WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
House Not Sitting—The House adjourned on June 20. Parliament is not expected to return until after the federal election is held on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.
Senate Not Sitting—The Senate adjourned on June 21 and is not expected to return until after the federal election is held on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.
Global Conference for Media Freedom—Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt will host the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, England. The conference, which runs July 10-11, will bring together global leaders, shine a spotlight on media repression, and build a coalition of governments committed to a stronger diplomatic response when media freedom is curtailed.
Northern Lights Sound and Light Show—From July 9 to Sept. 8, 2019, the free Northern Lights show will be presented against the stunning backdrop of the Peace Tower and the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings. Every evening, spectators will be able to discover highlights of Canada’s history through a unique sensory experience. The colourful 30‑minute show is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Show times are 10 p.m. in July, 9:30 p.m. in August, and 9 p.m. in September.
Changing of the Guard—The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to invite visitors to the Changing of Guard ceremony daily from July 6 to Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will return to the lawns of Parliament Hill for the duration of the 2019 season. Relief of Sentries will happen daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the hour until Aug. 24, 2019. The sentries will continue to be posted at Rideau Hall throughout the public duties season. Led by a piper, they will march to their posts at Sussex Gate and in front of the residence during this much-loved ceremony.
Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts—The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2019, is on at the National Gallery of Canada’s Lower Contemporary Galleries until Monday, Aug. 5, at 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. Since 2000, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts have recognized Canadian artists for their remarkable careers in fine or applied arts, film, video, audio, or new media. This year’s exhibition showcases the work of eight outstanding laureates: Stephen Andrews, Marlene Creates, COZIC, Lee-Ann Martin, Ali Kazimi, Andrew J Paterson, Jeff Thomas and Susan Edgerley (Saidye-Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts).
Gaugin Portraits—The world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gaugin’s portraiture is on at the National Gallery of Canada, the sole North American venue, from Friday, May 24, 2019, to Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. National Gallery of Canada, Special Exhibitions Galleries, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets: adults, $24; seniors, $22; 24 and under/students, $16; family, two adults and three youths age 17 and under, $48; and children, free.
Portraits of Courage: President George W. Bush’s Tribute to America’s Veterans—Canadian War Museum, Display Corridor, June 28, 2019 to Sept. 3, 2019. The exhibit offers an exclusive look at the unique perspective of former U.S. president George W. Bush’s use of art to recognize the service and sacrifice some of the approximately five million American veterans of the war on terror who were under his command while he was in office.
Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath—Runs Thursday, March 14, 2019, to Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Considered one of the finest street photographers of his generation, Dave Heath (1931-2016) reflected the universal experience of isolation set against moments of social integration, according to the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Photography Institute Series, 380 Sussex Dr. Ottawa. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Masterpiece in Focus: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar—This exhibit is on until Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the National Gallery of Canada, Gallery C218, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.
Ottawa Bluesfest—The Ottawa Bluesfest, which started on Thursday, July 4, runs until Sunday, July 14, at the LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa. This year’s lineup includes The Sheepdogs, The Killers, The Psychedelic Furs, Snoop Dogg, Sugaray Hayford, Southern Avenue, Pussy Riot, Pokey Lafarge, Matt Anderson & The Mellotones, Megan Laurence & Lucas Haneman, Logic, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Little Walter Tribute featuring Mark Hummel, Billy Boy Arnold and Magic Dick, Ellie King, Ellie Gadzos, Churches, Buddy Guy, Bad Child, Backstreet Boys, America, Alt-J, Lennon Stella, Kygo, Kina Nimiwag, T-Pain, William Prince, Jessie Reyez, and Alexisonfire.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10—SUNDAY, JULY 14
Calgary Stampede—Provincial and federal Alberta politicians and federal politicians from other provinces will flock to the Calgary Stampede running July 5 to July 14 in Calgary.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
Ottawa International Writers Festival—Book Launch: This Is How You Lose the Time War, with Amal El-Mohtar, at the NAC Alan and Roula Rossy Pavilion, 1 Elgin St., 7 p.m. Free event.
SATURDAY, JULY 27
Protect the Ottawa River Protest Flotilla—Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association, Petawawa Point Cottagers’ Association, and Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area will hold a protest flotilla on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Old Fort William Dock in Sheenboro, Que., 12 noon. Information, Facebook.com/OFWCARadioactive or RSVP to johanna@OFWCA.org.
Artists’ Magazines: Beyond Gallery Walls—This exhibit will be on until Sept. 4, 2019, at the Library and Archives Canada. Artists’ magazines played an important role in conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s. See how these publications expanded sites of artistic practice beyond traditional gallery walls.
MONDAY, JULY 15
Monetary Policy Report—The Ottawa Economics Association hosts a presentation on the Bank of Canada’s Economic Outlook (Monetary Policy Report) featuring Laurent Martin, senior policy adviser, Canadian Economic Analysis department; and Jean-Philippe Cayen, senior policy adviser, International Economic Analysis department. This event will take place on July 15 at the Bank of Canada Conference Centre, 30 Bank St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is mandatory, online at cabe.ca.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
Mid-Summer Networking Reception—The Canadian International Council’s Toronto branch hosts its annual mid-summer networking reception on July 24, featuring Japan’s consul general in Toronto, Takako Ito, who will speak about the outcome of the G20 Summit held in Osaka in June. This event will take place at the Vagabondo Italian Restaurant, 32 Wellington St. E., from 6 to 8 p.m. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12—SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
Ottawa’s CityFolk—Ottawa’s CityFolk music festival runs Sept. 12-15. The festival will feature a main stage on the great lawn at Lansdowne Park and at the Ravenlaw Stage in the Aberdeen Pavilion. This year’s lineup includes Robert Plant and the Sensational Shifters, Leon Bridges, Strumbellas, Our Lady Peace, Live, and Bush. There will also be Lucinda Williams, Rhye, Lucy Dacus, Donovan Woods and the Opposition, Larkin Poe, Tim Baker, Rich Aucoin, Saul Williams, Dear Rouge, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the Once, Orville Peck, Dwayne Gretzky, the White Buffalo, the East Pointers, Eleni Mandell, Harrow Fair, Lee Harvey Osmond, Caroline Rose, Tamino and Human Kebab. Local talent will also be once again showcased with Marvest, a set of free performances at venues along Bank Street.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 17
Ottawa International Writers Festival—The Testaments: One on One with Margaret Atwood, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Southminster United Church, 15 Alymer Ave., Ottawa. General admission $20; reduced 15; and free for members. Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood will talk about The Testaments, her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
Ottawa International Writers’ Festival—Book Launch: Murdered Midas, with Charlotte Gray, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Library and Archives Canada. Hosted by Jane Urquhart, author Charlotte Gray will talk about her book, Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on Island Paradise, which is the story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes. Free tickets.
MONDAY, OCT. 21
Federal Election—The federal election is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.
FRIDAY, NOV. 1
Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians—Canada’s Ukrainian community will gather in Ottawa from Nov. 1-3 for the 26th Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians. The conference will bring together hundreds of community leaders from across Canada as well as high level delegations from Canada and Ukraine. Sessions on human rights, education, arts, government relations, international development, governance and Canada Ukraine relations. Program, registration and more information at www.congress.ucc.ca.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13
Canadian Science Policy Conference 2019—This annual conference is coming back to Ottawa on Nov. 13-15, 2019 at the Westin Hotel. The conference will bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, politicians, journalists, students, and many others from across the country to discuss, exchange ideas, and mobilize knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy.
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