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April 02, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: April 3-9, 2014

"spring dreams crossed by lines" / photo by Christiane Wilke, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

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

Thursday, April 3: Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series
7pm at the auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Free! I will be reading from a new work entitled Plenitude. there may be singing. my co-feature is fabulous Ottawa poet, Dean Steadman. He will be joined by a group of poets to perform Apres Satie: Four Two and Four Hands.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

First there was THE HAMMERHEADS. Then LUCKY RON. Now its LIVE ROCK KARAOKE!!! You just HAVE to be here to EXPERIENCE it. Sing your song, backed by an incredible band, AND have it on video!!! Chris is coming down with his digital recorders (one audio, one video) to record the show. He synchs up the video with the audio and then posts the individual songs on YouTube and on Facebook. Presentation quality is great. At Zaphod Beeblebrox.
-- Eugene Haslam

Friday, April 4: Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

What could be more fun? At this open mic event, adults will read from letters, poems, essays and other things they wrote as kids. Expect to hear funny, poignant and goofy stuff that will embarrass and delight. A fundraiser for the Youville Centre, which provides much-needed support for young, single parents and their children. 7 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, April 5: Laurent Bourque Album Release Party 
Over in Wakefield this Saturday, singer-songwriter Lauren Bourque presents the launch of his sophomore record Pieces of Your Past. The album release party, happening at the Blacksheep Inn, will feature new material by Bourque and an opening set by Toronto folk noir musician Rob Moir.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, April 5: SOUND OF LIONS cd release
They've just been announced to play Bluesfest, but come see them play songs from their new album, as well as some older favourites. It has been over a year of writing and recording the new cd, Take Me With You. Sound of Lions are a five-piece female-fronted hip-hop/rock/soul act, known for their mood-driven beats and sincere lyrical content.  Encapsulating but restrained, bass-heavy yet ambient. At Zaphod Beeblebrox.
-- Eugene Haslam

Saturday, April 5: Grande Soirée Maghrébine à Ottawa, featuring BOUCHAIB AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Festival of music and dance of the Maghreb (North Africa/ Morocco/ Algeria). At Cabane En Bois in Gatineau.
-- Eugene Haslam

Sunday, April 6: 10th Ottawa Community Record Show
If you fancy yourself a music collector, or just a music lover, you should check out the 10th Ottawa Community Record Show at St. Anthony’s Hall. It's three bucks to get in and dig for rare gems and scour for deals on great music from every genre.
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Sunday, April 6: 10th Ottawa Community Record Show
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 10th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, April 6th at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to be to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. DJs Billy from Hot Butter & Bank St. Bounce will also be rocking the ones and twos for the occasion.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, April 6: Canadian Grand Masters 25th Anniversary
Music & auction fundraiser. A night of live music and performance. 4:00pm-8:00pm at Greenfield's Pub and Restaurant (900 Greenbank Road). Tickets $10. Bands include the Lyon Street Celtic Band, The Musettes, Triple Trouble and the Barrhaven Fiddleheads.
-- Max Keeping

Sunday-Monday, April 6-7: Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy, an American treasure and Blues legend will be playing at the Centrepointe Theatre. Guy, 76, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been a major influence on artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Not to be missed!
-- Jean Labelle

Wednesday-Thursday, April 9-10: Scooby Doo Live
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. It appears a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are off in the Mystery Machine to solve it! At Centrepointe Theatre.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Wednesday, April 9: Omer Klein with Haggai Cohen-Milo at the NAC Fourth Stage
Jazz pianist Omer Klein studied with Fred Hersch for two years and you can hear some of the same approach in his music: melodic, thoughtful, and innovative. Klein fell in love with the piano and was urging his family to let him learn it at a very young age. After growing up in Israel, he studied jazz in Boston and New York, and now lives in Germany. On his Canadian tour, he'll be performing just with bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo: they've been performing and recording together for a decade now. Expect an evening of finely-produced and simpatico original music.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

March 26-April 12: Seeds at the NAC Theatre
Billed as “part courtroom confrontation, part social satire,” Seeds is the story of the real life legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and biotechnology company Monsanto over genetically modified seeds. Much of the script draws from court transcripts, news reports and interviews. The play features actor Eric Peterson of Corner Gas and Street Legal fame—well worth the price of admission.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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