OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Beerfest, Great Glebe Garage Sale, and a lot more


First Runners
A scene from last year’s Ottawa Race Weekend.  Photo by Ross Dunn, shared in the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

May 24: The Brad MacNeil – a talk show for awesome people
   It’s being billed as “a live comedy talk show”, hosted by Ottawa improv actor and comedian Brad MacNeil with a little help — his friends. A mix of comedy, music, slam poetry, journalism (?), burlesque and probably more. There’s a good write-up about it in The Visitorium.
9:00pm at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market).
Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of

May 25-27: Gatineau Beerfest (Festibière)
If you’re not racing this weekend, or if you’re looking for a way to recover — the race, you might want to check out the Gatineau Beerfest at Lac Leamy Park in Gatineau. You’ll find beer seminars, buskers, live shows by emerging artists in addition to
artisanal food and microbrews — award-winning Canadian exhibitors. Tickets are $12 per day, $24 for three days, and free for those under 17 years of age with adult supervision.
— Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps

May 25: Fevers and Sound of Lions
The Ottawa (x)Press may be eliminating its print edition, but it’s going out in style with a celebratory concert featuring two of Ottawa’s hottest bands: Fevers ( and Sound of Lions, at Babylon. Tickets are only $5. Seriously.
Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

May 25: Jazz vocalist Diane White
Jazz vocalist Diane White has a career that spans five continents. But on Friday at 8 p.m. she’ll be singing at GigSpace in Ottawa, accompanied by the inimitable jazz pianist, Brian Brown. Studying trombone and tuba had a “profound effect” on her gorgeous jazz vocals. Hear how, for only $10.
— Brett Delmage,

May 25: Factory Reading Series
The Factory Reading Series presents two poets: Rob Manery (Vancouver)  + Robert Hogg (South Mountain), lovingly hosted by rob mclennan.  Doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs).  More info.
Amanda Earl, poet & publisher

May 25: Capital Chill
More music on Friday night over at Capital Chill—Ottawa’s contemporary art & chill-out music event at Arts Court Studio-Theatre. This inaugural night brings together artists, including Stefan Thompson, Etienne Gélinas, Mat Dubé, Sarah Doll, Cristian S. Aluas, Allison O’Connor and Chad Skinner, along with musicians, such as Matt Dorgan Project, Adam Saikaley, Graciellita, and Sticks & Stones Dubs. Doors, 7:30 pm: $20.
Sylvie Hill, writer, performer & educator

May 26: Great Glebe Garage Sale
Like most people, I will be heading to the Glebe Garage Sale this Saturday. I actually enjoy going later in the morning, grab a bite at a place like Wild Oats and see what’s left on people’s yard—no need to fight with treasure hunters who go at 6 a.m.!
Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer

May 26: Great GREEN Glebe Garage Sale
If you’re heading out to the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday, May 26, be sure to check out Ecology Ottawa’s 5th annual Great GREEN Glebe Garage Sale. There’ll be garage sale finds, of course, but they’re also promising live music and DJs, a vegetarian barbecue, a bake sale, massage therapists, kids’ activities and hula hoop lessons…. Proceeds go to Ecology Ottawa, with 10% to the Ottawa Food Bank. You’ll find all that fun stuff at 680 and 690 Bank St. (at Glebe Ave.).
Denise Deby, — Green Living Ottawa

May 26-27: Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive
A couple huge events on this weekend, but I’ll focus in on something a little less publicized. This weekend I hope that everyone will take part in the yearly Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive at Beer Stores across the City of Ottawa. Bring your empties to you local Beer Store and you can donate all or a portion of the return to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. A great way to clean out your garage and help a good cause!
Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre

May 27: Tarts N’ Crafts
The summer edition of Tarts N’ Crafts—formerly the Not Your Grandma’s Craftsale— is happening Sunday May 27 at the Montgomery Legion Hall at 330 Kent — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Showcasing the work of both up-and-coming and established crafters — Ottawa and Montreal, this offers the Ottawa public “one-stop shopping” for unique, ethically-produced items. This year Ravenswing arts and crafts fair also falls on the same day so you can hit up both! Admission is $2.
Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura

May 27: Great Strides Walk/Run for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Ottawa Chapter is really happy once again to present another exciting family fun day, complete with a 2-5km walk, run or roll, a delicious lunch and lots of outdoor activities including mini golf, driving range, kiddie karts, go-karting, beach volleyball, basketball and much, much more. Great Strides Walk 2012 is open to all individuals wanting to join us in taking steps to find a cure or control for CF. Sunday — 8am-1pm at Karters Korner, 6336 Fallowfield Road in Stittsville. More info.
Jean Labelle, photographer

May 27: Author Jeff Ross at Collected Works

On Sunday head over to Collected Works in Westboro, 2:00 pm, to hear local author, Jeff Ross, read — his new surfing novel for sports-minded teens, Dawn Patrol. Following his skateboarding novel, Powerslide, and a snowboarding one called The Drop, his third book on Orca Press brings the story of surfing, friendship and family that’ll entertain both young and old.
Sylvie Hill

May 29: AC/DC-Live at River Plate on the big screeen
Relax after the weekend on Tuesday, May 29, to some supper, or free snacks and popcorn, at the lovely Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield. They’ll be showing AC/DC-Live at River Plate this week as part of their “Big Concerts, Big Screen” Series. Enjoy!
Sylvie Hill

Even more events of note

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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