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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Aug. 22 to 24

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew plays the Arboretum Music Festival on Friday.

Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew plays the Arboretum Music Festival on Friday.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Aug. 22

The Arboretum Music Festival is a great way to wind down after a long work week. It’s also your last chance to experience this third annual showcase of local talent. On Friday night, head over to the festival’s main stage at the Arts Court to catch Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Hilotrons, The Yips, and Doors. You may also want to check out the Backlot BBQ, where Murray Street chef Steve Mitton will be serving up roast pork on a spit and fresh barbecue corn, while goodies such as stone fruit cobbler, banana cream s’mores, and lemon meringue cupcakes will be provided courtesy of Town chef Marc Doiron.

Genevieve Cloutier, a local artist, teacher, and PhD candidate, explores her First Nation Wolastoqiyik ancestry in Performing Ghosts, which launches Friday at Blink Gallery. Cloutier employs a/r/tography, a research method that combines autobiography with art, to reflect on her silenced lineage in both the present and the past.

The Digs, one of Toronto’s most popular up-and-coming bands, plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night. Joined by DJ Ruby Jane, they perform their unique fusion of funk, jazz, neo-soul, and hip-hop in what’s sure to be a high-energy dance party.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 23

The fifth annual Canadian Stone Carving Festival is taking place at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington Streets this weekend. The festival gives the public the opportunity to see professional carvers at work and get a sense of what a historical construction site might have looked like. Using hand tools only, carvers will have 16 hours to complete a piece of work. On Aug. 24, finished pieces will be auctioned off, and proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

In Material Witness: Art, Activism, and Fibre, five artists explore how textiles have played a role in travel, clothing, architecture, agriculture, historical documentation, expression of identity, and art throughout the ages. The exhibition is on display at Gallery 101 until Oct. 4.

Ukrainia takes its inspiration from traditional Ukrainian music. Catch them at House of TARG on Saturday night.

Ukrainia takes its inspiration from traditional Ukrainian music. Catch them at House of TARG on Saturday night.

Ukrainia, a band that takes its inspiration from — you guessed it — traditional Ukrainian music, hits House of TARG on Saturday night for a pumped-up, two-set performance. Although the band bases their music on sounds from bygone times, they bring a modern touch to it with electric guitars and metal-pop riffs.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 24

If you’re in the mood for some unusual theatre this weekend, LANDLINE, a collaboration between two theatre companies on opposite ends of the country, is probably your best bet. It requires audience members to participate in the production, connecting via SMS and live video feed to discuss topics such as memories, absent loved ones, and change. It’s an innovative work that forces participants to question how much information they’re willing to give away and how far they’re able to carry the conversation.

New Edinburgh is one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods. Founded in 1832, the community retains much of its 19th-century charm, and a new Heritage Ottawa walking tour — led by local writer Janet Uren — explores the town’s industrial roots, early inhabitants, and evolution over the years. The tour meets at Fraser Schoolhouse on John Street at 2 p.m.

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

Travis Persaud

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

Travis Persaud

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

Travis Persaud

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

Travis Persaud

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

Travis Persaud

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.

Travis Persaud

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

Travis Persaud

Second Life: New Photography at La Petite Mort Gallery

In a new photographic exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery, artist Whitney Lewis-Smith explores life after death in the animal kingdom.

In a new photographic exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery, artist Whitney Lewis-Smith explores life after death in the animal kingdom.

Human experiences — after we’re gone, they’re partially retained through the traces we leave behind of ourselves, through photographs, video, art, letters, etc. But what about animals? In New Photographs, Ottawa artist Whitney Lewis-Smith asks this question and seeks to bring a selection of animals back to life by providing them with new moments through alternative photographic processes. On display at La Petite Mort Gallery for the month of August.
•La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland St., 613-860-1555. lapetitemortgallery.com

Travis Persaud

Signatures Restaurant in Ottawa

Signatures

Experience some fine dining at Signatures Restaurant, where modern cuisine is combined with a relaxing ambience.

Named a Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Signatures Restaurant occupies a gorgeous mansion just steps from the Rideau River. Its incomparable seasonal menu — revamped and revitalized in recent months — and phenomenal wine list make it an ideal spot to celebrate your special occasion.
•453 Laurier Ave. E., 613-236-2433. bistroatsignatures.com

Travis Persaud

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Aug. 1 to 3

The eclectic Ben Caplan plays the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 1.

The eclectic Ben Caplan plays the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 1.

Trying to find something to do for the weekend? Check our Ottawa Weekend Calendar for a roundup of what’s happening in the capital.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, Aug. 1

Photojournalists help us understand what goes on in far-flung corners of the globe, and the Canadian War Museum, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is displaying the 140 best shots captured over the past year in World Press Photo 14. The collection includes photographs from recent and ongoing conflicts, and illustrates how they continue to shape the world.

Local photographer Whitney Lewis-Smith kicks off A Collection of Natural Fascinations, a new exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery that explores humanity’s preoccupation with collecting objects. The artist’s haunting photographs include insects, marine fauna, minerals, unusual flora, and taxidermy.

Haligonian Ben Caplan is a talented musician indeed. When touring, he can — and does — easily switch between the guitar, piano, banjo, and melodica. When accompanied by his band, The Casual Smokers, the sounds of saxophone and clarinet join his music. Catch him at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, Aug. 2

Check out jugglers, acrobats, illusionists, and magicians at the Ottawa International Busker Festival.

Check out jugglers, acrobats, illusionists, and magicians at the Ottawa International Busker Festival.

A host of performers from home and abroad converge on Sparks Street this weekend for the Ottawa International Busker Festival. Performers include acrobats, pyromancers, illusionists, escape artists, visual artists, and Ottawa’s own Junkyard Symphony.

Fancy a daytrip? Drive an hour east of Ottawa to Maxville and catch the final day of the 66th annual Glengarry Highland Games. The schedule is packed with Highland dancing, heavyweight competitions, piping and drumming performances, a clans parade, whisky tastings, and a ceilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering that involves music and dancing).

Close out the evening at Mavericks, where Montreal-based death metal band The Agonist is playing. Fronted by new vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who uses both growled and clean vocals, the band performs songs that touch on issues such as animal rights and societal concerns. The Catalyst, My Shadow, and Accursed Creation open.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, Aug. 2

Florida's Against Me!, fronted by Laura Jane Grace, performs at Ritual Nightclub on Aug. 3.

Florida’s Against Me!, fronted by Laura Jane Grace, performs at Ritual Nightclub on Aug. 3.

Monday is Colonel By day, but on Sunday evening, The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa is holding Colonel By Night in the ByWard Market. The event features several guests who will give talks about the various groups that contributed to the development of Ottawa in the 1800s. Additionally, costumed characters will perform vignettes, John Cundell will provides carriage rides around the ByWard Market, and Haunted Walks will lead its Time Travel Trail adventure tour.

Florida punk band Against Me! perform at Ritual Nightclub on Sunday night, touring their sixth studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues — the band’s first album since vocalist Laura Jane Grace came out as a transgender woman. Philadelphia’s Creepoid opens.