You have no excuses to be bored Ottawa! Summertime is the best time to get out and experience all that the city has to offer. And one of the best places to do that is Wellington West! If you have not checked out our event calendar - now would be the time to do so! It's chock full of galleries, pub gatherings, plays, scavenger hunts, concerts, yoga and more! All for a reasonable price, and in many cases ABSOLUTELY FREE! So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our event calendar, then grab your coat, hat and dancing shoes and get ready for a great time!
Wellington West is home to many art galleries including but not limited to, Cube, Exposure, Railbender, Enriched Bread Artists, Fritzi Gallery and Loretta Studios. Not to mention all the great works of local art you can find in pubs and restaurants in the neighbourhood, from The Table to the Hintonburg Public House.
Cube Gallery is about to open it's newest exhibit, "Just About Everything" from artist Daniel Sharp. His work is described as 'often conundrums, simultaneously exploring colour field abstraction and referencing gesture and traditional drawing', "Everything is about fear, desire and love" he says. The vernissage will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm.
*Photo courtesy of Cube Gallery
Over at Exposure Gallery their new exhibit entitled "Slave Houses" has just opened. A vernissage will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm with the photographer, Richard Robesco, on hand to describe his first-hand experiences photographing these remnants of the slave era on Louisiana sugar cane plantations which ended over 100 years ago.
There are plenty of other ongoing events to choose from here in Wellington West. Every Friday night is Comedy night at the Wellington Eatery, featuring the Laugh Out Loud comedy stylings of the "Off the Rails" Troupe.
*Jon Dore at the Wellington Eatery, photo courtesy of Off the Rails Comedy
Looking for something more interactive? How about Board Game Night at Daniel O'Connell's, or trying your hand at a mind-bending escape room at Escape Manor? Tuesday is date night - so book the babysitter! Want to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the vibes? Then Vinyl Sundays are for you - starting at 7 pm over at 10fourteen! But if making music is more your thing, then be sure to stop into one of the neighbourhood's many open mic nights. On Tuesdays it's Daniel O'Connell's to let your inner songster fly, and on the last Saturday of the month head over to the Hintonburg Public House for Open Mic Night with Jess Cole starting at 3 pm.
For this weekend only, the renowned artistic robotics group La Machine, will be taking to the streets of Ottawa displaying their magnificent creatures! A fire breathing dragon and a giant spider! They will venture just to the edge of our neighbourhood on Sunday. You can catch them by the Ottawa River, starting at Slidell St. next to the Bayview Innovation Centre! It will be a sight to behold. After you take in the wonder of La Machine, head back to Wellington West for pint, a dram or simply a bite to eat, and recount your experience!
*Photo Ottawa 2017 Patrick Haag
So get out there Ottawa! Wellington West has lots of things to see, do, experience, taste, create - celebrate!