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What to See Ottawa

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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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.