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WEEKENDER: Indie rock, karaoke, yarn bombing, and a couple of cool specialty tours

Dodos. Chloe Aftel
American indie-rock band The Dodos heads to Mavericks on Wednesday night. Photograph by Chloe Aftel

The Dodos
American indie-rock band, The Dodos, will be taking the stage at Maverick’s Bar this Wednesday, September 25. Hailing from San Francisco, the duo consisting of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber are currently in the midst of their cross-Canada tour, promoting their fifth full-length album, Carrier. They’re a band on the rise (they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month), so see them in an intimate venue before they’re selling out stadiums! Maverick’s Bar, 221 Rideau Street. www.mavericksbar.com

Culture Days
Have you ever wanted to explore backstage at the NAC? View more art? Or how about just have more cultural experiences in general? Now’s your chance! “Culture Days”, presented by the National Arts Centre, allows you to experience the NAC like never before this Sunday, September 29. A Canada-wide event to celebrate arts and culture throughout the country, “Culture Days” runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take part in a wide array of activities — from yarn-bombing to theatre and dance workshops. We’re kind of partial to the live band karaoke… All activities are free! Visit www.culturedays.ca for a full list of what’s happening in Ottawa.

Singer-songwriter Mark Robertson performs at Irene’s Pub.

Jazz Hands
Over the coming months, Irene’s Pub will be playing host to a bevy of musical acts. This Friday, September 27, Ottawa favourite robertSon (the singer-songwriter best known for his musical forays with the pop band Bullfrog) graces the stage. Formed in 1994, robertSon and Bullfrog have been making their name in the jazz scene locally and all over the world (they have appeared on French and German national television) for close to two decades. Friday’s performance will also feature Back Talk Organ Trio. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street. irenespub.ca

Green homes
Check out the EnviroCentre website for the tour locations of 10 sustainable local homes. This photo was taken on last year’s tour

Going Green
Despite what certain frogs may say, it can be easy being green. If you’ve ever thought about making your home more environmentally friendly, now is your chance to see how fellow Ottawans have fared. On Saturday, September 28, EnviroCentre is presenting the Green Homes Showcase, opening the doors to 10 of Ottawa’s most sustainable homes. Residences will be on display (free admission) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with onsite green-sector professionals to answer any questions. See website for showcase stops. envirocentre.ca/greenhomes

For those seeking a road trip and still wanting to get their culture fix, take the scenic route along the Green Meadow Road where the Arnprior and Beyond Arts Discovery Tour is taking place. The self-drive tour of local artists’ studios provides a unique venue for their work as well as a nice change of pace for art aficionados. Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19 Green Meadow Road. www.culturedays.ca

~Meaghan Crowley