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_ Here are our contributors’ picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly _
** See also: ** What’s open and closed on Easter weekend in Ottawa
** Thursday, March 28-Saturday, March 30: ALGOINQUIN ROCKS! **
Students of the Event Management course at Algonquin complete their 16-events-in-March with three more: **
** WISH YOU WERE THIS SWEET, dinner, live cake war, candy bar - Thursday, 28th,6pm at Algonquin’s International Restaurant;
WISHES FROM THE ROARIN’ 20’s: Saturday, 30th, Flapper gear dressup, themed 20’s dinner, photo booth, jail & bail,6pm, International Restaurant;
WISH IT WERE THE 90’s: dress up retry, video games, music, 8:30p Mansion Nightclub. For info, Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
_ – Max Keeping _
** ** Thursday, March 28: The Factory Reading Series **
7:00 pm at the Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong). Lovingly hosted by rob mclennan, featuring **
** deborah poe, wanda o’connor & Lauren Turner. Three excellent poets, good grub & beer, good company just before the Easter weekend.
_ – Amanda Earl , poet & publisher _
** ** Thursday, March 28: Spoken Word Poet Shane Koyczan **
You may recognize him from the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he wowed a live audience of over 60,000 people (over 1 billion world-wide) with his piece “We Are More.” You can check out his viral hit “To This Day” here: http://youtu.be/ ltun92DfnPY to see why you should see this guy in person! A true creative!
_ – Laura Gauthier _
** ** Thursday, March 28: Terry Gillespie - Bluesoul Launch **
The long-awaited Blues Album by Canada’s King of Roots Music and Ottawa’s own Terry Gillespie. ** ** Terry will be accompanied by seasoned musicians Lyndell Montgomery and Wayne Stoute with special guest Peter Measroch formerly of The Luther Allison Band on piano.
_ – Jean Labelle , photographer _
** ** Friday, March 29: SARAH CRIPPS at Zaphod Beeblebrox **
Highly Recommended. Toronto Independent Music Award Winner. Think LUCINDA WILLIAMS. STEVE EARLE. KATHLEEN EDWARDS. EMMYLOU HARRIS. ** “ ** She has a big, resonant, blues tinged voice with a solid mid-range that is immediately appealing.” – L.A. Beat.
_ – Eugene Haslam , Zaphod’s Owner _
** ** Friday, March 29: Sigur Ros at Scotiabank Place **
A few months ago, my mom called me and asked if I had ever heard of Sigur Ros. Absolutely I know them, but how in the heck did she hear about them? Turns out a young musician friend had sent her some videos and my mom fell in love with the music. And for good reason. This Icelandic group makes beautiful, atmospheric music and their live shows are legendary. So, I did what any good son would do and bought tickets for my mom’s birthday. I’m going to see Sigur Ros at Scotiabank Place on Friday with my mom. What are you doing? Check this live performance last month in Paris . Or, if you’re a fan of Shia LeBoeuf, check the video he did with the band. It’s NSFW, so wait until you get home.
** ** Friday, March 29: Spirit Tracks **
This Friday, March 29, Artengine and the Electric Fields Festival present Spirit Tracks: a special twist on the Electric Pow Wow with A Tribe Called Red, Cris Derksen, Rhonda Doxator, and Lorenzo. This unique event, taking place at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, will premiere a new collaboration between aboriginal artists from across the country and re-organize the dance floor in its very own way.
_ – Eliane Laberge , blogger _
** Friday, March 29: Spirit Tracks ** Spirit Tracks is both a dance club night and a collaboration among aboriginal artists to create a new urban cultural space. Musical innovators A Tribe Called Red along with Cris Derksen, Lorenzo and Rhonda Doxtator are likely to generate some eclectic, original sounds and energy. Spirit Tracks, which is presented by Artengine’s media arts festival Electric Fields, happens at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts at 9 p.m.
** ** Friday, March 29: Teen Daze **
Vancouver-based DJ/Producer Teen Daze will be doing a live set at Mercury Lounge thanks to a collaboration between IndieMontreal, CHUO FM and the venue. Teen Daze, known for his ambient/dance/electronic/lo-fi/pop sounds will be stopping by the National Capital to promote his second full-length album _ The Inner Mansions. _
_ – Eliane Laberge , blogger _
** ** Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31: Sugar Bush Time **
What better way to celebrate spring than a visit to a sugar bush? You’ll be outside, plus you’ll get to taste the local bounty of maple syrup. There are several sugar bushes near Ottawa and Gatineau; check in advance for what services they offer–including meals, children’s activities, walking trails and/or horse-drawn rides–and to make reservations.
** ** Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31: Sugaring Off at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm **
The sugaring season is rapidly coming to an end, so why not head out to Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (2452 Yorks Corners Road) for brunch and then explore the sugar shack to learn how it’s made? Suitable for all ages, you’ll also be able to enjoy taffy on the snow and visit with the animals at the farm. Check out their website for more information.
** ** Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1: Easter on the Farm **
Come celebrate spring’s arrival at the Canada Agriculture Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of new-born animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout.
_ – Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid _
** ** Saturday, March 30: Egg-sperience the Bunker **
In what can only be described as the geekiest Easter Egg hunt in the capital, the Diefenbunker is once again hosting “Egg-sperience the Bunker”. Covering the entire 100,000 square foot expanse to uncover as many eggs as possible is your challenge. Are you up for it?
** ** Saturday, March 30: Jazz and Poetry featuring Renée Yoxon, Mark Ferguson, and Brandon Wint at Pressed **
Jazz. Poetry. It’s a delightful combination of the arts. This week it will be presented by three of Ottawa’s most accomplished performers in the genres: pianist and trombonist Mark Ferguson, vocalist Renée Yoxon, and poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint. Expect lots of original material with unexpected twists, for $10. Starts at 7pm.
_ – Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca _
** Monday, April 1: Crush Improv ‘Bout Time at Mother McGuinty’s **
A comedy show on April Fool’s. Perfect. Ottawa’s monthly 3-on-3 competitive improv show is back, and this month it’s at the Heart and Crown in the Byward Market on the Mother McGintey’s Stage. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission $5 at the door. I’m playing the piano.
** April 2-April 9: The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship **
For the first time since 1990, the best women’s hockey players in the world will gather in Ottawa when the nation’s capital hosts the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. Hosting the Women’s World Championship in 2013 is an opportunity for Ottawa to continue to shine as the Capital city of our great country where the game of hockey was born. **
** _ – Jim Watson , Mayor of Ottawa _
This evening is being hosted by the Champions for Ottawa Baseball to showcase the upcoming Blue Jays season, 20 years after their thrilling World Series win, and will broadcast the Home Opener LIVE starting at 6:30pm at the Berryman Pub, 476 Bank Street. Special thanks also to the support from our friends at Kichesippi Brewery. We’d love for you to join us! Website: http://www.champsottawabaseball.ca/
_ – Danielle McGee _
You will hear an update on City Hall issues from me, and hear from directly from the Chief of Defence Staff - General Lawson. Tickets required and always sell out fast.
_ – Jim Watson , Mayor of Ottawa _
** _ Have a great week! _ **
** See also: ** Ottawa Events Guide
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