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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday, February 27: Ferris Bowler’s Night Off
If you’re a fan of bowling, head over to West Park Bowling Lanes this Thursday for Ferris Bowler’s Night Off. Organized by Beau’s All Natural Brewery, the 80s-themed bowling night will include prizes to be won and live music courtesy of DJ Atherton. Sign-up to participate by emailing email@example.com.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Thursday, February 27: Rail Road Poetry Series presents Rachel Simpson, David O’Meara & Stephen Brockwell
7pm at Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. This series, recently begun by former Tree & VERSeFest director Rod Pederson, is a pop up series for poetry. You never know where or when the train will arrive, but when it does, you can be assured that it will be full of fine poets. Veteran poets Brockwell & O’Meara have numerous collections out. Simpson is an emerging poet whose work can be found in the chapbooks published by In/Words Magazine & In/Words alumnus Cameron Anstee’s Apt. 9 Press.
— Amanda Earl
Friday, February 28: CreativeMornings Ottawa features Mr. Eugene Haslam
8:30am at Enriched Bread Artist Studios. From the event description: “Since 1985 Eugene has been a tireless promoter of live music in Ottawa. He owns legendary Ottawa cultural icon Zaphod Beeblebrox. He currently is a Board Member of the ByWard Market BIA and the Bytown Museum. He is no stranger to media and has appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, radio programs and television news stories: locally, nationally and internationally. He is a regularly sought-out commentator and has been featured in various media on subjects as diverse as fashion, food, music and politics.”
— Eugene Haslam
Friday, February 28: Carnival Solidarity Fundraiser for L’Arche Honduras
Come and Have Fun at a Solidarity evening for L’Arche in Honduras. Food, drink, music and a carnival theme!
— Laura Gauthier
Friday, February 28 (8:00pm): THE JERRY CANS + SAALI @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
The Jerry Cans will take you on a stroll through Iqaluit, Nunavut with their unique mix of Inuktitut country swing, throat singing, reggae, and blues, sharing a glimpse of life in Nunavut while challenging misrepresentation of the great white north. Nunavuttitut! Nunavut Style! A lucky concert-goer attending this show, will win a FREE return flight from YOW (Ottawa) to YFB (Iqaluit), with guest, courtesy of FIRST AIR.
— Eugene Haslam
The 2014 sugar bush season kicks off this Saturday at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (2452 Yorks Corners Road in Edwards). Head out to the farm for their famous all-you-can eat pancake brunch and then check out the sugar shack where you can see how they make maple syrup, get some taffy-on-the-snow, and visit the animals in the petting barn. You can also take a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride. Brunch can be had Saturdays from 9am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays from this Saturday through April 20th. (More local sugar bushes are listed here…)
— Gordon Dewis
Saturday, March 1: 7th annual Carleton University Chemistry Magic Show and Festival
Enjoy the fabulous magic show and hands on activities. Watch things explode, blow up and see how cool science can be.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Saturday, March 1: Sound of Lions at the Blacksheep Inn
If you want to listen to some live music this Saturday, head over to the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield to check out Sound of Lions. The five-piece female-fronted hip-hop/rock/soul group from Ottawa will be sharing the stage with special guests Flying Hórses, who’ll take you on an instrumental journey through childhood memories of summer carnivals, dusty dollhouses and wide-eyed innocence.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Saturday, March 1: Seedy Saturday
It might feel like the middle of winter, but spring is coming soon! Get ready by stocking up on local seeds for
your garden, or check out the organic mini-market, food and gardening workshops and swap table at Seedy Saturday, the annual seed exchange and sale. It’s at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
— Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2: Ottawa Geek Market
Ottawa Geek Market is like the expo part of ComicCon. It’s essentially a nerdy expo where vendors hock their geeky wares over two days. The best part is that it’s not limited to the nerd stores like The Comic Book Shoppe or Wizard’s Tower; it also features artisans, a gaming area, kewl geeky displays and the entire event is a charitable fundraiser.
— Tanya Snook, Spydergrrl
Sunday, March 2: Phil Dwyer Trio at Les Brasseurs du Temps
Recently appointed to the Order of Canada, Phil Dwyer is one of the greats of Canadian music. He’s been nominated for Juno Awards five times and he’s worked with many of the top names in jazz, classical and popular music. For $20 on Sunday you can catch him both in a an afternoon workshop at BDT, where he will share share recorded highlights (including unreleased personal recordings) and ‘behind the scenes’ anecdotes, and talk about becoming a better musician, and then at 8 pm, relax and listen to his trio in an evening concert.
— Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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