Toronto hardcore band Liferuiner make a stop in Ottawa tonight before they take their tour to the U.K. Their heavy, melodic style will be a good chance to dance. Check out their latest video, Amaranthine, on their MySpace page to see some great scenes of fans engaging in surprisingly well-choreographed floor punching. Modern Miniatures, a Hamilton hardcore band with members from Straight Reads the Line and Threat Signal, are the touring openers. (All ages)
Where: Mavericks, 221 Rideau St.
When: doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $11 for advance tickets
A-R-T, the Ottawa School of Art’s annual fundraiser
The Ottawa School of Art is holding its annual fundraiser tonight, with a fundraising goal of $20,000 to support bursaries for students who can’t afford classes. The school’s outreach program also provides free visual art programs and supplies for disadvantaged children and teens. A-R-T takes the form of a cocktail party, silent auction and live auction this year. Guests can go to the Ottawa School of Art after the fundraiser for dessert.
Where: The Sidedoor Kitchen and Bar, 18 B York St.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (after party from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Songs of a Prairie Girl at the Prairie Scene
It’s not a celebration of Canada’s Prairie Scene without a Joni Mitchell tribute. Tonight, the Prairie Scene honours the legendary singer/songwriter with a stage show directed by Jim Guedo. Six women play different personalities of Joni Mitchell, all on stage at once, including Joni at nine when she had polio, an older, politically-active Joni, the folk singer and, Joni Mitchell the artist. The show begins tonight and runs until May 7.
Where: National Arts Centre – Studio
When: 8 p.m. (with four other shows from May 5 to May 7)
Cost: $26, or part of the six shows for $49 package
Intersections: Cultural Collisions and Cultural Affinities at the Prairie Scene
Writers aren’t being left out of the Prairie Scene. Warren Cariou is leading a panel discussion on the connection between different cultures on the prairies. The four writers include Sandra Birdsell, who wrote the novel Waiting for Joe, former Saskatchewan Poet laureate Louise Bernice Halfe, author of three books of poetry and also known as Sky Dancer, Cree-Métis storyteller Duncan Mercredi, who has published four books of poetry, and Margaret Sweatman, a musician and author of four novels.
Where: The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Ave.
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15, or part of the six shows for $49 package (also open to Ottawa Writers Festival pass holders)