Ottawa Events Guide

With the listings and directories in our Events Guide, there really is no excuse for sitting at home with nothing to do. Here are some listings and links showing what's on in Ottawa.

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: July 24-30, 2014

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-27: Asinabka Festival
For the third year, Ottawa will be home to the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrating Indigenous arts on Algonquin Territory. Following two successful years, the annual festival is back with a 2014 edition taking place from July 23 to July 27 that promises to offer a rich and engaging programming emphasizing art works that examine Indigenous issues and topics.The festival will take place over four days and will feature film screenings, exhibitions and gallery crawls, some of which are being held outdoors.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-27: Asinabka Festival
From the range of documentary, animated, feature and short films to the live music night at Club Saw, the offerings at this year’s Asinabka Festival look amazing. The Festival showcases the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. There’s a talk by acclaimed hip hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli on Saturday, and free outdoor feature film screenings on Victoria Island on the Festival's opening and closing nights.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, July 24: Recognize! Live Art, Auction & Fundraiser
House of PainT, which is gearing up to celebrate its 11th year, invites you to Recognize! a live art and auction fundraiser in support of Ottawa’s festival of urban arts and culture. The event, being held at Gallery SAW this Thursday night, will feature 6 visual artists, accompanied by the music selections of DJs Illo and Zattar, creating new works on 14 bar stools that will then be live auctioned to the audience.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, July 25: Jon Hynes at Pressed
Even during the lull between Ottawa's many great music festivals, there are still great tunes to be heard. On Friday, Jon Hynes will be releasing his new album, Watchful Creatures at Pressed. The intimate venue is a perfect fit for his music. Have a listen to the new album here: http://jonhynes.bandcamp.com/
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Friday, July 25: Ottawa Premiere of "Video Games: The Movie" at the Mayfair Theatre
This is a movie about video games. The end. Check the link for more details! (Also playing on Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st.)
-- Jake Naylor 

Friday, July 25: Double Barrel (Dance Party)
This is billed on the Couch Assassin website as Ottawa's "ONLY all vinyl ... dj'ed dance party featuring the sounds of Motown, Funk, Soul, Early Reggae and Northern Soul" and it takes places at Ottawa's ONLY bar-that-used-to-be-a-jail, Mugshots. If it's nice out, the gettin' jiggy takes place outside in the moonlight. If you dig it, you can come back for more, as it happens every month! (I just found out about this event this week from Amanda Armstrong (@aecarmstrong) and knew nothing about it until I started doing some research to write this blurb. In that short time, I have developed a serious hankering to check it out, as the thought of hearing Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" with a Kronenbourg in hand in the cool summer breeze of a Friday evening sounds JUST RIGHT. Right?)
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: Social Capital Ottawa (Social Media Conference)
If you use social media for your line of work (or pleasure), I highly recommend that you attend this social media "learn-a-thon." Actually, you should probably go even if you don't presently "use" it so you can learn why you should. This will be my third year going and I'll likely keep going year after year until the primary organizers, Karen and Lara, realize that this thing is so great that their corporate greed overcomes their kind hearts and they start charging too much, hosting it in Vegas, and calling it WELLMAN WILSON WEALTHSTOCK (in caps, so that you know that they know they're a big deal). Seriously, though, I can almost guarantee you'll learn something interesting about social media if you attend, and it is well designed so that you can choose from a variety of presentations and workshops all day, ensuring that you're not stuck with something that isn't relevant to your interests. See you there (before they let it all go to their head)? ;)
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: The Hornette's Mid-Summer New Moon Dance Party @ Blacksheep Inn
Join them for a sweaty summer dance party at Wakefield's Blacksheep Inn on July 26th. Bus transportation will be provided to/from downtown Ottawa. Departure is at 8:30pm from Museum of Nature. $10 roundtrip.
-- Nick Bachusky

Saturday, July 26: "Back to the Future" Marathon at the Mayfair Theatre
Have you ever dreamt of waking up, eating a bowl of Fruit Loops, watching all three "Back to the Future" movies back to back, just in time to make if home for a late dinner of more delicious Fruit Loops? Your dream is now a reality known as Saturday! Woah. This is heavy.
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Comic Book Creators
Head down to The Comic Book Shoppe (Bank St. location) for a special one-day event where you can meet local comic book authors and artists! Pick up their comics, shake their hands, ask them to draw you with muscles triple the size of your head, and get their expert opinions on life's grandest conundrum: who would win in a fight, The Hulk or The Tick?
-- Jake Naylor 

Sunday, July 27: Paris in July - guided art lesson
Join Artist & Illustrator Crystal Beshara as she leads you through a whimsical illustration of a Parisian Market Scene. The Parkdale Market will provide a colourful & lively backdrop for our vintage inspired subject matter. Pretty Model, Bicycle, and panier complete with baguette and flowers! What more could you ask for?! -- Laura Gauthier

Thursday, July 24 to Friday, August 22: Free Play Group in the Park
All summer long Mothercraft will be offering FREE fun filled mornings in the parks with learning through play. Activities will be arts and crafts, colaberative activies, gross motor activities and sing and dance along with MONKEY ROCK Monday, Wednesday (bilingual), Thursday & Friday. Tuesday park day is French (Monkey Rock will not perform). Check the web site for times and locations.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

July 3-August 23: Children's Activities at Rideau Hall
Enjoy “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23. Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure.Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

June 24-August 23: Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill 
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature. 
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

All summer long, June-August: Beaches, pools and splash pads
Celebrate summer, enjoy a mini-holiday or cool down at one of Ottawa’s four public beaches, 56 wading pools and almost 100 splash pads, or Gatineau’s three public beaches, 10 or so wading pools and more than 30 splash pads. They’re open, they’re free and they’re fun.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Have a great week!

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  • Betidings
    A new-ish user-driven local events listing "created as a way for friends to discover and share events". Check out specific lists for local food, running, arts, and business.
  • Bywords.ca
    Literary / spoken word / poetry events.
  • Fundraising Events
    OttawaStart's listing of annual fundraising events in Ottawa.
  • Frugal Fun Ottawa
    Lists free and frugal events and activities happening in the National Capital Region, geared towards families and kids.
  • Ottawa Concerts Guide
    A listing of upcoming music concerts in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa Festivals Guide
    A big list of annual festivals in Ottawa.
  • OttawaFocus.com
    Ottawa's restaurants, events and entertainment guide
  • Ottawa Meetups
    Get-togethers for people with a common interest in hobbies, activities, politics, etc.
  • OttawaStart Community News
    Our free news & event listing service, featuring Ottawa entertainment events, community events, and other activities.
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