What to do this weekend: The Hip to Pride, sadness to joy


Thursday, Aug. 18

The Tragically Hip perform for the last time in Ottawa tonight, as the band and the country face the reality of frontman Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis, 8:30 p.m. with no opening act, Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets: Sold out, but the band has been holding a lottery for those who register at their website, www.thehip.com
(Check out my concerts column for places to view a live broadcast of the final, final show from Kingston on Saturday.)

Test drive electric cars and other vehicles on Sparks Street at lunch time today, with a chance to ask others how they are during all of the Ottawa seasons, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Is this a harbinger of cars back on Sparks Street?) oced.ca

Tea and six different chocolates will be paired and tasted at a workshop by the Ottawa Tea Guild and A Thing for Chocolate shop, 7 p.m., 1262 Wellington St. W. Cost: $25 — but hurry, tickets sell out quickly. ottawateaguild.com

There’s an eclectic electro block party at Arboretum Fest today, headlined by Lido Pimienta, an entrancing Colombian-born, Toronto art-electro music creator, with Toronto’s must-see, electro-art-rap, activist trio Above Top Secret — who may join Pimienta on stage for their collaborative song Bang. Also catch Morris Ogbowu, Scott Hardware and Tenderness, hosted by Babely Shades, with a zine fair. Doors open at 5 p.m., House of Commons, 11b Fairmont Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door, or pass. arboretumfestival.com


Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson hosts several nights of comedy at Yuk YUk’s during Pride Week.

Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson is hosting a series of Laugh Out Loud, uncensored Pride Week shows at Yuk Yuk’s, with comedians JJ Liberman, Ashley Moffat, Jesse Reynolds and Kyle Brownrigg, 8:30 p.m, Tickets: $25+. www.yukyuks.com
Pride events today also include the Capital Pride Pageant, (all-ages, 7 p.m., Delta Hotel), and the creatively pantsless Magnet party (10 p.m,. The Lookout).

Get your fight on: MMA is back in Ottawa, with 10 professional bouts including headlining fight pitting Ottawa’s own ‘Relentless’ Randy Turner against veteran, B.C.’s Corey ‘The Hatchet’ Gower. Also see locals Jeff Chan, PJ Ste-Marie, Michael Tremblay, Matar Lo and Samuel Debalke, 7 p.m., Casino du Lac-Leamy, 1 Casino Blvd, Gatineau. Tickets: $66.15-$117.55. tdplace.ca

If in any doubt, there are two, free full moon yoga events tonight, suitable for all levels: 9 to 10 p.m. at Lansdowne Park with Rama Lotus and Mark Wilkinson; and 10 p.m. on Mooney’s Bay Beach with Lululemon and Jen Dalgleish — novices welcome. Admission: Both free, but bring your own mat.

Montreal’s Danny Laj and The Looks play songs best described as power-pop Bruce Springsteen-lite, with far more energy and retro sensibility but still winning ways, with Altameda and Ornaments, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $5 before 10 p.m.; $8 afterwards. www.houseoftarg.com

Friday, Aug. 19


Can you stand a late-night ghost walk at the haunted” Renfrew Museum?

The overnight ghost walk at the ‘confirmed haunted‘ McDougall Mill Museum is not recommended for your children, not just because it runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.. Come if you dare, 65 Arthur Ave., Renfrew. Cost: $5. renfrewmuseum.ca


The Capital Fair runs from Aug. 19 to the following weekend.

he Capital Fair starts today, with free gate admission all week at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, with the typical midway rides and fun, but also Western horse shows, a seniors bridge tournament, monster truck and demolition derby, stunt dog show, and live music. Admission: Free. There’s a shuttle from the Southkeys transit station every half hour. Ride bracelets $19.99 before Aug. 18, $38 at the gate. www.capitalfair.ca

