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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on May 8, 2014


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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa?

Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings their farewell tour to Mavericks, along with Living with Lions, Rydell and Safekeeping. Saturday night, Neko Case and The Dodos are at the Bronson Centre, while Head of the Herd, The Balconies and The Damn Truth play Mavericks. No Fly List is at the Atomic Rooster, and the SoulJazz Orchestra takes over the Black Sheep.

In big birthdays, the Ottawa School of Art turns 135 this weekend, and is set to have an epic party at the GCTC to celebrate!

This is also the weekend to get outside: Street Strollers neighbourhood explorations launch this evening, while there’s a kick-off party at Babylon for the Alternative Travel Guide to Ottawa’s secret spots, as well as a walking tour showcasing the map’s locations. If you need a bit more green in your outdoor life, head to the Greenboro plant and seed exchange on Saturday.

The Portuguese Language Film Festival hosts a few shows this weekend down at Library and Archives, while the European Union Short Film Festival runs Thursday and Friday at Club Saw. Down at the Mayfair, you can catch the premier of the French thriller Discopathe.

In arts and ideas, Spur Festival hosts its Ottawa edition starting tonight, with journalists, activists, artists and entrepreneurs descending on the city to talk about what’s spurring them on these days. The literary world picks up these themes, with Writers Festival des écrivains è Wakefield LaPêche this weekend, and Capital Mayhem, a day of signings, readings and panels hosted by Capital Crime Writers. Sharon Harris and Christian Bok are also in town, at the A B Series event on Sunday.

In fundraisers, Fair Trade Soirée Équitable happens down at the Bridgehead Roastery on Saturday, with food, drinks and a silent auction filled with fair trade goodness.

Lastly, we’ve got the Stripes and Pins fashion show, craft beer sessions at the Hintonburg Public House, and Bikefest down at MEC. Let us know what else you’re up to in the comments below!