Weekend Round-Up: Carnival, Craft Beer & Live Music

Winter-Carnival-2010-9117The highlight of the weekend is the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival this Sunday in and around the Community Centre at 250 Somerset Street. Come one and come all as contrary to last years daunting freeze this year we predict between  0 & -10 degrees!  The Carnival includes activities for children and adults, there are outdoor games, indoor crafts and entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Festivities kick off at 2PM and all are encouraged to bring a dish and stay for the Potluck Dinner between 5-7PM   Don’t forget your skates!

Friday it’s Jazz Night at Mugshots. This re-occuring every-third Friday live music event can’t come around fast enough for our liking. Mugshots, 75 Nicholas, 8PM, Free

Meanwhile around the corner at Club Saw it’s indie punk Balance&Composer Saw Gallery, Nicholas St, 7/7:30PM, 13.50$

Craft Beer Lovers of Sandy Hill need only cross the bridge to Vanier to indulge their passion! This Saturday the Black Irish Pub is hosting it’s first ever “Craft Beer Night”.  Attendees can sample the latest wares of Beau’s All Natural, Kichesippi Beer Co, Beyond the Pale Brewery & Toronto’s Spearhead Brewery. Drink to your heart’s content and walk home – Thanks Neighbour! Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk (next to the Beer Store in the Eastview Mall) 7PM

Saturday it’s Mugshots again with Fryquency a new pay-what-you-can series featuring live underground talent. We wouldn’t expect anything less cutting edge than that from the amazing talents within the Old Jail / Court House buildings that house Arts Court, OAG, SAW & the Hostel! Mugshots 75 Nicholas St, 9PM

Kid’s Capoiera – adult classes available too- Amayaframetastic starts up again at Dende do Recife in Place de la Francophonie this Sunday.  A great local way to use fitness and Brazilian culture to inspire your child. Dende Do Recife, 450 Rideau (at Chapel St), 10:30am and 11:30am.

Sunday night head to Ritual for The Rural Alberta Advantage.  This Canadian band are a big deal – trust me and check out their percussive folk-songs of heartbreak and home towns with sounds akin to Mumford & Sons yet completely unique to their own ethic.  One of the world’s great unsigned bands with sold-out tour dates worldwide this is a fantastic opportunity to catch them in an intimate setting. Ritual, 137 Besserer St, 8PM 15$ at Door

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