WEEKENDER: Buskerfest, yoga, a street market in Carleton Place, plus tropical fun and one last chance to see TOTEM
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WEEKENDER: Buskerfest, yoga, a street market in Carleton Place, plus tropical fun and one last chance to see TOTEM

Sail away to sunshine and surf without actually stepping foot on a plane. Ottawa City Girl, a women’s social group in Ottawa, will be raising funds for their fall activities and programs. Dig through their treasure chest full of tropical gear to knock out the competition for most creative outfit, participate in a hula hoop contest, or just sit back on the patio and enjoy a complimentary bora bora cocktail. All guests will also get 20% off their bills! $10. Thursday, Aug. 1 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Kinki, 41 York Street.

Aerial Angles performs at Buskerfest

Street performers from around the world will gather in one place to entertain you. From magicians to acrobats, firebreathers and clowns, you will be mesmerized by the variety of shows. All of the performances are free, but don’t forget to bring some loonies and twoonies to throw in the hats of your favourites! Aug. 2 – 5. Sparks Street. www.sparksstreetmall.com

Enjoy urban green space while improving your health at this refreshing event. Join the Sierra Youth Coalition and the Otesha Project for some fresh air and yoga on the beach. Hosted by certified yoga instructor Laurel Shut. All levels are welcome; please bring a towel and lots of water! All proceeds will go to the Sierra Youth Coalition and the Otesha Project, two environmental organizations with a focus on youth empowerment. Suggested donation of $10. Saturday, Aug. 3. 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Britannia Beach, 2805 Carling Avenue. Check out the Facebook page for more info.


The Carleton Place Bridge Street Bazaar

The Carleton Place Business Improvement Area invites you to visit downtown Carleton Place to enjoy a summer community extravaganza. The 8th Annual Bridge Street Bazaar will showcase the centre of this colorful and historic town, including a sidewalk shop with over a hundred vendors. Visitors have the opportunity to find bargain deals, become a street merchant themselves, and eat at waterfront restaurants, all while basking in non-stop local entertainment. Saturday, Aug. 3 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.downtowncarletonplace.ca

Everyone loves an acrobatic performance, and Cirque de Soleil is known for it’s magical shows that transport spectators to another world. TOTEM does just that, tracing the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. From $53.50. Until Aug. 4. See website for showtimes.

~ Hollie Davies