Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 29); Best Je-ne-sais-quoi (October 2). In each round readers will vote for any Ottawa neighbourhood that they think represents the best in that round’s category. The top neighbourhood will get 10 points, the runner-up 9 points, third place 8 points and so on. The neighbourhood that rakes up the most points after all five rounds will be announced on the blog Saturday, October 5 and declared the best Ottawa neighbourhood of all time (for one year) and get a t-shirt designed in its honour.
In round four of Hood Wars 2013 we are asking you to vote for the neighbourhood with the best party. It could be a giant garage sale, a free music festival, an arts festival or just a good old fashioned hang out… whatever gets you hobnobbing with your neighbours. We’ve listed some examples below to get the discussion going, but do not feel limited to these choices. Vote for any neighbourhood that you feel has the best party in the city at the bottom of this post, and feel free to try and sway your fellow Ottawans to your side in the comments.
|The Glebe – Great Glebe Garage Sale|
For the past 27 years the residents of one of Ottawa’s best known neighbourhoods have chosen the fourth Saturday in May to get rid of their unwanted stuff. Yet the Great Glebe Garage sale is more than just a collection of individual garage sales. Part giant flee market, part street fair, part picnic, the GGG is a get together for the entire city, whether you are looking for a new side table or are just hanging out for the atmosphere. Spend enough time in Ottawa and you will develop your own GGG strategy; perhaps you get up at the crack of dawn to pound the pavement for this or that antique, or else you stroll in after brunch to see if bargain hunters missed anything. The importance of the event to the community is amplified by the fact that it is an important fundraising activity for several good causes, such as the Ottawa Food Bank and Ecology Ottawa.
|Westboro – Westfest|
On the verge of its tenth year, the Westfest festival of music and art is one of the main reasons Westboro Village has become a symbol of good living in Ottawa. Over the years the free festival has featured artists like Elliot Brood, Bif Naked, Sloan, Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett and Land of Talk as well as many of the city’s most popular artists and DJs. But the three day event has evolved into more than just a mini-Bluesfest. Richmond Road’s merchants and residents take over the street with food, games and demonstrations by various community groups like choirs. Have I mentioned that the whole event is free?
| Chinatown – Chinatown Remixed
Technically Chinatown Remixed lasts for a whole month, as the shops of Somerset Street invite local artists to transform themselves into pop up galleries and music venues. With 61 exhibitions and performers in 2013, Chinatown Remixed is a festival of vernissages with an eclectic twist. It could be a video installation at a laundry, live painting at Shanghai Restaurant, or a button making workshop at a sushi restaurant. The day is a great chance to roam up and down Somerset, running into friends and discovering new artists all while getting to know one of Ottawa’s most diverse neighbourhood.
| Little Italy – Settimana Italiana Ottawa
Every year Ottawa’s Italian community invites the whole city down to celebrate all things Italian. In quick progression Preston is taken over by Ferraris, opera singers, bike racers and of course, Italian food vendors. This year there was dancing under the stars and in the streets at St Anthony’s church as well as the festival’s main stage on Preston St. After 40 years a stroll down Little Italy to see the sights and sample the gelato has become a summer tradition.
Remember, this is only a small sample. We encourage you to vote for any green space in any neighbourhood in the city. Even better, share your favourites in the comments section. Voting ends when the next round of the contest is launched on September 28.