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Ottawa Weekend Calendar

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for July 18 to 20

Electric Six plays at Mavericks on July 18.

Electric Six, the band responsible for hits such as Danger! High Voltage, plays at Mavericks on July 18.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 18, 2014

What better way to kick off the weekend than with the Ottawa RedBlacks’ first ever game? After a nine-year absence, the CFL returns to the capital to face off against the Toronto Argonauts. The stands will be packed, and parking tight, so consider taking a bus to the stadium to avoid traffic jams.

The weekend is a great time to check out Ottawa’s surrounding communities—and there’s no better excuse to drive out to Perth than for its Stewart Park Music Festival. On Friday, one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, Danny Michel, headlines. He’s joined by the Long Sault Trio, The Lovelocks, Sultans of String, and The Bills. Make sure you check out some of the local vendors and food trucks, as well.

They’re probably best known for their single Danger! High Voltage, but Electric Six have plenty of other great songs to their name. In their 11-year career, they’ve produced 10 albums, with another due out in the fall. On Friday, they perform at Mavericks with The Mohrs.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 19, 2014

On Saturday, the 10th annual Japanese Summer Festival is happening at the Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall. There will be demonstrations of martial arts, shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), ikebana flower arrangements, and Japanese calligraphy. Visitors can also sample hot dogs smothered with traditional Japanese toppings—for free!

In Close Listening, four artists explore the relationship between paint and other mediums.

In Close Listening, four artists explore the relationship between paint and other mediums.

If you’d rather a low-key activity for your Saturday afternoon, the Ottawa Art Gallery has a new exhibition called Close Listening on display. It features works from four artists—Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, and Jinny Yu—who challenge the medium of paint in often startling ways. You’ll find assemblage, sculpture, installation, and video alongside (and sometimes intertwined with) oils and acrylics.

Cap off the day at the Black Sheep Inn, where Newfoundland native Amelia Curran brings her evocative folk rock songs to the stage. A Juno winner, East Coast Music Awards nominee, and first prize recipient in the Folk category at the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition, Curran has been lauded for her poet’s touch in the songwriting process.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: July 20, 2014

Ever wanted to learn how ice cream is made, or possibly try your hand at the process yourself? Now’s your chance—the Ice Cream Festival is on at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday. You can also learn how to make milkshakes, waffles, and ice cream sandwiches. Food aside, there will be games, storytelling, crafts, and wagon rides for the kids.

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27.

The Book of Mormon, touted as one of the best musicals of the century, is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27.

Since its premiere in 2011, The Book of Mormon has taken the musical theatre world by storm. It received nine Tony Awards, a Grammy, and four Laurence Olivier Awards—and that’s barely scratching the surface. Some critics have said it’s the funniest musical ever, possibly the musical of the century. Either way, this story about two missionaries out of their depth in Uganda is on at the National Arts Centre until July 27, so catch it while you can.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 19 to 21


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: The Caverners capture the essence of The Beatles.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, April 19

Once you’ve thrown in the towel on the workweek, head over to the Ottawa St. Anthony Italia Soccer Club and watch opponents go toe-to-toe at Beaver Boxing’s Big Fight Night in Little Italy. Fighters will be bobbing and weaving for a good cause, as proceeds go right back into the organization’s Beaver Boxing Club Youth Boxing Program. Come find out who will go the distance!

Return to Yesterday and get the total Beatles experience with The Caverners. From the Liverpudlian accents, to the hair, clothing, and classic Ludwig Ringo drum kit, Canada’s premier Beatle’s tribute band offers a Ticket to Ride back in time and experience The Beatles in concert once again. Grab your friends and Come Together for this sentimental show at the Centrepointe Theatre this weekend.

An interactive learning experience for adults, Arctic Armchair Adventures are offered by the Museum of Nature to help you explore and understand the Arctic without having to buy a new winter jacket. Tonight only, check out breathtaking imagery and footage as you embark on a virtual expedition led by several Students on Ice alumni.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, April 20


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Pick up a one of a kind present for Mother’s Day at the OVCC show.

