10 things to do in Ottawa this weekend – May 13-15, 2022

Jesse Cook

When: May 15, 2022
Or: National Arts Center,
What time: 8 p.m.
Admission: From $58 Click here for tickets

Acclaimed Canadian guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook has been breaking musical boundaries for 25 years. The Juno award winner brings his combination of flamenco, jazz, zydeco, blues, Brazilian samba. . . and even Arabic music at the NAC this Sunday!

Photo: nac-cna.ca

magic in the pub

When: May 14, 2022
Or: For Boy, 495 Somerset Street West
What time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $19.05 Click here for tickets

Three Ottawa magicians, Diego Lopez, Jamie Rallison and Steve Warburton, team up to offer you a night of illusions and fun. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

Photo: Magic in the pub

Opening of Studio Sixty Six: The East Coast Series by Guillermo Trejo

When: May 13 – July 2, 2022
Or: Studio Sixty Six, Suite 101 – 858 Bank Street
What time: Opening on May 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Ottawa independent contemporary art gallery Studio Sixty Six presents the new series of prints by Canadian artist Guillermo Trejo. The East Coast series, produced at the Saint Michael Print Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is the artist’s latest body of work and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the gallery. The in-person opening of the exhibition takes place this Friday; face masks are mandatory.

PHOTO: EC-04, Guillermo Trejo

​Pewter Constellations with Rubber Roses

When: May 14, 2022
Or: Meow! It’s hot, 519 Bank St.
What time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $10 (available at the door)

Ottawa-based folk/pop band Tin Constellations release their digital concept single 45, “There is a bird in our tree,featuring special guests Rubber Roses and an opening solo by Rainbow Bistro’s Lloyd Smiley.
Photo: www.facebook.com/earthorbit

The Canadian Tulip Festival

When: May 13 – 23, 2022
Or: Commissioners Park
What time: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

The ten-day Tulip Festival kicks off this Friday and promises to be bigger and better than ever as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. Originally a celebration of the historic friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, the festival has evolved into a multicultural celebration of spring and the beauty of the tulip flower. Head to Commissioners Park near Dows Lake to see more than a million tulips and watch live entertainment, food trucks, outdoor movie screenings, fireworks, and more.

Photo: Kat Walcott

​York Street Farmer’s Market

When: Saturdaysuntil October 2022
Or: York Street between William Street and Dalhousie
What time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: n / A

The ByWard Market comes to life with the return of another season of the York Street Farmer’s Market. Head to the ByWard Market on Saturdays to find unique vendors like Four Goats Farm, Upper Canada Creamery, Rutabaga Ranch, and produce you won’t find at your local grocery store.

Photo: Rentals.ca

Dylan Gott

When: May 12-14, 2022
Or: Yuk Yuks Ottawa, 100 Kent St. Inside the Marriott Hotel – lower level
What time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 Click here for tickets

Toronto native Dylan Gott has performed all over the world, been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, appeared on Comedy Central and Viceland UK, performed at prestigious comedy festivals, had his own show television special and hosted his own radio show on SiriusXM Radio. Catch him live this weekend at Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa.
Photo: Courtesy of YukYuks

​Ontario Small Hall Festival

When: May 13-29, 2022
Or: Small Venues in Eastern Ontario
What time: Various
Admission: Visit ontariosmallhalls.com for details and tickets

If you like great music in an intimate setting, head to the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. The beloved two-week festival takes place in small communities across Eastern Ontario and features some of Canada’s top musicians, including Basia Bulat, Great Lake Swimmers, Skydiggers, Hawksley Workman, and more.

Photo: ontariosmallhalls.com

The Ottawa Outdoor and Adventure Tourism Show

When: May 14-15, 2022
Or: Nepean Sports Complex, 1701 Woodroofe Avenue
What time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Free – with plenty of free parking

If you are interested in canoeing, kayaking, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, camping, expedition travel, hiking, trekking, wilderness survival and anything outdoors , head to the Nepean Sportplex this weekend for The Ottawa Outdoor + Adventure Travel Show.

​ Kanata United Church Annual Book Fair

When: May 10-14, 2022
Or:Kanata United Church, 33 Leacock Drive, Kanata
What time: Tuesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

One of Eastern Ontario’s largest book fairs, the annual Kanata United Church Book Fair, is back. Volunteers raised over 40,000 books available for sale to support local charities in Ottawa.
Photo: Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash

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