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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on October 11, 2012

Not only do we want you out and about this weekend, Ottawa, but we’re going to give a few of you just the incentive to get out of the house – we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the John Carroll & the Epic Proportions show out at the Black Sheep this Saturday. Read on to find out how you can win!

The city is hopping with parties this weekend. Herd Magazine launches at Fall Down Friday night, with Amos the Transparent dropping by for a show. Saturday it’s Auntie Loo’s Treats’ third birthday with freebies, giveaways and roller derby gals, and Couch Assassin parties it up with their launch party at Mercury Lounge. And on Monday, the Daily Grind celebrates its first birthday.

It’s also easy to party it up art-wise this weekend with Electric Fields and Mini-Maker Faire. You can roam the streets, map in hand, listening to music that connects with the surrounding architecture. Or catch the Pecha Kucha Friday night at St. Brigid’s, which will be all about “Sound and the City.” And A Tribe Called Red will be at Babylon for a special edition of Electric Pow Wow on Saturday night.

In other arts news, there’s a video scavenger hunt that kicks off at the Ottawa Art Gallery Saturday afternoon, and Jaenine Parkinson has curated Collaborations, a show a BLINK Gallery, which opens tonight with a vernissage at 6pm.

In music news, Grand Theft Ottawa stop by Zaphod’s tonight, while Royal Canoe and Savoir Adore bring an indie pop sound to Cafe Dekcuf Friday night. That same night, Dry River Caravan and the Flats are out at the Black Sheep. Slim Twig and U.S. Girls do an early show at Babylon, giving you plenty of time to catch Sea Oleena and Harvest Soon at Raw Sugar before heading back for Electric Pow Wow. The Joynt is throwing a cd release party down at Orange Gallery on Saturday, too.

Also? The One World Film Festival continues, chef Steve Mitton shows you how to cook squash, and there’s a farmer’s market with only beer.

Want to win those tickets? Send us an email over at with “Epic” in the subject line by noon on Friday, October 12. We’ll draw two winners shortly thereafter!