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Thursday, May 26


Festibiére is back in its summer iteration, with over 40 microbreweries, cideries and vineyards sampling their wares, alongside a dozen food stalls, pairing workshops (beer and chocolate and cheese, oh my!) and, this time, a food truck section with picnic tables, Canadian Museum of History, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. outdoors, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. indoors tonight. Ticketsy: $14.99/day, $29.99/three day pass, and remember, STO rides are free for all ticket holders. beerfest.ca

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Photographer Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl.


There will be (free!) tasty traditional nibbles to enjoy each night before the screenings at the free European Union Short Film Festival, where drams to animation will be shown from 6:30 p.m., until May 28, at Arts Court. (Their schedule was not available at press time, but there will be films, from prominent and emergengin fillmmakers, each night.) Hosted by the EU Delegation to Canada and EU national Institutes for Culture. artscourt.ca

For those headed to Montreal, Canadian photographer Steve McCurry, whose famous photograph of Afghan Girl in 1984 won him a World Press Photo award, is having his first solo exhibit in Montreal starting today, Galerie Got Montréal, 50 Saint Paul Ouest, Suite 1. The exhibit continues to June 30.

Tea sommelier Gina McCormick will be sharing tips on health benefits to be had from sipping a cuppa: from weight loss to detoxification — including some tea-based body scrubs and a few naughty summer beverages, 730 p.m., 464 Metcalfe St. Tickets: $25. ottawateaguild.com

Humour helped comedian Martha Chaves survive as a refugee in Canada, away from her family and home country, and she explores the topic of loss liberally sprinkled with the playful in her one-woman show, In Times of Trouble, 8 p.m., LIVE on Elgin. Tickets: $22. On until May 28. www.tototoo.ca


Pretend it’s 1978: Here’s some heavy metal of the original sort, with coherent melody lines, riffy-guitars and high-flying vocal feats, with Peterborough band Mokomokai, and locals Flying Fortress and World War 4, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $8. www.houseoftarg.com

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Carrie Underwood to Mud Hero obstacle course shows how varied are the options this week in Ottawa for entertainment.

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    Om Festival healthy-living and all-day yoga and seminar festival takes over Lansdowne Park on June 4. handout Om Festival.

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    This white dress holds a lot of information.

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    Craig Betts and Laura Nolan walk with their scores from the great Glebe garage sale on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Cole Burston / Ottawa Citizen

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    There are still seats available for Carrie Underwood's show at the CTC this week. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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    The Odawa Pow Wow is being held on Moodie Drive this year. Pat McGath / Ottawa Citizen

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    Comedian Candy Palmater performs at The Elizabeth Fry Society 65th anniversary gala.

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    There's a robot performing with Junkyard Symphony on the opening night of Westfest.

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    Sylvain Dubeau and Jessica Lavigne fish near Petrie Island in Ottawa Thursday May 19, 2016. The Cornwall couple were relaxing on their day off and decided to come to Ottawa to do some fishing. Help clean up the islands at a volunteer session on Sunday. Tony Caldwell / ostmedia Network

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    Earnscliffe, the British High Commissioner's resident in Ottawa, is on the Doors Open tour.

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    Try the Tam Tam with Dr. Lee on the opening show of Westfest.

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    Enjoy FireFighter's Day art the Cumberland Museum.

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    The BlackBurn Fun Fair is on June 3 to 5.

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    Mud Hero Ottawa is a six-kilometre obstacle race through Commando Paintball . Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

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    Festibiere is back for its warm-weather edition, inside and outside at the Museum of History. Nick Ghattas / Festibiere

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    The Billings Estate Historic Site is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.

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    Comedian Jane Stanton performed at the Rape is Real show, which is stopping in Ottawa on its cross-Canada tour.

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    Race Weekend is back, so look for those road closures (and the music and Expo on for all to enjoy).

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    The Dears play the NAC.

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    Take your dog for a walk for a good cause at Dollars for Dogs at Andrew Haydon Park. Patrick Doyle / Ottawa Citizen

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    Specialists in the treatment of heart maladies will be converging on Ottawa for a conference on Atrial Fibrillation. David Bloom / Postmedia Networl

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    Prog-metal band Mandroid Echostar are on tour with a new full-length album.