Join the Ottawa Valley Craft and Collectibles Show where 70 local artists, artisans, and crafters are selling their wares at Library and Archives Canada. The show’s strong commitment to “thinking local” extends to the Ottawa Humane Society, the charity of choice which will receive all the proceeds of the silent auction. Peruse the crafts market, antiques and collectibles, explore the art exhibition, and grab a bite from the OVCC Café when you’ve struck up an appetite.

The Meeples Republic brings people together for the sole purpose of enjoying each others company! Join friends and strangers at the Shopify Lounge to partake in an evening of fun that everyone can agree on: party games, Kichesippi beer, and snacks from local producers. If mingling with good people isn’t prize enough for you, there are door prizes to be won from Emulsify, Games for All, and the Comic Book Shoppe.

Pop-rock and ballet combine in a flash of sequins for the Alberta Ballet‘s production of Love Lies Bleeding. Set to 14 classic songs sung by Sir Elton John, this extravagant show at the NAC explores the inevitable hardships that go hand-in-hand with super stardom.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, April 21

Got the Sunday blues? A pair of talented Canadian singer-songwriters at the Black Sheep Inn will almost certainly lift your spirits. Offering a variety of pop and rock with folk influences, Toronto singer-songwriter Matthew Barber has seven albums worth of material to choose from for his lineup. Joining him is 18-year-old Nova Scotian Molly Thomason, who herself already has two albums of hook-laden songs under her belt.

You’ll be transfixed by arabesques and axels as national champion figure skaters take Scotiabank Place by storm. This year’s Stars on Ice tour brings household names such as Kurt Browning, Patrick Chan, and Joannie Rochette to Ottawa for a spectacular show.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 12 to 14



Ottawa Weekend Calendar: The company from Peggy Baker Dance Projects performs Piano/Quartet

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, April 12

At the end of a long week, allow music and dancing to sweep you away. This weekend, an outstanding group of dancers from Peggy Baker Dance Projects take the stage at the NAC to showcase their new major work Piano/Quartet. Accompanied by celebrated pianist John Kameel Farah, this exquisite show showcases the transcendent qualities of contemporary dance and live music.

Have you ever wanted to completely recreate yourself? Chamber Theatre Hintonburg’s presentation of Edmond may convince you to think again. Written by David Mamet in the 1980s, the play tells the tale of the unhappy, mild-mannered Edmond Burke as he embarks on a journey to create himself anew. The results are ruinous. Don’t miss this thought-provoking production at The Carleton Tavern.


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Ottawa’s Hollerado opens for Billy Talent at Scotiabank Place

Rock rumbles into town this weekend as groups Billy Talent, Hollerado, Sum 41, and Indian Handcrafts play at Scotiabank Place. The boys are slowly winding down their cross-Canada tour, which kicked-off on the west coast in mid-March.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, April 13

Bring the whole clan and discover the buzz of spring on the farm. The Canada Agriculture Museum has all kinds of fun daily activities lined up this month. Kids can learn to cook with chocolate, how to milk a cow, and how to make butter. There are also plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with furry, fluffy, and feathery friends.

Roots, soul, and rock n’ roll can be found at the Black Sheep Inn this Saturday. On tour promoting their new album Ghosts of your Charms, Toronto based New Country Rehab is joined by special guests Jack Pine and The Fire. The groups complement one another well, each putting their own unique twist on the sounds of folk and alt-country.


The National Women’s Show is celebrating women at the Ottawa Convention Centre this weekend. Whatever being a woman means to you, something’s bound to tickle your fancy at this two-day extravaganza. Watch fashion shows! Enjoy food and wine! Seek home renovation advice! With so much to do, and so little time, you’ll want to show up early. A limited number of gift bags is further incentive to get an early start.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, April 14

Learn how to spruce up your summer retreat with all the bells and whistles at The Cottage and Backyard Show at the Ernst and Young Centre. Learn about building and renovating, and shop for new toys as you prepare for grilling season. By the time summer comes around, all you’ll have left to do is relax.


