Ottawa sizzles with Baconpalooza +++


Baconpalooza at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

As if we didn’t love the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum already. It’s home to a whole weekend devoted to bacon. OMG, yes: Baconpalooza is happening September 9 to 11.
Friday night, Ottawa chef Chef Michael Blackie will be dishing up some bacony delights and Chef Lynn Crawford, Chef Corbin Tomaszeski and Chef Mike McKenzie will be presenting some sizzling demonstrations. There will be live music too.

Saturday’s schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and starts with a free bacon breakfast. Shop at the Market for bacon treats, feast your eyes on demonstrations by celebrity chefs, sample craft beers and enjoy the delectable offerings from all kinds of food trucks!
Sunday’s schedule, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., includes bacon, beer and bands. Highlights include a bacon brunch, craft beer, food trucks and live music from local bands. See for deets and tickets.


CityFolk at Lansdowne Park

CityFolk is happening September 14 to 18 on the lawn at Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank Street. The lineup September 15 includes Blind Pilot, Skinny Lister, James Bay, Dropkick Murphys and The Acorn. September 16, Joey Bada$$, Kweku Collins, Bryson Tiller, April Verch Band, Breabach and

Guided By Voices are performing. The September 17 lineup includes Dan Mangan, Sonreal, Marlon Williams, Basia Bulat, Charlotte Cardin, The New Pornographers, Julia Jacklin, Fred Penner, John Moreland and Vance Joy. The final day, September 18, features an eclectic mix of performers, including Lake Street Dive, X Ambassadors, Fred Penner, Fruition, Darlingside, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Jim Bryson, Dean Brody, Midnight Shine, Julien Baker, Vanilla Fudge and Rayland Baxter. As part of CityFolk, Marvest is a musical “harvest” that runs September 16 and 17 in The Glebe. Most shows are free. Marvest offers a feast of locally produced music, food and drink; everything is from within 100 miles of the region. For details and CityFolk tickets, see

Napoleon and Paris

The Napoleon and Paris exhibition is happening at the Canadian Museum of History until January of 2017. Discover the complex relationship between a legendary man and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Paris shaped Napoleon as much as Napoleon transformed Paris. It was in Paris that he completed his studies, distinguished himself as a military commander during the French Revolution, seized power and became First Consul and, ultimately, Emperor of the French. It was also in Paris, after the battle of Waterloo in 1815, that he abdicated.

The exhibition highlights Napoleon’s career, the capital’s major political players and the everyday life of Parisians. Over 250 artifacts, including personal objects and furniture, provide an exclusive look at the luxury enjoyed by the Emperor’s inner circle and place the savoir-faire of Parisian artisans in the limelight. Through paintings, models and architectural drawings experience Napoleon’s ambitious dream of turning Paris into the capital of Europe. The exhibition is produced by the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, Paris Musées and the Canadian Museum of History. 

Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador

A new Canadian War Museum photographic exhibition, Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador, examines the legacy of a world-changing conflict in what is now Canada’s easternmost province.

“This exhibition illustrates how profoundly the First World War, and especially the tragedy of war, affected people, communities, politics and culture in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Stephen Quick, director general of the museum. “Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador reveals how pride, trauma and grief affected people at home and overseas, and how the war still influences ideas, opinions and reflections in so many ways, from literature and the arts to war memorials and family histories.”
Meet Leonard Stick, the first person to join the newly formed Newfoundland Regiment in 1914, and John Shiwak, an Inuk trapper from Labrador who became the Regiment’s top marksman. Find out how Quebec-born teacher Armine Nutting Gosling helped establish the basis for post-war women’s rights and improved health and child welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador.



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