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Weekend roundup

By Karen Diepeveen on April 29, 2010

Photo of Sunparlour Players courtesy of sidrguelph on Flickr.

Photo of Sunparlour Players courtesy of sidrguelph on Flickr.

Hey Ottawans – it’s May Day weekend! While we may not celebrate by dancing around a large pole with ribbons, there are still many ways to mark this occasion (and be thankful you’re not living in Calgary – at least for today).

Do you remember seeing large groups of people on the street at this time last year, wandering around behind someone holding a little orange flag? No, it’s not a mass game of Follow the Leader – it’s Jane’s Walk, and it’s back again this weekend. Didn’t know that your apartment building used to be a theatre? Want to know why the Italians settled on Preston Street? Get out and join these informative, interesting and incredibly unique walks. And it all starts tonight at Cube Gallery – check it!

Those sweet sounds you’ll be hearing on Friday night will either be Timber Timbre or the Murder Plans – deciding between those two acts will be a tough, tough choice. Saturday is the semi-finals for Capital Slam, which I suspect could result in an upset or two, just like last night’s nail-biter game. (Sunday has more spoken word, with this dynamic duo back for more.)

Need some superhero inspiration in your life? Check out free comic book day on Saturday. If you’re already inclined and equipped to fight for justice, then check out this film fest or this activist conference. For those of you working on your ability to change into that superhero outfit in a flash, Mercury Lounge is hosting Take Off Your Clothes on Sunday. (Okay, it’s more of a clothing swap than a lesson in changing, but it will still be a good time!)

If you were lucky enough to get tickets, Saturday’s the night to relive that epic high school event. Still need a dress? Check out the Spring Fling vintage dress and shoe sale! There’s a bunch of crafty events this weekend, too: Auntie Loo’s is hosting a craft and bake sale, and there’s a fundraiser for the Ravenswing DIY craft fair on Friday night.

And if you just need to celebrate the coming of May with a big “Wheee!”, well, do it.

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