Category Archives: Weekend RoundUp

Weekend Round-Up: Thaw’t it Was Spring!

Snow fell as we wrote yet we remain steadfastly resolute that there will be a thaw this weekend. So get your wellies on, dodge the puddle-splashers and enjoy all that is going on in the S-Hill ‘hood and beyond.

snailsOur pick of the weekend is Ottawa Stilt Union’s Searching for Snails – a one-of-a-kind theatre experience for all ages playing at Arts Court through-out the weekend. Tickets start at 10$ and evening shows are at 7:30 & matinees at 2PM.

Friday all-time favourite monthly – a night out at the Castle – is on as Nature Nocturne returns for a night of music and fun at the Museum of Nature. This edition Big in Japan will celebrate the ingenuity, elegance and innovativeness in Japan. Starts at 8PM, tickets 20$.

At Cafe Alt (60 University Pvt) the final concert of their recent series presents Silver Dapple (MTL), Walrus (Halifax), and Chairs (MTL) at 9PM, 5$.

Saturday Ecology Ottawa is hosting their Complete Streets Strategy Forum in Centretown. Come out for a chance to hear, debate and discuss what an inclusive multi-modal street can look like. 9:30-2:30 Hotel Indigo 123 Metcalfe St.

TedxElgin is this Saturday from 11:30am. If you didn’t get your tickets for this event never fear as there is a livestream available and you should also be able to watch and listen in on the TedTalks portal shortly thereafter. Congratulations Ottawa and welcome to the innovative world of Ted Talks!

gezellig_1-600x337Stephen Beckta who brings so much to Ottawa with Beckta Dining, Play and Gezellig needs your help. In the fight against leukaemia Beckta is hosting a Swab-a-thon Saturday 9am-1pm at Gezellig at 337 Richmond Rd.  All that is involved is a Q-tip swab of a cheek to help find a stem-cell match. It’s a no-brainer so please help out. Only males 17-35  are eligible so please pass this request along to friends that can participate and give cancer a kick up the arse!

Saturday it’s Art Battle the monthly painting challenge at Arts Court where 12 painters go head-to-head with paintbrushes to create a twenty minute masterpiece. Watch the artists work and vote for your winner. Always original, unique and a fun evening out.

Earth Hour is this Saturday so if you’re hanging at home consider shutting down all things electronic, relax by candlelight or enjoy for a walk from 8-9PM in celebration of our planet! Be pretty cool if local businesses join in – nothing more romantic than a candlelit meal.

VERSeFest continues with it’s celebration of local and international poets until Sunday. A host of events are taking place at the Knox Presbyterian Church on Elgin at Lisgar and The Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market. Tickets are well priced so check it out. Full schedule at VERSeFest.ca

Sunday if you still haven’t gotten your tickets for Searching for Snails it’s the two last performances so come along and enjoy Ottawa Stilt Union’s latest. We’ll be at the Matinee!

Weekend Round-Up: March Madness Tip-Off

Today sees the start of the March Madness NCAA Basketball tournament. I got my brackets in and hope you did too as not only is the deadline past but this weekend is kerrrrazzy with local activities. Pick of the Week? Well you know it has to be the Re-Opening Celebration at Bettye Hyde’s new digs the Carriage House. It’ll be going on with style on Saturday night.

If you are looking for great bargains stop by the Ottawa University Centre for the Annual Lost & Found sale today until 3PM. Cash only.

MustOn this wonderfully wet and warm Thursday evening check out MustKitchen&Wine at 41 William in the Byward Market where they are taking double the “daily high” temperature off a bottle of wine until the end of March. Make sure to mention #winewarmsthesoul. So far today it’s 4 bucks off but if we hit the predicted high your looking at a tenner! “Must” thank the owner.

Friday night Cafe Nostalgica 601 Cumberland host former house act Timekode – it’s like they never left with Memetic, Zattar, Eric Roberts and Visuals by VJ Daisy.

Over at Ritual Nightclub on Rideau St it is Nova Scotia electro hip hop group Radio Radio releasing their latest album Ej Feel Zoo with DJ CPI

Saturday on your bike! So to speak…  CfsC Annual Spring Bike promises lots of speakers including Sarah Partridge of the Vanier cycling scene! The talk will be held at McNabb Comm Centre, 180 Percy, 12:30PM, FREE.

