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June 25, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Ribs, Oysters, Submarines, Jazz Fest, and much more...

Once again it's a busy, busy weekend in Ottawa. I asked a few of my favourite bloggers, twitter-ers, friends and followers:  "What event are you most excited about this week?"

We'll kick things of with a pick from our newest contributor, Jim Watson.  I think it's safe to say he attends more local events each week than any other person in our city -- so consider him an expert when it comes to picking interesting community events.

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa:
COMMUNITY: Year2Give is a volunteer project started this year by Christine Taylor. On Saturday, June 25 at 9:30, along with all volunteers who want to help, she will be painting a 15 story building at 215 Wurtenburg Street for Ottawa Community Housing. What a great way for people to help out and directly impact their community!

@ottguy, one of the best people to follow on Twitter:
It's easily my favourite festival in Ottawa and last year it was so successful it literally shook the earth (OK, maybe the earthquake was caused by all of the weight we gained from attending) -- but RibFest is back baby! The Chicken and Rib Cook-off on the Sparks Street Mall will lure you for lunch, dinner and sadly in my case sometimes even for breakfast. Bring cash, an appetite and plan to get a beverage from separate vendors or bring your own as most cook off venues don't sell beverages -- just meat. Oh, and don't be like the lady I stood behind last year who complained that the vendor didn't sell water OR salad options.

Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: This Sunday (June 26 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm), the Whalesbone will be holding its 4th annual Bytowne OysterFest, featuring freshly shucked oysters, bites from the Whalesbone Sustainable Fish and Oyster Supply (504A Kent at Arlington), and live entertainment. Sample the "Walleye Burger", a popular Whalesbone "Brown Bag Lunch" option. Watch local Chefs compete with one another in the "Oyster Shuck-Off" competition. Enjoy performances in the Oyster Supply's parking lot by local bands Soul Jazz Orchestra, Greenfield Main, Devilaires, and DJ L T Ruck. Tickets are $25 pp and can be purchased at The Whalesbone Oyster House (430 Bank Street) and Sustainable Fish and Oyster Supply.

Andrew King, artist:
SUBMARINES: Periscope up! It's the Radio Control Model Submarine Regatta At Dow's Lake. The 10th anniversary of Ontario's SubComon radio control submarine club has picked Dow's Lake this year for their regatta of model subs! It will take place June 25 at the Dow's Lake Pavilion. Prepare the miniature depth charges and watch submarine models ply the waters of Dow's Lake!  

Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
Sadly, this event has been cancelled because the grounds at Rideau Hall are too wet.
is on Saturday! Maybe one of the best summer traditions in Ottawa. Usually 25 to 30 thousand people on the grounds at Rideau Hall, the GG's place. Family breakfast begins at 8am, the bears and local mascots parade in just after 9:30; there's a carnival on site, but the busiest place is the BASH tent, where real doctors and nurses diagnose and fix the problems with children's bears! Everything is free except the food. And you can join tours of the official residence. 

More from Max (because he's a busy guy:
Sunday, COMMUNITY CUP 2011. A 24-team, 7-on-7 co-ed recreational soccer tournment for ages 15 and up ,from 9:30am-4:30pm at Brewer Park. Soccer brings the city's many cultures together, live musical performances, international food, family activities, and the FIFA Women's World Cup will be broadcasted live on the big screen. It's an amazing day. 

Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl:
FAMILY: One of our favourite events in Ottawa is the RCMP Musical Ride, and this year it runs from June 22 to 26. There’s so much history behind the red serge, and it figures so prominently in our culture. It’s the kind of event you must see at least once in your life. The Musical Ride is always so memorable, and it’s perfect for young families. They put on the great show: the regal horses, sniffily smart police dogs, the daring parachutists! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs as well as a donation to the RCMP Foundation.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
FAMILY: My pick this week has to be the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies. I've never felt quite so Canadian as when I saw the musical ride for the first time, and this year's Sunset Ceremies will also include the RCMP/Ottawa Police Service Pipes and Drums and Canada Border Service Agency Detector Dogs. And it's all free! (Though donation boxes will be set up on site to collect donations for the RCMP Foundation.) 

