Welcome to the last of the winter weekends—although it might not feel like it, with all the snow we’ve been getting and a dip into colder temperatures over the weekend. Despite spring’s clever disguise, be sure to get out there and celebrate its arrival. There are plenty of exciting goings on in this fine city, to help you do it right!
This weekend is a busy one at the National Gallery of Canada. They will be screening three films from TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, showcasing top Canadian filmmakers. It is also the last weekend to see the 2017 Canadian Biennial, a collection of contemporary, Indigenous, and photography works that have been acquired by the gallery since 2014.
Although having kicked off last weekend, you can catch the tail end of the Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival at Arts Court Theatre this weekend. The festival showcases some of the very best films from the Baltic and Nordic regions. The remaining 4 films to be screened this weekend are from Norway, Finland, Latvia, and Estonia.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring, than exercising your green thumb? Bring a little life into your home this weekend, with Terra Velta’s Beer Can Planter Workshop at The Art House Café. The cost of the event includes all the necessary supplies, including a tasty craft brew.
To commemorate the release of Lauryn Hill’s debut solo album, some two decades ago, DJ SweetCheeks is hosting an album listening party this Thursday at Bar Robo. They will be playing the album, in its entirety, smack between two incredible sets on the decks by DJ SweetCheeks.
Realms II group exhibition and book launch is happening this Friday at Possible Worlds. Realms II features the work of 23 artists from around the world, brought to you by guest curator Jon Vaughn. The pieces are a representative of who the artists are and the places they call home, in mediums such as risograph, silkscreen, and digital media.
If the end of the work week has put you in the mood for dancing, you will want to make your way to Timekode at d’Afrique Restaurant on Laurier this Friday night. DJ Zattar will be spinning solo this time round; bringing you the best funk, soul, hip hop, r’n’b, and all the good stuff in between.
613flea returns to Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne this Saturday. If you are on the hunt for that one-of-a-kind find, this is your one-stop-shop for all things handmade, vintage, or downright quirky.
Ottawa Fury play their first game of the 2018 season this Saturday, against the Charlotte Independence. You can celebrate the return of Ottawa soccer with the Stony Monday Riots at Vimy Brewing Company’s Kick Off Party.
Feeling funky this Saturday? Head on over to Funk Yo Robo, a live funk performance at Bar Robo. If DJs are more your thing, you’ll want to be at Black Squirrel Books, for the World Peace dance party. DJs JFUN & SKi SHEiK will bring us together, with the very best from all across the globe.
What better a way to wind down from a fun-filled weekend, than a float in the pool? For anyone who enjoys a dip, especially those who may feel uncomfortable in a public pool setting, Every Body Swim is a free swim happening this Sunday at Carleton University Pool . Although the event is free and open to anyone, please be sure to reserve a spot in the pool through Eventbrite before the event.
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