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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on November 8, 2012

Support Local month continues, with photographers Jen Eldridge and Paul Hockett holding a vernissage at Under One Roof tonight. Down at Workshop on Dalhousie, they’re holidng a trunk show with Ottawa designer Kania (with treats!), while their sister store Flock continues on with the great crafting de-stash. Grab some tasty samples while getting your Bronson food passport stamped, or head down to the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday for an open mic night – share your local musical talents!

The Mercury Lounge is celebrating 16 years this weekend, culminating in a party with special musical and artist guests. Local band the Glorious MoonRockets are also celebrating, albeit a bit belatedly, the release of their latest EP. Les Stroud, of Survivorman, will be at Mavericks with the Campfire Kings for a one-of-a-kind show with songs and stories. We’ve got a guitar/saxophone mix up at GigSpace, featuring two incredible musicians, while at First Baptist you can catch The Songs of Nick Drake – covers of his songs played by some of our most talented. We’ve got a few Montreal visitors, with indie band The Luyas here Friday and tribal dream pop trio Diamond Bones is stopping by Avant Garde Bar on Saturday.

Craft shows continue, with 260 Fingers clay art and pottery event happening in the Glebe and the artisan guild  holding their show as well. There’s a pre-festival put on by the storytelling crew of our city, and you can listen to the life of Mordecai Richler down a the library.

And? It’s the second Startup Weekend in Ottawa. What will you dream up and develop?

Sunday is a sombre day – there are the usual remembrance ceremonies, as well as a concert marking the occasion.