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    CHUO radio station is having a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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    Brainstorm in a creative, game workshops to help girls' hone their math skills.

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    Connor McLaren makes a sale at the Great Glebe Garage Sale Saturday May 24, 2014. Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

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    Les DeuxLuxes play Le Petit Chicago in a must-see show.

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    Author Kamal Al-Solaylee is in town just after the launch of his new book, Brown. Mark Raynes Roberts / supplied

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    Rock The Arts puppet show performs on the opening night of Westfest.

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    At Horse Day there will be pony rides and a chance to pet the animals. SANDY SHARKEY / Wesley Clover Parks

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    The new Om Festival healthy-living and all-day yoga and seminar festival takes over Lansdowne Park on June 4. supplied / OM Festival

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    This home is one of six on the IODE House tour this year.

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    Fletcher Wildlife Garden map — so we do not get lost headed to the native plant sale.

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    Peter Liu and the Pollcats celebrate Lindy Hop Day with the Ottawa Swing Dance Society party.

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    Everyone can get moving in the Sharing Dance Day on June 3.

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    Young reader author Kenneth Oppel is at OPL to talk about his new book, and sign your copies. Ian Crysler / supplied

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    MSTRKRFT are at Ritual.

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    Arty, synth-pop band Braids play Ottawa on Friday.

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    Suns of Stone host the Air Guitar contest again, at House of Targ. DEREK BOEHM / supplied
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Friday, May 27

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Carrie Underwood performs at the 4th Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival Day 1 at MGM Resorts festival grounds in Las Vegas. But tonight, she is back in Otyawa.


Normally, Race Weekend shows would be the top priority, as everyone or someone they know will probably be participating (and long-time Canadian rocker Michel Pagliaro is playing at the free concert tonight, Festival Plaza, 6 p.m.). However, country sweetheart who we not long ago called our own, Carrie Underwood is performing at the Canadian Tire Centre, on her storyteller tour with her fifth studio album released this year. Tickets: $61.60 to $130. www.canadiantirecentre.com

For the adults amongst us, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra is offering as the final performance of its 40th season, a semi-staged performance of Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata (The desert island), about love and assumptions (and pirates!), 8 p.m., Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. Tickets: $10-$60. thirteenstrings.ca

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Brainstorm in a creative, game workshops to help girls’ hone their math skills.


Women into gaming or STEM subjects, you are needed to help develop games to teach or hone grade 6 to 8 girls’ math skills in a weekend workshop, combining those with math background and artists in teams to develop an idea, from 2D puzzle to video or board games. The GlamGames 2016 is on at 1125@Carleton living lab space, with 48 hours access, snacks and meals provided (and possibly other prizes), plus the gift of being creative with other women, until 5 p.m. on May 29, 41;10 Humane Computer Interaction Building, Carleton University. Registrants must be 18 years of age and female, deadline is May 26 at noon. carleton.ca/1125

Rape is Real and Everywhere is a stand-up show on an unlikely topic (also best for the emotionally mature among us), with survivors telling jokes about their own assault experience, in an honest and vulnerable national tour after selling out three inaugural shows in Vancouver. Founders Emma Cooper and Heather Jordan Ross came up with the concept while discussing Ross’s assault over beers. And, while they acknowledge some “people say rape jokes are never funny. period”, this has been part of the grieving process for some of the participating comedians (the lineup changes in each city, and Ottawa’s had not been confirmed when we talked.)
Ross said many have found the events cathartic, opening a much-needed conversation, providing some levity while sharing some brutal truths with humour and leaving the audience feeling empowered, 8 to 10 p.m., Bronson Centre. But, she adds, those who may be triggered by certain words and topics might not want to attend. Tickets: $15. www.rapeisreal.com