Queer Con is a fair of a different sort, the first ever “Gaymer” convention for all ages showcasing queer artists, with workshops on cosplay and zine writing, an animation session plus exhibitors featuring graphic novels, comics, video games — and the high chance of some Pokémon Go lures, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon St. Tickets: $10. http://bit.ly/2bd9oej

There’s another Pokémon Go pub crawl planned for tonight, so wash your team colours and get ready to battle, this time stopping at Sens House, PLURR, Pub 11 and EVE club, from 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 in dvance. http://bit.ly/2aI0AAJ

“Just because we are magic does not mean we are not real”*: Tutus, sparklers, wands and glitter of all kinds are actively encouraged at the Colour the Streets event, celebrating diversity and intersectionality at a community Pride Week event, 7 to 11 p.m., 338 Somerset St. W. There will be DJs, food and vendors, and is family-friendly, organized by the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition.
*from Jesse Williams’ moving civil rights speech at BET this year.

Football rivalry on our turf, as the Redblacks host the Montreal Alouettes at TD Place, 7 p.m. Tickets: $36 to $131. tdplace.ca
Update: This game has sold out, unsurprisingly, but there is a game scheduled for Aug. 25 against the BC Lions.

There are three free, outdoor movie screenings: Back to the Future — the classic, 6:30 p.m., Wakefield La Pêche Centre; The Princess Bride, 8:45 p.m. in the ByWard Market; and Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things, about ‘unshaming’ as an Inuit community prepares for an LGBTQ Pride parade, 8:30 p.m., Dundonald Park, and rain location at City Hall. Admission; Free for all.

See a piece of The Ghomeshi Effect, a verbatim theatrical dance piece about sexual violence in Canada that will be performed in January, alongside comedian and Fringe tourer DeAnne Smith at Rise Up, a funding evening for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, including speakers MPP Yasir Naqvi and survivor Hannah Kurchik and others, 7 to 10 p.m., Orange Art Gallery. Tickets: $50, includes one drink and canapés. www.riseup.space

But let us get to the music: The big ticket tonight is Canadian rockers Sloan, who will playing their huge hit album, One Chord to Another, in celebration of its 20th anniversary at Arboretum Fest. Afterwards, phenomenal grunge-punk band METZ, Concert Village at Marion Dewar plaza. There, Beau’s Brewing’s Summer in the City beer garden has visiting brewers, Union Local 613 cocktail bar, food carts and a night bazaar, with DJs spinning, from 5 p.m.
(Don’t miss the Night Bazaar from noon to 11 p.m. at the City Hall location, or the free — with ticket — Sunday brunch or BBQ.) Tickets: $10 for beer garden only, $35/one day, $50/weekend. arboretumfestival.com

The South Grenville Bluegrass festival continues with five different bands playing, closing the night with Concession 23 at 10 p.m., Spencerville Fair Grounds, 4 Ryan St. Music begins at 10 a.m. all weekend. Tickets: $20 at the gate, $60/weekend. www.southgrenvillebluegrassfestival.ca

Miss Lenny Kravitz? Take in Toronto’s bass-heavy The Celebration Army who play funky, blues-rock with a lot of style, with Niagara Falls’ good-time surfy rockers The Kerouacs who have opened for the likes of The Sheepdogs and Monster Truck, 9 p.m., The Rainbow,. Tickets: $10. therainbow.ca

Time to glam up: Sashay, the official capital pride party has DJs Deko-Ze and Cozmic Cat on the decks, VJ Ina making beautiful visuals and drag performances Canadian Queen Sofonda Cix, Kiki Coe and Koko Shennel keeping the party going, 10:30 p.m., Barrymore’s, 323 Bank St. All welcome. Tickets: $19-$29. http://bit.ly/2aI4Tft

Saturday, Aug. 20


The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, performs during the first stop of the Man Machine Poem Tour at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C., Friday, July 22, 2016.

