What to do Thursday: Take me out to the ballgame


Thursday, May 19

Baseball is back, as the Ottawa Champions take on the New Jersey Jackals (hiss! boo!) on opening day, 7:05 p.m., Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park, 300 Coventry Rd. Tickets: $5-$12, free for children four years and under — and remember the sunblock and hats. www.ottawachampions.com

Heels and sports jackets are banned but spurs and stetsons are welcome at the 2nd annual Wild West Jamboree, a barn party with BBQ by Dave Smith, music by Ambush and line dancing, a bucking bronco to ride, and live and silent auction, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park. Tickets: $100, with proceeds to the youth treatment centre. davesmithfoundation.org

This is a treat for jazz fans: After a six-decade career, accomplished and beloved Canadian pianist Oliver Jones is in town on what he says will be his last tour, performing at the NAC theatre with his trio, 7:30 p.m. St. Tickets: from $39. nac-cna.ca

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    Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Caitlín Nic Gabhann perform traditional Irish music and dance at Bridgid's pub

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    Kevin Mcdonald has a busy day in Ottawa on Sunday, May 22.

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    Happy Victoria Day weekend!

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    Climb aboard the 1940's caboose at the Railways Museum of Eastern Ontario. RMEO / supplied

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    Selena Gomez's show in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre had to be bumped up a few days to May 22.

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    Festibiere has an outdoor part that starts earlier, and and indoor portion that ends later this year. Nick Ghattas / Festibiere

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    The Sheep Shearing festival is at the Canada Food and Agriculture Museum on May 21 to 23.

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    Runners hit the pavement as they start the 2k race at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Saturday May 23, 2015. Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

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    Snak the Ripper is back in town.

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    Go greased lightning! (See a free screening of the 1978 film in the ByWard Market.)

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    Photographer Steve McCurry best known for his "Afghan Girl" is holding his first solo exhibit in Montreal.

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    Carrie Underwood performs at the 2016 Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 30, 2016. She is at CTC this week. Rich Fury / AP

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    Electric to 12-string, there be guitars for all sorts at the Guitar Show.

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    Sunday Bikedays are back on our parkways. Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

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    The breadth of bagpipes will be presented - and played- at a the opening of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum.

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    Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan.

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    The Ramblin Valley Band pay tribute to Bob Dylan on his birthday. Riley Ledgerwood / supplied

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    Frankie Valli plays the NAC on Friday with The Four Seasons.

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    Schroeder Nordholt of Killaloe, co-composer of the song "Critical Mass," plays Sprocketman in the music video being shot in Petawawa on Saturday, May 14, requiring hundreds of volunteer cyclists as extras.

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    Canada's first National Fiddle Day fiddle session was held at Deschenes Rapids along the Ottawa River Saturday May 16, 2015. Vice President of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association sits by the river and talks about the impact of the first National Fiddling Day, and there is a giant fiddle jam planned for City Hall this year. Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

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    Take your dog for a walk for a good cause at Dollars for Dogs at Andrew Haydon Park Patrick Doyle / Ottawa Citizen

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    Rony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens at The Gladstone on May 20, and runs to June 5. credit: David Whiteley handout for endemann David Whiteley / supplied
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Friday, May 20

We usually dedicate this day to music, but there’s too many other fun things to ignore, so go read my concerts column instead.



Midway rides are open at the 16th Orléans Family Funfair at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 4 to 9 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. all weekend and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. holiday Monday, 1585 Tenth Line Rd. Admission: $25/one price Saturday and Monday, 2 tickets/ride on Sunday. www.cartershows.ca


“I’ve got chiiiills….”

Grease is the word as the musical 1978 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and a young, lithe John Travolta is the first outdoor screening for the season by Capital Pop-Up Cinema, 8 to 11 p.m., George Street between ByWard Market Square and Sussex Drive. Bring chairs, blankets, bug spray and all the youngsters who have never seen this scion of cinema. Cost: Free! (And, the man behind the eartorm that is the eponymous theme song, Frankie Valli, is at the NAC on Friday.) www.capitalpopupcinema.com

Sad Comiccon is over? Friendly mayhem is encouraged at the 40th annual CanGames XL event, a gaming convention where kids to adults can engage in board, miniature and role-playing games of all types, noon to 11 p.m., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all weekend, special 40th anniversary celebration on Monday from 8 a.m.. to 2 p.m., Rideau Curling Club. The schedule of play is very detailed and easy to navigate, with special kids games on Saturday. Passes to play: $11-$17, $10/children, $33/weekend; free to those not playing. Spaces are filling up, so register online at www.cangames.ca.


