OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: February 19-25


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.


Friday, February 20: Jazz on Sparks: Denzal Sinclaire, Mark Ferguson, and John Geggie at Christ Church Cathedral
Toronto jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire is back in Ottawa after his well-received Nat King Cole tribute with the NAC Orchestra last year. Together with pianist Mark Ferguson and double bassist John Geggie, whom he met at that tribute, he’ll be performing a “Jazz on Sparks” concert in honour of Black History Month. Expect a wide-ranging exploration of vocal jazz, by three musicians who love and understand the music.
– Alayne

Friday, February 20: Factory Reading Series
7:00 pm. Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong, UPSTAIRS. poetry & prose, hosted by rob mclennan. With Abby Paige, Nikki Sheppy + Hugh Thomas. Your chance to see a local poet & two out-of-town poets; a balance between narrative poems & more experimental work. a great opportunity to mix with the local literary community & enjoy good food & libations in an informal setting.
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

Saturday, February 21: Chinese New Year
Help ring in the Chinese Year of the Sheep! Children and families will take part in an array of Chinese New Year traditions and learn some Chinese dance steps with the Oriental Dance Troupe of Ottawa. At the Canadian Museum of History.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, February 21: Human Library
During the Human Library, you can “borrow” an interesting person for a 20 minute conversation at a participating library branch. Meet an urban farmer, an Algonquin elder, a Paralympian, a cartoonist or one of the other local residents who’ve agreed to share their stories.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Monday, February 23: Loft Board Game Lounge night in support of ALSO literacy
The Loft Board Game Lounge is donating the $5 stay and play fee to ALSO Adult and Family Literacy on Monday evening – what better way to get together with friends and family and have some fun for a good cause?
– Laura Gauthier

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 24-25: CSS for Beginners: Learn to Style Your Website Using CSS (Weekday Evening Edition)
Looking to expand your web-development skills? Wonder what all this CSS3 stuff is about? CSS is a powerful language used to create layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be as pretty! It’s easy to learn, and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. Workshop takes place at Shopify on Elgin.

Tuesday, February 24: Tara Holloway CD release at the NAC’s Fourth Stage.
Tara Holloway’ songs have been featured in TV shows like Sons of Anarchy and Dallas. She has a voice that can rip right through you in the way Janis Joplin’s could. Add to it a new CD full of fantastic tunes and her infectious stage presence and you won’t want to miss her CD release on Tuesday.
– Ryan BreseeCKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Wednesday, February 25: Project Wild Thing
Check out this film about a dad who launches a marketing campaign to get his kids—and others across the U.K.—outside more often. The screening, at the Mayfair, is a benefit for Every Leaf Counts, Hopewell Avenue Public School’s campaign to raise funds to rejuvenate their yard.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Tuesday-Friday, February 24-27: Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa’s largest annual fundraising campaign which supports youth mentoring programs for more than 1200 kids in the community. Teams consist of four to six players and each player is asked to raise $100 in pledges through the online system. Each team bowls two free games and may win great prizes.

Until February 28: SPAO Symposium and Exhibitions: The Shrinking World of Photograph
Make sure to check out this amazing collection of photographs by an international roster of artists, curators, and academics centred at SPAO on January 22–February 28 for The Shrinking World of Photography. All programming at SPAO will be free of charge and open to the public.Check out the website for specific events and talks related to the exhibit.
– Laura Gauthier

Saturday, March 7: Crush Improv Tackles Juvenile Arthritis
Many people think that arthritis is something only old people get. Children and teenagers get a type of arthritis called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which can be incredibly painful and if not treated properly can lead to permanent joint damage. Currently 1 in 1000 Canadian children, under the age of 16 suffer from this disease and as of yet there is no cure. Over the last several years incredible advancements have been made in treating children with the disease and Crush Improv hopes to help out by raising money to support these efforts.


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OttawaStart Staff


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