What a weekend we have in store! Pack your sunglasses and your umbrella because spring is on its way (and yes, I accept full responsibility for the inevitable snowstorm that will come because I said the “s” word—spring).
Did the recent Olympics spark a new found love for winter sports? Always wanted to try curling but didn’t know where to start? The Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa (located at 2026 Scott Street between Churchill and Island Park) is offering five learn to curl sessions this weekend (at no cost!) for anyone wanting to give the sport a try. You will get to learn the fundamentals of the game, how to throw rocks, sweeping, and keep score. Register online to save your spot.
Looking for a curated movie experience this weekend? Apt613 has got a couple options lined up for you. Contributor extraordinaire Barbara Popel has rounded up picks for Ottawa’s independent cinemas from March 16-31. Elsewhere in town, we’ve got the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) back with in-person screenings of 50+ globally recognized shorts and features.
Live music is back in a big way. Friday night, head to Club Saw for Rich Aucoin and Stoby or tune into JINKX Sings Everything at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. The Wonder Years are celebrating the 11th and 10th anniversaries of their albums The Upsides and Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing at Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday. Les Hay Babies are at Minotaur on Sunday. Irene’s Pub has shows all weekend long, as does LIVE on Elgin.
Whether you’re celebrating with a pint at your favourite local pub or at home, have a fun (and safe) St. Patrick’s Day!
Friday night is pizza night in our house and we’re spoiled for choices. Sometimes it’s homemade using fresh ingredients from our favourite Italian grocery, La Bottega. Other times we snag one of Michael’s Dolce pizza Friday creations (usually with a jar of sriracha to replenish our supply at home). Almanac Grain recently added a sourdough pizza to their Friday and Saturday rotation that’s perfect when we’re picking up some Dominion City beers. And in case we ever run out of ideas, enter the Ottawa Pizza Podcast, a podcast devoted to highlighting the uniqueness of Ottawa-style pizza.
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Ottawa’s newest music venue Red Bird opened this February and is hosting Otis Strange on Saturday evening. Looking to brush up on your musical talents? Red Bird also has a full slate of music teachers who give lessons in banjo, bass, cello, fiddle, drums, guitar, piano, vocals, and mandolin, and the list keeps expanding. Get all the details in our post here.
The Pique spring edition, happening March 19 in-person at the Arts Court and online at thisispique.com will feature music, art, video and performance by ground-breaking Canadian and international artists. Get all the details in our post here.
613flea is taking over Aberdeen Pavilion on Saturday from 10am–4pm.
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Possible Worlds, a community-driven, artist-run, independent art platform specializing in graphic art, print, and electronic music, is hosting a Risograph workshop this Sunday. Facilitated by Melanie Yugo, print artist and co-director of Possible Worlds, the workshop will teach you the basics of Risograph printing on paper. There are three different tiers of participation fees and you need to register in advance, so be sure to snag your spot soon! Can’t make it this weekend? They’ve got a series of workshops with all the dates on their website.
The Weekend Roundup is just one of many columns Apt613 publishes on a regular basis. Foodie Friday is a great source of inspiration when you want to try something new, Gig Photos is part of our Photography series that capture the best of local music, and Write On Ottawa profiles local authors. So next time you’re looking for a new book, try checking out the Write On Ottawa tag and see what comes up. This week, we’ve got The Wrong Man by Christine D. Leblanc. Read something good by a local author and want to share your review? Pitch it to the editorial team!
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