Summer Activities at City Hall

Ottawa City Hall is home to the Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and Barbara Ann Scott Museum. It is also a scene of many community events and festivals, regular weekly programs, and special events.

Regular Weekly Programs (July and August)

Special Events:

Regular Weekly Programs (July and August)

Salsa Babies and Picnic

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Tuesdays, July 7 to August 18 from 10 am to noon
Jean Pigott Place
Join Dancing Mama for a great workout and a chance to socialize, while also introducing your child to music and movement. Bring your snacks or lunch and enjoy a picnic after the class. Families with children of any age are welcome! 

Hatha Yoga – Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

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Tuesdays, July 7 to August 25 from noon to 1 pm  

Marion Dewar Plaza

In case of rain, event will be held at Jean Pigott Place
The instructors from Rama Lotus Yoga Centre will lead the class, which is open to all levels.  Some yoga mats will be available, bring your own if possible.

Fitness and Competitive Walking

Tuesdays, July 14, August 11, and September 8 noon to 1 pm

Marion Dewar Plaza

Presented by Bytown Walkers Club de marche
Stay active, healthy and give purpose to your walking by transforming your normal walk into a technique that maximizes fitness muscles and your “cardio”. Learn about this low-impact activity for all ages and participate in a 1.5 to 2 km walk.

Circus Jam

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Tuesdays, July 7 to August 25 from 7 to 9 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Presented by Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group & Ottawa Circus School
Open and free to all who are interested in the flow arts (bring your poi, hooping, juggling, slack line, partner-acro, fire dancing, to name a few), the jams are an opportunity for people to practice with music and light up with fire. Anyone can come out and practice, share and meet others with similar interests. Kids are welcome but must be supervised.

Tai Chi – Taoist® Tai Chi

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Wednesdays, July 8 to August 26 from noon to 1pm 
Marion Dewar Plaza

In case of Rain, event will be held at Jean Pigott Place
The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Join us for free beginner classes in the Marion Dewar Plaza.

Salsa @ City Hall

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Wednesdays, July 8 to August 26 from 6 to 11 pm  

Marion Dewar Plaza *In case of Rain, event may be held at Jean Pigott Place
Sponsored by Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa Force, Outdoor Salsa @ City Hall is held weekly at Marion Dewar Plaza. This event is for people of all ages. Come and take a class on one of the many forms of Latin dance.

Indigenous Walks

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June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17, from noon to 1 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Presented by Indigenous Walks 
Join Métis Arts Activator, Jaime Koebel for a free guided Indigenous arts and culture walk and talk through the Nation’s Capital. @IndigenousWalk  #IndigenousWalks

Lunchtime Volleyball

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Thursdays, July 9 to August 20 from noon to 1 pm
Lisgar Field
Ottawa residents are encouraged to come to City Hall this summer to play recreation pick-up grass volleyball. Come as you are or with some friends and use physical activity to break up your day. For more information:

Milonga – Tango Soirée at City Hall

July 11, 25, August 8 and 22 from 6 to 11 pm
Join the Ottawa Tango Community for tango dancing. Beginners’ lesson starts at 6 pm (only on Sat. July 11). The open dancing starts from 7 to 11 pm. All you need to bring are shoes with smooth flexible soles, and the desire to dance to beautiful tango music!   On July 11, there will be live music performed by our own Bytown Tango Band. Subsequent Milongas will be held in the Councillor’s Lounge, with music by invited DJs.

Special Events:

Noon Concerts

Marion Dewar Plaza

Noon to 1pm

July 17- Sherri Harding & The Heat

Sherri Harding & the Heat

An intense blend of talented musicians and songwriters whose collective experiences have placed them in front of audiences all over the world! With gigs ranging from Prime Ministers and Governors General soirees to Sunday Church meetings and clubs.

Sherri Harding- A charismatic performer, with vocal chops to spare, Sherri has many radio jingles to her credit! You are sure to have heard her without realizing it.  Once you have heard her soulful voice live - you will not soon forget it! “Man - this lady can sing” - Mauler (106.9 The Bear)
The Heat- Peter Beaudoin (Band Leader – Drums & Vocals), Ed Bimm (Keyboards & Vocals), Gino Scaffidi (Guitarist)

August 27 – Blackwell 


Blackwell is a country vocal trio led by singer/songwriter Braiden Turner along with singer/songwriter/guitarist Carey Blackwell and brother, Dan Blackwell.  All three are from musical families.  Although Braiden is from Ottawa, much of her life has been spent in the small towns of southern Ontario where her family is from.  Carey and Dan are from Northern Ontario where they began their musical lives. What else that all three have in common is their love of vocal harmony, original songs, the richness of their roots and their desire to showcase their brand of originality. 

