World Beat Lynn Saxberg
Former Ottawan Drew Gonsalves explores 500 years of history on the new Kobo Town album, Where the Galleons Sank. Inspired by the sight of a rusted barge beneath the waters of the Caribbean Sea, Gonsalves followed up the band’s acclaimed 2013 album Jumble in the Jukebox with a batch of songs that examine various aspects of human folly, brought to life with the buoyancy and percolating rhythms of calypso, funk, folk and reggae. He brings the band to Mercury Lounge for a CD-launch gig Thursday. Tickets are $10 advance, available at eventbrite.ca.
Bluegrass Lynn Saxberg
Some of the country’s finest bluegrass bands will spend the long weekend at the second annual Eastern Ontario Bluegrass Festival. Evening headliners include the Andrew Collins Trio on Friday, Northern Sons on Saturday and Slocan Ramblers on Sunday, with a Thursday-night set by the Telegrams and daytime performances by a slew of other bands, including Maple Hill, Concession 23, CR5 Bluegrass, the Tebworth Brothers and more. The music starts at 1 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, and runs until 11 p.m. most nights. It takes place at the Lombardy Fairgrounds, about 10 minutes south of Smiths Falls on Highway 15. A full pass is $70, available at the gate. Day and evening passes are also on sale. On-site camping is available. For details, go to eobluegrass.com.
Food Peter Hum
Why not include a beachside barbecue as part of your Victoria Day Weekend? It will involve a trip this Sunday to Sharbot Lake, about 90 minutes southwest of Ottawa, but the reward will be a meal relying on the 10 pigs that Seed to Sausage founder Mike McKenzie will be roasting. His sixth annual Day of the Pig event will also feature a vegetarian option and beverages from local craft brewers and wineries, as well as an artisan market, musicians, a magician and the Montreal-based variety troupe Blue Mushroom Sirkus Psyshow. The event, which runs form 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1021 Medical Centre Rd., is a fundraiser for Mountain Grove Public School. Tickets are $15 in advance at dayofthepig.ca or $20 at the door.
Family Lynn Saxberg
See the sheep shed their winter wool during the annual Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum at the Central Experimental Farm (off Prince of Wales Drive). While the sheep are getting their summer haircuts, you can also watch sheepdogs in action, meet the alpacas or take part in crafts, such as wool carding, finger weaving, knitting and felting. The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20-21. Regular museum admission applies. Go to cafmuseum.techno-science.ca for more information.
Jazz Peter Hum
Ottawa’s only bass-clef-heavy, jazz-meets-pop quartet, Safe Low Limit, which consists of tuba player Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton, trombonist Steve Berndt, cellist Ken Kanwisher and drummer Michel Delage, shoots an equally unique video this Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. — weather permitting — and you’re invited. The band is giving a house concert in an empty swimming pool at 130 Ste-Cecile St. in Vanier and it will be filmed for posterity and future promotions. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
Fireworks Lynn Saxberg
Take part in a Victoria Day weekend tradition by catching the Canadian Tulip Festival’s fireworks display on Sunday. The Tulipmania Fireworks will be set to music and ignited at Lansdowne Park, the hub of 65th annual edition of the festival. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch from the Great Lawn. Tickets are $20 for adults, free for children under 12. To purchase, go to tdplace.ca
Article written by Peter Hum and Lynn Saxberg on the Ottawa Citizen Website. Follow the link here.