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Ottawa's First BAWI Festival

 

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Every spring and summer along the Ottawa River by Remic Rapids people come to marvel at John Felice Ceprano’s stone balanced art. This past weekend, August 18-19 2012, the area was further transformed during the first ever Ottawa Balanced Art World International (BAWI) Festival. Visitors stood and pointed in awe at the creations by 10 artists from Canada, USA and Italy and were further entertained and inspired by performers in music, dance, theatre and poetry.

Visitors to the site can continue to enjoy these creations for the rest of the year; but once the ice and snow comes, these structures are destroyed! Next spring, Mr. Ceprano will be back, creating new works of art with the stones, as he has done since 1986.

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Zumba on Parliament Hill in Ottawa!

 

On Monday, July 27, a free zumba class took place on the lawn in front of Canada’s Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. What better way to get some exercise than in the sunshine outside a gorgeous heritage building? Certainly, some Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers thought so. Check it out!

 

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Eric McCormack on Canada’s Money

 

Canadian actor Eric McCormack takes some time out of his day to weigh in on some serious issues — like why Canadian money makes him feel like a pirate. To see the rest of Eric’s brand new videos about Canadian culture and identity, head over to www.canadaforfun.com. It’s all part of a great new campaign all about spreading some of our trademark Canadian humour south of the border.

Funny Money

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Ottawa’s Largest Theatre Festival – Welcome to the Fringe

 

Free performances at the Fringe Courtyard!Free performances at the Fringe Courtyard!Hungry for some theatre? This week, Ottawa’s largest theatre festival rolled into town, and with it comes a healthy serving of comedy, drama, musicals, and dance spread across a buffet of over 50 shows running until Sunday, June 24th. The Ottawa Fringe Festival takes place in the city’s Downtown Rideau neighbourhood, and gives independent writers, directors and actors a fantastic showcase to perform across a variety of unique venues.

Theatregoers are known to have discerning tastes; at the Fringe, that means a healthy taste for drinks and food, courtesy of the fine folks at the Fringe Courtyard, the festival’s go-to destination for beer, wine, cider and a variety of delectable foods, all served up in a relaxing outdoor environment next to Arts Court on Daly Ave. Hit the Courtyard in the evenings, and you’ll be treated to free performances, play previews, and live comedy shows – as well as a chance to mingle with other Fringers, and chat with the stars and producers of a number of shows.

For a full list and schedule of the performances this weekend, click here. Tickets are available online, and on location at each show’s venue.

Happy Fringing!

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WANTED: Artists on Canada Day in Ottawa!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- aka Will and Kate -- were the guests of honour at Ottawa's Canada Day celebrations in 2011. CREDIT: Central Image AgencyThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — aka Will and Kate — were the guests of honour at Ottawa’s Canada Day celebrations in 2011. CREDIT: Central Image AgencyOttawa throws one heck of a party each July 1. That's Canada Day and the entire region erupts into a wild celebration of all things Canada.... There truly is no better place to be in the country on Canada Day than in Canada's Capital Region.

A big part of the celebration is organized by the National Capital Commission, including the noon and evening shows on Parliament Hill, the massive fireworks display and fun, interactive programming in Major's Hill Park in Ottawa and Jacques-Cartier Park in nearby Gatineau, Québec.

The NCC (as it's known) has issued a call to artists to create some unique artwork for Major's Hill Park for this year's celebration.

They're looking for something collaborative -- meaning a temporary creation that would be built or made by the artist and members of the public as the day progressed; sounds like fun!

The details of Canada Day 2012 won't be released for a few more weeks but stay tuned -- it'll be a 145th birthday party to remember!

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