Editors’ note: As this Weekend Roundup was being prepared, we became aware of the emergency lockdown starting in Ontario today, April 8. Some of the events listed below may no longer be taking place. Please contact organizers to ensure an event is still on before purchasing tickets. Stay safe, follow all public health directives, and take care.
Ah, spring in Ottawa: Where Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind and no matter how many layers you wear, you’re never wearing the right amount. (Sorry, winter fans, you had your fun.) While given the current circumstances in regards to COVID-19, this weekend still brings entertainment.
We’re starting strong with a classic whodunnit murder mystery by ITR Theatre. In this virtual play, you’ll follow the story of a bitter old billionaire threatening to change his will right before being electrocuted to death. Now it’s up to detective Rockford Sloan to figure out who’s responsible, through a series of scenes on Zoom. This virtual event is happening from April 8–10 at 7:30pm and April 11 at 2pm.
Looking for something to watch, but Netflix’s offers don’t seem appealing? (I’ve been there. I’ve spent more time scrolling than watching.) Give Guilt a try. Diane Flacks’s play takes its audience on a journey through the multiple surfaces of (you guessed it) guilt. This online performance is from 8–10pm and is performed live from Flacks’s living room. The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s ticket price ranges from $5–40; you get to decide the price, your choice not affecting the experience.
Any Whose Line is it Anyways fans? Well, what if I told you the Colin Mochrie (yes, that one) is hosting an online gameshow in Ottawa? Crackup Comedy Festival presents Tête-à-Tête, a Family Feud-esque gameshow taking place from 8–9:30pm. Since this will be happening live on Facebook, anyone can join; no need to worry about tickets. Watch as our host pits the Carefor staff against standup comics like John Wing, Jessica Holmes, Jennifer Candy, David Brennan and more!
For music fans, we have Encore Ottawa concert streams. Every Friday starting at 8pm, local artists are performing half-hour sets to show their musical talent. This week, we have Jess Wedden and Rosalyn Dennett respectively, both of them being traditional fiddlers, singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. For everyone’s safety, the show is pre-recorded at the Shenkman Arts Centre and will be streamed online. As for the tickets, there’s no need to worry: it’s free! Watch the show here.
Calling all astronomy nerds! We’ve got Canadian astronomer, Dr. Jayanne English, talking about new research on the magnetic fields of spiral galaxies at the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) meeting. Anyone can join this Zoom call for free at 7:30pm EDT. While aliens may not pop up into the conversation, you’ll still learn a thing or two about radio astronomy.
Remember Crackup Comedy Festival? You should, it wasn’t that many paragraphs ago. These guys have more to offer. Another virtual event from 8–9:30pm EST where anyone can join for free. This comedy Zoomathon will feature live and taped performances from comics in a Jerry Lewis-like Telethon. With Patrick McKenna as the emcee, some of the featured comics include Mary Walsh, Big Daddy Tazz, Abdullah Usman, along with others.
Murder Mystery Ottawa’s A BigTime Murder Production has been knockin’ em dead since 1992, and they’re not going to let this pandemic stop them. This event will all take place on Zoom, but it won’t take away the fun from the performances. From 8–10pm, you can participate in this interactive mystery theatre. With tickets starting at $29, you can enjoy performances such as The CodFather, Hari-Karaoke, and Where There’s A Will, There’s a Wake.
Another weekend pick is the Canadian band Madison Violet’s performance in the National Arts Centre livestream at 8pm. With the tickets starting at $15.92, you can save your spot by going on NAC’s website or call 1-888-991-2787. Relish in some folk and pop music written by Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern from the comfort of your own home.
To say parenthood is tiring would be an understatement. (Take my word for it as someone without children.) Don’t worry, parents: Body Beats. The NAC Orchestra is offering a series of virtual workshops and concerts that lets your child discover the world of percussion. This workshop is the first in a series of five in an online format that prepares its audience for the concerts Giggle and Stomp! (ages 4-6) and The Beginnings of Bing Bang (ages 7-12). The workshops and concert are in English or French and approximately 30 minutes long.
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