Rony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens at The Gladstone on May 20, and runs to June 5.

This May long weekend, another weekend of absurdity and hilarity begins on stage in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a Tony Award-winning play that starts as a self-absorbed movie star and her boy toy return home to her family’s farmhouse where regret has taken hold among her sisters (and quirky housekeeper), 7:30 p.m., on to June 5, The Gladstone Theatre. Tickets: $18-$34. thegladstone.ca

Ladies Night is an immensely popular, New Zealand play about some unemployed friends who start taking their clothes off on stage to make ends meet, (if this sounds similar to The Big Monty movie, a judge did not agree). The show is being performed in French at Shenkman Arts Centre, 8 p.m., Tickets: $56-$60. shenkmanarts.ca

The man behind the smash hit Jersey Boy Broadway musical, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons perform their decades of hit songs, from Big Girls Don’t Cry to Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, 8 p.m., National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St. Tickets: from $84.50. nac-cna.ca/en/event/12868

As foil to all the cheeriness, local sludge post-metal band Alaskan are playing their last-ever show tonight, possibly with their final EP, END, in hand, as they head off into other projects, but not before giving back: the proceeds from this show go to the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women. They are joined by New Jersey post-metal, technical band Black Table, Biipiigwan doom metal band and Swarm of Spheres, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $10. www.houseoftarg.com

Saturday, May 21


A group of sheep wait to be sheared at the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa, May 17, 2014.

The Sheep Shearing festival doesn’t just give the animals a break from their heavy coats, but also lets the border collies, and spinners and weavers show off their skills, while kids can also romp about, enjoy a wagon ride or pet an Alpaca., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to May 22. cafmuseum.techno-science.ca

Enjoy the Ottawa Tulip Festival along three different walks organized by the Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club and open to all. The first is a 5- or 11-km walk past festival sites and tulip beds at Dow’s Lake, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., beginning at the RA Centre. ($2); Sunday, the 5- or 11-km walk explores Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and other parks and paths in the downtown core, starting at the picnic tables on Laurier Street at City Hall; Monday, the 6- or 11-km walk tours Tulip Festival sites, 9 a.m. to noon, starting at the RA Centre. Cost: $2/walk. ottawavoyageurs.ca / tulipfestival.ca

It’s National Fiddling Day and there is an open invitation to fiddlers (and listeners) of all levels to participate in a free, giant jam session at 10 a.m. today at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. Then, later tonight the Richmond Fairgrounds hosts the Ottawa Fiddle and Stepdance competition, starting at 11 a.m. with preliminaries, more scheduled after 6 p.m., and running all weekend. Admission: $5-$15, $25/weekend pass. ottawafiddlestepdance.weebly.com

We include the Beet it Monsanto march here, mostly for the whimsical name of the global gathering in protest against GMOs, herbicide use, patents on organisms and in support of local farms and biodiversity, with the Ottawa event occurring at 1:30 p.m. on Major’s Hill Park. facebook.com

There are four plant sales on today:
• Pakenham Horticultural Club plant sale, 8 to 11 a.m., parking lot beside the Five Span Bridge near Pakenham Feed and Seed. Info: 613 624-5307.
• Kanata-March Horticultural Society’s 44th Plant Sale, featuring perennials, houseplants, edibles, and heirloom tomato plants, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Isidore’s Church, 1135 March Rd. www.kanata-horticultural.com
Plant sale in support of Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Merivale Mall parking lot, 1642 Merivale Rd. rescue@oscatr.ca
• Gloucester Horticultural Society East End plant sale, seedlings, perennials and shrubs, May 21, 9 a.m., North Gloucester Public Library, 2036 Ogilvie Rd. www.gardenontario.org


A scene from Sherlock Holmes and the Cryptic Compendium dinner theatre, that still continues at 62 York St., even though Fat Tuesdays has closed.

