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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on March 27, 2014

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping.

In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers Wildlife, as well as a night of lounging down at the Daily Grind. There’s a bit of jazz down at the NAC, while out at the Black Sheep you can catch Amos the Transparent.

Saturday’s music world is even more full: SUUNS and Scattered Clouds bringing some dark psychedelic pop to the Sheep, while HIGHS, Sea Change and King’s Quest stop by Zaphods. Club SAW brings you Calvin Love and Theaternia, Silkken Laumann, Matt Tamblyn and Cabaal are throwing a warehouse party down at Gabba Hey, while GigSpace hosts the Parc X Duo.

As if all of that isn’t enough, there are still more events to choose from. Join a debate on the future of free speech in universities (or, if it even exists now) or catch the next installment of the Spotlight 613 live talkshow down on Elgin. Mat Dubé’s exhibit opens at Railbender, and you can hang out with China Doll to raise money for a Tibetan resettlement project. Octopus Books is hosting the book launch of Min Fami, featuring reflections from Arab feminists.

In the performance realm, we have Romeo and Juliet from Ballet Jorgen, and The Dumb Waiter wraps up on Sunday. Ethan Russell, a music photographer, talks about his work down at the Shenkman. Crush Improv is back with Capital Crush, and if you love Coronation Street, you’re in luck because Gary and Owen are in town.

Wellington Street welcomes a few new spots this weekend, with Cafe My House opening very soon in Hintonburg (check their site for any opening date news), and the grand opening of Twiss and Weber down in Wellington West.

And if you really need to feel some heat, the Latin American Film Festival will bring it. Check out our events calendar for their film listings, and head over to Library and Archives Canada for Fiesta Latina, a food, wine and cultural fair, to round out your experience.

What else is happening this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below.