Kiersten VuorimakiCommunity Writer
Kiersten in an avid local sports fan, book lover, world explorer, and connoisseur of Mexican food joints wherever she can find them. She drinks too much coffee, and has a great palate for craft beer served on a sunny patio in the market.
Labour Day is the last day of work for the Boys of Summer, as the Ottawa Champions wind down a roller coaster season this weekend at home. Consider this your last chance to catch the team before the long, cold offseason.
This weekend is promising a mixed bag of weather, but it also holds a wide variety of activities in and around the city. Movies and music and beer are readily available this weekend, but you don’t have to look very hard for other cool things to tickle your fancy as we all try to jam as much awesomeness as we can into our remaining summer days (and nights).
Third base and outfield coach Jared Lemieux is the team’s in-house hype man, always ready with a smile, a piece of bubblegum, a fist bump, and some dancing.
As the summer heats up (literally) the Champions hitters are following suit. The past few series have seen fewer runners left on base and more consistent production when they need it most. Halfway through the 2018 season, Ottawa is still sitting in last place, but in such a small league, anything can happen as summer gets hotter.
Up next in a series of interviews with Ottawa Champions players and staff is Ottawa’s own Sebastien Boucher.
Hal Lanier, the Ottawa Champions manager, lives and breathes baseball. He is a friendly encyclopedia of baseball minutiae and has probably already forgotten more about the game than any of us will ever even know.
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, mix it up a little bit with a poutine in Gatineau, a soccer game, some classical music or a Shakespeare play for a little culture.
Nothing is more Canadian than a few beers and burgers outside with your buds, on a sunny July 1st. This year, don’t bother organizing your own backyard ‘do, just head to RCGT Park where the beer is cold, the burgers are fully loaded, and the entertainment is provided.