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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on April 28, 2022

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Ottawa is on the edge of a beautiful spring—all we need after the recent rain (and snow!) is a bit of sunshine, which conveniently is in the forecast for this weekend. We’ve got some Ottawa classics lined up this weekend (undercurrents  and PoutineFest, for all your theatre and cheese needs) and also some suggestions if you’re looking to explore beyond the downtown core. With another demonstration rolling through town this weekend, give yourself plenty of time to get around.

All Weekend

Produced by Ottawa Fringe, undercurrents is on from April 20–30 at Arts Court. The festival usually takes place in the winter but was pushed back to the spring this year and features the best original, contemporary theatre being created by Ottawa performers and visiting artists. The full festival schedule is available online, and Apt613’s guide to the festival (including reviews!) can be found here.

The Ottawa Café Crawl is going to the ‘burbs! Apt613 contributor Gloria has covered the western suburbs and the southern and eastern suburbs. Grab a coffee somewhere new and then hit up a local greenhouse to get a head start on your entry to this year’s Ottawa Best Home Garden contest (with a new balcony gardening category).

It feels like it’s been forever but PoutineFest is back! Stay up to date with the latest about the festival on Facebook, including a list of vendors and festival hours.

 

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Calpurnia is at the National Arts Centre from April 27 to May 7. A co-production of the NAC English Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), and Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal), the show is billed as a hilarious and highly-charged look at the knots and tangles of intersectionality and allyship, exposing motives and feelings that are clear as a bell one moment, and drowning in ambiguity the next. Tickets are available online through the NAC.

Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) presents new works by award-winning Canadian choreographers Tedd Robinson and ODD’s Artistic Director Yvonne Coutts for the 11th anniversary of ODD. Three inspiring dance performances are featured, including works by Robinson and Coutts, as well as Georgie, a solo work choreographed by Harold Rhéaume in 2017 and performed by ODD’s Associate Director Lana Morton. The event takes place at ODD BOX Theatre at Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue) with performances April 27, April 28, 29, and 30. Tickets are available online: $20 for seniors and students; $35 for adults.

The 6th edition of the Festival de la radio numérique will be held in Old Aylmer from April 28 to 30, recording podcasts in a festive atmosphere. The programme is available online, with events taking place at La Basoche and 5e Baron.

Friday

Arc Poetry Magazine, in partnership with Qu’ART and the Ottawa International Writers Festival, will be launching issue #97 on Friday night. This event—which will include readings from Victoria’s Poet Laureate, John Barton, and Ottawa’s Anita Lahey alongside Diana Brebner Prize past winners Sneha Madhavan-Reese and Dessa Bayrock, with special musical guests Ensemble Allure—will be livestreamed starting at 8pm. More info is available online.

Saturday

Whether you’re looking for some new fabric for a handmade garment or just want to get inspiration for future crafting, you’ll want to head to the the Hintonburg Fabric Flea Market this Saturday from 10am-3pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street West). There’ll be fabric, wool, knits, and more. Entrance is $3 and masks are voluntary. Learn more on their Facebook page or in our post here.

The Springtastic Craft Market is happening this Saturday from 10:30am-3pm at the Glebe Community Centre. Just a few blocks away, 613flea is back at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne from 10am-4pm. The ever-changing marketplace features an inventory of eclectic goods, handmade treasures, vintage finds and one-of-a-kinds.

Got a sweet tooth? Head to Perth for their Festival of the Maples on Saturday. Shop local maple producers and artisans, and enjoy live entertainment. Get all the info here, including a map of the festival.

One of the surest signs of spring is the return of birds and their songs. Enjoy a slightly different birdsong with a concert by Hypatia’s Voice, a local choral group that brings together singers of a variety of musical backgrounds who share a passion for exploring new levels of artistic potential, all while highlighting female composers through innovative programming and thought-provoking performances.

Dominion City Brewing Co. is hosting a bike drive and safety check clinic at the brewery with Helping With Bikes from 10am to 4pm. Donated your unused bikes so Helping With Bikes can tune them up and donate them to a neighbour in need.

Sunday

The 13th annual Gil’s Hootenanny features headliner Canadian singer-songwriter James Keelaghan. This year’s Hootenanny will also be shining a spotlight on Mi’kmaq singer-songwriter Willie Dunn (1941-2013) and his legacy. The event, an annual May Day sing-along, is a tribute to Gil Levine, founding Director of Research at the Canadian Union of Public Employees, who spent his life working for social justice. Tickets are $10 and available online and at Octopus Books (cash only). The event will take place Sunday starting at 2pm at the RA Centre (Clark Hall), 2451 Riverside Drive.

Heads up that the CN Cycle for CHEO is taking place this Sunday, which means some parking restrictions, road closures or traffic delays along the routes. The fundraiser is taking place in person for the first time since 2019 and raises important funds to support oncology care and research at CHEO.


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