|The Snowbirds fly over Parliament Hill on Canada Day. They'll be back in the area on Sunday, flying over the Gatineau Airport at 3:00pm as part of Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa. Photo by Zhu, shared to the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Here are our contributors' picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. Welcome to our newest contributor, Marcia Beaugé, who will be contributing suggestions for great fashion and cultural events in the city. This list is also published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly
Thursday-Sunday, September 13-16: House of PainT
Ottawa’s House of PainT festival, which celebrates urban arts and culture in the capital, starts this Thursday, September 13. The block party and community BBQ event runs until Sunday, September 16 and includes workshops, performances and battles across the four elements of hip-hop: emceeing, deejaying, graffiti art, and break-dancing. On the final day of House of PainT, a concert under the bridge is scheduled with live performances by Shad, Kid Koala, Maestro, Radio Radio and Flight Distance. All activities happening on Saturday are FREE and the Sunday concert is only $20.
-- Eliane Laberge, blogger at Eventful Capital
Friday, September 14: "I AM FASHION"
This is the 4th annual edition of this fashion show supporting Ottawa designers. Proceeds of tickets sales will be allocated to the Fanm Deside charity in Haiti. It's at Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa. Cocktails at 6:30pm followed by the runway event at 7:30pm. Dress code: "Chic Attire".
--Marcia Beaugé, blogger at MarciaBCreative
Saturday, September 15: Arboretum Arts Festival
Lots to choose from this weekend with Barnstorm and The House of Paint, but I'm going to send you to Ottawa's newest entry in the world of outdoor music, the Arboretum Music and Arts Festival. Music + Art + Food! The will be tunes from the likes of Ohbijou, Sandro Perri and Cadence Weapon. Food from Ottawa's best including Art-Is-In, Murray Street, and the Wellington Gastro Pub. The Jail hostel and SAW courtyards will be filled with video projections and immersive installations. It will be a feast for the senses. I'll be giving away a pair of tickets on my show Thursday morning between 9:30-noon on CKCU 93.1 FM.
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
(also recommended by Juliette Giannesini)
Saturday, September 15: Jazz at a Taste of Wellington
The Taste of Wellington street party has many joys for the jazz fan on Saturday afternoon -- and all free! The Mash Potato Mashers will march down the street playing their infectious music, first Adrian Matte and then Allyson Rogers will bring jazz groups to the AlphaSoul Cafe, and finally the Bill Jupp Sextet will show that jazz classics never get old. The Bill Jupp show has been moved to the Elmdale this year, but we'd still recommend getting there early. Last year's show was standing room only -- and that left very little room to breathe.
-- Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Saturday, September 15: 22nd Annual AIDS Walk for Life
Join or sponsor a walker or a team; Come take part & help one of the seven organizations in Ottawa that support those in our community who live with AIDS/HIV. The walk is a candlelight walk to honour and remember those who have gone before us, stand in support of those living with HIV/AIDS and light the way in hope for an end to this disease. 7:00pm at Ottawa City Hall.
Bywords.ca has taken part since our inception in 2003. This year the Bywords team is fundraising for Bruce House.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16: Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa
An airshow featuring vintage planes, a wingwalking stunt performance, and Canada's Snowbirds (Sunday, 3:00pm). It's at the Gatineau Airport, 10am-4pm both days.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com
Sunday, September 16: Ottawa Farm Aid
A concert to benefit local farmers struggling because of poor crops due to the weather this summer is taking place this Sunday at Ottawa Stadium. Organized by the Ottawa Stadium Group, proceeds from the show will go to the Ontario Farmers Association who will distribute the money to struggling cash crop and livestock farmers in the area. A number of Canadian country musicians, including Paul Brandt, Emerson Drive, Jason Blaine and Michelle Wright, will be on-stage. The doors open at noon and the first band takes stage at 2pm. General admission tickets are $59.50 and premium field seating tickets are $89.50 and are available at Ottawa Stadium or online.
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
Sunday, September 16: Concert: The Road to Carnegie Hall with Ken Lavigne
“…..a magnificent tenor voice that is both naturally beautiful and clear; a touch of Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, but distinctly Ken Lavigne.” - (Rosemary Phillips, Quills Quotes & Notes). I'm sold!
-- Laura Gauthier
Wednesday, September 19 (and all week): Sustainable Transportation Week
Park the car and take part in Sustainable Transportation Week, Sept. 16-22, by biking, walking, car pooling or using public transit. You can also check out several events, like the free breakfast conference on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6:45-9:00 a.m. at Ottawa City Hall, where you can share ideas for making Ottawa more walkable and find out about support for community projects.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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