This time of year is one of my favourite in town. The days are warming up, the sun is setting later, and flowers are beginning to bloom. While things are a bit different this year, there are still ways to enjoy some classic Ottawa moments. For example, the Canadian Tulip Festival has moved online to celebrate Canada’s role in WWII and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. Nurseries, garden centres and hardware stores are re-opening Friday, with some retail stores opening later this weekend. Pick up some flowers or show your favourite local shop some love this weekend, but don’t forget all the important physical distancing practices we’ve perfected over the last few weeks.
Arts and crafts
Cheerfully Made’s tenth annual spring market is going virtual! Shop online, attend digital workshops, and virtually meet makers. How’s it going to work? From Thursday at 6pm until Sunday at 4pm, visit www.cheerfullymade.com to check out goods from over 180 Canadian makers. Enjoy one shipping fee for all your purchases, no matter how many amazing makers you support.
Missing talking to people with similar interests? Virtual Nerd Con has got your back! The virtual comic book convention will provide a platform for comic book fans to (virtually) gather and share stories. RSVP on the Facebook event page for all the details.
The Art House Café has partnered with Local Art Workshops to offer a virtual paint and tea party on Mother’s Day. Learn how to paint an easy floral wreath from 1-3:30pm. A perfect way to celebrate your mom, no matter where you are!
Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of a play? Sit in with the actors to see how they prepare? Got a question you’ve been dying to ask a director? Odyssey Theatre is presenting an online reading of The School for Scandal this Thursday from 3-6pm.
Propeller Dance is hosting an online screening fundraiser this Saturday featuring CIRCUIT, a dance film choreographed by Shara Weaver, directed by Ed Hanley and music by DRUMHAND directed by Larry Graves. Pay what you can tickets online will help Propeller Dance build their digital strategy to connect them with eager artists, students and audiences who want to learn from their teaching and creative processes.
Food and drinks
Celebrate sunny weather this Mother’s Day with one of Merry Dairy’s ice cream pies. Strawberry shortcake or vegan key lime pie are both on the menu, not to mention their delicious collection of ice cream. Shop their full menu online and enjoy free delivery on orders over $35.
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A gift for your mom this Mother’s Day! This Strawberry Shortcake Pie has a homemade shortbread pie crust made with fresh lemon zest. It is filled with vanilla ice cream and swirls of our strawberry sauce. And it’s topped with whipped cream! AND we are making more Vegan Key Lime pies for Mother’s Day. It has a gluten free crust made with coconut sweetened with maple syrup! Both pies can be purchased on our website, with available dates for pick up or delivery being ONLY Thursday May 7th, Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th. #icecreampie #strawberryshorycake #frozentreats #mothersday #scoopshop #ottawa #veganicecream #coconutcream
Enjoy dinner and a show on Saturday with Confined Dining, a spring soiree featuring local musicians and local restaurants. Step 1: browse the list of local restaurants and choose takeout or delivery. Step 2: enjoy your order at home. Step 3: catch a show courtesy of Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). OMIC is a member-based non-profit organization that works to grow the local music industry for the benefit of members and the city as a whole. They are committed to bringing together artists, music businesses, venues, festivals and local businesses together to work towards common goals (like that time Apt613 and OMIC collaborated on Pod613).
Boochfest is throwing a virtual kombucha brew party starting this Sunday. You can order your starter kit online and join in for seven days of home brewing fun, guided by experienced kombucha brewers. The full schedule is online, along with ordering info to get you ready to brew.
Apt613 has compiled a geotagged map of BIPOC-, immigrant-, and refugee-owned places you can shop for all your grocery, meat, and bakery needs. Learn more in our article here.
Moving and grooving
Looking to move this weekend? Timekode’s Community Spread returns this Friday with another live stream dance party, and the 8th edition of Together Apart / Internet Dance Party is Saturday. Get dressed up, crank the music, and enjoy!
The National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms livestreams continue this weekend (and beyond).
Got a question about your bike? Ask a fixer! The Ottawa Tool Library has moved online and is offering weekly virtual sessions regarding your home reno or DIY project. The theme for this weekend is bike maintenance. You can register (and donate) online, and then head to Facebook this Saturday at 11am to follow the presentation and the Q&A.
The National Capital Commission has updated limitations on access to some of the green spaces around town. For example, as of this Saturday, local access to Gatineau Park will reopen for users who can access the Park on foot or bike. You can also enjoy a car-free Queen Elizabeth Driveway from 8am-8pm daily until May 10, or until the pilot is extended again. Stay safe, practice physical distancing, and enjoy the sunshine!
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