Gear Up for Festival City!

June 14, 2011 12:00 pm

For the longest time, as a regular contributor to Ottawa Life, I have wanted to take readers on a journey in our city, visiting places and events, some mainstream, some not so much, that they might not otherwise know or hear about in their day-to-day life. However, the nature of the magazine meant that anything I would write about would have been long over by the time our hard copy hit news-stands. Thanks to this blog, now I can cover those events.  You will find news from the arts and theatre scene in the Capital, movie reviews with a twist, news about eclectic events (for example check out the kink conference taking place this weekend details below). I will also introduce you to some of the captivating characters who live in our fabulous city. Take Elorious Cain for example. Did you know that Ottawa is home to the longest running disco show in North America (it plays every Saturday on CKCU 93.  at 1 p.m.)?  Cain is the eclectic and effervescent DJ who has trained some of the world’s most renowned DJs but who himself thankfully refuses to take his groove away from the Capital.

You will meet some of the characters who are keeping us in good health, such as Ottawa’s chiropractor to the stars who keeps our Ottawa Senators’ in tip top shape.  You will meet people with super cool jobs or people who do extraordinary things. Ottawa has scientists tracking seismic activity.  Given last year’s earthquake, I find information like that pretty reassuring.  You will also meet some of the unsung heroes you pass by every day.

But given summer in the Capital seems to finally have blossomed, I want to focus my first blog entry on festival season.  Here are a few cool events taking place in the coming days.  In fact, there is a ton of stuff going on this weekend alone.

Ferrari on display at the Italian Festival.

As a fan of all things Italian (in fact am heading to the Boot at the end of the month), I always love checking out Italian Week of Ottawa.  It’s on now and runs until June 19, 2011. Check out www.italianweekottawa.org for all of the details.

The Canada Dance Festival starts tomorrow at the NAC, June 15, 2011 and runs until June 18, 2011.  Be sure to catch local Bboy wonder,Yvon Soglo a.k.a. “Crazy Smooth.” Visit www.canadadance.ca for full schedule.

The 15th Ottawa Fringe Theatre and Arts Festival is back and takes place from June 16, 2011 to June 26, 2011 with venues in downtown Ottawa and at various locations throughout the University of Ottawa. Full schedule can be found at www.ottawafringe.com

This weekend, check out the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival (June 17, 2011 to June 19, 2011) www.nadottawa.ca, the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival June 17, 2011 to June 19, 2011 www.dragonboat.net as well as the annual Festival Franco-Ontarien June 16, 2011 to June 18, 2011 www.ffo.ca.

Dragonboat Festival.

 

And for those looking to explore their kinky side, check out the Spring Sex Show organized by Wicked Wanda’s (www.wickedwandas.ca). The event takes place at Saint Brigid’s Centre on June 18, 2011. www.springsexshow.com.

I hope to have this blog running biweekly and if you have a tip or an idea, be sure to get in touch at copyeditor@ottawalife.com.

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