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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 9 to 11

Rococode from Vancouver is just one of the bands playing at Mavericks this weekend. Photo credit: Robyn Jamieson.

Friday, March 9
Start your weekend off right by partying it up with some fun indie bands at Mavericks. This is the LP release show for Anchors, the newest album from Ottawa indie rock band and show headliner Kalle Mattson. Also on the bill: Rococode, a three-boy and one-girl band from Vancouver that strives to make exciting and meaningful pop music; The Richardson Band, an Ottawa indie/folk band that just recorded its first EP; and the Ashleys, another Ottawa indie/rock band.

Get lucky at the first late night performance of Third Time Lucky, performed by Toronto-based comic storyteller Paul Hutcheson at The Gladstone. Pornography, an allergic reaction to shellfish, and orgies are just some of the topics Hutcheson covers in this solo show. Hutcheson has performed in more than 25 fringe festivals, winning awards in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, and Ottawa.  This play is part of the Black Box Set Theatre Festival, which runs until March 17.

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with Ottawa Irish Week. The week-long festival and longstanding Ottawa tradition invites you to celebrate Ireland through music, poetry, history, dance, theatre, and sport. This Friday, get entertained and eat Irish fare at The Erin Luncheon at St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa. Various events run from March 8 to 17.

Saturday, March 10
Laugh, cry, and support a good cause at The Vagina Monologues this Saturday. Carleton University’s own Vaginas Against Violence are once again putting on a fantastic show, which is run and performed by Carleton students. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards  the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and the international V-Day campaign, which supports victims of sexual violence in Haiti in an effort to end gender-based violence locally and globally. If you’ve never seen this show that serves up story after story to honour the female anatomy, you’re missing out.

Got wanderlust on the brain? Visit more than 50 countries without ever leaving Ottawa at the 18th annual Travel and Vacation Show, taking place at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This year, the focus is on food tourism (and with more than 190 exhibitions, your travel and belly dreams are sure to be satisfied!). Exhibitors from nearby regions and far-away countries come with a wealth of information and specialized knowledge. New Brunswick is this year’s must-visit destination with culinary samplings and musical performances, plus there will also be four celebrity visiting chefs performing in the demonstration kitchen to share their secrets and offer a taste from their regions!

Sunday, March 11
Spend your Sunday evening with Jann Arden. The Canadian artist, author, and television personality stops at the National Arts Centre as part of her Canadian tour. The tour coincides with the release of Arden’s 11th album Uncover Me 2, which features songs popularized by The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, Peggy Lee, and others.

Enjoy French film at the 10th annual DiverCiné Film Festival: World Cinema from La Francophonie. Get a glimpse of 10  first-rate movies created by filmmakers from French-speaking countries that are rarely screened in Canada. The goal of DiverCiné is to express the diverse identities, imaginings, and cultures of the international French-speaking community.

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