Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope you’ve all enjoyed your long weekends, and to all my Government, school and banking friends, I hope you continue to enjoy it! It was a great weekend here, with the rain wiping out basically all the snow, we now just have to wait for all the fields to dry up so all the summer sports can start! While waiting though, this is a very busy week around Ottawa for people of all ages! Have a look at the highlights:
Let’s start off with the holiday Monday. There are several options for you and your kids. First, the Log Farm is finishing up it’s weekend Easter activities with another day of egg hunting and activities for the kiddies. Second, the last free public skate of the year at TD Place is happening from 11-12 on Monday so if you haven’t been, it’s a great opportunity to test out the gorgeous rink and skate where the 67’s have been tearing up the playoffs so far! Next, I highly support going out to Mooney’s Bay for the Earth Day Community Cleanup by Re4m and sponsored by Ruckify. There are all kinds of activities planned, and you’ll be helping out a great cause.
Let’s talk concerts! There are some great shows all week throughout Ottawa. To save you some reading, the highlights include: Cher, Tim Baker and Charlotte Cornfield, Thomas Rhett, Judas Priestess (Read that carefully), IN2U, Ambush, Metric AND July Talk, Disco Inferno, and then two concert filled nights with multiple artists which include “Underground Sessions Volume 4” at the Rainbow, and “Parental Advisory with Twisted Sista, Dirty Deeds Club and DJ Davey” at House of TARG.
For live entertainment, there are tons of musicals and theatre productions this week too! First, at the Gladstone, you can find the fantastic parody to Mary Poppins with “Scary Poppins!” This show looks incredible and runs April 24th – May 4th. Next, you can find the Mississippi Mudds production of “We Will Rock You” featuring the music of Queen. Tickets are pretty much gone for this one though, so you may have to go second hand. It takes place at the Carleton Place Town Hall and looks so good!!
At the NAC, from April 24th to May 5th, The Pigeon King is running daily and is the story of a farmer, who built a bird-breeding empire called Pigeon King International, using investments from hundreds of his nearly insolvent neighbours. For seven years, he offered a lifeline of financial hope to people whose luck had nearly run out. This is his story.
Finally, for ONE DAY ONLY, you can see “Kinky Boots” at TD Place. The winner of six 2013 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS features a Tony® Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. KINKY BOOTS tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola, and together they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair.
The next category is festivals! We’re officially entered Festival Season!!! From Thursday to Sunday on Sparks Street you can find the first Poutine Festival of the season!! The trucks roll onto Sparks Street for the full four days so give you self lots of time to try them all! On Saturday, once you’re all full of delicious cheese curds, gravy and everything else you can find on your fries, you can head over to the Aberdeen Pavilion for the annual Palooza Beer Pong Festival!! I have to admit that I’m quite the beer pong player, but I’ve never actually attended this popular event. The annual Music and Beyond Festival has a one-off event this week with a unique Wine Auction being held on Friday night at Ottawa City Hall.
There are a few trade shows of note this week as well! As I said, there’s something for all ages this week, and the Fifty-Five Plus Lifestyle Show is on Friday and Saturday at the EY Centre. Also, at the Shaw Centre on Saturday and Sunday, the National Women’s Show is being held.
Finally, we’ve got sports! There’s not too much to see this week in Ottawa. The Ottawa Fury FC have a match on Sunday against Atlanta United FC 2. The 67’s continue their tear through the playoff, now with 11 straight wins. Game 4 will be held in Oshawa, and if for some reason there is a game #5, it will be at TD Place on Friday night at 7pm.
Where will I be?
I have a busy week planned! Thursday night, I’m heading to the monthly Local Talks presentation. This month’s topic is Cannabis in the Capital for Entrepreneurs and is being held at Shopify. Friday night, I’ll be on my way out to Carleton Place to see the We Will Rock You show. Saturday, I’m heading to TD Place for the long-awaited Metric and July Talk concert!! Reviews on these last two shows to follow!!
There is a great event coming up on May 18th that was announced last week. “Let’s Party with the PepTides” is happening at the Ottawa Art Gallery in support of Ottawa Salus. The PepTides is a nine-member band with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on eclectic influences, with elements of funk, soul, gospel, folk, Latin and new wave. In 2017, the band was featured on the cover of Ottawa Life Magazine as “Ottawa’s Best Band.” Most recently, they won Ottawa’s Jim Beam Indies, and we wish them the very best as they advance to the Canadian Independent Music Awards on May 11! Proceeds from this fabulous evening will support Ottawa Salus and the life-changing housing and support services for people living with severe mental illness in our community.
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