Blackwell plans to build the Blackwell Nation song by song and fan by fan. They will be releasing their next single, July 2015.

Karsh-Masson Gallery

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Necropolis - Tasman Richardson

June 11 to July 26 
Necropolis is a vast media installation, a memento mori which encapsulates a decade of video experiments in a tactile and immersive environment. Artworks extend beyond the frame, transforming the shadows and intangible nature of dead recordings into to an atmospheric, spatial experience for the living. 
Artist talk: Sunday, July 26 at 2 pm

University of Ottawa MFA grad show - Stanzie Tooth
August 1 to September 10
Stanzie Tooth’s recent works explore ideas of origin. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel Surfacing, and paired with reminiscences of her childhood in rural Ontario, Tooth’s paintings unfold oblique narratives of a communion with land. Karsh-Masson Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide a valuable mentorship and professional development opportunity.
Reception: TBD

Catalyst  - Allyson Glenn
September 16 to October 12
Saskatoon-based painter Allyson Glenn second series from her Allegory project, Catalyst, explores the artist’s personal experience of a substantive oil spill she discovered under her house, offering insight into the psychological impact of contamination and the deeper meaning of how people relate to the environment.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artist talk: Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm

Roller Derby in Ottawa

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Saturday, July 11 from 1 to 4 pm
Marion Dewar Plaza

Modern flat-track roller derby is storming the nation's capital! Join the skaters of the Capital City Derby Dolls (CCDD) and the Rideau Valley Roller Girls (RVRG) for Free Roller Derby Day. Spend the afternoon enjoying free outdoor roller derby, with amazing food trucks on site to satisfy your hunger. All six home teams from CCDD and RVRG will be participating in a series of short games to showcase the world's fastest growing sport. The day will culminate with a black and white full contact co-ed scrimmage. Skaters and officials from both leagues will be on hand to answer questions about the game, how to join as a skater or as a referee, or how to become an AWESOME FAN!

Pop-Up West Coast Swing Dance

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Marion Dewar Plaza

The pop-up West Coast Swing (WCS) dance, presented by Smoothstyle, is a free, traveling outdoor event held at various surprise locations - including Marion Dewar Plaza – all summer long. Join us for a brief Beginner West Coast Swing lesson starting at 12:00pm before a participatory dance performance. Visit the Facebook event page to stay updated on where and when the next pop-up event will happen. Bring friends & co-workers - it's fun to try AND fun to watch!

Japanese Cultural Fair

July 19 from 11 am to 4 pm (rain or shine)

Marion Dewar Plaza
Celebrate Ottawa’s 11th annual Japanese summer festival! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese-Canadian food, craft displays, performances and demonstrations. The event is for all ages complete with a children’s tent, balloon animals, and face painting. We look forward to sharing a taste of Japanese culture with you!

Ottawa Chamberfest – Bring the Kids! Series

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July 29, July 30 and August 4, 1pm
Jean Pigott Place


Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles.  Chamberfest is the world’s largest chamber music festival, presenting 15 days of early music, core repertoire, contemporary music and fringe in churches and venues across downtown Ottawa.

Festival of India Luncheon

August 7 from 11:30 to 1 pm

Join us for a lunch to kick off the fourth annual Festival of India. The Festival of India will showcase the culture and heritage of India through multifaceted programs covering music, dance, arts, handicrafts, workshops, Yoga, food, discussions, movies, and documentaries. 

Canadian Film Institute 80th Anniversary Celebration

August 27 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Join the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) at Ottawa City Hall on August 27th for a special 80th Anniversary Celebration. Drop by Jean Pigott Place between 5:30pm and 8:00pm for an evening of food, drink, and film. Meet the CFI’s partners, friends, collaborators, and alumni who have supported the organization for so many years, and learn more about the events and festivals that the CFI has developed over its long and rich history