Welcome to the weekend folks! Hopefully you’ve recovered from Bluesfest because we’ve got a jam packed weekend up ahead! Oh and a couple PSAs: Ontarians aged 18 and older are now eligible for second boosters, and there are appointments vaccine clinics and pharmacies across town. And with heat warnings issued mid-week, we’re looking at a hot weekend so no matter what you end up doing bring some water; seek out shade; and, check in on your friends, family, and neighbours!
It’s the Chamberfest opening weekend! From July 21 to August 4, Chamberfest returns for another year of unforgettable performances, a diverse selection of concerts, and opportunities to engage with local communities. Learn more about this year’s events in our preview here.
Beer lovers rejoice! The 11th edition of the Festibière de Gatineau runs July 20-23 and July 27-30. There’ll be live music, a giant pool, the IGA Festi Wheel and the Festi-beach. Plus beer. Lots and lots of beer! Tickets are available online.
The Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market has a new home on Sparks Street and is open from noon to midnight July 22 and July 23, then noon to 8pm July 24. Food, performances, music… and it’s free!
And not to get confusing, but there’s also the Ottawa Chinatown Night Market happening this weekend on Somerset Street between Bell and Bronson, Friday from 2-11pm, Saturday from 11am-11pm, and Sunday from 11am-8pm.
It looks like there are a few tickets remaining for Hamilton at the National Arts Centre. Ottawa theatre fans had to wait two years for this show, and I’m hearing it was worth the wait! Learn more about the show from Apt613’s Broadway Friends Forever in their post here.
Ottawa Titans are home all weekend with games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday versus Lake Erie. On Friday, there’ll be post-game fireworks presented by Stray Dog Brewing. Tickets are available online.
La Ville de Gatineau presente une visite guidée de la promenade du Portage. Selon l’événement Facebook, venez découvrir l’histoire fascinante de l’une des rues les plus animées de l’ancienne ville de Hull.
ROS’ n ROB are performing Thursday night as part of the Watson’s Mill 5525 festival. Named after the Mill’s street address (5525 Dickinson Street), there are monthly shows from June to September. Suzie Vinnick is slated to appear on August 18, with jazz pianist and composer Miguel de Armas on September 15. Learn about the festival in this post.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS are taking on the Montreal Alouettes at 7pm.
Capital Pop-Up Cinema is showing The Mummy Friday at 8:30pm on Sparks Street (between Kent and Lyon). Bring your own chair to the free show, or rent one for $5. Popcorn is a cool $2, making this an affordable date night or family outing.
On July 22, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will present a conductorless concert experience called NACO Lite, led by the Orchestra’s concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki. The violinist will simultaneously conduct the orchestra while also performing! Part of Chamberfest, tickets are available online for the show at Carleton Dominion-Chalmbers Centre.
If you’re a fan of live music but not picky about what you hear, why not check this out? Sofar is presenting a (quasi secret) intimate show on Friday, with the address in Centretown revealed 36 hours ahead of start time. What can you expect? According to their site, you’ll see 2 or 3 short sets from incredible performers from all musical genres, and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance.
The NAC Indigenous Theatre presents Tomson Highway: Kisaageetin* *(I love you/Je t’aime) this Saturday. In addition to a special appearance by Tomson Highway, this one-night only musical and literary celebration will feature a stellar gathering of guests including singer Patricia Cano, jazz saxophonist Marcus Ali, and a list of other acclaimed singers and actors.
There’s a derby double-header on Saturday! Ottawa Roller Derby vs Roller Derby Sherbrooke (low contact) and Renegade Derby Dames vs Les Bûches (full contact) at St. Laurent Arena (525 Côté Street). Game 1 starts at 6pm, with tickets at $12, free for kids under 12.
613flea returns to Lansdowne Park from 10am-4pm with 130 vendors popping up on two sides of the historic Aberdeen Pavilion. In addition to great eat-in (or takeaway foods), visitors will also find, antiques, hand made items, honey, baked goods, vinyl records and vintage clothing at 613flea.
Tavern at the Gallery is a hidden gem of a spot to grab a drink or some food (don’t miss their potato pizza!), but did you know there’s also yoga? Pure Yoga is presenting a summer series of Yoga at the Gallery every Saturday at 8:30am. Pre-registratino is required online, $21 per class. Oh and because it’s Ottawa in the summer which potentially means torrential downpour, weather updates are posted on Instagram @pureyogaottawa.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra is playing a special summer series… on the canal! Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, the NACO (or a popular band) will play aboard their showboat as it cruises the Rideau Canal.
The Ottawa Blackjacks are playing Sunday at 2pm versus the Hamilton Honey Badgers.
There’s also a bunch of stuff happening all weekend, if you scroll back up!
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