NAC brings the noise this Family Day weekend
Standup guy Arthur Simeon hits Absolute Comedy, and food for thought at Carleton
A different kind of music festival made for kids, standup comedy with a romantic twist and a thought-provoking art exhibition top this weekend's list.
Make some noise!
Europe's Big Bang Festival returns to the National Arts Centre this weekend to make a racket. It's a musical adventure where kids from five to 12 can explore a wide spectrum of sounds and engage in hands-on music-making.
Expect circus antics, chirping birds and squeaky footwear — it's all music to the ears.
Part of the adventure is finding all the different activities squirrelled away throughout the building, including backstage and even the loading dock. Just follow the noise!
- Where: National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St.
- When: The festival officially takes place Sunday and Monday, but there will also be free tours and musical performances Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Cost: The festival offers a number of free shows. Ticketed shows run from $6 to $20. Check here for more information.
"Canadians are the most polite and welcoming people on the planet," comedian Arthur Simeon observes. "You're also the craziest people I know because you are still surprised by winter."
Simeon, a popular comiedic competitor on CBC radio's The Debaters, finds plenty of humour in his experiences as a newcomer to Canada — the cultural differences, the misunderstandings and of course, the weather.
This Valentine's Day weekend, he's tailoring his routine to stories about love and other misadventures.
- Where: Absolute Comedy, 412 Preston St.
- When: Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.
- Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Food for thought
A new exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery brings together a group of female black and Indigenous artists to share experiences about food and history. They Forgot That We Were Seeds, curated by Ottawa artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe, sets the table with photographs, installations and video works.
The exhibition confronts "issues of land, migration, food justice and sovereignty," Nnebe said.
- Where: Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick's Building
- When: The exhibition runs until April 19.
- Admission is free.