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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

By Karen Diepeveen on March 6, 2014

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC!

Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit on Canadian abstract impressionism will be on hand to talk about the work, and Sarah Hatton has new work up at Galerie St Laurent+Hill. In music, Marianas Trench band member Matt Webb will be at Mavericks tonight, with Fake Shark – Real Zombie! and Jessica Lee opening.

Friday’s got a lot of music to fit in. Alt/indie band Alvvays is at Zaphod’s with Stella Ella Ola and Etiquette, while Wind and the Wild stop by Raw Sugar with Bosveld. Arms of the Girl play Mavericks, with the Cody Allen Band, When Particles Collide, and By The Lights kicking the night off. In the comedy world, you can catch Spamalot down at Centrepoint Theatre, or Grindr Comedy at the Daily Grind. The DiverCiné Film Festival continues a the ByTowne with Rock the Casbah, an Arabic, English and French film.

On Saturday, catch some of Ottawa’s newest music with Elgin-Skye, Matt Dorgan Project and Repeat Repeat Offender at Pressed. For a bit more of a rock sound, Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs will be at Zaphod’s that night., the city’s most recent addition to the music blogging world, launches with a big bash at the Daily Grind. Experimental music can be found at Mugshots with Fryquency, and djSoulcial spins down at the Elmdale.

Sunday is your chance to knit for your dog – make them a snood to keep them warm in the last weeks of winter. Catch more of the DiverCiné Film Festival with Millefeuille, a film all the way from Tunisia. If you’re keen to head out to Wakefield, you can catch the last of the Wakefield International Film Festival or hear Teitur and Pat Maloney at the Black Sheep. Also, find out why people like to sing! (at least in the Canadian Centennial Choir).

It’s International Women’s Day on Saturday, but you can kick it off a little earlier with the launch of Elizabeth Sheehy’s newest book, Defending Battered Women on Trial, Lessons from the Transcripts. Celebrate the day in style with Blush Ottawa, happening Saturday night. The Feminist Games are also that night, with a fair, music and the annual Femmy Awards.

And now, for those tickets: We’ve got four tickets for tomorrow’s Casual Friday event at the NAC. You and three of your friends can have your Friday cinq à sept this week with some of Canada’s most talented orchestral musicians. Just send us an email at apartment613 [at] with “Casual Friday” in the subject line by noon on Friday to enter. Head over here to get more details on what’s in store Friday at the NAC.

What else are you getting up to this weekend, fellow Ottawans? Let us know in the comments below.