Fat Tuesday‘s may be closed, but the murder and mystery are still ‘served hot’ in the run of Sherlock Holmes and the Cryptic Compendium dinner theatre at the same location, with all the classic characters on stage — from Irene Adler to Moriarty, played by some of the city’s best actors, 7 p.m., 62 York St. Tickets: $59.95+taxes, gratuities. includes three-course meal. (The dinner theatre will be moving to a new venue in the fall.) www.eddiemay.com.

Ottawa Jerkfest is holding a spring BBQ, where jerk poutine can be had alongside the Jerk chicken, jamaican pattie s and fried fish (and free hot dogs for kids 12 years and under), noon to 7 p.m, hosted at the Chips’N’Things shack, 2445 Sheffield Rd. Admission: free, including parking, but donations accepted for local food banks.

Vancouver’s rapper Snak the Ripper is back in Ottawa, this time ahead of a new album, and without the mutual hip-hop dissing that was going on last time he was here. The drop date has not been announced for his new release, though he is riding high on some great reviews off recent shows across the country, with Golden, Junk, Fallen Ones, Capitole D, OMH, Fysh&Chyp, AFTR.PARTY, Mic The Rapper, CY & Uneek da don, JRand more, 9:30 p.m., The Bourbon Room, 400A Dalhousie St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. www.ticketscene.ca,

Sunday, May 22


The Tulip Festival has fireworks tonight, but still continues tomorrow.

The Tulip Festival (almost) ends with a bang, shimmer and sparkle tonight with fireworks on the TD Place soccer field (hopefully nothing will land on anyone’s head, but not after free events in the Abewrdeen Pavilion all day, including performances as part of the Ottawa Folk Dance Festival, from Bollywood to Romanian traditional dance, and then some blues fusion from The Phoenix Big Band (7 p.m.). Events continue on Victoria Day. Tickets to the fireworks: $15, $5/youth. tulipfestival.ca


The Fisher Park Community Recreation Council is throwing a Victoria Day party for the entire family, including fireworks.

(There are more free, community-based fireworks at Fisher Park Field, but starting with a petting zoo, BBQ, live music and bouncey play structure, 4 p.m., 250 Holland Ave. Rain Date: May 23. facebook.com)

Everything is dotty at the polka dot sweet ride cycling event, where the whole family shows up with balloons and their dottiest outfit, leisurely cycles though downtown and Wellington West (8-km, with 50-km stage to follow) and enjoy treats and coffee from Little Jo Berry. Start at Confederation Park, 11 a.m. #sweetride613 / xovelo.com

Also, don’t forget the NOKIA Sunday Bikedays are back so parkways are closed to motorized vehicles (that includes power-assisted bikes), though anything human powered, from skateboards to roller blades, are welcome, in Ottawa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Gatineau Park from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.The NCC is also still looking for volunteers to help keep the Bikedays safe. www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca

Chefs with pedigree from Ottawa and Kingston will be cooking five different pigs at the fourth Seed to Sausage Day of the Pig local food event, with cooking demos from the likes of Chef Michael Blackie, artisan food and goods market, beer from Beau’s and other breweries, wine, cocktails and more, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12821 Hwy 38, Sharbot Lake. Admission: Free, proceeds from food and product sales will go to building a play structure for the Land O’Lakes public school (the school’s students will also be running their own drink stand at the event). Food is about $5-$10 a plate.


Why are scones so English, but originally Scottish? Learn more today.

