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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

By Jean McLernon on November 13, 2014

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis.

To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in the subject header to Contest closes at 2pm. We will select a winner by random draw.

Not a Crohn’s sufferer? Lipsync for Your Life is a fundraiser on behalf of the Ontario Lung Association and is being held at Babylon Friday night.  A panel of esteemed judges will be judging your lipsyncing abilities and awarding the best faker out there, so be sure to sign up early for your song. Not to be left out, Champagne Ball is Saturday night for those living in Ottawa with a Breast Cancer diagnosis. Come share experiences and support to those suffering with the disease in a beautiful semi-formal gala with dinner, dancing and silent auction.

If you’re recently engaged or just want some ideas in planning your big day, tickets are still available for The Best Day Ever Wedding Show Gala this Saturday. If you’re tired of attending stale expo-esque wedding events, this Gala is for you. It promises to put the ‘show’ back in Wedding show with an over-the-top event at the Museum of Nature that marries both theatre and practical exposure of event planners and wedding industry professionals. Attendees to this happy day will get to watch two ‘weddings’ go head to head and put local decorators, florists and dress makers to the test. And its speech free!

Orleans United Church, Navan Memorial Arena, and Gowling school are all holding Christmas craft Bazaar’s and shows this Saturday at their respective locations. Homes for the Holidays is the annual event supporting hospice care in Ottawa where 8 homes in the city are decorated by local florists and designers for the utmost in bright Christmas spirit.

Been to a clothing swap yet? SWAPAHOLIC runs this Thursday and Friday from 10am to 1pm at uOttawa campus. In partnership with uOttawa’s Free Store, the event promotes eco-reuse of clothing and frugal fashion. The Nepean Visual Arts Centre has Canvas and Cocktails, a fun night of wine and acrylic painting on your very own 16 x 20 canvas, and Hintonburg Public House has trivia night on Sunday starting at 9pm.

Ottawa’s music scene rallies around one of the city’s most prolific music writers and photographers for WuFest. Ming Wu has been an authority on everything live music for the last several years on his blog, and Blacksheep Inn will be hosting this two day long music event dedicated to his relentless passion for promoting local music. Friday night AroarA and Moonfruits are playing, and Saturday night Little Scream, Pony Girl and Giant Hand take the stage. As usual, Blacksheep has a shuttle leaving the Museum of Nature at 7:30pm.

Thursday night kicks off our live music section with Nonprofit Band at House of Targ. This unique electric rock band has one key twist- they have no electric guitar. The music is driven instead by a violin plugged into an amp with pedal effects to truly shred the sound harder than recording their first album on an Otari Mx-5050 did. The Planet Smashers are back in town to play Mavericks with Brain Damage Friday night, and Maylene & Sons of Disaster play Saturday. At Café Dekcuf, Mozart’s Sister plays Sunday night at 9pm and Danielle Allard plays her monthly show at Stella Luna on Sunday as well before continuing her musical residency Monday nights at Lowertown Brewery.

Get down to Zaphod’s Friday night for an indie-rock folksy dance party with local’s Sounds of Stories taking the stage with Vancouver natives The River and The Road. Both bands have a sincere storytelling quality about them, incorporating heavy percussion breakdowns for The River and The Road and softer mandolin and piano tunes from Sounds of Stories. If folk music isn’t your scene, try heading over to Elmdale Tavern for Hip Hop Karaoke hosted by Devin Atherton and DJ So Nice. If you’ve never had a chance to check out HHK, get ready for a full beat-dropping, DJ spinning, karaoke singing experience complete with hype man and an incredibly supportive and enthusiastic crowd.

Bundle up and get out there Ottawa!

Les suggestions @Basement819

En AVANT la musique!

Indie folk

Entamez le weekend d’un pas décidé avec le WuFest qui aura lieu au Black Sheep Inn à Wakefield. Deux soirées de musique, d’arts et de culture locale. Ce jeudi, vous aurez l’occasion de voir AroarA (Montréal) et le groupe Moonfruits (Ottawa). Vendredi, ce sera au tour de Little Scream (Montréal) + Pony Girl (Ottawa) et Giant Hand (Toronto). Ah! Et pour faciliter votre déplacement vers l’évènement, un autobus partira du Musée canadien de la nature à 19h30 le jeudi et le vendredi! Une offre à considérer : l’aller-retour est seulement 10$!

Rap / Hip hop

Samedi soir ça va brasser au Petit Chicago dans le Vieux-Hull! LA GROSSE SOIRÉE HIP-HOP VOL.1. Deux groupes qu’on recommande fortement, soit la nouvelle sensation hip hop The Posterz  + Le Grimaud qui vient justement de sortir une nouvelle track “Le Ménage du Printemps“.

Western folk (parfois trash)

En attendant le weekend, Lisa Leblanc nous propose de fêter la sortie de son mini-disque qui casse déjà la baraque Highway, Heartaches And Time Well Wasted au Ritual Nightclub ce jeudi 13 novembre à 20h. En première partie The Steamers, un band d’Ottawa à six têtes qui donne dans le folk-rock + Kristine St-Pierre, chansonnière folk d’Ottawa .

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