Here are some of the events happening this weekend in Ottawa:
The fifth annual VERSefest runs at Knox Presbyterian Church until Monday. Presented by VERSe Ottawa, more than 1600 different poets will perform across 21 different events as part of VERSefest. Festival passes are available for $50, while evening passes can be purchases for $15. Here from Canadian poetry icons like Nicole Brossard (two-time Governor General Award Winner), Chilean National Prize for Literature honoree Raul Zurita, and renowned Irish poet Nick Laird.
Ottawa 67’s versus Niagara Ice Dogs
The OHL playoffs have begun! Last night, the Ottawa 67’s won their first playoff game in three years, defeating Niagara 8-5 to take an early 1-0 in the first round series. The 67’s will attempt to stretch the lead to 2-0 in front of a home crowd tomorrow afternoon. Dante Salituro (2 goals, 3 assists) and Jeremiah Addison (2 goals, 2 assists) will look to continue their hot hands, but the 67’s will have to work collectively to shut down Vince Dunn of the Ice Dogs, who potted four goals on Thursday night. Playoff tickets are available for as little as $18 for adults and $12 for kids, so come out and support the home team!
Ottawa Senators versus Florida Panthers
The Ottawa Senators are hoping Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers was just a temporary blip, because they’ll need to keep racking up wins if they want to hold onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Following a road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, Ottawa returns home the next night to face off against the Florida Panthers. At the time of writing, the Senators are just three points ahead of the Panthers with a game in hand. If Florida has any hopes of making the playoffs, they’ll need this win, so it won’t be an easy game. Look for the Senators to bounce back in front of an eager home crowd.
Sunday Brunch at the Museum of Nature
What better way to celebrate maple syrup season than with a tasty Canadian brunch at the Museum of Nature? Admission is $39.99 for adults and $19.99 for kids (gratuity included) and features some of the best traditional cuisine that Canada has to offer. From french crepes with maple syrup to maple-glazed ham, maple baked beans, and maple fudge, your sweet tooth will be satisfied and your appetite will be sated!
Enjoy the weekend everyone, we know it will be over far too soon!