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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on December 20, 2012

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke.

It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold out for Saturday (some Sunday tickets are left), but there are more. Poorfolk, Terrible Liars and Male Nurse are teaming up for their 5th annual Christmas Rock Party, and Zoo Legacy will have DJ Atherton on hand to pump up their show’s afterparty. Amos the Transparent is at Mavericks on Friday for an indie rock take on the holiday season, and the Hintonburg Holiday Hootenanny will be mad crazy fun at the Elmdale. Honeyman and the Brothers Farr are bringing in Caroline Keating to round out their Xmas show, while The Split will bring some neo-soul to Irene’s. And What Army, along with Silvergun and Spleen, will kick things up at Cafe Dekcuf for the RnR Holiday Party. For you classical fans, the Chamber Players have their annual Christmas concert on Saturday night. For those of you wanting to shake some holiday booty, head to either Timekode or Double Barrel’s festive dance party on Friday night.

In non-holiday-specific shows, Sad Guru is marking the end of the world at the Elmdale and wants you to join in the fun – and if everything is still in tact on Saturday, you can catch The White Wires at Babylon or Tall Trees at Zaphod’s.

If you’re miffed about the shows you might have missed in the past year, catch a glimpse of them at Darryl Reid’s ‘Midnight Lullabies’ exhibit at Wurm Gallery. There will be shots from three years worth of Ottawa’s Music Underground – the vernissage is this Friday night.

If you’re doing some last minute shopping, check out our gift guide (and the comments!) for some great locally-sourced ideas. What other festivities are you up to this weekend, Ottawa?