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Hot Dining: Patio Season

Le Café at the National Arts Centre offers great views of the Rideau Canal.

The sun is shining. The drinks are cold. All you need is a patio. Try one of these popular outdoor dining spots.

Canal Ritz
375 Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Glebe)

The Courtyard
21 George St. (ByWard Market)

Murray St. Charcuterie
110 Murray St. (ByWard Market)

Pancho Villa
361 Elgin St. (Downtown)

Le Café
53 Elgin St. (National Arts Centre)

Weekend Roundup: Prairie Scene Edition (April 29 to May 1)

The biannual festival, Prairie Scene, kicked off on April 26 and runs until May 8. With it comes a variety of events and performances, from gallery shows to concerts, and everything in between, for a festival that spans 500 artists, 80 events, and 13 days. In honour of this very Canadian event, we’ve put together a “Prairie Scene edition” of the Weekend Roundup.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs in "Wonderland." Photo credit: David Cooper.

Friday, April 29
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet does a grown-up take on Wonderland as part of the festival, complete with an electro-acoustic soundscape and edgy elements that bring this surreal story to life. Your favourite bizarre characters will all be on hand (think the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and that mischievous white rabbit). Also playing Saturday.

Eat your lunch early and head to the Prairie Lunch Series to catch JP Hoe in action (show begins at noon). This singer-songwriter walks the line between indie rock and alt-country, and you’ll get a good dose of sweet, melodic tunes and clear vocals.

A Place in the Prairies looks at the concept of place in stories about the prairies, from writers who know know this area of Canada well. It’s an evening of conversation with award-winning writers that include David Carpenter, Dianne Warren, Alissa York, and Connie Gault. (more…)

Hot Dining: Dinner and a Show

Find le café at the National Arts Centre.

If you’re heading out for a night at the theatre, or are just in the mood for a scrumptious meal, then le café at the National Arts Centre is a great bet. With award-winning Executive Chef Michael Blackie at the helm, this restaurant offers an inventive, playful eating experience that highlights the fusion of Canadian and global cuisines. 53 Elgin St. (in the National Arts Centre), 613-594-5127.