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, 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.