September 12, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #86 - Bytown Museum & Mosely


Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: We meet up with Robin, Megan and Grant from the Bytown Museum in Ottawa. We discuss what led them there, what you can find at the museum, the youth program, their favourite past Ottawan's, upcoming events and more! Jenn from foodiePrints comes on to talk Pork Belly competitions and Taste of Wellington and music from Mosely!

See also: Ottawa Museums Guide
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September 10, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: September 11-17, 2014

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"Compare" by J. Michel (aka: Mitch) Carriere, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group





Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Wednesday-Sunday, September 10-14: Ottawa Folk Festival
The festival is once again being held at Hog’s Back Park under the theme “The Great Escape”. The annual music festival, will feature headliners Lorde, Foster The People, The National, Serena Ryder, Adam Cohen, J.Cole, and Lee Fields & The Expressions along with a slew of talented local artists like The Wicked Mercy, The Strain, Pony Girl, Laurent Bourque and Craig Cardiff among others. Along with the ticketed shows, Folk Fest organizers are also offering an interesting series of free shows on site.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Wednesday-Sunday, September 10-14: Canadian Comedy Awards
Stand-up comedy, improv theatre, a gala, and of course the awards shows. Canada's funniest people will be in town this week for the annual event. Some of my friends from Crush Improv will be competing in Rapp Battlez at Arts Court on Saturday night, a live rap battle between comedians from coast to coast.
-- Glen Gower

Thursday, September 11: Book launch - Frances Itani's Tell
Frances Itani will be sharing from her newest novel, Tell, this Thursday in support of a local group, ALSO Adult & Family Literacy, who run English and American Sign Language programs here in Ottawa.
-- Laura Gauthier

Friday, September 12: El Dorado Reading Series
The 100th Birthday Celebration of Nicanor Parra, El Gutso Mazzola, 939 Somerset W. Did you know Ottawa has a multilingual reading series? This warm & friendly group offers an open mic & feature in many languages, a place for music, poetry and camraderie. Not to mention food & wine. Take this opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of this important Chilean anti-poet. Starts at 8pm.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday-Thursday, September 12-18: SPAO 7th Annual A+ Exhibition
Photography lovers will have the chance to check out SPAO's 7th Annual A+ Exhibition, a yearly celebration of excellence from part-time students. This year’s exhibition will feature the following categories: Landscape/Architecture, Portraiture/Nude, Abstraction/Conceptual, and Photojournalism/Documentary.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14: West End Studio Tour
Wild and whimsical scenes, rich landscapes, colour-drenched blossoms, sculptures made of natural and found materials—the West End Studio Tour is an opportunity to see the work of more than 20 local artists. Enjoy the day even more by cycling between studios, all in Wellington West and Westboro.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday-Saturday, September 12-13: Nature Canada’s BioBlitz
What’s a BioBlitz, you ask? It’s Nature Canada’s way of inviting you to come out to learn about nature in the city. From Friday 3 p.m. until Saturday 3 p.m., you can take guided nature walks on the song birds, water birds, trees, mosses, insects, reptiles and amphibians in the Mud Lake area. You’ll also help document the species that live there.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, September 13: Urban Craft Market
The Urban Craft Market is back at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through 50 local vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to find special handmade local goods for gifting and for the home.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, September 13: Savour Fall at Rideau Hall
Tour the kitchen garden, the greenhouses and the private gardens. Watch culinary demonstrations and taste the results. Meet local producers and learn about the journey from farm-to-table. Bring your family and friends! 12:30pm-4:00pm, free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, September 13: Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival
This Saturday Riverside Park in Carleton Place is the place to be if you like dragonboating. The Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival features 46 teams with over 1100 paddlers and drummers racing on the Mississippi River. Races start at 9am and run through the day until around 5:15. Admission and parking is free. For more information check out their website.
-- Gordon Dewis

