on June 17. (Photo: Tony Lewis)
The FIFA Women’s World Cup arrives in Ottawa! On Sunday, June 7, Norway takes on Thailand and Germany goes up against Côte d’Ivoire. On Thursday, June 11, catch Germany versus Norway and Côte d’Ivoire at Thailand. On Wednesday, June 17, Mexico takes on France, while the Korea Republic hits the field versus Spain. The second round of matches take place on June 20 and 22, with one quarter-final match on June 26.
•TD Place, 1015 Bank St. fifa.com/womensworldcup
Ed Sheeran is one of the hottest names in music today, and he performs at Canadian Tire Centre on June 3. (Photo: Ben Watts)
JUNE 3 Ed Sheeran shot to fame in 2011 with the release of his first single, “The A Team”, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In his young career, he’s been nominated for six Grammy Awards, headlined sold-out shows around the globe, and has shared the stage with Elton John. He brings his distinctive blend of pop and R&B to the capital as part of an ambitious world tour of more than 100 cities in promotion of his second studio album, X (pronounced “multiply”).
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com