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Get your outdoor space ready for summer at The Cottage and Backyard Show

While Dad browses The Cottage and Backyard Show, bring the kids over to Kidsfest: The 12th Annual Capital Parent and Kids Show! The show is packed with fun for everyone with shows, exhibits, and educational demonstrations. Parents can peruse summer camp exhibits and save on great family products and services. Also, Diego and his friend Dora the Explorer will be there. They’re kind of a big deal!

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 5 to 7



Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Madison Violet plays the Black Sheep Inn on April 5.

Whether it’s fine arts, tunes, or athletics you’re into, The Ottawa Weekend Calendar has hand-picked the hippest happenings around town!

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, April 5

Feeling artsy? Head down to the National Gallery of Canada and celebrate the seven newest recipients of the prestigious 2013 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Organized by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General, the exhibit features a vast spectrum of art including pottery, paintings, sculpture, film, and sound from this year’s winners.

A fateful meeting of musical minds in the late 1990s brought Canadian singers and songwriters Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac together. Shortly after meeting, the two women formed folk-group Madison Violet. This dynamic duo has been busy making music ever since, performing for sold-out audiences across North America, Australia, the UK, and Europe. Get a load of these talented ladies when they stop off at The Black Sheep Inn.

Go treasure hunting at the Carleton University Field House! Since it’s inception in 1995, the Ottawa Antique Show has been bringing new life to old gems. Over fifty private vendors are bringing their vintage accessories and timeless furnishings to one place for you to choose from. A $10 admission fee allows you unlimited access to the show for its three-day run.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, April 6


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: International women’s hockey teams face off for the gold.

The IIHF World Women’s Championship returns to Ottawa this year, where it began over twenty years ago in 1990. Eight teams will face-off at the Scotiabank Place, as Canada tries to defend last year’s title as the number one women’s hockey team in the world. This will be the final world championship prior to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Catch the quarter-finals today!

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day looming in the not-so-distant future, the Ottawa Spring Craft Show may be your saving grace. Boasting 180 vendors offering handmade clothing, home and garden décor, and accessories, you’re sure to find an original gift for mom or dad. (You may not be able to resist buying a thing or two for yourself!) Brides-to-be take note, Saturday features dress designers and wedding planners.

If you’re hungry for harmony, there’s a lot on the menu tonight at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. Kicking things off is Ottawa singer/songwriter Pia Ashley. From there, the show rolls out an eclectic combination of pop and rock. Ottawa foursome Arms of the Girl bring a fluid blend of alt-country, folk-rock, and Southern blues to the mix, which Toronto’s Paint will contrast with their energetic brand of rock.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, April 7


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet graces the National Arts Centre.

In need of a getaway? Go no further than the National Arts Centre and allow The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty to sweep you away. The moving musical score of Tchaikovsky, breathtaking costumes, and stunning choreography will invite you right into this magical kingdom where good triumphs over evil.

If your musical minions want to know all the secrets of a symphony, bring the whole family to Inside the Music at NAC‘s Southam Hall. Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and OrKidstra have arranged this free event to give kids a behind the scenes peek at the instruments and direction that contribute to the Orchestra’s impeccable sound. The kids will have the opportunity to meet the musicians, and even direct a small ensemble.


Ottawa Easter Weekend Calendar for March 28 to 31


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: The Wooden Sky will light up the stage at The Blacksheep Inn!

Need some excitement this holiday long weekend? The Ottawa Weekend Calendar lines up your best bets to keep you busy.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Thursday, March 28

Escape from the daily grind and get into the groove with Terry Gillespie, the King of Roots music. This seasoned musician draws influences from reggae, jazz, blues and African music, and has played alongside musical greats the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker. Launching his new album Bluesoul at the National Arts Centre, Gillespie will take you on a captivating musical ride.

