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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

By Karen Diepeveen on May 17, 2012

If you missed the crazy fun that was Chinatown last week, have no fear – the art stays up for another few weeks. You might have to create your own installation pieces or bring your own robots, though… (If you need a gently used set of robots, your best bet is to check out the flea market Saturday, at the Bronson Centre.) Or you could just be lazy and spend the long weekend in your pjs. Why not?

1982 was an epic year – we got our Charter, awesome people were born, and German thrash trio Destruction got their start. They’ll be kicking off their anniversary tour at Mavericks Friday night. In other epic music events, it’s Ottawa Rock Lottery this weekend, where some of Ottawa’s favourite band members get paired with new ones, and are tasked with creating a new song. Funkbox is the latest addition to the Raw Sugar stage, providing a night of funky DJ beats. Cheap Girls will be playing with locals The Creeps and The Mnemonics Friday night, and Anique Granger will be out at La Grange de la Gatineau. On the jazz front, Pram Trio will be at GigSpace tonights, it’s Jazz Jam at Pressed, and Ottawa’s first all-Asian jazz band, Bamboo Grove, will play a few sets over at Korean Palace on Somerset Friday. One Tree Hill fans, get ready to swoon – Tyler Hilton is coming to Cafe Dekcuf Saturday night, which is also when Ottawa hip-hop artist Atherton is releasing an album. In other new music news, Scary Bear Soundtrack is debuting their newest track at Fall Down Gallery, with guests Brandon Allen and Erin Saoirse Alair (of Three Little Birds fame).

Or? Go listen to music outside. With cupcakes.

Friday night is the opening of Recording Device, an exhibit featuring new works by Brendan De Montigny, while ‘My kid could paint that !`#?..‘ opens at Patrick John Mills Gallery. VERSeOttawa is hosting a women’s slam Saturday, which will serve as one of the qualifying rounds for their slam competition later this year. There will be less competitive poetry down at the Elmdale Sunday, when the Dusty Owl Reading series continues.

You can also fill up your long weekend with flowers, fireworks,and awesome kids’ art. What other fun in the sun will you be having, Ottawa?



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