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OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 20-26

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 . _

** Wednesday-Sunday, August 19-23: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival ** See what Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers and media artists from around the world have to say about language, culture, issues and life. This creative and thought-provoking annual festival includes film screenings, live music, art (check out the Mikwenim exhibit on memory and identity) and performance. -Denise ** Wednesday-Sunday, August 19-23: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival ** For the fourth year, Ottawa will be home to the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrating Indigenous arts on Algonquin Territory. The annual event is back with a 2015 edition that promises to offer a rich and engaging programming emphasizing art that examine Indigenous issues and topics. The festival will take place over four days and feature film screenings and gallery exhibitions, some of which are being held outdoors. -Eliane ** Wednesday-Sunday, August 19-23: ** ** Arboretum Festival ** Tons of great music mixed with cultural programming - and at a new location this year! -Laura ** Wednesday-Sunday, August 19-23: ** ** Arboretum Festival ** The Arboretum Music Festival returns with a bigger and better fourth edition that runs from August 19 to 22 and the event has new headquarters on Victoria Island while Arts Court is getting a facelift. For 2015, Ottawa’s festival of new music and best kept secrets is back in full force with an eclectic programming spread out over 4 days that includes live music by Austra, Braids, Hayden, The Sadies, New Swears, Scattered Clouds, Nightshades, Saxsyndrum and Fet.Nat. among several others. The lineup also includes art installations, interactive talks and warehouse after parties. -Eliane ** Thursday, August 20: Cold War Radio Communications Lecture ** Ralph Cameron is with the volunteer radio group at the Diefenbunker from where he communicates with the outside world in Morse code using original Cold War equipment. ** Friday, August 21: Outdoor Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox ** Join Suzy Q donuts for an outdoor movie family fun night! -Laura ** Friday, August 21: Flapjack’s Indie Night - August Edition ** A night filled with the wonderful sounds of Ottawa’s greatest artists! Come out, enjoy local talent and have some of the most delectable food Preston St. has to offer. Cover charge $5 and music all night. ** Saturday, August 22: ** ** Maker Space North Open House ** This Saturday, Maker Space North will hold its official opening with a community showcase of makers, startups and an open house tour of the facilities. The all-ages free event will highlight the projects, interest groups, tech, tinkering and creative happenings that abound in the National Capital Region all under one roof at the new Maker Space North. -Eliane ** Saturday, August 22: Hayden at the Arboretum Festival ** This boutique music festival is amazing every year. Fantastic tunes and food & drink that put every other music festival to shame. When you add the art installations that will be everywhere, there is something to delight every one of your senses. One of my favourites, Hayden, will be performing on Saturday. Maybe he will bust out this classic! https://youtu.be/BzQY7yRDil0 – Ryan ** Saturday, August 22: North Lanark Highland Games ** Wear your tartan to the North Lanark Highland Games on August 22. The NLH Games are held at the beautiful fairgrounds of the North Lanark Agricultural Society, 195 Water Street in Almonte, on the banks of the Mississippi River.  Featuring twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers, and champion heavyweight athletes, the Almonte Games also offer visitors the opportunity to buy traditional clothing, Scottish food, refreshments, souvenir items, crafts, and genealogical information. ** Saturday, August 22: Nature Walk: Trees and Shrubs of Petrie Island ** Petrie Island is well-known for its relatively pristine natural environment, given the close proximity to Ottawa. This low island contains a well-preserved natural plant community, with good examples of regionally uncommon woody plants such as Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Black Willow (Salix nigra), and Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia). Come discover this unique ecosystem with us! This guided walk will emphasize interaction and public education, with all questions from participants welcome. ** Saturday, August 22: Off The Rails Comedy Competition (6th edition) ** The MC hangs out in the audience and takes topic suggestions from audience members. The comics then use those topics to riff and improvise their act. You never know what to expect—whether it’s a rant about Stephen Harper or a rap about Beyonce. ** Sunday, August 23: Capital Pride Parade ** The Ottawa Capital Pride Parade is steeped in history and full of color and this year they’re bringing the parade back to Bank Street, to the heart of the Village. The event starts at 1:00pm at Bank and Gladstone, heads towards Kent Street, then wraps