Kids can make their own Victoria Day scones with The Scone Witch at the Museum of History at scheduled 45-minute workshops at the Canadian Museum of History, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Included with museum admission, but pre-register for a time slot. While waiting, everyone can also make potted “tulip” plants, 10 am. to 4 p.m., including May 23. historymuseum.ca

The Railway Museum is opening for the season this weekend with train rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anew exhibit Lost Stations of Eastern Ontario (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Admission: free on the weekend, with train rides $5/7 years old, $3/three to six years of age, free for ages two and under. www.remeo.org

A week ahead of that massive community-wide garage sale, a self-described “HUGE” Elgin Street yard sale — capitals theirs — organized to benefit MS Society of Canada, at Maclaren and Elgin streets. Contents include clothes, electronics, furniture and a raffle prize, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. facebook.com

The magic of the Celtic will be explored at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum season opening today, featuring a presentation and performance from Montreal bagpipe collector Alan Jones (1 p.m.), followed by an old-fashioned Victorian tea (2 to 4 p.m., $5/extra) and new exhibits, County Road 24, Dunvegan. Admission: $5-$10. www.glengarrypoioneermuseum.ca


“I was thinking, we could crush heads like this… ” Kevin McDonald has a busy Saturday (and he probably did not say that).

Learn the secrets behind the Kids in the Hall sketches (it’s not what you think) at a workshop with Kevin McDonald (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $195), who will then be performing a stand-up show and then improv fun with Crush Improv, (8 p.m., $15-$40), both at Arts Court. VIP tickets include access to a catered, after-party at the Albion Rooms, where chef and fan Jesse Bell will be cooking up treats. artscourt.ca/events/kevin-mcdonald

Spring cleaning? The Black Squirrel clothing swap wants you to bring your clean, still-useable wardrobe pieces to their store, pay $3, sort them onto the applicable tables, and then take what strikes your fancy, 7 to 9 p.m., 1073 Bank St. All welcome, and proceeds go to the Ottawa Mission and St. Joe’s Women’s Centre. Donations are also welcome, but not before the event.


Dance like Prince would have wanted, tonight.

Trailer Park Bingo is free to play, but there is tons to win and enjoy, with free samples from Seed to Sausage and tickets to the Star Trek Star Fleet Academy experience, Whitewater Brewing Company, Wicked Wanda’s (ohmy!), Vertigo Records — all with Zaphod’s signature music experience, 9 p.m., 27 York St. zaphods.ca

The long weekend, Sunday night party at Barrymore’s tradition continues, but this time the venue pays tribute to Prince, with a focus on the hits he made famous, and those he wrote for others, 10 p.m., 323 Bank St. Cover: $7 before midnight, $10 after midnight.

The Raptors re doing well and this has messed with Selena Gomez‘s show in Toronto; as a result, her gig at the Canadian Tire Centre has been moved up three days, from May 25 to tonight (so if you have tickets but had plans to be at a cottage this long weekend, something is going to have to give — I know what I’d choose). Tickets to the previously-scheduled show will be honoured tonight, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50.50 to $90.50. www.canadiantirecentre.com

Monday, May 23


Portrait of Queen Victoria and Prnce Albert with their children, from Chronicle of the Royal Family
by Court painter Franz Xavier Winterhalter in 1846

It’s Victoria Day and garbage, recycling and green waste is pushed back a day all week, as none of that is being picked up. Also, OC Transpo is on a Sunday schedule, all public libraries are closed but many city-run fitness centres are open — albeit with varied schedules. ottawa.ca

However in good and helpful news, there will be free bike tune-ups by professional bike mechanics offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall. rightbike.org

Speaking of bikes, the rain came down in Petawawa last weekend, literally dampening an effort to shoot a video for cycling advocacy, superhero spoof show, Sprocketman. Though about a dozen braved the tempest last weekend, volunteer cyclists are needed to appear in the crowdfunding video today, 1:30 p.m., Valour School parking lot, 19 Leeder Lane. Organizers say they need lots of extras, of all ages and skill levels, on any bike, cycling and it should take less than two hours. There will be free refreshments. Minors must have parents/guardians sign consent forms, which will be available at the site.

Tuesday, May 24


Have your say about restaurant patios encroaching on sidewalks.

Back to work, and complaining: The City of Ottawa is seeking input on its new patio by-law, regulating restaurant and pub patios on city-regulated sidewalks and the so-chic “boulevards, covering issues such as railings and audio speakers. An overview of current regulations and discussion papers may be found at ottawa.ca/patioreview. Comments are welcome until June 1.

