Majic 100\’s Stuntman Stu showed everyone at GreekFest 2012 just how good a Zorba Dancer he is!
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One of the highlights of the summer festival circuit — the Ottawa Greekfest — is now officially underway following a noon-hour launch that saw excited revellers line up outside the Hellenic Centre on Prince of Wales Drive to sample the fare and experience the entertainment.
Chair Jim Reklitis says this year some of the highlights will include folk dances from other cultures and of course a bevy of delicious food and drink.
Read more: Greekfest kicks off in Ottawa
9:20 am in Industry News
From August 10th to 12th, on the LeBreton Flats, Ottawa\’s South Asian community will be hosting their first ever \”Festival of India\”.
For two-and-a-half days, the Nation\’s Capital will be the showplace for a colourful, spicy and melodious variety of sights, tastes and sounds from \”Incredible India\” – including Bollywood and classical dancing, cooking classes, how-to demonstrations (cricket; saree and dhoti tying), yoga classes, henna hand painting and even a traditional wedding!!
And, for the first time, Ottawa will get to experience the vibrant and exciting \’Festival of Colours\’ – commonly called Holi.
9:40 am in Festival News
By Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen
Sunday evening at Dominion-Chalmers, with a song recital featuring tenor Ben Heppner and pianist John Hess, the third annual Music and Beyond festival came to an end. There were about 80 events in the festival and about a quarter of them had extra-musical content.
Related story: Music and Beyond: An Equal Music an instant favourite, Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2012
By Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen
A substantial crowd came to St. Andrew’s to hear the New Orford String Quartet play a standard quartet recital. There were three works on the program: Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, the only one he wrote; Beethoven’s Quartet in C, op. 59, no. 2; and for some welcome Canadian content, Jacques Hétu’s Quartet no. 2, op. 50.
OTTAWA CONFEDERATION PARK, JULY 20-21, 2012
We invite you to join us to celebrate the Ottawa Turkish Festival!
We have been diligently putting on the Ottawa Turkish Festival for the past 6 years. We\’ve been able to reach an estimated 20,000 people and have been delighted by media coverage over the years.
The Festival in short will be open to the general public free of charge and will display Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine. More information is available on the festival website: www.ottawaturkishfestival.com. Read the rest of this entry →
By Peter Robb, The Ottawa Citizen
Ben Heppner is practically buzzing with excitement over the phone from Salt Lake City where he is visiting one of his children. Not over the prospect of another summer singing Tristan und Isolde, although that’s pretty big.
It’s the anticipation of the arrival of his new motorcycle — a Harley Davidson Switchback — at his Toronto home.
The Big Beat, Ottawa Citizen
Have drum sticks, will travel.
Chad Walls is a drummer for hire, when he’s not sitting on his usual seat as “Capt. Killdrums” in Ottawa’s loud, raucous and highly entertaining band Big Jeezus Truck. Walls has temped with Ottawa metal band Exciter on a “metal cruise” in Sweden, and he has toured with Paul Dianno of Iron Maiden — in both cases with …
More on Music and Beyond:
- Music & Beyond Festival preview: Vikram Seth: The Renaissance Man, Ottawa Citizen, July 10, 2012
- Music & Beyond review: Evening of music by Ottawa composer contains some gems, Ottawa Citizen, July 10. 2012
- Novelist Vikram Seth puts his skills as a librettist on full display in Ottawa, Globe and Mail, July 11, 2012
By Katie Griffin, CTV Ottawa
Photo courtesy of CTV
Another big Ottawa summer festival is in full swing, as Italian Week celebrations shut down 15 blocks in Little Italy Friday night.
The annual event brought food, fast cars and families to Preston Street as the festival entered its final weekend.
\”It brings all the cultures together, Preston Street opens up and gives us a great opportunity for businesses to come out on the street,\” said Helen Perseo. \”Everyone gets together and tastes all the different tastes of Italy.
\”It\’s a nice time for the family, you can walk, eat, enjoy music,\” said Alexandra Katsov. \”I love Italian music.\”
Read more: Fast cars, food and families at Italian Week
Related story: Ferraris take to the street for Italian Week (Metro, June 16, 2012)