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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on November 22, 2012

It’s the last full weekend of Support Local month, friends, and there’s plenty to pack in. Tonight is the next edition of Apartment613 Talks, our lecture series, and tonight will focus on entrepreneurship and creativity in the city as we chat with three of Ottawa’s creative business folk. Tomorrow night, it’s ArtsNest at Magpie – there will be tacos, beer, bands and sparkly goods on display. Saturday, we’ve got Idle Hands craft show and the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Sale (not to be confused with the Artisan craft sale at the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday). Sneaking into next week, town restaurant is opening its doors on Monday night for their first ever show, featuring local bands The Yips, DJ Lamb Rabbit, and Scattered Clouds. Don’t forget about the food specials still going on, and the art up all across the city. Our most recent addition to the art shows is Christine Mockett down at the EnviroCentre, with an interactive piece.

On to music! The Nujazz festival kicks off tonight, and Danny Michel is out at The Branch while Toronto’s Catl is at the NAC. Friday night, Mother Mother stops by the Bronson Centre with Hannah Georgas, and bassist Tobias Meis is at 327 Wine Bar (as part of Support Local month, too). City Lights and a whole lot more are also playing Friday, and The Flaps are playing Pressed. Hiawatha and Blank Capsule perform at Cafe Dekcuf Saturday – if you’re a fan of Jokers of the Scene or Thrush Hermit, that’s where many of these guys came from. For an entirely different evening, head to Dominion-Chalmers to catch Julie Nesrallah and Maria Knapik. The Peptides and The Pelts are at Irene’s on Saturday, while Catriona Sturton, Shannon Eddy and Ashley Condon stop by Raw Sugar Cafe. Sunday, Lifestory:Monologue are at Cafe Dekcuf for their farewell tour. And dance partiers? Head to Prison Break.

Movember ‘staches continue to grow – tonight, Koston Kreme (of Capital Tease Burlesque) will host a fundraiser at Kinki. Also tonight, Shanghai hosts Two Guys with Beards and their speed dating night.

Films abound with the European Union Film Festival continuing – from Hungarian to British to Slovenian films, they’ve got an incredible lineup (see the full listing here). The Ukranians are also hosting a craft bazaar, and Ten Thousand Villages is having a special festive event.

Rounding out the weekend, we’ve got beer and board games, some cake and ice cream sampling, and a bit of crafty card making. What else is happening this weekend?