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A snapshot of the great green spaces in Ottawa along the Rideau River in Vanier. Photo by Robert Fairchild

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on May 5, 2022

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The great weather is here and there’s so much to take in this weekend! Whether it’s a great community walk, music, local vendor markets, a sports match or even the stars above, there’s plenty no matter what you’re in the mood for. Enjoy it safely and let us know what you get up to!

Ongoing/all weekend

Jane’s Walk is back after a pandemic hiatus. Here you’ll find tons of free neighbourhood walks in various parts of the city around different themes, all inspired by the urbanist, activist, and journalist Jane Jacobs.

The Ottawa Guild of Potter’s Spring Sale takes place all weekend at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne.

If you love show tunes, you’ll love Lost Baggage Musical Theatre’s Music of the Night offering a selection of music all from one of Broadway’s biggest composers — Andrew Lloyd Webber. Even if you don’t realize it, you likely know songs from CATS, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

Thursday

SAW Gallery has Montreal’s indie-rock band Plant and Animals, and Gus Englehorn on deck Thursday night.

Alpha Art Gallery Ottawa is hosting a vernissage of Tina Carter’s new paintings.

If you want to continue your art tour, head over to Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau for their exhibition of Jaber Lutfi’s Oracles.

If you love Afrobeat, be sure to head to Nuvo Lounge for Black Buddies Entertainment’s Afrofusion night. Enjoy live DJs spinning the best in Afrobeat, amapiano, dancehall, hip hop, reggae, soca and Latin music.

Friday

The SAW Prize for New Works exhibition opening takes place at SAW Gallery and includes the opening, a concert, and an after-party. If you can’t make the opening, the exhibit runs until July 16.

 

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Shad and Just John play the Bronson Centre as part of its Four Elements of Hip Hop series.

St. Alban’s Anglican Church has Ben Caplan’s Recollection tour with special guest Terra Spencer for an all-ages show on Friday.

Algonquin College’s Observatory is hosting Current Swell with Oddeline and Jesse Roper for a great night of music.

Saturday

SAW Gallery continues its great lineup this weekend with Elliot BROOD and Royal Castles on Saturday night.

The Mother Earth Psychic and Craft Fair is a fundraiser for No Surrender Ottawa and Animal Welfare in Ukraine. Check out over 35 pagan, earth-based, spiritual and Indigenous vendors while supporting animal welfare and rescue.

Atlético Ottawa, currently sitting in second place, play an evening game at Lansdowne against first-place Pacific FC. Vamos Atléti!

Vinyl lovers—be sure to stop by the Vinyl Pop-Up at Queen St. Fare for new and used records, as well as cassettes, CDs, and band t-shirts.

Astronomy lovers should make their way to International Astronomy Day taking place in the parking lot of Chapters Gloucester, where local amateur astronomers bring their telescopes of various sizes and will show you some amazing sights.

The Ottawa Tool Library and Outdoor Gear Library are holding a joint garage sale from 10am to 2pm. All funds raised help them with their unique services!

Sunday

The Nepean Night Market returns Sunday with its grand reopening with over 40 vendors, live music, and food trucks.

SAW Gallery ends its weekend of shows with Land of Talk and Zoon for this 19+ show.

Treat the special mother figure in your life to a night of great laughs at the Mother’s Day Comedy Night, which will have you both smiling from start to finish.

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