OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: August 6-13, 2014


Sound of Light Fireworks, by Gordon Dewis from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

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

Thursday, August 7: Indie City Madness presents Hip-Hop/R&B VS Rock
Hip-hop meets rock this Thursday night at Avant-Garde Bar. Indie City Madness presents an eclectic night of live music featuring performances by local musician Sarah Cogan, NYC indie R&B/soul group The Rooks, Ottawa indie rock band Sweet Alps, local alternative/garage rock favourites Elementals, Toronto R&B/pop/electronica collective Unbuttoned and local alternative hip-hop project Antiks. A little bit of everything for everyone!
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, August  7: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
If you are a fan of GodSpeedYouBlackEmperor, you will want to check out this powerhouse of a band. If you’re a fan of bar rock, this probably wont be your thing, but if you want to be taken on a dark musical adventure, check them out Thursday at the Blacksheep Inn. Here’s their song Austerity Blues.— Ryan BreseeCKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Friday-Sunday, August 8-10: Puppets Up!
Check out this great puppet festival in charming Almonte, certain to appeal to all ages. There’s a free parade down the main street each day, and passes to the puppet shows start at $10.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Friday-Saturday, August 8-9: Wolfe Island Music Festival
If you were trapped on a remote island, what bands would you bring with you? Hop on a ferry to Wolfe Island (near Kingston) and give these acts a test-run: PUP, Bry Webb and The Providers (led by the lead singer of the Constantines), SHAD, Young Galaxy, K-OS, Cousins, Wilderness of Manitoba, The Luyas, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and many more. You might just wish you were trapped for good!
— Jake Naylor 

Friday, August 8: Hip-Hop Karaoke
The August edition of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa is happening outdoors this Friday at Parliament Pub with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your favourite rapper by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, or if you just want to support a buddy and be a member of the audience, click below for everything you need to know.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, August 8: Herd Magazine Re-Brand Launch Party
Herd Magazine is a local, quarterly arts and culture magazine that generated quite a bit of buzz when it first launched not too, too long ago. It was interesting to me for its neat design (square publication with high quality paper stock), local content (a deep dive into anything 613, often revealing hidden gems), and novel distribution model (having retailers pay them for the right to carry it, in order to woo readers into their stores). After an eight-month hiatus, during which time they’ve tinkered on their format and brand, Issue #6 hits newsstands (and your face!) this Friday, via a launch party at Bridgehead Roastery (Preston and Anderson) that will feature live music, prizes, and cocktails. Good luck to them in this new phase!
— Jake Naylor 

Saturday, August 9: BTP Tap Take Over
Local micro-brewery Beyond The Pale takes over the taps at the Hintonburg Public House. Eight beers will be on tap along with a DJ dance party, prizes and discounted pints of BTP all night. There’s no cover charge for the event, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by emailing if you want to attend.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 9: The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light: Portugal
Wednesday, August 13: The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light: Switzerland

The 19th edition of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks festival continues this Saturday featuring the team from Grupo Luso Pirotecnia representing Portugal and on Wednesday with the team from Sugyp SA representing Switzerland. This year, the festival is taking place in the backyard of the Canadian Museum of History, so don’t go to Lac Leamy like you have in past years! 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

Saturday, August 9: Ottawa Fury FC vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers
A great evening of soccer to be had for sure at the new Lansdowne stadium. Come cheer on the Ottawa Fury FC soccer team as they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers
— Laura Gauthier

Saturday-Sunday, August 9-10: Food Markets
If you haven’t yet checked out Ottawa’s wonderful food markets, this is a great time to do so. From the historic Byward and Parkdale Markets to the more recent Good Food Markets in several communities around town, there’s a range of produce, baked goods and local food items waiting for you. (Drop by the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Brewer Park on Sunday, and check out the new Biodome Garden at neighbouring Brewer Park Community Garden.)
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Tuesday-Saturday, August 12-16: Youth Can Slam Festival
At the University of Ottawa, a week long festival of spoken word with performers ranging in age from teens to early twenties. Includes workshops, performances, slam competitions & more.
— Amanda Earl, Bywords

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

Anytime: Explore the capital region’s bike paths! 
After the completion of the Sawmill Creek pathway recently I am now finally able to get from the South Keys area to the pathways down the river and canal! A great reminder there are constant updates to paths, and beautiful things to see and do along the way. Lots of great resources to make a lovely hour, afternoon, or day of biking the beautiful pathways around the Ottawa and Gatineau areas. Don’t forget Sunday Bike Days are still on!
— Laura Gauthier

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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