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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 RoundUp: Crafts, Screenings & the real “Argo”

A HOT ticket item Sunday at the Bytowne and two wonderful weekend Christmas shopping opportunities in Sandy Hill but first….

the_human_scaleThursday University of Ottawa Farmer’s Market is at the 1st Floor of the University Centre until 4pm. Then head over to the Mayfair Cinema on Bank St for the premier of The Human Scale. Anyone interested in vibrant urban living will enjoy this free screening hosted by the Royal Danish Embassy.

Friday choose your most comfortable waistband and stroll over for the first of the 3-day  Poutine Fest on Spark Streets Mall. Go on foot and you’ve an excuse for a few extra temptations!

Everybody know this is nowhereFriday night SAW Video (67 Nicholas) is screening a series of videos by acclaimed Kuwaiti-born Palestinian artist Basma Alsharif.  Everybody Know this is Nowhere explores via 4 brief films the geopolitical landscape of the middle-east touching on universal themes of self-identity and the significance of home.

Saturday and Sunday it’s our events of the weekend! Sandy Hill has not one but TWO local markets. What a creative and artistic bunch of locals. On Saturday from 11-3 All Saints Church (317 Chapel) hosts the Snowflake Bazaar with attic treasures, vintage goods, home baked goods and refreshments.

Sunday is Sandy Hill’s One & Only Art and Craft Show at the Community Centre (250 Somerset St. E) from 10:00am-4pm.

cropped-bytownerideau.pngSunday 6:20pm Our Man in Tehran – documentary chronicling the facts behind Hollywood’s Argo – is screening at the Bytowne Cinema.  The movie will be followed by a talk & Q&A with Canada’s former Ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor and ex Prime Minister Joe Clark and the film makers. Advance tickets on sale at the Bytowne box-office daily from 4pm so head down to reserve your seat.