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August 27, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Art, Antiques, Pride, Folk, and much more!

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
TOURS: Friday is the final day for this season's free tours of the NAC. Tours start at 11 am and 1:30 pm and depart from the main lobby. I called to see if the tours are kid-friendly, and staff assured me that kids are welcome. What a great way to get a backstage peek into the world of the performing arts!

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner:
ART: Art In The City, August 26-28 at Confederation Park (Elgin & Laurier). Within the heart of the nation’s capital, you will find a wide array of artisans eager to share their creations in various mediums. From paintings to pottery, jewelry to glass art, home decor to food, there is surely something to interest all. All works exhibited for sale are original arts or crafts (or prints of same) created by and produced by the exhibitor.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
THINK FIRST.   A unique floor hockey tournament on Saturday, August 27 to increase community awareness of and support for the prevention of sports-related head and spinal cord injuries in youth.  It's happening at the double gym, uOttawa Lees Campus Sports Facility, 8:30am-4:30pm. In addition to teams of equal ages and skill playing 20-minute games, participations will also do shootout and accuracy contests, and learn about safety while playing sports such as hockey, skiing and biking.   Check if registrationn is full, or if volunteers are still needed,  at www.iplaysmart.ca.   There will be live bands, and a BBQ.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, Plan 99 North, Wakefest in Wakefield, Kaffe 1870, 2:30pm. Saturday: Iain Reid, Kevin Connolly and Pasha Malla; Sunday: Monty Reid, Gil Adamson, Bruce Taylor. Plan 99 hosted by David O'Meara at the Manx Pub is travelling to Wakefield to offer some great poetry and fiction by locals and out-of-towners.

Andrew King, artist:
Just a short drive south to the historical town of Merrickville is the Antique and Artisans Show, August 27-28.  If you are a fan of antique furniture, collectibles, or like me, vintage anything, this show is worth a visit and with the great village of Merrickville as a backdrop, makes for a fun day out. You can also check out the Merrickville Artisans show which runs in conjunction with the antique show on the same grounds. The show is on Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday, 10-4pm rain or shine. Admission is $6 and parking is free.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
FOLK: The Ottawa Folk Festival offers great music, but did you know (I didn’t) it also has environmental activities? On Saturday and Sunday, the Festival’s Envirotent has sessions on do-it-yourself bike repair, local edible plants, energy alternatives, the wisdom of trees and more – check the schedule for details.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
FOLK: The Ottawa Folk Festival has a great line-up and it wouldn't be right if I didn't recommend you go see J. Mascis play a solo set Saturday night. He's the frontman for Dinosaur Jr. and his voice might not be for everyone, but I like him so much that I named my radio show after one of his songs.

Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:
GEEKS: Saturday August 27, geeks might be interested in knowing that FOSSLC is hosting a one-day Open Source conference: SC2011: Software Developers' Haven. According to the website, "Talks will cover the best of software development technologies and communities demonstrating outstanding practice in software development." Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
This event at Octopus Books in the Glebe on Saturday should be a great local event. Join us for an evening of politics without all the politics.  Octopus Books is celebrating the unsung heroes in our town, the workers who toil away on government campuses out of the spotlight of parliament hill in the darkest recesses of our great bureaucracy.  Jeff Bursey and Christian McPherson have first hand knowledge of such a life and have captured it in darkly funny books that we think every Ottawan should and will enjoy!

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
This Sunday, I’ll get my camera ready and I’ll follow the Capital Pride Parade, starting from 1 p.m. The Parade travels through the downtown core, along Wellington Street, down Bank Street, and ends at Ottawa City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza. Attending the colourful festival is a great way the support the LGBT community—plus let’s face it, I’m sure they will be a lot of street photography opportunities!  

Don from foodieprints:
This coming Sunday (August 28, 2011), Savour Ottawa will be hosting its Harvest Table, a first-of-its kind multi-course lunch at the Parkdale Market. Local producers and farmers will be providing produce (seasonal fruit and vegetables), meat, and dairy. Local chefs will be preparing dishes with these ingredients, many of them artisanal. Tickets ($56.50/pp and $6.00/child) can be purchased here.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid: 
FAMILY: Farmer's Market fun! Enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides and free mini ice cream sandwhiches this Sunday at the Farmer's Market at Lansdowne Park! Support the local farmer's buy some great seasonal produce and have lots of fun with the kids!

Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
Join Majic 100 and A Morning for a Tweetup at Fat Tuesday's in the Byward Market on Monday Aug 29th. Free entry and a chance to mingle with Majic 100 and A Morning staff. Great networking event from 6-9pm.

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
PHOTOGRAPHY: World Press Photo 11 - these prize-winning photographs showcase the creativity of photographers and developments in photojournalism worldwide. This has become a "must attend" exhibit for me as a photojournalist - it's very inspiring, if sometimes challenging, photography. Free, runs until Sunday, August 28 at the Canadian War Museum.

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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