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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on February 27, 2014


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So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold.

There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, bringing the sounds of the north to Ottawa. Get some rock with Danko Jones, Say Yes, and The Red Rails down at Mavericks, and a mix of punk and indie math rock with Bonnie Doon, Notta Comet and Girl Arm out at Le Troquet in Hull. There will be jazz with Joel Harrison at Gigspace, and some new indie music with The Cardboard Crowns, The Baxters and Finding Chuck. It will be all acoustic, all the time, with Kiyomi Valentine and the Ecstatic Acoustic at Raw Sugar on Saturday, while Sunday they’ll have the poppy sounds of Twist.

Three nights, three shows, three beers – that’s the theme of the latest theatre performance down at Arts Court. Starting tonight and running until Saturday, you can see three shows in one evening, and get a steal of a deal on some brewskies.

Raise some money for the Ottawa Food Bank while at a Down East Kitchen party- food donations accepted, fiddles optional. In other food events, the Nanny Goat Hill Good Food Market continues at McAuley Place, bringing fresh fruit and veg to brighten up the grey days.

Tonight down at Mansion Nightclub, you can catch 30 new artists in the RAW: Ottawa Awakening exhibit. With art ranging from film to fashion, it promises to be an exciting event.

Want to hear from some movers and shakers? Start out tonight down at Spotlight 613, where Jesse Reynolds kicks off a new live talk show. Tomorrow morning, Creative Mornings features Eugene Haslam of Zaphod’s fame down at the Enriched Bread Artists studio (fyi: tickets are almost sold out!). From out of town, Scott Ian of Anthrax will stop by Ritual to talk about 30+ years on the road. And if you feel like doing the talking, share your thoughts down at the War Museum with their latest debate around Muslim immigration in Canada. If you want pizza with your conversations, this curated Ted Talks on learning is where you should be.

What else to get up to? How about drawing with thread, or a salsa workshop (the dance, not the food!)? Maybe a bit of a Brazilian Carnaval, or a magic show? Let us know what you’re doing this weekend below!