OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: September 11-17, 2014


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

Wednesday-Sunday, September 10-14: Ottawa Folk Festival
The festival is once again being held at Hog’s Back Park under the theme “The Great Escape”. The annual music festival, will feature headliners Lorde, Foster The People, The National, Serena Ryder, Adam Cohen, J.Cole, and Lee Fields & The Expressions along with a slew of talented local artists like The Wicked Mercy, The Strain, Pony Girl, Laurent Bourque and Craig Cardiff among others. Along with the ticketed shows, Folk Fest organizers are also offering an interesting series of free shows on site.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Wednesday-Sunday, September 10-14: Canadian Comedy Awards
Stand-up comedy, improv theatre, a gala, and of course the awards shows. Canada’s funniest people will be in town this week for the annual event. Some of my friends from Crush Improv will be competing in Rapp Battlez at Arts Court on Saturday night, a live rap battle between comedians from coast to coast.
— Glen Gower

Thursday, September 11: Book launch – Frances Itani’s Tell
Frances Itani will be sharing from her newest novel, Tell, this Thursday in support of a local group, ALSO Adult & Family Literacy, who run English and American Sign Language programs here in Ottawa.
— Laura Gauthier

Friday, September 12: El Dorado Reading Series
The 100th Birthday Celebration of Nicanor Parra, El Gutso Mazzola, 939 Somerset W. Did you know Ottawa has a multilingual reading series? This warm & friendly group offers an open mic & feature in many languages, a place for music, poetry and camraderie. Not to mention food & wine. Take this opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of this important Chilean anti-poet. Starts at 8pm.
— Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday-Thursday, September 12-18: SPAO 7th Annual A+ Exhibition
Photography lovers will have the chance to check out SPAO’s 7th Annual A+ Exhibition, a yearly celebration of excellence from part-time students. This year’s exhibition will feature the following categories: Landscape/Architecture, Portraiture/Nude, Abstraction/Conceptual, and Photojournalism/Documentary.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14: West End Studio Tour
Wild and whimsical scenes, rich landscapes, colour-drenched blossoms, sculptures made of natural and found materials—the West End Studio Tour is an opportunity to see the work of more than 20 local artists. Enjoy the day even more by cycling between studios, all in Wellington West and Westboro.
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday-Saturday, September 12-13: Nature Canada’s BioBlitz
What’s a BioBlitz, you ask? It’s Nature Canada’s way of inviting you to come out to learn about nature in the city. From Friday 3 p.m. until Saturday 3 p.m., you can take guided nature walks on the song birds, water birds, trees, mosses, insects, reptiles and amphibians in the Mud Lake area. You’ll also help document the species that live there.
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, September 13: Urban Craft Market
The Urban Craft Market is back at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through 50 local vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to find special handmade local goods for gifting and for the home.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, September 13: Savour Fall at Rideau Hall
Tour the kitchen garden, the greenhouses and the private gardens. Watch culinary demonstrations and taste the results. Meet local producers and learn about the journey from farm-to-table. Bring your family and friends! 12:30pm-4:00pm, free.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, September 13: Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival
This Saturday Riverside Park in Carleton Place is the place to be if you like dragonboating. The Fall 400 Dragon Boat Festival features 46 teams with over 1100 paddlers and drummers racing on the Mississippi River. Races start at 9am and run through the day until around 5:15. Admission and parking is free. For more information check out their website.
— Gordon Dewis

Sunday, September 14: The War on Drugs and Sun Kil Moon at the Ottawa Folkfest
By the time you are reading this, the Ottawa Folkfest will be up and running. Sunday will feature two exceptional acts, The War on Drugs and Sun Kil Moon,  that you simply have to see. Unfortunately, their sets overlap a little, but Sun Kil Moon also plays Saturday, so if you can swing two days, you won’t miss a thing! The new War on Drugs album sounds like a young Springsteen teamed up with a young Dylan and made something in 2014. Check a song here: Sun Kil Moon is basically Mark Kozeluk, who you might remember from The Red House Painters. Check out this recent live performance:— Ryan BreseeCKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Tuesday, September 16: Think Global, Eat Local Workshop at West End Well
Ottawa’s new co-op café and grocery store, the West End Well, is also a performance space and learning centre. On Tuesday evening, global and local food systems expert and activist Erin O’Manique leads a discussion on eating locally. (Check the West End Well website for other workshop, music, film and storytelling events.)
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Wednesday, September 17: Wednesday Night Jazz Club at Santé Restaurant with Nicole Ratté and Tim Bedner
A new jazz series has just opened at the Santé Restaurant downtown, hosted by guitarist Tim Bedner. For September, he’s playing with local jazz vocalists, and on September 17 with Nicole Ratté. Nicole knows her Great American Songbook down cold, but intersperses that repertoire with well-known French and Quebecois songs, and numbers in Spanish and Portuguese. Her light and sensual voice, along with Tim’s fluid guitar, will produce a warm and relaxing evening of jazz.
— Alayne

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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