The Tragically Hip’s last concert, ever, is tonight in their hometown Kingston, but the show will be broadcast live and there are several viewing parties planned so all can party amid the tears: outdoors at 8:30 p.m., Parkdale Park, 366 Parkdale Ave. Bring chairs; 7:30 p.m., The St. John Pub, Arnprior; the concert will be live-screened in Kingston’s Market Square on what will be officially named The Tragically Hip Day, from 8 p.m.


The Queen Bee party celebrates the buzzing flower-helper at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Aug. 20.

The Queen Bee Party is a celebration of the honey producing, flower-helpers at theCanada Agriculture and Food Museum, with urban beekeeping display and even beehive rentals, mini-market of locally-made goods (and some ice cream), yoga in the meadow, and workshops on vegetarian recipes, healing power of honey, plus activities for children, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 901 Prince of Wales Dr. (This is also a fundraiser for Debeee’s Bees who recently had her bees stolen.) cafmuseum.techno-science.ca

There are two block parties: Hintonburger, once voted the city’s best slab of meat between two pieces of bread, is celebrating its sixth birthday with their annual block party, complete with live music and suds, noon to 8 p.m. hintonburger.ca; A taste of Manotick has all those along its Main Street flinging open their doors, with live music and street performers celebrating, 4 to 8 p.m. manotickvillage.com

We’ve done foam and mud and ice cold water races, now we’ve got the “insane inflatable” 5K race, which is a blast into childhood and ridiculousness as runners attempt to streamline (or stop giggling enough to move through) a course made up of bouncey structures. All ages are welcome, but minimum height is 42″, with “waves” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Rd. Cost: $83 to $125. insaneinflatable5k.com

Other active, outdoor events include the Morning Jam safe-space dance morning heads outdoors for a family-friendly, morning party, with DJs Rise Ashen, JFUN and Ollie Kav on the decks, 11 a.m., Westboro Beach; Yogapalooza in Carleton Place starts with a flow class at 10 a.m., demos, vendors and a Lululemon pop-up shop, Hamsa Yoga, 132 Coleman St.; Run for the Horn at noon at Britannia Beach is a 3K, with registration a donation in support of mental health issues in the Somali community; Drag and Ball charity softball event is a full-costumed, light-hearted game with quirky challenges, noon to 5 p.m. on Pride weekend, Riverain Park, with proceeds to Bruce House. ottawacapitalpride.ca


Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones; Raiders of the Lost Ark

And not to forget Pokémon GO, Ottawa has been chosen to be one of six pilot cities in a competition at the Arboretum today, where trainers register and then walk around the Experimental Farm catching Pokémon, levelling and charting how far they walked in order to beat groups other cities. noon to 4 p.m.Admission: Free.

Weather has interfered a few times with an effort to screen Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on Sparks Street, but they’re trying again, 8 p.m., between Metcalfe and O’Connor streets. Bring chairs and possibly blankets as nights have been chilly lately. Cost: Free, including popcorn.

Arboretum Festival is offering free brunch for those with tickets, and as long as supplied last, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Concert Village at Marion Dewar Plaza, Tickets: $25 include evening shows with headliner, post-punk, electro band Operators, and performance artist and rapper Mykki Blanco, Junglepussy and Doomsquad — one of the best nights at the festival, though they all seem that way. arboretumfestival.com

Professional bull riders are at TD place, competing in a new national series across seven cities, starting in Ottawa and ending in Saskatoon, for $25,000 purses at each event, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35.35 to $86.35. tdplace.ca (Read more about the ‘longest eight seconds” here.)

Sunday, Aug. 21


Samantha the dog takes part in this years Capital Pride Parade. Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Ottawa to celebrate in this years Pride Parade in Ottawa, August 23, 2015.


Participants of the Capital Pride Parade shares a kiss during the march on Bank Street in 2014.

