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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on March 24, 2022

Spring is in the air, some mandates are dropping, and events are back in full force. However, just because the province has dropped a lot of mandates, still be sure to check with venues and events before going, as many are still supporting mask-wearing and more. Safety first!

Ongoing/all weekend

Head to the Nepean Sportsplex for the Geeked Out Toy and Collectible sale taking place Saturday and Sunday. There’s a small admission fee that gets you access to over 100 vendors along with contests, cosplay, and gaming.

Check out the Sugar Shack in Old Aylmer for events and sweet treats this weekend, taking place along Principale Street with local businesses.

The Log Farm is also hosting sugar bush adventures all weekend with wagon rides, hands-on experience helping to gather sap, and visits with the farm animals.

Lost Baggage Musical Theatre brings their Everybody Say Love! cabaret show to the Westboro Legion for an inclusive and fun celebration of Broadway’s great love songs in all its forms.

The Kanata Theatre also has a show for you to enjoy — Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Opening Night is playing until March 26 and then again from March 29 to April 2.

You can also catch Heartlines at the GCTC until April 3. Check the website for specific details on “relaxed performances,” pay-what-you-decide, and a performance with an ASL interpreter.

Thursday

The Canadian War Museum is hosting a unique event that is part history lesson and part workshop. The Make Do and Mend Virtual Workshop on Hand Stitching features practical tips that are relevant today for mending clothes and fabrics to keep things in use longer and out of the landfill, but can be compared to examples from the Second World War when it was quite a necessity. (The same history and workshop is available in French on March 25.)

Maverick’s is hosting a Drag Show and Karaoke hosted by Freya Frostbite and DJ Adam Pitre.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Canada is now a soccer nation. In addition to the women’s national team winning a gold medal at the last Olympics, the men’s national team is *this close* to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and it would be the first time since 1986. Hop on the bandwagon now! Thursday night they play against Costa Rica in what could be the game that gets us to the big show. Pubs like Pubblico, Pubwells, and The Senate on Bank, among others, will be showing the game, which starts at 10 p.m. They next play at home (in Toronto—sold out again!) on Sunday, so watch for another chance to cheer on Canada then!

Musical theatre fans know that one of the current hits on Broadway and the West End is the new musical SIX! Can’t make it to New York or London? Easy—just log into Zoom and join Broadway Workout to learn the moves from the title song in a fun, no-pressure choreography class from the comfort of home in this free drop-in class to try it out. If you enjoy it, watch for the Spring season of in-person and online classes coming soon.

 

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Friday

The National Arts Centre’s Fridays at the Fourth are hosting Witch Prophet for a show you can enjoy either in-person or online. Described as Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Portishead, this Ethiopian/Eritrean queer singer-songwriter will surely entertain.

Head to the 27 Club for the best indie pop-rock post-punk alternative 2000s from DJ Emmett for the Friday I’m in Love Indie Pop Dance Party.

If wrestling is more your thing, check out the Fantastic Voyage this Friday with some exciting matches and great indie wrestlers.

Saturday

Do it for the Grain Zine anniversary exhibition, workshops, and vernissage start this Saturday—watch for more from Apt613 on this, with free workshops and social events continuing until April 24.

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association are hosting their famous Mammoth Book Sale on Saturday with everything from used books to CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks for great prices and in support of the Ottawa Library.

CA Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise continues its 101st-anniversary celebrations with a Master Series on Sparkling Wine featuring experts and delicious sparkling wines!

Support the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal with a perogie-making lesson online! Kits are picked up before the event and then you can follow along for instructions and more information on the fundraiser, along with live music.

Algonquin Commons Theatre is hosting An Evening with Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden fame) for an evening of storytelling and a Q&A. In addition to being in Iron Maiden, he’s also a pilot, beer brewer, speaker, podcaster, and novelist! The stories he has to share are definitely fascinating and insightful.

Sunday

If you’ve been cooped up too long, check out a great free event to run, snowshoe, or hike with Sunrise Trails in Gatineau Park.

Who needs Coachella when Ottawa has Pawchella! This music fundraiser for Freedom Dog Rescue’s Palliative Care Program will be absolutely woof-erful.

Take in the biggest movie awards show of the season and support your local independent cinemas by watching the Oscars at either The ByTowne or The Mayfair by becoming a member!

Head to Barrhaven to check out the Spring Fling Vegan Market with dozens of local vendors focused on vegan products and gifts. It’s hosted at the Copper Branch, so you can also grab some food and a drink while you’re at it!