It’s technically the first weekend of spring, so the sun should be shining, the puddles will be forming, and Ottawaians (Ottawans?) may start to feel like spring will actually happen! Take one last snowy Gatineau hike or strap on the skis for one final ride before spring cleaning. Whatever you get up to, eat well, stay dry and tag us in your adventures.
Shakespeare in the park lovers will want to make sure they check out Bear & Co.’s new production of King Lear opening Thursday night at The Gladstone Theatre. This show is a classic rendition of the tragedy and runs until March 30th, look into tickets ASAP. They have different pricing levels, and an extra discounted matinee next Wednesday!
Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is taking over the Alma Duncan Salon at The Ottawa Art Gallery from Wednesday to Sunday. There are 8 films playing in a variety of languages with English subtitles. You can buy individual tickets or a festival pass for the entire event.
Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is throwing a Spring Art Party that is open to the public! This free event is inspired by the current Christi Belcourt exhibition and involves an art-making activity of embroidery and textile art to “create messages of change”. There will be live music and refreshments to round out a cool evening on campus.
If a Beach Party Roller Disco sounds like fun, have we got the night for you. Ottawa Roller Derby is throwing the roller disco at Centre Multisport Gatineau Friday night for all ages. The summer party starts at 7pm and you can rent roller skates for only $10.
How about some culture? We have two great options for chamber music in the 613. For one night only, local Chamber music orchestra Thirteen Strings is combining their incredible sound with authentic Baroque dancing à la Louis XIV. This homage to 17th century high culture is happening at Dominion-Chalmers United Church at 7:30pm. If you prefer paintings to dancing, Seventeen Voyces is premiering an evening of music inspired by paintings at the National Gallery of Canada at Southminster United Church. Images of the art will be projected to accompany the choir. Tickets for both events are available online.
If you haven’t checked out new Queen St. Fare yet, Friday nights are for live music and culinary variety. TIMEKODE and the food hall have partnered to bring concert style ticketed events, like this weekend’s show by BonJay. The sound is described as “dancehall bred but orchestrated like old soul,” so it’s bound to be a groovy time. Advance tickets are $20, and you know the food is going to be on point.
The Horticulture building at Lansdowne will be full of the life-giving aromas of coffee in all of its glorious forms Saturday from 10am-7pm. Coffeefest is a ticketed event where you can taste a variety of different brews and either cap off Saturday brunch, or get good and caffeinated for a late night. Check out the offerings from local roasters and coffee shops, as well as presentations and talks with coffee experts. There is no such thing as too much coffee, trust me.
Black Squirrel Books is hosting a pop up thrift market Saturday night starting at 9pm. They are also launching their new cocktail menu with charcuterie board specials as well which is a pretty solid night. Entrance is PWYC and the proceeds are going to the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW).
Are you a champion? Would you like to break free? How about a Queen retrospective dance party? Club 27 is hosting Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen Dance Party Saturday. Buy your ticket ahead of time to celebrate Rami Malek’s Oscar win, or just the joy that Queen brings to you and all the fat bottomed girls.
The Ottawa 67s are in the playoffs, and the Eastern Quarterfinals start this weekend with 2 home games against the Hamilton Bulldogs. This is the best team we’ve had in years, so don’t miss your chance to leap onto the bandwagon with a winning red and black hockey team. Check out the boys Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Sundays at Lansdowne are perfect for the brunch/farmer’s market/hockey Canadian trifecta.
The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show takes over the Carleton University fieldhouse from 10am-5pm on Sunday. This is your chance to find that perfect vintage piece for your spring wardrobe, or looking ahead to special summer events. Wedding? Graduation? Hot date nights? Admission to the show is $12, and parking is $5.
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