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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + giveaway!

By Karen Diepeveen on July 11, 2013




So Bjork is stopping by for a visit, if you haven’t heard – her first time in the country in 11 years. If she’s not your cup of tea, perhaps an actual cup of tea is?

Bad jokes aside, this weekend has a few hidden activity gems. Roller Derby Saved My Soul, a light, fun theatre production, is playing one night only at Arts Court (we’ve got a ticket giveaway below!). Cyclists can get out for a 20km scavenger hunt and bike rally with a few friends, competing for some great prizes. And crafters can find some treasures with EcoEquitable’s fabric sale – fill a bag for just $10!

Down at Mugshots, if you haven’t heard music in the psych/shoegaze/jangle/pop genre before, now’s your chance with Monomyth on Friday night. The Daily Grind will have a night of all synth, all the time, hearkening back to the good ol’ days. New Ottawa band Main Street Market performs at Avant Garde Saturday, bringing a mix of jazz, African, blues and folk to the stage, while The Jesse Greene Band will bring some blues to Irene’s. Film and punk lovers should catch the rockumentary A Band called Death, playing at the Mayfair for the next few days.

Bluesfest continues, with several local acts lighting up the stage. Jack Pine and the Fire, Les Mosquitos and Autumns Cannon are on tonight, playing before The Hip. StillNative, Loon Choir, Roberta Bondar, and Miss Polygamy are just a few of the other local acts taking to the stage for the final weekend. Check out our interviews with the local acts over on our blogging Bluesfest page.

Blink Gallery’s Between Shadow and Light exhibit opens on Thursday, while fashion will be on display at the Hello Fear: Knowing Myself as Beautiful show on Friday. Artisans will take over Library and Archives for a fair all day Saturday.

You can also dance the day away out at Strathcona Park, happening every evening this weekend.

Now for that ticket giveaway: what award did Roller Derby Saved My Soul get at the Ottawa Fringe Fest in 2011? Email us the answer at with “Roller Derby” in the subject line by noon on Friday, July 12. We’ll do a random draw from the entries for the three pairs of tickets on offer.

What else are you up to this weekend, Ottawa?