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Out & AboutOut & About April 21 - 27

Out & About April 21 - 27

Out & About April 21 - 27

With an epic line up of music, art, culture, and food this week you can tell that spring is finally here! See you out there!

Transmutations · Dego, Alpha Art Gallery, . April 20 - May 7, 2017

Born in 1952 in Cologne Germany, Detlef showed from an early age on that he was inclined towards an artistic career in Life. His haunting abstracts are on display now.


Grassroots Festival, Southminster United Church, April 20 - 23

Now in its 6th year, The Grassroots Festival is back April 20-23 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue. Anne-Marie Brugger (CHUO host) will be the MC Saturday evening which will start with an opening address/prayer by Algonquin elder, Albert Dumont. Canadian folk/roots singer-songwriter, Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band will headline the evening which will draw folk enthusiasts to watch a legend perform. The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. It’s called Grassroots because it is! This organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way. Check their website for a full listing of performances and workshops. Tickets start at $20 and daytime performances/workshops are free on Saturday and Sunday.


Barstool Prophets, Barrymore's Music Hall, April 21

Twenty years ago, the second biggest musical export to come out of Ottawa — after Alanis Morissette — was a band called the Barstool Prophets. Tonight the Barstool Prophets return to Ottawa's Barrymore's Music Hall! With no opener, this is one concert where it will pay to get there early. Doors are at 8pm and tickers are $25. Doors at 8pm.


ARC 2017, 100 Laurier Avenue East, April 21 - 24

This Friday, marks the beginning of the ARC exhibition that showcases the work of thirty-four emerging artists reunited in the context of the University of Ottawa Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. The exhibition is the product of a vast accumulation of effort and experimentation taking place in the studios of the department’s four-storey building (100 Laurier Ave E), which from April 21 – 24 is transformed into a gallery space. ARC 2017 will feature works such as photographs, sculptures, installations, videos, paintings, drawings and performances. The Vernissage event is from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday and the exhibition hours run from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday to Monday.


Fred Penner, Shenkman Arts Centre, April 22

The same sweet soul that delighted kids for over a decade on CBC is eager to share his favourite tunes with a new generation of children! Saturday at the Shenkman Arts Centre, the gentle giant with kind eyes, Fred Penner will be playing all your favourite tunes. The two-time Best Children’s Album Juno winner devoted many years to teaching children from a forest glade, crawling magically out of a hollow log for nearly 900 episodes in the hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place. From the small screen to the live stage, this classic performer blends humour, song and storytelling with warmth and enthusiasm. Already have a ticket? Head over at noon to participate in the ArtZone before the show. There will be a dress up booth, crafts and tons of fun! The show starts at 1:00 p.m.


Thai New Year 2017, City Hall, April 22

The Thai traditional New Year falls on April 13 every year and this Saturday, the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa will be celebrating through a free community event at Ottawa City Hall. The program will include a tribute to the Late King Bhumibol, homage to Canada's 150th, a respect to Elders Ceremony, the Art of Fruits & Vegetable Craving, and the Art of Umbrella Painting. You can also enjoy traditional Thai massages and taste of delicious Thai dishes! The celebration runs from 2 – 5:00 p.m.


Eddy's Diner presents A Night of Music: George Stryker and John Allaire, April 22

John Allaire and George Stryker are happy to let all know that they'll be performing at Eddy's Diner for a "Night of Music" on Saturday, April 22nd. Maybe even a surprise guest or two as well. Join them for a great night of good tunes and good times. There is no cover and the food is great and there's always local craft beer on tap at Eddy's Diner. They would love to see you there! So please join John and George for a great evening of music. Show starts at 8pm and ends at 11pm.


20 years of Nordic Trax, Mercury Lounge, April 22

Nordic Trax & Mercury Lounge have quite the connection. Not only did we both turn 20 this year but the man behind the magic, Luke McKeehan is no stranger to rocking parties at Mercury. Join them for a night of all things house and come celebrate two decades of Nordic Trax. Sets From: Luke McKeehan (Vancouver), Miguel Graca (Birthday Set), and Trevor Walker (lifeboogie). Doors open at 10:00 p.m. $10 in advance online.

A Night of Songwriters LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, April 23

This Sunday, come out to celebrate local songwriters as they perform their music from the Acoustic Guitar Project. This Project gave each songwriter the same guitar for one week and were tasked with coming up with a song. When completed, each writer had to record a live version and sign the guitar. All of these writers will be performing those songs and others at this Night Of Songwriters. Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.


Sustainable North Grenville, North Grenville Municipal Centre, April 23

The North Grenville Sustainability Fair is celebrating a decade of acting locally, building relationships and creating community. This year’s fair takes place on Sunday 23rd April from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. Featuring local entrepreneurs, marketers and artisans as well as not-for -profit groups, music and engaging activities for kids, this fair represents a rich slice of community life.


Turkish Cultural Days, Horticulture Building, April 23 & 25

This Sunday and Tuesday, come experience the true magic of Turkey presented though a variety of painting and cultural exhibitions. There will be ongoing entertainment for kids (traditional painting exercises, fun trivia draws, music and stage shows, Turkish sticky ice cream, and goodie bags), renowned artist Hikmet Çetinkaya will be presenting an exhibition of his work, as well there will be an excellent photo exhibition on the wonders of Turkey and on Gallipoli 1915. There will also be fantastic stage performances, mini piano concerts and songs. This free event takes place at the Horticulture building at Landsdowne and runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. respectively.


The Brewery Market VIP Launch Party, Great Canadian Theater Company, April 24

Haven’t heard of the Brewery Market? They are the beer-centric answer to the traditional Farmer’s Market. Instead of vegetables and apple pies, their market offers locally-produced craft beer. This Monday, they are hosting a launch party at The Great Canadian Theatre Company, where you'll rub shoulders—and clink pint glasses—with local brewers (16 of them!), members of the media, beer bloggers, social media personalities, politicians and community leaders. Basically, people of influence who like beer. Tickets are $45 and include as many frosty pints and high fives as you can handle. The fun runs from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.


Seven: A Documentary Play, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, April 24

On the occasion of our annual Speakers Series, Inter Pares presents a reading of the documentary play Seven. The play intertwines seven true stories told by women’s rights activists in Russia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Northern Ireland. The evening will be a conversation about violence against women and women human rights defenders, and a celebration of inspiring work to promote women’s rights. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tickets need to be purchased, but the price is 'pay what you choose'.


21st Latin American Film Festival, Canadian Film Institute, April 26, - May 13

The Latin American Film Festival is now one Ottawa's most eagerly anticipated annual cultural events. This is due to the energy of the Latin American embassies and staff, our festival sponsors, our volunteers, and you, the generous public who come to the screenings to explore the incredible richness, diversity, and artistry of Latin American cinema. The event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, gleaned from the screens of such festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Chicago to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America.


Poutine Fest, Sparks Street, April 27 – 30

Grab a fork and be part of Poutine Fest kicking off this Thursday. This free event will have you strolling/eating through three blocks of artery clogging goodness along Sparks Street from Bank St. to Elgin St. There'll be trucks from across this great land! The festival runs daily from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Can’t make it? Stay tuned for ANOTHER PoutineFest next week at City Hall!


TIFF Top Ten 2017, The National Gallery of Canada, April 27-30

The National Gallery of Canada is proud to present an exploration into the worlds of visual and cinematographic art as the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Ottawa partner for the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival National Tour. Join us for a unique film festival experience, where cinema and conversation unite.

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