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September 14, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Vintage planes, an art tour, music, food, running, and more...

Lots of great suggestions from our contributors this week... and be sure to read all the way to the bottom and get Max Keeping's bonus pick for a great community event to kick off the next week.

Lisa from couchassassin.com:
MUSIC: Good things never go extinct. After a rocking bluesfest performance in 2010, San fran indie band The Dodos are back in town to play a show at Mavericks on Friday, September 16.  Supported by the luyas, a collecton of musicians formerly of miracle fortness among others.

Andrew King, artist:
PLANES: Michael Potter and his gang of merry airmen who keep vintage planes alive and flying for the rest of us to enjoy are having an air show. A Spitfire, Mustang, Corsair and a host of other cool vintage planes will take to the skies this Saturday Sept.17 at the Wings over Gatineau Air Show. Show begins at 10am, with flying commencing at 11am.  Admission is $10pp with kids 13 and under being free. The Snowbirds aerobatic team are performing at 3:15pm.  If you are any kind of aviation buff life myself, this is a once a year event not to be missed!
(Also recommended by Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps)

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
ART TOUR: I won’t be the only one to suggest this, but the West End Studio Tour, where 20 artists open up their studios and homes, is Sat. Sept. 17 and Sun. Sept. 18 (also Sept. 24-25) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (There’s a preview at the Wall Space Gallery on Thurs. Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m.) I’m hoping to get to as many as possible, but want to check out Choleena DiTullio’s whimsical and “green” creations, Alison Fowler’s vibrant nature paintings, Rob Huntley’s amazing photos and Andrew King’s unique art which I’ve liked since I first saw it (he’s very funny on Twitter, too).

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher: 
WRITING & MUSIC: Celebration of Words and Music: Remembering John Lavery, Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 pm at the Foyer – Maison de la Culture de Gatineau – 855 La Gappe, Gatineau. Fiction writer and troubadour John Lavery passed away in May while he was in the final stages of recording his CD with the help of Bova Sound Studios. If you want to hear beautiful guitar and witty lyrics full of puns and humour, you shouldn't miss this event. This will be a fine send off for a great man. Come celebrate.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:  
FOOD: Each neighbourhood in Ottawa has pretty awesome restaurants but the eyes will be on the Wellington community this Saturday, as it will be showcasing its foodie side for the Taste of Wellington West festival. On September 17, just about every eatery will offer passersby street-side tasting, and while you munch on the delicacies, you’ll be able to see a classic car show, a bike parade and listen to live music. The event is free but staff from Causeway will be there to accept donations.
(Also recommended by Don from foodieprints.)

Jean Labelle, Photographer:
FUNDRAISER: Join emcee Carol Anne Meehan as Music for Life Fundraising Concerts will bring fundraising and music together in support of local cancer charities. This years focus is on oral and lung cancers with all proceeds going to the The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Saturday, September 17 at 12:00pm at the Obsession Lounge Patio Grill (1575 St. Laurent).

Ming Wu from Photogmusic: 
MUSIC: Camp Radio's Camp Socialista album launch at Babylon on Saturday, September 17 at Babylon Nightclub. It's their long awaited second album release filled with high energy power pop tunes. Opening up the show is Mother's Children and Mnenomics. Doors open at 9pm.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
MARKET: It's the perfect weekend to take the fam to the Farmer's Market at Lansdowne Park. Besides amazing crops and delicious treats, this week you can enjoy a petting zoo. 8:00am-3:00pm on Sunday.

Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl: 
RUNNING: It's a running weekend! Local runners get the chance to raise funds for two great charities this Sunday, Sept. 18. There's the Army Run, which raises funds for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. This race has been growing at an incredible pace since its inception in 2008. There's something incredibly inspiring about watching the ill and injured Soldiers and athletes with disabilities take off at the early start. The Army Run is sold out (both the 5k and half marathon) but cheerers are welcomed! On the same day, you can also participate the Terry Fox Run, which raises funds for cancer research. This legendary event has become an Ottawa tradition, with events throughout the month at area schools. This event is open to all and registration can be completed in advance or on the day of the run. If you can't join us out there on Sunday, then please send some sunshine!

Dave Woodbridge, Outdoor Ottawa:
CYCLING: This Sunday is the 7th annual Forest Lea Mountain Bike Enduro at the Forest Lea MTB Trails near Pembroke. A bit of a drive, but a great way to spend a day outdoors and support a community project. Take in the mountain bike races, grab a burger from the lunchtime barb-q, draw a prize… all while helping out the Ottawa Valley Mountain Biking Association!

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
ANIMATION: From September 21st to 25th, the nation’s capital will once again become the center of the animation universe. The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won’t want to miss this year’s great line up of screenings taking place at ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner:
MUSEUMS: Check out LEGION HALLS, an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place), ongoing to November 20. Since the Royal Canadian Legion was founded in 1925, its local branches – Legion Halls – have functioned as community centres and gathering sites. The role is now changing along with Canada’s demographics. The declining population of Second World War veterans has challenged the Legion and its branches to attract new members while still remaining active in traditional pursuits. Tobi Asmoucha’s photographs illustrate the connection that Legion Halls have to the past, and the role they play in Canadian communities today.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
MISCELLANY: There's an Art & Music Festival in Old Ottawa South on Saturday & Sunday, a Fall Harvest Festival in Osgoode on Saturday, you can learn How to Play the Gong on Sunday, and there's a Heritage Walking Tour of the Chaudiere Industrial District on Sunday. And on Wednesday, the Sens are back on the ice for their first pre-season game against Boston.

And looking ahead to next week, Max Keeping suggests:
MAKE REAL CHANGE HAPPEN.  Join me for breakfast to  launch of the 2011 Ottawa United Way campaign. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Aberdeen Pavillion, Lansdowne Park. Close to 1400 people will be there to be served by celebs, and then hear the outline of the biggest charitable campaign in the city. Make sure your workplace has its own campaign ready. Tickets are $30 each - there are still a few tables available. I promise it will be breakfast at 105BPM!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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