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- Enjoy tunes and drinks with a bike vibe every Thursday afternoon in September at Ottawa Bike Café. This week there are tastings and samples from Whitewater Brewing Co. From 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 79 Sparks St.
- Hear from author Habiba Cooper Diallo, author of #BlackInSchool, in conversation with Letitia Taylor, at Octopus Books. 116 Third Ave at 7:00 pm.
- The Stray Dog Brewing Co Daze of Summer 6th Anniversary continues with Open Mic from 7:00 pm. 501 Lacolle Way, Unit 4, Orléans.
- It’s Trivia Night at Nan’s Parlour (73 Clarence St), but you’ll need to book your team’s place in advance. Call 613-562-1008.
- Madball, Death By Dishonour, Soulthief, Burn the Evidence. The Rainbow
- The Damn Truth, Taming Sari. Brass Monkey Bar & Billiards
- Josephine Leone. The Bay Cafe
- Frank Walker. Sky Lounge
- Canadian Sunset Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
- Reney Ray and Shawn Tobin. The Shed (Sparks St)
- Joe McDonald, Annie Martel, Oddeline. Wedel Cafe.
- We've noticed the resurgence of smocking in summer 2023 womenswear, but have you ever wondered how that effect is achieved? Watch the pros in action at Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest, running today and Saturday in Almonte. In addition to smocking, there will be demos in textile disciplines like quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets to the festival cost a reasonable $8 per day.
- Mooney’s Bay Park is the site of Afrofestival Ottawa, two days of African music, art, and culture. Free admittance.
- Ottawa ComicCon pop-culture festival brings together cosplay aficionados, celebrities, and vendors for a sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic books extravaganza at the EY Centre until Sunday.
- If you think visual art is a non-competitive pursuit, you’ve never see an Art Battle. Overflow Brewing hosts artists who create works in 20 minute rounds, which are judged by the bystanders watching the creativity flow onto the easel.
- Electronic music fans, you need to be in Gatineau this weekend for the 10th anniversary edition of the River Side Festival. Today through Sunday.
- Heavy Head, Robinson Kirby. Avante Garde
- F!TH, Hug Mosh, Passenger Princess. Club SAW
- 1000mods, Freedom Hawk, Quiet Crimes, and Subsun. Dominion Tavern
- The Escape Society, The Big Train Wreck, Jim McDowell. Irene’s Pub
- 2 Shadows. Mavericks
- Django Libre. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
- Dizzy & Fay. Options Jazz Lounge
- The Empties, School House, Hannah Vig. Rainbow Bistro
- John Carroll. Stray Dog Brewing Company
- As we write this, there’s a freaking heatwave going on; nevertheless, apple season has begun. Halls Apple Market is now open for apple picking and the purchase of fresh baked goods and cider. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 2930 2nd Concession Road, Brockville. Closer to home, Pinewood Orchards is located in Kanata and open for picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Embassy of Mexico present a Live Exhibit of Traditional Mexican Textiles, featuring a catwalk where you can view all the fabrics to be included in a silent auction. Funds raised will benefit the museum. If you can’t attend the fundraiser on the evening of September 9, you can still view the fabrics as part of your admission to the 28th annual Fibrefest earlier that day.
- The Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest continues today in Almonte. Catch the demos in textile disciplines like smocking, quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets $8 per day.
- BeechFest, the street party filling Beechwood Ave from St.-Charles to Maria will be lit. From “Pints in the Park” to the live music and DJs to the BBQ and corn roast, this event promises a good time for the entire fam.
- Live music and DJs play all day at Latin Sparks Festival in LeBreton Flats, but don’t be intimidated if you don’t know the dance moves. In addition to the performances the lineup includes beginner salsa and Bachata classes. Tickets from $49.99 or save 20% when you buy a two ticket bundle.
- The Vanier Community Association unveils the Pollinator Garden at Nault Park at 10:00 am.
- Drip House turns 4 this weekend, and they’re throwing a Block Party at 340B Parkdale Ave to celebrate. Vendors will be selling cool vintage, accessories, fashion, as well as food and drink treats. 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- Butter Tart Festival. We could type more words but… why? We said BUTTER TART FESTIVAL. (It’s in Stittsville from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.)
- Enjoy shopping with 50 vendors at the Autumn Equinox Craft Show. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave.
- Tin Constellations with Dave Taggart Kaffe 1870 (Wakefield)
- Welodubz at Berlin (ByWard Market)
- JW-Jones. LIVE! on Elgin
- Christelle Raquillet & Wilfried Touati. Gigspace
- The Exploited, Total Chaos. Brass Monkey
- Peter Gabriel. Canadian Tire Centre
- Bry Webb (Constantines) and Steph Yates (Cots). Rainbow Bistro
- Campbell & Johnston. Red Bird
- An Evening of Consummate Professionalism with Brian Wallin, Reynaldo & the Dalliances. Irene’s Pub
- DOPETHRONE, Hempress, Acid Moth. House of Targ
- Scott Kelly and the Dynamics. Conspiracy Theory Brewery
- Midnight Mayday and The Kaladars. Avant Garde
- Double Experience. EY Centre
Just Announced / Now Booking
- See everyone from Iggy Pop to Bush to Kale to Hozier to Arkells at CityFolk September 13-17. Full Festival, VIP, and Day Passes available.
- Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Vanier BIA, Independent Music Business (Edwards Creative Law), Hitmakerz, and Ontario Creates have joined forces to present Fusion: Improvisation and Live Sound. The event, which takes place at Coworkly in Vanier, will provide aspiring artists with coaching and networking. September 14 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
- Filmmakers have until October 1 to register for this year’s DIGI60 Filmmakers Festival 60 Day Challenge.
- Flower to the People have announced their Fall workshop lineup and it’s a doozy! Learn everything from Holiday Centrepieces to Wreaths, to Holiday Urns. Book soon, because these workshops tend to sell out.