Sunday, September 14: The War on Drugs and Sun Kil Moon at the Ottawa Folkfest
By the time you are reading this, the Ottawa Folkfest will be up and running. Sunday will feature two exceptional acts, The War on Drugs and Sun Kil Moon,  that you simply have to see. Unfortunately, their sets overlap a little, but Sun Kil Moon also plays Saturday, so if you can swing two days, you won't miss a thing! The new War on Drugs album sounds like a young Springsteen teamed up with a young Dylan and made something in 2014. Check a song here: http://youtu.be/TZ9IXScip68. Sun Kil Moon is basically Mark Kozeluk, who you might remember from The Red House Painters. Check out this recent live performance: http://youtu.be/nviTjk9Lm-w-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Tuesday, September 16: Think Global, Eat Local Workshop at West End Well
Ottawa’s new co-op café and grocery store, the West End Well, is also a performance space and learning centre. On Tuesday evening, global and local food systems expert and activist Erin O’Manique leads a discussion on eating locally. (Check the West End Well website for other workshop, music, film and storytelling events.)
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Wednesday, September 17: Wednesday Night Jazz Club at Santé Restaurant with Nicole Ratté and Tim Bedner
A new jazz series has just opened at the Santé Restaurant downtown, hosted by guitarist Tim Bedner. For September, he's playing with local jazz vocalists, and on September 17 with Nicole Ratté. Nicole knows her Great American Songbook down cold, but intersperses that repertoire with well-known French and Quebecois songs, and numbers in Spanish and Portuguese. Her light and sensual voice, along with Tim's fluid guitar, will produce a warm and relaxing evening of jazz.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca


Have a great week!







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September 09, 2014

Rose Simpson: A trip to Kiwan Farm on Hawthorne Road

Rose Simpson's column appears Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at  Rose's Cantina. You can read her previous columns here.




One of the great delights of life is to tool around to the different farmers' markets, stalls and farms in search of autumn's great bountiful.

This past Sunday didn't disappoint.
I'd been hoping to make a cranberry-apple crisp for a birthday, and we scored some frozen ones at the Ottawa's Farmer's Market along with Carleton's famous jerk rub. Oh yes, and being the farm girl from St. Catharines, how could I pass up the luscious concord grapes that had just arrived from Beamsville?
The corn proved a tad expensive, so we moved down to Cyrville Road where there's a chipwagon and a fresh produce stand with corn from the countrified part of Quebec.
Why stop there? We head down Hawthorne Road to Kiwan Farm, an actual working farm just past Hunt Club Road. We used to get our stuff from across the road, but alas, poor old Ivor, who used to run Limeydale, was felled by a heart attack this year. His farm lays untouched, tractors unridden, crops untended.
How sad, I thought.
But life and farming goes on.
So Kiwan has become our go-to place. The produce is absolutely fresh and spectacular and it's half the price of the market. We scored the biggest cabbage I've ever seen, bushels of tomatoes and peppers and fresh parsley, all for about twenty bucks!
The people who run the farm are from Lebanon and are very proud farmers. 

We chatted for a bit, and the lady opened up a box reserved for their special clients.
She pulled out some sort of herb -- she didn't know what it was called in English -- which apparently is God's gift to the people of Lebanon and Egypt. It looked like sorrel; I'm going to look it up before I buy some so I can figure out exactly how to use it.
The nice lady farmer became wistful, talking about her homeland. Her husband described their village, which is in south Lebanon, as "paradise on Earth". The couple then became quiet, thinking about the plight of their people living in a land without hopes and dreams, a place of death and destruction.
As we were driving back with our haul, I got to thinking how lucky we are to live in a city where you can drive a couple of kilometres down the road, past the A&W, past all the industrial sites and find yourself in another world, a place where people sit out on their lawn and cook their lunch, tend to their vegetables and sell them to people like us.
I can't believe how much we take for granted.
The people who own Kiwan Farm don't take one day for granted.
Not one cob of corn or pepper. Not a cabbage, or a tomato.
Not even a little herb that makes the kitchen smell wonderful.
What people a world away wouldn't give to smell that herb, taste that tomato and go to sleep with a belly full.
Food for thought on this spectacular fall day.



