As the end of this oh-so-short summer looms on the horizon, the city seems to be making up for lost time and grey skies with a weekend so full of things to do. With so much going on, deciding what to do can be hard. We hope we can help you out with that in offering you this weekend’s lengthy list of highlights.
House of PainT: The annual hip hop festival returns to beneath the Dunbar Bridge this weekend. Head on down and be part of a true celebration of the urban arts, including beat battles, break dancing competitions, live graffiti art, musical acts, and workshops. There will be over 200 DJs, dancers, graffiti artists, and hip hop acts in attendance.
Capital Pride Week: Capital Pride Week continues, culminating with the Capital Pride Parade this Sunday afternoon. From brunches to dinners, races to board game socials – the goings on this year at Pride are too many to list. Be sure to see here for a full list of events.
Hopped & Confused: The 2nd annual Hopped & Confused Festival is happening this Friday and Saturday at Mill St. Brew Pub. Come enjoy Mill St.’s delicious beer and a two day lineup packed full of great Canadian artists including The Trews, Tokyo Police Club, New Swears, and Said the Whale.
Spoken word: The OG 500 – Ottawa’s Grand Slam of Spoken Word – kicks off House of PainT this Thursday at La Nouvelle Scene Gilles Desjardins (333 King Edward Ave). Grab a ticket quick and don’t miss your chance to witness 12 of Ottawa and area’s best slam poets compete for the title Grand Slam Champ and a cash prize.
Ukrainian fair: Ottawa Welcomes the World: Ukraine is happening this Thursday at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park. Come learn about the Ukraine through traditional dance and musical performances including a set by the electro-funk group ONUKA. A helpful hint: Ukrainian food is delicious and you can eat until you have had your fill.
Art exhibition: This Thursday marks the opening reception of Sarah Fuller’s new show in the OAG Annex at Ottawa City Hall. Fuller uses photography, video, sound, and combines these in an installation as a eulogy to the white pine trees that were felled in the Ottawa Valley as a result of the British Navy’s rampant logging.
Boat party: TIMEKODE takes to the Ottawa River this Friday night to bring us one last summer season dance party ‘Pon The River. Join DJs Memetic, Zattar, and special guest Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red) for what is sure to be an amazing send off, before Memetic takes off abroad. The boat sets sail at le Quai des artistes in Hull at 10pm sharp.
Punk show: Vancouver’s NEEDLES//PINS, Ottawa’s Steve Adamyk Band, and Audio Visceral (fronted by Beau’s CEO Steve Beauchesne) are all on one bill at House of TARG (1077 Bank St). Cover is $10 which benefits For Pivot’s Sake, a non-profit established in Ottawa to engage and mentor youth by refurbishing donated skateboards.
Blues: The Robert Cray Band performs at Algonquin Commons Theatre (1385 Woodroffe Ave) on Friday night. Ottawa’s own blues guitar virtuoso Lucas Haneman will open for the five time Grammy Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer.
Kitchen party: Kitchen Party returns to Bar Robo (692 Somerset W) this Saturday night. Our favourite KP DJs Hobo & Sweetcheeks will take to the decks with another of Ottawa’s great, DJ Eric Roberts, to bring you the best funk, soul, disco and a little bit of everything in between.
Dance jams: Another longstanding dance party and Ottawa’s biggest queer jam, Ohmyjam is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary this Saturday night at Babylon (317 Bank St). Come dance to some great hip hop, RNB and reggae, brought to you by DJs Craig Dominic, Del Pilar, and D-Luxx Brown.
Bazaar: People from all backgrounds will enjoy the Ottawa Multicultural Eid Bazaar being hosted at the SNMC Mosque in Nepean (3020 Woodroffe Ave) on Saturday. Shop for clothing, jewelry, and taste great food. Family friendly: there are indoor and outdoor games for the kids.
Pride parade: The Capital Pride Parade wraps up Pride Week this Sunday beginning at 1:30pm. Follow its route around the block, from Bank and Gladstone to Bank and Somerset.
Block Party: CHUO 89.1FM is throwing a Block Party in the afternoon, out front of Bar Robo (692 Somerset W). There will be live music and DJs, as well as some tasty eats and libations.
Soccer: Ottawa Fury FC take on NYRB II in what pundits call a “six-point game.” Ottawa and New York are neck-and-neck in the standings and, with only eight games remaining in the regular season, are competing for a spot in the USL playoffs. 2pm at TD Place. It’s the first home game for Julian de Guzman, who was appointed head coach and GM of the club this month.
There you have it, folks, an abbreviated version of this weekend’s events (believe it or not). Take a few minutes to plan ahead and have the best time getting out there.
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