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OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Over 20 great events happening this weekend

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[
  ](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/poster_final-jpg1.jpg)

Andrew King’s “Stage Fright”, one of the works up for auction at Friday night’s Portraits of Bluesfest .

[

](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/weekly-event-roundup250.gif) * ** Jean Labelle ** ** , Photographer: **

**
 ARTS:
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**
 [
  Portraits of Bluesfest
 ](http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/08/31/stage-crumpling-storm-produces-unique-art-for-portraits-of-bluesfest-3/)
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- the third annual fundraising silent auction for Blues in the            Schools. More than a dozen of Ottawa's best painters and            photographers donate one-of-a-kind, original works of art            inspired by Bluesfest 2011.





 * 
**
 Heather-Marie Connors, aka
 [
  @HMSurfacing
 ](http://twitter.com/HMSurfacing)
 :
**


**
 THEATRE:
**
This week marks the beginning of a new theatre season with the opening  of
[
 **
  "The 39 Steps" at the Gladstone Theatre
 **
](http://ottawastart.com/story/14945.php)
. On Friday, September 9th,  director John P. Kelly will be featured in a super not-so-secret late  night improv show called "Spotlight On..." with Crush Improv. This is  the improv show that won them "Best Ensemble" at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe  Festival, and is a great crossover between these two companies. The  show will take place after the Friday night performance of "The 39  Steps" and is $10 at the door.





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 [
  Josee
 ](http://twitter.com/#!/frugalfunottawa)
 from
 [
  Frugal Fun Ottawa
 ](http://frugalfunottawa.ca/index.html)
 :
**


**
 SOAP BOXES:
**
How about an old-fashioned soap box derby? The
[
 **
  Gatineau Soap Box Derby Festival
 **
](http://app01.ottawa.ca/ArtsCalendar/eventDetails.jsf?lang=en&eventId=6202)
takes place on Friday from 6:30 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday and Sunday  from 10 am to 4 pm. Racers will take over Gatineau's Main Street during  this free, bilingual family affair.





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 [
  Laura Nicol
 ](http://twitter.com/311Laura)
 , aka
 [
  @311Laura
 ](http://twitter.com/311Laura)
 :
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**
 YOGA PARTY:
**
This Friday, September  9th from 7:45-9:15pm, renowned Ottawa yoga teacher Natalie Holst is  holding another one of her infamous
**
 [
  Madonna Yoga Flow Party
 ](http://www.ottawayoga.com/event/view_event.php?event_id=81)
 classes.
**
Get into your groove and celebrate with a playful Ashtanga-based yoga   class to the music of Madonna (yes, THE Madonna). Music arrangement by   MixMaster Mike, (aka. Mike Block). During the 90-minutes you have a   chance to work on your strength, flexibility and definitely lots of   sweat.  Show up early, this class is busy!
**
 Cost:
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By donation* (cash   only!) with 100% of the proceeds raised going to CARE Canada's   charitable efforts in Vietnam.
_
 *Suggested donation: $10-$20
_





 * 
**
 [
  Tanya Snook
 ](http://www.twitter.com/spydergrrl)
 , aka
 [
  Spydergrrl
 ](http://spydergrrl.blogspot.com/)
 :
**


**
 SUICIDE PREVENTION:
**
Saturday Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. There will be a concert at Centrepointe Theatre called
**
 [
  “A Celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day”
 ](http://www.centrepointetheatre.com/events_tickets/details_theatre/september/Susan_aglukark_en.html)
**
, featuring Susan  Aglukark and Irish rockers Friends of Emmet. Proceeds will go to  suicide prevention in Ottawa, the Collateral Damage Project, and  support The Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, chaired by Susan  Aglukark. Info:





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 [
  Max Keeping
 ](http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=max+keeping)
 ,
 [
  CTV Ottawa's
 ](http://ottawa.ctv.ca/)
 Community Ambassador:
**
**
 ENTOURAGE!
**
The hottest ticket in town this weekend   may be the limited (25 people) $150 meet and greet with
**
 HBO Entourage star   ADRIAN GRENIER
**
Saturday night.  For much less ($20), you can catch up with   the TV hunk at the Rainbow Cinema (St Laurent Shopping Centre), at 6:30pm, at   the screening of his new film TEENAGE PAPARAZZO. There's a Q &A from   7:45-8:30pm, and then after parties at Lobby  and Mansion, the conjoined   nightclubs at Rideau and Dalhousie. Cover charge at both, of course. For more   information, 613-482-1140 or
[
 info@marquisgroup.ca
](mailto:info@marquisgroup.ca)

 * 
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 [
  Ryan Bresee
 ](http://www.twitter.com/coolckcu)
 , radio host of CKCU's
 [
  Whatever's Cool With Me
 ](http://www.coolckcu.com/)
 :
**


**
 MUSIC:
**
There's lots going on this weekend (Mudhoney at Mavericks on Friday!)  but the most interesting might be
**
 [
  Barnstorm
 ](http://barnstorm.ca/)
**
. Your  host, Tic, holds the event on his property and has outfitted one of his  barns with a stage, lights, sound system and a lot of ambiance. There  will be six bands, including the Reverb Syndicate. It's incredible!  It's so worth the trip to Finch, just outside of Ottawa and if you want  to have a few pops while, there, you're encouraged to bring a tent and  camp.