From AirBnB to Uber, the supposed “sharing economy” and its impact will be discussed by author and technologist Tom Slee (What’s Yours Is Mine), who argues the friendly language of these sorts of enterprise have harsh, free-market consequences for the majority, 7 p.m., Octopus Books. Tickets: Free. octopusbooks.ca.

It’s Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday and The Ramblin’ Valley Band, and friends, are paying tribute by covering the entirety of Highway 61 Revisited, and a few other of his classic tunes, 8 p.m., The Rainbow. Tickets: $5 at the door. therainbow.ca

Wednesday, May 25


Rainbows themes the song choices for Dominion Carilloneur Andrea McCrady, who will be sending out colourful delights from Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower from noon to 12:15 p.m., starting with O Canada, followed by Over The Rainbow, to I’m Always Chasing Rainbows. The full schedule is available at parl.gc.ca.

Documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig will discuss and screen, Hurt (2015), looking at the current existence of one-time national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised funs for cancer research with a cross-Canada run, only to have his Order of Canada stripped and suffer national disgrace as he fell into substance abuse and was sent to jail, 7 p.m., Arts Court. www.cfi-icf.ca

Celebrated and infectiously fun Irish musicians Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Caitlín Nic Gabhann bring their fiddle, concertina and step-dancing feet (though,only one of them dances), to town for a celebration to be enjoyed with a tipple or two at the Saint Brigid’s Cente for the Arts Well Pub, 7:30 p.m., 310 St. Patrick St. Tickets: $10.

Thursday, May 26


Festibiere starts earlier outdoors, and ends later inside over its three days at the Museum of History.

Festibiére is back in its summer iteration, with over 40 microbreweries, cideries and vineyards sampling their wares, alongside a dozen food stalls, pairing workshops (beer and chocolate, oh my!) and, this time, a food truck section with picnic tables, Canadian Museum of History, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. outdoors, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. indoors tonight. Tickets: $14.99/day, $29.99/three day pass, and remember, STO rides are free for all ticket holders. beerfest.ca

There will be (free!) tasty traditional nibbles to enjoy each night before the screenings at the free European Union Short Film Festival, where drams to animation will be shown from 6:30 p.m., until May 28, at Arts Court. (Their schedule was not available at press time, but there will be films, from prominent and emergengin fillmmakers, each night.) Hosted by the EU Delegation to Canada and EU national Institutes for Culture. artscourt.ca

For those headed to Montreal, Canadian photographer Steve McCurry, whose famous photograph of Afghan Girl in 1984 won him a World Press Photo award, is having his first solo exhibit in Montreal starting today, Galerie Got Montréal, 50 Saint Paul Ouest, Suite 1. The exhibit continues to June 30.

Tea sommelier Gina McCormick will be sharing tips on health benefits to be had from sipping a cuppa: from weight loss to detoxification — including some tea-based body scrubs and a few naughty summer beverages, 730 p.m., 464 Metcalfe St. Tickets: $25. ottawateaguild.com

Pretend it’s 1978: Here’s some heavy metal of the original sort, with coherent melody lines, riffy-guitars and high-flying vocal feats, with Peterborough band Mokomokai, and locals Flying Fortress and World War 4, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $8. www.houseoftarg.com

Friday, May 27


Carrie Underwood performs at the 4th Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival Day 1 at MGM Resorts festival grounds in Las Vegas. But tonight, she is back in Otyawa.

Normally, Race Weekend shows would be the top priority, as everyone or someone they know will probably be participating (and long-time Canadian rocker Michel Pagliaro is playing at the free concert tonight, Festival Plaza, 6 p.m.). However, country sweetheart who we not long ago called our own, Carrie Underwood is performing at the Canadian Tire Centre, on her storyteller tour with her fifth studio album released this year. Tickets: $61.60 to $130. www.canadiantirecentre.com

For the adults amongst us, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra is offering as the final performance of its 40th season, a semi-staged performance of Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata (The desert island), about love and assumptions (and pirates!), 8 p.m., Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. Tickets: $10-$60. thirteenstrings.ca

Then, musicians’s musicians, folk-pop rootsy rockers The Skydiggers are at The Black Sheep Inn with a new album, Here Without You, covering and re-interpreting the creations of Byrds songwriter Gene Clark, 8:30 p.m., 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield. Tickets: $30. theblacksheepinn.com

