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Weekender: Six things to do in Ottawa for the long weekend (September 3 – 7)

“We just want to make the walls cave in and the ceiling collapse. Music is meant to be played as loudly as possible, really raw and punchy, and I’ll punch out anyone who doesn’t like it the way I do.” Bon Scott (R.I.P)

Absolutely gone are the days when Ottawa was seen as the city that music tours forgot. Among other big names such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West (to name a few from just this year), we are preparing to welcome legends. AC/DC will be playing at T.D. Place Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Starting out as young, unknown boys in Australia, only teenagers, their success and growth is unquantifiable. As any sort of indicator, the bands last tour six years ago (seeing the members all over 50) was viewed by five million people in 29 countries.

The line-up from the Quebec City and Montreals showing provide promising reviews and feature some of their biggest hits: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Whole Lotta Rosie, Thunderstruck (who hasn’t used this tune to amp up a workout?), as well as songs from the latest album, Rock or Bust.

Michael Hann wrote in The Guardian after the London show, “Rock ’n’ roll reduced to its purest essence, in doses of flavour so concentrated they seem to set the world alight. If it’s farewell, it’s a glorious one.”

Basically? Do not miss. Tickets starting at $99.50. Forgot to get yours? Head down to Bank St. – according to Bon Scott, I don’t think you’ll have any problem hearing them from the street.
TD Place, 1015 Bank St., 613-232-6767, tdplace.ca

Russell Yursity recreates nature with his own creative (if somewhat creepy) detail

Russell Yursity at Cube Gallery
It has become apparent that the heat wave hitting Ottawa has yet to let go. But that doesn’t keep some of us from thinking about the autumn that is only just ahead. Russell Yursity, an internationally known print maker, painter and teacher hailing from the Western Canadian art scene, creates representational art based on his observations of nature. You will find trees (some of which who have lost their leaves), fish, rabbits, and birds among his creations – all with a somewhat cool, and almost creepy, edge (to this viewer’s eye, that is). Perfectly fitting for a fall showing.

Opening on Sept. 1, the exhibit will run at the Cube Gallery until Oct. 4. Head to Hintonburg for the vernissage Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. Perhaps grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte on your way.

In addition to the Cube Gallery, you can also find Yuristy’s work at the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, Mendel Art Gallery, Mackenzie Art Gallery, McDonald Corporation (Chicago) and Shaklee Corporation (San Francisco). Price of art ranges from $1,200 to $10,000.
Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington W., 613-728-2111, cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2015_09_01_russell_yuristy

Ultimate shopping night – LouLou Magazine & Simons
The September issue: a documentary made in 2009 about the 2007 issue of Vogue which was, at the time, to be their largest issue ever (the fall issues usually fashion heavy-weights in the magazine world – Ottawa Magazine will be no different this year, make sure to pick up a copy of our next issue). How fitting, then, that Thursday, Sept. 3 LouLou Magazine teams up with Simons in Gatineau to start the season turnover with a bang.

Quebec TV host Maripier Morin will be at the opening with the LouLou team. Morin has been sharing one look per day since January with LouLou and you will have a chance to win a gift card at the event to take on your own “7 Days of Simons Looks” inspired by Morin. Follow Maripier for more inspiration on InstagramTwitter, & Facebook.

The first 500 customers to arrive will receive a $50 gift card with any purchase, plus more giveaways and surprises in store. An event not to be missed by shopaholics and socialites alike.
Simons, 1100, Boul. Maloney Ouest, Gatineau, 819-568-1158, facebook.com/events/1485583415073770/

GRINDR Comedy: The Ladies & Gentlemen Takeover Show
GregHoustonComedy.com and Mill Street Brewery present Grindr Comedy to take place at the Daily Grind Art Cafe (where else?).

Friday, Sept. 4, journey with Greg Houston, Tavis Maplesden and their comedy friends from around Ottawa while they entertain you with stories about bagels, bats, and Donald Trump.

The show that is usually held every Tuesday in Montreal is coming to Ottawa: The Ladies & Gentlemen Takeover Show. Headlined by Chris Sandiford and Daniel Carin, comedy big-wigs and best friends, the duo are winners of the Best Local Troupe Award at the Montreal Sketchfest 2014 and recipients of the Best Friends Award from Ladies & Gentlemen Award Statue Awards 2014.

DJ DrunkkDad and DJ Mustard Gravy: Sad Boy will be on their laptops playing BACK 2 BACK (like, 5 times at least). Doors at 9 p.m., show is at 10 p.m. Buy $5 advance tickets at The Daily Grind and guarantee your seat, or take a chance: $10 dollars at the door.

The Daily Grind Art Cafe, 601 Somerset St W., 613-233-2233, facebook.com/events/1456462578014095/

Bailando Ottawa
Have you ever experienced the sheer joy and energy of a Latin social? This Saturday, Sept. 5, and continuing the first Saturday of each month, Caroline Yung, dancer, blogger, and traveller, has teamed up with Maxwells on Elgin to host Bailando Ottawa.

They will feature two types of music and dance for $6:
Kizomba from 4 – 6 p.m.: a derivative of traditional Angolan semba. Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre, a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm. Unlike Semba, Kizomba music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm, sung generally in Portuguese. DJ Addiction of A2K Addicted 2 Kizomba will take us through the songs. 

Salsa social from 6 – 9 p.m. with music from DJ La China and drink specials ($5 Mojitos!)
. The kitchen is open in case you get hungry from all the dancing
Maxwells, 340 Elgin St., 613-866-3130, cy-iwander.com/bailandoottawa

A folklore group presenting the “Oaxacan Traditional Dance”

Latin American Festival.
Coming off your Latin experience from last night, head downtown on Sunday Sept. 6 to continue the vibe. The Latin American Festival parade starts at 2 p.m. and will run along Wellington St. in front of Parliament, down Elgin and then head towards City Hall where the remainder of the celebrations will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The first Latin American Festival in the capital took place in 1997. It has become invaluable to Latin communities in order for them to conserve their culture and pass it along to their children, as well as to share its richness among those living in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Take part in this free event and participate in a domino’s tournament, Mexican bingo, visit the art gallery tent, have the kids’ faces painted (or yours, why not?), dance and music performances, and, our personal favourite, food from different Latin-American countries.
City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue W., 613-252-2205, latinamericanfestival-latino.org