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This Week

Estrogen and the brain: What is known about its role in healthy aging? Join Gillian Einstein for the 4th and final part of the Talk Brain series, presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Ontario Brain Institute. Dr. Gillian Einstein holds the Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging. She is studying cognitive aging and associated disorders on women’s brain health. Estrogen mediates growth in the brain, building connections in areas related to memory, emotion and cognition in women. A key area of her research is why women are more affected by brain disorders like depression, stroke and dementia than men. Cost: Free but registration required: https://bit.ly/2s6xJfU -- Time: 7 pm. **We recommend you arrive early and visit our special exhibition, Brain: The Inside Story ($10). Address: 240 McLeod St., Ottawa.
August 16, 2018
The 3rd annual Ottawa Hopped & Confused Festival will be taking place August 17th and 18th on the grounds of the Mill Street Ottawa Brewpub! The 2-day event features Toronto alt rock veterans I Mother Earth, their fellow JUNO Award winners Bedouin Soundclash, Birds of Bellwoods, and Rural Alberta Advantage fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed 4th LP The Wild, plus 4 more acts still to be announced. Enjoy these great Canadian bands and discover Mill Street beers along with the fabulous food - what a way to spend the dog days of summer! Two-day passes are available for $60 and single-day passes for $35. Purchase at hoppedandconfused.ca.
August 17 -  18, 2018
WESTBORO FUSE STREET FESTIVAL is a free and lively 2-day street party and neighbourhood showcase boasting interactive, family friendly programming, live musical entertainment, fashion shows, culinary experiences, retail promotions and outdoor, active lifestyle product demonstrations and activities. Some activations or program events may be ticketed; however, proceeds of these events will go towards 2 selected local charities: Cornerstone Housing for Women, and the Westboro Region Food Bank.
August 18 -  19, 2018
Our 3rd annual Just Fore Dogs Annual Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Come on out and have a great time. When: Saturday, August 18 Where: Cedarhill Golf and Country Club Price: Individual Golfer $139.00 ​Foursome $556.00 Both include cart, lunch and dinner (Roast beef, Veggie option avail) Dinner only $45.00 Register your team now for our 3rd Annual Just Fore Dogs Golf tournament. Proceeds will be supporting dogs in care with Freedom Dog Rescue and BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE CANADA. There will be many prizes, silent auction, 50/50 tickets and much much more. We will have hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin Prizes. Come on out for a fun day in the sun supporting homeless dogs in need. www.justforedogs.ca www.facebook.com/justforedogs/ Register at https://form.jotform.com/61175358069967
August 18, 2018
 
 
Get the buzz on honeybees and learn how these small insects not only supply us with honey but have a huge impact on agriculture and our everyday lives. Join us at this family friendly event that’s sure to be the bee’s knees! Times: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Fee: Included with admission Visit the website to see the full list of activities!
August 18, 2018
Celebrate the Museum’s 20th birthday at our 007 Casino Night Fundraiser! This is going to be one epic party you won’t want to miss! Come dressed to impress in your favourite 007-themed attire. You’ll experience the excitement of playing your favourite casino games 75 feet underground: poker, craps, roulette, black jack, horse racing, and more. You’ll also get thousands of dollars in “funny money” to play with and when you’re ready to cash in, you can use your winnings to enter into draws and win stellar prizes. Date and time: Sat, 18 Aug 2018, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM For more details and tickets, please visit the museum's website.
August 18, 2018
Get your registrations in now and come join us for an amazing time! Our 3rd annual Just Fore Dogs Annual Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Come on out and have a great time. When: Saturday, August 18 Where: Cedarhill Golf and Country Club Best Ball format Shot Gun Start Price: Individual Golfer $139.00 ​Foursome $556.00 Both include cart, lunch and dinner (Roast beef, Veggie option avail) Dinner only $45.00 Register your team now for our 3rd Annual Just Fore Dogs Golf tournament. Proceeds will be supporting dogs in care with Freedom Dog Rescue and BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE CANADA. There will be many prizes, silent auction, 50/50 tickets and much much more. We will have hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin Prizes. Come on out for a fun day in the sun supporting homeless dogs in need. www.justforedogs.ca https://form.jotform.com/61175358069967
August 18, 2018
Saturday Aug 18 10AM-2PM at 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 4R7 (James Bartleman Centre) The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) invite you to their monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale! Hundreds of used books for sale at unbeatable prices, including as low as for $1. Browse a variety of genres including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Lifestyle, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Biography, Children's and more. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa Public Library.
August 18, 2018