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
COMMUNITY: This weekend is the Capital Food Blitz, an annual food drive that I chair. The event happens on Saturday and Sunday at participating grocery stores across the city. I'll be at the Westboro Superstore (190 Richmond Road) on Saturday and Hartman’s Your Independent Grocer (296 Bank Street) on Sunday. Drop by and make a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank, or better yet – join us! We are still looking for volunteers at these locations and other stores across the city. Call our office at 613-722-6414 if you are interested.

Lisa from couchassassin.com:
MUSIC: If you haven't seen the Daft Punk Tribute Band yet, here's your chance. This friday the 9 piece brass and electro band will be rocking out at Barrymore's. I dare you not to dance. I dare you! 

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
This week you have to go see Shad on Saturday at the Jazz Festival. Yes, he's a rapper at a jazz festival, but he's not only an exceptional MC, he's perhaps the most clever. He's the kind of guy who would sooner rap about Microsoft Word than guns and money. How can you say no to that?

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
Great opportunities to explore Ottawa’s hidden biodiversity this weekend. On Saturday, pack a lunch and learn about the ancient trees and edible plants of the South March Highlands with botanist Martha Webber; meet at the RIM parking lot, Innovation Drive at 10 a.m. (613 839-5217). On Sunday, discover the vibrant world of the Macoun Marsh in one of Transition Ottawa’s monthly urban nature tours; meet behind St. David and St. Martin Presbyterian Church, 444 St-Laurent Blvd. at 2 p.m. (urbanwildtours@gmail.com).

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner:
ART: Fish Permutations by Joseph Jeremy Roy at the Red Wall Gallery (168 Dalhousie), on Friday night at 7pm.  Photo-based artist Joseph Jeremie Roy has used only light and chemical photographic processes to capture and produce images with large format film, ultra large paper negatives, and handmade ultra large format glass plate negatives.  He will also give a live demonstration of his ultra large format camera the Mola, which he designed and built by hand.

Lydia Bociurkiw from Ottawa Girl:
ART: I’ll be at the Velvet Room on Sunday, June 26th for a Basement Artists charity event called For The Girls. Local artists will have their art on display for purchase and four local musical acts will be performing. It’s all in support of Plan Canada’s, 'Because We Are Girls', and will definitely be a night of local awesomeness.

Arne Berg, photographer:
This week I will be taking in some music and some fashion starting with Elvis Costello  on Friday night. Saturday night k.d. lang sings at the Canal Stage.  Saturday at Noon my favourite local jazz artists Renee Yoxon sings for the last time locally before heading off to New York for the summer.  The fashion part of my weekend happens on Saturday at 1 pm when I visit Angie’s models, where Herieth Paul will be signing this month's Elle Canada magazine where she is featured on the cover.
Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
SPORTS: Living in a hockey mad city, there’s always something going on. Monday June 27th and 28th, the Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic arrives in Ottawa. The gala goes Monday night at the brand new Convention Centre followed by golf the next day. Still a few spots open.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
BOOKS: The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair runs this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Jack Purcell Community centre and admission is free for the public. Great opportunity to support local authors!

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
It's at 6 or 6:30 p.m. when you'll get your best dose of jazz in the park at the Ottawa Jazz Festival this year. That's when a stellar collection of Canadian musicians, including Laila Biala, Mark McLean, Chet Doxas, Francois Bourassa, and locals Brian Browne and Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers will be playing. Or try the risk-free noon hour stages in Confederation Park and at the Rideau Centre: the local artists there show what Ottawa is capable of all year long: great jazz!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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  1. Thanks for the mention - for the OTTAWA URBAN WILD TOURS!! The Macoun Marsh tour is now full (reservations were required as space was limited)!

    But please join us on one of our last two tours: July - Sawmill Creek and August - Edible Nut Trees of Centretown!


    For more info email us at: urbanwildtours@gmail.com

  2. Just learned about another urban nature walk on Sunday (thanks to Kitchissippi Kids
    http://kitchissippikids.blogspot.com/) -- this one to learn about the majestic Champlain Oaks in Champlain Park. This is the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee's first guided walk, and is hosted by the Champlain Park Community Association. It's from 10 am to noon, starting at the north end of Champlain Park at Pontiac Street. http://www.champlainoaks.com


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