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Thursday, June 14: Blog Out Loud
If you enjoy reading the blogs of some of Ottawa's wonderful writers, don't miss out on a chance to have those bloggers read their favourite posts to you. This Thursday, twenty bloggers come together and perform readings at The Arrow & Loon (Bank & Fifth, in the Fifth Avenue Court). The event is free and starts at 7 pm. I am excited about being one of the readers this year, so come out and support your city's blogging community.
-- Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog
Thursday, June 14: Chuckles 4 Children
Thursday at the The Prescott, doors open 6pm. Event management students of Algonquin College are presenting this one to raise funds for Children's Wish. There's an Italian buffet (think square pizza, meatball sandwitch) followed by the best of the Yuk Yuk's comedians, hosted by Race from Hot 89.9.
-- Max Keeping
Thursday, June 14: GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator
This is a documentary about the fight for justice in Guatemala. Following the screening, a panel discussion—featuring Pamela Yates (filmmaker), Jayne Stoyles (Executive Director of Candian Centre for International Justice) and Maria Cuc Choc (Mayan activist)—will examine women’s access to justice in Guatemala. CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld will moderate the discussion.
-- Laura Nicol
Thursday, June 14 - Sunday, June 17: Book sales (various events)
For the bibliophile there are several sales happening on the weekend, including: Elgin Street Public School Book Sale & Silent Auction (310 Elgin St., June 14-17). Devonshire Book Bash, Devonshire School (100 Breezehill Ave. N.: June 14-15). Books for Blooms Central Experimental Farm, Building 72 (June 16 & 17). Collected Works Bookstore (1242 Wellington St. W) is having a marathon day of reading by various authors on Saturday, June 16 entitled "Save the Bookstores" day.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Friday, June 15: Boy's Night Out at the Shanghai
It's not as often you get to hear male jazz vocalists, but this week you catch hear two of them together. This week, Peter Liu and Floyd Hutchinson sing together for the first time, backed by a solid rhythm section - and tasty food and drink.
-- Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17: Ottawa Ferrari Festival
For all the Ottawa Carspotters out there, head down to Preston Street on the weekend to see cars on display all weekend. On Saturday afternoon there's a car parade, and they'll be shutting down part of Carling Avenue and showing off the speed of the cars. Plus fireworks at 10pm. (Check out Italian Week while you're down there.)
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com
Saturday, June 16 through Sunday, June 17: Mega Fort!
Join building block enthusiast Lee Beauregard and help build a fort inspired by the 1812 exhibition with MEGA® blocks or create a smaller version using LEGO. At the Canadian War Museum.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
Saturday, June 16: “Welcome the Ottawa Music Festivals Show of Music Photography.”
Harry Nowell of Ottawa Studio Works has rounded up some of Ottawa’s finest and most celebrated working photographers to show off some of their finest music work. At OttawaStudioWorks (160 Preston St). Starts at 7:00pm.
-- Jean Labelle, photographer
Saturday, June 16: Break North Festival
The Break North Festival is happening in Ottawa Thursday through Sunday. The highlight will definitely be Saturday at the Rainbow. Julie Doiron (formerly of Eric's Trip) and Eamon McGrath will be performing.
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
Saturday, June 16: Art Party
When local singer-songwriter Amanda Cottreau sends out a message--"Naked Naked Naked"--I sit up and take notice. From 5 pm until 2 am this Saturday, come and take part in an evening of arts and entertainment from local artists, dancers, poets, and performers at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery (286 Hinchey Avenue). Tickets are $20 at the door: a bargain, considering the evening that is in store and the open bar. Amanda is performing from 11 pm to midnight: no telling what her attire will be!
-- Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog
Saturday, June 16 - Sunday, June 17: Capital Food Blitz
Support the Ottawa Food Bank this weekend! Volunteers will be at grocery stores across the capital between 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, collecting donations of non-perishable food items to help support the 45,000 people who rely on the Ottawa Food Bank each month. A list of participating stores and more information is available here.
-- Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre
Sunday, June 17: Missiles, Gadgets, and Defence Lines
If you're looking for something to do with your dad on Father's Day, you might want to take him to the Diefenbunker in Carp where volunteers from the Swords to Ploughshares Museum will be showing off their heavy-duty M41 5 ton 6x6 artillery tractor and their nuclear capable 155mm M114A1 (C1) Howitzer. The Diefenbunker staff will be offering special military history tours every hour on the hour from 11am to 4pm, with the last tour starting at 2pm. The event is included in the regular admission to the museum and if you are a member then you get in for free.
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
Wednesday, June 20: Talk, music and art for World Refugee Day 2012
To celebrate the courage and contributions of refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-Canada will host a talk by the Ottawa Citizen’s Louisa Taylor and music by several local musicians from 10 a.m.-noon at the NAC Fourth Stage. That same evening, there’ll be an art exhibition called New Eyes, New Visions at the GCTC (1233 Wellington St. W.) and Alpha Soul Café (1015 Wellington St. W.) from 7-10 p.m.
-- Denise Deby, -- Green Living Ottawa
Other big events happening this week:
- Until June 16: Canada Dance Festival
- Until June 17: Italian Week
- Until June 26: Fringe Festival
- Other festivals this week include Festival Franco-Ontarien, Ottawa Explosion Weekend, Piggyback Fringe Fest, RockFest, Carivibe, Russell Celtfest, Ottawa Valley Music Fest. Wow.
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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