For those who want to shake their tail feathers, Peter Liu and the Pollcats help the Ottawa swing Dance Society celebrate World Lindy Hop Day on the brand new dance floor in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 153 Wilbrod St. The Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet join the jumpin’, swing band — who won the Dance Society’s Battle of the Bands last year — to play for listeners and dancers, of all levels. (There’s even a dance lesson included with the entry fee, starting at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. for beginners.) Tickets: $12. www.swingottawa.ca


Then, musicians’s musicians, folk-pop rootsy rockers The Skydiggers are at The Black Sheep Inn with a new album, Here Without You, covering and re-interpreting the creations of Byrds songwriter Gene Clark, 8:30 p.m., 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield. Tickets: $30, but these seem to have all Sold out, at last check. Best to cozy up to the smart friend who bought early. theblacksheepinn.com


At the same time, blues troubadour Martin Sexton may be playing his grandfather’s banjo at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Also, be free to check out his website where one can download the Best of Martin Sexton VOl. 1, for free. Tickets: $25. zaphods.ca

Also, Montreal’s The Dears bring pop tonight, albeit something on the dark, orchestral baroque scale of new wave classics, still able to channel those angsty, garage moments (“whose side are you on?”), while offering spare, funk beats. (The band recently, and proudly, exhibited someone calling them one of the top five pretentious Montreal bands.) It’s too bad there’s little space for dancing at the NAC Studio, 8 p.m. Tickets: $33. nac-cna.ca


For a some rapscallion indie rock, punkish sounds for an all-ages crowd, Mississauga’s Bike Thiefs are in town, playing with locals The Young Offenders and Bull Domino, in that venue where you can also order pancakes, 8:30 p.m., Flapjack’s, 354A Preston St. Tickets: $8 at the door. UPDATE: This how has been cancelled. spectrasonic.com

Saturday, May 28

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Bob Acton (L) bought these old Ottawa street signs at auction and sells them for 85 bucks once a year at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, which was as big as ever, attracting second-hand deal hunters from all over the city, on Saturday morning, May 23, 2015.


It’s the day for which people across the city clean out their cupboards: The Great Glebe Garage sale and its myriad deals is back, starting as early as 8 a.m. (and if you are new to this city, you do need to get out a bit before that to snag the best items). The entire neighbourhuod, indicated by this map, gets involved. Parking is a nightmare, so ride a bus, bike, horse instead (don’t ride a horse, but if you do, message me @keendemann). There is no rain date, and there will be places to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank, the charity the sale supports. glebeca.ca

But hold your horses, for on the other end of town comes a challenge: the Wild Wild Westboro garage sale is offering free bike tune ups as well as items to purchase, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. www.dovercourt.org

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Run, run, run … walk?


At the same time, the Ottawa Race Weekend will lead to scads of closed roads downtown (thought I was joking about that horse?), as thousands descend on the always-sold out event. There’s a health and fitness expo on all day at the Shaw Centre (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but the dashing about begins with a friendship run at 9 a.m., followed by the Ottawa 2K (2 3 p.m.), 5K (4 p.m.), and the Ottawa 10K (6:30 p.m.). The marathons are on tomorrow. www.runottawa.ca

For something new(ish) and artisanal? The Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show is at Makerspace North today for only five hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 250 City Centre Ave. There will be creators of the objets and food variety at this event, with proceeds going to the Ottawa Humane Society.

The MEC Paddlefest with various water-related clinics and fun in the waves with like-minded folk and groups — suitable for novices, kids and experts, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mooney’s Bay. Workshops include intro to kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding plus more — and there will even be a gear swap. events.mec.ca

While everyone else is paddling or picking up deals at a garage sale, there are homes to peek around as part of the 55th IODE house and garden tour, this year featuring six homes and two extra gardens, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The homes cover the scope of the city, ranging from ultra-modern to Victorian, with professionally-designed interiors and landscaped gardens to act as inspiration. Tickets: $35. laurentian.iode.ca

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All are welcome to the Odawa traditional Pow Wow this weekend.


