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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on May 15, 2014

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut.

Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals.

If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and Zerbin at Zaphod’s tonight. Timekode is back on Friday, and you can shake things up with the Ottawa Rock Lottery at Babylon on Saturday and see your favourite Ottawa musicians get mashed up with other bands to create new music. DJ Lexis is in from Montreal at the Mercury Lounge, while Steamers and River and the Road play down at the Rainbow. Also on Saturday, Wooden Horseman, Real Ponchos, and Jack Pine bring some catchy alt-folk to Pressed.

If you happen to be down on Somerset this weekend, you’ll notice the arts have taken over. Chinatown Remixed is back for another year, the arts festival that brings together artists and businesses for exhibits that run through to June. Vernissage day starts Saturday afternoon, with an afterparty running late into the evening. You can also catch Push: The New Printmakers exhibit down at Studio Sixty-Six, curated by Guillermo Trejo and featuring works from emerging artists.

In the theatre world, Mauritius winds up its run at the Ottawa Little Theatre, as does the Youth Infringement Festival with their six original pieces.

Authors Greg Betchel and Tom Cho can be found at Venus Envy this evening, launching their latest sexy tomes. Pressed is hosting Poets for Humanity on Friday night, the first in a two-part spoken word poetry fundraiser.

Sunday morning, take in a lazy brunch with the May Flowers and Bloomers edition of the Great Canadian Tease Burlesque Brunch.

Also on Sunday, head to Hintonburg for two fundraisers – one featuring pizza, the other testing your knowledge, and both for great causes.

What else are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!