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May 29, 2013

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: May 30 - June 5, 2013

Museum of Civilization. Photo by Lydia Bociurkiw.
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week. This list is also published every Wednesday night on the OttawaStart Blog. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly

Thursday, May 30: Back to Babylon: Ranking Yout & The Dub Pilots
Reggae nights are back at Babylon and for the occasion Ranking Yout & The Dub Pilots will be performing live this week. Ottawa’s newest dub reggae group, lead by Gary Slim Moore of Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays, will be accompanied by DJ Zattar who’ll provide afro-latin-caribbean and calypso vibes.
-- Eliane Laberge

Thursday, May 30 : Comedy Social - Alternative Comedy Spectacle
Comedy Social is a show that highlights comedy with an alternative flare. The night consists of a smorgasbord of talent featuring performances ranging from stand-up comedy to spoken word, sketch, improv and performance art by new, semi-pro and pro acts. The event takes place at 8:30 pm at Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop at 135 ½ Besserer St. at the heart of Downtown Ottawa. Suggested donation to artists is $5. Why not spend a Thursday night doing something different while supporting local talent in a relaxing and creative atmosphere.
-- Rachelle Todd

Friday, May 31: Freshly Chopped Supper Club: A Taste of the Tropics
This will whip you around the Caribbean, over to west Africa and back with Chef Carlton and DJ Zattar collaborating on a night of delights with A Taste of the Tropics.
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2: Doors Open Ottawa
Be sure to check out Doors Open Ottawa. It’s an opportunity to see inside buildings that are normally closed to the public. Historic residences, art studios, embassies, churches, green buildings, a water filtration plant, a greenhouse, radio and TV stations—there’s something for everyone. It’s free, but check the schedule to see what’s open when. (On Sunday at 1 p.m., there's a tour of the University of Ottawa’s new eco-friendly Faculty of Social Sciences building, and don’t miss the beautiful new Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health designed by Douglas Cardinal.) 
-- Denise Deby

Saturday, June 1: Island Park Garage Sale 
Join the neighbourhoods of Island Park, Champlain Park and others as this annual garage sale of large proportions hits the streets selling things you don't need, but gotta have. Rain date: Sunday June 2
-- Andrew King

Saturday, June 1: Garage Sales Galore and Give Away Weekend (June 1-2)
Sure, the Great Glebe Garage Sale was last weekend. But there are still bargains to be had. Westboro, Hintonburg, Manor Park and Riverview Park are all holding community sales, with lots of neighbours sure to participate. Saturday and Sunday are also Give Away Weekend, so you may see items marked "free" set outside people's homes around the city.
-- Denise Deby

Saturday, June 1: Velo Vogue
In case you hadn’t already noticed, the National Capital Region loves its bicycles. As a result, this Saturday, the 2nd edition of Velo Vogue will be held at Kichesippi Brewery to raise money for Cycle Salvation. The bicycle fashion show, showing off models wearing stylish and functional outfits while riding bikes, will also include food, drinks, a silent auction, a raffle, and more. This year’s installment will feature Tour La Nuit, a ride under the stars without any cars for an 18km stroll through the streets of the city.
-- Eliane Laberge

Saturday, June 1: National Cancer Survivors Day
In Ottawa, hundreds - each raising more than $1,000 in pledges - will take part in the Epic Walk for Women's Cancers. Twenty-eight kilometres, from the Queensway Carleton Hospital 10:30am, via Sparks Street (1pm), to Survivors Park at Alta Vista and Riverside. You can dance with us there and join the emotional closing ceremony at 7pm.
-- Max Keeping

Tuesday, May 28 to Sunday, June 2: Ottawa International Children's Festival
The OICS is an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children.  The OICF provides a opportunity for children and their families to experience other cultures right in their own backyard. Enjoy amazing performances, activities, music and entertainment just for kids. This is an important year for the festival and community support is needed! Your kids will love it so come out and enjoy some great talent and fun for the family. At Lebreton Flats.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine

Tuesday, May 28 to Sunday, June 2: Ottawa International Children's Festival
The Ottawa International Children's Festival provides a unique opportunity for children, younger teens and their families to experience the rich heritage of other cultures right in their own backyard. The festival actually started on Tuesday, but it continues through Sunday in Lebreton Flats Park and on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum. The program includes both free and ticketed activities, music and shows.
-- Gordon Dewis

Saturday, June 1: Elise Letourneau's "A Song for You: Remembering Shirley Horn" at GigSpaceAward-winning Ottawa singer and composer Elise Letourneau will perform songs made famous by jazz vocalist Shirley Horn, backed by bassist John Geggie and drummer Marilee Townsend. Horn first achieved fame in 1960, when Miles Davis "discovered" her. She played with many well-known jazz musicians including Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis, and had several albums produced by Quincy Jones. 
-- Alayne McGregor

Sunday, June 2: A B Series with Phil Hall & Meredith Quartermain
Poems of the country & poems of the city. Part of a series that focuses on avant garde poetry & experimental sound art. Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. at 8:00pm.
-- Amanda Earl

Monday, June 3: The Great Curry Cook Off
A spicy fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe Festival featuring over 10 curries by Ottawa restaurants and chefs.  Tickets are $25/person at the door at The Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Come check it out!
-- Jenn / Foodieprints

Monday, June 3: Crush Improv 'Bout Time at The Elmdale
Ottawa's monthly 3-on-3 competitive improv show is back in the cozy and familiar confines of the Elmdale Oyster House on Wellington Street. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission $5 at the door. I'm playing the piano.
-- Glen Gower

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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