OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: April 30-May 5



OttawaStart Weekly Round-Up

Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.

Thursday, April 30: Michael DeForge: All Dogs Are Dogs
Starting this Thursday, April 30, SAW Gallery presents Michael DeForge: All Dogs Are Dogs, an expansive presentation of the artist’s work that marks his first major survey exhibition. Originally from Ottawa and currently based in Toronto, DeForge has produced an idiosyncratic body of work that has established him as a generation-defining voice in alternative comics. Moving across disciplines, All Dogs Are Dogs brings to life a hallucinatory world of degenerate creatures caught in existential quagmires. The exhibition comprises large-scale drawings and sculptures, prints, graphic novels, a limited-edition chapbook and a comic-strip mural commission on SAW’s façade and is being presented until June 27, 2015.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, April 30: Cold Specks at Ritual 
I really don’t know how to describe the music Cold Specks makes. Her voice would certainly be at home in a gospel choir, but after that, I’m stuck. It sure is beautiful though. She’ll knock your socks off and then break your heart. I’ll be interviewing her Thursday at 11 a.m. on CKCU 93.1 FM or I’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets to her Ottawa concert. Check out this live performance:
– Ryan BreseeCKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Thursday, April 30: the Quatuor Gualuor at Platform Gallery
51A Young Street.  jwcurry, Alastair Larwill, Rachel Lindsey, Georgia Mathewson, Brian Pirie, Pearl Pirie & Robert Rosen; art opening 6-11pm, reading ~9pm This sound poetry event is  happening as part of the art opening of Georgia Mathewson, Dan Sharp and Ted Willis. helmed by jwcurry, the sound poetry performance troupe will be a wondrous experience. a treat for the ears.
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday, April 30: Daniel Lanois with Basia Bulat and the NAC Orchestra
Just reading the title of that event gets me excited.  Lanois has produced some of the biggest albums by the likes of U2, Bob Dylan, and Peter Gabriel to name a few. He’s also an excellent musician. Joinnig him will be one of Canada’s best singer-songwriters in Basia Bulat. The cherry on top is that they will be performing with the NAC Orchestra. This will be an unforgettable night.
– Ryan BreseeCKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Friday-Sunday, May 1-3: Ottawa PoutineFest
Get your Forks Ready for Ottawa PoutineFest!  The World of Poutine is set to take over Downtown Ottawa, May 1-3 at Marion Dewar Plaza near City Hall.  20 Vendors featuring your local favourites and some special guests from Montreal and Toronto will be serving Poutine from around the world for your tasting pleasure. ALSO: Win poutine for a year…

Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3: Jane’s Walk Ottawa
Jane’s Walk Ottawa offers more than 50 free walking tours of local parks, neighbourhoods and historic places, led by local experts and storytellers. Walks range from edible landscapes and changing streetscapes to “tales of monumental folly” and other little-known histories.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, May 2: Authors for Indies Day
Local authors will be appearing around town on Saturday to help celebrate reading, writing and independent bookstores. Check the website for participating writers and locations.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

SaturdayMay 2: The Roddy Ellias Quartet at GigSpace
On Saturday, Ottawa master guitarist Roddy Ellias will perform with three prominent Ottawa jazz musicians he’s known for years – but playing new material he’s composed just for this occasion. Both jazz and classical music fans take note: Ellias will be combining his jazz and chamber music backgrounds in these compositions. We tell you more in our interview with Ellias.
– Alayne

Saturday, May 2: 613 Night Market 
The 613 Night Market is back by popular demand. This Saturday at the Shaw Centre (previously the Ottawa Convention Centre), immerse yourself in the ultimate street-food and shopping experience featuring the capital city’s best chefs, talented creators, crazy artists and daring entrepreneurs.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, May 2: Cody Allen’s Ignite Album Release Show
Ottawa alternative folk singer-songwriter and guitar player Cody Allen will be releasing “Ignite”, his fourth album, on May 5 and to mark the occasion, he’s having a release party at Irene’s Pub this Saturday night with local indie folk rock 5-piece Miss Polygamy. Cody is a talented local artist that you should definitely check out if you enjoy folk rock sounds.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Monday, May 4: Dress for Success Donation Day
What better excuse does one need for spring cleaning their closet – than a donation day? Dress for Success Ottawa National Capital Region is holding a donation day to try and get specific types of items to help with their mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
– Laura Gauthier

Monday, May 4: Crush Improv at the Heart & Crown
‘Bout Time! happens the first Monday of every month. A staple of the Ottawa improv scene since 2010, ‘Bout Time! is popular with audiences and performers alike; and is a unique combination of short and long form improvisation.  Starts at 8pm.
– Glen Gower


Coming up…

Monday, May 11: MIGRATION: An Art Exhibition Fundraiser At Gezellig
Join local artists Andrew King, Alison Fowler and Claude Marquis as they present a new collection of artwork exhibited at Gezellig in the heart of Westboro, Ottawa. Entitled “Migration”, this unique exhibit hosted by Steve Beckta will showcase original new pieces for sale by the artists who will be in attendance and provide select auction pieces for auction bidding. All proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Thursday, May 21: Le pARTy Art Auction
Le pARTy, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s signature fundraising event, is a silent art auction of 65 original artworks by regional artists working in a variety of media. This silent art auction attracts hundreds of guests who have a taste for fine art and gourmet food.

Saturday, May 23: Ottawa Soleil Intercultural Themed Dinner-Show-Dance
Intercultural dinner-show-dance. Discover and experience fine gastronomy with our French Top Chef, enjoy the show, and dance with our artists like you were in a paradise and tropical island.


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