OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Animation, grape stomping, a ping pong tournament and much more


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Don from foodieprints.
GRAPE STOMPING & MORE: Preston Street will be abuzz all weekend, from September 22 to 25, with activities for all ages. There will be Italian lessons, guided tours by C’est Bon Cooking, special meals at various restaurants, a farmers’ market, free entertainment and an open air art sale. Highlights include The Moveable Feast on Thursday, September 22, the Grape Stomp on Sunday, September 25, and the Taste of Preston Food & Wine Show on Sunday, September 25.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa: 
ANIMATION: The Ottawa International Animation Festival takes place from September 21st to 25th, and festival programming includes some terrific free activities for teens and families. On Saturday, teens can enjoy a free pass to all Festival venues between 9 am and 5pm; there will also be a free animation workshop for teens from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Families can enjoy a free hands-on workshop on Sunday – sessions will be held at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Registration is required for these great events; you can call 613-232-8769 to reserve your spot.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid: 
LIGHTS, CAMERA, JUDGING: Enjoy several special presentations that film and animation fans won’t want to miss as part of the Ottawa Animation Festival. Families can sit with our Kids Jury and watch the Short Films for Kids Competition. Where: Children’s Museum Theatre Cost: $12 or $7

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:
BLUES BONANZA: Ottawa’s globe trotting bluesman J.W. Jones is home on Friday night. 9:30pm at the Rainbow Bistro, premiering eight original songs and showcasing keyboarder Jess Asselin, drummer Jess Asselin and special guest Mathieu Gagnon. The boys are off to Scandanavia later this fall.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me:
MUSIC: On Friday, September 13, you have the chance to catch Whitehorse at Maverick’s. This is the new project of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Not only are they excellent singer-songwriters as solo artists, they have an amazing chemistry together. The fact that they are married to each other doesn’t hurt!

Jean Labelle, Photographer: 
PHOTOGRAPHY: La Petite Mort Gallery presents TONY FOUHSE / USER 2010. The final year’s shooting of USER by renowned Ottawa photographer Tony Fouhse, will be exhibited at Gallery La Petite Mort. Show opens this Friday, September 23rd for five days only. You all are invited to the opening.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:  
HOCKEY: As a French woman, I’m certainly not going to teach Canadians anything new about hockey but I strongly recommend you to head to a Senators pre-season game (Friday vs. Montreal and Tuesday vs. Toronto). It’s a chance to score good cheap seats and to experience the “season rush”, as the Tragically Hip put it. Seats are half-price for kids 16 and under and you can buy tickets at

Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl: 
HARVEST: This is my favourite time of  year, and I love to spend it outdoors with my family. One of our favourite Ottawa-area destinations is the Canada Agriculture Museum (a.k.a. The Experimental Farm). There’s a ton of stuff going on there this weekend including the Healthy Harvest Festival. Let’s cross our fingers for good weather!

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
RIVERS: Ottawa’s rivers are fascinating any day of the year, but Sunday, Sept. 25 is a special day: the Ottawa Riverkeeper is hosting Paddles Up! to celebrate World Rivers Day. They’re welcoming everyone to Victoria Island between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to learn about the ecology and history of the Ottawa River. You can even bring your own canoe or kayak – or book ahead for one of the spots in an 8-12 person Voyageur canoe – and join a flotilla past Parliament Hill at 1:30 p.m.

Stuntman Stu from Majic 100: 
CELEBRITIES: Join Majic 100 this weekend at the National Women’s Show at Lansdowne Park. Michael Muhney who plays Adam Newman on Y&R will be there.

Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:
CLASSICAL: The Ottawa Valley is alive with the sound of music!  On Sunday, the Italian Baroque finds a home in the village of Arnprior.  Check out the site of the Ottawa Valley Music Festival for information about a very interesting concert

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:  
STORIES & FOOD: Chef Michael shares his recipes and stories on Monday, September 26, 2011, 7:30pm, Ashbury College, an  event brought to you by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Tickets $25. This event includes hors d’oeuvres! Further info:

Alayne McGregor,
JAZZ: As the days get colder, why not remember summer with the South American rhythms of Florquestra Brasil? This local group — which has several members from that continent — will be heating up Les Brasseurs du Temps in downtown Gatineau on Monday at 7:30 p.m. enjoyed Florquestra’s first appearance there: you can see our story here. Don’t forget to reserve in advance: they sold out last time.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
MISCELLANY: A charity ping pong tournament on Saturday, an ice cream fundraiser on Sunday, a fine art show in the Glebe, and a tour of west end artist studios.

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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OttawaStart Staff


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  1. Also at the National Women's Show this weekend at Landsdowne Park, the 2012 Ottawa Firefighters Calendar. $20.

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