Despite the fact that last week was a bit depressing weather-wise, Ottawa-Gatineau was still very fortunate to have many fun events happening in its vicinity. This week is no different, with the exception that Mother Nature may be kinder.
For the youthful and the young at heart, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival is taking place from May 28 to June 2 at LeBreton Flats. The 2013 eiditon of this 6-day annual festival will feature a wide variety of shows, activities, workshops, face-painting, storytelling, an instrument petting zoo and more. This year, with the significantly reduced amount of school groups visiting, it needs your attendance more than ever! Check out the full programming by clicking on the event poster below.
This Wednesday May 29, Daniel Wesley will be performing live at Mavericks as part of his Ontario tour to promote his latest album Ocean Wide. The Vancouver-based reggae/rock singer-songwriter will be giving a show alongside opening acts Toronto reggae/folk artist Dylan Murray and Ottawa latin/groove/rock band Tympanic.
This Thursday, May 30, Ranking Yout & The Dub Pilots will be performing live at Babylon. Ottawa’s newest dub reggae group, lead by none other than Gary Slim Moore of Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays, will be accompanied by DJ Zattar who’ll provide a afro-latin-caribbean and calypso vibes.
From May 31 to June 9, the Orpheus Musical Theatre presents the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel musical at the Centerpointe Theatre. While keeping true to the story, the Orpheus production of Carousel will be a revival, appealing and relevant to a 2013 audience. For tickets and information, just click on the event poster below.
On Friday, May 31, fans of jungle and drum and bass music will want to head over to the Cock & Lion Pub for Scene 20/20 featuring Toronto DJ Marcus Visionary, one of Canada’s top jungle/dnb producers. Marcus Visionary will be joined by several local drum and bass DJs.
The May edition of Double Barrel is going down this Friday, May 31 at Mugshots. The all funk, soul, Motown, vintage reggae party will be back outdoors for the summer season starting this Friday with resident DJ Magnificient and special guests.
In case you hadn’t already noticed, the National Capital Region loves its bicycles. As a result, this Saturday, June 1st, the 2nd edition of Velo Vogue will be held at Kichesippi Brewery to raise money for Cycle Salvation. The bicycle fashion show, showing off models wearing stylish and functional outfits while riding bikes, will also include food, drinks, a silent auction, a raffle, and more. This year’s installment will feature Tour La Nuit, a ride under the stars without any cars for an 18km stroll through the streets of the city.
Saturday, June 1 marks the outdoors return of Hostylez at Mugshots with DJs Prufrock Shadowrunner and So Nice. The two sound selectors will bring you strictly dancehall, reggae and hip-hop to keep you moving and grooving all night.
Mushroom jazz what? Yes, that’s right, none other than Mark Farina will be stopping by Ritual Nightclub on Saturday,June 1 for noe one but two live DJ sets as part of his Urban Coyotes Tour. The San Francisco-based DJ and producer will be doing a mushroom jazz set in the lounge from 11-12am followed by a house set in the main room alongside Jeff Dougler and Balu and the Trackstars DJ Crew.
Other noteworthy events that are taking place throughout the National Capital Region this week include the launch of the 11-year anniversary of Barrister’s happening at the Parliament Pub on Tuesday, May 28. Season 11 kicks off with Ottawa veteran DJ Illo.
Swirl & Twirl is back for a 9th edition at the Ottawa City Hall this Thursday, May 30. The wine and beer-tasting fundraiser for Bruce House, The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, Jer’s Vision and PTS will feature music selected by DJs Chris Murray and Ashley Gauthier.
Also on Thursday, May 30, Montreal-based Fransaskois singer-songwriter Anique Granger will be giving a live performance at Pressed Cafe in an effort to promote her second album Les outils qu’on a, a record tinted with folk roots sounds.
The Capital Slam Finals are going down at the Alumni Auditorium at Ottawa U this Saturday, June 1. On this occasion, 8 poets will go head to head to see who will make the CapSlam Team and who will become Slam Champion. If you’re into spoken word and poetry, be sure to attend this important slam.
Voilà! These are Eventful Capital’s suggestions for the days ahead in our Capital City. Enjoy your week in Ottawa-Gatineau and make sure you check out one of these exciting events!