July 23, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: July 24-30, 2014

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Photo: Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge by Mark R. Ducharme from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.


Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-27: Asinabka Festival
For the third year, Ottawa will be home to the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrating Indigenous arts on Algonquin Territory. Following two successful years, the annual festival is back with a 2014 edition taking place from July 23 to July 27 that promises to offer a rich and engaging programming emphasizing art works that examine Indigenous issues and topics.The festival will take place over four days and will feature film screenings, exhibitions and gallery crawls, some of which are being held outdoors.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-27: Asinabka Festival
From the range of documentary, animated, feature and short films to the live music night at Club Saw, the offerings at this year’s Asinabka Festival look amazing. The Festival showcases the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. There’s a talk by acclaimed hip hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli on Saturday, and free outdoor feature film screenings on Victoria Island on the Festival's opening and closing nights.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, July 24: Recognize! Live Art, Auction & Fundraiser
House of PainT, which is gearing up to celebrate its 11th year, invites you to Recognize! a live art and auction fundraiser in support of Ottawa’s festival of urban arts and culture. The event, being held at Gallery SAW this Thursday night, will feature 6 visual artists, accompanied by the music selections of DJs Illo and Zattar, creating new works on 14 bar stools that will then be live auctioned to the audience.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, July 25: Jon Hynes at Pressed
Even during the lull between Ottawa's many great music festivals, there are still great tunes to be heard. On Friday, Jon Hynes will be releasing his new album, Watchful Creatures at Pressed. The intimate venue is a perfect fit for his music. Have a listen to the new album here: http://jonhynes.bandcamp.com/
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Friday, July 25: Ottawa Premiere of "Video Games: The Movie" at the Mayfair Theatre
This is a movie about video games. The end. Check the link for more details! (Also playing on Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st.)
-- Jake Naylor 

Friday, July 25: Double Barrel (Dance Party)
This is billed on the Couch Assassin website as Ottawa's "ONLY all vinyl ... dj'ed dance party featuring the sounds of Motown, Funk, Soul, Early Reggae and Northern Soul" and it takes places at Ottawa's ONLY bar-that-used-to-be-a-jail, Mugshots. If it's nice out, the gettin' jiggy takes place outside in the moonlight. If you dig it, you can come back for more, as it happens every month! (I just found out about this event this week from Amanda Armstrong (@aecarmstrong) and knew nothing about it until I started doing some research to write this blurb. In that short time, I have developed a serious hankering to check it out, as the thought of hearing Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" with a Kronenbourg in hand in the cool summer breeze of a Friday evening sounds JUST RIGHT. Right?)
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: Social Capital Ottawa (Social Media Conference)
If you use social media for your line of work (or pleasure), I highly recommend that you attend this social media "learn-a-thon." Actually, you should probably go even if you don't presently "use" it so you can learn why you should. This will be my third year going and I'll likely keep going year after year until the primary organizers, Karen and Lara, realize that this thing is so great that their corporate greed overcomes their kind hearts and they start charging too much, hosting it in Vegas, and calling it WELLMAN WILSON WEALTHSTOCK (in caps, so that you know that they know they're a big deal). Seriously, though, I can almost guarantee you'll learn something interesting about social media if you attend, and it is well designed so that you can choose from a variety of presentations and workshops all day, ensuring that you're not stuck with something that isn't relevant to your interests. See you there (before they let it all go to their head)? ;)
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: The Hornette's Mid-Summer New Moon Dance Party @ Blacksheep Inn
Join them for a sweaty summer dance party at Wakefield's Blacksheep Inn on July 26th. Bus transportation will be provided to/from downtown Ottawa. Departure is at 8:30pm from Museum of Nature. $10 roundtrip.
-- Nick Bachusky

