|Andrew King's "Stage Fright", one of the works up for auction at Friday night's Portraits of Bluesfest.|
- Jean Labelle, Photographer:
ARTS: Portraits of Bluesfest - the third annual fundraising silent auction for Blues in the Schools. More than a dozen of Ottawa's best painters and photographers donate one-of-a-kind, original works of art inspired by Bluesfest 2011.
- Heather-Marie Connors, aka @HMSurfacing:
THEATRE: This week marks the beginning of a new theatre season with the opening of "The 39 Steps" at the Gladstone Theatre. On Friday, September 9th, director John P. Kelly will be featured in a super not-so-secret late night improv show called "Spotlight On..." with Crush Improv. This is the improv show that won them "Best Ensemble" at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival, and is a great crossover between these two companies. The show will take place after the Friday night performance of "The 39 Steps" and is $10 at the door.
- Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
SOAP BOXES: How about an old-fashioned soap box derby? The Gatineau Soap Box Derby Festival takes place on Friday from 6:30 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Racers will take over Gatineau's Main Street during this free, bilingual family affair.
- Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
YOGA PARTY: This Friday, September 9th from 7:45-9:15pm, renowned Ottawa yoga teacher Natalie Holst is holding another one of her infamous Madonna Yoga Flow Party classes. Get into your groove and celebrate with a playful Ashtanga-based yoga class to the music of Madonna (yes, THE Madonna). Music arrangement by MixMaster Mike, (aka. Mike Block). During the 90-minutes you have a chance to work on your strength, flexibility and definitely lots of sweat. Show up early, this class is busy! Cost: By donation* (cash only!) with 100% of the proceeds raised going to CARE Canada's charitable efforts in Vietnam. *Suggested donation: $10-$20
- Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:
SUICIDE PREVENTION: Saturday Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. There will be a concert at Centrepointe Theatre called “A Celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day”, featuring Susan Aglukark and Irish rockers Friends of Emmet. Proceeds will go to suicide prevention in Ottawa, the Collateral Damage Project, and support The Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, chaired by Susan Aglukark. Info:
- Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:ENTOURAGE! The hottest ticket in town this weekend may be the limited (25 people) $150 meet and greet with HBO Entourage star ADRIAN GRENIER Saturday night. For much less ($20), you can catch up with the TV hunk at the Rainbow Cinema (St Laurent Shopping Centre), at 6:30pm, at the screening of his new film TEENAGE PAPARAZZO. There's a Q &A from 7:45-8:30pm, and then after parties at Lobby and Mansion, the conjoined nightclubs at Rideau and Dalhousie. Cover charge at both, of course. For more information, 613-482-1140 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
MUSIC: There's lots going on this weekend (Mudhoney at Mavericks on Friday!) but the most interesting might be Barnstorm. Your host, Tic, holds the event on his property and has outfitted one of his barns with a stage, lights, sound system and a lot of ambiance. There will be six bands, including the Reverb Syndicate. It's incredible! It's so worth the trip to Finch, just outside of Ottawa and if you want to have a few pops while, there, you're encouraged to bring a tent and camp.
- Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
NATURE: You have all day Saturday to take in some of Celebrating the Natural World at Beaver Pond Park – activities go from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Organised by the Algonquin Union, the event will include a sunrise ceremony, barbecue lunch and dinner, guest speakers, music and more. Around 10 a.m. you can do either a cycling, walking or photography tour through the South March Highlands (but how to choose?!)
- Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
CELEBRITIES/MUSIC: Kevin Costner is at the Spencerville Fair on Saturday! The Oscar winner has had a band since 2005, and performed well at Bluesfest last year. Spencerville is 40 minutes southwest of Ottawa off the 416. There's a wine and cheese with Costner, and preferred seating at the concert, for $100; concert only is $30 ($37 at the gate). If you'd prefer homegrown stars, Ambush play Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 1pm, it's John Conlee, Ronnie Prophet and Glory Ann, and Prescott Brown and Family.
- Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
COMMUNITY: This week, I'm really looking forward to attending the Hintonburg Harvest Festivale on Saturday, September 10th at the Parkdale Park (behind the Parkdale Market). Activities include a bouncy castle, games and art projects from noon to 4pm; horse and trolley rides 1-3 pm. On top of that, there will be Hintonburg Hip-Hop & Break Dancers and dance contests, music, children's' games and activities, fundraising BBQ & information tables throughout the day. You won't want to miss the best apple pie contest at 1:00pm. For more details contact Lorrie Marlow at email@example.com.
