WEEKEND PLANS: What’s Happening in Toronto & Ottawa

Advertisement for Cinefranco Film Festival

Non-stop events in Ottawa as well as Cinefranco and the One of a Kind Show in Toronto signal spring is coming!

Ottawa is certainly giving Toronto a run for its money in the event department. On any given day my schedule fills up with one, plus two, then three events! I have yet to find a way to be in two places at once so when my body is Ottawa my spirit is still hovering around in Toronto and when I am in Toronto my spirit hovers here. This weekend (physically at least) it’s Ottawa for me but if you are in Toronto then check out Cinéfranco. This amazing Francophone Film Festival is now in its 17th year! Opening today, Cinéfranco’s programming runs through until next Sunday night – a full 10 days of diverse programming and the best of French cinema!

Logo that says Thunderbird Marketplace

Also the One of a Kind Show is now underway and new this year is The Thunderbird Marketplace.

“The Thunderbird Marketplace features 12 Aboriginal creators chosen to showcase their unique, original designs at the 2014 One of a Kind Spring Show.  Representing a diversity of Aboriginal nations, their individual work is inspired from deep cultural roots expressed in contemporary artistic forms.  The 12 Creators present exceptional designs including visual art, textile, beading, corn husk work, leather work, jewellery, porcupine quill work, basketry, accessories and clothing design.”

Tonight, in a mere few hours, Spacing Magazine launches their Spring 2014 Issue along with the Jane Jacobs Prize Ceremony. If you are into city building and the New Urbanism movement this is your event! More details here…

Cover a magazine that says Spacing and has bike on front

And if you are into dance instead then Saturday night at Koerner Hall you can witness one of Flamenco’s great masters Israel Galván. I missed him in Ottawa (that 2-places-at-1-time problem!) and now I will be missing him in Toronto but it is sure to be a stunning performance.

Now back to Ottawa…

Cover of book with Min Fami in English and Arabic

Tonight at Octopus Books (251 Bank Street location) is Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space & Resistance.

This event, supported by Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carlton U, is a panel discussion with some of the editors and contributors to this book – Ghadeer Malek (Authour & Editor), Ghaida Moussa (Authour & Editor), Yafa Jarrar (Authour) and Maha Zimmo (Authour).


…tomorrow it’s going to be one of those marathon event days!

Poster for Latin American Film Festival in Ottawa

EVENT #1:
¡FIESTA LATINA! ( 1:00 – 7:00 at the Library and Archives FREE)

The Canadian Film Institute’s Latin Film Festival (March 27 – April 13) is hosting a day long event at the Library & Archives (395 Wellington Street). There will be film, food, dance, and more! For the full schedule visit the Latin Film Festival Facebook Page and the CFC website.

Poster for Niigaan Youth Event

EVENT #2:
Niigaan’s Oshkadis Chineekaneech (5:30 – 8:30 at Carleton University $15)

“Niigaan means leader or future in Anishinabemowin. In keeping with that spirit, we are proud to have our next In Conversation event about young people. Oshkadis Chineekaneech means that the youth will lead/are leading. This talk show style event will have our expert guests discuss what we can do today to make sure the next generation is set up for success.”

And speaking of youth who lead, local talent, hoop dancer Theland Kicknosway will be performing. More information on the Facebook Event Page.

Poster for Art Battle Ottawa with the back of a young man painting an image on an easel

EVENT #3:
Art Battle 111 (7:00 – 10:30 at Arts Court $15 | $10 Students)

“WHAT IS ART BATTLE? Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. This is Art Battle Canada’s 5th season and first full season in Ottawa.”

Join the event on their Facebook Page or find out more info on the Art Battle Website.

EVENT #4:
GuerillaLIVE 10th Anniversary (10:00 pm – Late @ Gallery 101’s New Location! $10 cover)


“To cap off the GuerllaCRAWL and mark Guerilla’s first decade (2004 to 2014), we are joining forces with Gallery 101 to launch our special 10-year print edition (co-published by CHUO 89.1 FM) and let our hair down with a night of live music, performance, and celebration.”

More info the Facebook Event Page.

Alright, let the weekend begin!