At the same time, blues troubadour Martin Sexton may be playing his grandfather’s banjo at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Also, be free to check out his website where one can download the Best of Martin Sexton VOl. 1, for free. Tickets: $25. zaphods.ca

Also, Montreal’s The Dears bring pop tonight, albeit something on the dark, orchestral baroque scale of new wave classics, still able to channel those angsty, garage moments (“whose side are you on?”), while offering spare, funk beats. (The band recently, and proudly, exhibited someone calling them one of the top five pretentious Montreal bands.) It’s too bad there’s no space for dancing at the NAC Studio, 8 p.m. Tickets: $33. nac-cna.ca

For a some rapscallion indie rock, punkish sounds for an all-ages crowd, Mississauga’s Bike Thiefs are in town, playing with locals The Young Offenders and Bull Domino, in that venue where you can also order pancakes, 8:30 p.m., Flapjack’s, 354A Preston St. Tickets: $8 at the door. spectrasonic.com

Saturday, May 28


Bob Acton (L) bought these old Ottawa street signs at auction and sells them for 85 bucks once a year at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, which was as big as ever, attracting second-hand deal hunters from all over the city, on Saturday morning, May 23, 2015.

It’s the day for which people across the city clean out their cupboards: The Great Glebe Garage sale and its myriad deals is back, starting as early as 8 a.m. (and if you are new to this city, you do need to get out a bit before that to snag the best items). The entire neighbourhuod, indicated by this map, gets involved. Parking is a nightmare, so ride a bus, bike, horse instead (don’t ride a horse, but if you do, message me @keendemann). There is no rain date, and there will be places to donate to the Ottawa Food Bank, the charity the sale supports. glebeca.ca

But hold your horses, for on the other end of town comes a challenge: the Wild Wild Westboro garage sale is offering free bike tune ups as well as items to purchase, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. www.dovercourt.org


Run, run, run … walk?

At the same time, the Ottawa Race Weekend will lead to scads of closed roads downtown (thought I was joking about that horse?), as thousands descend on the always-sold out event. There’s a health and fitness expo on all day at the Shaw Centre (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but the dashing about begins with a friendship run at 9 a.m., followed by the Ottawa 2K (2 3 p.m.), 5K (4 p.m.), and the Ottawa 10K (6:30 p.m.). The marathons are on tomorrow. www.runottawa.ca

For something new(ish) and artisanal? The Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show is at Makerspace North today for only five hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 250 City Centre Ave. There will be creators of the objets and food variety at this event, with proceeds going to the Ottawa Humane Society.


All are welcome to the Odawa traditional Pow Wow this weekend.

Everyone is welcome at the popular and free Odawa Traditional Pow Wow, on all weekend and featuring indigenous dancing and food, amazing beadwork and ceremonial headdresses, with MC Mista Wasis to help clarify events, and music from the Ottawa River Singers, 10 a.m.. today, noon tomorrow, 200 Moodie Dr. Admission: Free, and there is a limited, one time shuttle service from downtown. Visit www.odawa.on.ca for the schedule.

The MEC Paddlefest with various water-related clinics and fun in the waves with like-minded folk and groups — suitable for novices, kids and experts, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mooney’s Bay. Workshops include intro to kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding plus more — and there will even be a gear swap. events.mec.ca

While everyone else is paddling or picking up deals at a garage sale, there are homes to peek around as part of the 55th IODE house and garden tour, this year featuring six homes and two extra gardens, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The homes cover the scope of the city, ranging from ultra-modern to Victorian, with professionally-designed interiors and landscaped gardens to act as inspiration. Tickets: $35. laurentian.iode.ca

Young people wearing their bike helmets may win a prize besides safety, as Smiths Falls police will be taking names of bike-safe children and youth, and enter their names into one of four draws for a brand new bicycle or a $25 Canadian Tire gift card. The contest runs from today until June 24, with raws on June 3, 10, 17 and 24, and is open to those 17 years of age and under.

Send your event information to kendemann@postmedia.com, by 8 a.m. Monday, two weeks before it starts. Photos and audio/video files are welcome.