Saturday, July 26: "Back to the Future" Marathon at the Mayfair Theatre
Have you ever dreamt of waking up, eating a bowl of Fruit Loops, watching all three "Back to the Future" movies back to back, just in time to make if home for a late dinner of more delicious Fruit Loops? Your dream is now a reality known as Saturday! Woah. This is heavy.
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, July 26: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Comic Book Creators
Head down to The Comic Book Shoppe (Bank St. location) for a special one-day event where you can meet local comic book authors and artists! Pick up their comics, shake their hands, ask them to draw you with muscles triple the size of your head, and get their expert opinions on life's grandest conundrum: who would win in a fight, The Hulk or The Tick?
-- Jake Naylor 

Sunday, July 27: Paris in July - guided art lesson
Join Artist & Illustrator Crystal Beshara as she leads you through a whimsical illustration of a Parisian Market Scene. The Parkdale Market will provide a colourful & lively backdrop for our vintage inspired subject matter. Pretty Model, Bicycle, and panier complete with baguette and flowers! What more could you ask for?!
-- Laura Gauthier

Thursday, July 24 to Friday, August 22: Free Play Group in the Park
All summer long Mothercraft will be offering FREE fun filled mornings in the parks with learning through play. Activities will be arts and crafts, colaberative activies, gross motor activities and sing and dance along with MONKEY ROCK Monday, Wednesday (bilingual), Thursday & Friday. Tuesday park day is French (Monkey Rock will not perform). Check the web site for times and locations.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

July 3-August 23: Children's Activities at Rideau Hall
Enjoy “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

June 24-August 23: Changing 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. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

All summer long, June-August: Beaches, pools and splash pads
Celebrate summer, enjoy a mini-holiday or cool down at one of Ottawa’s four public beaches, 56 wading pools and almost 100 splash pads, or Gatineau’s three public beaches, 10 or so wading pools and more than 30 splash pads. They’re open, they’re free and they’re fun.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Have a great week!




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July 22, 2014

Brian Double: Killin' Krazy Kilometers (training for a 100km run)

Guest blogger Brian Double is training for a 100km from Ottawa to Montebello this fall. He'll be checking in from time to time with udpates on his progress. You can read previous entries here.




I need to run how many hours?  Saturday AND Sunday? Seriously?!?

My training for the 100km run has certainly kicked it up a notch.  I’m hoping the old adage about non-fatality of an action holds true.  This weekend I will be running 4 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday.  This is a crazy increase but I’m looking forward to it.  I have some newcompression socks that I want try out : )

My fundraising has been going amazingly well thanks to my family, friends and co-workers.  I’ve already raised over 80% of my $2000 goal – half from through online donations and half through a Frozen Treat Fridays Fundraiser.  I am astounded by everyone’s generosity and how people want to join in the quest to End Kids Cancer!  I’m planning some more fundraising activities and hope to be able to announce those soon.  I’d love to raise waaaaaaayyyyyyy more than the initial goal – wouldn’t it be fantabulous if, with your help, we could do 150%, 200% or more of fundraising goal!

Since the fundraising has been going so well, I now have to pick up the pace with my training.  How does one train to run one-hundred kilometres?  By running... lots and lots of running.  But I also have to fit my training around the rest of my work, family and social life so I have to be a bit creative.  My trick is to run commute to work to get all the kilometres in.  

My training schedule:
Monday – REST (good way to start the week!)
Tuesday – run to and from work (9km each way = 18 km)
Wednesday – easy trail run at lunch time (5-6km)
Thursday – run to and from work (9 km each way = 18 km)
Friday – REST (TGIF!)

Saturday and Sunday are all about the double long run.  Any race training I’ve done previously has included a long run on Saturday OR Sunday.  Training for 100km is about learning to run on tired legs so they have you run on both days.  I’m using this training plan from New Zealand to let me know how long to run each day.  I have two-three brutal weekends in a row followed by an easier weekend, and then it increases in brutality.  Super! 

I spend most weekends of the summer at my trailer near Cheneville and so my long runs are long and HILLY runs.  I’m hoping this will help me be even better prepared for the 100km.
I’ve also been doing some fun and crazy races!  Keeps me out of trouble : )

Please visit my donation page to help End Kids Cancer.

