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Entertain yourself with the best online content - week of June 29


As we’re all practicing physical distancing, Ottawa Public Library has been posting daily ideas of online content to help you make the most of your time at home.  


Here's a list of our top 5 live events this week. 


  1. Join a virtual celebration of Canada Day! All day on Canada Day, there will be free virtual shows and other events. Find out more here!  

  1. Watch an artist showcase by the Ottawa Fringe festival on Thursday July 2 at 8 PM, which spotlights the best and brightest of Ottawa’s local talent. This event prioritizes the voices of Indigenous, Black, and Persons of Colour, and is curated by Brit Johnston (Anishinabekwe, Serpent River First Nation). Performances range from spoken word to Indigenous Hoop dance, music, and more — this is an event not-to-be-missed! 

  1. On Tuesday June 30th at 8 PM, attend the free Ottawa Fringe Festival online show Journey: a South African and Anishinabeg Collaboration. From the description: “Forever and always, we honour those who came before us. As we witness and participate in the fight for equality, we acknowledge the colonial forces that haunted our BIPOC’s ancestors, who fought for not only their lives but the next generation. These stories, both traditional Anishinabeg and South African, focus on the concept of death and the spirit world. In such uncertain times, it is important to honour the teachings passed down and welcome the strength these stories bring to our nations.” 

  1. On Monday June 29 à 12PM, listen to the stars of Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Patrick Huard and Colm Feore, discuss the future of the arts scene with the Governor General.   

  1. On Tuesday June 30 at 7 PM, grab your laptop and watch Katie Tallo launch her debut novel Dark August, live from her kitchen, alongside her bartender husband, Andy, for a fun-filled evening with friends, words, music, nibblies, cocktails & mocktails, as well as special guest appearances by the talented Vivi and Grace.   

Have you seen any other events or programs? Tell us in the comments!