Editors’ note: Just after this post was published, we became aware of the impending COVID-19 shutdown starting in Ontario on Saturday. Some of the events listed below may not longer be permitted to take place. Please contact organizers to ensure an event is still on before heading out. Stay safe, follow all public health directives, and take care.
It’s time for a long weekend roundup! The weather is all over the map but that’s never stopped us before. Have fun this weekend, stay safe, and let us know what you get up to!
Octopus Books is hosting an online book launch this Thursday. We All Go Back to the Land by Suzanne Keeptwo explores Land Acknowledgments. Métis artist and educator Suzanne Keeptwo wants to change that. She sees the Land Acknowledgement as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples in Canada to communicate a message to non-Indigenous Canadians—a message founded upon Age Old Wisdom about how to sustain the Land we all want to call home. Preorder We All Go Back to the Land from Octopus Books and preregister for the online event.
The theme this weekend is spring and it wouldn’t be complete without a session where you can learn how to grow your own veggies. Ottawa Farm Fresh is hosting a free webinar this Thursday evening where you’ll learn everything you need to get growing this summer. Learn more about the event online then preregister here.
It’s Friday which means it’s time for Encore Ottawa: a series of secret concerts that were filmed at Shenkman Hall last fall and are now airing for all to see. Produced by the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), and Rogers TV Ottawa, the concerts premiered at the end of February and have been airing as double headers each Friday this spring. This weekend, catch IAMSOULFUL and KAR33M. IAMSOULFUL is an Arab-Canadian independent artist from Ottawa whose musical palette is inspired by the likes of J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and 6lack. Using his spoken word background and powerful delivery, IAMSOULFUL has garnered global attention across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. KAR33M is an award-winning R&B fusion artist, singer/songwriter and composer. His music is inspired by Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Folk & Classical Music. He aspires to intersect music & entrepreneurship with the launch of his company, called Woke Studios – a full-service artistic residency for young, aspiring musicians.
Pick up locally grown produce and handmade products at the Metcalfe Farmers Easter Market. Spring means maple syrup so keep an eye out for some sweet local treats, like On The Bend Sugar Shack who will be on site with their maple bbq sauce.
Vintage Pop-up 613 is hosting their first outdoor market of the year this Saturday from 11am-1pm. They’ll be set up behind the Morning Owl on Rochester Street in Little Italy. Ottawa Street Medics, who were profiled in this blog post earlier this year, will be accepting donations at the ‘door’. Head on over to the Facebook event page for the latest list of vendors.
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We have not one but two Easter Egg hunts to tell you about! Germany in Canada has partnered with Ottawa street artist StreetArtMiniature to create an art-inspired Easter Egg hunt. You’ll need an Easter basket… and a magnifying glass to find the tiny (dime-sized) pieces of art. You can download the EU: on the go in Ottawa app to get clues from April 4-5. To learn more about the artist, check out this article. Find more details about the event here. Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue is hosting a family friendly Easter Egg hunt fundraiser in the ByWard Market on Saturday. Pictures of eggs are hidden around outside for you to find and snap a photo. Register your family for $25 to receive the list of clues. Funds raised will go towards the Barbados Ruffugee Project, a joint project of Freedom Dog Rescue, Ocean Acres animal sanctuary, Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue, and Sit With Me shelter dog rescue.
Pick up fresh veggies and local treats at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne. And maybe bring your skates? Looks like it might finally be the last weekend for the skating court at Lansdowne and the Rink of Dreams at City Hall. Note that you have to reserve a spot for the Rink of Dreams, but the Lansdowne Park Skating Court is first come, first served.
Celebrate spring with a stroll through Fletcher Wildlife Garden and down to Dow’s Lake. Sure, there’s still ice on the canal. But the robins are back and spring is in the air!
Spring also means it’s sugar season… there are many sugar shacks close to town, but you can’t get more local than the Vanier Sugar Shack. While the building itself is closed due to a fire last year, there are virtual events happening through to mid-April for the 2021 Sugar Season.
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