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Weekend roundup: not Bluesfest yet edition

By Chris Cline on February 28, 2013

The headline says it all folks. Yesterday’s lineup announcement for Ottawa’s largest blues festival that also features electro, hip hop and prog rock sparked a flurry of online discussion and excitement. But if this weekend is any indication, we don’t need to wait until July to take in some wicked-ass music.

The organizers of the Doldrums Winter Music Festival certainly aren’t. If you’ve been waiting out winter like a hermit, this festival is trying to flush you out with the likes of Male Nurse, Sadie Hell, Sick Sick Sicks and more at venues across town.

If you need something a little tastier to pull you out of hiding, the Wellington End Food and Music Festival might just do the trick as acts like Mike Dubue and The Glorious Moon Rockets play some awesome Wellington area eateries. There’s even a pop-up dinner by Mill Street on Saturday. (See the updates below.)

On Friday, you could grab a pint and some poutine at the Black Sheep while Leif Vollebekk releases his long-awaited new album. Koffin Kats, Machine Gun Dolly and more play at Café Dekcuf on Saturday.

Or if you’d prefer to kick your weekend off early, there are a lot of events on tap for tonight. The Mercury Lounge will host Brazilian singer-songwriter Rommel Ribeiro, who is amazingly evocative of João Gilberto. Alternatively, you could catch bilingual chanteuse Caracol at the NAC Fourth Stage. At the same time, you could join members of Bruce Peninsula at Raw Sugar for the release of Music for Uninvited Guests, a new book of short stories by Misha Bower. This one is presented by the folks at Arboretum.

Speaking of lit, the Writers Festival is holding a panel discussion featuring three young adult fiction writers, including local fantasy author Charles de Lint, on Saturday evening. After, you could head over to the Atomic Rooster for the Grasshawk Local Toons live art and music event. If you’re looking for something to do earlier in the day, Artengine is holding their 3D Print-a-thon on Saturday at 10am.

If a dance party is what you need, Tropikalo is re-emerging on Friday at the Mercury Lounge after some trouble with the law over noise levels at their old location. Look no further if you’re itching to groove to some Afrodancearibbean beats. Yes, I just made that word up. But if it’s a dance performance you’re looking for, the Ottawa Dance Directive is putting on their production Outskirts of Town on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Happy weekend everyone. Let us know about any events we may have missed in the comments.

*Update: Eagle-eyed reader Joelle points out that the Wellington End pop-up dinner may have been cancelled. The event is still listed on their website, but we’ve approached the organizers for more info. We’ll keep you posted.

*Update2: No response from the Wellington End people, but Mill Street confirmed the cancellation on their Facebook page.