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What’s Happening? May Events

April 30, 2024

How does the saying go? April Showers bring May flowers! It also brings an amazing line-up of events to ring in the spring season.

Walk off the Earth

Walk off the Earth is a JUNO Award-winning multi-platinum musical phenomenon. Since the group’s inception, WOTE has continued to push the boundaries of what an artist can do. Their YouTube covers have won them Streamy Awards – the highest accolade in the online space – and their original songs have earned numerous high-profile accolades (“Red Hands” achieved #1 at AAA radio while “Rule The World,” “Fire In My Soul” and “I’ll Be There” have all been certified multi-platinum). The band kicked off 2023 with their viral single, “My Stupid Heart” which marks their most successful single to date – garnering 1 million weekly streams, 1 billion YouTube views, 200 million TikTok views and counting. The chemistry between band members Gianni, Sarah, and Joel is infectious and undeniable as Joel’s driving and prolific percussion work and Gianni and Sarah’s remarkable vocal talents continue to exhilarate fans across the globe. Their independent spirit, unstoppable work ethic, and awe-inspiring creativity have consistently catapulted Walk off the Earth to new heights and the future looks brighter than ever.

📅 Saturday, May 4

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

🎟️ Tickets

Canadian Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.

📅 Saturday, May 10 to May 24

📍 All around Downtown Ottawa

🎟️ FREE

Ottawa Children’s Festival

Since 1985, the Ottawa Children’s Festival de la jeunesse (OCF) has hosted an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children. Creating programs for children, the Festival focuses on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education; strives to present work that excites and challenges audiences of all ages; and prides itself on developing and producing award-winning programming that comes from across Canada and around the world. Schools, community groups, caregivers, and families of children of all ages are the target audience of the Festival.

📅 Saturday, May 10 to May 14

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 Arts Court  

🎟️ Tickets

Katherine Levac

Katherine Levac, one of the leading comedians of her generation, returns to the stage at last to entertain us. Her first show, Velours, got raves from audiences and critics alike, and her virtual show Grosse provided an unfiltered window into her pregnancy with twins. She’s back, witty, sarcastic and sharp as ever, presenting a decidedly offbeat view of things. Her clever deadpan humour makes for a great night out.

📅 Saturday, May 10 to May 14

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 Arts Court  

🎟️ Tickets

Broadway Across Canada Presents: Six

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st-century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

SIX has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

📅 May 21 to May 26, 2024

📍 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

🎟️ Tickets

Bruce Cockburn

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles, all while deftly capturing the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song.

The Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 13 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for years to come.

📅 Saturday, May 31

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

🎟️ Tickets

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