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Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.

Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway!

By Karen Diepeveen on August 15, 2013

It’s another busy summer weekend, Ottawa – and the weather is gonna hold up so you can attend everything! Find out how you can win tickets to a show on Sunday down at the end of the post.

Thursday night, you’ve got your pick of two album release parties: local blues rockers Cold Capital will launch their EP down at Babylon, while sax/guitar/drums trio Wire Circus will be throwing their launch party down at GigSpace. The Gladstone’s latest one-night-only theatre production is Flying in the Dark, and La Petite Mort Gallery will be hosting a light painting workshop with Raheleh Sanele.

On Friday, it’s the much-anticipated kick off of Arboretum Arts Festival: Jim Bryson and Camp Radio will be playing, while light projections will be courtesy Stefan Thompson and Jennifer Stewart. There’s free stuff at the festival, too – Flight Distance, Atherton, and a special after party celebrating the Manx at 20 years. Out at the Black Sheep, The Flaps will be playing, while it’s the August edition of Timekode at Eri Cafe. You can also catch a double theatre bill at Arts Court, with Happiness™ and Wolves>Boys. Pride Week also gets underway, with a Divergence Movie Night. Like some blues with your barbeque? Camp out at the Calabogie Blues and Ribfest all weekend long.

For Saturday, put on your comfiest pair of yoga pants and head to Parliament Hill for Yogathon 2013. Or, if you’d rather take a dip, check out Ottawa Beach Bash 2013, an all-day arts and music festival. The Arboretum festival continues, too, with their Chef Sessions (think of your favourite chefs, cooking on stage) and music from artists including Michael Feuerstack, Sarah Neufeld, and Owen Pallett. Mansion Tiny House out in Gatineau is throwing another concert, with Paug Lake Road and Elise Epp, while down at Cafe Dekcuf you can catch punk rockers bunchofuckingoofs.

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Sunday’s Dusty Owl Reading Series has a Pride focus this time, with spoken word artists, musicians and writers performing down at Mugshots. And you know the fall semester is imminent when Shinerama starts to take over campus, this time for a benefit concert.

Also on Sunday? New Country Rehab and Meredith Luce will be playing at Pressed – and we’ve got a pair of tickets plus a copy of New Country Rehab’s album to give away. Just email us at apartment613 [at] with “NCR tickets” in the subject line by Friday, Aug. 16 at noon – we’ll then do a random draw for the winner!

What else is going on, Ottawa? Let us know below.