-- Rose Simpson


See also: Ottawa Food Markets Guide
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September 08, 2014

Christopher Ryan: Marvin of Troy - a history of the former Mayflower building on Elgin


A regular feature by Christopher Ryan, a local photographer, blogger and researcher. It appears every Friday on our blog.

1 There are a number of stories to be told of this diminutive midcentury commercial block. We'll all miss The Mayflower of course, but the block itself needs its story told. Image: August 19, 2014.

You may remember last fall when I wrote about the early beginnings of the Mayflower Restaurant at the south east corner of Elgin and Cooper streets. A legendary place of local communion in its own right, the Mayflower served its last in October and closed. Over the ensuing winter and spring, behind hoarding, the storied diner and pub (along with the neighbouring tailor) were transformed into Deacon Brodie’s pub.

In any event, what I did not go into for that story was just how the building itself came to be. It wasn’t constructed by or for the Mayflower and it wasn’t even constructed for the Elgin (Goldstein) IGA (Freshmart) – though it was plainly the star tenant.

While the Chodikoff name does not have the same deep roots in Ottawa as the Freedmans or Petergorskys, it was certainly well-linked to them. When Marvin Chodikoff arrived in Ottawa during the winter of 1953, the family name was not one had previously appeared in the papers frequently. For the brief period between 1953 and 1965, it would quite a lot. Marvin was the son of Israel (or Isidore) and Anne Chodikoff of Troy, New York. His father was in wholesale: the president of Troy Wholesale at 221 River Street.


2 The location once occupied by Israel (Isidore) Chodikoff's Troy Wholesale. I've never been to Troy, so a screen cap from Google Street View will have to suffice. Image: Google Maps (Street View), 2011.


Marvin’s mother, Anne, was the daughter of Ottawa’s very own Jacob Freedman and had unfortunately passed away at the young age of 37 in August of 1931. Her illness was unspecified, but brief and she had been living in the Capital, away from her husband at the time of her death.[1] Marvin’s Ottawa connection didn’t stop there, however. In September of 1951 he married Beverley Petergorsky, daughter of the apartment-building Leon Petergorsky.[2] While the newlywed couple seemed to content themselves with life in Troy[3], the lure of a national capital (and probably family) proved strong.


3 As you can see, there is no 75-unit apartment block here. Image: August 26, 2014.

Upon relocating to Ottawa, Chodikoff made two notable land purchases: one contentious and one not. I’ll discuss them in that order. The first purchase was the two lots on Augusta Street in Sandy Hill, between Stewart and Wilbrod. If they seem familiar, they should: one of Sandy Hill’s most beloved heritage homes sits there – and continues to sit there today. In December of 1953, it was announced that, yes, the two lots along Augusta had been purchased for $60,000 and that Chodikoff had developed plans to erect a $1,000,000 75-unit apartment on the lot.

The apartment, designed by the prolific J. Morris Woolfson, would ultimately be added to the pantheon of unbuilt Ottawa. Not only had he come up against the city’s building restrictions (which restricted new-build to single-family or duplex), but he found his plans opposed by the community, including the ambassadors of Australia, Brazil, and France, who were keen to maintain the corner of Sandy Hill as a “little diplomatic row.” If that wasn’t sufficient, 243 was by then the home of Secretary of State for External Affairs and future Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.[4]



4 While Sandy Hill was undergoing a dramatic transformation during this period, there were still limits to what was achieveable. The lots secured by Chodikoff are bounded in yellow. Image: geoOttawa (1965 Aerial).


The second lot he purchased was located at the south east corner of Elgin and Cooper streets and it was also purchased for $60,000 from what the Journal identified as “Bruce Interests” (probably Brouse Holdings). Rather than apartments, however, he planned to construct a mixed commercial and office building and once again, the architect on the file was once again J. Morris Woolfson. Such buildings were Woolfson’s wheelhouse during the mid-1950s through the early 1960s and it seems he was the main man for their design in the city. Unlike with many other examples from around the city, this one was intended to be two storeys and only two.


