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June 17, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Rodeo, Carivibe Parade, Ferraris, Father's Day & much more...

There are A LOT of events happening in Ottawa this weekend. To help you sort through and pick the best ones, I asked a few of  my favourite bloggers, twitter-ers, friends and followers:

"What event are you most excited about this week?"

Here are their answers:

(Welcome to the new contributors this week including Yasir Naqvi, Brett Delmage, Gordon Dewis, Tim Schobert and Dave Woodbridge and Laura Benn.)

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner and member of the Board of Directors with the Bytown BIA:
RODEO: Yeeeeeehawwww!!!! The 2nd Annual Upper Canada Rodeo, June 16-19 in Chesterville, Ontario. Professional rodeo competitions will feature world class Cowboys competing in three of the most dangerous sports in the world; Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. Rodeos also include calf roping, steer riding, barrel racing, ladies roping, steer wrestling and of course the entertaining clown and bull fighters.

CONCERTS: Carivibe is here! Ottawa meets the Caribbean-feelin' Hot! Hot! hot! This is a great way to connect with Ottawa's vibrant Caribbean Community! Parade starts at noon on June 18th at St. Joseph Blvd & Grey Nuns Drive. You will be privy to excellent music, delectable dishes and a unique cultural experience you don't want to miss!

Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
CARS: If you love fast cars, then you can't miss this! The Ottawa Ferrari Festival returns this year and the cars will be displayed on Preston street Friday and Saturday nights. Bring the kids to the demonstration zone Saturday afternoon at 2:30 (Carling/Preston) and they can watch this, for free.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
COMMUNITY: Just Food Barn Warming, June 16 at 7pm at 16 Tauvette Street. The Just Food Project Launch and Community Meeting to celebrate the work of Just Food and the opening of their community building to promote sustainable food in Ottawa   The event will feature a number of food related projects that Just Food has been involved in over the past year, and I'm pretty excited about sampling the products.

Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
FUNDRAISERS: Easiest Father's Day gift you can give: DO IT FOR DAD. Run 10k or 5k or walk 2k with him Sunday morning - then have breakfast with him! It happens at Anniversary Park next to Carleton University on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. The event is a focus on men's cancers - prostate and testicular. The money raised will help pay for robotic surgery for prostate, coming to Ottawa this fall. NHL-bound Erik Gudbranson (Florida Panthers) is running with his father.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
GREEN: It might not sound glamorous, but South March Highlands-Carp River Conservation Inc.’s first Annual General Meeting may be one of the most significant events in Ottawa this week. This is the group that’s been leading efforts to protect the amazing 1,100-hectare South March Highlands wilderness, assessed as the most biodiverse area in Ottawa yet threatened by urban development. You can help out by attending Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Beaverbrook Community Centre, 2 Beaverbrook Rd., Kanata, or savethesmh@gmail.com for information.

Andrew King, artist
MUSEUMS: Saturday's Capital Classic Wings and Wheels Day at the Canadian Air and Space Museum will feature displays of classic, antique and current aircraft and automobiles for all to enjoy. Other highlights that day include the participation of the Canadian War Museum, a run-up of the Hawker Hind, and more. This should be a fun Saturday event with lots of nostalgia to experience...Apparently there will be a pile of vintage Mustang cars parked around a classic Mustang Fighter plane...Coolness x10.

Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl:
MUSEUMS: It’s Father’s Day this weekend so I predict a lazy lunch downtown and golf on Sunday. We will probably check out the Museum of Civilization on Saturday afternoon. They have a fabulous exhibition on right now called JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation. It has a heck of a lot of dad-appeal. (Robots! Anime! Warriors!) We’ve flown through it once already and need a second visit. There is a DIY felted fortune cookie craft over the weekend. You think dad will go for it?

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
PERFORMANCE: If you're a Cirque de Soleil fan, you'll want to check out Cirque de la Symphonie June 16-18 at the NAC. It's a beautiful blend of human movement to classical and contemporary music.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
SOCCER: The Ottawa Fury, part of the Professional Development League (PDL), play some great soccer out by Algonquin College. Take dad out to the game on Sunday at 3 p.m. against the New Hampshire Phantoms for some great quality soccer at an inexpensive price. $10 for adults and $4 for Youth 18 and under and Seniors. A great event for the whole family!

Laura L. Benn of PAWSH Magazine:
PETS: To celebrate the grand opening of the Ottawa Humane Society's new facilities come out to In the Dog House - a whimsical event on June 16.  See some of Ottawa's biggest names literally 'in the dog house.' This is sure to be a barking good time and a heartfelt demonstration of local celebrities lending a paw to help animals in need within our community.

