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July 06, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Bluesfest and beyond ... events for every day of the week

You may have heard about a little music festival known as "Bluesfest" that's on this week in Ottawa.  But you might not have heard about some of the other events in this week's list.

Thanks to all of our contributors for their ideas this week, including our newest contributor, Bryony.


Kaitlin Wainwright, blogger & twitter-er and Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:
It might seem somewhat redundant to suggest that those reading this blog attend a blog reading (especially if you were to blog about it afterwards... meta-blogging!) But, I am recommending just that: Thursday night, come down to The Prescott, in Little Italy, grab a pint (and maybe a meatball sandwich) and listen to some of Ottawa's best bloggers read their favourite posts at Blog Out Loud!

Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:
The opening concert of the Music and Beyond Festival is pretty special: Christopher Plummer headlines an evening devoted to Shakespeare and music. It's at Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Don't miss it!

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
The Women's Worlds 2011 conference is running until July 7. On Thursday, there will be a free, farewell street party on the Tabaret Lawn at the University of Ottawa. One of the performers is Canadian MC, Eternia. Her latest album is incredible and I will be interviewing her live on Thursday at 11 a.m. on CKCU 93.1 FM or online at www.ckcufm.com if you'd like to hear from her before going to see her.

Lisa from couchassassin.com:
Not found your soulmate at Bluefest? You are looking in the wrong place. Get that loving feeling at Motown Madness, featuring local acts the Hornettes and the Pelts.  At the Live Lounge.

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
There were 140 concerts at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, but no classic big band! No problem. The exceptional Ottawa Jazz Orchestra will perform "When Swing was King" at Billings Estate Museum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday July 7. Hear music by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. Teachers from Swing Dynamite will present a free swing dance lesson during the concert break. It looks to be perfect evening weather for this outdoor concert. $25 tickets at the museum, or call 613-247-4830 for info or to reserve.


Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
Young people think cancer can never happen to them - it does. And too often, it kills.  A Night of Courage, hosted by Urban Male Magazine (UMM). Friday night at five Ottawa nightclubs: Lobby (158 1/2 Dalhousie), Tila Tequila (104 Clarence), Buddha Bar Lounge (104B Clarence), Mansion (400A Dalhousie) and Union Station (360 Elgin).  100% of cover charge, donations and silent auctions will benefit the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, for Cancer Survivorship Care at its soon-to-open Maplesoft Centre.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
My pick this week has to be Stargazing at the Museum of Science and Technology on Friday at 9 pm. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to participate in this great, free program! It's strictly weather permitting, but right now it looks like clear skies for Friday evening! 

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
Ottawa museums have lots of creative programming this summer, but I really like the idea of the Get Growing series at Billings Estate. On Friday, July 8 from 10-11:30 a.m., and every Friday through July and August, kids ages 6-10 can plant seeds, tend a garden and learn to prepare fruits and vegetables – plus pick and take home what’s ripe that week. Registration recommended.

Bryony Etherington, aka @ladylovewell:
I'm sure others will shed light on the great acts at Bluesfest (which I'll be at most nights) so my suggestion is that when you leave the festival this Friday you head to Ritual nightclub for some sweet summer Moombahton beats. This music is gaining popularity everywhere and has a perfect feel for summer. This new monthly club night is being brought to you by two of Ottawa's most established and reliable DJ's, DeeJay Shub and Bear Witness, so you can count on being impressed and dancing till the wee hours! Ottawa's first Moombahton Party, Friday night at 10:00pm until Saturday morning at 2:30pm.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
If I didn't have tickets to U2 in Montreal on Friday I'd be going to Bluesfest to see: Blue King Brown, Hey Rosetta! and the Black Keys. All three bands put on great shows.


Natasha Gauthier, dance & theatre critic and horse competitor:
Hunter-jumper horse show, Nepean National Equestrian Park. Local equestrians will be competing on Saturday and Sunday, at Stratford Fox Run/ Ashland Farms horse show. Free entry, plenty of parking, beautiful grounds, easy to get to (take the 417 to Moodie North, then hang a left at 1st traffic light, Corkstown), and OMGPONIES!!!! Competition gets going both days at 8 am and runs until about 4 pm. Dogs welcome but must be on leash at all times.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
I'm looking forward to seeing The Tragically Hip live at Bluesfest, on Saturday July 9 at 9:30 p.m. I have this theory that each and every Canadian has seen The Hip live at least once in their lives and I must complete my duty as a new Canadian. Plus, the band rocks and I truly enjoy listening to the lyrics, focused on Canadiana. I mean, how else would I know who was Bill Barilko or what is a "deke"?

Ming Wu from Photogmusic:
Two words to see on July 9 at Bluesfest. RICH AUCOIN!! He will be playing at 5pm which is early.But it's going to be one fun dance party!!


Andrew King, artist:
My event pick is not exactly in Ottawa, but the quaint town Merrickville, just a 45 minute drive south of the city. Check out the Merrickville Car Show that boasts over 1000 classic cars, hot rods and many other cool vehicles with a vendor area as well. A must for any car buff, this show is one of the largest in Ontario with food, live entertainment and special kids activities. More info can be found at their website here.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
This Sunday is the Naqvi Cup and St. Luke’s BBQ – an annual tradition in Centretown. Every summer, the St. Luke’s Bulls challenge the Ottawa Police in a basketball game for the Yasir Naqvi Cup. After seven years, the Bulls remain undefeated!  During the game, I host a free community BBQ at St. Luke’s Park (corner of Gladstone and Elgin) from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come and check it out!

Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
THE 80'S:
Making a return to the capital for the first time in over 20 years, Huey Lewis and the News! Main stage Sunday night (7:30pm) at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. A campaign that started on Facebook last fall to bring them here came true! Hope to see you all there. 


@ottguy, Prolific Ottawa Twitter-er
If you missed it last summer, or even if you didn't, I highly encourage everyone in Ottawa to at some point check out the NCC's Mosaika Sound + Light Show on Parliament Hill this summer. It started Wednesday evening. Last year was the debut year for the new show and it blew me away. I believe they're coming back with the same show this year. I'm normally someone who can't watch the same movie twice or read the same book twice but I caught this show probably four times last year. The 3D aspect of the show combined with phenomenal surround sound and the natural setting will awe you. Take visiting friends or just the family on a nice evening. It's worth the price of admission which is $0! Tip: After wet weather has moved through the area I'd suggest a lawn chair or a blanket.


Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner:
HISTORY: Hidden Treasures from the Bytown Museum
is an exhibit that runs from June 23 to October 2. This exhibition presents 41 exceptional artefacts from the museum's significant historic collection. Visitors will be able to see two Regency chairs from Lt. Colonel By’s house, the exquisite silver Drummond Cup, 19th century prints depicting the newly named city of Ottawa, a marble bust of Lady Macdonald (wife of Sir John A. Macdonald), the recently restored Victorian-era Mayor’s Chair, early photographs by A. G. Pittaway of Ottawa, as well as other outstanding portraits, landscapes, and urban views.


Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
Who knew drinking could be educational? 13 Celsius Inc. is hosting a Wines & Spirits Educational Program called Classic Cocktails of New Orleans. Learn about New Orleans's rich cocktail history, how to make your own syrups, bitters, and variations of classic cocktails. 6:30pm at C.A. Paradis (1314 Bank Street), $65/person, registration required.

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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