Cheers,

Brian


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Rose Simpson: We come here to praise Mike Duffy not bury him

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Photo: Cotton Candy Clouds by David Johnson, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Rose Simpson's column appears every Tuesday morning on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.

Glass is half full kind of Canadians should thank Mike Duffy for the investigative journalism he's undertaken which is revealing the depth of corruption and depravity within our system of government.

For years now, Old Duff has been toiling on your behalf, posing as a political Senator, to unearth how many ways it's possible to screw the Canadian taxpayer. Indeed, he should win himself a Michener Award, or a Genie at the very least. Do they still give those out for enterprise journalism?

Seriously, folks, everyone who lives in Ottawa knows the system stinks -- especially Senate operations. We've had major evidence of this for years. Like the Senator who spent all his time in Mexico instead of warming his seat in the Red Chamber. How long did it take people to figure that one out? Or how many others managed to go from living in nice condos to multimillion dollar houses in Manotick within minutes of their appointment to the Senate. How many of them are registered lobbyists?

You see, people who are appointed to the Senate have, well, expectations. Most of them come from well heeled jobs in corporate Canada, or law firms or big media jobs. They believe they deserve free booze, large expense accounts and golf memberships.

You'd think they'd just won Cash For Life. Well, guess what, most of them did!

Senators have been forging documents for years, fudging their expenses, free wheeling their way around the country toiling for their respective political parties on the taxpayer dime, and everybody, everybody, everybody knew about it and did absolutely nothing.

It took Mike Duffy to belly flop in the pool and displace all the water before anybody -- the RCMP, the media, officials in the Senate, the Canadian Revenue Agency -- thought: "Holy Shit, we really need to get on top of this".

Journos are lining up to take the credit, and bows, scooping up major hardware and rewards for "uncovering" the Senate scandal. That's unfortunate. They're all trying to convince Canadians that it was their investigative journalism, but really, it was Duffy all along.

Let's buy him a round.

For it will be Duffy, not CTV news, who will take down a sitting prime minister for snoozing while the Red Chamber burned. It will be Duffy who will be personally responsible for cleaning up the Senate and its loosey goosey rules and regulations. And it will be Duffy who will be responsible for ensuring proper accounting methods are put in place.

(Though Pam Wallin does deserve an honorable mention for best hair.)

I'd say there are a lot of former Senators who are pretty happy they are dead right now. And there are many, many sitting Senators who are sending their shorts out for dry cleaning. The gravy train stops right here, right now. And there are plenty who have some 'splaining to do.

If I were in charge of the government, I'd go further. I'd call for a pre-emptive strike on other questionable practices which are followed not just by Senators and MPs, but by journalists. If we're going to make Parliament accountable, we should shut down the Parliamentary restaurant, take away the tabs at Hy's, and make everybody eat at Tim Horton's just as we do. Also, get rid of the free parking and subsidized cafeterias.

We don't get free parking, do we? I don't know about you, but it costs me $15 every time I go downtown, so I take the bus. No little green bus picks me up.

It's time that our elected officials mirror our lives and bring their own brown bags, and pay for their own memberships at Good Life fitness. (Hey, you get points for referrals!)

Let them get hair cuts at First Choice, and go to U Frame It to get their vanity pictures framed.

And while we're at it, take away their householders, those ridiculous pieces of mail MPs send out to you and me that just end up in the recycle without being read. Let them use the Internet like the rest of us to deliver their propaganda. Dial up!

Duffy has shown us that as long as there are loopholes that we can drive a lorry through, there will be cheaters who will use the system to their own advantage and line their pockets. So let's get rid of all of them.

No more two residence rules for anybody. No more limos to drive Cabinet ministers four blocks from their condos to Parliament Hill.

Let's make being a Senator or MP as unfun as possible.

It's only then will we get people in office who truly want to be there for the betterment of Canadians.