Bettye Hyde carriage HouseSaturday afternoon its the  Bettye Hyde Grand Opening, Carriage House 43 Blackburn Ave. Not to be missed with lots of kid friendly stuff from 3-6PM and big-kid stuff from 6-11PM

Also on Saturday Vanier hosts the Festival of Local Food at 400 McArthur with exhibitors, films and workshops from 3-10PM.

Saturday night the The Royal Streets with Justice RF are at The Mercury Lounge. This emerging band from Waterloo is one to catch locally and intimately now before they hit the stratosphere. 10PM

If you’re looking for a Saturday night laugh head to the Ottawa Little Theatre on King Edward Ave for the comic stylings of Sean Cullen. With appearances on Leno, Comedy Central and much more this is a great act to catch just around the corner! 7PM 25$

More music to tempt you on Saturday night the Lunenburg continues their 4$ concert series with Jonathan Becker, The North Fields and more.

Weekend Round Up: Mid-March Fun

Too be fair it is a quieter time than we are used to around the hood but still lots to do if you’re looking for fun.

Today in honour of Pi Day our neighbours over at Boko Bakery on Elgin are offering FREE Pie-pops until 8PM.  Great offer and we’ll be sure to pick up a few extra bits to support their generosity.

Tons of great local’s for Friday night drinks. Personal favourites include the outstanding cocktails and stylish surrounds of The Albion Rooms. Fancy a craft beer & live music it’s got to be the Lunenburg Pub where the prices are great and the crowd is lively. With the wintery weather you might need a strong one and there is no better place to enjoy top quality bourbon than Hooch on Rideau Street.

Kick off Saturday with Cartoons & Pyjamas at the Mayfair theatre. Saturday Morning all you can eat Cereal Cartoon Party starts at 10AM – what a great way to start the day.

Saturday morning at 11am the St Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at Laurier & Elgin. A bit cooler than I’d like for the wearing of the green but it’ll definitely be full of warm spirit.

auntieloosSure, Urban Craft is located at the Glebe Community Centre, put this Saturday’s fair is worth attending given the presence of great Sandy Hill locals like Auntie Loo’s Treats – hosting Auntie Loo’s Kitchen and providing the opportunity to support ton’s of talent local artisans. Like the tag line says “Hip – Modern – Handmade”!

Weekend Roundup: Chemistry, Photography & 3 Beers

As March is set to roar in like a Lion I cling to the hope of a lamb-like exit…

Stock up on fresh eats at the Ottawa U Farmer’s Market in the University centre today from 9-4pm .

Thursday is the opening night of Trois (Three) at Arts Court. That’s three performances nightly for three nights. “Three nights, three shows. And three beers for $10. Doors and cash bar open at 7:30, with the first performance at 8:00pm” Remember if you miss the opening there is always Friday and Saturday night. 

Former Sandy Hill’er and all around great guy Eugene Haslam is the latest CreativeMorning’s Presenter. Catch up with this popular commentator and powerful promoter at Friday’s session at Enriched Bread Artist Studios on Gladstone 8:30-10:00am

FrozenKick off your evening with family fun on Friday. Viscount Alexander on Mann St is hosting Movie Night! They’ve got Disney’s Frozen is on the program and the movie is free while the drinks & pizza are well priced. Doors 5:30 and movie starts at 6PM.

Friday night its the return of monthly event Nature Nocturne. This month the event explores photography with “Ready for your Close-up?“. It’s not strictly in the hood but 20mins on foot still counts as local in our book and a night at the Castle – Museum of Nature – is always magical. 8PM 22$.

Saturday at Carleton University its the 7th annual Chemistry Magic Show featuring one-hour “performances” at 11Am & 2PM with an all-day activity centre open (Steacie Building 2nd Floor) between 9:30-4:30. Suggested donation 3$. Theatre B, Basement Southam Hall.

Also on Saturday there are two opportunities to catch Essays the annual performance of new choreographies by Ottawa School of Dance, Arts Court 2 Daly,   2:30 & 7:30.

