OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: September 24-30


OttawaStart Weekly Round-Up

Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.

Thursday-Sunday, September 24-27: One World Film Festival
The One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest-running annual documentary film fest, is back for a 26th year and happening from September 24 to 27 at the National Gallery and Saint Paul University. With an aim to raise awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues through thought-provoking documentaries, the festival will feature films on global issues as well as engaging discussions, workshops, and a festival fair.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Sunday, September 24-27: One World Film Festival
This annual showcase of documentary films and talks is always impressive.
Themes range from “Documenting Democracy” on Thursday, LGBTQ empowerment,
and the environment, on Friday, Indigenous rights on Saturday and a day of
action on Sunday.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday, September 25: Pac-Man comes to light: A/V Retro Glow Show
Catch the interactive audio-visual display by Hintonburg artist Jon Booth (@jonbyronbooth) at this month’s Nature Nocturne. The popular event is hosted by the Museum of Nature and promises to “Stimulate your mind and move your body.” Booth will do both by bringing an “8-bit game” to life. “I’ve made a life-size gamepad platform for Pac-Man,” says Booth. “With an overhead projection, players will direct Pac-Man by standing in the centre of the maze and looking around them. I’m bringing back 8-bit games for people to experience in a new way, with huge projections for a more immersive experience. It’s like virtual reality, only it’s with the old games that we all knew and loved; the ones that started the huge gaming industry we have today.” No stranger to the Ottawa scene, Booth has set up installations for Nuit Blanche and Nature Nocturne. He recently lit up a lot party for Chinatown Remixed and dropped an “8-bit Invasion” on the centre of Hintonburg. “I like to work in different spaces, and to bring out the fun in Ottawa,” he says. At the last Nature Nocturne, Booth says that projected onto the museum walls, “Super Mario was 3 feet tall.”
— Sylvie Hillwriter / performer / educator

Friday, September 25: Capital Vélo Fest Tour La Nuit
Join the Capital Vélo Fest Tour La Nuit starting at Ottawa’s City Hall and winding through the streets of the city to the historic Experimental farm and back. Invite your friends and family to come light up the night as you cycle a magical ride under the stars without any cars. Suitable for riders of all ages and abilities, it’s a unique and enchanting experience that will be the highlight of your cycling season in Ottawa.
– Laura Gauthier

Friday, September 25: Team Canada ROCKS Chicago for Imerman Angels!
Come out for a great cause! “Team Canada” members are running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise money for Imerman Angels, a charity providing one-on-one support for cancer fighters and their caregivers.
– Laura Gauthier

Friday, September 25: Factory Reading Series
7:00 pm at Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong, UPSTAIRS. Poetry & prose featuring Ryan Pratt, Roland Prevost, Cameron Anstee, + Monty Reid.
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

Saturday, September 26: 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!
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, September 26: Neat in the Woods
3 days of live music outdoors, camping, a bike race, runs, musical chair, a rock paper, scissors tournament, unplugged sets and more, that’s what Neat in the Woods is all about. Happening just outside of Ottawa in Burnstown, the entertainement-packed weekend will feature live performances by The Trews, Matt Andersen, MonkeyJunk, Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, Silver Creek and more.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, September 26: Ottawa Police Chorus presents “The Beat and the Drums”
The Beat and the Drums, – a concert featuring the Ottawa Police Chorus, joined by the Baobab Tree Drum and Dance Community, the York Police Service and the Waterloo Police Service. Tickets $10 available at the door.  Proceeds to the Police Memorial Fund.

September 26 – October 3: Opera Lyra presents The Barber of Seville
Opera Lyra presents our own unique take on Rossini’s great classic, The Barber of Seville! Set in a 1940’s movie studio in Seville, Rosina is a young movie star kept in check by her producer, and the owner of the studio, Bartolo. She is constantly surrounded by his “goons”. Figaro is the studio stylist and confidant. The movie they are working on is the story of Carmen. Mayhem ensues! At the National Arts Centre

September 26 – October 12: Fall Rhapsody in the Gatineau Park – Camp Fortune activities
Activities include delicious brunches on Sunday September 27, October 1 & 11, and Thanksgiving Monday.  Also scenic chairlift rides weekends and holidays. More info here…

Wednesday, September 30 – The Times They Are A-Changing – Kids’ Mental Health
A joint presentation on child and youth mental health by CHEO, The Royal and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.What is the mental health profile of children and youth today? How has it changed in a generation? CHEO and The Royal have seen a dramatic increase in children and youth seeking help, and in the severity of mental illness. Specialists will be educating parents on mental health issues. At Sir Robert Borden High School Auditorium, 131 Greenbank Road, Nepean.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Friday, September 25 (until October 26): Walking With Our Sisters
Commemorative Art Installation
More than 1800 pairs of moccasin vamps—the beaded tops of moccasins—are
displayed in this memorial to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls
and two-spirit people. A powerful and loving tribute as well as a call for
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

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Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25: Ottawa Parent and Child Expo
A fun and informative weekend for the whole family. Whether you’re a parent or child there’s something for everyone. Join our local exhibitors and parenting experts for a weekend of learning, play and discovery. Meet Dora the Explorer & Diego in person.

Friday, October 30: Music on a Mission – Family Services Ottawa’s Music Trivia Fundraiser
Music on a Mission – Family Services Ottawa’s Music Trivia Fundraiser, formerly known as Juke Box Mania, is taking place on Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Soccer Club, from 6:00 – 11:00 PM. This spectacular game night is also a part of Family Services Ottawa’s milestone 100th Anniversary celebrations. Visit the event website at



Until December 31: Mary Pratt: This Little Painting
What’s the story behind Red Currant Jelly (1972), which the artist Mary Pratt affectionately calls “this little painting”? See how Pratt developed her technique, which today stands as a defining example of painterly realism in Canada, a style strongly associated with the country’s Atlantic provinces.

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