Thanks Duff, thanks a lot.

Godspeed, and let 'er rip at the trial.




-- Rose Simpson


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July 20, 2014

We found an abandoned 19th century cemetery near Richmond

UPDATE: Andrew King edited a short video of our search...






About 15 minutes south-west of Richmond, there's an old pioneer cemetery buried in the Marlborough forest, all but forgotten except for a small historic plaque. It’s called the “Dwyer Hill Pioneer Roman Catholic Burial Ground” and was in use up to around 1867. We hiked to it on Saturday afternoon, wading through waist-high weeds and fighting off mosquitos and deer flies.



A 1975 description of the site brought us to O'Brien Road, just off of Dwyer Hill Road where the railroad tracks cross.  The author of the description noted: "Some difficulty was encountered in locating the area due to reforestation and abundant overgrowth."  Forty years later, that was an understatement.

We followed the directions and crossed under the power lines across a field.  An old farm road was barely visible, hidden under decades of overgrowth.


"You will see a sign with a cross, nailed to a tree indicating the beginning of a trail that goes to the Pioneer Cemetery," the instructions said.  We didn't find the cross, so we took our chances on what looked like a path down this old trail.


We walked for a while, wondering if we’d find anything. The bugs were awful. The weeds were thick.  The dog was protesting.  It was hot.

And just as we were about to turn back, we spotted this in a clearing up ahead...


A historic plaque, in the middle of nowhere.


Among crooked cedars and white birch trees, there were several piles of rocks marking the graves. The remnants of shallow graves were covered by large stones, once marked by wooden planks that have since decayed and disappeared. Here is one of the better-preserved cairns. Moss-covered, with trees sprouting all around.


The cemetery lies on the southern boundary of two lots owned in 1863 by the Haggerty and Hanrahan families.  Families buried there include Gorman, Whelan, O’Neil, Hanrahan, McKenna, Haggarty, O’Brien. It was the area's Irish Catholic cemetery until a formal church and cemetery were built nearby circa 1860s.

None of the original wooden markers remained past 1940, and apparently no records exist for who was actually buried there. The last remaining marker was for a Mrs. Gorman who died in childbirth at age 41, according to one reference I found.

At least one of the graves looked like it had been opened at one point.  Some spots on the site were marked with orange or yellow flags like this one.  Perhaps marking less-distinct graves?


"In the fall of 1995, a four-member survey crew working for the then-regional government located the pioneer cemetery, hidden in a thick maple and hardwood bush. The cemetery site, as they found it, consisted of the partial remains of a rock wall and 20 grave sites inside the wall... The survey crew discovered about 16 graves beyond the rock wall boundaries of the cemetery."  (via Stittsville News)

The plaque on the site was installed in 1998 by the former Township of Rideau.

The cemetery is supposedly haunted: "Locals tell tales of hikers meeting strangers in period clothing only to disappear before them... hearing the sound of horses passing but they are never seen, glowing lanterns are seen floating through the trees on their own..."

We did not see any ghosts.

The site isn't hard to locate on a map, but it was a challenging hike into the bush.  I would recommend searching for it in the fall or winter when the bugs and weeds aren't as bad.  Thanks to Andrew King & Alison Fowler for coming along for the adventure.  We would have taken more photos but the bugs were too much to handle.


See also: Ottawa History Guide
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July 17, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa - 2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Review Show

Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: "Our annual show recapping this year's successful Ottawa Bluesfest. We are joined with Matias from Ottawa Showbox, Elly from Eventful Capital and Benjamin from The Revue to go over top 5 lists, what we liked about the changes to the event, our top local acts and more!"





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July 16, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: July 17-23, 2014

Rideau Canal
Photo: Rideau Canal, by Mark R. Ducharme from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.


