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What to Do Ottawa

Nuit Blanche 2014: A Primer

The 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau will bring art performances and installations to the city core. (Photo: David Trattles)

The 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau will bring art performances and installations to the city core. (Photo: David Trattles)

The concept of Nuit Blanche has its humble beginnings in France, where, in 1989, an artistic director named Jean Blaise came up with an all-night arts festival called Les Allumées. His idea was to hold six festivals in six cities over a period of six years, each of which would feature exhibitions and performances from artists around the world over the course of six days.

In 2002, however, the festival was scaled down to one night per year, and the concept has since spread to cities all over the globe. Ottawa has been holding its own version of the event since 2012, and this time around, the theme for participating artists is “Bypass.”

Over 80 performances, installations, and exhibits will be available to the public. We’ve highlighted a few of the evening’s can’t-miss projects.

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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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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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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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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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