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SUMMER LISTINGS: queer guide to concerts and events

From June to August



MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHS. An exhibition of photographs from the early part of the 20th century pulled from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection of photos. Until Aug 26. 380 Sussex.

STITCHES IN TIME. New exhibit at the Canadian War Museum featuring quilted artwork from artist Johnnene Maddison depicting her childhood memories of wartime. Until Jan 2008. 1 Vimy Place.

WAR BRIDES. War Brides: Portraits of an Era features a collection of paintings and multimedia installations from artist Bev Tosh representing thousands of love stories from World War II. Until Jan 2008 at Canadian War Museum. 1 Vimy Place.

TREASURES OF CHINA. Art and artifacts from ancient China, on display for the first time outside of their own country. Open now at Canadian Museum of Civilization. Until Oct 28.


HOPE BEACH. Annual Beach Volleyball tournament and rock concert to raise money for local charities. Registration is first come, first served. For details or to register a team go to

JAZZ FESTIVAL. Ottawa International Jazz Festival featuring great music in both outdoor and indoor venues. Jun 21-Jul 1. Passes and tickets available at

THE HABIT. Ottawa band the Habit launch their first full-length album with 2 concerts — Jun 29, 4pm at BlackSheep Inn and Jul 5, 8pm at Zaphod Beeblebrox.

WESTFEST. The Westboro Village Festival of Music, Art and Life returns Jun 8-10. The festival is free and features artists, musicians and poets on stages along Richmond Rd.


BROADWAY AND BEYOND. The Orpheus Choral Group performs a medley of hits from the 20s to present. Jun 18 at Centrepointe Theatre. Tickets $20.

HIP HOP 360. Hip Hop 360 is a celebration of the art, music and dance of the Hip Hop community. Part of Canada Dance Festival. Jun 15-23 at National Arts Centre and various outdoor venues. For full details go to

FRINGE FESTIVAL. Ottawa’s Alternative Theatrical festival. Features artists from around the world pushing the boundaries of theatre, comedy and performance. Jun 14-24 . Tickets available at the door.

MAGNETIC NORTH FESTIVAL. Festival featuring contemporary English theatre from across Canada. Runs Jun 6-16 at various locations across the city.

THE SPIRIT OF ORPHEUS. The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society celebrate their 100th anniversary with a concert showcasing music from many of their shows over the years. Jun 1-9 at Centrepointe Theatre. Tickets $20-23.



IN MY LIFETIME. An exhibit of contemporary art from 8 First Nations artists from across the country. Until March 2008. Canadian Museum Of Civilization.

RENOIR: LANDSCAPES. The National Gallery Of Canada presents an exhibit of landscapes from French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Until Sep 9.


BLUESFEST. Ottawa Bluesfest features an array of musicians, from traditional blues to rock, performing at various stages around the city. Jul 5-15. Festival passes and individual tickets available at

HILARY DUFF. Pop star Hilary Duff returns to Ottawa Jul 20 for one show at ScotiaBank Place. Tickets $45-58 at

SOUND OF LIGHT. The Casino du Lac Leamy’s annual international fireworks competition runs Jul 28-Aug 11 at Lac Leamy in Gatineau.

SUMMERTIME. A musical revue with 11 musicians and singers performing songs of summer from past and present. Casino du Lac Leamy Jun 7-Jul 28. Tickets start at $40 from casino Box Office.


DANCING WITH THE STARS. The popular reality show goes on tour with performances from some of the past seasons finalists. Jul 10, 7:30pm at ScotiaBank Place.



BEYONCÉ. Beyoncé brings her solo World Tour to Montreal Aug 14 and Toronto Aug 15. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.

DIVERGENCE MOVIE DAY. Divergence Movie Night is having an all-day Film Festival Aug 19 re-running the works they’ve shown throughout the year. Part of Capital Pride celebrations.

FLOWER POWER. Musical salute to the sights and sounds of the 1960s. Aug 2-Sep 8 at Casino du Lac Leamy. Tickets start at $40.

FOLKFEST. The Ottawa Folk Festival runs Aug 16-19 with full-line up of great musicians performing at multiple stages in Britannia Park. Full details at

PRIDE. Capital Pride returns Aug 17-26th. Events throughout the week culminating in the Pride Parade and Outdoor Party at Festival Plaza on the 26th. Check for details


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns to Ottawa Aug 15-Sep 9 at the National Arts Centre. Tickets $50-100 at

SALTIMBANCO. Cirque du Soleil brings its latest touring show, Saltimbanco, to Ottawa Aug 8-12 at ScotiaBank Place. Tickets on sale Apr 21 at or

THEATRELIFE. Ottawa’s Queer Theatre company Toto Too performs Theatrelife by Sky Gilbert Aug 15-18 at Arts Court Theatre.