Friday, July 18: SNAPS for CARE & Re-Seasoning Supper
Amanda Sage of the wonderful website KickassCanadians.ca has some wonderful winterscape photos on display at Petit Bill's Bistro during all of July and August. What excuse do you need to go get great food and a chance to remember we shouldn't complain about the heat? Photos are for sale and the proceeds are being donated to CARE Canada.
If you'd like to join a special dinner for Friday evening, please see the website for info on how to join and be seated with the group. There's also a sneak peek at the pics on the site!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, July 19: The 48 Hour Film Project
Come out and view a screening of the work of Ottawa-area filmmakers, who were assigned a character, prop, a line of dialogue and genre, and had to create a movie in just 48 hours. The screening takes place at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Street), at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $10 (available online, through Eventbrite). I'm going to attend, to support the Ottawa filmmaking community (and a friend, who makes an appearance in the film).
-- Ross Brown

Saturday, July 19: Fau mardi sur l'herbe
The forecast is looking good for the weekend ahead so if you’d like to indulge in some free outdoor electronic music, the Fau Mardi collective has you covered with Fau Mardi sur l’herbe (Fau Mardi on the grass) taking place at the Imaginaire Park beside the Aylmer Marina. The collective is offering a free family-friendly event featuring guest DJs who’ll present a variety of electronic music styles. You can get the entire programming by clicking below.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, July 20: Ice Cream Festival
If I wasn't going to be out of town this weekend, I would be going to the Ice Cream Festival being put on by the Canada Agriculture & Food Museum at the Central Experimental Farm this Sunday from 9am to 4pm. At the festival, you can learn all about ice cream from cow to cone, help make ice cream the old fashioned way using a manual ice cream maker, learn about the history of milkshakes and take part in an ice cream cookie sandwich making demonstration, to name but a few of the things you can see and do. Check out their website for more information. Admission to the Ice Cream Festival is included in the museum admission fee.
-- Gordon Dewis

Monday, July 21: Flux does Rideau Pines Farm
For only $65, you get transportation to and from Hooch Bourbon House (180 Rideau St), a 4-course meal from 5 top chefs from Ottawa, Beau's beer, wine and cocktails provided as well as 6 local musicians providing music. An epic deal!
-- Nick Bachusky

July 3-August 23: Children's Activities at Rideau Hall
Enjoy “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

June 24-August 23: Changing 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. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

All summer long, June-August: Beaches, pools and splash pads
Celebrate summer, enjoy a mini-holiday or cool down at one of Ottawa’s four public beaches, 56 wading pools and almost 100 splash pads, or Gatineau’s three public beaches, 10 or so wading pools and more than 30 splash pads. They’re open, they’re free and they’re fun.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Have a great week!




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July 15, 2014

Collection of photos of things people left behind at the Ottawa Jazz Festival




From the Ottawa Jazz Festival's Facebook page:
"Lose something at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival this year? Take a peek through this gallery and give us a shout if you see something familiar."

- Lots of sunglasses
- Mittens
- Water bottles
- Hats, including a bike helmet
- No instruments that I can see

Who is the guy modelling all the items?




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Rose Simpson: Ottawa's garbage - A simple case of Organomics

Rose Simpson's column appears every Tuesday morning on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.


Delivery crews loading green bins into trailers for delivery. City of Ottawa photo.



I was thinking this week that the councilors who run this city should simply go down the road to the Rideau Carleton Slots and pour all our money into the machines.
At least they'd have a chance of winning.
Anyway, it would be more fun than sinking it into a ridiculous garbage deal.

