With daylight savings bringing an extra hour of sunshine to our wakeful time and the promise of light at the end of our workday, we hope this puts a little spring in your step ahead of the official change in seasons next weekend. There is plenty to do with that bit of extra pep this weekend, so without further ado, we give you: the Weekend Roundup.
After a brief delay thanks to the occupation of our city’s downtown core, the Fire & Ice Winter Exhibit takes place this weekend on Bank Street between Cooper and Slater. Beginning at 6pm each evening, the street will come alive with “large-scale, interactive light-based art and sound installations.” You can find out more about all but one of six different exhibits online. To learn about Fire & Ice’s top-secret installation, you will have to head on down and see for yourself. In addition to the installations, 10 businesses along the Bank Street strip will be serving up Fire & Ice specials, from ramen and milk tea to pogos and poutine. Enjoy any one of these tasty treats and you will be entered into a contest for $1,000 in Bank Street gift cards. The winner will be announced on @downtownbank’s Instagram on Monday at 6pm.
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Maple syrup season has officially begun and there are plenty of great sugar shacks around Ottawa that you can visit. Enjoy 8km worth of trails, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and maple taffy at Fulton’s. Savour some tasty pancakes slathered in delicious maple syrup at Proulx Maple & Berry Farm. There are tractor-drawn rides and all sorts of farm animals at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. The Log Farm uses only pails to collect their sap and you can be a part of the process by helping to gather it by hand.
The International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) is hosting its first ever in-person festival after its online debut last year. Feature-length films and shorts are being screened at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Bytowne Cinema, and Mayfair Theatre. There are over a dozen films being screened this weekend, the schedule for which you can find here.
West Carleton Arts Society’s Spring Fling juried art show enters its first weekend at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery. The show features 63 works by 27 local artists, available for purchase at the show. You will find pieces in a variety of mediums, such as pastel, oils, acrylic, photography, and more.
Bannock X Bashment: The Innovative Intersection of Indigenous and Caribbean Music in Canada takes place at the National Gallery of Canada this evening. Join Kwende Kefentse in the main entrance, by Rashid Johnson’s installation, Capsule, for an hour-long discussion with Bear Witness and Alanna Stuart. This bilingual discussion will be followed by a Q&A period and a live performance. The event will take place both in person and online via Zoom. You can register for the online event here.
In a very timely performance, Ukrainian-Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska will be leading the NAC Orchestra in the final night of the Canadian premiere of Wildwood by Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi. During this concert, solo pianist Gabriela Montero will perform composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor. Dedicated to the people of Ukraine, the performance will open with the Ukrainian national anthem.
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Hawa Kaba’s solo exhibition, which began at the start of this month, “uses photographs, printed material, paint and found objects to evoke the landscape and culture of Africa, the richness of women’s lives, their struggle for justice and her personal memories and experiences as a child in West Africa.” This afternoon you have a chance to meet the artist, during a talk held at the Fritzi Gallery on the second floor of the GCTC on Wellington.
Ottawa artist Eryn O’Neill is hosting an artist talk about her solo exhibition, Travelling Vicariously: The High Line at Wall Space Gallery tonight at 5pm. The exhibition features paintings influenced by a collection of digital images created by a friend of O’Neill’s during pandemic lockdowns, of the areas surrounding the High Line in New York City.
With more happening on Thursday than you can possibly pack into a day, why not take Friday night off and enjoy some delicious takeout, or head out to your favourite haunt, if you feel comfortable. If you’d rather hit the town, several of the “All Weekend” events are great suggestions.
After having to postpone their Pi Day Market in 2020, Square Lemon returns with their Lemon Fusion Craft Market this Saturday at the Glebe Community Centre. Entry is free to this market featuring over 30 different vendors and a free workshop for those who wish to participate.
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Mod Nite, a ’60s rock and soul dance party, takes place this Saturday night at SAW Gallery. DJ Emmett and guests will be spinning some great vinyl, including classics from Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and many more. Limited early-bird tickets are available for purchase online and tickets will also be available at the door. Proof of vaccination is required.
Capital Sessions returns to the NAC’s Atrium O’Brien this Sunday afternoon for a community house dance practice. Come on out and dance to some soulful house beats by DJ Tumelo Polano and learn some new moves from Yona Claude.
While things are starting to feel a bit more “normal,” time is still more fluid during these pandemic days, and the line between weekend and weekday is blurred. Given our new reality, we feel it justified to include an event taking place just after the weekend in the Weekend Roundup. Next Monday through Wednesday, the award-winning musical CATS will be at the National Arts Centre. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are selling quickly and proof of vaccination is required to attend the show.