By KAILA MOREAU
Not sure what to do this weekend? The Ottawa Weekend Calendar has got you covered.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, March 22
Get lost in Don McCullin’s first solo exhibit in Canada at the National Gallery of Canada, featuring 134 striking black and white photos. From violent scenes of war to serene landscapes, Don McCullin: A Retrospective highlights the wide variety of images this British photojournalist has captured. A screening of his feature documentary McCullin will air Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.
Sick of the cold and snow? A trip to the Ottawa Home and Garden Show at the Ernst and Young Centre this weekend will ease that winter angst. Get excited about spring as you browse discounted products and learn from guest experts, such as HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler who’s presentation (1 p.m., Saturday, March 23) is all about home renovations.
Raise your glass for A Toast to the Ladies! Hosted by the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, this gala features a photography exhibit, raffle prizes, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and live music from Bluesfest favourite The Love Machine. All proceeds are going to Ottawa’s Youville Centre to help young mothers and children.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Saturday, March 23
Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are creating sparks together as Whitehorse. Married since 2006, the duo have come together professionally, putting their successful solo careers aside. They play the National Arts Centre with Daniel Romano, who previously fronted beloved band Attack In Black.
What’s better than Easter chocolate? Easter chocolate a week early! Guylaine from L’Artisan du Dessert will be leading young chefs through the process of making and decorating chocolate eggs. In preparation for the holiday, bring your little chocolatiers over to the Museum of Civilization for this creative children’s workshop!
Spring is in full bloom at the Museum of Nature. Ikebana: Horizon, exhibited annually at the Museum, showcases the disciplined art form of Japanese floral design, which emphasizes shape, line, and form. Join in demonstrations to learn the styles of the Sogetsu and Ohara schools of Ikebana.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, March 24
A great way to wind down after a hectic weekend, Music for a Sunday Afternoon begins at 2 p.m. at the National Art Gallery. Guest musicians perform a number of classical pieces by Schubert, Chopin, and George Crumb on the flute, cello, and piano.
The Maple Sugar Festival at the Sugar Shack draws to a close today with activities for the whole family. Bring your appetite for brunch and Maple Sugar desserts. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at Bingo. For the adrenaline junkies, The Maple Race and the Strongmen Show will leave you short of breath!