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WEEKENDER: Westfest, Italian Week, Israeli Film Fest, and lots more ways to take in the city’s arts + culture

WESTFEST (FREE!)
This annual festival of music, art, and life in the heart of Ottawa’s trendy Westboro Village celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this year. Enjoy “on the street” programming and activities until about 5 p.m. and then head on over to the main stage for a fun night of Canadian talent. A variety of dancers, poets, and singers will hit the stage during this four-day event. Richmond Road, between McRea and Berkley Avenues. All performances take place on in front of the LCBO. Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9. See website for schedule and other details. www.westfest.ca

By Étienne Gélinas. Image courtesy Galerie St. Laurent + Hill.

ÉTIENNE GÉLINAS AT ST. LAURENT + HILL (FREE!)
Étienne Gélinas is known for his unique paintings and sculptures that aim to combine his fascination with pictorial and scientific worlds. His paintings display an interesting combination of such unique images as sewing patterns, architecture plans, and anatomy drawings to emphasize the notion of space. Gélinas’ most recent works can be found at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, 293 Dalhousie St. Thursday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 19. www.galeriestlaurentplushill.com

CALYPSO OPENS!
With over 35 water slides and 100 water games, Canada’s “biggest and best” theme waterpark is ready to re-open for the summer season. Calypso is also home to the country’s largest wave pool and North America’s highest free-standing waterslide tower. Open rain or shine. 2015 Calypso St. Thursday, June 6 to Monday, September 2. Daily parking rate of $8 (cash only). See website for general admission, rules, and hours of operation. www.calypsopark.com  (more…)