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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on February 25, 2021

This weekend marks the end of the year’s shortest month, which has managed to feel like the longest. We’ve almost come full circle, as we approach a full year in this weird pandemic world. With restrictions eased, there are in-person events on the docket this weekend, complemented by a variety of online events if you aren’t yet ready to get back out there. Without further ado, here’s the lowdown on what’s up this weekend in Ottawa.

Thursday

With restrictions lifted, museums around town are now able to welcome guests back. The Museum of Nature has resumed offering free entry to their exhibits every Thursday night. Nature after 5 begins an hour early at the Museum, with free entry from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time, so be sure to book your time slot early to avoid missing out.

If you’re keen to see more animals, you can also book a private tour of Little Ray’s Nature Centre and hang out with sloths, foxes, parrots, owls, and all sorts of furry and feathered friends. If you’d like to meet the animals virtually, they also offer Zoo-Zoom shows. Tours and virtual shows can be booked on their website

Join the conversation about “the hard realities we need to talk about in the Ottawa arts industries” with IMB 39 Unmuting Arts Communities this Thursday evening. The 39th instalment of the IMB series features panelists Amy Ede, Maya McDonald, Kevin Bourne, and moderator Yamikani Msosa. Register for this free event here.

Friday

CreativeMornings Ottawa returns this Friday for their monthly talk held over your morning coffee. This time ‘round, CM presents #CMdivergent with Sarah Gelbard. Nourish your body and your mind with a discussion on the theme of divergent cities. Register for this free event here

 

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It’s Savannah Couture’s birthday this Friday and she’s inviting you to come help her celebrate with one helluva drag show! Savannah Couture’s Birthday Show featuring Fifi Hoo-kers and Icesis Couture is being held at The Lookout Bar & Nightclub and you don’t want to miss out. Be sure to reserve a table for your bubble of four in advance to ensure you make it to the party.

 If you’re still holding on to Valentine’s Day, Lost Baggage Musical Theatre has the perfect soundtrack to help you savour that lovey feeling. My Funny Valentine, a compendium of love songs from musicals, will be streamed online this Friday and Saturday evening.

A series of pre-recorded concerts filmed at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Encore Ottawa, kicks off this weekend on YouTube and Rogers TV Ottawa with the first Encore Ottawa Watch Party. The series features 16 local musical acts, each of whom recorded half-hour performances, which will be aired in pairs every Friday over the next couple of months. The first show of the series will feature a song from each of the artists showcased in this series. For more information on this concert series, including the lineup of artists, check out Apt613’s article on Encore Ottawa here.

 

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Another Livestream concert takes place this Friday night from Algonquin Commons Theatre: A musical performance by My friend PJ and Hophorn Hornbeam will be streamed for free on Facebook Live and YouTube. If you are curious about these artists, you can check out recent music videos by both My friend PJ and Hophorn Hornbeam on YouTube.

Saturday

Ottawa Dance Directive’s Virtual Dance Marathon, a series of virtual dance classes, are being offered this Saturday afternoon. These four pay-what-you-can classes will teach you the basics of different dance forms from local dance artists: popping with Armel Mzalina Shindano, krump with Vladimir “7Starr” Laurore, Afrobeats with Phoebe Ampaw, and hip hop with Frank Amisi. 

Celebrate National Caesar Day this Saturday with a Virtual Caesar Crawl. Order your Caesar kit online and join in the fun. The kit includes all the ingredients necessary to pour yourself four great Caesars from Headquarters, Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, BarDaddy by Jovan, and Back to Brooklyn. It also includes Caesar recipes, mixology classes, entry to a Zoom Room Party, and a virtual dance party.

The second instalment of the Origin Kitchen Concerts series takes place this Saturday night. This online concert will feature a performance by Jonathan Emile, visual art by photographer David Pistol, and food by Run 2 Patty. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

 

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Shanghai is hosting Bingo with China Doll on Zoom this Saturday night. $10 gets you 10 printable bingo cards, 10 rounds, and a chance to win 10 prizes. To sign up for the event, email theshanghaiottawa@gmail.com and e-transfer payment to the same address. 

Sunday

Celebrate the full moon with a Full Moon Meditation by PranaShanti Yoga Centre this Sunday morning. This online event includes breath work, meditation, and savasana. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to pre-register for this special class here

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