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Weekend Roundup: Valentine’s Edition

By Jared Davidson on February 14, 2019

Sure we’re freshly buried under 30cm of snow. Sure it’s the middle of winter. None of this rules out fun, and there’s plenty on offer this weekend from Valentine’s Day events, to beer, to Winterlude.

Here’s a selection of events happening this weekend.

All Weekend

We’ll begin with three events that are on their way out. This is the final weekend of Winterlude, which ends on February 18th. Until Monday, you’ll be able to check out the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques Cartier Park, the ice sculptures (now in the ByWard Market), and all of the strange snow sculptures you can find in The Glebe. Of course, the canal will still be open afterwards, weather permitting.

It’s the closing weekend Closing weekend of the 2019 edition of the African Film Festival. On Friday and Saturday, three films will be screening at in the Alma Duncan Salon in the Ottawa Art Gallery, each an example of the experimental projects coming out of African cinema. Tickets are $14.

‘Coach of the Year’ by Pierre Brault is a new play in the undercurrents festival lineup. Photo: Justin Vanleeuwen.

It’s also the closing weekend of undercurrents theatre festival, and there’s plenty of great theatre to see before the 16th, including Tales of an Urban Indian, which takes place on a bus. Check out our reviews before you go. Tickets are $20 per show.

As one door closes another opens, and at The Gladstone, The Revolutionists is opening, which sports an amazing cast and is directed by the seemingly-everywhere Bronwyn Steinberg. Tickets are $39, $23 for students.

If it’s craft beer you’re after, Ottawa Winter Brewfest is in full swing this weekend with events on Friday and Saturday. The Aberdeen Pavilion will be full of brews, as well as a yoga event on Saturday morning at 10am. Tickets start at $21.

With all the snow that dumped on Ottawa over the past week, it might be hard to believe but this is the first weekend of operation for Fultons Pancake House and Sugar Bush. From Saturday onward, enjoy delicious maple syrup only an hour away from Ottawa.


Thursday is Valentines Day, and as has become annual tradition, Twiss and Weber as been hosting its Wall of H’Arts. Today is your last chance to see them, as many will have been snatched up by buyers.

If you’re more in the mood for dancing than art, check out My Swing Valentine at Side Street Swing on Rideau Street. Registration is $25 and includes a one hour entry level swing class.

And, though every restaurant is by now booked for Valentines Dinner dinner, there are still spots at IKEA, with a three-course meal in the chain’s quaint Swedish style for $35.


The big event on Friday is bound to be Narcy at Queen St. Fare. He’s a huge name in Montreal and is known around the globe as a pioneer of Arab hip hop music, and he teaches at Concordia University in the Fine Arts department. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $13.

Over at Pressed, there’s a Kitchen Party in the offing. DJs Sportif and Woerks will be dropping sweet jams alongside the usuals, Hobo and Sweet Cheeks. Kitchen Party is one of Ottawa’s longest running dance parties, and this is the 70th edition. It kicks off at 11pm and cover is $10.


The so-called “royal family of guitar,” the Romero Guitar Quartet, will be performing at Dominion Chalmers on Saturday at 7:30pm via the Ottawa Chamberfest. The church is the perfect venue for their brand of Spanish guitar, with acoustics fitting to the range of the instruments. Tickets start at $30 and range to $52.

Capital Rap Battles is going to be at Happy Goat Coffee on Laurel Street from 9pm on with wild matchups between local rappers. It’s their first event of the year, and their battles are a sight to behold. Tickets are $8.


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Mélissa Laveaux is making up for a concert missed due to Tuesday’s storm and will be at Quyon Church in Quyon, Quebec. Her incredible guitar skills and beautiful voice proudly proclaim her Haitian cultural heritage, and this church is an incredible venue for Mélissa’s music. Tickets are $25 and doors are at 3:30pm.

Maybe you need to recover from Valentine’s Day… alone? If so, (Un)told’s Sunday event may be your speed. Local storytellers will be spinning yarns about dating disasters at the Royal Oak on Bank at Maclaren. Admission is free and it all kicks off at 7:30pm.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!