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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 7 to 10

Explore the water at the Reel Paddling Festival.

Thursday, April 7
Get your weekend started early with the best paddling films of the year at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Expect exciting stories from the stream that feature both professional and amateur films potentially ranging from four minutes to 80 minutes in length. Complete the ballot on the back cover of the evening program to vote for your favourite film for the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, April 8
What would it be like to live on Mars? Gather the whole family and head to the Living on Mars event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum to build a Mars habitat from recycled materials. Bring your own materials from home to add a personal touch to your extraterrestrial real estate.

Come out to Shanghai Restaurant in Chinatown to celebrate music free of expectation. Open Format 04 benefits the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives and gives visitors an unsolicited opportunity to enjoy musical creations without prejudice, hype, commercial ambition, or posturing. Pay what you can and settle in for a groovy evening. This month’s surprise DJ was born and raised in Ottawa and now hails from Vancouver.

Join this spoken-word soiree to support the Urban Legends slam group’s presence at the international poetry slam later this month, with proceeds going to help send Hyf The GypsySun to Vancouver for the event. Urban Legends Poetry Slam events are coming close to their semi-finals, so be sure to get your name on the list (anyone can sign up) and take your chance to speak. The person with the best slam performance will win $100. See the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, April 9
Be wowed by the glitz and glamour of Broadway when four of its most exciting leading men – and one leading lady – sing and dance the hits from The Great White Way in NACO Pops Men of Broadway. Featuring songs from West Side Story, The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and more. Up-and-coming Ottawa talent will be featured as a young men’s chorus takes the stage in an evening to remember.

"Ends of the Earth" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Science North.

Sunday, April 10
This is the last day to explore the unique nature of the arctic tundra through the “Ends of Earth” exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Featuring the North and South pole, this 600-square metre, interactive exhibition gives a chance for all wannabe-explorers to learn about the coldest places on Earth. Learn about all arctic creatures from giant polar bears to flightless penguins and all the science being undertaken at the two poles.

Earth Week is just around the corner. Get ready for it at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with Sunday Storytime with longtime author and storyteller, Marc Scott, who will speak about the theme of Earth Day (en français, seulement). While keeping with the theme of green, stick around for Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint, told by Adrianna Steele-Card. Adrianna will share the story of Sandy, who learns all about the importance of keeping our ecological footprint small. After the reading, get creative with a collage workshop.

The start to a good day is a good breakfast. Starting at 10am, head to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts’ Live Entertainment and Breakfast event for a hearty meal to benefit the centre — featuring entertainment by an array of musicians from the Irish community. Items on the menu include pancakes, ham, home fries, fruit, juice, and warm beverages (unfortunately, the coffees are not Irish).

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