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What’s Happening? July Events

June 27, 2024

Now that the warmer weather is officially here, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy all that #OttawasOriginalDowntown has to offer!

Canada Day Concert 2024

Happy Canada Day! On July 1, join the National Arts Centre for a free concert downtown in the nation’s capital.

Hosted by slam poet and songwriter YAO, and conducted by Alexander Shelley, this 2024 edition will also feature a Unisong choir with voices from every province and territory of Canada.

📅 July 1

⏰ 2:30 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

🎟️ FREE

Lonesome George

Joe Campbell-McArdle (guitar and vocals) and Myles McCormack (mandolin, guitar and vocals) are the songwriting duo behind Lonesome George; two friends who started learning traditional music together in their teens and have been playing together ever since. Their contemporary songwriting in both English and Irish deals with love, life and revolution. These ideas are brought to life through winding riff-led grooves; ethereal and ambient pieces with a touch of melancholy; rip-roaring reels, and bilingual harmonies. The music and lyrics weave together to form their unique sound while remaining rooted in the Irish tradition.

📅 July 3

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

🎟️ Tickets

Pahua

Pahua is the project of Mexican singer, composer, producer and DJ Paulina Sotomayor; a blend of electronica and folklore that represents a very deep part of its creator: femininity, nature, inner strength and self-discovery. 

The unique blend of Latin America’s folklore genres such as cumbia, corridos, and huapangos with contemporary electronic rhythms, coupled with the use of live percussion, forms the distinctive element of Pahua’s music that captivates audiences and makes her performances memorable. In her latest mixtape, she continues to explore this fusion by collaborating with electronic producers and creating remixes from her previous album, HABITA.

📅 July 17

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Azrieli Studio

🎟️ Tickets

Passarim

Passarim is a reunion of four Brazilian musicians and songwriters who share a love for Brazilian music, specially the Bossa Nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto.

The project started in 2017 as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of Jobim’s first gold album Passarim (1987). From São Paulo’s intense indie music scene, João Leão, Tika, Kika and Igor Caracas carefully adapted the album’s original vocal and orchestral arrangements into a reduced formation with unique style, arriving at a renewed Bossa Nova vibe with vocal effects, electric guitars, synths and a touch of psychedelia. The performance is classy, captivating and magnetic.

Other Jobim masterpieces are also added to the show, which has showcased with great success throughout the main jazz venues and theatres in and around São Paulo since 2017, often featuring very special guests such as Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum, two of the original members from Jobim’s ensemble. In 2024, the group proudly presents its first international tour through Canada.

📅 July 18

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Azrieli Studio

🎟️ Tickets

Drink & Draw at Jackson Café

Let your imagination flow at Drink & Draw, a laid-back sketching session happening during Happy Hour. Sip your favourite cocktails and get creative at this workshop that is the perfect blend of art, fun, and community. Open to all skill levels. All art materials are provided. No registration required.

📅 July 18

⏰ 6:00 p.m.

📍 Ottawa Art Gallery

🎟️ More Info

Social Tango Project

Tango fascinates and touches people of all backgrounds and generations. Founded and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Social Tango Project’s mission is to share the social value of dance, celebrating the tango community through performance, music and film. The company invites tango lovers to experience a real evening to the rhythm of this popular dance so closely linked to Argentina, in the intimacy of a milonga recreated here by multidisciplinary choreographer Agustina Videla from Buenos Aires. Dance, music, projections and documentary film combine to create an authentic, immersive experience!

On stage, ten dancers bring this love story to life with the rhythm of their steps, accompanied by four musicians and a singer who reproduce the traditional melodies of the milonga. The show also offers a beautiful visual experience, with the audience discovering the history of tango through a series of photographs and a documentary film by Argentine photographer Nora Lezano. An evening in the heart of Buenos Aires… in Ottawa!

📅 July 24-25

⏰ 7:30 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Babs Asper Theatre

🎟️ Tickets

Wendy McNeill

Steadily gaining acclaim for her poignant storytelling lyrics and captivating live shows, Wendy McNeill takes listeners on an emotional roller coaster with a spirit that is both playful and fierce. As likely to be singing from the perspective of a dead man’s accordion, or a misunderstood monster as she is from her own, McNeill is fascinated with twisting the perspectives of the stories we hear and the ones we tell ourselves.

The multi-instrumentalist weaves a tightrope between the intimate and the otherworldly with layered vocals, guitar, kalimba, samples and her beloved accordion, Ruby. Part cabaret, part spoken word, part little red riding hood, part big bad wolf. File under ‘folk noir’ or ‘twisted tales with a lot of heart’.  On her latest album, First There Were Feathers, Wendy draws from scientific studies, personal experience, classic literature and myth, to explore the beauty, mystery and resilience of birds and how our fate is intimately connected with theirs.  She sings about, and for, those on the frontline of these times- the literal ‘canaries in the coal mines’.

📅 July 25

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

🎟️ Tickets

Don Juan

In a romantic and timeless Spain, hearts beat and break for Don Juan. Young nobleman with fierce beauty, the son of Don Luis unleashes passions: a cruel seducer, he stirs up the desire of some, attracts the hatred of others. During a duel, he coldly assassinates the Commander, a man he has offended. The murderer is therefore cursed. Here he is condemned to love, a love that will sign his downfall. This new and sincere passion will be born with Maria, an ingenuous sculptor promised to another.

📅 July 31 to August 3

📍 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

🎟️ Tickets