|McKenzie Building at Carleton University. Photo by Maksim A. from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Here are our contributors’ picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in the space. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly
Join us 5:30-9am at the new Newport (Scott & Churchill). Radio stations The Bear 106.9 and BOOM 99.7 morning teams will be broadcasting live. Max, Mayor Jim Watson and other special guests will be there. Money goes for low income children to access sports, recreation, the arts, and education.
— Max Keeping
Thursday, March 21: Comedy Social – Alternative Comedy Spectacle
A live stand-up and sketch comedy show at Avant-Garde Bar (135 1/2 Besserer Street, across from Les Suites). Starts at 9pm. Suggested donation: $5.
— Rachelle Todd, comedian & actor
Thursday, March 21: Atomic Wednesday-Ian Keteku & Brad Morden
6:00pm at Roast ‘N Brew (198 Rideau Street). Ffolk-hop poetry presented by Patchwork, a new publishe. A spoken word duo that also combines folk & hip hop inspired stylings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QImav6nLgm0
— Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Thursday, March 21: The Artistic Showcase
If you like to support local artists, check out the March edition of the Artistic Showcase at Pressed Cafe this Thursday for an eclectic evening of music and poetry. This event, hosted by spoken word artist Brandon Wint, will feature poet John Akpata, Nathanael Larochette aka Sir Realist, Rosie M formerly known as Elle-P, Rommel Ribeiro and special guest Suzy Pankhust.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger
March 21-23: Algonquin Students Rock for Wishes
Thursday, March 21: 6pm at Greenfields Pub, Barrhaven. Battle of the Bands, with Dick Cooper of Cooper Brothers heading the celebrity judging panel. @Rockthisway
Friday, March 22: 6pm at Centurian Conference Centre. Gender feud games, shows, buffet, silent auction, celebrity guests. @pinknblueaffair
Saturday, March 23: 6pm, Masquerade Benefit Gala, the Palace, with dinner, entertainment, fashion show by Gwen Madiba. email@example.com
— Max Keeping
Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24: Ottawa Home & Garden Show
Do you want to do something to your home or garden but need a little inspiration? The Ottawa Home and Garden Show taking place this weekend at the Ernst & Young Centre (4899 Uplands Drive) is probably for you. Starting Thursday at noon, you’ll find lots of exhibitors showing off their wares for all parts of your home and garden. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a culinary showcase featuring top chefs and grill masters sharing their ideas and techniques. Lots for everyone! Adults can get in for just $12, seniors and teens for $10 and children for free. If you have a group of 8 or more, you’ll pay just $8/head. The first 1000 cars on Thursday and Friday get free parking. Check out the website for more information and ticket deals.
— Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
Friday, March 22: The Soul Motivators EP Release Show
The Mercury Lounge invites you to attend The Soul Motivators’ EP Release Show for a night of deep funk and soul music. The Soul Motivators, a 9-piece, 3-horn deep funk ensemble with a soulful flair, are guaranteed to get you moving and grooving to their new retro sounds.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger
Friday, March 22: World Water Day 2013 events
Lift a glass to World Water Day with a water ceremony and dance demonstration starting at Victoria Island at 11 a.m., or a screening of the documentary Bottled Life on the bottled water industry at 7 p.m. at the University of Ottawa. Cheers!
United World Water Day Dance: http://canadawaterweek.com/event/137
Bottled Life film screening: https://www.facebook.com/events/143737535786609/
— Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Sunday, March 24: Hoppy Easter at the Nepean Museum
Hip, Hip, Hurray! Easter is on its way! Join us for an afternoon of Easter fun at Nepean Museum with egg decorating, basket weaving, bunny ears and a special Easter egg hunt! 10am-4pm.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25: Ottawa Beer TAP Society Beer & Food Pairing
Not only is J.P. Fournier the most-excellent president and organizer of the National Capital Beer Week and the WinterBrewed Festival, he is also a great beer maker. As the leader of the Ottawa Beer TAP (tasting, appreciation, and pairing) Society, J.P. teams up with The Copper Pot Café to host an evening of outstanding beer and food. The event runs this Sunday and Monday, starting at 6:30 pm, and costs $60 per person (this is a membership fee for this event only). Seating is limited, so book now if you want to try some unique and distinct craft beer and savour some extraordinary food. I’ll be there on Monday, so I hope to see you there.
— Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog
Monday, March 25: Evandro Gracelli and Friends at Les Brasseurs du Temps
Brazilian guitarist Evandro Gracelli made a splash in Ottawa while he was here in 2010-2011. His talent and joy of playing quickly endeared him to Ottawa’s jazz, Brazilian, and Latino musical communities. He’s back in Ottawa for an extended visit, and you can hear him with some fine local musicians for an evening of hot jazz that should make you forget the snowbanks! If you’re all wound up after this show, Jazz Mondays are back at Le Petit Chicago for a nearby late-night jazz hang.
— Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Monday, March 25: Michael Webster at the NAC
Originally from Ottawa, Michael Webster is now a tremendous jazz musician based out of Brooklyn. His new CD finds a beautiful balance between being very accessible for those who aren’t big jazz fans, while showing off some spectacular jazzy chops. There’s a great rhythms and movement to his music. You can listen here: http://www.michaelwebstermusic.com/#music. He’ll be performing an intimate set at the NAC’s 4th Stage.
— Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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