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Weekend Roundup: Bluesfest and otherwise

By Jared Davidson on July 5, 2012

Word on the street is that Bluesfest, Ottawa’s yearly decidedly-not-completely blues festival, has begun. Here at Apartment613, we’re putting our usual local spin on things by highlighting many of the numerous local bands playing the festival.

This weekend, the festival offers such local delicacies as Kalle Mattson, The Flats, Philly Moves, Amanda Bon, A Tribe Called Red, and numerous other local favourites. In addition to localness, Saturday night at Bluesfest features the rather odd lineup pairing of Alice Cooper and MSTRKFT. That promises to be strange and satisfying.

Speaking of strange and satisfying, TIMEKODE’s Historic House Party Mix Series hits Billings Estate this Friday night at 7pm. The evening promises to utilize the historic setting to its fullest potential, featuring DJ mixtapes of music from every decade that the Billings actually lived in the old place: the 50s, the 60s and the 70s. Fans of old things and fans of music unite! Plus, there’s always the whole haunted thing.

Beginning this Saturday, Flock Boutique is partnering with Malenka Originals to create the Vintage Teacup and Refreshed Furniture Sale. Likely to be less frightening than the Historic House Party, the sale features Malenka Originals’ vintage-flavoured re-purposed furniture accompanied by 175 teacups from a local designer’s collection. Apparently she had too many teacups.

If you need an actual spot of tea, be on Renfrew Avenue this Sunday for Tea in the Garden, a classy fundraiser for the One World Film Festival. Here’s hoping there are crustless cucumber sandwiches and a variety of brews…

Also Saturday, Stars on Vinyl is bringing Rum’n’Bass to Raw Sugar. Mr. Cafferey, a staple of the local DJ scene, will be teaming up with dj.daisy and Chris International and, it seems, quite a bit of rum. It all starts at 9, and the night promises to be a suitable Bluesfest alternative, and sports a two-dollar suggested donation price as its entry fee.

In addition to all the music, teacups and fermented sugarcane byproducts, Urban Craft, the monthly craft market, takes place on Saturday at the GCTC. Admission is free, and crafts are fun. The vendors this month include, among many, Auntie Loo’s, Liv Well Toys, Strut, Petits Plaisirs Chocolata Treats, and really too many to list here. Note–it appears that many of these crafts will be edible.

And to start off your week on an inspirational note, there’s a documentary on Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band made up of incredible guys who had their beginnings in refugee camps and have received much acclaim for their powerful music.

As usual, let us know what we missed in the comments!


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