 * 
**
 Denise Deby, who writes for
 [
  Green Living Ottawa
 ](http://greenlivingottawa.com/)
 :
**


**
 NATURE:
**
You have all day Saturday to     take in some of
[
 **
  Celebrating the Natural World at Beaver Pond Park
 **
](http://www.union-algonquin-union.com/events/celebrating-the-natural-world-at-beaver-pond-park.html)
– activities     go from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Organised by the Algonquin Union, the event will     include a sunrise ceremony, barbecue lunch and dinner, guest speakers, music     and more. Around 10 a.m. you can do either a cycling, walking or photography     tour through the South March Highlands (but how to choose?!)





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**
 [
  Max Keeping
 ](http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=max+keeping)
 ,
 [
  CTV Ottawa's
 ](http://ottawa.ctv.ca/)
 Community Ambassador:
**


**
 CELEBRITIES/MUSIC: Kevin Costner
**
is at the
[
 **
  Spencerville Fair
 **
](http://www.spencervillefair.ca/)
on Saturday! The Oscar winner has had a band since 2005,   and performed well at Bluesfest last year.     Spencerville is 40   minutes southwest of Ottawa off the 416.  There's a wine and cheese with   Costner, and preferred seating at the concert, for $100; concert only is $30   ($37 at the gate). If you'd prefer homegrown stars, Ambush play Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 1pm, it's   John Conlee, Ronnie Prophet and Glory Ann, and Prescott Brown and   Family.





 * 
**
 [
  Yasir Naqvi
 ](http://www.yasirnaqvimpp.ca/)
 , MPP Ottawa Centre:
**


**
 COMMUNITY:
**
This week, I'm really looking forward to attending the
**
 Hintonburg Harvest Festivale
**
on Saturday,  September 10th at the Parkdale Park (behind the Parkdale Market).  Activities include a bouncy castle, games and art projects from noon to  4pm; horse and trolley rides 1-3 pm. On top of that, there will be  Hintonburg Hip-Hop & Break Dancers and dance contests, music,  children's' games and activities, fundraising BBQ & information  tables throughout the day. You won't want to miss the best apple pie  contest at 1:00pm. For more details contact Lorrie Marlow at
[
 _
  lorriemarlow@yahoo.ca
 _
](https://postoffice.entirelydigital.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=969570d5ffde49de814de7047605ec05&URL=mailto%3Alorriemarlow%40yahoo.ca)
.





 * 
**
 Glen Gower, editor of
 [
  OttawaStart.com
 ](http://ottawastart.com/)
 :
**


**
 FUNDRAISER:
**
Bring back your empties to the Beer Store this Saturday to support Roger's House. It's the annual
[
 **
  Sens Foundation Beer Store Bottle Drive.
 **
](http://ottawastart.com/story/14997.php)





 * 
**
 [
  Stuntman Stu
 ](http://www.stuntmanstu.com/)
 from Majic 100:
**


**
 CYCLING:
**
This Saturday watch for hundreds of cyclists taking part  in the
**
 [
  2nd annual Ride the Rideau
 ](http://www.ridetherideau.ca/)
**
for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.  Riders including yours truly will be biking from Lansdowne Park to  Merrickville in a 100k journey to beat Cancer.





 * 
**
 Lisa from
 [
  couchassassin.com
 ](http://couchassassin.com/)
 :
**


**
 MUSIC:
**
Fall is drawing near and your days of dancing outside are numbered.   But it's not too late.  The last
**
 Piknic electronik
**
of the season  happens Sunday September 11th at the Museum of Civilisation. spend the  afternoon shaking it to local DJ Macguffin, along with a host of  montreal favourites like Horror inc.





 * 
**
 [
  Gordon Dewis
 ](http://gordon.dewis.ca/)
 , blogger:
**


**
 DRAGON BOATS:
**
This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the Carleton Place Dragon  Boat Festival, also known at
**
 The Fall 400
**
. The day of dragonboating  starts with the first race at 9am and continues through to about 5pm.  Teams from both Carleton Place and abroad, including several teams from  Ottawa, will be taking part in the festival.





 * 
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 Sara-Lynne Levine,
 [
  Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
 ](http://www.ottawacapitalregion.macaronikid.com/)
 :
**


**
 APPLES:
**
Nothing says fall like crisp apples and you're invited to a
**
 Pomme  Party
**
! On Saturday, Sept 10, learn all about how apples were used in  the past by making apple dolls, pressing fresh apple cider, baking  apple treats and playing apple games – just like in pioneer times!  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM , Billing's Estate  Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family





 * 
**
 [
  Amanda Earl
 ](http://amandaearl.blogspot.com/)
 , poet & publisher:
**


**
 AUTHORS:
**
This weekend, BC writer
**
 Joe Denham
**
launches his new novel The Year of   Broken Glass at two local events: Plan 99, the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin, 5pm   on Saturday, September 10, reading with poet David Hickey, and on   Sunday, September 11 at 2pm at the
**
 [
  Sasquatch Writers' Performance Series
 ](http://www.sasquatch-wps.ca/)
**
at the Royal Oak II, 161 Laurier East. It's a good weekend for beer and   tales.





