OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Kid Koala, Newfoundland Night, and the Amazing Kreskin


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Spring brings many things in Ottawa. My neighbours come out of hibernation. The weather gets warmer. Gas prices rise. We all get Sens playoff fever. And the number of events happening around the city starts to rise dramatically. Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.

Lisa from
ARTS/FILM: The clock is ticking on the Christian Marclay installation, and this Thursday, April 12 you can get in for free, all night long.  A century of cinema clips seamlessly compiled into a captivating 24 hour film, playing in real time. Free entry to the National Galley from 10pm to 5am

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me: 
MUSIC: One of my favourite lesser-known artists is Little Scream. If you didn’t catch her beautiful and haunting performance at last year’s Bluesfest, you’ll have another chance this Friday at the Black Sheep Inn. Highly recommended!

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
MUSEUMS: This sounds pretty cool – the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum hosts Kid Koala’s Cadet Show from April 13-15. Kid Koala is a world-reknowned DJ from Montreal who’s taken scratching and sampling to new levels. For this all-ages event, audiences “immerse themselves into Kid Koala’s live rendition of his brilliant album whilst lying on individual inflatable ‘space pods’ equipped with their own set of headphones”.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher: 
POETRY: In honour of National Poetry Month, i give you three upcoming poetry events.
Saturday, April 14: Plan 99 Reading Series, The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St, 5pm. Out-of-towners Roo Borson & George Murray have new collections out with McClelland & Stewart, and ECW Press respectively. From the gentle nature poems of Borson with their hint at mortality to Murray’s sombre & morose post-divorce poetry, this is going to be a great event.
Saturday, April 14: SLOWest Coffee House, Bridgehead Cafe, 1277 Wellington W. United for Guatemala, In Air/Air Out: Local poets Czandra, Shai Ben Shalom, Monty Reid, Jorge Etcheverry and Luciano Díaz. Money from the sales of this chapbook anthology go toward buying much needed stoves for Guatemalans.
Sunday, April 15: Dusty Owl Reading Series, Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington W. Ottawa resident Stephen Brockwell is this month’s feature. He has several poetry books out and is a skilled & consummate poet. His poems will amuse you and make you think. Stay for the open mic afterward and share your own poetry, prose, manifestos, and music. More poetry events this month:

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
ARTS & CRAFTS: The Ottawa Guild of Potters is holding their Annual Spring Sale and Exhibition this Thursday through Sunday. Taking place at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Boulevard in Orleans), proceeds from specially marked pieces will go to Harvest House. The doors are open from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday, 10am-10pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid: 
KIDS: Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, the talented Young Actor’s Company of the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (OSSD) presents “As I Sit Here“, an original ensemble work written and performed by seven young actors, aged 13-15 yrs old. Using several acting styles, choreography, music and themes, the performance considers our relationship to books and how they impact our lives. Funny, poignant and thought-provoking. The play will be suitable for all ages. At the Main Library Branch, 120 Metcalfe. It’s free.

Brett Delmage, 
JAZZ: It’s spring and it’s time to swing! Singers Steve Berndt and Kim Kaskiw, backed by a quintet of long-time collaborators, will present their annual spring romp through standards and original tunes at the NAC Fourth Stage on Saturday. Tickets are $20. More info…

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:
NEWFOUNDLAND: If you’re not at the hockey game, there’s an outstanding evening to be had April 16 at Petit Bill’s Bistro, 1293 Wellington Street.  It’s an all-Newfoundland menu night, starring cod tongues, rabbit stew, Jigg’s dinner, and more … all to celebrate the restuarant’s 5th anniversary, and to raise funds for low income children to access sports and recreation through the Max Keeping Foundation.  There’s also a raffle to win a trip to St. John’s in July for the George St Festival – one of the wildest (and best) music festivals in the country.  Tickets are $25, or 5 for $100 – call 613-729-5000. Only 500 tickets – the draw will be at 9:30pm that night. Make a reservation for dinner. Enjoy the food, the music, the auctions.  The Sens will win, and the kids will win, on April 16th!
 (Also recommended by Don from foodieprints)

Denise Deby, from Green Living Ottawa
ENVIRONMENT/FILM: I’m looking forward to the Best of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, four evenings of films and guest speakers at the Canadian Museum of Nature. On opening night, Wednesday April 18, the Festival will screen Truck Farm (USA 2010), about a farmer who turns the back of his pickup truck into a plot of land, and White Water, Black Gold (Canada 2011), on the effects of the Alberta Tar Sands on Canada’s water supply.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:  
YOGA: While this event doesn’t take place until May 27, the registration for the 2nd Annual Yogini Yogathon is taking place now. Spend a half day or full day with various yoga classes, prizes, and food. Participants are encouraged to donate or raise funds for three great causes.

SATURDAY: The Amazing Kreskin is at Casino du Lac LeamySATURDAY/SUNDAY: Ottawa Artisans Guild Spring Craft SaleSUNDAY: The Ottawa Farmers Market has its final day at Lansdowne ParkWEDNESDAY: Heritage lecture about the materials used to construct the Parliament Buildings.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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OttawaStart Staff


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