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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Jared Davidson on August 9, 2012



Ottawa is quickly becoming a beer-fanatic’s wonderland, with new breweries like Broadhead and Ashton Brew Pub bubbling up everywhere to compliment Ottawa’s many beer festivals. The latest addition to this city’s craft beer craze is the National Capital Craft Beer Week, which kicks off this Friday at D’Arcy McGee’s. The kickoff party runs from 6-9 and admission is free. In addition to the obligatory craft beer, the party will feature music from Andre and the J-Tones, and so the funk will most certainly be brought. The festival continues through the 18th with plenty of beer-related diversions, including cask ale tastings, guest speakers, and brewery tours. Check out the festival’s website for all the details.

If wine is more your speed, Watson’s Mill in Manotick will be offering a wine tasting this Friday at 7pm. Wine from several Ontario wineries will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and live music, all in the name of fundraising! Tickets are 35 dollars and the proceeds go toward a new roof for the hundred-and-fifty-year-old mill.

To go with all that beer and wine, there are a number of great concerts happening this weekend. GOOD2GO will be playing a free show at The Atomic Rooster this Friday at 9:30. If I know GOOD2GO, it’ll be loud. For something a little lower key, check out Natalya Gunaratne, Dynamite Motel and Salton Sea for an evening of jazz and folk at @TheSpace, a very chic and relaxed loft and venue with a gorgeous aesthetic. Tickets are 15 dollars and the event begins Friday at 7pm.

And that’s just one day!

On Saturday, the hilariously named Chopped and Glued offers a craft and music night at Pressed. While music blares, hordes of young and not-so-young kids will cut, paste, and munch on local-ingrediented sandwiches! The resulting massive collage will be featured in the next issue of Kid-Scissor Hybrid. Just try not to get the glue in your hair.

Saturday night is the perfect time to get your dance on, and Jump and Jive for Film, a fundraiser for for the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa promises to feed your fever with the big band sounds of The Jivewires. Professional dancers will be onsite to assist those who would like to put a little extra spring in their step. Tickets are available through the Arts Court Box Office.

Finally, Ottawa’s Lumière Festival hits New Edinburgh next weekend, which means this is the perfect time to get your lanterns ready! The festival will be hosting lantern making workshop this Sunday August 12th from 2-5pm at New Edinburgh House, 255 Mackay Street. The price is 10-20 dollars, depending on the complexity of the lantern, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lantern to the festival the following weekend.

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