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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 6 to 8

Friday, April 6
The best in Canadian handmade crafts are at Originals – The Spring Craft Sale. Come and browse through endless selections of jewellery, clothing, visual art, and home and garden decorations at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This weekend find items to brighten up your home and wardrobe for spring.

B.A. Johnston brings the sweaty underbelly of east coast music to Ottawa with the recent release of his eighth album Hi Dudes!. At Irene’s Pub, listen to Johnston wail hillbilly songs that are equal parts fun and debauchery (song titles include “Deep Fryer in My Bedroom” and “You’re Going to Miss Me When the Zombies Come”). Note: Not for the easily offended.

The Harlem Globetrotters take over Scotiabank with their wacky skills. Photo credit: Harlem Globetrotters International Inc.

Saturday, April 7
The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their madcap skills to Scotiabank Place this weekend. Basketball fans will love the Globetrotters classic tricks, jokes, and shenanigans, from this year’s team that includes Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the first female Globetrotter in nearly 20 years.

The first Saturday of the month is here and that means Urban Craft is back. Ottawa’s coolest artisans come together so you can sample the best of carefully made chocolate, jewellery, candles, clothing, baked goods, toddler toys, and more. It’s the ultimate stop for local handicrafts.

Spoken word performer Shane Koyczan and his band The Short Story Long are heading to the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. Koyczan’s act is simple: he stands on stage while his band plays music and he simply speaks, but the rhythm of his voice and the beautiful stories he tells will sweep the audience away.

"Paris Series I" by Megan D'Arcy, which will be on view at Orange Art Gallery.

Sunday, April 8
Megan D’Arcy brings the streets of Paris to Ottawa with “Stepping into Paris” at Orange Art Gallery. After a trip to France, D’Arcy took her photos and put them together, adding in touches of acrylics and resin, to form strange collages of Paris streetscapes. The result is both familiar and strange, but always beautiful.

Bring the kids to the Billings Estate National Historic Site for Easter at the Estate. Egg dyeing, crafts, chocolate making, and, of course, an Easter egg hunt are all here to enjoy. Kids will even have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny! (And isn’t that what this weekend is about?)

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