Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Friday, May 24
Wrap up your week with the larger than life, award-winning bassist and composer Paul Rushka as he plays at the popular GigSpace. Rushka has been featured in recordings with musicians such as James Danderfer and Chad Makela, as well as having accompanied jazz greats such as John Taylor and Joe La Barbera.
Jazz not your thing? Well how about swing, instead? Misses Satchmo is playing at Cabaret La Basoche just across the bridge in Gatineau. Comprised of two musicians and a number of spectacular dancers, Misses Satchmo’s eclectic music is filled with clarinet and trumpet solos, and a touch of banjo to get your night into full swing.
The Centerpointe Theater presents The Fiddler on The Roof. Set in 1905 Tsarist Russia, this classic story portrays the life of Tevye as he attempts to keep his family’s Jewish traditions free of outside influences.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Suturday, May 25
The third annual Ottawa Foodie Challenge kicks off at 9 a.m. at The Domicile Developments Sales Centre located at 222 Beechwood Avenue, with a breakfast provided by Art is in Bakery. After a quick bite the Foodie Challenge Cards will be given out to each team and they will have until 5 p.m. to perform as many of the tasks as possible. The closing ceremony will be at Urban Element at 424 Parkdale Avenue where the winning team will be crowned the Foodie Challenge winner. All proceeds go to The Ottawa Food Bank in an effort to help fight hunger.
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is here. This is one of Ottawa’s favourite spring events since 1986. People from all across the city set up booths and tables throughout the Glebe to sell gently used items at bargain prices. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. allowing for everyone, early riser or not, to have a shot at snagging a couple of gems. Organizers encourage all vendors to donate a minimum of 10 percent of their proceeds to The Ottawa Food Ban; shoppers are free to make donations as well.
Ottawa Weekend Calendar: Sunday, May 26
Run, walk, or simply watch, it’s time to get out and get active – Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is back. Rated as one of the top 101 races to do before you die by runabroad.com, Ottawa Race Weekend has something for everyone. Canada’s largest marathon draws in over 40,000 runners and spans two full days. Saturday includes a five- and 10-kilometre race, as well as a two-kilometre family race. Sunday is Marathon day. Designated a Silver Label by The International Amateur Athletic Federation, the race begins at 7 a.m. with plenty of spectator locations set up along the course.
Want a fun way to wrap up the weekend? Every Sunday night for the past three years Irene’s Pub, located at 885 Bank Street, has played host to The Dust Drifters for the You Bet Your Ass It’s Bluegrass night. An evening filled with the harmonious sound of banjos, harmonicas, and a little bit of twang has become a Sunday night staple for many people of Ottawa. If you’ve never had a chance to check it out, this Sunday will be your last chance. The Dusty Drifters will be kicking things off at 9 p.m.