Tag Archives: Nature Nocturne

Wknd RoundUp: Planting Fun Ideas

Get your night market on!

Tonight and throughout the summer the Byward Market stalls stay open until 8PM so enjoy a post or pre-dinner shop. Bustle and chat with the wonderful produce stall holders that animate our local market.

Friday night “The Weather Station”  performs at St Alban’s – one of Ottawa’s most intimate and evocative venues. The acoustics are sensational and the surrounds will sweep you away as sure as the talents of Toronto singer songwriter Tamara Lindeman who’s folky timeless sounds are familiar yet achingly original.

Down at the Castle it’s the Museum of Nature’s monthly dance party Nature Nocturne. This month’s theme in coordination with the current Bio-luminescence special exhibit is of course Glow in the Dark. So brush your teeth, grab a glow stick and rock the castle. 8PM $22

Friday through Sunday it’s the Ottawa Race Weekend Celebration Stage for FREE concerts and a beer garden featuring Lowertown Brewery. Friday’s concerts begin at 6:30PM w Jim Bryson closing the evening. The stage rocks from 3:30 on Saturday w/ headliner Hawksley Workman at 7:45. Sunday the stage opens at 8:30am with a kid’s show from Circus Delight and performances continue through mid-afternoon .

Saturday over in neighbouring Overbrook children’s book bank “Twice upon a Time… il etait deux fois” opens at 404 macArthur. It’s like a book store except it is free! You can donate books, take books home or lend a hand at this wonderful new not-for-profit organisation that gives the gift of Book-Love!

Of course as well on Saturday – if you can handle the crowds – its the Great Glebe Garage Sale. Set your alarm early if you are hitting this one.

Saturday night Arts Courts is the place for Action! with performances from The School of Dance in the  ODD Box Theatre, 7:30PM, $10

Sunday why not do something really local and come to the launch / seedling starter party of Sandy Hill’s newest community garden Urban Shades. Everyone is welcome at this new weekly gardening event which kicks off this Sunday at 1PM with a Seedling Starter Party.

Finally on Sunday Ravenswing Art & Music Fair flies back in to Minto Park. The event features crafts, zines, live music, free skill-sharing workshops and yummy local food trucks! In it’s 8th year the fair is partnered with the “Clothesline Project” with the aim of ending all violence against women. 

Weekend RoundUp: Play, Books, Players and More

Image Courtesy Prix Rideau Awards

Image Courtesy Prix Rideau Awards

The event of the week has got to be the Prix Rideau Awards celebrating Ottawa’s artistic excellence and it is happening Sunday in the heart of Sandy Hill at All Saints’ Church. If you haven’t got your tickets yet you should!

Thursday evening is the vernissage for Perspectives the life’s-work of Ottawa artist Gerald Trottier at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The largest donation of work the Art Gallery has ever received the diversity is testimony to the vast range of Trottier’s styles and subjects. Trottier’s work documents not only the times in which he painted, 1940’s-90’s, but also internal every-man struggles and truths. If you can’t make the opening then see this free exhibit of an Ottawa artists whose work not only travelled internationally but also features in the National Gallery while it is here locally at our very own Ottawa Art Gallery. Perspectives  vernissage 5:30PM

The spring edition of the Ottawa International Writers Fest also kicks off tonight at Knox Presbyterian Church on Elgin with speakers and the House of Anansi Poetry Bash that promises to be a fun and provocative affair.

Head over to Hooch to discuss the art or books over a top bourbon cocktail. You won’t believe you’re on Rideau St once you take your seat amid the unique salvage-stylish design which is less Southern Comfort and more urban comfort than we expected. Staff was knowledgeable, friendly and the kitchen is open super late so stay, have a few then eat some more.

Friday take a walk on theatre’s wilder side with tickets to the delightful “The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine” at the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. It is the weirdest theatre venue we’ve ever experienced (and we’ve done a few including outdoors in a park and one in a refurbished public toilet!) but the talent far outshines the cramped venue by a hundred watts. 8PM 20$

Down Elgin way it’s our favourite monthly at the Museum of Nature with the return of Nature Nocturne. April’s edition “Courtship and Colour” feature BPM Dance Troupe performing a reggeathon & giving a crash course in Dancehall. Feeling Hot Hot Hot!. 8PM 20$

Saturday there are a ton of great events at the Ottawa International Writers Fest throughout Central and Sandy Hill Ottawa. Check out their full listing and enjoy one or many of their wonderful thoughtful and fun events.

