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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

By Amanda Armstrong on March 16, 2017

Winter is back with a vengeance for its season’s finale. For those of us who are anxiously awaiting the imminent arrival of spring, we are pleased to announce that there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this weekend (including, perhaps even, the return of some slightly warmer weather).

All Weekend

This Thursday, and through the rest of this weekend, Either/Or will be hosting a Pop Up Shop at SAABOON. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the online shop’s sustainable clothing collection in the flesh and try out some of SAABOON’s incredible handmade vegan soaps. For you lip balm addicts: pick up one of SAABOON’s ‘Nude’ lip balms. We guarantee you won’t regret it!

If you happen to be a film buff, Eve Film Festival, which takes place at Arts Court this weekend, celebrates women-identifying directors with a stellar line up of short and feature-length films. The festival, which opens this Friday night, features a wide range of genres, so no matter your preference, there is sure to be something to suit your tastes.

Thursday

Alan Neal, host of the radio show All In A Day, will be recording his second CBC Pop Up at Black Squirrel Books this Thursday. Throughout the month of March, Alan is hosting a series of weekly talks where he and guests share their stories of life-changing moments. The evening also includes a musical component and this week’s talk will feature a performance by The Acorn and a surprise musical guest.

If you are a fan of wine, you won’t want to miss the Nature Tastes event, at the Museum of Nature. Join scientist-meets-sommelier Debbie Trenholm on a journey of sparkling wines, which will take you across the ocean and back. Not only will you sample a selection of luxurious libations, but you will learn about how the region where a wine originates impacts its taste.

Friday

Possible Worlds turns 2 this weekend and to celebrate the occasion they are throwing a party! Join DJs Jason Skilz and Ollie K as they kick off Possible World’s first art exhibit of 2017, featuring work by local artist Emmanuel Okot. Did we mention that there will also be cake?


Timekode returns to d’Afrique this Friday, for the March edition of their monthly dance party. Celebrate the official end of the workweek with DJs Memetic and Zattar. They’re sure to get you moving, with the best of funk, soul, hip hop and everything in between. If you want to get a head start and gear up for the party, have a listen to some of their earlier mixes here.

Saturday

Celebrating another birthday this weekend is Little Jo Berry’s – the vegan coffee shop and eatery turns a year old this Saturday! Pop by from 12–7pm to congratulate them on an amazing year and feast on some of the delicious treats they do so well! A word of advice: try a pop tart; you won’t regret it!

15732264_1172621282851466_1619527170160322823_oBangers & Mash: Ottawa Soul Music Festival crams 7 bands and 4 DJs into 5 hours of music in two venues this Saturday eve. The event, held at House of Targ and Black Squirrel Books, features 30 minute sets by some of our best local artists and DJs, coming together for one soulful night.

Sunday

Why not celebrate the imminent arrival of spring with a trip to the sugar bush? You can enjoy an all day breakfast of pancakes and sausages with maple syrup and butter, take a wagon ride to the sugar bush, and see how maple syrup has been collected and made throughout history. Also, let us not forget maple taffy, straight outta the snow!

Get in touch with your Feelings this Sunday eve at Bar Robo. Colour & Sound, alongside host Alex Silas, bring us a series of musical performances from Church of Trees, GEIS†ERH∆US, and A.Charter. Be ready to laugh, but don’t doubt that you may also cry – this show is meant to pull at those heart strings and hit you right in the feels.

Time flies when you are having fun and there is plenty of fun to be had this weekend in Ottawa, so get to it! Get out there, enjoy yourself, and seize the weekend, if not the season, it’ll be gone before you know it!

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