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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on July 18, 2013




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We’re sticking with our tradition of at least one festival per weekend, folks – we’ve got the Haiti en Fête festival happening down on Petrie Island all weekend long, with music and food and dancing guaranteed.

If you can’t wait for the Centretown Movies outdoor film festival to start next week, head to Dundonald Park on Saturday for TreePot5: Indie Koala Invasion, showcasing some of the best indie films from a few local filmmakers.

Timber Timbre will be playing tonight out at the Black Sheep, with special guests Fiver, while Loh El the Minstrel and his band will be throwing a rockin’ cd release party down at Mugshots. Tomorrow, don’t miss the incredible vocal harmonies of Three Little Birds, playing down at the Mercury Lounge with Hated Sons and Motel Raphael. Raw Sugar hosts Winchester Warm, Culture Reject, and Alex Ricci & The Still Nothings on Friday night. Saturday, Sound of Lions is back with Bent by Elephants, while Koji and Turnover will be down at Gabba Hey for some indie/punk stylings. The Mackenzie Rhythm Section takes over Babylon’s Mod Club dance party on Sunday, followed by the usual DJ’d afterparty.

There’s some great art shows happening this weekend, too. Meaghan Haughian’s show “Orphans” opens this evening, showcasing those orphaned pieces that took longer to shape and have remained unseen. Tomorrow night, Stefan Thompson will be creating digital art to a backdrop of DJs and dancing at Night Light Masquerade.

For those of you looking for something quirky to do, you can head to Shopify for Interstellar Mayhem, throw a few horseshoes and win a grand title, or have some legs with your bacon at burlesque brunch. There’s also the Big Derby Weekend, with all roller derby, all the time, down at the Pinecrest Rec Centre.

What else are you up to, Ottawa? Let us know below!