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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on April 10, 2014

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great.

Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party at Rochester Pub with the DJs of Kitchen Party. On Saturday, catch the pop sounds of Elisapie at the Shenkman, or head to Cafe Dekcuf for Fuck the Facts, World War 4 and Sombre. Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque is happening down at Mavericks – a second show was just announced, due to high demand. Also that night, Teenage Kicks take over Pressed with the New Elders for some punk rock ‘n’ roll.

It’s a busy weekend in the book world. There’s Book Fest down at the RA Centre, and a book launch with Arctic historian Ken Harper.  Sound poet jwcurry is in town with his Messagio Galore concert series down at Gallery 101. You’ll find some bargains with the Mini-Mammoth Used Book Sale or the Rockcliffe Park Public Library sale all day Saturday, or you can bolster your own writing career with a workshop down at the library.

In other workshops, the Hintonburg Public House kicks off their Craft Beer Sessions: in this first iteration, you can taste an extensive array of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.’s latest brews. Sampling might also happen down at the Westboro Easter Market, where more than 20 food artisans will get you set for the long weekend ahead. Pecha Kucha returns for a night of learnin’, followed by a dance party with Pony Girl and VJ Ina.

Down at ArtsCourt, Sans Sense opens on Friday, with four short theatre pieces presented at each performance. In the art world, tonight there’s a vernissage for Tim Moerman’s latest works down at Shanghai, while Orange Gallery opens in its new doors down at 290 City Centre. Cube’s 3 by 3 show opens on Sunday.

We’ve also got the Vintage Clothing Show, and the Latin American Film Festival wraps up. And – in a bit of shameless self-promotion – our Indiegogo campaign for our new fellowship program continues onward. A big thanks to all who have contributed so far!

What else have you got going on this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!