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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.

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Weekend Round-Up: Downtown Chills & Winterlude Skills

No shortage of options this weekend folks – so ready, set, go LOCAL!

subway stations of the crossWhile Ins Choi’s Kim’s Convenience garners rave reviews at the NAC Sandy Hill gets the opportunity Sunday night to further explores Choi’s repertoire as he brings his one-off performance “Subway Stations of the Cross” to St Alban’s church. It promises a powerful spoken word piece with songs inspired by an encounter between Choi and a homeless man. 8PM 20$

On Thursday University of Ottawa Bike Coop (200 Lees Ave, Room A105) is holding a workshop on basic bike maintenance – tires and tubes. Get ready to fix your summer bike or learn how to maintain a year-rounder.  Bike Co-op membership is open to all.

There are still tickets available for Thursday night’s extra-date with Leif Vollebekk, performing at St Alban’s Church (454 King Edward Ave.) – through Ticketweb or at Vertigo Records and Compact Music – 8PM ADV 10$Leif Vollbekk

Lunenburg Pub has local theatre troupe 9th Hour and their production of Grain of Salt on Thursday and Friday evening. Little theatre and a little tipple. 7:30PM 20$ Door

Friday evening head to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the vernissage of Degel (Thaw) new works from Visual Arts artist Manon Labrosse. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, 5-8PM

winterlude-logoFriday night Winterlude kicks off in Confederation Square from 7pm with the “Great Winter Ball” that includes opening ceremonies, ice carvings, djs and fireworks. 7PM

Ice Carving events continue throughout the weekend with competitors from around the world taking part. Check out their mad Winterlude skills throughout the weekend at Confederation Park. FREE

Saturday evening is the closing night of Neil Simon’s Rumours at the  Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave, 2PM, 12-25$

Saturday also sees Freeze Frame whereby 10 independent film makers were challenged to create within a 24hour deadline a Super 8mm short film using the Freeze Frame theme Saw Gallery(67 Nicholas St) 7:30PM FREE.

pop-fiction2-658x360Looking for some French Theatre? Come to Arts Court where until Sunday Feb 2nd you can take in Pop Fiction. A mixture of Science-Fiction and Reality this play brings the audience in to the action as it explores the strengths and failings of communications yesterday, today and tomorrow. 15-20$

Sunday Night it is our pick of the week Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross. One night only at St Alban’s Church 8PM.

Finally there is some kind of sporting event also on Sunday that some may want to take in apparently…. Happy Weekending!

Weekend Round-Up: Carnival, Craft Beer & Live Music

Winter-Carnival-2010-9117The highlight of the weekend is the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival this Sunday in and around the Community Centre at 250 Somerset Street. Come one and come all as contrary to last years daunting freeze this year we predict between  0 & -10 degrees!  The Carnival includes activities for children and adults, there are outdoor games, indoor crafts and entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Festivities kick off at 2PM and all are encouraged to bring a dish and stay for the Potluck Dinner between 5-7PM   Don’t forget your skates!

Friday it’s Jazz Night at Mugshots. This re-occuring every-third Friday live music event can’t come around fast enough for our liking. Mugshots, 75 Nicholas, 8PM, Free

Meanwhile around the corner at Club Saw it’s indie punk Balance&Composer Saw Gallery, Nicholas St, 7/7:30PM, 13.50$

Craft Beer Lovers of Sandy Hill need only cross the bridge to Vanier to indulge their passion! This Saturday the Black Irish Pub is hosting it’s first ever “Craft Beer Night”.  Attendees can sample the latest wares of Beau’s All Natural, Kichesippi Beer Co, Beyond the Pale Brewery & Toronto’s Spearhead Brewery. Drink to your heart’s content and walk home – Thanks Neighbour! Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk (next to the Beer Store in the Eastview Mall) 7PM

Saturday it’s Mugshots again with Fryquency a new pay-what-you-can series featuring live underground talent. We wouldn’t expect anything less cutting edge than that from the amazing talents within the Old Jail / Court House buildings that house Arts Court, OAG, SAW & the Hostel! Mugshots 75 Nicholas St, 9PM

Kid’s Capoiera – adult classes available too- Amayaframetastic starts up again at Dende do Recife in Place de la Francophonie this Sunday.  A great local way to use fitness and Brazilian culture to inspire your child. Dende Do Recife, 450 Rideau (at Chapel St), 10:30am and 11:30am.

