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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Jill Krajewski on June 23, 2016

Guys, there is so, so, so much going on this weekend that I’m gonna keep this intro short and sweet like daisy dukes. Now is the time to go festival hopping, try new events, take chances, make mistakes, and get messy. Here’s just some of the many best bests going on.

It’s Ottawa Fringe Festival’s 20th anniversary, what did you get them? The city’s longest-running independent theatre showcase is going strong until Sunday night, so you’ve still got lots of chances to catch weird, wonderful theatre all over town.

Some picks to get you started: Cardinal is a funny and touching clown show about Alzheimer’s, Best Picture is a hilarious rundown of every Best Picture Oscar winner, and Sh!t I’m in Love With You Again is an epic one-woman show about the ups and downs of the L word.

Ottawa Jazz Festival kicks off on Wednesday and runs right though July 3 at Confederation Park. If you need any indicator of how special and eclectic Jazzfest is, David Byrne and St. Vincent’s thunderstorm-backed set in 2013 remains one of my all-time favourite Ottawa shows.

Opening weekend must-sees: Highs’ alt-pop bliss on Friday, Sarah McLachlan aka ‘90s Canadian pop godmother on Saturday, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ unstoppable force on Sunday.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is back at it again with free shows at Mooney’s Bay every day this weekend. July Talk will deliver guy-girl bluesy push and pull on Thursday, Mother Mother will will rock rock Friday Friday, Alvvays’ jangle-pop will be perfect for the beach on Saturday, and Ottawa’s very own A Tribe Called Red headline closing night on Sunday.

HAI Queer! is a safe and sexy space for you to get your dance on. Head to queering613’s next party on Flapjacks’ outdoor patio – I repeat, outdoor patio – on Saturday night for disco, funk and R&B jams spun by DJ Sarita and DJ Ohjay. It’s multi-gender multi-genre madness that you don’t wanna miss.

The first edition of Hai Queer! is this Saturday featuring local FEELS DJs Sarita & OHJAY! All proceeds of this event will be going towards the re-launch of Agitate! Queer People of Colour collective. This is in recognition of the ongoing need to come together as a community to support spaces of healing and take direction from QTBIPOC folks who continue to experience violence and exclusion within and outisde of queer communities. We are so thrilled to be working w DJ Sarita & DJ OHJAY, who are both donating their fee to Agitate! Agitate’s aim is to provide queer visibility within racialized and ethnic communities; outreach; social programming; education; transnational and anti-colonial perspectives; and anti-racist activism. Agitate will also forge links with other organizations who share a similar vision of social justice. Agitate was borne out of recognition of the intersecting nature of the oppressions and experiences we face as women, as queer persons and as indigenous persons, Black persons, and persons of colour.

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Percy Station, Chinatown’s newest mini art and music space, launches on Saturday afternoon at Somerset and Percy. It’s the cool result of a city project to transform street parking spots into culture hubs. It won’t be permanent, so check it out while you can for live music and live art.

If the names Maru and Lil Bub mean anything to you, listen up. Somerset will also be home to the Ottawa edition of Just for Cats Video Festival this Saturday at Dundonald Park, the screening of internet cat videos that you didn’t know you needed. Best of all, Ottawa Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies are putting it on, so you’ll have the bonus fuzzy feeling of supporting the next generation of lolcats.

Want even more ideas for your weekend? Hit up our event calendar and feel free to suggest events to us. Tag your posts with #apt613wknd and who knows, you could even get featured on our Instagram.

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C’est ce temps de l’année où il fait résolument bon vivre en Outaouais. La région vibre de partout. Voici nos recommandations parmi la multitude d’options qui s’offre à nous en fin de semaine.

Fringe d’Ottawa – Jusqu’au 26 juin, le festival propose des performances hilarantes et déjantées. À l’occasion de la soirée de fermeture, il sera possible d’assister aux pièces qui ont suscité le plus d’émoi. Le “Best Of” sera dévoilé sous peu, il est déjà possible de vous procurer des billets pour ne pas rater votre coup. *Notre sélection : Dissidents, 2 for Tea, Blindside, Drinksitter.

La St-Jean : voici les options qui s’offrent à nous !
1- Le Festival L’Outaouais en fête présente les Cowboys Fringants (23 juin), Ariane Moffatt (25 juin), Stef Paquette, Marie-Pierre Arthur et Louis-Jean Cormier (26 juin).

2- La p’tite St-Jean – Le 24 juin dès 20h, le secteur piétonnier de la rue Laval dans le Vieux-Hull prendra des airs de grande fête avec la deuxième édition de l’événement. En tête d’affiche, Alaclair Ensemble, Funk-A-Tron 5 000 et le Vieux-Hull Big Band vont assurer l’animation du Centre-Ville. En cas de pluie, l’événement aura lieu à la même heure au Minotaure.

3- Fête nationale du Québec – Le 23 juin dès 19h au Parc Pierre-Lafontaine, les têtes d’affiche de la soirée seront les artistes Maggie’s March, Andie Duquette et Les BB (!).

Molière dans le parc – Ce vendredi 24 juin aura lieu la première représentation d’un collectif audacieux qui a pris sur lui l’idée de présenter des pièces de théâtre de l’ingénieux et indémodable Molière. Les comédiens feront partie de l’événement La Grande Tablée et les prestations auront lieu entre 13h30 et 17h30 au Parc Fontaine dans le Vieux-Hull. Il s’agit d’un projet en démarrage, n’hésitez pas à contribuer à la campagne de financement.

En plus du Amnesia RockFest de Montebello (23 au 26 juin), le Dragon Boat Festival propose une série de concerts extraordinaires prendra d’assaut le parc de Moonie’s Bay avec A Tribe Called Red, July Talk, Mother Mother, Alvvays, The Balconies, et PLUS.

Le Festival de Jazz d’Ottawa se met en branle en fin de semaine. On s’intéresse particulièrement à la Série de Concerts mystère qui s’avère une opportunité excitante d’assister à des spectacles gratuits.  Ces concerts seront présentés à la Place Marion Dewar les 24, 25, 27 et 30 juin.

Suivez-nous quotidiennement sur Twitter @SousSol819 ou encore sur notre page Facebook pour obtenir des suggestions d’événements! Écoutez-nous également de 18h à 19h sur les ondes de CHUO 89,1 FM tous les mercredis soirs.