It has been a rollercoaster of a week here in the 613, and between the crazy weather, the flooding and the start of a new month we all deserve a weekend to recharge and reconnect with good people and places! Coming together as a community to help those struggling with flood waters is the spirit of our cool little town, so if you are able, keep up to date on the need for volunteers in the sandbagging efforts online. Consider donating some elbow grease this weekend as we celebrate the end of another week, and the arrival of May.
The spring version of the Ottawa International Writers Festival runs from May 2-7 at Christ Church Cathedral and The Manx Pub. Get your tickets online for speakers like Guy Gavriel Kay, Bruce Heyman, and Arielle Twist.
Do you have some regrets about missing Poutinefest on Sparks street last weekend? Have no fear! You have a second opportunity to over indulge in potatoes and cheese at this weekend’s Ottawa Poutine Fest at City Hall from Thursday to Sunday. Bring your friends, try as many kinds as possible and call it “research”.
Do you love laser tag? Would you love laser tag in a cold war-era underground bunker? Hecking yes. This weekend the Diefenbunker is offering just that. Spots are filling up, but register and pay online for a cool underground laser experience in Carp. Each round costs $9, and you can play as many rounds as you’d like! There will also be a cash bar, and access to some great photo ops.
The Ottawa 67s are in the OHL Championship Final, which opens this weekend here at home! Thursday night at 7pm the boys in red and black take on the Guelph Storm at TD Place Arena. Tickets for the game may not be easy to get, but don’t let that stop you from catching the action at a local watering hole (Lansdowne perhaps?) to support the home team. Game #2 is at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, so be ready for a whirlwind weekend of hockey.
Juno nominated Ottawa musician Kalle Mattson is playing at the NAC Fourth Stage with Kelly Sloan Thursday night to promote his new album “Youth.”. This is a complete departure from his previous albums that were primarily folk based, as he explores a new pop sound and tries to tackle the weird millennial coming-of-age that so many of us are experiencing. Tickets are $19 and are still available online.
If you’ve been considering joining the Ottawa Tool Library for myriad good reasons, this Friday you can take one of their regular WorkSpace Safety & Orientation classes which are mandatory for all users. With all the big spring and summer DIY projects on your list, this is the best way to start!
Enriched Bread Artists’ latest exhibition deals with body dysmorphia, and the different journeys that individuals take when they strive for their ‘ideal’ body. “Comfortable in his own skin” is a collection of powerful, and raw portraits of the human body at its most natural. Check out our preview here. The show opens on Friday evening with a moderated panel discussion at 7pm with the artist, the subject and a social media expert on performance and gendered expectations.
Jane’s Walk is back with another stellar lineup of community lead walking tours this Saturday and Sunday. These free tours are inspired by Jane Jacobs’ urban activism and passion for community engagement. Check out tours of Lebreton Flats, Charlie Bowins Skate Park, the Pinhey Sand Dunes, and Old Hull among others. All the tours are lead by passionate volunteers, and are free of charge. Some may require advance registration, so make sure to plan ahead!
613flea is back for another day of awesome antiques, records, vintage pieces and one-of-a-kind crafts. The event at Lansdowne is free to enter, and makes for a perfect Saturday post-brunch wander. There will be 140 vendors, so you are guaranteed to find the perfect piece to treat yo’self after all this crummy weather. Maybe something special for Mother’s Day? (That’s next week friends, you’ve been warned.)
From 12-4pm on Saturday one of our favourite local breweries, Dominion City, is collecting old bikes in a partnership with Helping with Bikes to spruce up your old junker and donate it to those in our community with need for a reliable, healthy mode of transportation. Bring along your current bike too, for a PWYC safety check before cycling season gets hot and heavy! There will be hot dogs on the grill, and beer on tap at the tree house patio as well.
Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, which is an excellent reminder that there is excellent Mexican food in town, so go eat some! Taqueria San Jose is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party on Somerset West including vendors, face painting and Mexican delicacies. See you there? Alternatively, check out our breakdown of some of the best tacos in town from two years ago, this list is always expanding!
James Street Pub is hosting a Star Wars trivia night beginning at 6:30pm on Sunday, so wrangle your favourite Star Wars experts, and test your knowledge. May the Fourth be with you.
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