Lisa from couchassassin.com:
FILM: On a grey weekend, Check out the Bright Lights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival Thursday through Saturday. Themes including tree house building, bicycle thievery and documentary horror, this eclectic festival should suit your tastes nicely.
Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
TRIVIA: This Friday – the infamous JukeBox Music Trivia Night! benefiting the Winchester Hospital Heelers’ fundraising in support of cancer care at WDMH takes place. Teams work together to answer trivia questions about all different categories of music — TV theme songs, Disney movie songs — current hits, rock & roll, country & western, pop, golden oldies — you name it! Tables are $350 for teams of 10 people (a steal at $35 each!) — your ticket includes a light meal, silent auction, cash bar, and of course… the GAME! Doors open at 6 pm; game starts at 7 pm.
Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
COMMUNITY: I am happy to be able to support Helping With Furniture, a charitable group that provides gently used furniture to refugee families starting a new life in Ottawa, at their annual fundraising Gala. It promises to be quite a show with both the Brookfield Jazz Band and the amazing Brookfield Voice Choir performing. The Gala is Friday, April 20th at St. Elias Banquet Hall (750 Ridgewood Ave) and it starts with cocktails at 6pm.
Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:
COMMUNITY: Join us on Saturday April 21 from 8am to 11am at Larkin House for a Pancake Breakfast in support of Helene Campbelle and to raise awareness for National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week. $5.00 suggested donation gets you all you can eat pancakes, ham, and sausages. There will be a bank of laptops so you can register online as an organ donor. We will also have games and crafts for the kids. Let us know you’re coming by April 19th and be entered into a draw for a $25.00 gift card. Email email@example.com with your name and number of people attending.
Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
JAZZ: Four fine Canadian musicians come together Saturday night at the NAC Fourth Stage for a two-off concert (they’ll be in Montreal the night before). Saxophonist Pat LaBarbera has played in bands led by jazz icons Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich, and for decades in the Toronto jazz scene, but rarely in Ottawa. Montreal pianist Josh Rager and Toronto drummer Nick Fraser are somewhat more frequent visitors, but the combination of the three with Ottawa bassist John Geggie is new. View an
interview with LaBarbera and concert details here.
Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
POETRY: Saturday, April 21, Visual Poetry Presentation by American poet, publisher & multi-media artist Dan Waber, 8pm, Gallery 101 as part of the A B Series hosted by Max Middle. free! Dan’s one of the most inventive creative dynamos I’ve encountered. He has all kinds of dreams & schemes & whimsical work. His presentation on Saturday evening will be entertaining & informative.
Jessey Bird and Amy Husser, co-founders of Local Tourist Ottawa:
EARTH DAY: To celebrate Earth Day, the Canadian Museum of Nature is offering free admission on Sunday, April 22. In addition to the awesome dinosaurs, Vale Earth Gallery, and new Whales exhibit, Ikebana Ottawa will have 50 of their beautiful Japanese floral pieces on display this weekend.
(also recommended by Sara-Lynne Levine from Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid)
Denise Deby, from Green Living Ottawa:
EARTH DAY: It won’t be easy to choose from among all the local events marking Earth Day, April 22, but to really get back to nature check out the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club’s excursions on Sunday. From 1-3:30 p.m. they’re offering a guided walk to see the salamanders, snakes, frogs and turtles that live in the Britannia Conservation Area (Mud Lake). Alternatively, from 2-4 p.m. the Rideau Canal Fish Watching outing offers a chance to try to spot several fish species as they begin their courtship and spawning period. Both events are kid-friendly.
Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: ZenKitchen’s chef/co-owner, Caroline Ishii, will be serving a five-course dinner, paired with wines from Niagara’s Colaneri Estate Winery on Sunday, April 22, starting at 6 pm. You can expect some creative dishes that just happen to be vegan from Chef Ishii, a two-time silver medal winner at Gold Medal Plates, the regional qualification competition for the national Canadian Culinary Championships. Tickets are $85/person.. Reserve by phone at (613)233-6404. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. More info.
Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:
A FEAST AND FASHION: Monday, April 23, at Le Buffet des Continents Gatineau. Dinner at 7pm, fashion show at 9. To benefit CHEO. Five fashion designers will be showcasing. Call 819-561-1099
Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
MUSEUMS: Once a month, the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, features a Cold War-themed movie. On April 24, you can watch or watch again “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. The tour (starts 6 p.m.) and the movie is $15, movie only (starts at 7 p.m.) is $8.
Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:
14TH ANNUAL TASTE FOR LIFE: Wednesday, April 25. Dine out at any one of 44 participating restuarants in Ottawa. 25% of sales will be donated to HIV/AIDS. www.atasteforlife.org. Reserve now, most restuarannts sell out early. This unique fundraiser, which began in Ottawa, is now happening in 23 Canadian cities.
(Also recommended by Jean Labelle, photographer )
Sterling Lynch, editor of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter:
THEATRE: Kazan Co-op’s production of Communion features an intelligent well-crafted script by Daniel MacIvor and a stand-out performance by Stephanie MacDonald. Communion plays the NAC Studio until April 21.
Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
MISCELLANY: On Friday, Heritage Ottawa has a discussion about Lebreton Flats (it’s free) … Saturday and Sunday it’s the annual Ottawa Orchid Show … Sunday, the Ottawa Athletic Club hosts a Bust A Move for Mental Health fundraiser, featuring Richard Simmons. Monday, the Ottawa Senators play Game 6 against the New York Rangers.
Have a great week!