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June 06, 2012

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: West Fest, Italian Week, Lucky Ron Hoedown, more

Just before the rain
Just before the rain.  Photo by Luciana Nechita, shared in the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

June 7: Good n' Tasty: Here come Griller Nights at Kaffé 1870!
TGIT: Thank God it's Thursday! Can't figure out what to have for supper? It's Chill Time! Let the friendly folks at this river-side bar cook for you! Take a 30-minute drive down the scenic road to Wakefield, Québec and head to Kaffé 1870 for their first-of-the-season Grateful Griller Nights. Enjoy a succulent grilled rib-eye steak with iceberg lettuce wedges and blue-cheese & bacon dressing, along with some garlic toast baguette for only $20. You deserve it, so reserve it: (819) 459-3943.
-- Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator 

June 7: Whales Trivia Night
The Museum of Nature hosts a trivia night all about whales, on the eve of World Oceans Day. Co-host of Hinterland Who's Who and local nature-educator extraordinaire.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com  

June 8: Hidden Cameras at WestFest
   If you're going to Westfest, be sure to check out The Hidden Cameras and Ottawa's own Silkken Laumann on Friday night. It's free and these bands are really going to make you want to dance. Also, these two videos will likely be the strangest you see all week. If they aren't we should probably hang out.
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me 

June 8-10: Carnival of Cultures
This week, I'm excited about the Carnival of Cultures, that will take place from June 8 to 10 at the City Hall. There will be 50 stage performances throughout the weekend, along with dance and music demonstrations, storytelling sessions, cultural exhibits and international cuisine flavours. Passes are $10.
-- Juliette Giannesini, photographer 

June 8: Madonna Flow Yoga Party
The infamous Madonna Flow Yoga Party returns this Friday from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. at Rama Lotus. 90 minutes of old school Madonna - yes the Madonna - complete with disco ball and party lights + very playful, Ashtanga Flow - what better way to get your party started for the weekend - and all for a great cause. Suggested Donation: $20.
-- Laura Nicol

June 8: Miguel de Armas Trio at the Mercury Lounge
 Pianist Miguel de Armas has a jazz resume longer than your arm -- in Cuba. He moved this year to Ottawa, and local musicians who've played with him keep telling us how good he is. Hear him for yourself when his trio plays the Mercury Lounge. More info.
-- Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca

June 8: Call and Response Vernissage
6:00pm at the School of Photographic Arts (168 Dalhousie). Poetic responses to photographs in the Red Wall Gallery, curated by rob mclennan with photos by Greg Zenha. It's the final photographer/poet collaboration in the series that started last fall. More info.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher 

June 8-10: The Food at Westfest
 Besides great music and dance, may we suggest you check out the street food venues?  Standouts this year, Stone Soup Truck (aka Sweet Pea) and Jackie Jolliffe will be serving her brand of salads, sandwiches, and tacos in the main stage area.  Everything Jackie makes is from scratch and with great local ingredients.  And, another food truck, Relish will make its debut at Westfest.  Paul is looking at serving smoked trout and bacon guacamole, fried green tomato sandwiches with chips, fish and chips, and jerk chicken with masa cakes.
-- Don from foodieprints

June 9: Steven Page at WestFest
One of the things I've loved about Wesfest is that there is something for everyone, and it's all free. This Saturday, I'm packing up the family and heading down to see singer-songwriter Steven Page. The former Barenaked Lady hits the Main Stage at 9:45 pm.
-- Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog

June 9:  24th Annual Walk of Ages
The 24th Annual Walk of Ages Fundraiser at the Good Companions Seniors' Centre will be fun for the whole family – Little Ray's Reptiles and Adam the Eccentric will be on site, along with lots of games, face painting, candy apples, BBQ, local entertainer and great prizes! More info.
-- Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre 

June 9-10: CHEO Telethon on CTV
It's the most important weekend of the year for those of us who live here. Our annual opportunity to support CHEO and the more than 200,000 children treated there every year. The broadcast is from 7pm Saturday to 7pm Sunday, live from the CE Centre and the hospital, telling stories of the courageous children, their families and the miracle makers of CHEO. Tune in and donate. More info / donate online.
-- Max Keeping    

June 9: Capital Classic Wings and Wheels
This event at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum features classic, antique, and current aircraft and cars. A great event for anybody who likes cars, planes, history, etc. More info.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com  

June 10: Lucky Ron Annual Summer Hoedown
Here's a man who needs no introduction! Saturday afternoons in the Byward Market at Chateau Lafayette, anyone? Well don't miss Lucky Ron's Annual Summer Hoedown at the Blacksheep Inn this Sunday, June 10, 4:00 pm. Only $10. Tickets available at www.Ticketweb.ca.
-- Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator 

June 10: Rivers Celebration and Ottawater Exhibit
Environment and art come together on Canadian Rivers Day (Sunday, June 10) when Cube Gallery hosts a vernissage for Ottawater, an exhibit of works by 8 artists reflecting on area waterways and wetlands. Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown will also speak at the event, which runs from 2-5 p.m. It's an opportunity to consider the qualities and significance of rivers and the water they hold. More info.
-- Denise Deby, -- Green Living Ottawa

June 10: Gutsy Walk for Crohn's and Colitis
Crohn's disease is a chronic (lifelong) illness. People who have CD will experience periods of acute flare-ups, when their symptoms are active and other times when their symptoms go into remission. This Sunday you can participate in a 5km or 10km fundraising walk at Carleton University and help raise money to beat these diseases. Registration starts at 8:30am at Carleton University's Anniversary Park (enter via University Dr. (off Bronson St. west of Sunnyside St.) to Anniversary Park parking lot), with warmup starting at 10am and the walks starting at 10:15. More info.
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps 

June 12: Big Concerts, Big Screen = Pretty damn good time!
Well, last Tuesday, the friendly folks at Wakefield's Kaffé 1870 were showing Ben Harper – Live at the Hollywood Bowl on their big screen, and before that AC/DC, The Rolling Stones. But this week it will be a surprise. Why not follow the Kaffé on Twitter or send them an email telling them what you'd like to see! Show time is 7:30 pm, and they provide some good snacks and popcorn. With a free event like this, I'll order another pint, please!
-- Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator 

Other events happening this week:

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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