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Out & About March 24 - 30

Out & About March 24 - 30

Happy spring everyone! There has never been a better time to get back out there and start exploring our beautiful city…or at least the inside of concert venues, lecture halls and theaters.

Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa, Elmdale Oyster House, March 24

Want to feel like a star? Hosted by Atherton and DJ So Nice, this monthly karaoke jam snatches karaoke out of the parlour rooms and drops it right into the nightclub. They provide the audience with the unique experience of rocking the mic in front of a crowd. Their mission is to create as real of an experience as possible and provide participants all that is necessary to make Hip Hop Karaoke an authentic live rap encounter: the beats, a hype man, a stage, a wild crowd and even a DJ. This month’s performance kicks off at 10:30pm at the Elmdale Oyster House.

2017 Indspire Awards, NAC, March 24

Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993 to recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. This Friday, the awards take place at the NAC from 8:30 – 10:30pm and tickets start at $350. With a message of reconciliation, the 2017 Indspire Awards will bring together artists and performers from across the country to create a one-of-kind show built on the values of a common history and collective vision for a brighter, stronger future for all Canadians, rooted in understanding and partnership.

The EU and Canada in a Changing World Order, Carleton University, March 24

Looking to broaden your horizons? Carleton University is hosting a free policy workshop, The EU and Canada in a Changing World Order: Addressing Structural Changes in a World of Flux. The workshop will feature scholars and speakers from Canada, Europe and the United States who will discuss: the ‘wicked’ problems facing the EU and Canada; the EU, the US and Canada in a changing global order; and evolving security challenges, NATO and the Russian factor.  This workshop runs from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Registration required.

Against Me!, Bronson Centre, March 24

Against Me! have been punk rock royalty for over fifteen years. From their folk-oriented beginnings to New Wave’s turn to alternative rock, Laura Jane Grace and co. know how to command a stage with their extensive repertoire of rock anthems. They bring their act to the Bronson Centre this Friday in support of their latest release, Shape Shift with Me. Tickets are $25. The show starts at 7pm.

Marion Bridge, Ottawa Little Theatre, March 24 – April 8

Three women in their thirties come home to the East Coast to be with their dying mother. Each in their own way tries to deal with the painful loneliness brought about by the lives they have chosen for themselves. The three women are a curious, troubled bunch. Agnes, whose hand is rarely without a drink, fled their rural Canadian home to make her way as an actor in Toronto; she’s brought her personal theatrics with her on this trip home. Theresa is a nun who farms with her convent; a sliver of doubt has entered her life. And then there’s Louise, who has all but retreated from adult life in favour of disappearing into the world of soap operas and serials. Marion Bridge runs nightly at 7:30pm, with a 2pm matinee on March 26 and April 2. Tickets start at $27.

Ottawa Swingfest, Barney Danson Theatre, March 25

For one night only, the Barney Danson Theatre will be turned into a Second World War-era Dancehall! Put on your dancing shoes and 1940’s inspired outfits for a swell evening of toe-tapping to live music. Don’t know the steps? Don’t worry. They will have some of Ottawa’s best dance instructors to get you started. Discover for yourself why swing was all the rage during the Second World War, when songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Jumpin Jive” gave servicemen and women, factory workers and homemakers a temporary but welcome escape from life’s hardships. This special event starts at 7pm. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students, seniors and War Museum members.

Ottawa Tribute to Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, Bar Robo, March 25

The Vinyl Café touched the lives of so many people from all across Canada and offered insight into the very fabric of our ongoing story. This Saturday you can pay your respects to Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café at a tribute hosted by Bar Robo. This endeavour is meant to engage people who loved the show, by either getting them out to offer a little of their story or by coming to share their fond memories of long trips to their “Big Narrows”. This free event runs from 11am – 12:30pm.

The Aboriginal Family Festival, Carleton University, March 25 & 26

This Saturday and Sunday join the celebration of the Aboriginal Family Festival in its 20th Annual Children and Youth Traditional Pow Wow. The event takes place at the Raven’s Nest Gymnasium at Carleton University and runs daily from noon – 4:30pm. There will be giveaways, dancers and drum groups! Admission is by donation and this is a green event, so bring your own water bottle!

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, Carleton University Fieldhouse, March 26

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back this Sunday in a new location – the Carleton University Fieldhouse. Experience an adrenaline fuelled shopping day full of fantastic one-of-a-kind discoveries—everything from retro Streetwear to vintage Chanel hand bags. With thousands of hand picked items to choose from, style conscious shoppers can find the perfect piece for party, prom, bridal or holiday celebration! The show runs from 10am – 5pm.

Purple Day Celebration, Ottawa City Hall, March 26

On Sunday, grab your loved ones, your ice skates and your favourite purple clothes, then head to Ottawa City Hall for the Purple Day Celebration. Purple Day is a celebration to support those effected by epilepsy around the world. They will have Purple Day t-shirts as free souvenirs for those who attend the party. The event runs from 2-4pm and will feature speeches, ice skating, cotton candy, trivia, nail painting and a photo booth.

2017 Bell Lecture: Why Journalism Matters, Carleton University, March 28

The past 12 months have seen not just a new administration south of the border, but a new threat to journalism. This Tuesday, Rosemary Barton, host of CBC’s Power & Politics and one of FPA’s 75 for the 75th most inspiring alumni, will tackle the topic of Why Journalism Matters in a lecture at Carleton University. This free lecture runs from 7 – 9:30pm. Registration is required.

JUNO Cup Jam, The Bourbon Room, March 30

JUNO Cup Jam is a night of fun musical collaborations and covers to kick-off JUNO Weekend at The Bourbon Room in Ottawa. The event features performances by JUNO Cup players, including Jim Cuddy, Gord Bamford, Devin Cuddy Band and members of top Canadian bands. All ticket proceeds benefiting MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS. Tickets are $25 each and the concert kicks off at 8:30pm!

Prozzak Forever 1999 Tour, Algonquin College, March 30

The Algonquin Students’ Association is proud to present animated music group Prozzäk live in the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Thursday for their first stop of the Forever 1999 Tour. Prozzäk burst onto the scene in 1998, with their debut album, Hot Show (Sony). Accolades included 2 MuchMusic number ones (Sucks To Be You, and Strange Disease), as well as being nominated for 5 JUNO Awards. In 2000, they released their JUNO nominated album, Saturday People, and in 2005, their third album, Cruel Cruel World. Tickets to the show begin at $23 and doors open at 7:30pm.

JUNOFest, Across Ottawa, March 30 – April 2

JUNOFest is kicking off this Thursday, so on top of official JUNO events listed, there will be performances by 100+ Canadian artists taking place all across the city, each night that will appeal to every kind of music buff. Check the website and plan your weekend NOW. This year’s lineup features more than 35 JUNO nominees, including The Strumbellas, Silla + Rise, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, Tasha The Amazon, Holy Fuck, Bit Funk, Cold Creek County, Exco Levi, and more! Best part? One wristband for $30 gets you into EVERY SHOW.

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