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Sustainability

Weekend Roundup: Best Best for May 4 to 6

Friday, May 4
The 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability is a two-day event aimed at creating change to transform Ottawa into an environmentally sustainable city. The event, which is partnered with the City of Ottawa (among others), has also teamed up with businesses and community members to create an action plan for Ottawa’s future. Moe Garahan, Executive Director at Just Food in Ottawa will be one of several speakers as part of a panel.

Tulip Festival

The 60th annual Canadian Tulip Festival kicks off this Friday.

This Friday kicks off the first weekend of the 60th Commemorative Edition of The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. To celebrate this milestone, the festival will begin with an opening party in the ByWard Market. Join half a million visitors during this month-long event, and tour some of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods.

Join Bryan Adams on his first Canada-wide tour since 1992, this Friday at Scotiabank Place. Expect to hear great hits like “Open Road” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” as Adams rocks out alongside his longtime band members.

Saturday, May 5
Death and the Maiden, directed by Craig Walker, is a live performance that tells the story of fear and paranoia in a now defunct dystopian society. This three-week event begins May 1 at The Gladstone.

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Essential to Toronto: Urban Renewal at the Brick Works

SEPTEMBER 25 & 26 Toronto’s about to get a bit more sustainable, thanks to the grand opening of Evergreen Brick Works. Named one of the world’s best geo-tourism destinations by National Geographic, this former brick-making factory in the Don Valley has been transformed into a mixed-use oasis with gardens, event pavilions, exhibition spaces and more, all designed with the area’s geological, industrial and environmental heritage in mind. Opening weekend features a farmer’s market, tours of the photogenic site, art installations, a community barbecue picnic, folk and jazz concerts and more. Bridging the gap between nature and the city, the Brick Works represents an exciting step toward sustainable urban living. 550 Bayview Ave., free admission; call 416-596-1495 or click here for more information.

Hot Date: Environmental Expo

Chef Michael Steh of Reds gives advice on sustainable cuisine at the Green Living Show

APRIL 23 TO 25 Browse more than 400 vendors showcasing environmentally friendly products and services at the Green Living Show. Sample biodynamic wines, test drive fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, learn from eco-activists presenting on the main stage and watch as farmers and top chefs like Michael Steh (of Reds Bistro) whip up a feast. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, $8 to $12; call 416-360-0044 or visit here for further details.