The Capital Pride Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Gladstone Avenue and Bank Street, moving up Kent Street to Laurier Avenue W., then back down bank Street to the new rainbow crosswalk at Bank and Somerset streets. There, find the new Fresh Zone stage: an all-ages, alcohol-free space with activities for all ages live music from Rae Spoon — whose last show sold out in Ottawa, among other performers. Meanwhile, Carol Pope of Rough Trade will headline a diverse show on the main stage. Both are near Bank and Somerset, and run from 2 to 11 p.m. Admission: $5 at each.

Limber up before the parade at a free, queer and trans yoga in the park event, open to all, even novices or just those who want to lay back and listen to some tunes, 10 to 11 a.m., Dundonald Park, 516 Somerset St. W., hosted by Pure Yoga, who may be handing out some gifts. There will also be an LBTQ+ community fair between Somerset and Florence streets, with games, information about resources and more, 2 to 7 p.m. ottawacapitalpride.ca

August Artisans is a show across the river for local makers and creators to showcase their wares, from vintage lingerie to tattoo designs, while enjoying craft beers, 1 to 6 p.m., Minotaure, 1 Kent St. Gatineau. Admission: with half of proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Monday, Aug. 22


This image released by Disney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, left, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman, second left, in a scene from the animated film, Zootopia.

Tonight is the last-but-one of the free movie screenings at Lansdowne Park, showing Zootopia — an animated “cop buddy” film, but the main characters are animals, 9 p.m., on the Great Lawn. Next week, see the Spieblerg phenom, E.T. Cost: Free. tdplace.ca

New art, magazine and fashion: It’s the official launch of PACE arts magazine, a compilation of poetry, photography and articles by local artists and writers, alongside the reveal of With Camels 2016 fall collection (available to buy), poetry readings and art exhibition, 8 to 11 p.m., Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. Open to all- ages. www.facebook.com/events

Kichessippi Brewery, one of the city’s first craft breweries, will be pairing their pints with delicious food crafted by Chef Mike Eady at Petit Bill’s Bistro, 6:30 to 9 p.m., 1293 Wellington St. Cost: $60, includes gratuities, with a portion donated to the Parkdale Food Centre. http://bit.ly/2bbQIgE

Tuesday, Aug. 23


Learn how to make your long distance relationship lovely, instead of frustrating, at a Venus Envy workshop tonight.

Long Distance Love: Venus Envy offers a lot of niche, sometime blush-worthy workshops, but this is one almost everyone could use — how to manage a long-distance relationship from communication, managing expectations to tips in engaging in some far-away sexual fun, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 226 Bank St. Cost: $10-$20 sliding scale. Register in advance to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, Aug. 24


Explore Canadian wine or watch a footie match.

From coast to coast: Sommelier Asha Hingorani is hosting a three-course, Canadian wine and food pairing evening —here will be salmon and maple syrup involved, 6:30 to 9 pm.,.,Red Lion Pub, 47 Clarence St. Tickets: $75, includes meal, wine and samples. http://bit.ly/2boAcIP

The Ottawa Fury FC is hosting a match against Miami FC, whose roster includes three players who used to play on Ottawa’s soccer, team, including Irishman Jonny Steele who started 2016 here), 7 p.m., TD Place. Tickets: $20-$37. tdplace.ca

Thursday, Aug. 25

Today’s got some artsy flair:

The House of PainT urban festival makes its presence known with its popular slam poetry opening night, featuring Sarah MK and X-Wam, hosted by John Akpata and JustJamaal ThePoet, 7 p.m. sharp, Gladstone Theatre, 710 Gladstone Ave. About a dozen other poets, like Lip Balm, Van Essa and Rabbit Richards, will also be throwing their best lines to win a $500 prize. Open to all-ages. Tickets: $10 at the door. houseofpaint.ca/tickets

