Summer Nights
Cinema and Music Under the Stars


August 5–28, 2021
Every Thursday to Saturday, 5PM to midnight
SAW outdoor courtyard (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa)
5PM-9PM
Free admission
9PM-midnight
Tickets: $5
100% of ticket sales will go to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
SAW invites music fans and film lovers to congregate under the stars for a special edition of Summer Nights, a summer festival like no other. In anticipation of the reopening of its live music venue, SAW is pleased to present a program of music-themed films about pioneering music scenes and musical figures, along with music with live bands and DJs in the SAW outdoor courtyard.

The festival will take place over four weekends from August 5 to 28, 2021. Screenings and performances will be presented every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5PM to midnight, with a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. The major solo exhibition Shaya Ishaq. Library of Infinities will be on view at SAW during Summer Nights and will be open to the public every evening until midnight.

Summer Nights is presented and produced by SAW in collaboration with Also Cool Mag, the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, Debaser, the Digital Arts Resource Centre, GenNext, Girls+ Rock Ottawa, House of PainT, the Inside Out Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, Max Ottawa, Sashay, Sitting on the Outside and spectrasonic.

In case of rain, events will be held in Club SAW.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.



Thursday, August 5
5PM-9PM
Music with DJs Lamb Fatale and Pink Veil, and performance by Pursuit Grooves

9PM-midnight
︎ Sisters with Transistors
by Lisa Rovner (2020)

Co-presented with Debaser

Friday, August 6
5PM-midnight
Opening reception for the exhibition Shaya Ishaq. Library of Infinities

Music with DJ JFUN
Food prepared by Chloé Berlanga

︎︎︎Free admission

Saturday, August 7

5PM-9PM
Live music with DJs Mama Shu and Anna-Log

9PM-midnight
︎ White Riot
by Rubika Shah (2019)

Co-presented with Sitting on the Outside

Thursday, August 12
5PM-9PM
Music with Hex-A-Decimal

9PM-midnight
︎ Keyboard Fantasies
by Posy Dixon (2019)

Co-presented with the Inside Out Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Friday, August 13
5PM-9PM
Music with local emerging DJs and performers

9PM-midnight
︎ Fanny: The Right to Rock
by Bobbi Jo Hart (2021)
Director in attendance


Co-presented with Girls+ Rock Ottawa

Saturday, August 14

5PM-9PM
Performance by Giselle Gotti-Chanel
NDN Taco Pop-Up by Howard Adler

9PM-midnight
︎ Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World
by Catherine Bainbridge (2019)

Co-presented with the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Thursday, August 19
5PM-9PM
Music with DJs Jas Nasty and Lamb Fatale

9PM-midnight
︎ White Riot
by Rubika Shah (2019)

Co-presented with spectrasonic

Friday, August 20
5PM-9PM
Performances by Merganzer and Annie Socoria

9PM-midnight
︎ Sisters with Transistors
by Lisa Rovner (2020)

Co-presented with Also Cool Mag

Saturday, August 21

5PM-9PM
Music with Fruit Star Candy Bar

9PM-midnight
︎ Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
by Sophie Fiennes (2018)

Co-presented with House of PainT

Capital Pride Weekend

Thursday, August 26
5PM-9PM
Music with DJ CPI and performance by Adrianna Exposée

9PM-midnight
︎ Keyboard Fantasies
by Posy Dixon (2019)

Co-presented with the Digital Arts Resource Centre

Friday, August 27
5PM-9PM
Music with DJ Matelot Max and performances by Kimmy Dymond and Icesis Couture

9PM-midnight
︎ Paris is Burning
by Jennie Livingstone (1991)

Co-presented with GenNext and MAX Ottawa

Saturday, August 28
5PM-9PM
Music with DJ Ashley Gaultier and performances by Kiki Coe and Cyril Cinder

9PM-midnight
︎ Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
by Sophie Fiennes (2018)

Co-presented with Sashay
SAW
67, rue Nicholas Street
Ottawa ON  K1N 7B9
CANADA