Look, I’ll be upfront before you find out through my social media #content: I won’t be in Ottawa this weekend. I have family in the 905 and Wolf Parade are in the 6 so all apologies for my area code tryst.
That being said, the last weekend of May is full of tried-and-tested Ottawa classics on top of new shows for you to get excited about. Here are our picks for getting the most out of the month while you can!
ByTowne Cinema booked a real gem of a film with Sing Street. Directed by John Carney, it’s a comedy about Irish teens in 1985 forming a band and shooting goofy music videos all to impress a girl, and its soundtrack will be in your ears for days: The Cure, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, all-new songs that woulda been new wave hits, and then some. I’m beyond obsessed with it and you can still catch it tonight.
National Drone Day is back this Saturday! Nothing high-flying to worry about – it’s Weird Canada’s annual celebration of the hums, whirrs and vibrations that make drone music mesmerizing. Head to House of Common for an all-day party with performances by Drony Girl aka Pony Girl, Paraphonique, Space Clouds Filter, Hazy Montagne Mystique with Me Float, Raas, and Hard Science.
For much more music, The Dears are set to bring their The Smiths-flavoured dark orchestral pop to the NAC on Friday, DJ Memetic will talk and spin his signature blend of future soul as part of 1NIGHT at Origin Studio on Saturday, and Ravenswing Art + Music Fair celebrates its tenth anniversary at Minto Park on Sunday.
DINOSAURS. Just making sure I have your attention for this next one. The Museum of Nature is celebrating its Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit with an ~Ultimate edition~ of Nature Nocturne on Friday. Between drinks, you can learn how to excavate fossils, build dinos out of Lego, take a selfie with a T-Rex, and catch a larger-than-life set by The PepTides.
Hope you’re ready to hopscotch all over the city on Saturday – it’s also the return of the Great Glebe Garage Sale! Ottawa’s greatest garage sale is now in its 30th year of Bank Street thrifting, and you can still probably find some quirky additions to your home and wardrobe from the ‘80s there. I got two cute skirts for a whopping $3 the last time I went, so yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
Head to our event calendar for more ideas on having fun this weekend and to suggest events for us to list. We’re huge lurks, so make sure you use our hashtag #apt613wknd so we can give your photos some love on our Instagram. Have a good one Ottawa!
Editor’s note: Rape is Real and Everywhere is a comedy show about rape as joked by survivors. The event, headlined by Toronto’s Meg MacKay is happening on Friday, May 27th at the Bronson Centre (Community Hall) at 7 pm. Tickets are $15. Check out the website for more info.