Everyone is welcome at the popular and free Odawa Traditional Pow Wow, on all weekend and featuring indigenous dancing and food, amazing beadwork and ceremonial headdresses, with MC Mista Wasis to help clarify events, and music from the Ottawa River Singers, 10 a.m.. today, noon tomorrow, 200 Moodie Dr. Admission: Free, and there is a limited, one time shuttle service from downtown. Visit www.odawa.on.ca for the schedule.

Young people wearing their bike helmets may win a prize besides safety, as Smiths Falls police will be taking names of bike-safe children and youth, and enter their names into one of four draws for a brand new bicycle or a $25 Canadian Tire gift card. The contest runs from today until June 24, with raws on June 3, 10, 17 and 24, and is open to those 17 years of age and under.

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Roller Derby season opens with a double header tonight.


The roller derby season opens with a double header, as the Dolly Rogers take on the Misfit Militia and Slaughter Squad are challenged by the Toronto Outrage, 6 p.m., Jack Charron Arena, 10 McKitrick Dr. There will be some food carts on hand, including The Merry Dairy and Little Jo Berry’s, as well as Whiprsnapr Brewing Co. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, free for children 12 years and under. capitalcityderbydolls.myshopify.com

Local folk singer-songwriters will be re-interpreting each other’s songs with sometimes stunning beauty, and often some hilarity, at the 7th annual Chrysalis event, hosted by Spirit of Rasputin’s, 7:30 p.m., Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. Tickets: pass-the-hat. (Those who wish to perform should contact grgr2swtr@yahoo.ca.) rasputins.ca


The other House of Common (note the lack of that important “s”) is celebrating National Drone Day, not the mechanical flying kind but the minimalist music featuring repetitive sounds, with a full day of family-friendly events and performances. There young set can try their hand at making their own at the Kids Drone Zone, interactive performances and cool visuals to enjoy, plus snacks and drinks of all kinds. Plus, performances from over 15 groups, from noon to late, 11b Fairmont Ave. All-ages event, tickets: PWYC. droneday.org

Sunday, May 29

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Dogs with a tendency to lick photographers are welcome at two events today, so long as they are otherwise well-behaved.


The Race Weekend marathon starts at 7 a.m., kids marathon for CHEO at 8 a.m., but the entertainment is on all day (besides the chance for cheering), with kids entertainment from 8:45 a.m., Beau’s beer garden and live music from The Jivewires and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, there is a post-marathon family BBQ and Dog Party, with activities for kids, live music and food from Whole Foods Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lansdowne Park lawn (dogs must be well-behaved and leashed, $5). runottawa.ca / www.dogdayottawa.com

Or, take Fido for his walk to the benefit of the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind at the Dollars for Dogs fundraising event, open to all well-behaved, leashed dogs at Andrew Haydon Park, starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a four-kilometre walk (10:30 a.m.) then a BBQ where door prizes may be won. Cost: $30 on site, or obtain pledges in advance — and there’s a free swag bag for the first 100 on site. www.guidedogs.ca

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We’ve not been told if the Queen of Hearts will make an appearance at the Mad Tea Party, but hats are definitely de rigueur.


The White Rabbit himself will make an appearance at a family-friendly Mad Tea Party at the Billings Estate National Historic Site, with croquet games, riddles to solve and traditional tea service, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2100 Cabot St. These tea parties are very popular, so reserve in advance by phone only, at 613-247-483

Petrie Island needs a good tidy and volunteers are neede d to join Ecology Ottawa and Friends of Petrie Island in protecting the wetland habitat, from 10 a.m., for any time you can volunteer, startign at the main centre where gloves will be handed out. RSVP at www.ecologyottawa.org

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair has three free workshops (herbal tips and tricks from Radical Homestead at 11:30 a.m., Graffiti Art project at 1:30 p.m,. and hip hop dance at 3 p.m.), alongside over 70 vendors selling homemade wares, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Minto Park. Cost: Free, but donations accepted for The Clothesline Project, a public art project addressing violence against women. www.ravenswingottawa.com

The 6th annual Guitar Show has something for every level of musicians, from basic strummer to classical master, with about 4o vendors selling instruments and accessories, presented by former Retrotown Music owner Darwin Demers, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1505 Carling Ave. Admission: Free.

