Welcome (almost) to the long weekend! Start off tonight by heading down to Ottawa’s only Jail bar Mugshots 75 Nicholas. It might be a bit cold on the terrace but bundle up cuz it’s fun out there. Tonight presented by CKCU Mugshots has bands Doomsquad, Blue Angel & HSY starting at 9pm 7$. It’s a lock-in!
With the extra day off we thought we’d list some fun and games slightly further afield as well as in our hood – after all time is on your side if your not cooking up a feast to feed the masses!
Saturday and Sunday Mont Ste-Marie will be holding their annual Festival of Colours / Festival des Couleurs. Take a ride in the chairlift to experience the full grandeur of the fall foliage or get even higher with the helicopter rides on offer. Relax at the BBQ where there’ll be vintage cars, a euro (trampoline) bungee, musicians and family activities throughout both days. Mountain biking and walking tours are also on the program. Adults 11$ kids between 7-17 $7 and under 7 free.
The NCC’s Fall Rhapsody continues for it’s final weekend in Gatineau Park. Stroll or bike the over 90km of trails then take a break over at the MacKenzie King Estate Tea Rooms. The Visitor Centre will be hosting a free 2hour tour and educational program “Follies of the Fall Forest” on Monday at 12:30 (French) and 2:30 (English).
Want some wildlife in town? Flutter over to Carleton University for the concluding weekend of the Annual Butterfly Show. The free exhibit features more than 1000 butterflies representing 41 species worldwide and is open daily from 9:00-4:00 in the Nesbitt Building.
David Heath – Untitled
Get your art fix at the OAG 2 Daly Ave. On-going shows include the intriguing photography of David Heath A Heritage of Meaning, An Introspective and Sook-Yin Lee’s very personal exhibit We are Light Rays. Lee and her sister explore the immediacy of the present moment through photography following her siblings cancer diagnosis in 2011. The series spans 2 years and is presented atop light boxes creating ephemeral even ghostly images.
On Sunday the OAG welcomes back Creative Sundays from 1:00-3:00. An opportunity to visit the gallery with family and friends and even take home your own masterpiece.
Thanksgiving Monday Sandy Hill bucks the trend of store closures with the Metro on Rideau operating 24hrs, Loblaws open from 10:00-6pm and the Rideau Centre meeting your need for retail therapy and as an escape from family “fun”.
As ever our neighbours in the Byward Market will have most shops and restaurants open for business.
Lace up your boots because it’s non-stop Sandy Hill action. Details on our Events page.
Supernova! Nuit Blanche Ottawa – is the highlight of our week! The all-night art extravaganza launches at our very own Ottawa Art Gallery. Be amongst the first to celebrate the 2013 kick-off then roam the streets from dusk to dawn taking in performances, exhibits and interactive installations.
The week kicks off Monday night at City Hall with a meeting on building conversions. Action Sandy Hill amongst others will be speaking as City Planners take the pulse of local neighbourhoods. A big issue in Sandy Hill. How do you feel about dwellings being converted to smaller units?
Thursday Sept 19th sees two major events at the Ottawa Art Gallery. At noon Sook-Yin Lee discusses the inspiration behind her latest exhibit We are Light Rays. In 2011 her sister was diagnosed with cancer and together she and her sibling explored the immediacy of the present through photography. The series spanning 2 years is presented via light panels giving the images a ghostly ephemeral essence. Show runs to January 26th.
Thursday 6pm is the Opening for both “We are Light Rays and “Sell Out”. The latter is a provocative and intriguing exhibit that questions the necessity and, in equal measure, the vilification of artists that sell-out by producing commercial works. The timing of this piece is particularly compelling as it coincides with a case brought to the Supreme Court of Canada by a collection of artists (CARFAC) against the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on copyright laws and artist fees – there is no minimum payments to artist for works exhibited at the NGC.
Catch Sook-Yin Lee and Benjamin Kamino on Friday 20 Sept for the première of their multi-media performance art piece “How Can I Forget” at University of Ottawa’s Academic Theatre.
Friday Night 5-11pm it’s the ELE music concert of emerging urban artists with a FREE (suggested donation of 5$ in support of childhood cancer support group Candlelighters) on Tabaret Lawn.
Saturday is busy busy busy. First up is the Sandy Hill Yard Sale but don’t forget to save a bag for the Pop-up Sandy Hill Farmer’s Market at Laurier & Chapel. As if that wasn’t fun enough we’ve taken the stress out of Saturday night dinner with a Community BBQ providing the sustenance required to re-charge for the Nuit Blanche night ahead.
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