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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on April 24, 2014


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If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you:

Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday while raising some money for charity. Down at Zaphod’s, Tribe Royal, Archy & Mehitabel and Mack Hills will be bringing a bit of folky pop to the stage. There’s also a new Fine Folks Forum happening, this time all about sustainable and renewable energy.

On Friday night, The Planet Smashers bring their 20th anniversary tour to Mavericks, while Lindy Vopnfjörd stops by Pressed. It’s also another edition of Nature Nocturne down at the Museum of Nature, while things go urban and electronic at the Daily Grind. SoCalled heads out to the Black Sheep that evening. The theatre world brings us The Wizard of Gauze, the 2014 production of the annual Med Show, and Crush Improv has two shows Friday evening. Got a great idea for a business, but don’t know how to fund it? Arlene Dickenson from Dragon’s Den will be in town to give you a few tips.

Saturday brings us the Vibrant! art show at Library and Archives, while Bride Ideas brings a wedding showcase to the Wabano Centre. EcoEquitable’s fabric sale returns, with great bargains for all crafters. The Ottawa Art Gallery hosts a writing workshop with curator and writer Candice Hopkins, and Papillon Press continues their letterpress learning series. Down in Old Ottawa South, Havana Café will be setting up a pig roast outside at their pop-up food truck, and the Ottawa Brewery Market is back in Hintonburg.

Saturday evening brings some latin jazz at La Grange de la Gatineau, where Bet.e and Stef will be playing. Nightseeker, Iconoclast and Rainbow Pony Power play Mavericks, and Solids, Big Dick and Life in a Vacuum take the stage at House of Targ. You’ll find the launch of two new books, The Wondrous Woo and The Witchdoctor’s Bones, at Raw Sugar, while there’s a beach party at Shimmy Shimmy Shakedown with DJs and Rockalily Burlesque. Feel like you missed out on prom in the 90s, or want to re-live the experience? The Grad You Never Had will fill that void.

Sunday is games day – show off your Xbox skills or take your kids out for a day of board games, food and fun. Trains will abound at the Ottawa Train Expo, where everyone from engineers to Thomas the Tank Engine fans can bond over all things railway.

What else is happening, Ottawa? Let us know below!