Lydia Bociurkiw from Ottawa Girl:
CULTURE: Celebrate the best of Canada’s Aboriginal talent at the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival at Lebreton Flats, June 17-19. The festival kicks off Friday night with an International Competition Pow Wow, always an unforgettable experience. Plus they’ll be concerts, theatre, dance, traditional foods and family activities. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: Want a great way to end a work week with some food and drink when Fridaybeers is downtown? If you're in the West End, particularly Kanata or Stittsville, the Brookstreet Hotel's Options Bar (525 Legget Drive) is holding a "Big Wines Small Plates" event this Friday, June 17 with reception style dishes and paired wines. Starting at 7:00 pm four "courses" will be served. The standout food and wine pairing in our opinion will be the roasted venison loin with mustard spaetzle, king oyster mushroom, cracked black pepper and cherry demi-glace. The paired wine will be a French Croze Hermitage Etienne Pochon. Call 613-271-1800 to reserve.

Gordon Dewis, blogger:
FESTIVALS: The Ottawa Dragonboat Festival, June 17-19 at Mooney's Bay Park. It's the largest dragonboat festival in North America. This is my tenth year as a steersman in the ODBF. I've blogged about it in the past and people wanting to see what it's like from either the steersman's or drummer's point of view can check out videos from my team's practices at http://www.singaporeslings.ca/photos-videos-etc.

Heather-Marie Connors, aka @HMSurfacing:
THEATRE: This week I am most excited about an event I am hosting. As part of a series at the Ottawa Fringe Festival called "PlayTime with HM", on Monday, June 20th I am hosting a panel discussion on theatre reviews called "Reviewing the Reviewer" where writers for traditional (radio, newspaper) and non-traditional (bloggers, online publications) media will discuss the state of the professional theatre review given the changing media landscape.

Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:
CLASSICAL: A unique event -- for a price, you can have a musician play the music you want.  For $200, Matthew Larkin, well-known local organist will be happy to play a piece of your choosing.  This is all in the name of charity:  proceeds from this concert go the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys upcoming EU2011 trip to France and England, in July 2011.  It all takes place at 4:30, Sunday, June 19 at Christ Church Cathedral.  If you just want to attend and listen to others' favourites, it's $20.00 Information here.

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
JAZZ: I'll be listening to Doug Martin premiere his latest CD, "Odyssey", from 8:30 to 11:30 PM on Friday at Cafe Paradiso, 199 Bank Street. It's original music played by some of Ottawa's own talented musicians. And you don't need to 'get' jazz to enjoy it.

Dave Woodbridge, Outdoor Ottawa:
TECHNOLOGY:  The first ever Mobile Monday Ottawa event is happening on Monday, June 20 at Mercury Grove World Headquarters (738A Bank Street).  The event will take a look at the state of mobile in Ottawa and features a good mix small entrepreneurial companies and some large established players, but all veterans of this great industry. This inside look at the mobile biz is moderated by my own brother, Rob Woodbridge, mobile consultant & UNTETHER.tv founder, so come take a glimpse into Ottawa’s mobile community!

Ming Wu from Photogmusic:
MUSIC: Since I will be gone for NXNE, I will be actually be missing out Ottawa Explosion on June 16-18.
Fans of indie punk, hardcore, garage, metal and rock. It's three days, 8 shows and lots of bands playing.

Andrew Snowdon, writer:
THEATRE: This week has to be the Ottawa Fringe Festival. I've made so many recommendations of individual shows… I say come on down to the Courtyard at Waller and Daly (look for the tents), pick up a program and get Fringing.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
FESTIVALS: It's so hard to choose! The Dragon Boat FestivalLittle Italy Festival and Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival are all this weekend, and they're all free. If I absolutely have to narrow it down, I'll have to go with the International Competition Powwow at the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, taking place at LeBreton Flats.

Arne Berg, photographer:
MUSIC & FILM: This week I will be attending the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival where I am going to see The Trews on Friday and Stephen Page on Saturday. My main pick of the week though is the World Film Premiere of the French Canadian comedy “Starbuck” at the NAC on Tuesday the 21st at 7pm. It stars Patrick Huard from Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Les Boys who will be in attendance.

Glen Gower (that's me), Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
FAMILY: This week I'm throwing my support behind Walk, Roll & Run for Roger's House.  A family-oriented fundraising event happening on Sunday at Scotiabank Place.  There's a 2k and 5k event, plus a ton of activities for kids.  I hear Sparty may make an appearance.

What are you doing this week? Please share your picks in the comments below.

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