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August 07, 2013

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 8-14, 2013

Golden Showers.
This shot was taken from the Rideau Falls, overlooking the Ottawa River towards Lac Leamy while the fireworks went off.
Photo by J. Michel, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week...

Thursday, August 8: Paper Crane Challenge and Origami Workshop
Help raise awareness of peace by helping to make 1000 paper cranes to hang in the Bank of Canada vault for the museum's Building Peace exhibition. Learn how to make paper cranes and other origami pieces. Then help decorate and fold a huge paper crane!
-- Laura Gauthier

Thursday, August 8: Frahm/Ellias/Geggie and Eagles/McGowan/Essoudry at the Carleton University Jazz Camp 
NYC saxophonist Joel Frahm was last in Ottawa in spring 2012, playing in a strong concert in John Geggie's Invitational series. He's back this week at the Carleton University Jazz Camp, and on Thursday will play again with Geggie, and guitarist Roddy Ellias, for what promises to be a meeting of masters. The Jazz Camp is offering concerts every evening this week for only $10 a night (a bargain!) in Kailash Mital Theatre (the former Southam Hall) at Carleton University.
-- Brett Delmage

Friday, August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous People Concert
Three multitalented artists—Montreal-based spoken word artist Moe Clark and Ottawa-based performers Melody McKiver and Vera Wabegijig—are at the Carleton University Art Gallery at 7 p.m. for an evening of words, music and multimedia performance. Before the show, check out the gallery’s exhibit of works by artist Rebecca Belmore and the Tyler/Brooks Collection of Inuit Art.
-- Denise Deby

Friday August 9 : Nature Nocturne Star Wars themed party
Calling all Jedi, Star Wars fans, and people who love to have a good time. The Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Aviation and Space Museum are joining forces to present a Star Wars themed Nature Nocturne event on Friday, August 9 from 9 PM to 1 AM. Tickets are $20. Food and drink sold separately. Must be 19 and older. I.D. required. 
-- Jean Labelle

Saturday, August 10: Manotick Antique & Classic Boat ShowCome and enjoy fine examples of Ottawa's boating past at the 38th annual antique & classic boat show. Gorgeous wooden boats from the 1900's to present day dock in the waters of Long Island locks in Manotick for a fun, in-water historical boat display. Vendors, food, and other activities are planned.
-- Andrew King

Saturday, August 10: Cameron Anstee, Christine Miscione, Michael e. Casteels, Nicholas Papaxanthos read poetry & fiction
2pm at Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. Writers from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal & Hamilton will be reading from new & recent works.
-- Amanda Earl

Saturday, August 10: Jam Day
At Mooney's Bay Beach. On Saturday you'll have the chance to catch some great reggae and R&B artists, including Juno Award-winner Jully Black, as part of Jam Day. There will be lots of stuff for the kids and lots of traditional Jamaican food.
-- Ryan Bresee

Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11: Puppets Up!
Puppets take over Almonte this weekend for the annual puppet festival. At the very least you have to go for the (free) parade, both days at 1:45pm through Almonte's charming downtown. You can buy a festival pass and check out performances by ten puppet companies from Canada, the United States and Hungary. (Here are some photos I took at a previous edition of the festival.)
-- Glen Gower

Saturday, August 10: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light (United Arab Emirates)
Wednesday, August 14: Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light (Denmark)

The 18th edition of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks festival kicks off this Saturday featuring the team Flash Art Dubai, The Show and Effects representing the United Arab Emirates and continues on Wednesday with the team from Højen & Magic Fireworks representing Denmark. In addition to some world-class fireworks, there are lots of activities throughout the site and shows on the Tim Hortons stage. The site opens at 6pm, the fireworks start around 9:30pm and everything wraps up at 11pm.
-- Gordon Dewis

Sunday, August 11: The Perseids Meteor Shower
At the Canada Science and Technology Museum, 9:00pm. Relax at this outdoor movie night while keeping an eye out for shooting stars. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to take in the film, or stargaze through telescopes on the grounds. (Free program, strictly weather permitting.)
-- Sara-Lynne Levine

Tuesday, August 13-Saturday, August 31: My Summer Crush
My friends at Crush Improv present three (!)weeks of workshops and shows featuring improv theatre artists from across Ottawa and Canada. It's sponsored by Kichesippi Beer and it all happens at Arts Court.
-- Glen Gower

Fridays & Saturdays in August: Centretown Movies
Centretown Movies shows popular, family friendly movies in an open-air, walk-in theatre in Dundonald Park. What better way to spend a summer evening? Check their schedule for upcoming films!
-- Laura Gauthier

Until Saturday, August 24: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
A Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces brings stirring military drill and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 am to learn more about the ceremony.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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