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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on November 24, 2016

There is no denying it any longer, winter has arrived in all of its snowy white splendor, but so has the weekend – and this one is jam packed with greatness, giving us every reason not to slip into hibernation just yet.


"Colorful Bison", by Alex Janvier. Image from Janvier's website.

“Colorful Bison”, by Alex Janvier. Image from Janvier’s website.

The opening of Alex Janvier‘s exhibit takes place tonight, at the National Gallery of Canada. Alex Janvier is a contemporary Indigenous artist, whose works incorporate bold colours, Denesuline iconography, and abstract-inspired techniques. In this sizeable retrospective, the exhibition gives us the opportunity to take in over 150 pieces by the artist. Janvier will also be speaking about his life and his career as an artist in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada on Saturday.

There are still a few tickets remaining for this year’s Makin’ it Grain’s pop up dinner at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market. Brewers of great beer, Dominion City Brewing Co. and some of the best local chefs will be serving up a delicious five course meal with beer pairings. Proceeds from the event help to support Farmworks, “a social enterprise by Operation Come Home teaching at-risk youth horticulture and business skills.”

OCTEVAW and Queering 613 will be hosting their second night of Cards against Misogyny, at Happy Goat Coffee this Thursday. Join them for a night of patriarchy smashing, with this feminist take on the immensely popular Cards Against Humanity. Just be certain to snag a ticket before the event, as none will be available at the door.


Full Flavour Thursdays commemorates the release of A Tribe Called Quest’s final album, We got it from here…Thank you 4 your service, tonight at Zaphod’s. DJ Jon Deck honours one of hip hop’s greatest, with a night of music by the group.


If you are a lover of delicious dark beers, you will want to check out A Flight in the Dark, this Friday at Hintonburg Public House. Muskoka Brewery will be in town to guide you through four of their dark beers, alongside some tasty food pairings by HPH.

The 12th annual SAW Gallery holiday art show and fundraiser, SKETCH, is this Friday night. With over 150 artists working in different styles, there is sure to something that will catch your eye and with pieces starting as low as 10$, there is also certainly something that will match your pricepoint. All the while you feast on the hundreds of pieces available, your ears will be contented with music from The Vile Bodies, as well as DJs Michael Caffrey and Chris International. Proceeds from the event will go towards the upcoming expansion of SAW Gallery.

15129571_1860687504168586_3395306277200297954_oTropikalo vs Double Barrel is happening this Friday night at Pure Kitchen on Elgin Street. The legendary Trevor Walker and our two favourite Alexs, DJ Zattar and DJ Magnificent will bring us an evening of “afrolatincarribeantropical dancefloor…meets soul / funk / reggae / disco / oddities”


While on the topic of great dance parties, DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks are bringing a Kitchen Party to Bar Robo this Saturday night. You can expect an evening of “funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, house, techno, and everything in between!” The dance floor will be waiting for you when the clock strikes 11pm, or head over to Robo before KP and check out Derm Kean and an Incredible Woman, Holy Christopher, and Kings Quest, who will be playing earlier on in the eve.

The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair is back for its 22nd year at Jack Purcell this Saturday. You will find chapbooks, novels, graphic novels, comic books, zines, and plenty more, from presses such as 40-Watt Spotlight, above/ground press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Bywords, and In/Words magazine & press. This is a great opportunity for you to snag that unique gift for the bibliophile in your life, all the while supporting small local publishers.

Big Rig Brewery is hosting an evening of beer and music with The Wooden Sky this Friday at the brewery. A part of their Taproom Sessions series, tickets to the event are 15$ and you receive a tour of the brewery, as well as an intimate concert by The Wooden Sky (who, by the way, are amazing) – and your first beer is on the house.


Get a head start on your holiday shopping (and be sure to treat yourself) at one of Ottawa’s greatest art, craft, and vintage fairs – Idle Hands is this Sunday, at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Little Italy. Check out some amazing work from over 50 vendors, all of whom are based out of Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. For just a snippet of who you can expect to find at Idle Hands: N-Product, Possible Worlds, Stefan Thompson, Emil Mateja, Clay Pigeon Designs, Top Shelf Preserves, Black Coffee Apparel, Brelokz, and more will all be in attendance.

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Also taking place this Sunday afternoon, is Urban Legends presents: Art in the Tea Leaves. This event, which is held at Origin Studios, is an opportunity to write, draw, paint, or create in the company of other artists. Art in the Tea Leaves is a safe space to explore ideas, collaborate, or just silently work at your craft – oh, and did we mention there will be tea?

We’ve given you plenty a reason to get out there and enjoy the weekend. Show us what you got up to by snapping a few photos and tagging them with #apt613wknd. We will post our favourites on our Instafeed next week.

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Il est fort possible que nos suggestions puissent contribuer à éloigner la grisaille qui pèse sur la fin de ce mois de novembre. Hiberner n’est pas une option! Voici une série d’événements susceptibles de réveiller nos sens endormis.


Her Harbour offrira un concert au Temporaire en prémisse à son deuxième album Go Gently Into The Night dont la sortie est prévue en février prochain. Gabrielle Giguère parta­gera la scène avec les jumelles de la forma­tion musi­cale Tasseo­mancy de Totonto. Voici d’ailleurs une première vidéo tout à fait délicieuse de la pièce “Hewing Crowns”.

Le vernissage de l’exposition Alex Janvier aura lieu dès 18h dans le Grand Hall et dans les salles des expositions temporaires du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. La couleur et l’abstraction sont au rendez-vous dans cette rétrospective majeure dédiée à l’un des artistes les plus acclamés au Canada. L’entrée est gratuite. L’exposition sera accessible jusqu’en avril 2017. Rien ne presse mais… il ne faudrait pas manquer ça! Consultez l‘article de notre collaborateur Emmanuel Goffi qui a posé un regard fort intéressant sur l’exposition!

Les sœurs Boulay seront au Centre des Arts Shenkman et présenteront leur spectacle 4488 de l’Amour. Lors du dernier gala de l’ADISQ en octobre 2016, les sœurs Boulay ont remporté le Félix de l’Album de l’année – folk. Sur scène, elles brillent et nous emporte dans une folie où la chanson folk-mélancolique s’insère dans un miel intemporel.


Philippe Brach sera en spectacle du côté du Pub St-André à St-André-Avellin. Unique en son genre, son folk-trash attise la curiosité par son style décoiffé et over décontracté.

Fanny Bloom sera en spectacle au Troquet. L’auteure-compositrice-interprète ne cesse de nous éblouir à travers le temps. Son dernier album éponyme veut d’ailleurs nous faire danser sur de la pop-électro-exotique.


wrongWe Are Wolves sera au Petit Chicago avec Eldorado et Loic April en première partie. Ce retour de WAW promet de nous foudroyer majestueusement. Depuis la sortie de leur cinquième album WRONG, l’élecro-pop des années 80 s’ajoute au post-punk-électrique.  Une bombe sera larguée, soyons prêts à l’attrapper !

Festival films de l’union européenne : voici une vitrine incontournable qui met à l’honneur le meilleur cinéma qui se fait dans l’Union européenne. Il met à l’affiche une sélection de films qui n’a jamais encore été diffusée dans la région. Toutes les représentations ont lieu au River Building Theatre de l’université Carleton.

Suivez-nous sur Twitter @SousSol819 ou encore sur notre page Facebook pour obtenir des suggestions d’événements! Écoutez-nous à la radio tous les mercredis soirs de 18h à 19h sur les ondes de CHUO 89,1 FM. En rediffusion le vendredi de 7h à 8h am.