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Wknd Roundup: Fire up your Fun

It’s here and it’s in your neighbourhood. The Ottawa Fringe Festival opens Thursday evening with most venues in and around Sandy Hill from the Arts Court headquarters through St Alban’s on King Eddy. As well as a cavalcade of new shows there is also Free Programming with concerts on the Downtown Rideau stage in Waller Park,  the Courtyard for lounging and local fave Albion Rooms is getting in on the fun with 8 dishes for 8$ each from 8PM-Midnight exclusively for Fringe go’ers.

FringeAs championed by Jian Gomeshi Fringe showcases some of our countries greatest artistic talents, the shows are plentiful and the prices are knock-down cheap – support the artists, support local and get your 10days of Fringe on!

Though with the free concerts, great eats and tremendous shows you’re schedule will be packed for the next 10days there is always time for more right?

Love jazz then check out all the great events going on at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on from 20-30June. Our favourite aspect is the unpredictable Late Night Jamming sessions and we are thrilled that this year they’ve relocated The Albion Rooms. Pop in around 10:30PM and be amazed.

The World Cup rages on and this afternoon is England vs Uruguay. No better place to watch it that at Our England House head-quartered at The Lunenburg Pub on Waller St.  3PM

Thursday night 6PM at Patro – 40 Cobourg St – a public meeting to discuss cycling infrastructure on St Patrick St. The Mayor issued a letter yesterday via Citizens for Safe Cycling proposing that cyclist accept “Super Sharrows”, sidewalk riding and a 3 block (between Cobourg & Beausoleil) ped-cycling mini-path as a solution. We hope this mish-mash “solution” is challenged and attendees advocate for a true solution. We suggest slowing traffic speeds, thus enabling narrowing of car-lanes and addition of permanent protected bike lanes.

Grab your swim kits kids, local Sandy Hill wading pools open this Friday! UPDATE: City website is out of date and Patro wading pool is NOT OPEN Both the brand spanking new pool by the Patro – 40 Cobourg – and the pool in Strathcona Park open June 20th whereas July 2nd is the date for the pool by the Sandy Hill Community Centre.  Happy splashing!

Having advocated for cycling infrastructure on Thursday reward yourself with a Bike Rave and a party at Bank St’s beguiling Glow Fair.

Yep it’s Ottawa’ 1st Bike Rave Friday night 7:30PM starting at 200 Lees Bike Coop.  The bike rave is a critical mass-style group ride with portable music that includes dance party stops and ends at the Bank Street GlowFair Party. Costumes and glow sticks are highly encouraged.

Summer Solstice 8locksSaturday from 7PM it is the Summer Solstice Cycle Soiree at 8 Locks Flat (191 Colonel By – the beach resto along the canal between Corktown Bridge and Laurier St). In conjunction with Citizens for Safe Cycling there are prizes every 15mins and a free gift for all cyclists at 8:55PM.  Thanks for supporting cycling through the cold depths of winter 8Locks and thanks for having the best licensed bike-friendly sunset views in Ottawa!

 

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.