Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, art, music and more. Highlights? Catch hip hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes at House of Paint Sunday and see the graffiti wall created the day before, and take in Cadence Weapon while chowing down on some delicious vittles at Arboretum.
Your choices don’t end there – Rise Against and Gaslight Anthem are in town tonight to put on a great punk show, while The Bills are back launching a new folk album out at the Black Sheep. We’ve got some neo-soul music with The Split tonight, too, while Friday night will see a mix of folk, punk, jazz and blues at Luneta Cafe with Paco Dvoi and Dynamite Motel. Saturday night it’s Bahamas and The Weather Station at First Baptist for a bit of indie rock, and there’s a fundraiser at Zaphod’s featuring tons of great music to raise money for kids’ cancer research.
If you like to mix your music with a bit of extra activities, there are a few on tap: Spins and Needles DJing crafternoon will focus on silk screening on Sunday, while Saturday night it’s While You Were On Instagram down at Babylon, where Twitter and Instagram challenges will get you drinks and a few surprise music guests will keep the party rocking. Also that night, DJ Memetic teams up with the chefs at Grounded for a dance-y vernissage of Vitality by artist Amancer.
In spoken word, the Dusty Owl Reading Series is back at the Elmdale with a slam competition on Sunday, and just up the street at the Hintonburg Public House you’ll find an open stage for anyone who wants to perform poetry/short stories/comedy/spoken word. The day before, it’s Taste of Wellington West, with Wellington Street’s restaurants, bakeries and all things delicious out for you to sample.
Our miscellaneous highlights this week feature a trunk sale, super-fast powerpoint presentations, a little preview into the greatness of Festival X photography extravaganza, and a scavenger hunt bike rally that will find you in a friendly competition with other Ottawa cyclists.
There’s even more in our events section, folks. What else will you be taking in this weekend?