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CHUO radio station is having a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary.


Due to popular demand, the urban yoga and knitting retreat with popular local yoga instructor Anne Pitman returns for a spring edition, 1 to 5 p.m., Empower ME Yoga, 1712 carling Ave. The event is like a knitting circle, with usual chit chat and advice, but with scheduled breaks tailored to knitters, focussing on hands, writes, shoulders and upper spine. Beginner or experienced knitters and yogis welcome. Cost: $40+. empowermeyoga.comT

CHUO FM, the University of Ottawa radio station, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a National Campus and Community Radio Conference in June, and a party where past DJs and listeners can share their tales, 5 to 10 p.m,. Ottawa Little Theatre. www.chuo.fm/CHUO25

The Ewashko Singers is bringing Jewish music outside of its liturgical setting for the entire community to enjoy, in a non-denominational event featuring music from early days to current composers, 3 p.m., St. Joseph, 174 Wilbrod St. Cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Evelyn Greenberg are joining in the performance. Tickets: $25-$30. www.ewashkosingers.com


Only a willingness to look silly is needed at a fun, all-levels Bollywood dance workshop to benefit local charities at the Centre Wakefield, taught by Tashika Sindhar, 5 to 6:30 p.m., 28 Valley Dr. Cost: $10 — open to men and women. centrewakefieldlapeche.ca

Monday, May 30


Succeeding in the arts is difficult. Four people who have, from festival founder to visual artists, will share their stories at Mentor Mixer Monday panel, part of Maker House Co. events, 7 to 9 p.m., 987 Wellington St. W. Free, but register at http://bit.ly/1YWTl6F.


Guelph-based prog-metal band Mandroid Echostar are in town, with their distinctive and skilled vocalist and flaming guitar riffs off their new album, Coral Throne, but the skill to know when to pull back and roll with the crowd, 6:30 p.m., for ages 16 years and over, Ritual, 137 Besserer St. Tickets: $13. www.spectrasonic.com

There is still room to register for the very retro, family roller disco at the Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building, with rentals available, and spots for ages 8 years to adult, offered through the City of Ottawa recreation programs. Cost: $25.25 to $28.50, and it appears to include five sessions. Register at joinottawa.ca.

Tuesday, May 31

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Debate topic: Is the Supreme Court now more powerful than Parliament?


Lord Conrad Black is returning to Ottawa, this time to the Great Canadian Debates series, to lock horns with Hon. Irwin Cotler over the topic: Canada’s Supreme court has usurped the role of Parliament, hosted by the McDonald Laurier Institute, 7 p.m., War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. Tickets: $15-$20. www.macdonaldlaurier.ca

What being brown today means: In a different kind of discussion, author Kamal Al-Solaylee (his book Intolerable was a Canada Reads finalist) will chat with CBC’s Adrian Harewood about his just-released book, Brown, on issues of race, skin colour, global economics and social implications of migration, 7 to 9 p.m., Octopus Books, 251 Bank St. Cost: Free. octopusbooks.ca


It might be not-quite professional music day in Ottawa. First, Lowertown Youth will be performing their original song (it’s quite addictive) and screening their video, about violence and their community at City Hall, from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of the Learning Forum. The song was created as part of the Awesome Arts, non-profit program.

Then, anyone with a ukelele who is still a beginner should dust it off and bring it to the Ukelele Jam, hosted by Nigel Slater at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art, 6:30 to 9 p.m., 450 Churchill Ave. All ages are welcome, and there will be music to try in binders and projected on two televisions, and snacks. Cost: $5. facebook.com

Wednesday, June 1

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Comedian Candy Palmater performs at The Elizabeth Fry Society 65th anniversary gala.


