Good morning! This coming weekend begs the all-important question…will it be lion-ish or lamb-ish? The month of March arrives Sunday, which typically signals that warmer weather is in our near future. This past weekend saw a lot of melting, and the next couple days should see more, but for you crazy people who love snow, don’t worry, it’s back on Wednesday. This is a busy week in Ottawa for events, mostly indoors, so let’s have a look!
It’s trade deadline day!! I’ll have the TV running all day to see what’s going on…looks like both Anderson and Pageau are pretty high on the “trade bait list” and although I do believe that J-G should sign on with the Sens, it’s time for the Anderson tenure to end here in Ottawa. I love the guy, don’t get me wrong, but he’s getting older and he’s just not what he used to be. Also, he’s still got some value, and we’ll likely get something back for him now, as opposed to the bag of pucks that we’ll get for him in another year or two. We’ll hopefully find out today who wins the Chris Kreider sweepstakes: will he be a Bruin, since they cleared space for him with their trade for Ondrej Kase last week? And finally, last night Ilya Kovalchuk’s days in Montreal were cut short (as expected), and he’s on his way to the US capital city for a 2020 3rd rounder.
Whatever happens, we’ve still got some hockey in town this week. The Vancouver Canucks are visiting the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night, and the Detroit Red Wings are here on Saturday night. The 67’s also have a pair of home games this week with the Oshawa Generals here on Friday night and the Barrie Colts on Saturday.
Also in sports, it’s nice to see the boys of summer again. The Blue Jays are off to a decent start in the Grapefruit league, kicking off this year with some direction and a plan, unlike last year’s disaster. Let’s see how that goes.
At the Gladstone this week, Bare: A Pop Opera kicks off on Wednesday night with it’s preview night, and then runs until March 7th. At Pressed, Bear and Co. has a one-night show on Sunday this week called “Original.” This seems like an interesting event, and it will certainly be equally interesting seeing how they do it at Pressed. Definitely worth checking out!
There are two festivals of note this week in Ottawa. The first is Kidsfest! This amazing event for children of all ages is being held on Saturday and Sunday at the EY Centre. I know you’ve been looking at boats and campers at the boat show or the RV show, but it’s the kids’ turn now. Also this week is the Ottawa Improv Festival, running from Thursday to Saturday at Arts Court. The lineup is impressive, and it looks like so much fun!
Concert Pick(s) of the Week:
I’ve got a pair of concerts this week that are very, very different from one another. Theory of a Deadman is on Monday night at the Bronson Centre, and what a great venue this is for concerts! I was there again last week for the Beaches concert (which was amazing by the way), and each time I see this re-vamped venue, I appreciate it more. If you’re a TOAD fan, be careful about Facebook events. Some event promotion company is promoting them to be at Mavericks on Thursday night….this is not the case! At least not Mavericks in Ottawa. The second concert this week is Fred Penner, with his “The Cat Came Back” tour. I’m not 100% sure of which show he’s got planned, but he definitely has an “adult” version of his concerts which is hilarious and NOT kid-friendly! He’s playing Friday night at the Algonquin Commons Theatre, another fantastic venue.
Another live entertainment event to include here is the hilarious Shaun Majumder, who will be visiting Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe on Friday night. He is so funny!! I have family in Newfoundland, so I can totally appreciate his comedy. Have a look at some of his YouTube clips if you don’t know him. I recommend “Newfie Directions”, it’s 100% accurate.
Event Highlight of the Week:
The younger version of me has chosen the 4th Annual Red Cup Challenge as my event of the week. Not only is beer pong super fun, but this event is raising money for mental health awareness. Now I’m not suggesting that this is beer pong, but it’s definitely good practice for upcoming events such as Pongapalooza, the world largest beer pong festival on April 25th.