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What to Do Ottawa

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
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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
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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.
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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

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.

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        

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.