Saturday & Sunday are the final two days for PoutineFest on the Spark Street Mall. Admission is free and you can eat a-la-carte or purchase a 25$ PoutinePass that gets you 5 8oz poutines. Choice is vast so loosen them belts and enjoy.

All day Sunday Elgin street is closed to traffic for the annual Sens Mile street party. There is a chilli competition involving 10 restos and 10$bucks gets you a taste of each competitor. Live music and DJ’s throughout.

Sunday at 2PM is the closing performance of “The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine

There is no better time than a Sunday afternoon for a classic movie. Enter the Bytowne Cinema with “Singin’ in the Rain” at 4:20. Cue the rain, cue the nostalgia.

Sunday night the Ottawa stars come out to shine at the Prix Rideau Awards which celebrate, encourage and promote French, English and (my fave) bilingual theatre and the artists involved. The gala event will be at All Saint’s Church Bate Hall with doors at 6PM and gala starts at 7PM.

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 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: Sharing is Caring, Zombies, Bread & Meat is Deadly Murder

ZombiesAnnual Ottawa Zombie Walk is the Sandy Hill event of the week. It kicks off Sunday Oct 27th in MacDonald Gardens Park (Charlotte & Rideau Lowertown side) at 12:30 – where they’ll be free makeup application. Meet the like-minded undead in the park and shamble along Rideau St for what aims to be the largest gathering of Zombies on Parliament hill (when Gov’t not sitting natch)!
Don’t forget a canned / dried good item for the Ottawa Food Bank – gotta fatten up those delicious human types. Note: We’re thinking if we could get the Zombie Walk to collide with Ottawa Velo Vogue’s Plaid Parade (see below) it would be the best!

Sharing is indeed caring… & in Ottawa this weekend it’s free and easy to declutter your home! The City of Ottawa’s Giveaway Weekend is on this Saturday and Sunday. So drag unwanted CD’s, furniture and crockery to the curb, mark it as “Free” and roam your hood to see what treasures you might find amongst another’s trash!

Dead Unicorn Ink2Tonight through Saturday it’s your last chance to get in on the FreshMeat pop-up theatre festival 7pm nightly above the Lunenburg Pub. The Festival has had great reviews – short productions in a pub – what’s not to love.

In the mood for a pub quiz?  Thursday night the Royal Oak on Laurier St is holding a proper British-style quiz night down the pub. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team as most participants link up upon arrival.  Hosted by the Ottawa Skeptics it promises a spooky Halloween science (?) theme.

Friday its time for a night at the Museum of Nature off Elgin st as they host the Halloween edition of their monthly dance party Nature Nocturne.  We love that this fine institution of learning opens itself up for fun DJ frolicking. No better place than a Gothic building to kick off the Halloween festivities.

Enriched Bread Artists are hosting their annual Open Studio all weekend. Opening night is Thursday from 6-9pm and it runs through Sunday. Check out the EBA website as their are special event occuring throughout.

Saturday is the fifth and final performance of the OperaLyra Pirates of Penzance.  This date was added due to overwhelming demand so get your tickets quick if you want a seat.

If your looking for a little more theatre to spice up the weekend – or week – Ottawa Little Theatre offers up a night of fast-paced double-crosses, psychological twists and Manhattan murders in Deadly Murder.

Plaid ParadeSunday is also the Annual Plaid Parade organised by Ottawa Velo Vogue (who we love almost as much as we love our freedom machine). It’s a kid, dog and tartan friendly harmonious cycling parade party. Cycle over to Artisin Bakery at 1pm & join in the parade. After party follows at the Carleton Tavern 223 Armstrong and there will be donation boxes throughout to raise funds for RightBikes.  Shout out to Tall Tree Cycles & Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company for their commitment and organisational skills – takes a village.

Monday it’s Action Sandy Hill‘s Board Meeting from 7-9pm at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.