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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods

By Karen Diepeveen on May 3, 2012

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This weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy your neighbourhood, so that you’re well-equipped to exercise your democratic right and vote in our continuing Neighbourhood Wars. Jane’s Walk is one way to do it, as is hopping on your bike, but the events below will give you an extra excuse to hit the ‘hoods for a good time!

Hintonburgers (the people, not the food) can meander down into neighbouring West Wellington for the 1st Thursday Art Walk tonight. It’s your last chance to catch Where the Wild Things…Aren’t?, which wraps up this weekend. Urban Craft also will be down the street all day Saturday – come out and get your Neighbourhood Wars pins from our Apartment613 table! We’ll also be meandering down this neighbourhood, wandering into the hot foodie spots on Saturday afternoon. Collected Works will host the launch of the latest Bywords Quarterly Journal on Sunday.

Sandy Hill-ers may have the best access to music, even if it’s not in their actual hood. They just have to cross Rideau into the Market, where Mavericks will have Counterpart and friends Thursday night. Ritual will have a great lineup of soul and funk Friday night, while members of The Stills and Broken Social Scene will be playing as Eight and a Half at Zaphod’s. Austria’s Florian Kmet will bring an electronic rock/blues/folk mix to the Mercury Lounge that night, too.

Classical music lovers in Centretown will be down at Dominion-Chalmers for Paradis Perdu, put on by the Ottawa Classical Choir and the New World Philharmonic Society. Centretowners also get a night of definitely not classical music with Sook-Yin Lee at the National Archives, who will be presenting her debut feature film The Year of the Carnivore. Tonight, be sure to head to Hub Ottawa for Learning to Walk, the Jane’s Talk with Shawn Micallef.

Glebites? You’re all about tulips and bikes this weekend. Embrace all that is Dutch! Also, the Hornettes are playing at Irene’s, which will knock your socks off.

New Edinburghers also pick up the tulip theme, with the Youth Spring Tulip Ball. If you’re in this hood and are a punk fan, you really should cross the bridge over to the Market to hear Belvedere and A Wilhelm Scream. And while we’re sure New Edinburgh is a stylin’ place, you can get some new duds at what claims to be North America’s biggest clothing swap on Sunday.

It’s Stars on Vinyl for Chinatown – while you lost by a whisker, you can dance your sorrows away at the Raw all night on Saturday. You’ll have to stake your claim for this Dow’s Lake summit on sustainability – those Glebe folks might have a good argument for claiming all Dow’s events.

Almonte? We know there are things to do. We know you’re a cool place to chill out. But we don’t know what you are doing this weekend! Tell us below, Almonters… Gatineau has it goin’ on with DJ ABB and DJ Franky Fish on Friday, and Weston Super Mare is releasing their new album on Sunday night. Plus, they’ve got a bit of Brazil going on.

In other boonie-hoods, Wakefield will see John Carroll and the Epic Proportions at the Black Sheep on Sunday. Out in Kanata, it’s the 21st annual artists’ studio tour.

And there’s a lot more going on, we know, so tell us below!