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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on December 13, 2012

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right?

Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down, and Kitchen Party has its usual dance marathon down at the Rochester Pub. DJ Acro will lead the party at the Hintonburg Public House, where Sunday they will be having a holiday fundraiser. Cafe Dekcuf is having their annual holiday bash Saturday night, with a few local bands pumping up the party. In other local bands, Hollerado will open for Tokyo Police Club at two shows: Black Sheep on Thursday and Ritual on Friday. We’ve got Christmas music, too – a capella style and in a coffeeshop. Bands will duke it out tonight at the Lunenburg Pub, while there will be less of a competitive spirit at GigSpace while Cam Jones and friends take on an acoustic jam session. Guitars will take centre stage at Avant-Garde Bar, with Nick Kuepfer bringing in his eclectic sound from Montreal.

If you’re feeling generous, leave presents out on your porch on Saturday! In somewhat of a reverse-Santa move, UsedOttawa will be picking up toys and snowsuits from your house for kids in need all day long.

For those of you wanting to stay cozy against the winter cold, the Divergence Movie Night will be the perfect spot – they’re featuring several shorts tonight at Raw Sugar. maru is premiering their first production at Antique Skate Shop on Friday night, alongside the launch of Andrew Szeto’s newest book. Delicious food will be on hand, too!

For all you food-lovers, on Saturday you can be an official judge and sample the fare of some of Ottawa’s best hidden foodie talent at My Neighbourhood Bites Wellington edition, held down at Cube Gallery. You can be the deciding factor in who will move onto the next stage of the competition.

What else is happening on this wintry weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!