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Indoor and outdoor fun are happening in Ottawa this Victoria Day weekend

May 18, 2017
Feature Stories

Tickets go on sale soon for the 2017-18 seasons at Centrepointe Theatres and Shenkman Arts Centre. What’s Happening Ottawa provides the latest on theatre, music and outings for the entire family. Some shows sell out quickly, so be sure to look ahead at what’s happening in the coming weeks and your tickets early.

There is always a variety of local art talent on display at Ottawa’s community galleries.

Breathe, Watercolour Painting

Grace Gao, Breathe, Watercolour Painting, Kanata Civic Art Gallery

Canadian Tulip Festival
Various locations
Friday, May 12 to Monday, May 22

Floral exhibits and installations, international friendship activities and entertainment, tulip legacy plaza, tulip art celebrations, interactive family programming, 65th Anniversary Fireworks, Tulip Café.

Snatam Kaur Live in Concert Original Light Tour
Shenkman Arts Centre
Thursday, May 18

Concert, chantfest, group meditation in music, yoga class in melody . . . a performance by Snatam Kaur and her band is all these things and more.

La liste de mes envies
Shenkman Arts Centre
Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19

Woman with index finger to her mouth indicating silence

After a boozy evening with her eccentric neighbours, the humble owner of a dressmaking shop buys a lottery ticket and wins big. Euphoria rapidly gives way to anxiety: what if this money is a poisoned gift?

Ottawa Welcomes the World Cuba
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne,
Friday, May 19

Festivities will include a tasting of Cuban food and cocktails, a dance lesson, a photo exhibition and interactive conference focusing on Cuba’s natural environment, a tourism fair and a raffle for two return tickets to Cuba.

National Fiddling Day
Jean Pigott Place
Ottawa City Hall
Saturday, May 20

Come one, come all to a great fiddling jam session featuring a tribute to Canadian Prime Ministers and a selection of Metis, Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Traditional and World styles.

The Doll's House
Shenkman Arts Centre
Sunday, May 21

Doll house kitchen

Tottie is a loving little wooden doll who lives with her family in a shoebox, longing for a proper home in this story about about acceptance and inclusion, about making good choices, about the lasting value of carefully crafted objects, and self-sacrifice.

Ottawa Welcomes the World Guyana
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne
Sunday, May 21

Come enjoy this grand exposition of Guyanese food, manufactured items, culture and way of life. Enjoy art displays, interactive activities, Anansi storytelling and cultural performances.

Orienteering Ottawa Field Day
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Saturday, May 20

Come and learn—or perfect!—your orienteering skills. In partnership with Orienteering Ottawa, Pinhey’s Point staff welcome beginners and veterans to join us for a fun day in the fresh air.

Coming up next week….

  • Sister Act, Centrepointe Studio Theatre, Thursday, May 25 to Sunday, May 28 – SOLD OUT
  • A Tribute to Johnny Cash: The Man in Black Starring Shawn Barker, Shenkman Arts Centre, Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26
  • Telfer 10 – Trivia Night, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne, Thursday, May 25


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