Comedian Candy Palmater (Trailer Park Boys, CBC and APTN) is headlining the 65th anniversary gala event for The Elizabeth Fry Society, providing help to women in, or at risk of becoming involved with, the correctional system since 1951. The event includes a cocktail party, full sit-down dinner, silent auction from 5 to 10 p.m., Sala San marco Banquet Hall, 215 Preston St. Tickets: $85. http://bit.ly/1XS4UgW

Saint Brigid’s pub, The Irish Well, plays host to some artists and a live model for the P(a)int & Draw event, where $15 gets you three hours of model time, with varying poses, while enjoying a libation, 310 St. Patrick St. Bring your own paper and implements, though easels will be set up ahead of time. Cost: $15 at the door. This is an ongoing series, for more information, join the Facebook group. facebook.com

Thursday, June 2

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In 2014, our then-editor Andrew Potter got into the celebrity milking competition and, this year, our editor Michelle Richardson will be competing to see who gets the most milk out of the very accommodating cows at Food Aid Day on City Hall.


Get breakfast then lunch at City Hall today, as part of Food Aid Day, to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank. The pancake breakfast is free (7 to 9 a.m.), with real maple syrup courtesy Stanley’s Old Maple Lane Farm, and $10 at lunch (11:30 a.m.) gets a The Works burger, drink and chips. Plus, there are country-themed events, with animals to pet, celebrity milking competition, cowboy hat music and displays about Ottawa’s rural communities, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jean Pigott Place. Donations will be accepted for the Food Bank. ottawa.ca

Acclaimed young reader author Kenneth Oppel is in town, discussing his dark fantasy novel, The Nest, answering your questions and signing copies, including your other books — even from the Silverwing series, 7 to 8 p.m., Ruth E. Dickinson branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 100 Malvern Dr. Kaleidoscope Kids will also be on hand selling copies of his books, to rounf off your collection, of course. Tickets: Free, but there is limited space so arrive early, and this is suitable for those aged nine years and up. biblioottawalibrary.ca

Heart specialists from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe will be discussing heart failure, the future of atrial fibrillation, its genetic root, relationship to stroke and be demystifying ablation, at the 4th Annual Ottawa Heart Research conference, Shaw Centre. Cardiologists, heart care teams, nurses, pharmacists, researchers and surgeons are welcome to attend the three-day conference, starting at 7:15 a.m. today. Registration: $75-$300. www.ottawaheart.ca


See the acclaimed film Sonita, about a young Afghan refugee struggling to escape a forced marriage to pursue her dreams of hip hop stardom, and World Cinema Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, 6:45 p.m., ByTowne Cinema. Tickets: $12, with proceeds to the One World Arts Festival. www.oneworldfilmfestival.ca

Friday, June 3


It’s Sharing Dance Day, when thousands of all ages — anyone who can move can do it, from children to octogenerians — across the country will be performing the same routine to encourage everyone to move together for fitness and joy, started by the National Ballet School. Everyone is invited to meet at noon at the Maman statue (the big spider) outside the National Gallery of Canada, to learn a section of this year’s routine and perform it, alongside members of the School of Dance. Wear running shoes “and bring a bag of smiles.” (We posted the routine for this year, for those who want to get a head start or organize their own event.) sharingdance.ca

If music be the food of love, play on: The Seventeen Voyces chamber choir will be singing songs inspired by and including Shakespeare’s words, with actor Peter James Haworth as special guest performer, 7:30 p.m., Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. Tickerts: $15-$25. www.seventeenvoyces.ca

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There’s a robot performing with Junkyard Symphony on the opening night of Westfest.


Westfest gets started tonight, the free, three-day family-friendly arts festival in Laroche Park, with a kidzone, artisan market with food trucks, and a full schedule of performances for all ages today, starting with a hands-on experience with Dr. Lee’s Tam Tams (4:30 p.m.) and children’s performer Derek McKinley (5:30 p.m.), to Rock the Arts puppet show (6:45 p.m.), the Giants of Junk Junkyard Symphony performance (8:15 p.m.), and Prairie fire family dance group (9 p.m.) — then ther’es an adult-only after party at The Elmdale Oyster House at 10 p.m. Fun continues all weekend, beginning with morning yoga at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and more until Luther Wright and The Wrongs play at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday evening. www.westfest.ca

