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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on March 28, 2019

We’ve arrived at this final weekend in March and what is, hopefully, the season’s final snowfall. There are all kinds of fun times happening out and about in Ottawa this weekend. In case you’re in need of a bit of inspiration, we’ve compiled a handy little list of some of this weekend’s best.

All Weekend

World Theatre Day was this week and to celebrate, a recommendation for all you theatre buffs: check out Behaviour at the GCTC. The play takes you on an exploration of what lurks under the surface, as we struggle to keep up appearances. If you are curious to know more, check out our theatre reviews here and here.

If you can’t make it out to any of the area’s wonderful sugar bushes, you can still take part in the season, at the Maple Sugar Celebration in the ByWard Market this Saturday and Sunday. Come out for a pancake breakfast, learn how traditional maple syrup buckets are made, listen to some live music, and pick up some delicious maple syrup to take home.

VERSeFest wraps up this weekend at Knox Presbyterian Church. Several poetry showcases and slams will be happening over the course of the weekend, including the VERSeFest 2019 Invitational Slam, happening this Friday. The show features readings by Anomaly, a Montreal-based musician and poet, as well as a slam featuring several notable poets from Ottawa and environs.


This Thursday, head to Working Title: Kitchen + Cafe at allsaints Event Space for their 5à7 Music Series with Nathanael Larochette. They’ve an ever-changing menu of tasty eats and drinks that won’t disappoint. Entry is by donation and goes to the artist.

Have your questions ready to Ask *Women Anything, this Thursday at Bar Robo. The question and answer period features some incredible women who call Ottawa home; including Khatera Akbari, Lyra Evans, Raylene Lang-Dion, Stephanie Maghnam, Christine McAllister and Carol Anne Meehan. Be sure to get your tickets in advance to guarantee a spot: space is limited and fills up fast!


Rise and shine this Friday morning with CreativeMornings Ottawa, a free breakfast lecture series that takes place in cities all over the world. Enjoy a coffee and a light meal and listen to Jerome Marty and Patrick Nadeau talk water at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

This Friday night, check out NCR Uncovered Art & Music Gala in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. An evening of food, art, and music: the night’s line-up includes musical performances by a long list of artists, including Drew Bernard, Maxncheese, and Lucky Little Queer. There will also be over 40 visual artists displaying their work at the event.


Saturday is a time for music. Attend the Scary Bear Soundtrack album release party with Salmon Ella at Black Squirrel Books. Experience folk and indie pop artists Spencer Burton, Alison Rose, and more at Pressed. If you are in the mood to dance, head on over to Lifeboogie at Mercury Lounge with resident DJ Trevor Walker and special guest JFUN.


The Ottawa Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is back, inside the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. Vendors from the area will be out with all kinds of goodies – from preserves, to pastries, and handmade wares. Come by and stock up on your local favourites!

March’s edition of Queer Soup Night – Ottawa takes place this Sunday at Bread by Us. This month’s soupes du jour, prepared by Chef Lia, will be a vegan minestrone with kidney beans, veggies, and pasta and a gluten-free vegan sweet and spicy curry soup. The suggested $10 donation covers the costs of preparing the meal and the remainder will be donated to Just Food, this month’s community organization of choice.

There you have it, folks: the down low on what is up this weekend in our fine city! Get out there and enjoy yourselves! You deserve it! Take lots of photos and be sure to tag them with #apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed.

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