DISNEY ON ICE: ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER
Disney presents a night for the whole family. Older audiences will experience a trip down memory lane and the kids will be delighted by favourite characters old and new. This show features Merida, from the movie Brave, in her Disney on Ice debut. From $15. Wednesday, February 27, to Sunday, March 3. Scotiabank Place, 1000 Palladium Dr., www.canadiantirecentre.com.
WELLINGTON END MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL
There are food festivals and there are music festivals. It only makes sense to combine the two, because what’s better than local food and live bands? This weekend, head over to Hintonburg to take in more than 30 bands, DJs, and musical acts playing in seven venues that include Tacolot, Hintonburg Public House, Alpha Soul, and more. Friday, March 1, to Sunday, March 3. $30 in advance (cash only). For line-up, venues, and where to buy tickets, see www.wellingtonend.com/welcome/music-food-festival.
RED WALL PRESENTS: THE SEATS (FREE!)
In the final artist-in-residence exhibition at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) for the 2012-2013 year, Mitchell Burton presents a look at the different spaces that host public events, whether that means cinema, theatre, political areas, or something else entirely. What does it mean, in our public culture, to have a seat? Come find out! Vernissage Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; exhibit Friday, March 1, to Wednesday, March 13. SPAO Red Wall Gallery, 168 Dalhousie St., www.spao.ca.
JEREMY HOTZ: MAGICAL MISERY TOUR
Misery loves company – and laughter. Jeremy Hotz is a Just for Laughs success and he’s here to charm capital audiences. Let’s face it; this can be a pretty miserable time of year. Why not make the best of it with sharp, observational comedy? From $39. Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., www.nac-cna.ca.
BARNYARD BREAK AT THE CANADA AGRICULTURE MUSEUM
This March break, kids will discover there’s so much to do on the farm at the Agriculture Museum that there will be no time to veg out on the couch. With a sneak peek at the upcoming May exhibit called A Piece of Cake! you can learn all the work that goes into baking a cake (and eat the result!): milking cows, churning butter, gathering eggs, collecting maple syrup, and grinding grain — all while getting up close and personal with the animals. $9, children three to 12 $6, families $23. Saturday, March 2, to Sunday, March 17. Canada Agriculture Museum, 861 Prince of Wales Dr., www.agriculture.technomuses.ca.
POWER OF MOVEMENT
Join thousands of others across Canada as they take part in the country’s biggest yoga class to raise funds for the fight against arthritis. Whether you’re a human pretzel or someone who can’t touch your toes, you’re invited to join in Ottawa’s all-levels lesson, hosted by the team from Empower ME Yoga. Registration is $20, participants are welcome to set fundraising goals as well. Sunday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. The Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., www.powerofmovement.ca (or see the Ottawa website at http://beatarthritis.akaraisin.com/POM2013Ottawa).
FUJII PERCUSSION AND VOICES
It’s time for the Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series! Japan’s renowned Fujii family (the “First Family of percussion,” as they’re known) is joined by the Ottawa Children’s Choir and the Toronto Children’s Chorus. It’s a great chance to celebrate percussion and voice and to hear enchanting music by Japanese and Canadian composers. You’ll get the rare opportunity to hear unique instruments, too, like the sanukite, a mallet instrument made of volcanic stone. From $29, students with ID half price. Sunday, March 3, 3:30 p.m. Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., www.ottawachamberfest.com.
RBC BLUESFEST: BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS SHOWCASE CONCERT
Fresh off the announcement of the 2013 Bluesfest lineup, the Black Sheep Inn will be hosting the whole family for a musical afternoon. You’ll hear award-winning, internationally renowned blues favourites perform, including Rick Fines, TJ Wheeler, Sharon Riley, and many more. Not only will you be introducing a great genre to the kids, you’ll be supporting Blues in the School’s efforts to bring quality music and music education to young people. By donation (minimum of $5 suggested). Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. Black Sheep Inn, 735 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, www.theblacksheepinn.com.