back around Laurier to end at Bank and Somerset. ** ** ** Sunday, August 23: Fundraiser for Andy Nevin’s Boys! ** Andy Nevin was killed by a hit and run driver on Leitrim Road in June. He leaves behind two young sons Bryce and Jacob, who are very much in need of any financial help the community can offer. This fundraiser for the boys is at Moose McGuire’s Pub/Restaurant on McCarthy Road in Ottawa. Seven professional bands have stepped forward, offering to perform at the event, which will run from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. ** Sunday, August 23: Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of New Edinburgh ** New Edinburgh, a mill-town founded in 1832, is one of Canada’s earliest planned communities and still presents a largely 19th-century face to the world. The tour will look at the industrial roots of the town, will introduce some early inhabitants and show how the community evolved over time. ** Wednesday, August 26: ** ** Ottawa Fury FC vs NY Cosmos ** See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the NY Cosmos Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under.  Two matches for the price of one!  Buy a ticket for either August 26 or 29, and get a ticket for the other. OttawaFuryFC.com _ (Sponsored) _ ** Wednesday, August 26: In/Words Reading Series ** Time and Place: 9:00 pm. Clocktower Pub, 575 Bank Street / featured poets/prose writers & open mic / Jenny Greenberg and Sanita Fejzic / Meet the new editors of Carleton University’s In/Words Magazine. - Amanda _ ** Upcoming… ** _ ** Saturday, August 29: Ottawa Fury FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies ** See the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at TD Place. Tickets start at just $17 for adults and youth 12 and under. Two matches for the price of one! OttawaFuryFC.com _ (Sponsored) _ ** September 12-13: ** ** 20th Annual Fibrefest Festival ** The two-day festival of textiles and fibre arts will feature 90 vendors, demonstrations, exhibitations, a lamb race, fabric flee market, Alpaca sort-a-thon and tea room. Admission $5. Daily. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out and about, Fibrefest will have something for you. _ (Sponsored) _ ** Wednesday, September 16: ** Meet the World’s Top Grad Schools in Ottawa! Meet face-to-face with admissions directors from over 30 of the top-ranked local & international grad schools such as Ivey Business School, Western University, HEC Paris & The University of Manchester Business School; learn about the best Masters/PhD programs in the world & apply for exclusive scholarships! Also attend complimentary seminars from industry experts to hear their invaluable insight. _ (Sponsored) _ ** 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 www.musiconamission.ca . _ (Sponsored) _ _ ** Continuing… ** _ ** Until August 21: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill ** See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the ceremony. For more information visit theCeremonial Guard. 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM daily. _ – Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa _ ** Until August 22: ** ** Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light ** The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks kick off this week along the banks of the Canadian Museum of History. The 20th edition of this annual event will feature four international pyromusical fireworks shows from Spain, Belgium, Greece, and Venezuela including a Grande Finale, which will offer an explosive ending presented by all four countries. If you plan on attending, why not arrive earlier to check out the Museum or have dinner on site? For more info, tickets and programming details, just click below. _ – Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital _ ** Until August 22: Children’s Activities at Rideau Hall ** The grounds of Rideau Hall are open daily from 8 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Special activities include: “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23; Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure; Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22. _ – Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa _ ** Until September 7: Alex Colville. A Canadian Icon ** At the National Gallery of Canada, _ Alex Colville _ offers a fresh perspective on Colville’s work, as he is considered to be one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Featuring nearly a hundred paintings along with various student works and prints, this exhibition explores the breadth of Colville’s practice. _ (Sponsored) _ ** Until September 13: ** ** Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé ** Enter into a captivating love story between a goatherd and shepherdess. This tale titled _ Daphnis & Chloé _ is narrated visually through a set of colour lithographs by Marc Chagall.  These illustrations highlight Chagall’s unique style, setting him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries. At the National Gallery. _ (Sponsored) _ ** 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. _ (Sponsored) _ _ For more events, check out ottawastart.com/events/ … or add your event via ottawastart.com/start/ _