Ottawa Dog Festival and More!



dogIf you love dogs you won’t want to miss the Ottawa Dog Festival June 10 and 11 at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive. It promises to be a howl of a good time.

An outdoor party for four-legged guests and their two-legged companions, this event includes games, competitions, demonstrations, workshops, a play area, food trucks and a beer lounge. You can see pro pooches from Rideau River Dock Diving, try the public lure course, and check out everything from Dayna’s Pet Sitting Play Zone to the St. John’s Ambulance Doggy First Aid Workshop and this year’s #TopDogModel.


All dogs are welcome and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 on site and $5 online. See for details.


CHEO Telethon

The CHEO Telethon on CTV is this weekend, so tune in and be a #hero4cheo. CHEO heroes include everyone from front-line medical and nursing staff to scientists working on cures, to the patients and parents who need help.  None of this work would be possible without donors who choose to give and make a real difference in the lives of children.


Donations to the CHEO Telethon are used to help purchase of life-saving equipment, fund research into the treatment, prevention and cure of childhood diseases, recruit and educate caregivers, and develop programs. The live broadcast from the EY Centre airs on CTV from 7 p.m. June 10 to 7 p.m. June 11. You’ll see extraordinary patients and families, world-class medical personnel, researchers who are changing medical science and local celebrities who support this fundraising initiative.
To donate, you can click or call (613) 738-1450. 

Prose in the Park

The third annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival is taking place Saturday, June 10, in Parkdale Park.

The day will start at 11 a.m. on Stage 2 (south end of the park) when five Ottawa Story Tellers (OST) present a one-hour program of oral storytelling. At noon, the festival officially opens with Mayor Jim Watson. A replica of a centuries-old trumpet will be used to call in the spectators and the mayor will be accompanied to Stage 2 by bagpipe music.

At 12:30 on Stage 2, M.C. Sang Kim will do a thirty-minute interview, including readings, with celebrated Canadian humour writer Terry Fallis. Fallis is a two-time winner of the Leacock Medal for humour.

At 2 p.m., five finalists (or their designates) for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors will read passages from their works. There will be comments by the jurors on the short-listed books, and at 2:40 p.m. the winner of the award will be announced. The finalists are Joan Crate for Black Apple, Susan Doherty Hannaford for A Secret Music, Emma Hooper for Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Eric Beck Rubin for School of Velocity and Andy Sinclair for Breathing Lessons. There were 40 submissions for the Frank Hegyi Award. There will also be a variety of literary panels. See Prose in the Park for details.




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