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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on March 20, 2014

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues.

Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish Club (yup, based on that 80s movie) while Haveli is hosting a silent auction.

On Friday, you can continue your 1900s throwback with the Cooper Brothers, who celebrate 40 years in the music industry. For something a bit more contemporary, HellBros, Dance Laury Dance and Aly are playing down at Mavericks. Ty Hall and The Biz head to Raw Sugar with Sharon Nutzati, and there will be Afrovibes aplenty at Discoteka with Vol. 2 of Adorn. Both Fevers and Pony Girl are on a double bill at the Blacksheep, and there’s transportation to get you thereBry Webb, Jennifer Castle and Jonathan Pearce are at Zaphod’s for a night of folk, while Timekode is back, now in their new Cafe Nostalgica location. Radio Radio join DJ CPI  for an album release, and Mercury Lounge presents Locally Grown with DJ Ryan Labelle. The production of The Dumb Waiter opens, while the Outaouais Film Festival wraps up over in Gatineau and the Ottawa Tibet Film Festival begins.

Now for Saturday: For Pivot’s Sake holds their launch party at IdeaSpace, complete with beer, music and live art by Julian Garner of 5 Cents Tattoo. Freelove Fenner are in Ottawa for some analog psych pop, or you can get down and dirty with the Ottawa Wolves’ Mud Wrestling Mania at Babylon. You’ll find the Glorious Moon Rockets and Monic playing down at the Rooster. Comic Sean Cullen will be at the Ottawa Little Theatre, or you can catch something a little more traditional with some young string performers showing off their talent. Down at City Hall all day, you can participate in the Legacy Conference, designed to encourage young emerging entrepreneurs.

On Sunday, catch Peter Pan in action, or see a version of Snow White that is less vocal than you might expect. Vancouver indie rockers Bend Sinister are in town, stopping by Raw Sugar. There are a few art events to choose from, including Peter Krauz’s latest work, the Nepean Art Show and Sale, and the vernissage for Nath’s newest exhibit. Want to get a little excited about spring? Head to a workshop on sprouts, or get all of the gardening and lawn ornament advice you’ll need.

What else is happening this weekend? Let us know below!