OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Last chance for Mosaika, Sunday Bike Days, World Press Photo


“the DJ” by Andrew King. Pen & ink, 8×10 framed. Up for auction at Portraits of Bluesfest on August 30.

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:

Until August 30, 2012:  World Press Photo 2012 at the Canadian War Museum
I somehow missed it this summer, but there are still a few days to enjoy the world’s largest press photography competition’s prizewinning photos, displayed at the Canadian War Museum.
— Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer

August 30: Whatever’s Cool With Me 15th Anniversary Episode
On Thursday from 9:30-noon, I’m celebrating 15 years on Thursday mornings at CKCU 93.1 FM and I’ll be giving away a boat-load of prizes. You can see them all on my Web site. You can win tickets to the Ottawa Folk Festival or a date night at the ByTowne Cinema. You could also win a chance to host an episode of my show. I have a bunch of concert tickets and CDs to give away too. Some of the prizes will be given to callers during the show and others require you to enter in advance (see my web site). It will be 2.5 hours of great music and lots of giveaways. Tune in and help me celebrate!
— Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me  

Thursday, August 30: Portraits of BluesfestThis is a yearly fundraising event organized by Ottawa Citizen arts editor Peter Simpson. He asks local artists to donate photographs, paintings and drawings inspired by Bluesfest, then they’re acutioned off for charity. Money raised goes to Blues in the Schools. Eighteen artists donated a piece for this year’s auction, which takes place at Patrick Gordon Framing at 160 Elm Street near Lebreton Flats, 7pm-9pm
— Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of     

August 31: Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
The 25th edition of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off this Saturday, August 31 and runs until September 3 at the Parc de la Baie. This annual festival, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers an array of on-site activities including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s headliners include Simple Plan, KC and the Sunshine Band and Eric Lapointe. This event guarantees to be packed with entertainment for everyone!
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Friday, August 31: Masters of the Universe at the Mayfair
Join the Unreasonable Action Crew for a midnight screening of the 1987 Dolph Lundgren classic Masters of the Universe.
— Laura Gauthier

Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2: Farmers’ Markets
Make the transition from summer to fall easier with a visit to a farmers’ market for fresh, local produce. Ottawa has well over a dozen markets, so check OttawaStart’s guide for locations and opening times; most are open either Saturday or Sunday. If that’s too much choice, then try the newest Ottawa Farmers’ Market, in Westboro at Byron Park, or better yet, borrow a RightBike and cycle to both the Parkdale and Westboro Markets—the user-friendly RightBikes have big baskets perfect for carrying food items.
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

September 1: Special Piknic Electronik with DJ Poirier
Le Troquet, a popular restaurant-bar, show lounge and exhibition space located in the Old Hull area of Gatineau is celebrating its 15th birthday this week. To thank its long-time regulars and new customers, Le Troquet is offering a very special edition of the Piknic Electronik this Saturday, September 1. To mark the occasion, Montreal DJ Poirier will be performing live and as always, the man on a mission promises to make you dance. There will be a photo booth on site for those who wish to capture the evening in style so dress to impress! 
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

September 2: Last day of Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
Last weekend to enjoy Sunday Bikedays with the family. Take the parkways and cycle along the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, or through beautiful Gatineau Park.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid   

September 3: Last night to see Mosaika on Parliament Hill
Mosaika, the nightly sound-and-light projection show on Parliament Hill, wraps up this weekend. August 30-31 the shows start at 9:30pm, and from September 1-3 the shows start at 9:00pm. Full of stunning visuals and lots of Canadiana (without the usual cliches).
— Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of  

Have a great long weekend!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide, Open & Closed on Labour Day in Ottawa
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