“The hardest thing to do is something close to nothing” — artist Marina Abramovic
Then, there’s an art exhibit about and including nothing, quite literally: Swiss artist Andrew Heusser’s travelling van exhibit, the No Show Museum, is in Ottawa for one night on its North American tour. The show literally exhibits nothing, through references the works of famous 20th and 21st century artists on its website (with permission), from John Cage’s 4’33 silent song, to Laurie Parsons’, Robert Irwin’s, numerous other’s empty’ exhibit spaces. This is not just to irritate the art skeptic — nor find an excuse to travel the world in a empty van, we hope — but to explore the something of nothingness, including a panel discussion and questions with Heusser, an art dealer, academic and scientist, 6 to 8 p.m., Enriched Bread Artists, 951 Gladstone Ave. www.noshowmuseum.com

Continuing the artistic challenge, Not Normal is a series of monthly “experimental/weird music nights” of local acts and DJs, tonight featuring DJs Pierre Richardson and Jason Skilz and evocative electro sound from Ottawa’s intangerines, 8 p.m., Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave.

Friday, Aug. 26


Fares Hamdan, left, serves coffee and deserts to Krystyna Paluch, right, at the Marion Dewar Plaza during the first ever Palestinian festival, August 29, 2014.

Try the “fool” at the Palestinian Festival, starting at 11 a.m. today and on all weekend until just after 9 p.m., with live music from DJs to traditional musicians, activities for children including glitter tattoos, art spices and fashion to buy, and much food — from spiced chicken, flat bread backed on site, falafel, garlicky shawarma and more, Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall. Admission; Free. www.palestinianfestivalottawa.com

There’s a bubbles and high heels theme at the Red Dress Gala in support of the Heart and Stroke foundation, to use a sumptuous evening to draw attention to women’s susceptibility to heart disease, starting with cocktails at 7 p.m, with makeup and hair bars, a most-fabulous shoe competition and dancing, Palais des Congrès de Gatineau, 60 Maisonneuve Blvd., Gatineau. Tickets: $60-$100. http://bit.ly/2bw9JKP


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” PREACH.

If the rain holds out, Ferris Bueller may finally get that day off at a rescheduled, free screening of the cult classic movie about friendship and playing hooky, pre-show begins at 8 p.m., Suzy Q Doughnuts, 969 Wellington St. W. Cost: free, but bring chairs and cash for tasty doughnuts, ice cream and $2 popcorn. www.capitalpopupcinema.com

But let’s get into music and the choice is difficult: Les DeuxLuxes make so much sultry, fringed-and-sequined, sexy blues-rockabilly noise you’d swear there were more than two people on stage, propelled by the dynamic voice and presence of lead singer Anna Frances Meyer. They’ll get you ready for any weekend shenanigans to come, with garage rockers Muck and the Mires, and Patrick Shanks, 10 p.m., House of Targ, 1077 Bank St. Tickets: $6 for 10 p.m. www.houseoftarg.com

Detroit rapper Illa J. closes the first day of music and graffiti at the House of PainT urban arts festival, after some turntablism magic at the DMC Ottawa DJ competition and beginning of the popping battle, 5 p.m. to midnight, Brewer Park, (under the bridge). Tickets: $5 tonight, but free all day for the family-friendly Saturday at the live-graffiti augmented festival, including youth-friendly dance and art workshops, popping and breaking battle finals judged by Brooklyn’s own Rock Steady Crew (but there is a fee for their dance master classes).
However, Sunday’s all-music show is $25 after 3 p.m., with heavy-hitting, classic headliner EPMD (9:30 p.m.), A-F-R-O, Marco Polo (8:40 p.m.) and Drezus are in the lineup. www.houseofpaint.ca

Lindsay’s busy indie-pop group The Kents are back in town, after playing The Black Sheep Inn last week, then running off for gigs in Toronto and Peterborough, they bring their earworm hit to the The Rainbow tonight. Joining them is similar rock-pop group Kasador, and quixotic psych stoner group, Blve Hills, 9;30 p.m., 76 Murray St. Tickets: $10 at the door. therainbow.ca

Caving to popular requests, The Steve Boudreau Trio will be playing an encore concert of Boudreau’s arrangements favourite pieces by George Gershwin, 7:30 p.m., GigSpace, 753 Gladstone Ave. Tickets: $20. gigspaceottawa.com

For a punk show doing some good, Moncton’s Riet Soda — whose recent lo-fi garage release is called Songs to Dramatically Hate Yourself To, are joined by Montreal’s Ugly Cry, and local groups Toxic Thoughts and Mi-Go, to raise money for Eshki-Nishnaabemjig, a grassroots collective committed to the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language, 8 p.m., MontgomeryLegion, 300 Kent St. Tickets: $5-$10 sliding donation.

