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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 30 to April 1

Chic coats, cool jewellery, and plenty to decorate the home are on offer at this weekend's Ottawa Antiques Show.

Friday, March 30
The Ottawa Antiques Show is back for its annual spring edition, bringing with it a slew of great finds. But make no mistake: this isn’t your grandma’s show. While it does boast an assortment of century-old antiques, it’s also the place to find designer goods and hidden treasures. Vendors carry a selection of retro and vintage products; think designer jewellery by Tiffany & Co., haute couture accessories from Chanel and Hermès, handbags by Prada, and Rolex watches. Happy hunting!

Celebrate Canada’s diverse musical talent with Classical JUNOs in Concert, where JUNO nominated performers, such as Susan Hoeppner and Christina Petrowska Quilico, break out an array of instruments to perform classical pieces, including those by nominated composers. The afternoon concert is free and held in the lobby of the National Arts Centre.

Saturday, March 31
Step into the fantastical world of Tara Luz Danse – Les Billes, a creation of choreographer Anik Bouvrette, at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Here, dancers incorporate unusual objects into their movements: large marbles, lit hoops, and Chinese lanterns that resemble planets. In this lush performance of contemporary dance that has charmed both children and adults – not an easy task – the audience gets swept up in the question “When I close my eyes, in my imagination, I see…”

Come and be astounded by the magic of world-class illusionist Greg Frewin in his Vegas-style show, Beyond Belief, at the Théâtre du Casino. Frewin is the only magician to have won every major magic award in North America, and he has performed throughout the world. His show, featuring tigers, showgirls, and amazing illusions, will undoubtedly leave you beyond belief, just as it’s name promises.

The Easter Bunny came early to the Canadian Children’s Museum, and has hidden 12 eggs throughout the building for the Golden Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your kids to search the museum high and low, and explore the exhibits while you’re at it. Anyone who finds all 12 eggs will be entered in a draw to win an Easter treat.

Folk duo Madison Violet will be taking over the Black Sheep Inn on Sunday night.

Sunday, April 1
The popular folk duo Madison Violet, composed of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIssac, was recently nominated for the East Coast Music Award and is performing at the Black Sheep Inn, just a half hour out of Ottawa. Sit down, grab a pint, and prepare to tap your toes to their relaxing rhythms as you enjoy one of Canada’s acclaimed folk groups.

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee this year, the Canadian Postal Museum is displaying a collection of stamps from over the course of the Queen’s 60 year reign. The recently launched “Designed for a Queen” exhibit features 645 stamp portraits of Queen Elizabeth, and together illustrate much of her life and her influence on Canada.

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