The Orpheus Musical Society is taking on The Who’s rock opera Tommy, which is quite a departure for the community musical group as the show is rated Restricted, for adult audiences only due to subject matter and coarse language. The show opens tonight, closing on June 12, 7:30 p.m., Centrepointe Theatres, 101 Centrepointe Dr. lTickets: $15-$45. centrepointetheatres.com

LIVE on Elgin is celebrating its first anniversary with three days of music, staring with a Trunk album release, along with Big Moan, Randy Shenanigans and Dynamite Motel, 8 p.m., 220 Elgin St. Tickets: $8 before 9:30 p.m., $10 afterwards. www.liveonelgin.com


Seattle indie rockers The Cave Singers bring their strong sense of retro beat and atmospheric folk touches and soft guitar picking to House of Targ, with a new album released (vinyl is already sold out) in February, 10 p.m,. 1077 Bank St. Tickets: $10 in advance. spectrasonic.com


For those who want to dance, Toronto EDM duo MSTRKRFT are spinning fat beats on their return to Ritual (10 p.m., $20-$25, spectrasonic.com) and Marcus Visionary brings the jungle to Overkill (10 p.m., $10 all night at the door).

Saturday, June 4

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Earnscliffe, the British High Commissioner’s resident in Ottawa, is on the Doors Open tour.


Doors Open lets us walk boldly into places we’re not normally allowed, and it is one of the most popular events of the year, let alone summer. There are over 120 building participating over the event this weekend, from places of worship, to artists studios and embassies (pre-registration is required for some of these) and Experimental Farm greenhouses. Some are interesting for their architecture, and others for what they house inside (there are also special events planned at some). There’s a free shuttle bus going on a loop between 50 different locations. Admission: Free! For more details, locations and a map, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

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The new Om Festival takes over Lansdowne Park on June 4.


There’s yoga all day at City of Om, a brand new, community, healthy-living and green festival, also with a Free Spirit 5K run, free talks and seminars on healthy living all day, an artisanal market and live music. The classes are really open to all levels: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga,” the organizers say, with classes for the entire family and absolute beginners, indoors and outside — including some later at night to beats (there’s an after-party at Pure Kitchen on Elgin St.). Ticket-holders will get free transit rides to Lansdowne Park, but all are encouraged to walk, run or bike there. Also, this is plastic water bottle free zone, so remember to bring your own to refill on site, 8 a.m., Landowne Park. Tickets: $25 to $48.67+ in advance, includes all classes and speakers, $60 at the gate, with $2 from each ticket going to three different local charities. cityofom.com


Mud Hero is going to be messy, challenging and fun for the adventurer with over 16 obstacles over six kilometres, that organizers say are accessible to participants of all fitness levels, followed by a “mud bash” with live music and drinks, also open to spectators. There are only spots left in three out of 25 waves: at 3, 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. today, Commando Paintball, 4656 Dunning Rd. (There is more room on Sunday.) Cost: $90 includes T-shirts, race bib, photo, water stations and your “finishers” medal; free for the cheering section. mudhero.com

For those wanting more of a traditional fair, with a parade, midway rides, fireworks and a funrun (ok, not so traditional) the Annual BlackBurn FunFair is on all weekend, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. tonight, 190 Glen Park Dr., Gloucester. There’s a pancake breakfast in the community centre from 8 to 10 a.m., and the parade gets underway on Bearbrook Road at 10 a.m. www.blackburnfunfair.ca

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Fletcher Wildlife Garden map — so we do not get lost headed to the native plant sale.


For something more literary, Prose in the Park celebrates the written and spoken word with readings and performances in both official languages, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Parkdale Park, 360 Parkdale Ave. Participants including Andrew Pyper, the “Stephen King of Canada,” Dietrich Kalteis, Caroline Pignat and Montreal’s Heather O’Neill. There is also an ongoing book fair including small presses. www.proseinthepark.com (At the same time, the Ottawa Zine Fair is on at the Bronson Centre, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Make your garden look as if it magically appeared that way with some finds from the Fletcher Wildlife Gardens native plant sale, including harvested seeds, tips on selecting pollinators and butterfly-friendly plants for that fantasy touch, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive, south of the Arboretum. (There’s a map in the attached photo gallery so no one gets lost.) www.ofnc.ca/fletcher

Last weekend, the horse activity in Wesley Clover Park was the hands-off dressage competition. At Horse Day today, there will be pony rides, demonstrations, a kid’s zone and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 401 Corkstown Rd. Admission: Free, but parking is $5. wesleycloverparks.com

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Suns of Stone host the Air Guitar contest again, at House of Targ.


