Welcome back to the weekend, Ottawa. From maple goodness to laughs to extreme sports, this weekend has got it all. Ready, set, find your scene.
The Great Canadian Maple Festival is here! Head down to City Hall all weekend long and tap into the sweetness. Maple everything, craft beer and chainsaw carving for the sweet sweet admission price of free. Need we say more?
But wait – there is more! Red Bull Crashed Ice is an unmissable event on the Rideau Canal – the Ice Cross Downhill World Series Season Finale is on this weekend. Athletes from around the world will compete on a brand new track built on the locks by the Chateau Laurier. The World Junior Championship takes place on Friday night, while the World Finals are on Saturday. Did we mention it’s free?
Head over to Brasseurs du Temps in Vieux-Hull for INDÉO, a festival celebrating indie music with nine concerts in three days. Featuring performances from Zebulon, Rachelle Behrens and Gilbert Troutet, among others, this is one indie festival you won’t want to miss.
Why not jumpstart your weekend with a little music?
Try dinner at La Roma Restaurant in Little Italy, where local musicians will get your toes tapping with Thursday Night Jazz.
If folksy love songs and acoustic contemporary songs are more your jam, head over to Happy Goat for their Live Music evening.
If you’re more into post-punk or experimental tunes, then Zaphod’s is your spot. SUUNS and Sarah Davachi take the stage on Thursday night.
The musical buffet continues throughout the city on Friday night:
- Metal bands Seeker, The Grindmother, Cognitive and WVRM take House of Targ.
- Danish chanteuse Agnes Obel brings an experimental/orchestral indie show to the Bronson Centre Theatre.
- Back at Zaphod’s, Sam Patch (members of Arcade Fire), Loon, and baker take the stage.
- Meanwhile, Mother Mother’s No Culture Tour makes a stop at the National Arts Centre, where they are joined by special guest K. Flay.
- The Market turns up the heat with Latin Fridays at Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano.
- Between the Lines brings Rock the 90s to the Brass Monkey.
If chainsaw carving has got you craving more Canadiana (as it should), don’t stop there. Learn how to play the wooden spoons with l’habitant voyageur Louis Mercier, an ambassador of traditional French Canadian music, at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum. Be sure to reserve your spot. Both English and French workshops on offer.
Alternatively – in event, not in fact – join Roch Carrier, Ken Dryden and the NAC Orchestra for a celebration of Carrier’s Canadian classic The Hockey Sweater.
Elsewhere in the city, get up close and personal with a python, snapping turtle or even a skunk with Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo’s live animal presentations at the Museum of Nature.
Head down to Lansdowne for Glow Yoga x 2! Goodlife hosts not one, but two glow-in-the-dark yoga classes on Saturday. Wear white and brights. Free glow sticks and body paint provided. All proceeds go to Spin4Kids.
If laughter is your best medicine, go Eat Your Words at the Art Factory in Bell’s Corners. Curated by local comedian Tash Naved, the comedy and music event also teams up with East India Company Restaurant to bring you a buffet.
Can’t get enough indie music? Head over to Bar Robo where Sons of Pluto play their first 2017 show, along with Rob Allen and Bitter North.
In a dancing mood? Gather your queens and get down to Babylon’s Bey Bey Dance Party.
Afropolitan featuring DJ Gabe Price will get you moving at Mercury Lounge.
Make this Sunday an artsy one. Enjoy FaceTime, a free exhibition featuring the human face and body at Cube Gallery. Vernissage is Sunday afternoon. Exhibition runs all through March.
Oh So Good in Westboro also hosts a vernissage for its Art & Photography Show. Their exhibition runs until the end of April.
With International Women’s Day coming up next week, celebrate the legacy of Canadian women in music with the Canadian Women’s Songbook, featuring covers of songs by women JUNO winners and an artist talk with JUNO winner Lynn Miles.
Shanghai invites you to laugh for a good cause with Shanghai Nights Comedy 20th Edition: Laughter Fights Dementia. All proceeds of the evening will go to the Alzheimer’s Society for dementia research.
Finally, in its latest weekly instalment of Cinema Canada 150, the Bytowne screens Le Déclin de l’empire américain. Admission is free.
Of course, that’s not all that’s going on in Ottawa this weekend. Check out our event calendar for more. And don’t forget to tag your photos with our #apt613wknd hashtag for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed.