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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Jared Davidson on August 16, 2012



So enamoured are we are with all things beer in Ottawa that it seems not a Weekend Roundup goes by without at least some mention of the bubbly beverage.

This week is no different. National Capital Craft Beer Week is in full swing this week, with events too numerous to mention. And while the Week ends this weekend, it won’t be without some fanfare. You see, at the core of National Craft Beer Week is the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, which takes place at Marion Dewar Plaza (just outside City Hall) this Friday and Saturday. The festival is open from 11am to 10:30pm both days, and promises beer, beer-inspired food, and plenty of beer. Oh, and beer! Festival goers will have access to over 60 regional and provincial craft beers. Tickets cost 15 dollars for a day pass and 20 dollars for two days.

Speaking of festivals, the Ottawa International Film Festival is already in full swing and will continue through this Sunday. Films on display include The Day which features Dominic Monaghan (whom you may remember from Lord of the Rings) as well as Charles Bradley: Soul of America. I was able to catch a bit of Charles Bradley, noted soulman, at Bluesfest, and if this film is anything like his performance, it’ll be a wild ride indeed. See the OIFF schedule for a full list of films.

The final festival I’ll mention is the Japanese Summer Festival, which takes place this Saturday from 11am-3pm. The festival is free, and offers musical performances, martial arts demos, traditional dances and other activities.

In music news, on Friday night Finding Chuck and The Superlative will take to the stage (well, I guess it’s more of a windowsill) at the Avant-Garde Bar in what is likely to be an indie-rock-filled night. This 19+ show kicks off at 9pm.

That same night, Brighter Brightest will be playing Dekcuf. Pop-rock as anything, Brighter Brightest has a very early-naughts vibe to them. In addition to the Edmonton-based The Red Threat, special guests on the show include Moseley and Port Manteau, two Ottawa rock groups. Tickets are 12 dollars in advance and are available at Vertigo.

Also on Friday, good old TIMEKODE will be doing their usual third-Friday-of-every-month bonanza at Eri Café, and this time Pho (aka Ian Swain of Bonjay) will be making a triumphant return to TIMEKODE. Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts will also be there, and the night will no doubt be a Dance-DJ party with no rival. A 5 dollar cover applies.

With so many shows on Friday, choosing can be difficult. Luckily Evening Hymns is playing on Sunday, so you don’t have to choose! This folky, harmony-focused band is set to release their second album, Spectral Dusk, next week. To tide you over, here’s a video of “Family Tree,” the first single from their new offering. Check out our podcast this week to hear an interview with Jonas Bonnetta of Evening Hymns.  The band will be playing with Toronto musician Andy Swan at Raw Sugar Café at 8pm. Tickets are 12 bucks at the door.

The very cool 327 Wine Bar will be throwing their grand opening party this Saturday. The event will feature live music, and every bottle of wine sold will send 5 dollars to the Ottawa Humane Society. And what would a grand opening be without a ribbon cutting ceremony! There will also be a private pre-grand opening tour, complete with tastings and interviews. The only way to get into that is to email, and that ship may have already sailed… on an ocean of wine.

And if you were recently married, this next event may be for you! Trash the Dress invites brides to destroy their wedding dresses, while onlookers take pictures. What else can you do with a wedding dress after the wedding? Participants receive a free lunch. It all takes place this Sunday at Mambo Restaurant at 2pm.



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