Ongoing Events

Join us for our Grand Opening! "Unwind. Relax. Breathe" Touch Therapy Spa is a brand new luxurious spa conveniently located in the downtown core. We are committed to excellence and exceeding client care. The spa provides exceptional standards of the ultimate relaxation experience. Services- We will make your experience the best it can be : Massage therapy: Therapeutic Hot stone Deep tissue Trigger point Sport injury Relaxation Address 133 besserer 6135628266
October 13 -  15, 2020
The exhibition Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawings From 1964, offers vivid insight into Inuit identity and culture, through an eloquent series of drawings that examine daily life during a period of tremendous social change.
February 16 - September 03, 2018
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is thrilled to announce a BRICK-buster exhibition – coming to Ottawa from May 16 to September 3, 2018. Named one of CNN's Top Ten "Global Must-See Exhibitions," THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks is made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. From child's toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world's largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world's most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.
May 16 - September 03, 2018
Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists (OSBA), Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada is an impressive collection of modern, botanical art. Through more than 30 original artworks – in watercolour, graphite, and mixed media – the exhibition examines our native plants as seen through the eyes of artists. Many of the plant subjects are from the Ottawa region – including the Fletcher Wildlife Garden – and as far away as British Columbia. The exhibition includes a commissioned sculpture from celebrated local sculptor Rosemary Breault-Landry, and will feature tours and workshops. Throughout the summer, a group of OSBA members will be venturing out to two of Ottawa's foremost urban gardens – the Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm and the Civic Gardens at Lansdowne Park – to enjoy a morning of sketching. The public is welcome to attend and pose questions to the artists.
May 18 - October 31, 2018
Présentée en partenariat avec la Society of Botanical Artists d’Ottawa, Portraits de végétaux : plantes indigènes du Canada est une impressionnante collection d’œuvres d’art botanique moderne. À l’aide de plus de 30 œuvres originales (aquarelle, graphite, techniques mixtes), l’exposition examine nos plantes indigènes telles que vues par des artistes. De nombreux sujets proviennent de la région d’Ottawa, dont le Jardin écologique Fletcher et d’aussi loin que la Colombie-Britannique. L’exposition inclut aussi une sculpture commandée à une sculpteuse locale de renom, Rosemary Breault-Landry, et offrira des visites et des ateliers. Tout au long de l’été, des membres de l’OSBA se rendront dans deux des plus importants jardins urbains d’Ottawa pour une matinée de dessin. Ils se feront un plaisir de répondre à toutes vos questions! Créée en 2012, la Society of Botanical Artists d’Ottawa est une communauté d’artistes qui partagent une passion pour le monde végétal. Portraits de végétaux : plantes indigènes du Canada est l’une de cinq expositions régionales qui seront présentées par des sociétés d’art botanique canadiennes partout au pays cet été. Les expositions auront également lieu à St. John’s, Wolfville, Hamilton et Calgary et font partie de la contribution du Canada à une série inédite d’expositions dans 25 pays pour souligner l’importance des plantes indigènes de chaque lieu.
May 18 - October 31, 2018
An exhibition on the art of medal and coin design. Three pre-eminent Canadian artists are featured and their work, from coins to bronze sculpture are on display. Visit the pencil rubbing station to create your own souvenir. FREE ADMISSION Bank of Canada Museum Open 10:00 –17:00 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington Street) 613 782-8914 museum-musee@bankofcanada.ca @BoCMuseum https://www.facebook.com/BoCMuseum/
June 04 - November 25, 2018
This summer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is hosting three exhibits at it’s new headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive: Lessons from the Arctic, honours Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach the South Pole; Explore, an exhibition of contemporary art by Alberta artist Chris Cran, and the temporary art installation Compass: Peace in All Directions, made up of 3,500 ceramic sculptures representing the founding people of Ottawa at the time of Confederation. The exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m- 5 p.m throughout the week, except for Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note there is no on-site parking.
June 28 - September 04, 2018
Join the Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour bus and experience some of the more than 40 gardens in Ottawa-Gatineau. Each week brings a unique tour experience guided by a garden expert. Bus departs from downtown on Metcalfe Street at Sparks Street at 9am and goes till 11 am. Look for the Garden Promenade wrapped bus.
July 07 - September 01, 2018
Do you want to make a difference in your community? The municipal election is coming in October. Come to three workshops to learn how to make a meaningful contribution to a campaign team. Ottawa Public Library,Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Bank St. K1S 3W9 Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome. Thursdays, July 19, August 9 and September 6, 6:30-8:00 pm. Free.
July 12 - September 06, 2018
Opening in July on Friday the 13th (from 6 to 9 pm) and running until September 23, 2018, the SPAO Centre Gallery (77 Pamilla St., Ottawa) is honored to present Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside, the first exhibition in Ottawa of work by the internationally acclaimed South Africa-based photographer. Known for his inspired use of black and white film, Roger Ballen has sparked controversy through his exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness. Developing a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction,’ he has collaborated with people living on the margins of South African society to create powerful psychodramas. Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside is the first in SPAO’s new series of annual exhibitions that feature an international artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
July 13 - September 23, 2018
IN MY WORLD Exhibition at Foyer Gallery featuring the work of Jessica Fleury, Eiko Emori and Sharon Collins The Foyer Gallery is located at the: Nepean Sportsplex (Entrance #1) 1701 Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1W2, Canada Tel: (613) 580-2424 ext. 42226 E-mail for general inquiries: info@foyergallery.com or use the e-mail form below. E-mail for website related issues: website@foyergallery.com Admission and parking are free. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Gallery Hours Monday: Closed Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm Thursday & Friday: 9 am – 3 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm Closed Mondays and statutory holidays.
August 07 -  26, 2018

