Believe it or not, we’ve made it. Spring has sprung in Ottawa, and one thing is certain: there will be tulips.
Oh yes, the annual celebration of Dutch liberation kicks off this weekend. The Canadian Tulip Festival takes place over the next weekend with events-a-plenty. This weekend, the focus is dance with swing dance and a mixed soiree dance, both taking place at Lansdowne.
Once you get tired of stopping to smell the flowers, check out the inaugural exhibition at the brand new Ottawa Art Gallery. The four open floors of the gallery are a showcase of the diversity of the art being created in the area. The building itself is quite something as well, and since admission is free, the gallery makes a great afternoon outing.
Friday is, as always, for music. First up, at the 27 Club, Idioteque, a Radiohead tribute band from Toronto, will be playing OK Computer from front to back, from Airbag to The Tourist. They’ll be joined by local favourites Scary Bear Soundtrack, whose synth-heavy pop-rock makes an excellent appetizer for Radiohead. Tickets are $12 in advance, and doors open at 8:30pm.
Over at Irene’s Pub, things get jazzy with JK3, a collective of local musicians whose sets combine jazz classics, pop hits, and other oddities, all performed with trademark panache. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $10.
Beyond The Pale’s new headquarters in City Centre will play host to All Hands on Deck, the largest skate deck art show in Canada, ever. The event will raise funds for For Pivot’s Sake, a local non-profit that mentors and engages local youth, and will feature over 200 skateboards, all decked out with art from 180 local artists. The event takes place from 2-9pm.
Later in the day, head over to House of Targ for this year’s edition of the Ottawa Air Guitar Championships. Guitarists can still register to perform, but many will want to show up just for the spectacle. Tickets are $10 dollars at the door, and the show gets underway at 8pm. The winner of the Ottawa competition competes at the national championship in July. The winner of nationals competes at worlds in Finland.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you’re coming up short on things to do with or for your mum, we have some options:
The Tulip Festival is running a Mother’s Day Brunch in partnership with Bruyere at the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9-11am. The menu looks delicious, and the event will feature live jazz music. Tickets are $43 for adults.
Then, keep the festivities rolling with the Mother’s Day Tulip Festival Concert with Big Band Ottawa at 1pm in front of Dow’s Lake. Admission is free, and there will be plenty of tulips on hand.
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