OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Folk Fest, YogaAid, Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, much more…


Horses on the loose in Ottawa
Horses on the loose, in front of the National Gallery.
Photo by Sherry Galey, shared in the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Here are our contributors’ picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is also published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access:

Thursday, September 6: Festival Outaouais Emergent (FOÉ)
The Festival Outaouais Emergent, also known as the FOÉ, kicked off yesterday and runs until Sunday in the Old Hull neighbourhood of Gatineau. This 5-day event puts emphasis on local emerging talent from around the Outaouais region. Now in its 5th year, the festival has grown to include programming which combines music, visual arts and performing arts. This year’s highlights include performances by Ariane Moffatt, Qualité Motel, La Bronze, Nomadic Massive and Tricia Foster just to name a few. This is definitely an event worth attending if you want to encourage local talent and discover new sounds emanating from Québec!
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Friday, September 7: Caridad Cruz 20th Anniversary Concert at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
It’s been 20 years since Cuban dynamo Caridad Cruz first started singing professionally. She’s now a Canadian citizen and an integral part of the Ottawa jazz scene, but she hasn’t lost any of that energy. For this anniversary concert, she’ll be joined by master Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas and fine Ottawa trumpeter Rick Rangno, as well as other local Latin musicians.
— Alayne McGregor,   

Saturday, September 8: My Heart Is An Idiot
Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary tour. In celebration of co-editor Davy Rothbart’s new collection of personal essays, Peter Rothbart’s new album & the launch of the latest issue.
I’m including this because it sounds charming to me. Not to mention Pressed has the most delicious sandwiches in Ottawa & probably beyond, a fun & friendly atmosphere. Starts at 7pm at Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone.
— Amanda Earl, poet & publisher

Saturday, September 8: Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival
The Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival is being held at the Carleton Place Canoe Club this Saturday, with the first race scheduled to start at 9am. The venue is a great place for racing dragon boats because spectators can line the shores of the Mississippi River and be about 10m away from the teams as they race down the 400m course. In addition to the races, you’ll find food and drink vendors on-site, entertainment in Riverside Park over the lunch hour and an abundance of clean washrooms. There’s lots of parking at the site, too.
— Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps  (Gordon’s steering for a women’s team in the races)

Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9: Ottawa Folk Festival Envirotent
Sure, the Ottawa Folk Festival has lots of great music, but they’re also environmentally-conscious, offering supervised bike parking, water bottle refilling stations, and new this year, an Envirocafe with refreshments. At the Envirotent you’ll find free workshops on food, health, solar energy and more, like the Wild Edibles seminar on Saturday at 3 p.m., the Sunday 3 p.m. session on Saving Ottawa’s Ash Trees, or the Sunday 5 p.m. talk on Making Your Own Natural Cosmetics.
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9: Lewis Black at the NAC
Lewis Black is a Just For Laughs Festival favourite and one of the most prolific and popular performers working today.
— Jean Labelle, photographer

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9: Fundraising events (various)
It’s charity fundraising season — this weekend alone there are multiple charity events depending whether you want to run, ride or walk. Here are a few highlights. Saturday: Ride the Rideau, aising funds for The Ottawa Hospital. Sunday: RBC Kanata Race Day, promoting active living and raising funds for Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata. Also on Sunday: Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, raising funds for the Ottawa Humane Society.
— Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl

Sunday, September 9: YogaAid Ottawa
At 9 am, come for the international fundraising yoga event at Confederation Park, and raise money for food crisis in Africa. So far, in Ottawa, $3,521 have been raised by 51 participants. More is needed, plus we all know yoga is good for your body!
— Juliette Giannesini, photographer  (also recommended by Laura Gauthier)

Sunday, Sept. 9: All-Newfoundland menu at Petit Bill’s Bistro
Calling all DownHomers! Petit Bill’s Bistro (1293 Wellington), is serving its all-Newfoundland menu this Sunday night – such fare as cod tongues, Jigg’s dinner, fish ‘n’ brewis, cod au gratin, and more.Matched with wines. It happens twice a year, always sells out, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Finity Project. Reservations, 613-729-2500.
— Max Keeping    

Sunday, September 9: Latin American Festival Latino
Admire the colorful costumes and cultural flare of 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries at the Latin American Festival Latino. The parade showcases the Latin-American roots found in Ottawa. The FREE event is being held on September 9 and begins at 2:00pm. The parade will launch at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington Street and pass the Parliament buildings before turning down Elgin Street and ending at City Hall at Marion Dewar Plaza where the spectacles will continue.
— Eugene Haslam, Zaphod’s Owner 

Sunday, September 9: Family Craft Day- Autumn, Apples and Acorns
Families are invited to the Goulbourn Museum to make fall themed crafts to take home and full size scarecrows that will stand in the museum and join staff at fall fairs. Don’t forget to come wearing plaid or fall colours while you enjoy these fun crafts and activities! 1pm-4pm at the Goulbourn Museum, $3 per child.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid

Monday, September 10: Bon Iver at the Ottawa Folk Festival
The line-up for this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival is out of this world. How can I pick one artist to recommend? The only reason I’m not telling you to go see Kathleen Edwards on Friday (go see her because her new album makes the hairs on my arms stand up) is because Bon Iver is playing on the Monday. Really, how likely is he to come back to Ottawa? He makes the most beautiful music. Here’s a tune from his latest album. Just wait until the 1:27 mark!
— Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me  

Monday, September 10: Crush Improv featuring the return of Cari Leslie
Crush co-founder Cari Leslie returns home for one show only. Cari left Ottawa last fall to perform full time at Amsterdam’s go-to comedy theatre BOOM CHICAGO. A fun night in store at the Elmdale Tavern, starting at 8pm. Tickets $10.  I’ll be playing piano/keyboard for the show.
— Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of   

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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2 Responses

  1. Luc-Rock says:

    The domain for Petit Bill's Bistro is ( doesn't seem to work).

  2. G says:

    Thanks Luc-Rock, here&#39;s the correct link:<br />

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