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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly.
Wednesday-Sunday, July 17-21: Ottawa Lebanese Festival
The 23rd Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival continues through this Sunday at the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (700 Ridgewood Avenue near Mooney’s Bay Park). Drop by and learn about the Lebanese culture, cuisine and entertainment. The packed schedule has music, dancers, and even a watermelon eating contest — check the website for more info. It’s open from 4p.m. to 11p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11a.m. to 11p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 Wednesday night and $2 the rest of the time. If you show up before 4pm on Saturday or Sunday admission is free.
— Gordon Dewis
Thursday, July 18: Timber Timbre
The BlackSheep Inn is the place to be on Thursday as Timber Timbre take over the joint. I’m not really sure how to describe them. Perhaps creepy folk music fits the bill. However, the first song I ever heard by them was not so creepy. It’s an earworm for sure. Have a listen: http://youtu.be/u9FSKgWMBQo
— Ryan Bresee
Saturday, July 20: Sound of Lions
On the Quebec side this week, Ottawa’s own Sound of Lions will be giving a live performance at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. The local electro trip-hop group, who’s set to release a new album in the Fall, will be on stage alongside Montreal opening act Bent By Elephants.
— Eliane Laberge
Sunday, July 21: Groenland
Ottawa welcomes up-and-coming Montreal group Groenland who’s scheduled to perform live at Cafe Dekcuf. The emerging indie pop group who’s garnering lots of buzz with its debut album The Chase will be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie folk band Orienteers. A show that’s more than affordable and definitely worth checking out!
— Eliane Laberge
Sunday, July 21: Sunday Night Jazz for your Vegetarian at ZenKitchen
Jazz standards? Gourmet vegetarian food? You can get both at ZenKitchen this Sunday evening, with renowned jazz pianist Brian Browne and vocalist Elise Letourneau. Browne and Letourneau first met at the Carleton University jazz camp where they were both teaching, and had such a great time playing together they’ve kept entertaining audiences for the past three years.
— Alayne McGregor
Monday, July 22: Absolute Comedy Prove You’re A Comic Competition
Come check out the competition and see who the next big comic from Ottawa will be! Takes place every Monday-Wednesday in July, but you’ll want to be there on the 22nd for my very funny friend Brad Doiron!
— Laura Gauthier
Tuesday, July 23: Do the Math Film
350.org Ottawa is showing Do the Math at the Hintonburg Community Centre at 7 p.m. The film features environmentalist Bill McKibben and some startling numbers about the unsustainability of humanity’s use of fossil fuels. David Rhynas of Climate Reality Canada will be on hand to discuss alternatives.
— Denise Deby
Wednesday, July 24: Annie McClurg reads from her debut novel, “No Angel.”
At Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W., 5-7pm. Prince Edward County author Annie McClurg is a rule breaker who combines autobiography with fiction in this novel about a woman who purchases a heritage house in dire need of repair. A rare chance to attend a reading by one of Canada’s highest quality small press publishers, Pedlar Press, now based in Newfoundland. Sample the fine baked goods & ice tea/lemonade.
— Amanda Earl
Throughout the summer: Wading Pools and More
A sure sign of summer–most wading pools will be open by this weekend, as will splash pads and beaches, weather and water quality permitting, and of course pools. Check ahead with the city (or use the handy Waterkeeper Swim Guide app for beaches) to find out what’s open.
— Denise Deby
Until Saturday, August 24: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
A Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces brings stirring military drill and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 am to learn more about the ceremony.
— Sara-Lynne Levine
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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