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February 12, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: February 13-19, 2014

Winterlude 1. Photo by David Ian Johnson, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday-Sunday, February 14-17: Third Weekend of Winterlude
Another action-packed weekend of skating, ice sculpturing, dancing, music and more. There are dozens of events at the official Winterlude sites and at other venues across Ottawa. Check out OttawaStart's Winterlude Guide for more info.

Thursday, February 13: The A B Series presents Christine McNair & Oana Avasilichioaei
8pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue. Christine is a local poet with a lot of imagination & talent. Oana is a Montreal poet with a lot of imagination & talent. Both women are aficionados of sound & image.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday, February 13: Kilimanjaro info session @ MEC
This session is intended for people who want to investigate the costs, training, and fundraising requirements to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and go to the world famous Serengeti National Park for the trip of a lifetime. The expedition is scheduled for late January 2015. The information session is being lead by climbers who recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 4, 2014 and fundraised for CARE Canada.
-- Laura Gauthier

Thursday, February 13: Powering Ottawa by Investing Locally
You might not think “finance” and “an evening out” go together, but if you’re interested in innovative projects that people are investing in to make our city more sustainable and inclusive, then this event is for you. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and Invest Ottawa are hosting a discussion with lawyer George Brown, Jen Benedict of United Way, OREC’s Janice Ashworth and Bill Shields from new food hub West End Well. 5:30-7 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, February 13: How to Make Love in a Canoe: Camping Stories from the Wilds of Canada
Storytellers Kim Kilpatrick and Jeff Wright will delight with “humorous, poignant and thought-provoking” tales of camping, canoeing and other adventures. Part of the Ottawa StoryTellers’ Speaking Out / Speaking In series at the NAC Fourth Stage. 7:30 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday, February 14: SNOW MUCH FUN @ The Bytown Museum
Visit the Bytown Museum this Winterlude! Explore the permanent exhibit "Where Ottawa Began", join a Youth-led tour & participate in family activities this weekend. Last chance to view MÉXICO FANTASTICO, celebrating Ottawa's Mexican Community before it closes! This year they're offering 2 for 1 admission, hot drinks, extended hours for weekends from10 am to 5 pm.
-- Eugene Haslam

Friday-Sunday, February 14-16: Bruised Tongue 5 Year Anniversary
Ottawa’s favorite DIY label Bruised Tongue is turning 5 this weekend and the celebrations promise to be nothing short of fun. The good people behind Bruised Tongue invite you to join the party over 3 days packed with live bands, DJs, and all around good vibes.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, February 15: Cool Science Saturday
It's one of the coldest months but one of the COOLEST science adventures of the season  where COLD becomes a reason to get active, celebrate, discover and enjoy science. For this once-a-year special science fair, scientists and researchers from various labs congregate to the Museum to offer families fun and fascinating science activities, experiments, workshops, displays, and demonstrations. On Saturday February 15, Cool Science Saturday promises to deliver the coolest indoor and outdoor science experience of the season. It's so COOL, it's HOT! At the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, February 15: Brazilian Fever 2014
Experience the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janerio in style at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (100 Laurier Street in Gatineau) this Saturday evening starting at 8pm. The evening's entertainment includes a sultry display of Brazilian sambistas adorned in feathers and sequin-covered costumes dancing to the high-energy beat of Brazilian samba musicians; an internationally recognized group of capoeiristas, who will perform a dance that combines elements of martial arts and acrobatics, all choreographed to Brazilian rhythms; and a bateria of world-class Brazilian percussionists in the Museum’s Grand Hall. Admission is $50/person plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be bought online through their website and part of the proceeds from the evening go to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
-- Gordon Dewisblogger

Saturday, February 15: Railbender Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery Grand Opening
This Saturday, the Hintonburg area welcomes a new addition to its growing neighbourhood. The Railbender Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery celebrates its grand opening and lauches its first group art show this Saturday, February 15. As part of the festivities, Beyond the Pale will be serving brew while Herbivore at the Door will supply tasty bites.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, February 15: Kalle Mattson cd release @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
Kalle Mattson’s newest full-length was produced by The Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner and features appearances by Juno-nominated artists The Wooden Sky, Cuff The Duke and a song co-written by Kalle & renowned singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher. "Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold" fully embraces the duality of hope and death, from the summery jangle of “Pick Me Up” to the opulent & euphoric “Eyes Speak”, this is a record that takes the young 22-year old songwriter to the next level both musically & lyrically. Kalle Mattson has just returned from their first European tour.
-- Eugene Haslam

Saturday, February 15: The Souljazz Orchestra live at the Petit Chicago
Hometown favourites are performing live at the Petit Chicago this Saturday in an effort to promote the launch of their latest album ‘Inner Fire’. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, will be kicking off an international tour with the Gatineau show. If you miss out, you can also catch them at Babylon in Ottawa on March 15.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, February 15: Souljazz Orchestra at Le Petit Chicago
This Saturday, the Souljazz Orchestra is releasing "Inner Fire", its new CD -- giving hometown audiences the first chance to hear their new material before they head off on tour. This is the group's first album in two years, and retains its strong Afrobeat base while adding a wide dynamic range and a variety of jazz textures. While there's a lot of complexity and jazz sensibility underneath the grooves, those are something you'll discover listening to the CD. At Le Petit Chicago, expect the music to be all-encompassing, and everybody to be dancing.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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