Weekend Round Up: Jazz, Germans & Auntie Loo’s Love

Warm up this weekend to the soulful sounds of the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest! From Friday-Sunday Ottawa has the hottest sounds around including Matuto, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Grace Kelly Quintet and our favourite event the Late Night Jamming sessions – this year at the Arc Hotel’s Arc Lounge –  that promise impromptu flashes of genius in a congenial setting that will set your Friday and Saturday night on fire. 

Thursday night the AB Series continues at Arts Court with ever interesting and challenging participants. This month the series welcomes authors Oana Avasilichioaei & Christine McNair, features a multi-media presentation and, as always, is FREE!

Set yourself up for a healthy weekend and week ahead by visiting the University of Ottawa Farmer’s Market. The market is located in the University Centre and is open Friday from 9am-4pm. So get going & get healthy.

Auntie Loos cookiesFriday – it’s Valentines day!  We highly recommend the alternative baked goods from our favourite fresh and vegan local bakery Auntie Loos. Dazzle with originality or dump with panache!

Get your own Valentine’s day treat by biking by EnviroCentre at Bank & Laurier between 7:30-9:30am where they’ll be handing out delicious Camino bars. Go on, you deserve it!

Looking for something low-key to avoid the V-day madness? Head to Cafe Alt on the UofO campus for their concert series which this week features the mesmerising Amanita Bloom. Located 60 University Private the soiree starts 9PM and it’s a snip at 5$

On Saturday there is a German-Canadian Graffiti Jam at, of all places, the German Embassy just off the Canal – should you be skating by – in the Golden Triangle. The event commemorates the 25th Anniv of the fall of the Berlin wall. Two German graffiti artists who painted on the Wall join Canadian artists to paint a commemorative mural.  The German embassy teamed up with House of Paint and Canada’s top graffiti artists to collaborate on this event and hip-hop music, wine, cider, sausage and pizza will all add to the festive atmosphere.

Saturday head off to our neighbours in Vanier for their funtastic Vanier Winter Carnival. Sleigh rides, hockey, indoor crafts, movies, aboriginal activities, eats and more! 10-5PM Free.

Saturday night warm up and recoup from your winter fun with Vanier’s 2nd annual Apres-Snow party. If last year’s success is anything to go by a great time is in store. “Meet, Mingle, Eat and Drink” while videos and Darcey Whyte’s interactive light installation that responds to movement entrances. DJ Hobo & SweetCheeks are on hand to spin the tunes and keep the funtimes flowing. 84-86 Beechwood Ave, FREE

Weekend Round-Up: Openings, Parades and Plays

cfscWelcome to the weekend. Our event of the weekend is the annual Winter Bike Parade hosted by CfSC and supported with an 8LocksFlat after bike/skate party this Saturday. Details below.

Thursday evening two new exhibitions opening at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Remi Theriault’s Front captures the present-day European countryside that was the scene of epic battles and transformed by the machinery of war.  Anyone who has visited these sites will be familiar with the grassy mounds where once trenches were dug, bodies were strewn and tanks ploughed the earth. Theriaults large scale images explore the landscape – serene, often vacant, at times a memorial – and what nature tells us about our violent past.  A well timed, thoughtful exhibit coming at the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War.

David R. Harper’s Entre le Chien et le Loup equally opens on Thursday night. “Entre chien et loup” is an expression that denotes the ephemeral time that divides the day from night – a dim and uncertain time.  Harper plays with this expression hinting not so much at the fleeting time of day but the transitory nature of memory exploring the link between the present moment and history through the use of mixed media including taxidermy, sculpture and ceramics.

Hopefully everyone pre-bought tickets to Vancouver’s Destroyer at the wonderful St Alban’s on King Edward ave as if rumours are correct it is sold out! Another great local event hosted by Arboretum Arts Festival.

Friday from 11:30am-2pm it’s the Stew Cook Off in the Byward Market. There will be all sorts of delicious participants from the SmoQue Shack, Fish Market and many more. 10$ gets you all the stew you can handle from over 20 competitors and all proceeds from this event are donated to our neighbours at the Lowertown Community Resource Centre’s camp program. Go delicious, go community.

Further afield but well in the zone of good taste this Friday is the opening of Ottawa’s Premiere Spice Shop “Cardamom & Cloves” at 440 Preston St from 10am-8pm.  Be one of the first to check out this new-comer in the vibrant downtown network of independently owned, crowd-source-supported businesses.

