Don’t forget friends, April precipitation brings May flowers, so all this wet weather we’ve been getting will pay off in the long run. Whether you need a distraction from exams, an excuse for a short road trip, or a day spent with your besties, this weekend we have you covered. Stay warm, well fed, and maybe jump in a puddle or two just for fun.
In case you missed it, there are a couple fantastic shows happening this weekend that our contributors are stoked about. Millennial tribute to relationship tribulations Swedish Furniture is playing until the 14th at Arts Court, and who we are in the dark is taking over the NAC for two shows in the Babs Asper Theatre.
Two book sales happening this weekend will get your spring reading started. The Mutchmor Book Sale in the Glebe runs from Thursday at 4pm to Sunday 3pm with proceeds benefiting the school and local charities. They take cash, credit and debit. On the other side of town the monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library is happening from 10am-2pm Saturday at 100 Tallwood Dr. This sale is cash only, but there is free parking on site.
The 23rd Annual Latin American Film Festival takes place over the next two weeks, kicking off this Saturday in the Alma Duncan Theatre at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Check out award winning films from 17 different countries, each playing on a different day. Tickets can be purchased online and start at $10 each.
Every Thursday, Working Title: Kitchen + Café at allsaints event space holds a 5 à 7 with live music and a rotating menu of drinks and cool dishes. This week, local star Tara Holloway will be charming the crowd with some of her favourites. It’s a cool way to end the downtown work day in a heritage building!
Spring has sprung at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the vernissage for their spring exhibitions is this Thursday at 5:30pm. Admission is free and there are snacks and a cash bar to get your evening going. Expect to be blown away by exhibitions of local art including an installation by the legendary Juan Geuer, and a new collaborative textile project by Indigenous artists.
Yuri’s Night is an annual international celebration of Yuri Gagarin the first man in space. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is hosting a big bash to celebrate science and space starting at 7pm. The 19+ event will have live music, a cash bar, a Science Slam, demonstrations, Stella Luna gelato and door prizes. Tickets are $20 online so get yours ASAP. Learn more in our preview of last year’s event.
It has been one year since Studio Sixty Six moved to their Glebe location and they are celebrating! Drop in between 4-7pm Friday night for drinks and snacks, and take in the current contemporary figurative painting exhibition Interplays.
The Ottawa Fury FC take on Loudoun United FC in their second home game of the season Saturday at 2pm and tickets are good for free OC Transpo service to and from the game. Check our social media too, since a whole gaggle of Apt613 contributors will be descending on the game en masse! High fives to any readers who find us!
Force spring into your life with a floral arranging workshop at the Museum of Nature. Ikebana is an ancient art of Japanese floral arranging being featured from the 11th-14th, and you can take a shot at your own creation in two workshops on Saturday. Tickets are limited and cost $15 plus the cost of admission.
The Fembassy, a women and non-binary comedy show is taking over Pressed on Saturday for a night of improv, stand up and sketch comedy. The show is a celebration of identity and comedy, produced in partnership with The Improv Embassy. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm with limited space. Tickets are $12 in advance, but there is a number of PWYC tickets available as well. Go early for an awesome sandwich, and then laugh until your tummy hurts.
If you fancy a trip to Wakefield, Juno nominee Craig Cardiff is playing multiple shows at the Blacksheep Inn to delight your ears and break your heart. Catch him Saturday at 2pm or 8:30pm, and be sure to get your tickets ahead of time! I recommend getting there early, and be prepared to sing along, dance and share a secret or two.
If for some reason the Ottawa 67s need a game #5 to eliminate the Sudbury Wolves (unlikely) it will take place Saturday night at Lansdowne.
Get your garden planning underway at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden Sunday afternoon from 1:30-3:30pm. Learn about our favourite pollinators, and how to attract them to your garden this summer. Bees and butterflies are key to a healthy garden and plane, so contsider them when you’re plotting out your little slice of green this spring!
The Ottawa International Writers Festival is celebrating Poetry Month with a “taste” of three House of Anansi Press poetry collections at The Manx Sunday evening. Starting at 5pm you can experience and purchase works from Karen Solie, Kayla Czaga and Michael Redhill. Your favourite basement pub and poetry? Sounds perfect.
Need to extend your weekend because of reasons? Heat up at Naked Boys Reading at Live! On Elgin. This monthly literary salon features men of all shapes and sizes in a safe and inclusive environment reading aloud in the buff. This month’s theme is “Comic Relief”.
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