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Wknd Roundup: Summer Festivals, Footie & Free Fun Reign Down

Here comes the weekend roundup where we never let the rain dampen good times.

It’s summertime down at the Byward Market’s Must Kitchen 41 William St where a custom Mojito features every weekend. Looking for an afterwork cocktail? Head over for the refreshing Peach-Mango Mojito today.

world cupIf you’re as crazy as I for the Footie – and looking for a good venue for viewing – give the Lunenburg Pub a try. They promise to air the games, the surrounds are comfortable, the craft beer selection is extensive while the food and prices are both appetising. Spain against Netherland’s today is sure to be a cracker!  I’m going for outsiders the Black Stars (Go Go Ghana) who are in the killer group and probably won’t last long but that’s okay cuz London was my second home. Go En-grrrrr-laannd! Clearly I’ll be actively following the World Cup to the end – join me!

The NCC Gatineau Beaches open this weekend so consider a dip to mark the occasion.

On Friday evening La Petite Mort hosts a vernissage for “Mexican Masks from the Muayes Ogazon Collection 1940-80” 7PM

Fancy a movie in the park? The Sandy Hill Health Centre is hosting a free screening of “Bend it Like Beckham” for Friday Outdoor Movie night at Springhurst Park, Lees Ave, 8:45PM, Free

On Friday and Saturday evening you get a Pay-What-You-Can dance show in Strathcona Park with Machina Nuptialis, from dance troupe Corpus. Strathcona Park 8PM.

Ottawa Explosion Weekend (OXW) opened Thursday night and keeps the grooves coming at various local venues including SAW Gallery, OAG, Mugshots, Ritual, DeKCuf and Ottawa-South’s home of pinballs & perogies House of Targ. There are more bands and shows than we can keep track of and they’re at a great price and the atmosphere at this new-style fest is tremendous so get out and get in to it.  OXW Schedule

Friday & Saturday the Festival Franco-Ontarien, head-quartered in Major Hill’s Park with artists, musicians and Kid-friendly activities it’s a local festival sure to entertain. We’re looking forward le Pique-Nique Africain Saturday noon-4PM & Pierre Lapointe who takes the main stage Saturday evening at 7PM.

Further afield – but lets face it nothing is more than a bike ride away in Summertime Ottawa – Westfest gets underway in Westboro/WelliWest/Hintonburg. This free music fest is forever a crowd pleaser so grab two-wheels and get your fun on folks.

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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.

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.