Welcome to June where we celebrate the start of spring this year in Ottawa. Eventually it’ll warm up and we’ll have some summer too. The cold weather isn’t stopping the events though, festival season is in full swing and there’s tons to do again this week in Ottawa!
This week has several smaller festivals throughout the city. The highlight (at least in my eyes) is Westfest which runs Friday through Sunday at Tom Brown arena. This festival is always such a great time, and it is always free to enjoy!! Italian Week starts up this week with the opening ceremonies at City Hall on Thursday and the annual kick-off gala on Saturday at Sala San Marco. In Orleans, the amazing Orleans Craft Beer Festival is on Thursday to Saturday with a huge line up of both craft breweries and concerts. I’m so excited to go out to see it!! Congrats again to the ticket winners for my give-aways! Another bit of proof to say that Ottawa has a festival for everything is the Bouncy Castle Festival that takes place on Saturday at Wesley Clover Park. Your kids will LOVE THIS!! In the Glebe, all weekend, you can find the New Art Festival in Central Park. Finally for festivals, Hockey Fest “game on” is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Typically, theatre dies off in the summer to allow for us to get out and enjoy the festivals (obviously). However, it’s not gone just yet! This week, there are lots of options. Mending Fences continues week two at Ottawa Little Theatre. The Annual Lawyer Play: War of Two Worlds runs for four days at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. When you buy your tickets to this one, make sure to select “Elsa” when asked who referred you to buy tickets, it will help support a Covert Ottawa Guy supporter!! At The Gladstone Theatre, the hilarious Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale continues its second and final week, and Opheus’ latest production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert runs until June 9th at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe.
Where will I be?
It’s a very busy and well scheduled week for myself. Monday night, I’ve been invited to attend an anniversary party at The Gladstone Theatre. Thursday night, I’ll be joining my ticket winners at the Orleans Craft Beer Festival (not driving to this one!!). Friday night, I’m going to go to the first and newest concept of the 613 Flea series of events. They’re hosting a night market on Friday night prior to the full day event on Saturday! Sunday, I’ll be heading out to Westfest for the final night of the festival. What a fun week!!
The annual CCLA/CGTC (Carleton County Law Association/Great Canadian Theatre Company) Lawyer Play has a cast composed of lawyers, law students, paralegals, judges and magistrates. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, thanks to the ongoing and generous support of sponsors and theatre enthusiasts. This year’s play – War of Two Worlds – is written especially for the Lawyer Play by GCTC’s own Eric Coates and Hugh Neilson, and will be presented June 5-8, 2019. The 2019 charity partner is St. Mary’s Home, a not-for-profit charitable organization serving the Ottawa area and beyond since 1933. St. Mary’s Home provides specialized residential and community support services to marginalized young pregnant women (ages 13-25), young parents, and their children. They have special catering for every gala night in addition to wine, beer and whiskey samplings as well as complementary beer and wine during intermission and post-show appetizers, which will make it a fun evening theatre people won’t soon forget while helping raise funds for a good cause. To buy tickets: https://www.gctc.ca/events/lawyer-play-2019. Please support a Covert Ottawa Guy supporter and select “Elsa” in the dropdown menu when asked “who did you buy your tickets from?”
Last week, I attended Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert by Orpheus at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. It was such a great show. You can read my review by clicking here!
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