Whether it comes in like a lion or a lamb, March is finally here! This weekend may not feel like spring, but Groundhog Day is behind us and maple syrup season is getting started. There is no time like the present to take advantage of some good ice on the canal, or a cozy meal or two with the gang. For the first time in a while most of the coolest events this weekend are happening over the course of a few days, so you can jam pack your whole weekend as much as you’d like.
The Presdelicious food festival is taking over Preston Street, offering prix-fixe menus at some of the coolest restaurants on the street from March 1-10th. Check out the event’s website to plan your Little Italy dining experiences. This is a great way to try somewhere new, or impress someone new with an old favourite.
The best cure for the winter blues is laughter, right? The Ottawa Improv Festival kicks off this weekend and is guaranteed to bust your gut. Shows begin Thursday evening and run right through to Sunday at Arts Court Theatre. Weekend passes and single tickets are still available online and at the door, but they do usually sell out beforehand.
This weekend is also the beginning of March Break for the (Quebec) kiddos, so if you’re looking for something to do with your pint sized friends, the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, and the Log Cabin Sugar Bush are good places to start!
Prince Hamlet is a new, innovative take on the classic Shakespeare tragedy that combines English and ASL in a evocative and challenging new way. This production from Toronto has been getting rave reviews for it’s interpretation and remix of this original work. Tickets are still available for the weekend!
Even if you didn’t watch The Oscars on Sunday, you have probably heard of the sensational Mexican film Roma that won in the Best Director category. The Bytowne Cinema is screening it one final time this weekend if you missed seeing it the first time around. It’s playing in Spanish with English subtitles.
The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception for their newest show: Enemies of Reason | Pavel Švec and Mélanie Meyers. This show of large-scale drawings and collages is being curated in partnership with Gallery 17/18 from inside the Embassy of the Czech Republic. The event is free, but you’re encouraged to RSVP.
It’s that time of year again when The Mayfair screens The Room for its cult following and new initiants. This year, they are also featuring Best F(r)iends 1 & 2 the recent follow up features by Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Sestero will be here at the Mayfair for the screenings, so this is your chance to meet the infamous star. It is not clear whether the plastic spoons will be provided, or if you need to stop en route to get some.
The Souljazz Orchestra is taking over Babylon Nightclub with their tropical, luscious jazz beats featuring TIMEKODE’S DJ Zattar on the turntables. Cover is $15, and you definitely don’t need to dress warmly.
Yes, all our gardens are buried under 6 feet of icy gloom. But it’s the right time to start thinking about seeds at Seedy Saturday! Ron Kolbus Centre will be the venue of an organic seed exchange and sale, with workshops and goodies for the gardeners suffering through this winter. Admission is free, but arrive early for the workshops!
Do you and your friends have tastebuds? If so, you must love tamales. This versatile food is being celebrated this Saturday at Tamal Festival from 2-9pm at the Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building. There will be a DJ and a wide variety of tamales made by local aficionados. Admission is free, and cash is recommended for your armloads of tamales.
FET.NAT is a Hull-based punk jazz band launching a cool new album this Saturday night. Their label describes the release as “full-player record of discernible variety, with warped lyrics telling two same-but-different tales, underscored by instrumentals of menacing restraint, hushed polyrhythms, and a dire sense of elation”. So this is clearly a can’t-miss evening at Petit Chicago. Check out our gig pick here for more reasons to check it out.
If you’re looking for a more traditional evening of jazz, consider taking in Sam Kirmayer Quartet at the new intimate GigSpace in Centretown. Sam was named one of CBC Music’s picks for the “35 Best Canadian Jazz Musicians Under 35”. Tickets are available online for the show that starts at 7:30pm.
Starting this Sunday, and every weekend afterwards, Flora Hall Brewing will be featuring Smoky Sunday BBQ. Yes. You read that correctly. They’re firing up a new smoker, and launching new smokey menu items starting at noon this Sunday. See you there? See you there.
Canadian comedian DeAnne Smith of recent Netflix fame will be at Arts Court Theatre for two shows on Sunday. Smith is launching an Ontario tour here in the 613, and it is going to be a wild ride. Check out our interview if you’re on the fence about an evening of belly laughs.
However you end up bringing in March, have fun, stay warm, and tag us in your adventures!
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