Soulpepper's Kim's ConvenienceFriday evening is the penultimate performance of Ins Choi’s Kim Convenience at the NAC.  The ensemble cast including the outstanding Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Best Actor in a Play 2012 – Toronto Theatre Critics Award), Andre Sills, Jean Yoon, Grace Lynn Kung and Choi shine in this simple yet universal play on difficult family dynamics, love, sacrifice and the transforming urban landscape. Set in a Toronto convenience store the story of what will happen to the business as Mr Kim nears retirement goes far deeper exploring generation conflict, expectations and acceptance. This production is a shining example of the power and accessibility of live theatre when well timed comedic writing is encompassed within compelling story-telling & supported by pitch perfect performances. Don’t miss this one. “Ok see you.”

Saturday: On Yer Bike Mates!  It’s the joint Citizens for Safe Cycling & 8LocksFlat family winter bike parade & Cycle-Skate Party. Meet at 11:15 – for an 11:30 departure – at the South Side of City Hall (Lisgar at Cartier). The route, in this it’s 3rd year,  features a leisurely 30-minute ride through our own Sandy Hill!!!!

The ride will wrap at 8LocksFlat where it’s Hot Chocolate for all and you can enjoy food, beer, fires and hop on the canal for a skate.

Saturday night is the last night for Kim’s Convenience and I’m highly recommending it!

Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM there are free wagon rides throughout Winterlude in the Byward Market.  Take the family and hop on at the corner of York St & William St.

On Sunday as part of Winterlude there is a Public Ice-Carving Challenge from 11:30-2:30.  You’ll need to register in advance for this fun, slightly daunting and creative activity.

Also on Sunday at the Rink of Dreams there are 30 minute ice shows at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 so bring you skates and enjoy the show.

Weekend Round-Up: Downtown Chills & Winterlude Skills

No shortage of options this weekend folks – so ready, set, go LOCAL!

subway stations of the crossWhile Ins Choi’s Kim’s Convenience garners rave reviews at the NAC Sandy Hill gets the opportunity Sunday night to further explores Choi’s repertoire as he brings his one-off performance “Subway Stations of the Cross” to St Alban’s church. It promises a powerful spoken word piece with songs inspired by an encounter between Choi and a homeless man. 8PM 20$

On Thursday University of Ottawa Bike Coop (200 Lees Ave, Room A105) is holding a workshop on basic bike maintenance – tires and tubes. Get ready to fix your summer bike or learn how to maintain a year-rounder.  Bike Co-op membership is open to all.

There are still tickets available for Thursday night’s extra-date with Leif Vollebekk, performing at St Alban’s Church (454 King Edward Ave.) – through Ticketweb or at Vertigo Records and Compact Music – 8PM ADV 10$Leif Vollbekk

Lunenburg Pub has local theatre troupe 9th Hour and their production of Grain of Salt on Thursday and Friday evening. Little theatre and a little tipple. 7:30PM 20$ Door

Friday evening head to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the vernissage of Degel (Thaw) new works from Visual Arts artist Manon Labrosse. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, 5-8PM

winterlude-logoFriday night Winterlude kicks off in Confederation Square from 7pm with the “Great Winter Ball” that includes opening ceremonies, ice carvings, djs and fireworks. 7PM

Ice Carving events continue throughout the weekend with competitors from around the world taking part. Check out their mad Winterlude skills throughout the weekend at Confederation Park. FREE

Saturday evening is the closing night of Neil Simon’s Rumours at the  Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave, 2PM, 12-25$

Saturday also sees Freeze Frame whereby 10 independent film makers were challenged to create within a 24hour deadline a Super 8mm short film using the Freeze Frame theme Saw Gallery(67 Nicholas St) 7:30PM FREE.

pop-fiction2-658x360Looking for some French Theatre? Come to Arts Court where until Sunday Feb 2nd you can take in Pop Fiction. A mixture of Science-Fiction and Reality this play brings the audience in to the action as it explores the strengths and failings of communications yesterday, today and tomorrow. 15-20$

Sunday Night it is our pick of the week Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross. One night only at St Alban’s Church 8PM.

Finally there is some kind of sporting event also on Sunday that some may want to take in apparently…. Happy Weekending!

