Ottawa Events Guide

With the listings and directories in our Events Guide, there really is no excuse for sitting at home with nothing to do. Here are some listings and links showing what's on in Ottawa.

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: April 17-23, 2014

Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.

See also: What's open and closed in Ottawa for Easter weekend 2014...

Thursday, April 17: Triades at la Maison de la Culture (Gatineau)
Triades is the collaboration of three Quebec jazz singers -- Sonia Johnson (Juno, 2012), Annie Poulin, and Charles Biddle, Jr -- with three prominent Quebec jazz instrumentalists -- pianist Marianne Trudel (who also arranged all the songs), bassist Morgan Moore, and drummer Jim Doxas. Their CD was nominated for a Juno for Vocal Jazz Album this year (Johnson won that award in 2012). Expect songs in both English and French, sung separately and in harmony, with lots of verve and feeling. (From downtown Ottawa, La Maison de la Culture de Gatineau is about 15 minutes by car, via Highway 148, or 30 minutes by bus on STO route 200.)
-- Alayne

Thursday, April 17: A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs
Featuring Evan Solomon, Amanda Putz, David O'Meara & Sandra Ridley, a VERSeFest Fundraiser, $10. I'm out of town so I have to miss this but it sounds like oodles of pun. Who could resist Edgar Allen Levigne? Plus it's a great cause, helping to raise money for Ottawa's annual poetry festival, which brings in a variety of poets from all over the world every March. Starts at 7:30pm
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday, April 17: Stiff Quickies
The Ottawa Fringe Festival is putting on a fundraiser  this Thursday, April 17 at the Arts Court Theatre & Studio. Dubbed Stiff Quickies: Short Films, Tall Drinks, Deep Pockets, the event will feature a screening with works by several artists and represents a great occasion to support the local cultural scene.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, April 18: FIFA 14 Video Game Tournament
Stony Monday Riot, a new soccer supporter group, is proud to present the First Annual Borthwick Cup, a FIFA 14 Open tournament taking place on the eve of Ottawa Fury FC`s home opener. Up to 32 participants will be playing for up to $320 in cash. There are a few spots left! For more information and to sign up, visit Not a video game person? Come and meet some "rioters" and sample from the bake sale - and get immersed in Ottawa's new soccer culture!
-- Laura Gauthier

Friday, April 18: StillNative Black Keys Tribute 
Local rawbeat rock duo StillNative are putting on a show at the Rainbow Bistrofor their IndieGoGo Campaign to help raise funds to “manufacture, promote and distribute their second LP”. For the occasion, StillNative will be performing a Black Keys Tribute Set along with some original material and they’ll be joined by opening act Rishi Von Rex.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day events
Earth Day is April 22, but eco-retailer terra20 is getting an early start on Saturday, when they’re inviting people to check out plantable seed paper, meet composting worms and learn healthy snack-making from the National Capital Vegetarian Association. On Tuesday, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa presents Honour Your Word, a documentary film about the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and their efforts to protect their land and environment, at the Mayfair Theatre.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, April 19: Inaugural Season Opener for the Ottawa Fury FC soccer team
Join the Stony Monday Riot supporters group for some pre-match festivities which begin at 12:30pm at Original Burger (873 Bank Street) - Pints of Broadhead are $5. Party heads to Carleton around 2pm (#7 Red and White Limo service). Kick-off at 3pm. All are welcome to join! Ticket info for reduced rate with SMR also available!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, April 19: Easter Underground Eggstravaganza
The Easter Bunny is at in again on his third visit to the Diefenbunker! With hundreds of places to hide in our 100,000 square foot bunker, we need your help to find all of the Easter eggs. Come out for our Easter Egg hunt and make an Easter craft! At the Diefenbunker in Carp.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Tuesday, April 22: Michael Webster's Momentous Ontario Tour
This Brooklyn-based, but Ottawa born jazz musician is coming back to town in support of his latest album. He's a fantastic jazz musician, but the music appeals to more than just jazz aficionados. There's a beautiful atmospheric quality to his music, so it will be a very special evening at the NAC's Fourth Stage.
-- Ryan Bresee

Have a great week!

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