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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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It’s another packed weekend folks, so let’s jump right into it.

For those who want to turn some heads as they commute around the city by bike, this Saturday’s Velo Vogue Fashion Show at Kichesippi  Brewery is just the thing. Coincidentally, it’s happening on the same weekend as the Capital Vélo Fest Bike Festival. The fest features an informative Bike Rodeo as well as a car-free Tour La Nuit, a cavalcade of cyclists riding their bikes along a 20km scenic route.

Happy Goat Coffee will host the iSupport Ottawa Originals Pop up Shop on Saturday in their new-ish digs on Laurel Street. The event will feature local fashion designers, artists and musicians displaying and selling their original creations in a trade show format.

Saturday and Sunday will bring this year’s instalment of the long-running Doors Open Ottawa series. In addition to the usual suspects, urban explorers can check out 13 new buildings including the new Wabano Centre in Vanier.

The Ottawa International Children’s Festival kicked off yesterday, and it promises amazing performing arts experiences for families. It runs until Sunday.

Those looking for a music fix can check out Six Shooter Amelia Curran at the National Arts Centre on Friday. For more local content, be sure to catch Tall Trees, Patterson Hall and Jimmy Song at Zaphod’s on Friday.

The Freshly Chopped Supper Club is looking to fuse music and food in what sounds to be an interesting night at Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse. Chef Carlton and DJ Zattar will be collaborating to create A Taste of the Tropics on Friday.

Brewhounds who also enjoy well-executed local surf music can hit the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday when the Empiricals will help Muskoka Brewery launch their Summer Weiss.

Theatre junkies can check out the opening of the Orpheus production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on Friday.

Remarkably, the Enriched Bread Artists have ferreted out another art collective run out of a former bread factory in the Netherlands. Naturally, an artists exchange was in order, so the EBA’s Dutch counterparts have sent a team of artists to play in our backyard. The EBA will send a team to do the same in Holland this August. You can catch the opening night of this mashup on Friday.

Saturday’s Ottawa’s Got Game is a full-day gaming event being held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be absolutely destroyed by a hardcore gamer during a round of Starcraft, this might be the event for you.

Poets Meredith Quartermain and Phil Hall will be at Raw Sugar on Sunday to read their work and launch Hall’s new book as part of the A B Series.

That’s it for now folks. As always, let us know about events we may have missed in the comments. Happy weekend!

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There is also the Ottawa spring giveaway weekend: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage-collection/giveaway-weekend and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden native plant sale: www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/plantsale/2013sale-colour-eng.pdf

- fiona

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