5 The Elgin IGA (later Goldstein's IGA, Goldstein's Freshmart, and now Dollarama) opened on January 14, 1959 and was one of many around the city. Source: Ottawa Journal, January 13, 1959, Page 22.


Construction was completed over the course of 1958 and in addition to the Karalekas family’s Mayflower Restaurant, the Elgin IGA opened in January 1959 to much acclaim and very much to the relief of a neighbourhood that was desirous of more grocery options. The IGA may have been attracted through a number of avenues – his architect Woolfson worked both with and for the Goldstein brothers frequently and there was an ongoing relationship with the Loeb family as well.


6 The largest assortment of FIREWORKS in Ontario was the boast of Bullis Toy & Novelty. Source: Ottawa Journal, April 9, 1955, Page 30.


At least locally, Chodikoff’s business was toys. As the president of Bullis Toy & Novelty Limited, Chodikoff took the business in a number of exciting directions. Perhaps most commonly known as the source of fireworks in Lowertown, Bullis was located a stretch of Augusta street that was closed and subsequently became part of Lowertown’s Beausoleil Co-op. By the mid-1960s, Bullis had opened in Westboro at 395 Richmond (the address of Kiddie Kobbler today).


7 The manufacture of the "Pearson Pennant”. Bullis Toy & Novelty, whose president was Marvin Chodikoff decided to make hay while the sun shone and sell them throughout the whole Flag Debate. Source: Ottawa Journal, July 25, 1964, Page 35.

As a small aside, Bullis made a little bit of news in 1964 when they agreed to stock and sell all the three-leaf “Pearson Pennant” versions of the prospective new Canadian flag that were manufactured by Frank Therien and Gerry Quenneville out of Aylmer. The duo, who ran Therien Aircraft, found that there was an unexpectedly high level of demand for the design and were producing thousands of them.


8 While it ultimately wasn't the flag selected, the so-called "Pearson Pennant" was quite popular - at least in the National Capital Region where Bullis Toys was positioned to take advantage of it. Image Source: The Canadian Design Resource.


The Story of Marvin Chodikoff was, unfortunately, cut short. While the family quickly and easily integrated into the city’s social circles (hosting many events from their Woolfson-designed home at 250 Lisgar Road in Rockcliffe), Chodikoff died suddenly from an unreported cause at 37 years old on February 2, 1965. Coincidently, this is the age at which his mother was reported to have died.



-- Original photos & text by Christopher Ryan.
(See more on our blog from Christopher...)


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[1] Ottawa Journal, August 24, 1931, Page 7.
[2] Troy Times-Record, September 18, 1951, Page 16.
[3] Troy Times-Record, June 14, 1952, Page 7. Both Marvin and Beverley filed a trade certificate in the locale under the name of Bemar Laminating Services, operating out of the same address as his father Isidore’s business. Their address was listed as the Dunn Garden Apartments (now named the Troy Garden Apartments), which are storied in their own right.
[4] Pearson’s own possession of the home came after his friend and colleague Hume Wrong owned it. Wrong and Pearson are buried next to each other in Wakefield. The owner subsequent to Pearson and Chodikoff was Ray Tubman, Famous Players’ district manager and when the manager of the Regent Theatre, he showed the first “talkie” in Ottawa in 1928.



See also: Ottawa History Guide
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September 07, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #85: Antique SkateShop & DJ Magnificent

Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: We meet up with Aaron Cayer, founder of Antique Skate Shop, For Pivot's Sake and the Ottawa Skateboarding Association. He is passionate in working towards active kids and an active society. He has done some great things in a short time with many more to come!




