|Boy Blue. Photo by Mitch Carriere and shared in the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Festivals happening this week week include the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the International Chicken-Rib Cook-Off on Sparks Street (also known as Ribfest), the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, the Fringe Festival, the Bytowne Oyster Festival, FeverFest, the Dragon Boat Festival, and quite likely more that I'm not aware off. Ottawa has a festival for just about everything, you know.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com
Thursday, June 21: The Barr Brothers at the Ottawa Jazz festival
This weekend, Ottawa is hosting the Jazz festival, the Dragonboat Festival and Feverfest. There's no shortage of live music happening in Cap City. If you can't decide what to go see, let me suggest you catch The Barr Brothers kick off the Jazz festival. Here's a performance of one of their best tunes done in March at the NAC. If you prefer a studio recording, look no further!
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24: Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival
The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival is presenting works by national and international filmmakers, visual and performing artists that explore indigenous issues and portray the lives and realities of indigenous people. Check it out and you’ll be able to say you attended the first ever annual Asinabka Festival—and you’ll see some cool films to boot. I like the sounds of the Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco short film program (Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., National Gallery Auditorium) and the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival commissioned short films (Saturday, 8-9:15 p.m., Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre), but there’s lots more on offer.
-- Denise Deby, -- Green Living Ottawa
Beginning Friday, June 22: Glenn Gould piano and exhibit
Glenn Gould's famous piano will be installed in a permanent location on the Mezzanine level outside of Southam Hall (National Arts Centre) with an exhibition about Gould’s life including an award-winning film produced by Canadian filmmaker Peter Raymont entitled “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould”. A great way to learn of this famous Canadian's impact on the music scene and Canadian culture.
-- Laura Nicol
Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24: The 19th Annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival
This weekend, Mooney's Bay is the site of the largest dragonboat festival in North American and one of the largest dragonboat festivals in the world. With over 200 teams participating, the festival raises hundreds thousands of dollars for local charities supported by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.In addition to the races, which take place Saturday and Sunday, which some special races for the top fund raising teams Friday evening, there is also an impressive line up of entertainment including live music, cultural presentations, and ceremonial activities. Spirit Of The West, David Usher, Said The Whale, The Acorn and many others will be on-stage (click here for the concert schedule).
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
(Gordon is steering for two teams this year, The Algonquin College Singapore Slings and Domina. If you'd like to sponsor him, you can do so online. If you want to sponsor someone else, or just donate some money to the Foundation in general, you can here.)
Friday, June 22: Two Loud Mouths Supper Club: First Harvest Dinner
Have you met Ian Capstick of Jason Laurin yet? They are both rather opinionated, calling each other "loud mouths", be it on Twitter or in general public. Capstick is the owner of MediaStyle, a "progressive" communications firm on the cutting edge of creating content for web, radio, or television. Jason is the talented chef/owner of Essence Catering. Together, Ian and Jason are holding a wine-paired multi-course dinner in Media-style's new digs on Bank Street, June 22, starting at 7 pm. It will the first of many dinners held pop-up restaurant style. Local producers will be showcased. Essence will provide the food. MediaStyle will provide the entertainment. Tickets cost $90/person, including the wine pairings.
-- Don from foodieprints
Friday, June 22: Call and Response: Reading and Slideshow.
The CALL AND RESPONSE project engaged two creative communities in a year-long exchange of images and words. Artists showing work in the Red Wall Gallery have had their photographic statements poetically responded to by writers curated by rob mclennan. 7:00pm at the School of Photographic Arts (168 Dalhousie). Readings by Pearl Pirie, Amanda Earl, Monty Reid, Sandra Ridley, Christine McNair, Claudia Coutu Radmore and rob mclennan. Photographs by Leslie Hossack, John Hewett Hallum, Rob Macinnis, Pedro Isztin, Caroline Tallmadge, Olivia Johnston, and Greg Zenha.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Saturday, June 23: CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic
A fun-filled day of family activities awaits you on the grounds of Rideau Hall at the 29th Annual Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The day will feature continuous stage entertainment, rides and games. The B*A*S*H tent—Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital—will be open to repair teddy bears. 8:00am-3:00pm
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
Saturday, June 23: Emilie's Run Women's Only 5k and Kids' 1k
Emilie Mondor was the first Canadian women to run sub 15:00 for 5K and an Athens Olympian. She tragically died in a car crash following a training session, in 2006. Since 2007, Emilie's Run has paid tribute to her legacy in a women's only 5k at the Aviation Museum. Not only is the 5k breathtakingly fast, but the kids' 1k dash is also a treat to watch (and we've even spotted female medalists handing out the finishing medals to the kids as they cross the finish line).
-- Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl
Tuesday, June 25: Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder Duo at Café Paradiso
Although the Jazz Festival has everyone's attention for the next 10 days, there's still lots of interesting jazz going on across Ottawa-Gatineau. Particularly notable is the duo of Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder: two renowned and inventive NYC musicians who explore the full potential of voice and guitar together.
-- Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Even more events:
- June 21: Mike MacDonald Day & benefit fundraiser
- June 21: Laugh for the Health of It
- June 23-24: Treehouse Live presents Thomas & Friends
- June 23: Lovely Ladies: Womens Small Business Fair
- June 23: MSMF India Food Fest
- June 26: Season debut of Changing of the Guard
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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