The Wooden Sky is on a roll! This Toronto-based band is fresh off of winning Folk/Roots Group of the Year at the Independent Music Awards, and was recently nominated for a Juno Award for Folk Record of the Year. They’re now embarking on a special tour, where they’ll be playing old favourites and new material for an upcoming record! Kick-off the long weekend with a road trip and see what all the hype is about at The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 29

Round up the flock and bring the whole family to the Canada Agriculture Museum for some Easter fun! From Friday to Monday, Easter on the Farm brings some cute, fluffy newborn chicks, rabbits, and lambs to the Museum. Visitors will have a chance to make and taste traditional Easter breads (and bring the recipes home)! And what would an Easter weekend be without scouring for chocolate? Scavenger hunts for your little lambs will have them scrambling to find chocolate treats.


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Visit furry friends and celebrate Easter on the Farm at the Canada Agriculture Museum

If you’re not travelling this weekend, take a virtual road trip down the Trans-Canada Highway! Road Trip at the Currency Museum puts the Bank of Canada behind the wheel of a macro-economic bus and transports you through time, exploring economic troubles and times of stability. The bus makes its last stop this Sunday as the exhibit wraps up.

Using classical and minimalist aesthetic elements, Sigur Rós rouses emotion in audiences worldwide. The group’s ability to generate such a large fan base is remarkable since they sing only in Icelandic and their own collection of sounds, which they call “vonlenska,” or “Hopelandic.” Promoting their new album Kveikur, set to drop in June 2013, Sigur Rós performs new material at the Scotiabank Place accompanied by an 11-piece live band.

Saturday, March 30

Cajun! Soul! Rock and roll! All of these styles contribute to the powerful, distinctive sound produced by quintessential American band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Almost forty years ago, lead singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson founded the group as a straight blues band. Muddy Waters is known to have called Wilson his favourite vocalist and harmonica player. Worth bragging about! Today, the sound of this five-piece band has evolved into a high-energy incorporation of a number of different styles. With their new album On the Verge, this blues-rock band is making a stop in Ottawa at Centrepointe Theatre.

Take a closer look at the people who have shaped the history of our nation. The Canadian Museum of Civilization presents their most recent exhibition, Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians, featuring 59 Canadian personalities whose actions have had a lasting impact on our country. The exhibition will have you seeing these individuals in a new light as photographs, paintings, and artifacts unearth tales ranging from assumed identity, exploitation and scandal, invention, discovery, and glorious achievement.

Are you a man with discerning taste? Are you in need a fresh look for spring? The Berdy Elegance Fashion Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre this weekend will suit you up from head to toe. Berdy Elegance Tailoring has created fine clothing since 2008, and offers the highest quality of customs suits and shirts at affordable prices. With more than 100 fabric swatches and catalogues on site, a stop at this show will ensure that you’re the most fashionable fellow in town.

Sunday, March 31


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Take in some lively images of spring at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery

If spring can’t come soon enough for you, you may benefit from a dose of Spring Song. This free exhibit at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery features artists old and new to the Gallery. Vivid images of gardens in full bloom, vibrant sunsets, melting snow, and returning birds will fill you with joy for the season to come.

Feeling a bit full after a weekend of Easter indulgence? Strap on your dancing shoes and head down to Mercury Lounge to dance off that chocolate! Ottawa’s own Berekete Afrobeat Band, a 15-piece multicultural groove machine will be rocking the house with their eclectic mix of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and West African-style percussion.


Ottawa Weekend Calendar for March 22 to 24



Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Prepare for spring at the Home & Garden show.

Not sure what to do this weekend? The Ottawa Weekend Calendar has got you covered.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 22
Get lost in Don McCullin’s first solo exhibit in Canada at the National Gallery of Canada, featuring 134 striking black and white photos. From violent scenes of war to serene landscapes, Don McCullin: A Retrospective highlights the wide variety of images this British photojournalist has captured. A screening of his feature documentary McCullin will air Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

Sick of the cold and snow? A trip to the Ottawa Home and Garden Show at the Ernst and Young Centre this weekend will ease that winter angst. Get excited about spring as you browse discounted products and learn from guest experts, such as HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler who’s presentation (1 p.m., Saturday, March 23) is all about home renovations.

