Winterlude is over for another year, and we hope that you made the most of it! Luckily, the canal is still open (including all the Beavertail vendors, of course) and we’re still enjoying the pretty part of winter, slowing down a little in the process. Whether you’d like to spend the weekend outside skating, or inside where it’s warm and civilized, Apartment613 has you covered. Check out our ever-evolving February gig picks calendar, if live music is what you crave.
The Baltic Nordic Film Festival takes place this weekend at the OAG running from Wednesday to Sunday. There are eight films, spanning issues of immigration, tolerance, single parenthood, revolution, and growing up. Tickets are still available for individual shows, full days and the whole weekend, beginning at $10 for students.
Live comedy is alive and well in Ottawa, with shows almost every night of the week. It’s a great date night idea, and also a fun way to check out different venues around. Dare I suggest a Comedy Crawl? Thursday check out That’s Rich Comedy at Pour Boy, PWYC doors open at 8:30pm. Friday night there’s All You Can Laugh at the Wellington Eatery where they recommend you reserve a table early, and a Yuk Yuks tour event featuring Scott Faulconbridge at Vimy Brewing in Hintonburg. Saturday night, check out the Toronto Comedy AllStars at the NAC for something a little bit fancy.
If you happen to live in the Ottawa/Vanier federal riding, you have a by-election next weekend, but advance polls are open from the 16–24 as well. Check for your voter’s card!
The War Museum is screening a thought provoking Hot Doc this Thursday, at 7pm. Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies by Canadian director Larry Weinstein will be followed by a conversation with Paolo Granata, Assistant Professor in Book and Media Studies at St. Michael’s College. Start your own campaign against ‘fake news.’
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For those of you who missed our Hot Docs presentation last night, be sure to get your tickets soon for our next screening on February 20 – Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies. Tracing its effective use by religious figures, politicians and marketers, director Larry Weinstein crafts a persuasive study of the mechanics behind propaganda. This fascinating investigation confronts us with timely questions: If we grow up surrounded by propaganda, how do we know what is true? What risks are inherited by a society tricked into their perceptions? Link to tickets in our profile.
Friday and Saturday you can relive one of your fondest childhood memories with the NAC Orchestra’s Mary Poppins in Concert live to film. Re-watch the film on a big screen in Southam Hall accompanied by a live orchestra! Tickets are still available and start at $49, and don’t forget about Live Rush on the morning of the show.
Bedouin Soundclash is back in town, Friday night, playing the Bronson Centre at 8pm. Did you know they had new music? Is your mind blown? The show is 19+ and there are still tickets available online starting at $25 if you move quickly.
Bicycle Craft Brewery is hosting their first open mic night Friday. Signup starts at 7, and the show kicks off at 7:30pm. They’re even offering a house guitar for your pleasure! This is a great excuse to try a few of their new brews, and find Ottawa’s newest talents.
If dancing is more what you’re looking for on Friday night, TimeKode will be rocking down the roof of D’Afrique for their February edition. DJs Zattar and Memetic will be spinning things you’ve never heard, and making you move like you never have before. $5 at the door before 11pm, and $10 after.
February’s Art Battle is this Friday at Beyond The Pale, and tickets are already selling quickly, so don’t miss out! Watch some of the city’s coolest artists battle it out for your votes, and then bid on the finished pieces to take home. Get your tickets online and see what kinds of artists have been featured in the past.
613 Flea is back this Saturday from 10am–4pm in Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne. The market is free to attend and you’ll find vendors from all over the valley. Antiques, vintage clothing, art, and food are just the beginning.
It’s not often that we get live Opera here in Ottawa any more (R.I.P. Opera Lyra), so the next best thing is a live recorded performance by The Royal Opera at one of our oldest theatres. The ByTowne will be screening a matinee of La Bohème Saturday at 1:30pm, for one showing only! Tickets for Puccini’s masterpiece are $11 for ByTowne members, and $15 for non members.
If you haven’t seen local heroes The Commotions live yet, do yourself a favour and get tickets to their show at Centrepointe this Saturday. This big brassy, jazzy band will blow your mind with their smooth lyrics and classic sound.
For something completely different, two new Ottawa bands are coming together to play some fresh Electric music for us at Cinqhole on Saturday night. Contra Midi and Internet Celebrities start at 8pm, and it’s $10 at the door. Contra Midi describe their sound as “Retro future soundscapes, ear worms, chill lo fi beats,” which definitely sounds like something that needs to be seen (heard) to be understood.
Sundays are for brunch, and if you’re looking for something more titillating than mimosas, this month’s Drag Brunch at Kinki Lounge Kitchen. The last Sunday of every month, Fifi Hoo-Kers and Miss Capital Pride 2019 Adrianna Exposé host a morning of silliness, debauchery and brunch. There are definitely also $5 mimosas. Table reservations are required!
Folk legend David Francey is playing at the NAC Sunday at 3pm. This Scottish-born folk singer has won three Juno Awards since his first album release in 1999, and puts on one heckuva show from what we hear. Get your tickets quickly, and be ready for some good old fashioned folk songs from the heart.
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