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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on January 30, 2014


2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night.

At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at Mavericks. Hello Hello releases their latest EP down at Cafe Dekcuf with a few special guests. Saturday, Crusades releases their new album with Nervosas and Alaskan. There will be some indie/folk down at Mavericks on Sunday with Northcote, Dave Hause and Jonathan Becker, while earlier in the day Craig Cardiff has a matinee performance out at the Black Sheep. Sunday also marks the start of the Slo’Tom Stewart residency at the Hintonburg Public House – they’ll be playing there for free on Sundays all February long.

The Ottawa Art Gallery throws its annual Winterlude for adults party – go Dada for Switzerland at their Swiss confederation-Dada-themed bash. Cube Gallery hosts the vernissage of ‘Warmth’, which runs all month long.

There are a few great film events to catch this weekend, too. The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa is hosting Freeze Frame, featuring eight shorts, while the Baltic-Nordic Film Festival kicks off on Saturday.

On Friday, Crush Improv takes on the current production of Detroit down at the Gladstone, while there are 2 women in a 1 woman show out in Nepean. We’ve got some slam poetry with Dwayne Morgan, while literature meets dance at 1001 Nights: Dance to the Tales of Arabia. Kick-start your writing career with a prose writing workshop with Sarah Schulman on Saturday.

Also, Winterlude kicks off, set to run for the next three weeks – lots of snow and ice sculptures coming our way.

Need something a little random? How about dancing with oysters, or heading to a Valentine’s craft fair fundraiser for pets? Leave a comment below if you know of something else going on this weekend!