As taxpayers, we pay a lot of money to our city manager.
The man makes nearly $350,000 a year to be smart, or at least accountable.
That's more than twice as much as the mayor.
So how does he have the nerve to sit there and tell Ottawa City Council that it's not his fault that our tax money is being dumped into a sinkhole called Orgaworld, an organic waste collecting service that doesn't take most of the household waste we produce.
We pay millions to this company to take away our potato peelings, but not our diapers, lawn trimmings or dog shit (which is a natural composter). It doesn't take that stuff because it's too stinky. We have to put it in our garbage and leave it beside the barbecue for a fortnight, making sure it gets even stinkier in situ.
Kent Kirkpatrick merely shrugged when told by the city auditor that this deal smells to high heaven. It wasn't his fault. It was the fault of city staff who don't work here anymore.
That's like your kid blaming the broken vase on a poltergeist.
Isn't the city manager ultimately responsible for things like this?
When told we had to sign a 20 year deal, didn't he say, wow, that's a long time.
Can we buy a warranty, at least.
I'd hate to see his cell phone contract.
In any event, the auditor is suggesting that we break the contract and go with a cheaper service, one that will pick up all the waste. But Kirkpatrick railed at this, saying it would cost us $8 million to cancel the contract.
Huh.
Why a 20-year deal exactly?
Why couldn't we have signed a five year deal?
Oh, I guess it's because the taxpayers are actually paying to build the facility.
That's what governments do, right?

This might be fine, except that nobody likes the Green Bin program other than a few tree huggers. Most people like their garbage to simply disappear. They don't want it stinking up their garage. They aren't crazy about the maggots in the summer and the frozen banana/coffee ground/chicken guts mess in the winter.
I don't mind it personally. I like to think that I'm doing my part by sorting my garbage though it hardly compensates for the number of people who don't do it, including all those who live in high rises that surround my neighborhood and the Shameless crew who live next door.
But this is a real cock up.
The mayor must be shaking in his support hose, thinking that he nearly got through an entire term without a scandal or an embarrassment.
Just one New York minute, Mayor Milhouse.
I'm afraid that while the former staffers are playing golf or taking their kids to Disney, Ottawa City Council will be wearing this one.
When is the election again?
-- Rose Simpson

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July 13, 2014

Photos & videos: Demolition of the Sir John Carling building

Spectators gathered early Saturday morning to watch crews blow up the Sir John Carling building. 420kg of explosives were used to fell the 11-story building. Here's a collection of photos and videos of the demolition.


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July 09, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: July 10-16, 2014

Skyway Abstract
Photo: Skyway Abstract by Marcel Regimbald, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday, July 3-Sunday, July 13: Bluesfest
You probably know that Bluesfest is one of the biggest music events in town. But did you know it’s also won awards for being a “green” festival? As well as compostable dishes, water bottle refilling stations, recycling and biofuel-powered generators, Bluesfest offers free, supervised valet bicycle parking that’s looked after more than 50,000 bikes so far this year. (They do accept donations for Citizens for Safe Cycling and Bluesfest’s Blues in the Schools program.) Riding the recreational paths to Lebreton Flats, parking your bike and taking in some great music—sounds like a pretty good outing.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Friday, July 11: Buddy Wakefield and OpenSecret at HUB Ottawa
House of PainT and VerseFest have teamed up to present American spoken word legend Buddy Wakefield live in Ottawa. The three-time world slam poetry champion will be giving a live feature alongside Ottawa’s own Ikenna Onyegbula also known as OpenSecret, the 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion. The event, which is sure offer an inspiring night of poetry, will be taking place at HUB Ottawa as of 7:30 pm.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital


Friday, July 11: Avant-Garde Bar 10-Year Anniversary Party
Avant-Garde Bar is turning a decade old and to celebrate 10 years of success, the team invites you to party with them as local bands The Cowards, Tindervox and The Ven Dreddies will be performing live this Friday night starting at 9pm. Happy Birthday to one of the funnest live music venues in Ottawa!
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital


Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13: Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival
Visit the Kingdom of Osgoode this weekend for the 7th annual Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival. Whilst at the festival ye can see dancing, sword fighting by knights, magic shows and knighting ceremonies, to name but a few things. There is also a medieval market where ye can puchase things like food and jewelry and even armour! Getting there is easy: If ye rely on wizardry to navigate, ask your magical GPS box to take you to 5670 Osgoode Main Street, or ye can take a free horseless wagon ride (aka: a shuttle) from Greenboro Station (see their website for the schedule). The Kingdom's gates open at 9:30am and close at 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. There's also a special event on Friday evening, where ye can attend the King's Knight Medieval Pub (if thou art at least 19 years old) and party like it's 1307!
-- Gordon Dewis


Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13: Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival
This is an event I've been interested in for years but have never been able to attend - until this year! I'm very excited. In fact, this event sounds so exciting that it must be shouted about: Knights! Puppets! Magic! Archery! Birds of prey! Dancers! A fight ring! Music! Jousting! A marketplace! A catapult?!! Yes, a catapult! Top all of these things off with a FREE shuttle bus to and from Ottawa and a new environmentally-friendly approach to the festival's management and you have (what I hope to be) one of the coolest weekends of the year. Throw your family in the wagon and get down to Osgoode.
-- Jake Naylor 


Saturday, July 12: Ottawa Water Garden Festival
Visit 12 of the most unique water gardens in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, and support The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Visitors will embark on a self-guided tour through a dozen unique styles of water gardens, swimming ponds and natural spas.
-- Eugene Haslam


Saturday, July 12: Petrie Island Nature Walk – Reading the Landscape
Learn to interpret clues in nature that reveal the ecology and history of Petrie Island, on the Ottawa River, during the Friends of Petrie Island’s second Nature Walk, led by field naturalist Bryarly McEachern. 10 a.m.-noon (rain date July 27); register in advance.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Saturday, July 12: Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show
This show sounded more great the more I read about it. Not only is it a one-day shopping party that supports local artisans (of food, art, jewelry, apparel, or fuzzy stuffed demon-Yeti toys), but each of those vendors is supporting a local charity of their choice through their efforts at the show. Further, proceeds from the show itself support even more local charities, namely Gabriella's Groupies and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. I just typed "support" and "local" a lot of times. Ya dig?
-- Jake Naylor 


Sunday, July 13: World Cup Finale Viewing Party
Getting together with thousands of soccer fans to watch the Beautiful Game's World Cup 2014 finale outdoors with a giant screen? yes please!
-- Laura Gauthier


Sunday, July 13: Demolition of the Sir John Carling building
It's not something we often see in Ottawa: a building being demolished by the use of explosives. On Sunday morning, the Sir John Carling building, the former Agriculture Canada headquarters, is going down in a most-dramatic way. Crowds will be kept at a safe distance, but because there are many trees that surround it, there will only be a few good vantage points. I suggest watching from the Dow's Lake Pavillion (Queen Elizabeth Drive at Preston) or from the old observatory (Carling Avenue and Maple Drive). The demolition is scheduled to take place at 7:00, but come early: you won't want to be late (no do-overs).
-- Ross Brownblogger


Tuesday, July 15: Music and Beyond: Three Sides of Oliver Jones
At Dominion Chalmers United Church. Jazz pianist Oliver Jones is perennially popular with Ottawa audiences, but this concert will show another facet of his musicianship. Besides performing with his accomplished trio, he'll also play solo piano, and perform classical pieces with classical musicians. Music & Beyond's artistic director Julian Armour told OttawaJazzScene.ca that Jones takes a different and refreshing approach to classical music. And, to top it off, you can also hear the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, Ottawa's favourite big band in our 2013 Jazz Favourites Poll.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca


July 10-September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out the exhibit and don’t miss the original, 10-minute presentation/theatrical skit daily at 2pm with fun characters and props. It’s sure to “shed some light” on this fascinating phenomenon in nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

July 3-August 23: Children's Activities at Rideau Hall
Enjoy “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

June 24-August 23: Changing 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. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

All summer long, June-August: Beaches, pools and splash pads
Celebrate summer, enjoy a mini-holiday or cool down at one of Ottawa’s four public beaches, 56 wading pools and almost 100 splash pads, or Gatineau’s three public beaches, 10 or so wading pools and more than 30 splash pads. They’re open, they’re free and they’re fun.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Have a great week!




See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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