 * 
**
 [
  Gordon Dewis
 ](http://gordon.dewis.ca/)
 , blogger:
**


**
 PETS:
**
Sunday is the 23rd annual
**
 [
  Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathorn
 ](http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/walkathon.cfm)
**
, which an  important fundraising event for the Ottawa Humane Society.  Pre-registration is recommended, but not necessary as you can register  on Sunday.
[
 You can register online
](http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/walkathon.cfm)
. The event starts at 10am.





 * 
**
 Lydia Bociurkiw from
 [
  Ottawa  Girl
 ](http://theottawagirl.blogspot.com/)
 :


 ARTS:
**
Put your
**
 Best Face Forward
**
and come out to
**
 [
  Basement Artists
 ](http://www.ottawakiosk.com/ad.php?url=http://www.basementartists.org/)
**
charity event in support of
**
 the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
**
on Sunday, September  11th at the Mercury Lounge. I’ll be exhibiting and selling
[
 my work
](http://www.flickr.com/photos/lydia-art/sets/72157627331843081/detail/)
along with several other fabulous local artists.  But wait there’s more. Amazing  bands like The  Riot Police  and dancing  ladies from Capital Tease will also be there for your entertainment pleasure.  Be sure not to miss the charity art raffle featuring dozens of hand-crafted  masks like you’ve never seen before. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and are  available through the artists, performers, staff, The Record Shaap (209  Gilmour) and Neon Clothing (60 George St.) $10 at the door. Hope to see you  there!





 * 
**
 [
  Ross Brown
 ](http://www.twitter.com/RossBrownfoot)
 , blogger/writer/author/photog:
**


**
 ARTS:
**
Local artists will  be displaying artwork at
**
 [
  Basement Artists
 ](http://www.ottawakiosk.com/ad.php?url=http://www.basementartists.org/)
**
at the Mercury Lounge (56  Byward Market) on Sunday, September 11, from 7-11 pm. The event is a  fund raiser for the Mental Health Centre at the Royal Ottawa. Tickets  are $8 in advance (at Record Shaap or Neon Clothing) or $10 at the  door. I'm going to support one of my favourite Ottawa photographers,  Lydia Bociurkiw, a.k.a.
[
 Ottawa Girl.
](http://www.theottawagirl.blogspot.com/)





 * 
**
 Don from
 [
  foodieprints
 ](http://www.foodieprints.com/)
 :
**


**
 FOOD:
**
[
 **
  Feast of Fields
 **
](http://www.cog.ca/ottawa/feast_of_fields/tickets.html)
is an annual event, hosted by the the Ottawa Chapter of  the Canadian Organic Growers (COG).  It features local farmers and chefs  from the greater Ottawa region who team up to create a feast for  attendees.    September 11 from Noon  until 4:00 pm the Canada Agriculture Museum.  As of today, twenty farm/chef teams have signed up to provide food, drinks  and dessert. Tickets are $70 (taxes included).





 * 
**
 [
  Sterling Lynch
 ](http://sterlinglynch.wordpress.com/)
 , editor of the
 [
  Ottawa Arts Newsletter
 ](http://sterlinglynch.wordpress.com/ottawa-arts-newsletter/)
 :
**


**
 FESTIVALS:
**
The 15th annual Fall Season of the
**
 Writer’s Festival
**
launches with
[
 an event featuring Michael Ondaatje
](http://www.writersfestival.org/events/the-cats-table)
on Tuesday, September 13. 7PM.





 * 
**
 Andrea, from
 [
  a peek inside the fishbowl
 ](http://www.quietfish.com/notebook)
**
**
 :
**


**
 MUSEUMS:
**
We're hoping pay a visit to the Museum of Nature this weekend, it's one of my favourite places because it's so easy to spend a few hours there… and there is so much to see! The plan is to catch the "
[
 Extreme Mammals
](http://nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/what-see-do/whats/extreme-mammals)
" exhibition before it disappears on November 6, and hopefully take in some
[
 Dinosaurs in 3D
](http://nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/what-see-do/whats/dinosaurs-3d-0)
too.





 * 
**
 **
  [
   Juliette Giannesini
  ](http://correresmidestino.com/)
  , aka Zhu, photographer:
 **
**


**
 DINNER:
**
Temperatures are dropping, I walked around with my camera  all summer, I actually made it to yoga once a week as planned a year ago… time  to treat myself, right? This week, I’m planning to see what the fuss is all  about and grab a burger from
[
 **
  Five Guys  Burgers and Fries
 **
](http://www.fiveguys.com/)
. Ottawa is raving about this new burger joint and they  even had
[
 an  article in the Citizen
](http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/07/15/five-guys-burgers-fries-comes-to-ottawa/)
! Hopefully it is worth the trip to Kanata!

** See also: ** Ottawa Events Guide

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