After the hullabaloo and heatstroke of the long weekend has passed, we are faced with another beautiful weekend in our city, and no limit of ways to fill it. Bluesfest starts with a bang on Thursday night and rolls right on through the weekend. If Lebreton Flats is not your destination of choice, why not mix it up a little bit with of poutine in Gatineau, a soccer game, some classical music or a Shakespeare play?
Back for their 16th season of Torchlight Shakespeare in The Park, A Company of Fools opened their season this week with this summer’s production of the farcical comedy Twelfth Night. The company specializes in engaging and interactive 90-minute versions of Shakespeare’s hits with a cast of 3-6 performers in a different local park every night. This weekend they are in Orleans, Mechanicsville, Old Ottawa South, and Sandy Hill. Performances are Pay-What-You-Will with a suggested donation of $20.
Le Grand Poutinefest runs all weekend at the Canadian Museum of History for those of us hankering for more true Canadiana after the long weekend. The Festival opens at 5pm on Thursday and runs until 10pm on Sunday. Featuring some of the best poutine trucks in Quebec, there will also be craft beer, live music and DJs all weekend. Admission is free.
Music and Beyond, the 14 day classical music festival, had its opening gala on the 4th and is holding events across Ottawa all weekend. Some highlights this weekend include “Whose Opera is it Anyway?”, a musical improv performance by trained opera singers at the National Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, and “Music and Science” at the Canada Science and Technology Museum connecting music to space, trains, film, recording, acoustics, and lots more.
If 2 more years is too long to wait for some Olympic quality Canadian track and field, check out the Canadian Track & Field Championship running July 3 to July 8 at Terry Fox Stadium on Riverside Drive. Olympic and Paralympic track stars such as Andre De Grasse, Derek Drouin, and Brittany Crew will be competing for spots on the Canadian National Team. General admission tickets are $20.
Bluesfest kicks off its ten day party on Thursday with headliners Bryan Adams and Passenger. Check out the local flavour as well: Aylmer based Okies and the Bank Street Bonbons. Watch for all of Apt613’s coverage of Bluesfest right here.
Consider escaping the heat for a few hours and exploring a museum or gallery. The Bytown Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Museum of Nature all offer free admission to their permanent collections on Thursdays between 5-8pm, and these places are guaranteed to be climate controlled.
Get down with the best music from the greatest decade in music – the 80s – at House of Targ Friday night starting at 9:30pm. Their 80’s Dance Party kicks off with live covers of everyone’s favourite hits by The Underground, followed by DJ Remi Royale to close out the night. While you’re there, you can eat your weight in house made perogies. Cover is $6.
Looking for an escape to the country this weekend? Fancy yourself in plaid? Almonte’s anual CeltFest begins with town-wide pub parties Friday night and runs until Sunday afternoon. The fest promises a huge lineup of celtic music, including Heather Rankin, who closes out the festival Sunday afternoon. Celtic entertainment and vendors will make the drive to Gemmill Park worth it.
The July edition of 613flea takes place Saturday at the Aberdeen Pavilion. There are going to be over 100 vendors at the market, so there is definitely something for everyone. Hot tip: if you are inundated with wedding/birthday/shower invitations this summer and want to find something more special than a blender or bottle of wine for your friends, start here. The free admission market is an eclectic mix of vintage clothes, jewelry, baked goods, vinyl, collectibles, furniture, handmades, and art.
If you are mad for K-Pop, the Canadian Museum of History is hosting the K-Pop World Festival, an annual competition hosted by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs for K-Pop cover dance and cover song artists from around the world. About 15 teams from Canada will compete to represent Canada at the 2018 K-Pop World Festival, which is held in Changwon, Korea this fall.
Saturday and Sunday, go hunting for some new art while exploring the Glebe beyond Bank Street on the Glebe Art in Our Gardens and Studio Tour. Twelve artists will be showcasing their work in different garden locations around the Glebe from 10am-4pm both days. The tour is self directed, so this is the perfect excuse to grab an iced coffee or ice cream after brunch and wander the neighbourhood, meeting the artists and admiring their gardens.
The Ottawa Fury take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC at 1pm at TD Place. Pittsburgh is currently the second place team in the Eastern Conference, so expect some tough competition. The Fury’s last two games have been on the road, but this weekend begins a four game homestand for the boys in red.
Heritage Ottawa has partnered with the Village Legacy Project to offer a Pride-themed walking tour of downtown Ottawa this Sunday. The Village Legacy Project: Marching to Equality tour will cover some of the places, events, and people that helped shape Ottawa’s LGBTQ community and its history of the last 50 years. The tour begins at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill at 2pm.
To celebrate the end of the weekend, and beginning of the work week, head to Parliament Hill on Monday night at 10pm for the first night of Northern Lights, this summer’s sound and light show.
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