Happy April Fools Day!! I was going to make up some stupid announcement for the day, but I really wasn’t feeling especially creative so you just have to accept my usual post. I’m really happy that April is here though, the snow is going fast, and should be gone in less than 2 weeks if the weather holds. Then the ball fields open and festivals start! Speaking of ball, if anyone is interested in joining a softball team, I want to send a shout out to my friends at Ottawa Softball who run the biggest softball league in the city with many choices of divisions and competitive levels. You can email them here!
I want to kick off this newsletter with a couple unique events that are worth mentioning right away! First, A Night in the Enchanted Forest Charity Event is being held on Tuesday night at Restaurant International (Algonquin College) which supports Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs. The food and drinks look amazing!! Secondly, in support of the troops and first responders, the Heroes Gala is being held Saturday at the Ottawa Conference and Events Centre. It’s a wonderful night out with a fantastic meal, dinner, and dancing, with all proceeds from this event going to causes that directly support all those who serve. These programs provide a vast array of services including mental health, physical recovery, and senior care for those who so diligently protect and care for us.
Lets talk SPORTS! The Blue Jays have started their regular season and split the series against the Tigers with outstanding starting pitching so far. Although they’re on a rebuild, there are positives for the season (maybe) as the Stro-show and Sanchez were both back to their 2017 glory. And really, Trent Thornton setting a setting a franchise record for most strike outs in a big league debut?? Amazing. But that’s Toronto, let’s talk about Ottawa. Did you notice the Sens beat up on the Maple Leafs again over the weekend? Two in a row?? But enough about Toronto. 🙂 The Sens season is coming to a close with only a handful of games left, and then it’s on to the golf course while the top 16 are still playing. They have two home games this week: Monday night the first place Tampa Bay Lightening are coming to town looking to get another ‘W’ after a loss to the Capitals over the weekend. Then on Saturday, the Columbus Blue Jackets are here hoping to cling on to the last playoff spot while hopefully knocking out the Canadiens. Since the 67’s swept their first round playoff series against Hamilton, they have a lot of downtime before the start of round two. They’ll be playing the Sudbury Wolves, and game #1 and 2 will be both in Ottawa, Friday and Sunday. Then Game 5 will be Saturday April 13th and Game 7 on Tuesday April 16, both if needed. Finally, as a sure sign of spring, the Ottawa Fury FC have their season opener on Saturday at TD Place against Nashville SC. Bring your warm jackets!
One of the biggest Ottawa concerts of the year hits this week on Wednesday night with KISS playing their End of the Road World Tour at the Canadian Tire Centre. I was very impressed when I saw them for the first and only time at Bluesfest many years ago….what a fantastically entertaining concert!! Also this week, on the local side, I recommend Alanna Stirling also on Wednesday night at Queen Street Fare and Ambush on Friday night at Greenfields.
There are a few shows this week in local theatre. A Man for All Seasons continues at Kanata Theatre for its second of two weeks. This week at the Gladstone, Heroes kicks off Friday night for a little over a week. This show put on by Phoenix Players is running a promotion/charity type event. The “Bums In Seats” challenge for “Heroes” sets a target of 1000 seats sold for the run of the play. If the target is met or exceeded, two Phoenix Players members, André Dimitrijevic and Dr. John Kershman, have agreed to buy and maintain an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Gladstone Theatre. Finally, the Canadian Improv Games: National Tournament is running from Monday to Wednesday at the National Arts Centre.
There are a few great trade-show/marketplace type events this week. The annual Signatures Originals Spring Craft Sale is running at the EY Centre from Thursday to Sunday. At the Carleton University Fieldhouse, you can find the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market on Saturday and Sunday. The Vegan Night Market is running on Saturday night at TD Place and finally in this category, you can find the 2019 Brain and Mental Health Art Show on Friday night at the Horticulture Building.
Where will I be?
I’ve got a few plans this week! Wednesday night, I’m heading out to Kanata Theatre to see A Man for All Seasons. It looks like a great show, and I have to admit, I’ve never been to the Kanata Theatre so it will be a new experience for me as well! Saturday night, I plan to check out the Vegan Night Market to see what it’s like! Sunday, I’ll be back at the Jim Durrell Centre for the monthly sports card and comic show!
The Greely Players Association had a six show run of “Shrek: The Musical” last week. Thank you to everyone involved for your hospitality and of course, for the amazing show. You can read my review of the show by clicking here.
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