Going Out

James Street closes | Marvest returns | Impulse on Sparks Street

The Last Hurrah at James Street Pub
Yes, that stalwart of Centretown is closing for good: no more patio parties or playoff viewings at the JSP. So raise a glass — say, a $5 caesar — to the institution that’s been filling glasses for more than 30 years. (Here’s hoping for the return of JSP in the condo building that’s slated for that corner of Bank Street.) DJ Grusum plays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Josh MacFarlane 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Rockstar Karaoke 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
390 Bank St.

Photograph of the Impulse installation in El Paso, US by Brian Wancho

Impulse interactive art on Sparks Street
Seesaws that whizz and brr and flicker when played on? It’s sounds wild, but it also seems like it would brighten up your Insta feed!

Impulse embodies ideas of serialism, repetition, and variation to produce zones of intensity and calm as an ever-changing urban event and an instrument in which the public becomes the musicians and artists.” 

Impulse runs from September 14 to October 2sparkslive.com/impulse

This photo of Hey Buster playing at Kunstadt Sports shows the unique venues and community feeling of Marvest. Photo by Gilles Vezina

Marvest and City Folk
It’s CityFolk weekend! The little sister to Bluesfest and the reincarnation of Ottawa Folk Festival brings Robert Plant (Sunday), Leon Bridges (Saturday), and an interesting trio of 90s bands — Our Lady Peace, Live, and Bush — play Friday.
Can’t commit to a day pass? Stroll by the area and take in Marvest, a series of free concerts held in restaurants and shops from First Avenue to Lansdowne. There’s even a free shuttle! With live music on board!
Marvest runs 12-14; CityFolk September 12 – 15.