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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Feb. 24 to 27

Thursday, February 24

An example of the Ikenobo school, by Ismat Zeine. Photo credit: Gregor Bochmann © Ikebana International, Ottawa Chapter

Okay, so Thursday isn’t technically a weekend, but the annual four-day Ikebana exhibition kicks off today at the Canadian Museum of Nature with a showcase of 50 beautiful, unique designs. Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of floral design, and it’s far more than simple flowers in a vase. Inspired by the theme “Ignite” this show is a sure thing for floral fiends and lovers of the unexpected alike.

Friday, February 25

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa team up with the Vancouver Chamber Choir this Friday. One of Ottawa’s premier choral group will be hosting the night in the historic Christ Church Cathedral, as East and West join together for one night only to create a beautiful wave of sound. There is also a dinner package available through the Bay Street Bistro.

It's all about making ski lodge décor at Spins & Needles.

If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced, swing by the Kent Street Legion because Ottawa’s favourite craft and DJ night is back! Whip up some ski lodge décor with your friends this Friday, enjoy the beats and have a drink. The first Spins & Needles event of the new year will feature portable fireplaces and snowflake mobiles. All craft supplies are included in the admission price.

Saturday, February 26

Sit back and enjoy Harry Manx’s mix of Deep South Blues and Indian ragas. The “Mysticssippi” blues man will play the National Arts Centre this Saturday. His layered, musical stories are unlike anything you’ve heard before, and this blues man knows how to deliver. With a mixture of music from the Far East and the humid south, Manx has a deep connection not only with his guitar, but also with his audience.

Crowd into the Elmdale House Tavern and celebrate the Man in Black on what would have been his 78th birthday at the “Johnny Cash Birthday Bash.” Country and Western Renaissance man Lefty McRighty hosts the night with his band the Shameless Bastards to celebrate one of the greatest country singers of all time. With plenty of guest appearances by some of Ottawa’s best folk and country singers, it’s a night full of Johnny Cash songs and good company. Show starts at 9pm, tickets $10.

Note for note and cut for cut, Classic Albums Live is taking on the King of Pop! This Saturday, see Michael Jackson’s Thriller come alive at the Centrepointe Theatre. No gimmicks, no impersonations, just great music recreated by top-notch musicians. Whether or not MJ’s classic dance moves will hit the stage remains to be seen.

Take the kids to the Mayfair Theatre this Saturday for a show that’s sure to delight anyone from five to 85. Ottawa improv kingpins Crush Improv are joining forces with the beloved Cowguys to bring an hour and a half scorcher of a show. With comedy, juggling, and improvised theatre all rolled into one, this show is guaranteed to bring the laughs!

Sunday, February 27

All fitness levels can take part in the Power of Movement mega yoga session.

Start practising your downward dog for the Power of Movement mega yoga session. On this wintry day in 10 different Canadian cities, thousands of people will don their spandex pants to take part in giant, hour-long yoga classes; in Ottawa alone organizers expect about 250 participants. And don’t worry if you can’t twist yourself into a pretzel just yet: the goal is to build a healthy balance of strength, flexibility, and appreciation for your hot bod, all while raising funds to benefit arthritis and autoimmune disease research initiatives across Canada.

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