BY ADELLE FARRELLY
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 1
Love great food? How about awesome music? Wend your way to the Wellington End neighbourhood this weekend for the Wellington End Music & Food Festival, featuring seven great venues and 45 bands. You get to be a festival judge, too: with your ticket, you’ll receive a ballot so you can vote for your favourite food and craft beer pairing. Arrive hungry, because the more you try, the more chances you’ll have at winning great prizes.
Head over to the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO)’s Red Wall Gallery to get a glimpse of “The Seats,” the photographic exhibit by SPAO Artist-In-Residence Mitchell Burton. Burton forces the viewer to consider the spaces and venues where public gatherings take place, whether that means the seats in a theatre or those at a political event.
Give your kids a March treat this year by bringing them to Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After. They’ll be on the edge of their seats as they take in the sight of their favourite Disney characters, now including Merida from Brave, and you’ll enjoy the dizzying feats of the performers as you create lasting family memories.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, March 2
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Gerald Eaton, front man for the groundbreaking Philosopher Kings, wonder no more. In addition to writing and producing for artists such as K’Naan, Eaton has transformed himself into Jarvis Church, and he’s breezing into town with his much-anticipated concert, “Soul Train.”
Here’s an event for the avid readers and writers among you: The Ottawa International Writers Festival kicks off this weekend with “Twisting Reality: Hidden in Plain Sight”, featuring award-winning local author Charles de Lint, Gary Blackwood, and Cheryl Rainfield. The trio explains the magic of young adult fiction, and on Sunday, de Lint leads a two-hour writing workshop for participants ages 12 to 24.
Say goodbye to winter and celebrate the coming spring (or longer days, at least) with Barnyard Break at the Canada Agriculture Museum. Get up close and personal with all the farm work that goes into baking a cake: milking cows, gathering eggs, grinding grains, and tapping maple. Plus the kids just might make a fluffy new friend.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, March 3
Join the fight against arthritis by participating in Ottawa’s Power of Movement yoga event, just one of the many yoga classes taking place across the country on the same day. No matter your skill level or familiarity (really!), you are warmly invited to take part. Empower ME Yoga teachers lead the Ottawa group at the Glebe Community Centre.
Ottawa Chamberfest presents Fujii Percussion and Voices, a concert by the Fujii family of Japan, Mutsuko, Haruka, and Rika, as they perform selections by both Japanese and Canadian composers. Joining them are the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Ottawa Children’s Choir. You’ll hear music performed on rarely played instruments, including the sanukite stone, an instrument made from volcanic rock.