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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

By Jean McLernon on October 23, 2014

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started.

Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for her art exhibit Light in the Darkness Vernissage on Thursday at 25One Community. Tytor’s exhibit explores the passage of matter through physical and mental matter. She explores the possibility of charged particles within the earth’s atmosphere and those within the human brain.

Support Local Almonte Day is Saturday, October 25th and it has everything from a Beau’s Beer Tasting, an Art Walk and plenty of pop-up shops. No ride? No worries! Register for your shuttle bus tickets here.

Poutinefest is also happening all weekend long on Sparks St with free admission and many local poutineries taking part in the deliciousness; gluten and vegetarian options are available as well. Round two of Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre is running October 23-25th at Arts Court, and boasts Five brand new shows that are only 20 minutes long plus a secret mystery performer.

For those in the festive spirit, the Hintonburg Public House is having a Pumpkin Carving on Saturday. There’s also a pumpkin carving contest in Centretown on Sunday. For a different kind of fun, the Ottawa Brewery Market is putting on Hintontoberfest on Saturday, and has free admission for those wanting to enjoy delicious brews in the beautiful Hintonburg Park..

House of Paint presents Beat Boxing and Burlesque at the HUB on Saturday night. The Capitals film enthusiasts will have no shortage of things to attend starting with the 32nd Festival Japan both Friday and Saturday and is free to attend at Carleton. The Play Poland Film Festival Gala is Friday night and celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa. Admission is $15, and will be showing the film “Life Feels Good”. IFCO is having its Halloween Fundraiser on Friday night. They’re giving out prizes for best costume, and you can even appear on 16mm film!

Theres a book launch Saturday at The Comic Book Shoppe for Kindred Spirits. There will be prizes given out for best superpowered costume, so make sure you dress up! Ottawa’s Art Expo runs both Saturday and Sunday at the St. Elias Centre, and has free admission and parking for art supporters around the city.

Anyone wanting to get their hands dirty this weekend can check out Parkdale United Church for T.H.A.T Craft Fair which brings together approximately 40 local artisans and vendors. The first 50 people will get awesome handmade swag bags with trinkets inside. For those wanting something a bit grittier, CBBAG is holding several workshops over the weekend in book binding and wood carving.

Finally, there’s always live music for the night owls of the city. Friday night we have Del Barber and the Profiteers playing some western country music at Café Dekcuf, and Rah Rah Rah plays some alternative rock at Zaphods. Throughout the rest of the city Lily Frost plays at the Raw Sugar Café, Dusty Tucker comes from Red Deer to lay down some groovy northern rock at  the Daily Grind, and The Creeps play some good ol’ punk rock at House of Targ.

Saturday night is another edition of OHMYJAM {Pumps & Bowties} at Babylon in celebration of the LGBTQ film festival Inside Out. Grier Coppins plays at Zaphods, Royal Canoe plays Mevricks, and BA Johnson takes the stage with local guys Robots! Everywhere! at House of Targ.

Have a fun filled weekend Ottawa. Hope your pumpkins carve easily, and your feet stay warm!

Les suggestions @Basement819 pour le weekend

C’est une première pour Basement 819! À chaque semaine à partir de maintenant, nous allons participer au Weekend Roundup. Suivez-nous sur Twitter @Basement819 pour connaitre nos suggestions quotidiennes.

Nous les gens de Basement 819 on aime bien la poutine. Ça tombe bien parce que du 24 au 26 octobre c’est le festival de la Poutine sur la rue Sparks. Un événement qui promet d’allumer les papilles gustatives.

Samedi soir, le Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) nous présente l’auteure compositrice et interprète Joanie Michaud au Café de Joël à Rockland. Une jeune artiste à découvrir si ce n’est pas déjà fait.

L’Halloween approche à grand pas!! Pour l’occasion le Diefenbunker, situé tout juste à l’extérieur d’Ottawa, s’associe avec The Haunted Walk pour présenter « Incident au Bunker : une aventure de zombie! ». Vivez une expérience terrifiante, vous allez courir pour votre vie dans un labyrinthe à plusieurs étages sous terre.

As always, Instagram your adventures and hashtag them #Apt613Weekend43. Check our Instagram on Monday where we’ll feature our fave pics. 

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