The Air Guitar Championship is back for a second year, after blowing the house off ·(figuratively) the House of Targ at its inaugural event. Hosts Suns of Stone are back, inviting everyone to don their best costume, rockingest persona and show off your mad skillz — on a song chosen by the audience, 9:30 p.m., 1077 Bank St. Tickets: $10, with proceeds to Right To Play Canada. houseoftarg.com

Monster Spectacular brings the loud to town with massive trucks performing awesome stunts, including Michael Vaters behind the wheel of the Black Stallion — joined this time by his son with Overkill Evolution, performing with the latest in truck technology. There will also be freestyle motocross, bike stunt show and racing motorcycles, 7 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets: $22.50 to $39.50. canadiantirecentre.ca

Montreal rhythm and blues duo Les Deuxluxes can be found ratcheting up the volume with rockabilly flair at Le Petit Chicago, 8 p.m., 50 Prom. du Portage, Gatineau. Tickets: $15, and that’s quite reasonable for this confident, charismatic group. lepointdevente.com


Three-piece experimental pop band Braids from Montreal have just released four new songs, originally written while they were making their 2015 album, Deep in the Iris (which sits near the top of my list for best listens of the year). The new songs are just as beautiful and touching and, somehow, different, 10 p.m., Ritual. Tickets: $13. spectrasonic.com

Sunday, June 5





Skip brunch today for the All Things Brewed Tour, with tour and samples at a coffee roastery, kombucha tea facility, distillery and brewery — including lunch, and a Suzy Q donut, 10:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. Cost: $50, includes everything (gluten-free and vegan meals available), including transport. www.brewdonkey.ca

The fifth annual Windsor Park Art Show has not just 30 artists exhibiting in a lovely, mostly-shaded setting, but also live music, a BBQ to assist the local refugee sponsorship program and is being sponsored by ABC Brewing (which probably means samples may be had), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Windsor Ave.

Ottawa Veg Fest is in its fifth year, offering something for vegetarians, vegans and the veg-curious, from cooking demonstrations (from scones to demystifying tofu) and presentations (on micronutrients to aquariums), and vendors, 10 am.. to 4 p.m., RA Centre, 1451 Riverside Dr. Admission: Cash donation to the Ottawa Food Bank and NCVA. www.vegfest.ca

All things pedal-powered, preferably exuberantly decorated, are welcome at the third annual Cycle Sunday in Oxford Mills, with BBQ, bike parade and stunt demos, 1:30 a.m.., Maplewood Park. The OPP will be offering safety tips, and a mechanic will be giving bike check-ups and, a green screen will help produce faux stunts for your to share — just don’t wear green. Or, donate your old cycles to Cycle Salvation.

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Enjoy FireFighter’s Day art the Cumberland Museum.


Get up and close with Ottawa firefighters as they offer the chance to try on not just their helmets, but also hold the water hoses, among other family activities, including relay races, tug-of-war and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd. Cost: Free.

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This white dress holds a lot of information.


Dress historian Anne Bissionette takes us into the world of Marie Antoinette, through a simple white dress and the exhibit of the French queen’s portraitist, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1 p.m., National Gallery. Cost: included with admission. gallery.ca

Mercury Lounge will be mixing up mimosas and margaritas at their pop-up market, filling the full three floors of their cllub with vintage and gently-used clothing and accessories, 1 to 5 p.m., 56 ByWard Market Sq. www.facebook.com

Send your event information to kendemann@postmedia.com, by 8 a.m. Monday, two weeks before it starts. Photos and audio/video files are welcome.

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