Category Archives: Weekend RoundUp

Weekend RoundUp: Egging on April

Welcome to Easter weekend folks. Might be a good time to break up the routine as you look forward to breaking chocolate eggs.

stiff2-748x360Thursday night at Arts Court is Stiff Quickies a film screening fundraiser by local talents for the wonderful Ottawa Fringe Festival. The tag line for this event gives you the measure of the evening “short films, tall drinks, deep pockets”. Bar opens at 7PM and screenings start at 8PM. Tickets 12£

Keep your Thursday going with The Bunny Bounce a 1970’s disco party at The Mercury Lounge. Trevor Walker is bringing the tunes and you know they want you to strut the style so get the look with platforms and bell-bottoms and get your groove on. 10PM

Friday night head over to Zaphod Beeblebrox for an insanely well priced gig. Lined-up they have Ambrosia Famine with Arms of the Girl and GingerFox at the crazy knocked down price of a fiver. Go Zaphod!

Saturday its all back to Arts Court for a competitive live game-show storytelling challenge with FlipIt! . We can quite figure out if this is theatre, games or both but as it’s hosted by MayCan Theatre and there are drinks it is going to be a good time. 7:30 Pay What You Can.

Following FlipIt the Lunenburg is only a stride away with great beers and top live music. Saturday night the Lunenburg hosts local duo Couchwrecked CD release party. The drum and bass sounds are “reminiscent of Debbie Harry and the New York 70’s punk rock scene” with oddly upbeat lyrics. As well as Couchwrecked other acts including Swagoo and Ain’t No Grave will be performing. The whole evening promises chilled good times and the 10$ cover charge includes a a complimentary album. Go on, you know you want to. 9PM

Another fun Saturday night option is a roast hosted at Mugshots.  I love a good roasting – harkens back to the days of Rat Pack drinking and talking-down one another with great hilarity. This roast bids farewell to Ben Courtice “King Of Ottawa”.  Roast kicks off at 10PM followed by grooves of course.

Sunday night sneak away from the fam-bam and have a chilled wine-down at Must Kitchen in the Byward Market. Sunday’s is their 5$ corkage night.

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Weekend Roundup: Whatever the April Weather

The Truman Show rocking TAN for St Joe's

The Truman Show rocking TAN for St Joe’s

Thursday T.A.N. Coffee is doing their thing in the ‘hood. Thinking of the community and making it a better place they are hosting a fundraiser from 6-9PM to raise some money for St. Joe’s Supper Table.  Thanks for caring TAN – hope the neighbours are out in force!

Thursday through Sunday SansSense brings an absurdist collection of short plays to Arts Court. A nonsensical whirlwind of theatre brought to life by a talented troupe. 10-13 April 8PM 10-20$

Friday there is a vernissage not to be missed at La Petite Mort gallery at 306 Cumberland. A collection of works from Mexican artists curated by Cesar Catsuu Lopez of Mexico City in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa. If you can’t be there to meet the artist on the 11th you have until April 27th to check out the Up, Down, Charm, Top, Bottom/ Arriba, Abajo, Encanto Extrano, Cima, Fondo show.

Friday evening PechaKucha returns to inspire and motivate in under 7minutes. PechaKucha – which mean to chit chat in Japanese – delivers short sharp talks from a variety of speakers. This session at Club SAW Gallery features 9 speakers ranging from artists, the Director of Operations for a media company, an anti-bully advocate, and more. It’s fun, informative and smart. 7-9PM, FREE (registration required), Club SAW.

Saturday continues the run of Vacant House Theatre’s  The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine at the Backpacker’s Hostel 203 York St. 8PM – Sunday Matinee 2PM

At the NAC’s 4th stage jazz bassist John Geggie has rounded-up a great selection of Canadian jazz musicians for the last in his series of memorable concerts. NAC, 7:30pm 30$

Sunday the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back at the Convention Centre. One-off finds for a uniquely beautiful style will fill the space. It’s 10$ entry but don’t expect vintage prices as fashions range from $2 to upwards of a thousand. 10$ entry and happy hunting.

Weekend Round Up: Sweet Spring in the Air

Lots going on this weekend so buckle-up for fun.  Pick of the weekend has got to be Sugarfest at North America’s only urban sugar shack – that would be the one in fun-loving Ward 12 of course!

Thursday – all day – get 50% off at Menchies in the Byward Market to celebrate their first anniversary. Given the lovely weather a family walk rewarded by dessert likely won’t go amiss this evening.

Autism fundraiserLater tonight in honour of World Autism Day (yesterday) the Lunenburg Pub is holding a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. The organisation that promotes the safety and well-being of those with Autism is Pay-What-You-Can.  This promises to be a great event with loads of live music and the opportunity on a night out to contribute to a great cause. Interested in advances in autism? Check out our recent post by Professor and Autism Expert Laura Cavanagh.

Opening Thursday and running until April 7 it’s the Edible Arctic Festival at the Museum of Nature featuring the creative culture and vibrant lifestyle of the Arctic North.  Much of the Museum’s collection is from the North yet little focuses on the life and culture – this exhibit of art, music, food and activities explores that human side.  Thursday night is free from 5-8PM and the schedule includes a movie at 6:30, storytelling, crafts and the Northern Lights!

Friday afternoon Chef Christine Cushing will be doing a meet and greet with Olive Oil tasting at La Bottega Nicastro.

Friday is opening night for a intriguing new production by Vacant House Theatre. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is their inaugural production and the play set in a basement apartment is literally set in the cramped basement confines of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. We’re looking forward to reviewing this production shortly – let us know what you think!

Over at Ritual on Besserer St it’s Toronto indie 5-piece The Wooden Sky supported by Dusted and the Wilderness of Manitoba.

Saturday is the Family bike ride to Vanier’s MuseoParc for the annual Maple Sugar Festival. The bike ride is a joint initiative put on by the Vanier & Overbrook Community Associations spearheaded by Sarah Partridge of Vanier a Velo / Vanier Cycles. Of course all comers – cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and drivers – are very welcome to the MuseoParc’s Sugaring Festivities… and did we mention FREE PANCAKES!!

Saturday night have a top meal or a quiet drink at The Albion Rooms or mix it up with the Brooklyn DJ Duo The Underachievers at Ritual.

AmayaframetasticSunday why not register yourself or your kid at a Capoeira class at neighbourhood studio Dende Do Recife – offering a 20% discount to all Sandy Hill residents. No better time to get fit whilst being immersed in this ever-more popular Brazilian cultural experience.

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.