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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 17 to 19

Friday, Feb. 17
Add some class to your Friday at On the Rocks, a Russian-inspired art party hosted by the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Avant-Garde Bar and Gallery in partnership with Winterlude. Along with music and dancing, there will be a special showcase of Paraskeva Clark’s painting “Homage to a Soviet Film, Baltic Deputy” (1968) from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, and a screening of the film that inspired it. Caviar, vodka samplings, and other Russian appetizers will be on offer.

Catch the melodic stylings of Ottawa musicians Matt Ouimet and Andrea Simms-Karp at Irene’s Pub this Friday. Ouimet is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer, mixer, and producer who transcends musical styles effortlessly. He has become a staple on the Ottawa music scene, managing his time between intimate shows and performing at festivals of more than 15,000. Andrea Simms-Karp (who attended Canterbury, the local arts high school) is an indie musician who draws on folk, pop, and classical vibes to create her own unique sound.

Kick off Family Day weekend with some good ol’ arts and crafts at The Canadian Science and Technology Museum. At  “Groovy Galaxies,” a fun, family workshop for kids ages four to 12, you can make your own suncatcher of spiraling galaxies. The workshop is meant to encourage exploration of astronomy and space science, and what better way to encourage a love of, and interest in, space than with hands-on activities?

Saturday, Feb. 18

Mini Cirque is just one of the entertainers taking part in the Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza.

Worried about going stir-crazy this long weekend? Round up the kids and make a beeline to the exciting Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza. The whole day is designed for parents and kids to have a blast together in four activity areas: the play space, the shared experience centre, fun central, and the marketplace. Learn tricks from a magician, sweet dance moves from the Flavor Factory urban dance school, and circus arts from Mini Cirque (featured), or try your hand at tons of other activities on the bill.

If lovey-dovey, candy-coated holidays aren’t your thing, enjoy an Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration with The Hornettes at Mercury Lounge. Let this seven-member Ottawa Motown/Soul band (and self-described fire-breathing, funky beast) make your Saturday funkalicious with their heart racing, soul shaking, earth quaking dance floor bedlam.

If you’re a Phil Collins fan then Dance into the Light: Best of Phil Collins with Martin Levac at the Casino du Lac Leamy is sure to please. Martin Levac has been recognized by critics and audiences alike as the best performer to impersonate Phil Collins. Listen for hits such as “In the Air Tonight” and “Against All Odds,” as eight musicians take the stage for two hours of entertainment that includes a light show inspired by the artist’s performances.

Sunday, Feb. 19
The Wakefield International Film Festival, which starts this Sunday, showcases the best in current documentary film. Catch Carnets d’un grand détour (Notes on a Road Less Taken) directed by Catherine Hébert in the Great Hall at the Wakefield LaPêche Community Centre. This film (in French and English with English subtitles) follows Marc Roger, who walks from St. Malo in Brittany to Bamako, Mali, with a book-laden donkey, giving public readings along the way. Hébert will join the festival after the screening via Skype for a Q&A. Different screenings take place every Sunday until April 1.

Check out 50 photographs of interpretive reflections on Ottawa by 20 local artists at Fall Down Art Gallery’s #MIOTTAWA Instagram Photo Exhibit. Instagram became immensely popular over the past year for the nostalgic, almost vintage quality this treatment gives to pictures. The exhibit shows off the winners of the “#MIOTTAWA Instagram Photo Contest” (they had more than 300 submissions!) with a licensed event that is accompanied by the gallery’s monthly open mic.





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