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A roundup of free Welcoming Ottawa Week events—until 06.30.19

By Leah Geller on June 24, 2019

Welcoming Ottawa Week continues through to June 30 with another week of free events celebrating our multicultural city and the contributions of newcomers.

Below are just a small handful of the fun and tasty activities planned for this week. Everyone is welcome! For the complete listing, visit

A Taste of Thailand

Wednesday June 26, 11:30am–1:30pm @ Royal Thai Embassy, 180 Island Park Drive

Free Thai food sampling amid the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Thai Embassy. Need I say more?

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) Open House

Wednesday June 26, 12pm–2pm @ St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 750 Ridgewood Ave

In case you’re still hungry after A Taste of Thailand, wander over to the OCCSC Open House, which will feature food made by the LINC/Algonquin College Culinary Program, as well as free make-up and face painting provide by graduates of the new LINC/Algonquin Make-up Course.

Make an Inukshuk Wall Hanging

Friday June 28, 2–3pm @ Ottawa Public Library, Alta Vista Branch

I remember how much I loved doing crafts as a child, especially during summer holidays. If you are a parent of 6–12 year olds, bring them to the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library to create a wall hanging with Janice Oolayou from the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.

Immigrant Heritage Walking Tour: Chinatown

Saturday June 29, 10am–11:30am @ Plant Bath, 930 Somerset St. West

The Walking Tours are a favourite of Welcoming Ottawa Week. This one is guided by Don Kwan, of the famed Shanghai restaurant, and organizer of the annual Chinatown festival, Chinatown Remixed. He’ll introduce participants to Chinatown’s history and culture, highlighting the many influences of this multicultural neighbourhood, including French Canadian, Middle Eastern and Latin American, as well as Asian.

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Ottawa Jazz Festival presents Justin Duhaime’s Gypsy Muse

Sunday June 30, 12–1pm @ OLG Stage, Confederation Park

This year, WOW is partnering with the Ottawa Jazz Festival to promote its series of free concerts to newcomers and anyone else interested in great music. Justin Duhaime plays manouche jazz inspired by the great Django Reinhardt. He regularly plays for the swing dance community in Ottawa, so don’t be surprised if a bunch of enthusiastic dancers show up and move to his band’s infectious rhythms.

Welcoming Ottawa Week runs from June 17–30, 2019. Visit for the complete program and schedule.