- Glen Gower, editor of OttawaStart.com:
FUNDRAISER: Bring back your empties to the Beer Store this Saturday to support Roger's House. It's the annual Sens Foundation Beer Store Bottle Drive.
- Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
CYCLING: This Saturday watch for hundreds of cyclists taking part in the 2nd annual Ride the Rideau for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Riders including yours truly will be biking from Lansdowne Park to Merrickville in a 100k journey to beat Cancer.
- Lisa from couchassassin.com:
MUSIC: Fall is drawing near and your days of dancing outside are numbered. But it's not too late. The last Piknic electronik of the season happens Sunday September 11th at the Museum of Civilisation. spend the afternoon shaking it to local DJ Macguffin, along with a host of montreal favourites like Horror inc.
- Gordon Dewis, blogger:
DRAGON BOATS: This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival, also known at The Fall 400. The day of dragonboating starts with the first race at 9am and continues through to about 5pm. Teams from both Carleton Place and abroad, including several teams from Ottawa, will be taking part in the festival.
- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:
APPLES: Nothing says fall like crisp apples and you're invited to a Pomme Party! On Saturday, Sept 10, learn all about how apples were used in the past by making apple dolls, pressing fresh apple cider, baking apple treats and playing apple games – just like in pioneer times! 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM , Billing's Estate Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family
- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
AUTHORS: This weekend, BC writer Joe Denham launches his new novel The Year of Broken Glass at two local events: Plan 99, the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin, 5pm on Saturday, September 10, reading with poet David Hickey, and on Sunday, September 11 at 2pm at the Sasquatch Writers' Performance Series at the Royal Oak II, 161 Laurier East. It's a good weekend for beer and tales.
- Gordon Dewis, blogger:
PETS: Sunday is the 23rd annual Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathorn, which an important fundraising event for the Ottawa Humane Society. Pre-registration is recommended, but not necessary as you can register on Sunday.You can register online. The event starts at 10am.
- Lydia Bociurkiw from Ottawa Girl:
ARTS: Put your Best Face Forward and come out to Basement Artists charity event in support of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre on Sunday, September 11th at the Mercury Lounge. I’ll be exhibiting and selling my work along with several other fabulous local artists. But wait there’s more. Amazing bands like The Riot Police and dancing ladies from Capital Tease will also be there for your entertainment pleasure. Be sure not to miss the charity art raffle featuring dozens of hand-crafted masks like you’ve never seen before. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and are available through the artists, performers, staff, The Record Shaap (209 Gilmour) and Neon Clothing (60 George St.) $10 at the door. Hope to see you there!
- Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog:
ARTS: Local artists will be displaying artwork at Basement Artists at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market) on Sunday, September 11, from 7-11 pm. The event is a fund raiser for the Mental Health Centre at the Royal Ottawa. Tickets are $8 in advance (at Record Shaap or Neon Clothing) or $10 at the door. I'm going to support one of my favourite Ottawa photographers, Lydia Bociurkiw, a.k.a. Ottawa Girl.
- Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: Feast of Fields is an annual event, hosted by the the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers (COG). It features local farmers and chefs from the greater Ottawa region who team up to create a feast for attendees. September 11 from Noon until 4:00 pm the Canada Agriculture Museum. As of today, twenty farm/chef teams have signed up to provide food, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $70 (taxes included).
- Sterling Lynch, editor of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter:
FESTIVALS: The 15th annual Fall Season of the Writer’s Festival launches with an event featuring Michael Ondaatje on Tuesday, September 13. 7PM.
- Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl:
MUSEUMS: We're hoping pay a visit to the Museum of Nature this weekend, it's one of my favourite places because it's so easy to spend a few hours there… and there is so much to see! The plan is to catch the "Extreme Mammals" exhibition before it disappears on November 6, and hopefully take in some Dinosaurs in 3D too.
- Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
DINNER: Temperatures are dropping, I walked around with my camera all summer, I actually made it to yoga once a week as planned a year ago… time to treat myself, right? This week, I’m planning to see what the fuss is all about and grab a burger from Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Ottawa is raving about this new burger joint and they even had an article in the Citizen! Hopefully it is worth the trip to Kanata!
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