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Weekend roundup: What to do + a giveaway

By Karen Diepeveen on May 1, 2014

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This weekend has a mash up of music, food, and outdoor adventures – and you can top it all off by winning a pair of tickets to the Friends with Benefits event! Read on to find out more.

Let’s start with the music: if you’re in a country mood, Gil’s Hootenanny down in the Glebe is where you should be. Eagleson gets celebratory at Ritual, launching their debut EP with Tall Trees and Tasty Susan. On Friday, Grre en Famille and The Cardboard Crowns are at Zaphod’s for a bit of ska and reggae, while the experimental Baths and Young Fathers stop by Ritual. Bring your dancing shoes to the Peter Liu Sextet show, or take in some local rock with Hellbros and Suns of Stones at Cafe Dekcuf.

The PepTides release their new album at a party on Saturday night, while Hervana covers some Nirvana classics at Pressed, with Decathlete and Elgin Skye opening. Things will get trippy at Raw Sugar with psychedelic bands Whoop-Szo and Raas, while Farewell Davidson, The Archers and The River and The Road play the Sheep. The Orienteers and Tilda are at Irene’s Saturday night, and Carolina Hum plays a last show in Ottawa, at least for a while, at the Daily Grind. Sunday brings Tilda out for another show, this time at the Hintonburg Public House to raise money for the Hintonburg Happening Festival (set for June).

It’s warm enough – finally! – that the Farmer’s Markets are heading back outdoors. The Ottawa Farmer’s Market opens this weekend down at Brewer Park, and the Nanny Goat Hill Good Food Market is back on McLeod Street. Get yourself outdoors for Jane’s Walk – join explorations of the city’s hidden gems and history all day Saturday and Sunday, and catch their Jane’s Talk tonight at Arts Court. If you’re in the mood for even more learning, check out WordCamp Ottawa or Skepticamp at Shopify.

The spring crafting season has kicked off, too, with Handmade Harvest out in Almonte and the Manotick artists show happening all weekend long.

Club SAW hosts a tribute to Ed Folger tonight, marking the life of this Canadian film pioneer with a selected screening of his short films.

The Friends with Benefits charity auction, cocktail hour and dance party is happening Friday night, raising money for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Their auction is jam-packed with goodies from around the city – if you want a chance to win two tickets to the event, email apartment613 [at] with “Friends with Benefits” in the subject line by noon on Friday, May 2. We’ll randomly select a winner then!

What else is happening around town, Ottawa? Let us know below.