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September 03, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: September 4-10, 2014

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Can you dig it? Photo from House of Paint 2012 by J. Michel (aka: Mitch) Carriere, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7: FOÉ
The 2014 Festival de l'Outaouais Émergent, aka the FOÉ, kicks off this Thursday just across the river in the Hull sector of Gatineau. The 7th edition of this eclectic annual festival continues to celebrate local emerging artists and to feature a variety of artistic disciplines. On top of music, visual arts, and film, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to enjoy theatre and slam poetry. This year’s festivities will take place at many locations around the Vieux-Hull neighborhood and feature music headliners Half Moon Run, Les Trois Accords, IllScarlett, Alaclair Ensemble, We Are Wolves and many more.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, September 5: 1Squarefoot Art Exhibition/Fundraiser/Party
Artists who are previously and currently from Ottawa, and who share a love of art, skateboarding, and the amazing community that unites both, have donated works of art in support of the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association's 1Squarefoot Fundraiser.
-- Nick Bachusky

Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7: House of PainT
When it comes to celebrating Ottawa’s urban culture, no one does it better than House of PainT (HoP). The annual festival, which serves as a vehicle to elevate and celebrate urban arts and culture, has become instrumental in bringing forward the four elements of hip-hop to young and old from all walks of life who are curious about the culture or those who simply want to be a part of the movement. For its 11th edition, HoP organizers invite everyone and anyone with a love of hip-hop and community to take in graffiti art, breakdancing, emceeing, slam poetry, and deejaying under Dunbar bridge in Brewer Park as well as other venues.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7: West End Studio Tour
Wild and whimsical scenes, rich landscapes, colour-drenched blossoms, sculptures made of natural and found materials—the West End Studio Tour is an opportunity to see the work of more than 20 local artists. Enjoy the day even more by cycling between studios, all in Wellington West and Westboro. (continues September 15-16)
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, September 6: Capital Vélo Rally
Capital Vélo Rally is a fun-filled day of cycling through the streets of Ottawa. Riding in a team of 3-6 people, decipher the route, find answers to quirky clues and quizzes, and test your skills in a friendly challenge with other rally-riders!
-- Laura Gauthier

Sunday, September 7: Ottawa Humane Society's 26th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon
Pet lovers! Come to Queen Julianna Park (right by Dow's Lake) on Sunday for the Ottawa Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Walkathon! This is the OHS's largest annual fundraiser; it's easy to walk (or run) with your pet to raise money for the 10,000 animals that the OHS cares for each year. Even if you don't register to walk, just show up to the park for a doggone good time - come see the pet-focused marketplace, family fun zone, food trucks, "pet Picasso," and more! (BONUS: The first 10 people to mention "OttawaStart" to me at the Ottawa Pet Expo booth will get a free ticket to the Pet Expo this November 8-9!)
-- Jake Naylor 

Sunday, September 7: Grandparents’ Day Sunday Brunch at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Treat the grandparents to a special brunch buffet and museum visit. Let them know how much they’re appreciated! In the Barrick Salon, enjoy roast beef au jus, roasted vegetables, omelette bar, charcuterie; selection of cheeses, artisan breads, salads; delectable desserts and more. Then wander through the many exhibitions exploring Canada’s natural history….a perfect family outing!Brunch includes general admission to the museum, as well as the meal's gratuity. 10:30am-2:00pm.  Call for reservations 613.232.6976
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Tuesday, September 9: Tree Reading Series
8:00pm. Black Squirrel Books & Tea, 1073 Bank Street. Poetry, including an open mic, feature & free workshop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Workshop-6:45pm: Peter Richardson - Round Tabling Poems; Open mic; Features: April Bulmer + Helen Guri - 8pm. First Tree Reading of the season with two out of town poets as features & a local poet offering a free workshop. don't miss it, poetry enthusiasts. & if you've got some new short poems to share, the open mic is the perfect place to do so.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords


Have a great week!




See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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September 01, 2014

Seen in the Byward Market: Skeleton and Shrek riding shotgun

I saw these two characters riding shotgun in two different cars in the Byward Market today. Is this a thing?






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Introducing StittsvilleCentral.ca - a new online newspaper


Today marks the launch of StittsvilleCentral.ca, a new online newspaper and information source from OttawaStart.com.  OttawaStart's "World Headquarters" is in Stittsville, and believe it or not there is quite a bit happening way out here in the west end.

Chef Michael Blackie just opened Next Restaurant on Hazeldean Road, Kathleen Edwards will soon be opening her own coffee shop on Stittsville Main Street, and there's a craft brewer (Covered Bridge Brewing) in the industrial park on Iber Road.

Stittsville is a rapidly growing community.  With 20,000 residents today, it's expected to grow to 70,000 people within the next two decades.  StittsvilleCentral.ca will cover the people and businesses who are driving this growth, and explore what effect this growth has on the community.

Have a look and let us know what you think.

See also: Ottawa Media Guide
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August 29, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #84: House of Paint producer Rob Reid



Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: We meet up with Rob Reid, the festival producer of Ottawa's largest Urban Arts festival which is running Sept 4th through 7th this year. We talk about how it started, how hard the city is to deal with to get something this great going and of course a lot of details about the event! Music this week is from the Friday night performer from Ottawa, Rita Carter!




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August 27, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 28-September 3, 2014

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2013 Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, by Christophe Ledent from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

See also: What's open and closed on Labour Day Monday...

Thursday, August 28: Whatever's Cool With Me 17th Anniversary Show
This Thursday, I will be celebrating 17 years in the Thursday morning slot on CKCU. I can't believe they haven't kicked me off yet! I'll be giving some lucky listeners tickets to Timber Timbre at the NAC, Doug Paisley at the NAC, and movies tickets for the ByTowne Cinema. I'll also be announcing the winner of the Twitter contest for Folk Festival tickets. Of course, I will also be playing gobs of great music, so tune in from 9:30-noon on 93.1 FM.
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Thursday-Monday, August 28-September 1: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
The 27th annual Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is being held from Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1, 2014. This annual festival, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers a slew of on-site activities for everyone including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s musical headliners include Jason Derulo, Shawn Desman, Phillip Phillips, and Kaïn among others.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Tuesday, August 28-September 2 (and ongoing): Walking Tours With a Difference See your city in new ways. Take a tour with Ottawa (de)tours, which leads themed walks and conversations on political, social and environmental topics. This week there’s money and economics (Thursday and Saturday), feminism (Saturday), play (Monday) and local food solutions (Tuesday). With Indigenous Walks, you can explore Ottawa’s social, political, cultural and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective—catch the political tour of Parliament Hill on Sunday.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, August 30: Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party
At Mayfair Theatre, starting at 10:00am. It's exactly how it sounds: you pig out on cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons. And you're even welcomed to go in your PJs! What better way to kick off back to school?!
-- Tanya Snook

Saturday, August 30: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Ottawa Fury soccer team is coming off a great road win last week- hopefully they'll keep the momentum going. A great family experience for a resonable price - come cheer on the team!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, August 30: The Songwriter: Photographs by Jamie KronickIf you’re into photography, music and local culture, you don’t want to miss The Songwriter, an exhibition of photographs by artist Jamie Kronick being presented at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex inside City Hall. Kronick’s work will offer a unique look at Ottawa songwriters in the spaces where they write, and act “as a documentation not only of persons, but also as a visualization of the relationships that take place among person, place and process”. Although the vernissage is only taking place on September 4, the exhibition will be up as of August 30.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 30: Mackenzie Rhythm Section live at the Chelsea Pub
Ottawa-Gatineau’s favorite soulsteppers, the energetic Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are performing live at the Chelsea Pub this Saturday, August 30 starting at around 9pm. If you want to see a live show and dance the night away at the same time, this even is just what you need. Don’t even think about standing still if you go, it’ll be impossible, and that’s a promise.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Until August 30: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Three weeks of improv theatre wraps up this weekend with workshops and performances at Arts Court. It should be a very funny weekend.
-- Glen Gower

Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1: Family Event at the Mackenzie King Estate 
This long weekend, celebrate the end of summer with your family in the heart of Gatineau Park. There will be lots of free activities for everyone at the Mackenzie King Estate including Face painting for children , craft corner, carriage rides lawn games, music and more. TheTearoomand the snack bar will be open as per their usual hours. Visitors may also bring their own picnic. Starts at 11:00am. The Estate is on Mackenzie King Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until November 9: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa


Have a great week!



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