The days are getting shorter and the nights are growing cooler and we are all in denial about the impending end of this marvelous summer. Thankfully we still have a handful of summer weekends left to enjoy and this one is bursting at the seams with ways to get out there and make the best of this beautiful season.
This is the final weekend to witness a remarkable musical performance put on by plants: Akousmaflore at Artegine. Gregory Lasserre and Anais met den Ancxt make up the duo Scenocosme, who have created a magical musical garden of plants which respond to touch by producing sound.
This weekend marks the height of Capital Pride. There are many events taking place throughout the city, including highlights such as the Pride Pageant, the Pride Week Launch Party at the Lookout Bar, the Ottawa Dyke March and Picnic, the Street Fair, and—of course—the Pride Parade.
In addition to Capital Pride, SAW Gallery is also holding its first Alternative Pride Week, which wraps up this weekend. They will be screening Daddy and the Muscle Academy on Thursday, throwing a Hip Hop Dance Party on Saturday, and will host the House of Paint Knowledge Conference on Sunday. The exhibit Sex, Sin, & 69 will be open for viewing all weekend long.
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Hundreds of graffiti artists, muralists, emcees, dancers, poets, bands, and deejays will gather under the #DunbarBridge for the @houseofpaint festival, August 23-25. . Everybody near and far is invited to check out the competitive dance battles and fresh artwork being painted live on the bridge's graffiti walls. Music headliners this year are @ramriddlz, @stn_lilberete, and the #PolarisPrize shortlisted emcee @haviahmighty. . Friday night's feature is the OG500 #PoetrySlam happening at @queenstfare for the first time. @dwayne_morgan is coming in from Toronto to host and the verbal acrobat who wins this three-round slam contest will take home $500 cash. This year's OG500 is followed by the Big Gay Hip Hop Jam afterparty with @thequeermafia, which will feature Montreal rapper @backxwash. . Saturday's main event is the competitive #breakdance tournament featuring Ottawa's best and international crews. If you've never been down to Dunbar Bridge for HoP this is an unmissable event. The sights and sounds of #murals in progress, top-level dance crew battles, live music and fresh food makes this a remarkable "I can't believe we're in #Ottawa" sort of experience. . On Sunday is the annual Knowledge Conference right after the HoP Brunch at @613union613 (DJ Professor Mele on the decks). The conference brings together an array of community elders and emerging artists for a day of though-provoking talks, workshops and classes. . For more info about music lineup, afterparties, pop-up art market, showcases and workshops—head over to apt613.ca (link in bio) and if you're heading under the bridge this weekend, remember to tag #apt613 ✌️
House of Paint returns for its 16th year to celebrate hip hop culture under the Dunbar Bridge by Brewer Park. The festival is packed full of fun events, including the OG-500 Poetry Slam, hip hop performances, graffiti artists, break dancing competitions, workshops, and more. Saturday is a day not to be missed. For a full list of programming, check out their schedule here.
This weekend is host to a duo of cultural festivals, the Ottawa Palestinian Festival at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall and the
Ottawa Greek Festival at 1315 Prince of Wales. Learn about other cultures through their art, music, dance and delicious food.
This weekend is the last weekend of the Capital Fair at the Rideau Carleton Casino. Try your hand at the midway games, fill up on fairground fare, and take a spin on the ferris wheel and other carnival rides. There is also a monster truck show on Saturday, and live horse racing on Thursday and Sunday.
The first of the Summer Free Concert Series, Kimberly Sunstrum performs this Thursday at the NAC. Sunstrum will be performing with drummer Kira Montfort and guitarist Sean Duhaime, weaving together sounds from South African pop hits, classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown to reflect on mixed-race identity, feminism, love, family, and queerness through song. This free concert begins at 6pm.
Fans of jazz will want to make their way to The Art House Café this Thursday for some Lesser Known Jazz Standards performed by the Robert Wannell Quartet. An evening of Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Hank Mobley, and more brought to you by Robert Wannell, José Monchito Hernández García, Chris Pond, and Sam Cousineau. Cover is a cool 10 dollars.
A special installment of 613flea, the 613nightmarket will be held in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park this Friday night. Grab yourself a drink and snack on some delicious food truck fare, while you check out the treasure trove of finds. If you can’t make the night market, don’t sweat: 613flea will return to Aberdeen in the morning for another instalment of their daytime market.
Nature Nocturne is Bursting with Pride this Friday night at the Museum of Nature. Decked out in a rainbow of colours, you can take in the museum’s exhibits and an evening of dance party programming. There will be drag performances, live music by Sunstrum + The Wilds, and numerous dance floors – including the main dance floor under the museum’s new moon installation in the beautiful glass lantern.
Come join in the Big Sit at Confederation Park this Saturday. Alex Ure and Warrior Yoga will be leading a free mass meditation for all!
Lumiere Festival takes place this Saturday in Stanley Park in New Edinburgh. The park will be alight with the glow of beautiful handmade lanterns. The night features fire weavers, acrobats, stilters, and Indigenous drumming, as well as a wealth of tasty treats by the Merry Dairy, Rico Peru, Ad Mare Seafood, and more!
The Grand Finale of the Sound of Light Fireworks competition takes place over the Ottawa River this Saturday night. This performance is all about EMOJIS. Grab your picnic blanket and head out to Major’s Hill lawn early and snag one of the best free spots to view the fireworks, which begin shortly after 9pm. There are also tickets available for some sweet paid viewing spots at the Canadian History Museum and the Bytowne Museum.
All good things must come to an end and this Saturday marks the final rendition of OHMYJAM at Babylon. Come dance the night away with DJ Bear Witness, DJ Craig Dominic, Yes Yes Jill, DJ Tamika, and DJ REIGN. They will be spinning the best hip hop, RnB, dancehall, and reggae beats, to get you groovin’!
Wrapping up a big day for House of Paint is the House of Paint Afterparty, presented by Dominion City Brewing Company, at SAW Gallery on Saturday night. To start off the night is a Capital Rap Battle, followed by an evening of dancing to the beats of DJ DTS, of Toronto, and DJ FLEG, from Baltimore.
August’s installment of Chico’s Hip-Hop Brunch takes place this Sunday at Union 613. Chef Chico Chichella will be cooking up some delicious brunch delicacies and DJ Professor Mele will be on the decks, bringing you some great brunch beats.
The highlight of Capital Pride, the Capital Pride Parade, takes place on Sunday afternoon in downtown Ottawa. Beginning at Bank and Gladstone, the parade travels up Kent to Laurier and loops back down Bank Street, to Somerset. Done your Pride gear and head out to see the best parade the city has to offer, with countless floats, community members, and drag queens and kings.
Local slam poet Khaleefa Apollo the Child Hamdan celebrates the release of his first poetry collection, Poems for People I Used to Know, at Origin Arts and Community Centre this Sunday. The night features readings from Apollo the Child, performances by Poetic Elements and Gruw, and beats by DJ Buxton. Copies of Poems for People I Used to Know will be available for sale.
There you have it, folks, a snapshot of this weekend’s highlights here in Ottawa. With so much going on, it is impossible to do it all – but that doesn’t mean you can’t try! Enjoy yourselves this weekend and take lots of photos! Be sure to tag them with #apt613, so we can post our favourites on our feed!
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