By KAILA MOREAU
Need some excitement this holiday long weekend? The Ottawa Weekend Calendar lines up your best bets to keep you busy.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Thursday, March 28
Escape from the daily grind and get into the groove with Terry Gillespie, the King of Roots music. This seasoned musician draws influences from reggae, jazz, blues and African music, and has played alongside musical greats the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker. Launching his new album Bluesoul at the National Arts Centre, Gillespie will take you on a captivating musical ride.
The Wooden Sky is on a roll! This Toronto-based band is fresh off of winning Folk/Roots Group of the Year at the Independent Music Awards, and was recently nominated for a Juno Award for Folk Record of the Year. They’re now embarking on a special tour, where they’ll be playing old favourites and new material for an upcoming record! Kick-off the long weekend with a road trip and see what all the hype is about at The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 29
Round up the flock and bring the whole family to the Canada Agriculture Museum for some Easter fun! From Friday to Monday, Easter on the Farm brings some cute, fluffy newborn chicks, rabbits, and lambs to the Museum. Visitors will have a chance to make and taste traditional Easter breads (and bring the recipes home)! And what would an Easter weekend be without scouring for chocolate? Scavenger hunts for your little lambs will have them scrambling to find chocolate treats.
If you’re not travelling this weekend, take a virtual road trip down the Trans-Canada Highway! Road Trip at the Currency Museum puts the Bank of Canada behind the wheel of a macro-economic bus and transports you through time, exploring economic troubles and times of stability. The bus makes its last stop this Sunday as the exhibit wraps up.
Using classical and minimalist aesthetic elements, Sigur Rós rouses emotion in audiences worldwide. The group’s ability to generate such a large fan base is remarkable since they sing only in Icelandic and their own collection of sounds, which they call “vonlenska,” or “Hopelandic.” Promoting their new album Kveikur, set to drop in June 2013, Sigur Rós performs new material at the Scotiabank Place accompanied by an 11-piece live band.
Saturday, March 30
Cajun! Soul! Rock and roll! All of these styles contribute to the powerful, distinctive sound produced by quintessential American band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Almost forty years ago, lead singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson founded the group as a straight blues band. Muddy Waters is known to have called Wilson his favourite vocalist and harmonica player. Worth bragging about! Today, the sound of this five-piece band has evolved into a high-energy incorporation of a number of different styles. With their new album On the Verge, this blues-rock band is making a stop in Ottawa at Centrepointe Theatre.
Take a closer look at the people who have shaped the history of our nation. The Canadian Museum of Civilization presents their most recent exhibition, Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians, featuring 59 Canadian personalities whose actions have had a lasting impact on our country. The exhibition will have you seeing these individuals in a new light as photographs, paintings, and artifacts unearth tales ranging from assumed identity, exploitation and scandal, invention, discovery, and glorious achievement.
Are you a man with discerning taste? Are you in need a fresh look for spring? The Berdy Elegance Fashion Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre this weekend will suit you up from head to toe. Berdy Elegance Tailoring has created fine clothing since 2008, and offers the highest quality of customs suits and shirts at affordable prices. With more than 100 fabric swatches and catalogues on site, a stop at this show will ensure that you’re the most fashionable fellow in town.
Sunday, March 31
If spring can’t come soon enough for you, you may benefit from a dose of Spring Song. This free exhibit at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery features artists old and new to the Gallery. Vivid images of gardens in full bloom, vibrant sunsets, melting snow, and returning birds will fill you with joy for the season to come.
Feeling a bit full after a weekend of Easter indulgence? Strap on your dancing shoes and head down to Mercury Lounge to dance off that chocolate! Ottawa’s own Berekete Afrobeat Band, a 15-piece multicultural groove machine will be rocking the house with their eclectic mix of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and West African-style percussion.