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The Weekend List

Focus on Japan at the National Gallery

The camera's eye captures a century of social upheaval in Japan in a major photographic retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, plus fresh takes on local theatre this Thanksgiving weekend.

Ottawa researchers find diabetes drug has potential to prevent ovarian cancer

It's early days, but Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden is hopeful a discovery by her team at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute could eventually be used to fend off ovarian cancer. 

Fall exhibitions at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Looking for something to keep you warm this crisp autumn weekend? Warm up with some free art or take in a musical tribute.
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Take a musical road trip or swipe right for comedy

Looking for something to do this weekend? The CBC has some options for you.

Dreamy art, internment camp tales, and a trio of Susan Aglukark shows

Stories from Japanese internment camps, art inspired by dreams, and three performances by one of Canada's most well-known Inuk musicians.

Artistic surprises up, down, all around on Confederation Line

First-time users of the LRT may be too busy getting their bearings to take notice of the art that surrounds them, but it's there, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places.
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All aboard for a weekend of arts and entertainment

Indigenous voices at the NAC, CityFolk celebrates original music and destination art on the city's new LRT line.

Struggling to regain doctor's status, newcomer saves man's life on bus

Yamah Gboluma was riding a crowded OC Transpo bus on July 24 , on her way to a job interview at a medical clinic, when a woman at the back started screaming for help.
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Art adventures abound this weekend in Ottawa

On the list this weekend: an experimental music festival, a unique art pep rally and a Broadway show on Gladstone Avenue.

Broadway hit's co-writer comes home to Ottawa

David Hein is back in Ottawa for Come From Away's sold-out run at the National Arts Centre.

Games, music and art for the long weekend

Staying in the city for the long weekend and wondering what to do? We have some options for you.

3 fun-filled events to brighten your weekend

A celebration of hip-hop culture, an improv eruption and a magical night of lights for the weekend.

Capital Pride testing ground for safety campaign

In a move to make sure the festival experience is a memorable one for all the right reasons, Ottawa Festivals has joined Ottawa Public Health to raise awareness about the risks of drug use and sexual violence at large gatherings. 

3 things to do at Westboro Fuse Street Festival this weekend

The Westboro Fuse Street Festival takes over several blocks of Richmond Road this weekend and it's all free.

Festivals offer something for everyone this weekend

South Asian Fest, Asinabka Film Festival and Uproar Arts Festival will offer a wide range of experiences this weekend.