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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 18 to 20

Friday, May 18

Dutch DJ Nicky Romero plays Elektrik Tulipe on Friday.

The end of The Canadian Tulip Festival this weekend brings electronic music event Electrik Tulipe. In collaboration with the festival, world famous DJs will set the stage this Friday with performances by Steve Angello of the famed Swedish House Mafia, Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero, and Size Records DJ Third Party.

Nightwalking is an exhibit by artist Julie Berthelot that explores Canadian landscapes through large-scale abstract paintings of trees, fields and forests. The exhibit runs through June 3. Artist vernissage will take place this Thursday at Orange Art Gallery.

The 40th annual MusicFest Canada is a five-day event that celebrates over 10,000 young Canadian musicians through performance. Friday’s lineup features the 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert with performances from Canadian artist David Clayton-Thomas from the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, jazz vocalist Ranee Lee, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez from Santana, and Yamaha pianist Oliver Jones.

Saturday, May 19

The four-day-long Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture Museum teaches children (and adults alike) about the many uses of sheep’s wool. Activities include sheep shearing and herding, sheepdog agility, wool carding, and felt making. Children will also be able to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep.

James Griffiths, John H. Griffiths, "Pansies." National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Flora and Fauna is an exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada that compiles around 100 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, and installations of gardens and landscaping from artists over the past 400 years. The exhibit, which runs until September, looks at the complexity of nature, and how artists have interpreted nature through the centuries.

Get ready to rock out with the fourth annual Ottawa’s Rock Lottery, an event that brings together 25 musicians to create five randomly drawn bands. The selected bands then have one day to create 30 minutes of original music. This year’s event is hosted by CBC Radio One’s Meg Wilcox, and includes performances from 2012 Bluesfest artists The Love Machine, Fevers, and Zoo Legacy, among others.

Sunday, May 20

This Sunday kicks off the first weekend of Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays in the Capital. Parkways in both Ottawa and Gatineau Park are designated specifically for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, and walkers to experience roads without the presence of cars. Bikedays, which has been an annual event in the Capital since 1970, is a great way to tour Ottawa as well as get some fresh air.

Multi-national group Il Divo will be performing live this weekend with special guest Nikki Yanofsky, a Canadian jazz-pop singer. The group, managed by famed talent scout Simon Cowell, will be performing songs from their highly anticipated fifth studio album Wicked Game. Expect to hear hits like “Time To Say Goodbye” and “Dove L’Amore.”

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