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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Yasmin Nissim on June 6, 2013

Music lovers rejoice: this weekend’s edition of Westfest marks the unofficial launch of festival season! This year, the festival’s 10th, will feature four days of music and art. Things kick off tonight with artists Jane Siberry, Zoe Whittall, Captain Dirt and the Skirt, Juliana Pulford and Jill Zmud.

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is getting things started this Friday. The festival promises an exciting smorgasbord of contemporary Canadian theatre, with a variety of different themes and stories to be told at venues all around the city. This weekend, the National Arts Centre, Arts Court Theatre, the NAC Studio and University of Ottawa will host events in this festival series.

Pop-up spots have been all the rage lately and Shopify is getting in on the action with Popify, a pop-up shop featuring seven different merchants. Things get popping Friday at noon and continue on into Saturday.

The Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, as part of their Indie Filmmaker Series, will be presenting Projections this Friday at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The evening promises to be an exciting live 16mm projector performance by acclaimed Canadian indie filmmaker/media artist Alex MacKenzie.

The Bushpilots 10th Anniversary Show is set to go down this Friday at the Rainbow Bistro. Opening for the Bushpilots are Montreal band The Cheap Thrills. The band has promised show-goers a fine evening soaked in sweat, beer, bleeding fingers and broken guitar strings.

If you’re looking for an audio experience a little out of the ordinary, the Avant Garde Bar is definitely the place to be Saturday night. Featuring Single Bed Carousel, Sweet Alps and Trans Acadien Express, the night promises dark roots, gypsy jazz and more.

The sounds of Ottawa’s favourite aboriginal electronic act A Tribe Called Red will be pouring out of Babylon this Saturday night. Their appearance is part of the ongoing Electric Pow Wow series, a monthly club night dedicate to showcasing aboriginal DJ talent and native urban culture. It’s a homecoming party, as the tribe is currently touring internationally in support of their new record Nation II Nation.

This Sunday, you can enjoy a little open mic action along with your pickled eggs at the Hintonburg Public House. Jon Reilly-Roe will be entertaining the masses, and if you’re interested in being in the spotlight, anyone is invited to perform. No need to sign up in advance, just stop by and add your name to the list.

Pressed also has some Sunday night action to help alleviate the pending Monday blues. Chains of Love from Vancouver will be playing alongside Ketamines and Zebrassiers, both from Toronto. The evening is shaping up to be an interesting mix of soul sounds, reverb trash rock and super sweet music for robots.

That should get your weekend rolling. As always, let us know about events we may have missed in the comment, and be sure to check our events calendar for everything you need to know about local happenings.