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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for March 13 to 15


Newfoundland's The Once performs at the National Arts Centre on Friday night. (Photo: Chris Ledrew)

Newfoundland’s The Once performs at the National Arts Centre on Friday night. (Photo: Chris Ledrew)

Friday, March 13

The return of spring is the ideal time for an art exhibition about birds. Sapsucker Sounds, an installation piece by Guelph artist Annie Dunning, highlights avian activity with what she refers to as “a conflation of human and woodpecker culture.” The exhibition features a variety of sculptures full of holes made by sapsuckers, each one an interpretation of the marks the bird has “recorded.” On at Gallery 101 until April 10. Admission is free.

Newfoundland folk trio The Once got their start thanks to a generous stranger who, after hearing them play live, gave them $5,000 to record their first album. They’ve come a long way since, having recently released their fourth album, Departures. Sarah MacDougall, a singer-songwriter who has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with her poetic lyrics, opens. They perform at the National Arts Centre. Tickets start at $29.

After their mother dies in a gruesome accident at the Gay Pride Parade, brothers Hamilton and Kyle must contend with sibling rivalry and decide who gets to keep the dog. At its heart, The Best Brothers is a play about love and family. It runs at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until March 29. Tickets start at $29.

Saturday, March 14

Trumpeter and composer Steph Richards is a new presence in New York City’s experimental scene. She’s worked with some prominent jazz musicians — Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and John Zorn, to name just a few — and is known for her forays into performance art. She takes the stage at Mugshots with her band The Urban Surveyor Project. Local musicians Adam Saikaley and Mike Essoudry open. Tickets are $10.

Fayne, a hardcore band from Montreal, released their new EP The Queen of Kings in 2014 after a five-year hiatus. They perform at Pressed on Saturday night. Local metal bands Majora, Ominous Eclipse, and Cruelty in Colour open. Admission is $8.

Sunday, March 15

The ByWard Market may be one of the city’s most gastronomically exciting districts, and now’s your chance to get a closer look at its food producers and restaurants. The C’est Bon Cooking Gourmet Food Tour takes you through a few of the Market’s most popular restaurants and acquaints you with some lesser-known names, allowing you to sample some tasty morsels along the way. Tickets are $55.

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