Saturday, Aug. 27


From left, Andrea James, Jackson Welsh and Kayla Fasken enjoy their beers at the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival after running the five-kilometre Beer Run on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

The Craft Beer Festival is back at the Aberdeen Pavilion, including the popular Craft Beer 5K Run/Walk along the Rideau Canal (including a celebratory beer). Otherwise, enjoy a few select imports and ciders among the local offerings, free brewing workshops, beer university section (and even a quiz), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $25, including a glass and two sampling tickets. www.ottawacraftbeerfestival.ca


Polo in the Park is back at Wesley Clover Park. handout for endemann

The Sport of Kings: Polo in the Park is back with more riders with mallets (and horses with sore shins?), and a chance to wear your Pretty Woman best for there is a hat contest, 10 a.m., Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd. There will also be dog agility show and children’s entertainment — including horse rides. Tickets: $15, free for children 18 years and under — or $2,000 for a VIP table for 10, to really go all out, including gourmet catered lunch and afternoon tea from Brookstreet Hotel. polointheparkottawa.com

There will be pickle making, hula hooping, robots and drones to try and more at the Makerspace North community open house, showcasing the region’s creative sorts and their projects, suitable for the entire family with food available on site, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 250 City Centre Ave. Bay 216. Tickets: Free, but $10 for that pickle-making workshop. http://bit.ly/2bgkLC0

At the same time, 50 other local makers, artists and entrepreneurs will be sharing their wares at the Ottawa Makers Market, 10 am. to 3 p.m., Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper St. Tickers: PWYC, with proceeds to the Ottawa Centre for Refugee Action. www.ottawamakersmarket.com

Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs is a moving feast and celebration of all things delightful (food, beer and music) in a country setting to help Perth’s community food centre. Chefs from Wilf & Ada’s, Arlington Five, Fieldhouse, Opinicon Resort and Temples + Taste, The Merry Dairy and more will be serving up delights while music plays, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Ecotay, 942 Upper Scotch Line, Perth. (There will also be a gin tasting.) Tickets: $125, with $80 charitable receipt, to benefit The Table Community Food Centre. www.ticketsplease.ca/Farms16.html

Sunday, Aug. 28


There’s a corn roast on Sunday Aug. 28 in the Market. $1 a cob. (Do not know about butter.) for endemann

There’s a corn roast in the ByWard Market today, which is delightfully yummy but a sign the summer is nearing its end, 11 a.m. to 2p.m., 55 ByWard Market Sq. Cost: $1/cob.

The MEC Ottawa Summer Century Ride is a Carp-based bike tour through Lanark Country, including a feast (and beer) afterwards. Choose from the 50-kilometre, 100-kilometre or 160-kilometre rides, starting at 7 a.m., Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Space is limited, so register in advance. events.mec.ca

The 3rd annual Trash and Treasure Flea Market is a chance to clean out the home before school starts or pick up some necessities, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 Vally Dr., Wakefield. Register to sell at www.centrewakefieldlapeche.ca

Electronic music producers, including wannabes and tinkerers, are welcome at a producers meet up to share tracks and hear what speakers have to say: this month, Josh Starkey will give a 101-lesson on modulated synthesis, and DJ Kurt Yates will talk about his Tratkor D software, 4 p.m., Possible Worlds, 708G Somerset St. W. Admission: Free.

Submit event information by 8 a.m. Monday, two weeks before the event to kendemann@postmedia.com.