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

Weekend RoundUp: January Flight & Northern Lights

Ok so this is my 2nd winter in Canada and I’m starting to get it. Relinquishing 15 years of mild winters in London, England wasn’t easy but I’ve now got the memo and as I can’t beat this weather I’m joining in! I got the boots, mega-warm coat, even (eke!) snowpants and this past week dum dee dum. I went skating!  So I was terrible but it was hysterically fun and despite great wobbles and spills I’ve kept going back for more.

Northen LightsFirst off – look up look up Northern lights are set to dance across the sky tonight!

Thursday night is all about physics and… paper airplanes! Tonight in the theatre its the “Walkalong Glider Dog Fight” event.  Commercial Glider Pilot Phil Rossoni and Darcy Ryan an all-around expert on model aviation will provide hands-on guidance to making and flying various paper models.  A fun interactive opportunity to learn and dash about with paper planes and walkalong gliders. Take flight at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, 6PM Free.

Later this evening Tara Holloway will be making sweet music with her guitar & amazing voice at the the Lunenburg Pub & Bar from 9PM.

Friday night it’s the opening of “Liebe Handwerk!” Dante Penman’s solo exhibit inspired by vivid nightmares and the solace found in the works of Gothic horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft channelled personal demons to inspire and feed his creative works a practice Penman embraces. The dark multi-disciplinary exhibit translating to “Love Craft” will be on view until 23rd Jan with a talk at 3pm on the 17th.  School of Photographic Arts (SPAO), Vernissage 4-9pm, 168 Dalhousie St.

Saturday Shopify in the Market hosts Code for Kids a class where 7-9 year olds learn about electricity, how to build basic circuits and receive a Snap Circuit Kit to take home. 126 York St, 10:30-12:30, 59$

SkateCanada comes to the Rink of Dreams by City Hall this weekend. Screens for viewing the 2014 National Skating Champtionships (at Canadian Tire Place) will be installed, there are family activities, skating for all, skating shows, demos, lessons and more. Laurier St W, Friday & Sat 2-10PM & Sun 12:30-4:30PM, Free

Road Movie by Ellie Flanders & Tamira Sawatsky has been extended by a week to January 18th. Take on this artist’s view of Palestine as you walk through giant landscapes to take in this perspective. At SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St.

Sunday they’re back! N’hood favourites Rimbombante accompany the Main St Market Band at the Black Sheep Inn Wakefield on Sunday evening. Rimbombante dedicated to the rhythms of Latin America bring a high energy show with World-Music influences including Latin and jazz styles and a broad range of pop music from Brian Wilson to David Byrne. Drive carefully and enjoy a great evening at the Black Sheep Inn. Sunday 8:30pm, 10$

Tuesday Jan 14th head to Tabaret Lawn for “Le Spin” to watch the thrills and spills of UofO’s annual snowboard & ski challenge. Tabaret Lawn, between Laurier & Wilbrod 5PM

Weekend Round Up: 20-22 Dec

Everyone is busy and events seem to be wrapping up but never fear as there are still tons of options in urban Sandy Hill.

The Four of UsFriday night is the closing performance of The Four of Us at Arts Court and this is our pick of the weekend! The production from Toronto New Theatre has strong Ottawa roots  – both actors returning natives. Having broken-even following a successful indigogo fundraising campaign the production is sharing the wealth by offering a Pay-What-You-Can option at the door.

Head over for a cocktail at the beautiful Albion Rooms or for a more raucous time pop over to The Lunenburg for the Monthly “Winner’s Circle” of the weekly battle of the bands where the audience picks the winner.

On Saturday 10:00-3:30 New Edinburgh (St Bartholomew’s Hall at 125 Mackay st.) hosts the Specialty Food Market with over 20 artisan food vendors sharing their gastronomical wares alongside an onsite cafe catered by Life of Pie. Free admission & please bring a donation for the Vanier Food Bank.

Saturday night take in SoulSelecta w/ Joe Rowe  at Mugshots 75 Nicholas St, admission is FREE (in fact its free all weekend and there’s a great Friday Jazz option). Show starts at 9PM

On Sunday don’t forget to go sledding as the hills are alive with the sparkle of snow!