February is now in full-swing and brimful with events sure to suit everyone’s tastes. If you didn’t attend the opening events and first weekend celebrations of Winterlude, you seriously missed out on tons of fun.
The opening night, which took place at the Canadian Museum of Civilization for a third consecutive year, was just as impressive as the previous Winterlude kick-off ceremonies that happened at the CMC. I must add that it was the perfect winter evening, complete with mild weather and light snowflakes. Once again, the National Capital Commission (NCC) didn’t disappoint with its mind-blowing fireworks show (the best I’ve ever seen by far!) and post-fireworks entertainment on-stage provided by DJ Phonograff from BC and the talented violonist Kytami Leblanc. The unique combination of the violin’s sound over the DJ’s scratching and mixing was a definite hit with the crowd and had people dancing outdoors until 11pm. The Phonograff and Kytami will soon release their first joint effort entitled Violin Vs. Vinyl. Support Canadian artists.
Other than the opening festivities, there were plenty of activities taking place at Jacques-Cartier Park aka Snowflake Kingdom in Gatineau, Quebec where young and young at heart get to enjoy snow slides, snow sculptures, obstacle courses, kicksleds, craft lessons and more! The Rideau Canal Skateway was fully open and it was truly a beautiful weekend to enjoy a skate on the world’s largest outdoor skating rink. I was there both Saturday and Sunday and the smooth ice combined with the mild weather and sunshine made for a perfect outdoor weekend. If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy Winterlude this weekend, you still have 2 more weekends to catch up. Check out upcoming Winterlude activities here.
If you’re looking to jam on a Thursday night, do yourself a favor and check out Babylon on February 9 for the Legend Series Volume One: Bob Marley Birthday Tribute with DJ General Hi-Power and I-Red including live art by Dan Metcalfe. Guaranteed Bob Marley joints all night long free of charge for the rastafarian in you.
Also this Thursday, if you’re looking for some art to decorate your walls and brighten your life, the School of Photographic Art of Ottawa is throwing a Print Sale from 6 to 9pm at the school located at 168 Dalhousie Street in the Byward Market. Support your local photographers and cease this rare opportunity to purchase photographic art by leading and up-and-coming artists.
This weekend, Sexapalooza rolls into the city at the new Convention Centre for 2 days presenting a “unique, upscale adult consumer show and shopping experience that has been growing and expanding for the past 5 years. Marketed to women and couples, Sexapalooza offers a safe yet titillating environment dedicated to entertaining and educating you on all aspects of sex and sexuality. Enjoy fantastic stage shows and learn new sex ‘how tos’ and tips at our seminars given by professionals in the adult industry.” If Sexapalooza is somewhere you want to be this weekend, find a babysitter (if you have kids that is) and browse the website to familiarize yourself with this one-of-a-kind experience.
On Saturday February 11, Montreal-native Sam Roberts Band will be at the National Arts Centre with special guest Zeus. The Canadian rock sensation will perform songs from the most recent Collider. The show starts at 8pm in Southam Hall. Tickets on sale here.
If you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day or if you simply don’t care for it, don’t despair. Instead of pouting on your couch in front of the TV, head out to le Petit Chicago in Vieux-Hull for Fau Mardi: Lovers Gonna Love Edition, a night dedicated to lovers of Dubstep, Electro and Techno.
Another twist on Valentine’s Day presented by Sunn Daze Is Cirque Noir Born Bad: A Natural Born Killers Vday Party happening at Babylon on Thursday, February 16. Beats by Dick Party, Jon Deck, and Lil Phil including performances by Capital Tease Burlesque, Wellfedartist Body Paint, Erotic Art and Visuals provided by Matt Cameron.
That’s it for now. Enjoy your week and stay tuned for more February frenzy happening this month! Cheers 🙂