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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on February 23, 2012



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Well, Ottawa, we’ve almost made it through to March. And there’s plenty going on to help celebrate those babysteps we’re taking towards spring…

If the warm weather this week wasn’t enough to dispel those Suckuary vibes, Doldrums Winter Music Festival is for you. Raw Sugar, Cafe Dekcuf and the Rainbow have teamed up to bring you a songwriters’ circle featuring some of Ottawa’s best acoustic acts, shows with New Teeth and Ornaments, and a Sunday evening variety show with everything from psychobilly to gypsy jazz. If you need a little bit of New Orleans in your life after Mardi Gras this week, Drumhand will be at Mercury Lounge as part of the UP & UP concert series tonight. You can also catch The Creepshow‘s punk stylings at Mavericks, while east coast rocker Mark Bragg will take the stage at Zaphod’s. If you missed The Wooden Sky at FolkFest last summer, now’s your chance – you’ll also get a sneak peak at the songs soon to be released on their new album. Poor Young Things will be at Zaphod’s Friday night – or you can be part of a live recording with Johnny Mac and Heather down at Irene’s. Saturday? Get out and celebrate Johnny Cash’s birthday at the Elmdale, or if you’d rather talk tunes, head over to  Carleton for a symposium on social justice and music. Emma-Lee and Harlan Pepper will grace the stage at the Black Sheep Inn that night, channeling a little old school folk rock and alt-country.

The Wakefield International Film Festival continues, with a screening of Putin’s Kiss. Film buffs will also be very aware that this is Oscar weekend – and the Mayfair is once again rolling out the red carpet for Ottawans to watch the awards in style. There will be another big bash this weekend too – this one will put the ART in party, with Lemonjellow hosting.

We’ve got a wide variety of spoken word events over the next few days. The Canadian Improv Games have already kicked off, and last all weekend, and the 4C’s Showcase features Brandon Wint and Amelia Leclair. The Vagina Monologues will take place over at the Bronson Centre Friday and Saturday, while Friday night’s Once Upon a Slam will have Alan Shain front and centre. Sense-Say, the 2011 champion, will stop by Capital Slam Saturday night.

What else have you got going on, Ottawa?