With the exceptionally warm weather and the month of May come flowers and festivals in Canada’s National Capital Region.
The 2013 edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival kicked off last Friday, May 3 and runs until Monday, May 20, 2013. The annual rite of spring, which takes place at main sites including the City Hall Plaza (fittingly renamed the Tulip Plaza) and Little Italy will feature activities like The Bulb urban boutique, Streats, The Mother’s Day Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Electrik Tulip and more. Check out the full programming by clicking below.
This Tuesday, May 7, the weekly electro audiovisual night Fau Mardi is taking over the Petit Chicago in the Old Hull area of Gatineau, minutes away from downtown Ottawa. For this edition, Grumpy B and Sylv3st3r will bring you a special all-vinyl set alongside DJ Racine and VJ Bourg Bourgon.
This coming Thursday, May 9, there’s a special fundraiser happening at the Algonquin Commons Theatre called an Intimate Evening of Stories and Songs. The event will present artists Craig Cardiff, Robyn Dell’Unto and Ottawa pop-folk/blues group Monday I Retire.
The show will be preceded by a cocktail reception and funds raised will go to the Cancer Survivorship Coaching program at the Maplesoft Centre.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is back in Ottawa for the umpteenth time this Thursday, May 9 alongside Toronto-based DJ Skratch Bastid. The two DJs, who are some of the best in the world, will be doing their set on 4 turntables live at Ritual Nightclub.
Fans of EDM will want to head over to Babylon on Thursday, May 9 for the Black Magic Mystical Wonder Tour. The show, headlining Kill The Noise and featuring live sets by Brillz, All Over Stoned and Foster, may sell out so do get your tickets ahead of time if you plan on attending.
This Friday, May 10, Supafunk Records and Up & Up Music bring you the return of Mad Funk at the Mercury Lounge. On the occasion of Mad Funk, there’ll be live rare groove and funk 45 with Phil Motion & The Easy Lo-Fi along with tunes selected by DJ Lance Baptiste, visuals by Matt Cameron and live reel to reel recording courtesy of Jason Jaknunas.
The monthly edition of Grillz & Glam is going down this Friday, May 10 at Babylon with Deejay NDN and DJ Brains4brkfst. The May installment will welcome Toronto Taqueria La Carnita who’ll take care of your belated Cinco de Mayo needs by providing you with tacos, tostadas and paletas. What a special way to party: tacos and dancing!
Other noteworthy events happening around the city this week include the May edition of The Artistic Showcase taking place on Thursday, May 9 at Pressed Cafe. The event will feature spoken word artist and rapper Just Jamaal, spoken word poet Mary Pinkoski, cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and singer-songwriter Kyra Shaughnessy.
The Walrus presents the 4th Annual Walrus Debate at the National Art Gallery this Tuesday, May 7. The debate, centered around the theme “Does Canadian Culture Still Need Protecting?”, will feature speakers Charles Foran, Laurie Brown, Sara Angel, and Randy Boyagoda and will be moderated by Ottawa arts editor and writer Peter Simpson.
This Friday, May 10, poets and poetry fans alike should attend the Urban Legends Poetry Slam featuring Mary Pinkoski, an award-winning spoken word poet and storyteller from Edmonton. The slam, taking place in the Architecture building at Carleton University, will be the last one before semi-finals.
I like it when local monthly nights celebrate birthdays because it tells me that people in Ottawa ARE going out and enjoying the variety of events that our National Capital Region has to offer. And that’s the case for ONDAFLOR marking its 1-year anniv at The Daily Grind this Saturday, May 11, happy birthday!