Raise your glass for A Toast to the Ladies! Hosted by the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, this gala features a photography exhibit, raffle prizes, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and live music from Bluesfest favourite The Love Machine. All proceeds are going to Ottawa’s Youville Centre to help young mothers and children.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, March 23

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: See flowers in full bloom at the Museum of Nature.

Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are creating sparks together as Whitehorse. Married since 2006, the duo have come together professionally, putting their successful solo careers aside. They play the National Arts Centre with Daniel Romano, who previously fronted beloved band Attack In Black.

What’s better than Easter chocolate? Easter chocolate a week early! Guylaine from L’Artisan du Dessert will be leading young chefs through the process of making and decorating chocolate eggs. In preparation for the holiday, bring your little chocolatiers over to the Museum of Civilization for this creative children’s workshop!

Spring is in full bloom at the Museum of Nature. Ikebana: Horizon, exhibited annually at the Museum, showcases the disciplined art form of Japanese floral design, which emphasizes shape, line, and form. Join in demonstrations to learn the styles of the Sogetsu and Ohara schools of Ikebana.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, March 24

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: The Maple Sugar Festival wraps up March 24.

A great way to wind down after a hectic weekend, Music for a Sunday Afternoon begins at 2 p.m. at the National Art Gallery. Guest musicians perform a number of classical pieces by Schubert, Chopin, and George Crumb on the flute, cello, and piano.

The Maple Sugar Festival at the Sugar Shack draws to a close today with activities for the whole family. Bring your appetite for brunch and Maple Sugar desserts. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at Bingo. For the adrenaline junkies, The Maple Race and the Strongmen Show will leave you short of breath!


Ottawa Weekend Calendar for March 15 to 17


Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Absurd Person Singular runs until March 23rd at The Gladstone.

Wondering what to get up to this weekend in Ottawa? Let our Ottawa Weekend Calendar be your guide.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 15

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Ottawa VERSeFest has enlisted Irish poets Matthew Sweeney (of County Donegal) and Rita Ann Higgins (of County Galway) to engage you with their prose. Join them at Knox Presbyterian Church as they rhyme off readings from their collections.

Christmas is quickly becoming a distant memory, but Absurd Person Singular, a 1972 play by Alan Ayckbourn, takes you on a journey to Christmases past. Documenting the changing fortunes of three married couples over three consecutive Christmas parties, this play reminds us what a difference a year makes. On stage at The Gladstone.

Has the drab snow and dirt got you down? You may benefit from an artistic pick me up! Until March 28th, the Galerie Old Chelsea is playing host to John Hiscock’s new series Sublime Light. Viewing this bold series of landscape watercolours is sure to remind you of nature’s beauty.

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, March 16

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will have Ottawa seeing green. Kicking off at 11 a.m., the parade will wind its way through city streets via Laurier, Bank, and Wellington. And the party won’t stop there. Following the parade, the 2013 Parade Party at St. Brigid’s Centre offers food and drink.

A prominent young front-runner in the contemporary jazz community, Laila Biali is bringing her talent to the National Arts Centre. Biali borrows from multiple styles, ranging from pop to classical, weaving them into her own unique arrangements.

Did you know that the sun has sunspots? Canada Science and Technology Museum‘s solar telescopes make solar observing a reality. Leave your sunglasses at home and head to the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory to safely observe the sun to see for yourself!

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, March 17

Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Bring your sweet tooth to the Ottawa Maple Sugar Fest

The nine-day annual Ottawa Maple Sugar Fest gets underway today with brunch hosted by the Knights of Columbus. The week has a number of activities in store including sleigh rides, a petting zoo, soup cook-offs, and a lumberjack challenge. Bring your sweet tooth and your appetite for what’s sure to be a tasty time.

It’s the final day of Barnyard Break! at the Canada Agriculture Museum. Ease your kids back into school with this day of fun and learning. There will be reading and crafts, cooking classes, and visits with barnyard animals.