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Weekend roundup: Canada Day edition

By Karen Diepeveen on June 27, 2013

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Before we get into Monday’s activities, you’ll have to wade through the busy weekend. It’s well worth braving the rain and getting a little wet!

The Fringe Festival continues – if you haven’t caught any of the plays as yet, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed them all for you, so pick your favourite and catch it while you can. They’re also having some musical (not theatre, but bands) stop by their main tent – tonight, The Elwins stop by.

If you love royalty, the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League is having a Royal Baby Naming Party tonight. The verdict is still out on whether Will and Kate will use the name selected tonight, but here’s hoping!

Down at Ritual this evening is the Electric Punanny, the brainchild of Jasmine Solano, MeLo-X and TONE – they’ll be mixing reggae, hip hop and electronic music into a big dance party. Tomorrow, Ottawa band Miss Polygamy releases their album ‘One Night Stand’ down at the Gladstone. On Saturday, the show not to miss will be down at Raw Sugar, where Wind and the Wild with Fellow will be presented by Herd Magazine. Loh El the Minstrel and the Capital Poetry Collective will be celebrating the launch of their new album at the Mercury that night, too. Maylee Todd, Gypsophilia and The Herbaliser will all be out and about at the Jazz Festival over the next few days. On Sunday, catch Dustin Bentall and the Smokes for some indie folk music out in Wakefield.

For film lovers, the Korea Film Festival takes place, and the IFCO presents another edition of Dogme films – even the filmmakers themselves haven’t seen the final screened products!

Foodies: it’s Oysterfest on Sunday. Show off your shucking skills, catch some great music, or spot a few firebreathers – it’s gonna be a pescatarian party.

Okay, now on to Canada Day. Besides the general festivities (fireworks at 10pm!), there’s a ton of free music to be found. The Jazz Festival has a great line up, featuring Erik Lind and the Orchard and Chic Gamine. Even though the Fringe Festival is almost over, they’re fitting StillNative into their free concert lineup. 8 Locks Flat, down by the Somerset pedestrian bridge, will have music all weekend long down on their patio. The Escapade electronic music festival is also happening, with a few locations in the market.

What else are you up to this long weekend, Ottawa?