Sunday night head to Ritual for The Rural Alberta Advantage.  This Canadian band are a big deal – trust me and check out their percussive folk-songs of heartbreak and home towns with sounds akin to Mumford & Sons yet completely unique to their own ethic.  One of the world’s great unsigned bands with sold-out tour dates worldwide this is a fantastic opportunity to catch them in an intimate setting. Ritual, 137 Besserer St, 8PM 15$ at Door

Weekend RoundUp: January Flight & Northern Lights

Ok so this is my 2nd winter in Canada and I’m starting to get it. Relinquishing 15 years of mild winters in London, England wasn’t easy but I’ve now got the memo and as I can’t beat this weather I’m joining in! I got the boots, mega-warm coat, even (eke!) snowpants and this past week dum dee dum. I went skating!  So I was terrible but it was hysterically fun and despite great wobbles and spills I’ve kept going back for more.

Northen LightsFirst off – look up look up Northern lights are set to dance across the sky tonight!

Thursday night is all about physics and… paper airplanes! Tonight in the theatre its the “Walkalong Glider Dog Fight” event.  Commercial Glider Pilot Phil Rossoni and Darcy Ryan an all-around expert on model aviation will provide hands-on guidance to making and flying various paper models.  A fun interactive opportunity to learn and dash about with paper planes and walkalong gliders. Take flight at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, 6PM Free.

Later this evening Tara Holloway will be making sweet music with her guitar & amazing voice at the the Lunenburg Pub & Bar from 9PM.

Friday night it’s the opening of “Liebe Handwerk!” Dante Penman’s solo exhibit inspired by vivid nightmares and the solace found in the works of Gothic horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft channelled personal demons to inspire and feed his creative works a practice Penman embraces. The dark multi-disciplinary exhibit translating to “Love Craft” will be on view until 23rd Jan with a talk at 3pm on the 17th.  School of Photographic Arts (SPAO), Vernissage 4-9pm, 168 Dalhousie St.

Saturday Shopify in the Market hosts Code for Kids a class where 7-9 year olds learn about electricity, how to build basic circuits and receive a Snap Circuit Kit to take home. 126 York St, 10:30-12:30, 59$

SkateCanada comes to the Rink of Dreams by City Hall this weekend. Screens for viewing the 2014 National Skating Champtionships (at Canadian Tire Place) will be installed, there are family activities, skating for all, skating shows, demos, lessons and more. Laurier St W, Friday & Sat 2-10PM & Sun 12:30-4:30PM, Free

Road Movie by Ellie Flanders & Tamira Sawatsky has been extended by a week to January 18th. Take on this artist’s view of Palestine as you walk through giant landscapes to take in this perspective. At SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St.

Sunday they’re back! N’hood favourites Rimbombante accompany the Main St Market Band at the Black Sheep Inn Wakefield on Sunday evening. Rimbombante dedicated to the rhythms of Latin America bring a high energy show with World-Music influences including Latin and jazz styles and a broad range of pop music from Brian Wilson to David Byrne. Drive carefully and enjoy a great evening at the Black Sheep Inn. Sunday 8:30pm, 10$

Tuesday Jan 14th head to Tabaret Lawn for “Le Spin” to watch the thrills and spills of UofO’s annual snowboard & ski challenge. Tabaret Lawn, between Laurier & Wilbrod 5PM

Weekend RoundUp: Live Local… it’s what we do.

Ok we always strive to live local – it’s why we love our urban hood – and this weekend it is easier than ever thanks to all the great merchants and artists kicking off the good times.

auntieloosThe event of the weekend has got to be Auntie Loo’s Treats Grand Opening – YES she is HERE – this Saturday but first ….

This is the final weekend for the Extremely Short New Play Festival. Ten plays under 10minutes each and they are all really good. Seriously, you should go. Nightly at 8pm til Sunday @ArtsCourt Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.

Thursday head down to SAW Gallery for Cafe Ex the showcase for independent experimental films.  Tonight’s edition features the work of award-winning film-maker and photographer Bridget Farr.  An Ottawa native Farr has screened films and worked all over the world and will be in attendance tonight to introduce & discuss 9 of her films. An outstanding opportunity to meet a local & international gem. Club SAW, 7pm

On Friday we keep it local again with Customer Appreciation Night at A Curious Shop. This wonderful boutique is co-owned by a Sandy Hill creative and is jam-packed with one-off, unique clothes and accessories that you simply will not find anywhere else!  If, like us, you keep it fresh & fun then this is the shop for you. The evening promises tasty treats, fire spinning, discounts, manicures and more. It’s all happening at 159 York St from 5pm.

Looking for a little hip hop to round off your Friday? Check out Rwandan-born Canadian artist Shad headlining at Ritual Nightclub with Vancouver’s We are the City and local Ottawa band Zoo Legacy.  Friday at Ritual Nightclub 137 Besserer st.

Saturday it’s the event of the weekend! Have you heard?  There is a new yummy scrummy bakery and they’re throwing a launch party!

Saturday 11am-4pm head to Auntie Loo’s Treats to discover just how delicious vegan cupcakes, scones, whoopie pies (and more) can be! The event poster cautions us to wear loose pants as there will be plenty of samples to whet your new local addiction. The Rideau Valley Roller girls are putting in an appearance, there is a BBQ and neighbouring businesses are joining in too. See you at Auntie Loo’s Treats 112 Nelson (across from Loblaw’s parking garage entrance) Unit101 C.

Finally on Sunday prep for party season at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. In keeping with our love of all things unique and inventive we are sure there will be both quirky and glamorous finds for you to discover. Ottawa Convention Centre 10am-5pm.

Event Round-up: Zombies, Food, Gardens, a Remix and more

Got weekend plans? Now you do.  Details & links on Events page.

Arts Court double billThe undeniable pick of the week is Arts Court double-header comedy/horror revival from the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival: Bent Springs & Shambling Things.  The two sold-out-during- Fringe plays “Chesterfield” & “Die Zombie Die” are hilarious and macabre. In “Chesterfield” a newly married couple cope with both the trials of their relationship and a carnivorous sofa.  In “Zombie” as the un-dead rampage continues questions arise over who is fighting them and whether it is all a zombie slayer set up. Witty entertainment +there is a cash bar to steady your jangly nerves for $18. Runs Thursday 26-Saturday 28.

Saturday and Sunday look to be hot & sunny making it a spot on weekend to get outside.  Take part in a C’est Bon Cooking Culinary Tour – Saturday morning at 10:30 it’s a tour of Lowertown while Sunday you can have a foodie walkaround the Byward Market.  Yummy.

In the afternoon enjoy the weather while helping out your community. The Sandy Hill Fall Clean-Up is an later day affair, cuz we like a weekend lie-in, that kicks off at Strathcona Park (parking lot) at 1pm Saturday and at Chapel Street Park at 3pm Sunday.

Also on sunny Sunday you can take in a guided tour of the 1.5km of roof gardens atop the Rideau Centre and the NAC with stunning views over Ottawa.

Need another hit of art and culture? Check out Transformer: The Body Remixed at SAW Gallery.  The mixed media exhibit explores the digitally manipulated human form in Western culture. Literally bombarded daily by unrealistic body imagery has led many to dysmorphia, isolation and a growing sense of imperfection. See how SAW tackles these subjects through sculpture, video, photography and more. Continues until November 2nd 2013.