Upcoming Events

The Ottawa Serbian Festival is an annual cultural event, held during Labour day long weekend in September. The festival offers visitors to experience traditional Serbian dance “Kolo” inscribed on the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural heritage of Humanity list. “Kolo” is the traditional folk dance performed live on the stage in the traditional Serbian attire accompanied by the traditional Serbian music. The visitors will have an opportunity to try exquisite Serbian traditional cuisine (freshly prepared everyday), see traditional cultural arts and purchase the finest homemade crafts. The children will have an opportunity to play traditional and modern children games. Address: St. Stefan Serbian Orthodox Church, 1989 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa. When: Sept 1-3, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:00 pm. Free admission and parking. Wheelchair accessible.
September 01 -  03, 2018
Coro Vivo Ottawa will be holding auditions for the upcoming season on September 4th, 2018 starting at 7pm at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd, Orleans. Should you be interested, please send an email to: membership@corovivoottawa.ca or call 613-745-6259
September 04, 2018
 
 
Remembering Jan Andrews with Tales She Told: Some wise, some silly, some almost true with Kathie Kompass, Karen Fee and Murray McGregor On September 11, 2018, join us for an evening of storytelling with Stories & Tea on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Bluebird Cafe, 261 Dalhousie Street in Ottawa's ByWard Market. Stories start at 7pm with a break in between for treats and chatting. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can (suggested $5 minimum). Stories & Tea is presented by the Ottawa StoryTellers.
September 11, 2018
The Algonquin Commons Theatre is proud to present Terry Bozzio on his Ottawa stop of the Reality Tour 2018, where he will be playing the largest tuned drum and percussion set in the world.
September 12, 2018


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