Here’s our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7: FOÉ
The 2014 Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent, aka the FOÉ, kicks off this Thursday just across the river in the Hull sector of Gatineau. The 7th edition of this eclectic annual festival continues to celebrate local emerging artists and to feature a variety of artistic disciplines. On top of music, visual arts, and film, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to enjoy theatre and slam poetry. This year’s festivities will take place at many locations around the Vieux-Hull neighborhood and feature music headliners Half Moon Run, Les Trois Accords, IllScarlett, Alaclair Ensemble, We Are Wolves and many more.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Friday, September 5: 1Squarefoot Art Exhibition/Fundraiser/Party
Artists who are previously and currently from Ottawa, and who share a love of art, skateboarding, and the amazing community that unites both, have donated works of art in support of the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association’s 1Squarefoot Fundraiser.
— Nick Bachusky
Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7: House of PainT
When it comes to celebrating Ottawa’s urban culture, no one does it better than House of PainT (HoP). The annual festival, which serves as a vehicle to elevate and celebrate urban arts and culture, has become instrumental in bringing forward the four elements of hip-hop to young and old from all walks of life who are curious about the culture or those who simply want to be a part of the movement. For its 11th edition, HoP organizers invite everyone and anyone with a love of hip-hop and community to take in graffiti art, breakdancing, emceeing, slam poetry, and deejaying under Dunbar bridge in Brewer Park as well as other venues.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7: 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. (continues September 15-16)
— Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Saturday, September 6: Capital Vélo Rally
Capital Vélo Rally is a fun-filled day of cycling through the streets of Ottawa. Riding in a team of 3-6 people, decipher the route, find answers to quirky clues and quizzes, and test your skills in a friendly challenge with other rally-riders!
— Laura Gauthier
Sunday, September 7: Ottawa Humane Society’s 26th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon
Pet lovers! Come to Queen Julianna Park (right by Dow’s Lake) on Sunday for the Ottawa Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walkathon! This is the OHS’s largest annual fundraiser; it’s easy to walk (or run) with your pet to raise money for the 10,000 animals that the OHS cares for each year. Even if you don’t register to walk, just show up to the park for a doggone good time – come see the pet-focused marketplace, family fun zone, food trucks, “pet Picasso,” and more! (BONUS: The first 10 people to mention “OttawaStart” to me at the Ottawa Pet Expo booth will get a free ticket to the Pet Expo this November 8-9!)
— Jake Naylor
Sunday, September 7: Grandparents’ Day Sunday Brunch at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Treat the grandparents to a special brunch buffet and museum visit. Let them know how much they’re appreciated! In the Barrick Salon, enjoy roast beef au jus, roasted vegetables, omelette bar, charcuterie; selection of cheeses, artisan breads, salads; delectable desserts and more. Then wander through the many exhibitions exploring Canada’s natural history….a perfect family outing!Brunch includes general admission to the museum, as well as the meal’s gratuity. 10:30am-2:00pm. Call for reservations 613.232.6976
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Tuesday, September 9: Tree Reading Series
8:00pm. Black Squirrel Books & Tea, 1073 Bank Street. Poetry, including an open mic, feature & free workshop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Workshop-6:45pm: Peter Richardson – Round Tabling Poems; Open mic; Features: April Bulmer + Helen Guri – 8pm. First Tree Reading of the season with two out of town poets as features & a local poet offering a free workshop. don’t miss it, poetry enthusiasts. & if you’ve got some new short poems to share, the open mic is the perfect place to do so.
— Amanda Earl, Bywords
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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