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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on January 17, 2013

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot.

Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton Architecture School is hosting kosmic gravity, their annual Barrymore’s extravaganza.  Herd magazine is launching their second issue, bringing in music (James and Blackburn, Wind and the Wild), DJs and VJs, food and drinks – and a small tip: if you didn’t get into their last event, come earlier. The City Above, a local rock quintet, is also celebrating the release of their latest LP at at Pressed.

Down at Irene’s, you can catch The Flats and The Standardbreds with their folky-rock sound, while over at La Temporaire (yes, across the bridge), Absolutely Free and Fet. Nat will blur genre lines. The SoulJazz Orchestra returns home to Babylon on Saturday night, after traipsing about the world, and The Dead Bees will be down at Raw Sugar. You can then wind things down with Dynamite Motel at the Hintonburg Public House Sunday evening.

SAW Video is showing off the work of their members at Resolution 2013 – they’ll have animated shorts, documentaries and everything in between. In live performances, Mrs. Dally has a Lover continues its extended run at ACT Studio – but note that it finishes on Saturday!

Book lovers have a few options this weekend, too – author Maurice Hladik will talk how your food really gets from the farm to your fork at the new de Natura series, and the Dusty Owl Reading Series continues with Luna Allison and Erin Saoirse Adair on Sunday.

We’ve got vernissages, workshops and more music happening, too – what else will you get up to this weekend? Let us know below!