OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Elvis, Jane’s Walk & Talk, Free Comic Day, more…


April 19, 2012 - Su' mon big wheel
Photo by Bernard Walker, shared on the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Welcome to all the tourists who touch down in our town this weekend for the annual Ottawa Tulip Festival. When you’ve had your fill of colourful flowers, you should check out some of these great events happening in our town this week.

Max Keeping:  
ELVIS IS LIVING IN TWEED!   How’s your knowledge of The King?  Theres an Elvis Charity Trivia Event on Thursday, May 3, 7pm, in honour of the late Earl McRae. It’s at the world famous Newport, of course, home of the Elvis Sighting Society (corner of Richmond & Churchill). The cost is $100. For tickets and info, call 613-288-5110. Proceeds to the Emphany House of Recovery.

Lisa from 
PORTUGUESE FILM FEST: This Thursday and Friday, the Library and Archives hosts the Portuguese Language Film Festival. Thursday night features a National Geographic Society documentary about it’s attempts to help restore and revitalize Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, to try to bring its ravaged natural habitats back to their original, oasis-like beauty and richness
Stephan Telka, public engagement consultant:  

JANE’S TALK 2012: Learning to Walk with Shawn Micallef, Thursday May 3 at 7pm. The Jane’s Walk weekend is probably my favourite weekend in Ottawa (followed closely by Doors Open Ottawa), so I’m pretty jazzed about the talk to kick things off by Shawn Micallef (author of “Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto”). Micallef has been tasked by organizers with helping Ottawans rethink how they walk. Free admission, The Hub Ottawa (71 Bank St.)

Denise Deby, from Green Living Ottawa 
JANE’S WALK: I’ve been waiting all year for Jane’s Walk, happening May 3-6. It’ll be tough to choose from among dozens of amazing-sounding guided walks exploring the design and history of Ottawa’s urban spaces, including neighbourhoods in transition, wild and green spaces, and culinary destinations—but I may head for the South March Highlands Forest with Martha Webber (May 5 at 1 p.m.), Wild Food in the City with Amber Westfall (May 6 at 1 p.m.), Parliament Hill’s past, present and future with Ian Capstick (May 6 at 3 p.m.) or biking along “Ottawa’s Stolen Urban Waterfront” with Dennis Van Staalduinen (May 6 at 3 p.m.).
(also recommended by Juliette Giannesini)

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
MUSICAL THEATRE: Annie plays at the Natalie Stern Studio Theatre, 294 Picton Avenue, Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5. Perfect family fun, great songs and local theatre! $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under, family pack, four tickets for $50.

Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl
FREE COMICS: The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day! Just head on over to your favourite comic book shop, and ask for your free comic book. They usually have dedicated piles of comics so you won`t necessarily get the newest issue of your favourite, but they have some really fun pics for all tastes. And what better way to get a kid to read than by giving them a comic book?

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura: 
BUSY SATURDAY: For me this Saturday is going to be busy! I’m planning on trying to tackle the following: Friends of the Ottawa Public Library hold a book sale at the Greenboro location the first Saturday of every month from 10-4. Urban Craft, also the first Saturday of every month, at the GCTC from 10 -2. While in the neighbourhood, you might also want to hit up the 1st annual Hintonburg Fabric Fair from 10-3 at the Hintonburg Community Centre.Both Saturday and Sunday see the return of Jane’s Walks – many to choose from! I’m going to see if I can squeeze in a tour of my old stomping grounds of Ellwood with my packed Saturday!

Jean Labelle, photographer:
GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARDS: Salman Rushdie is among the guests at Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards at the NAC this weekend, Saturday May 5.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
WORLD LAUGHTER DAY: Join fellow laughers on Parliament Hill and thousands around the world for Laughter Yoga on Sunday – “a physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful,empowering and otherwise “tention-releasing” laughter and breathing exercises”. More info.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:  
POETRY & MUSIC: Bywords Quarterly Journal Spring Launch; Sunday, May 6, 2-3pm; Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington St. W. Poetry readings by A.M. Benoit, Mary Lee Bragg, Seymour Mayne & S. Elizabeth McGee, with music by John Gilles. Free. A hat will be passed for donations in exchange for copies of the BQJ. This is a great & rare chance to hear emerging & established local poets & a wonderful musician, have one of Collected Works’ fine coffee libations while you celebrate spring with words & song.

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
Bells in Spring: Handbells and Chimes in Concert – tThe annual annual spring handbell concert at Rideau Park United Church (2203 Alta Vista Drive) takes place this Sunday at 7pm. The concert features the music of bell ringing ensembles from all five Rideau Park Bell Choirs, including A Touch of Brass, Grace Notes, La Bell Ensemble, Note-able Sound, and Ringing Praise and from three other local churches: Emmanuel United (Emmanubells), St. Andrew’s Presbyterian (St. Andrew’s Ringers, Trinty Presbyterian, Kanata (Trinity Hilltop Ringers). Admission is free. There will be a freewill offering. For more information, contact the church office at: 613-733-3156.
(Gordon’s one of the ringers in A Touch of Brass so you should ask for his autograph.)

Brett Delmage,  
JAZZ: The Glebop Jazz Trio has been bringing in guests for their monthly gig at the Glebe’s Arrow and Loon for years, but this time they’ve got two: internationally-recognized Cuban pianist Miguel Angel de Armas, who has been turning heads all over town, and vocalist Natasha Shannon. Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. More info.

Max Keeping:  
HELP KIDS WITH CANCER: Ride in the CN Cycle for CHEO this Sunday, May 6. You can cycle, inline skate, or walk from the War Museum on the Ottawa River Parkway. There are 70k and 35k cycling routes, a 15k cycle and inline skate; and 5k and 2k walks. Entertainment on site, a children’s festival, and BBQ. It has raised $1.7 million in the last three years.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
100 STRANGERS: The vernissage of Les Notres happens on May 9 at Irene’s. Les Notres is a collection of portraits of 100 strangers in Ottawa by photographer Kym Shumsky. The project started as a blog and now the photos are for sale as a softcover book too. The show runs until June 3 at Irene’s.

MORE, MUCH MORE: Bryan Adams is at Scotiabank Place on Friday night … ORAPEX, Ottawa’s National Stamp Show, is on Saturday and Sunday … the Manotick Art Association Spring Show and Sale takes place Friday to Sunday … Lowe’s Community Rink Reno Rally with Shean Donovan on Saturday … a new flea market opens in Almonte on Sunday … there’s a big clothing swap at Mambo Restaurant on Sunday … Crush Improv’s monthly show at the Elmdale happens on Monday night … and there’s a Craft Beer 101 class on Wednesday at the Kichesippi Beer Co.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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OttawaStart Staff


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