Welcome to another beautiful summer weekend in the city. There are all kinds of things happening in Ottawa this weekend and we at Apt613 want to give you the skinny on what is up.
An Ice Cream and Cat Lounge is popping up in the CLV building beside Moo Shu Ice Cream this weekend. All of our favourite feline friendly folks will be at the event, including Moo Shu, Plant & Curio, Feline Cafe, and Meow that’s Hot—alongside a bunch of cats! Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Avery Foundation, which helps stray cats in the Ottawa area.
The Great India Festival runs through the weekend at City Hall. Come learn about Indian culture, see some traditional art and dance, and fill up on some amazing Indian food.
The 8th annual Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival takes place this weekend. The festival features Indigenous art, music, and film held between SAW Gallery and the Ottawa Art Gallery, with a satellite art show at Enriched Bread Artists.
This is also the last weekend to view the World Press Photo Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum.
Odyssey Theatre’s The Bonds of Interest by Nobel Prize laureate Jacinto Benavente is running at Strathcona Park. Our reviewer Colin Noden called it “an intelligent romp… a fast-moving-experience… proof that good art has eternal power. Read his complete review here.
If you are a fan of the art on the cans of Collective Arts Brewing (and the beer inside them), head to Pressed this Thursday for the Collective Arts Vernissage. See the works of a selection of artists on a larger scale and, from 5-8pm, DJ Kool Rahul will be spinning and Collective Arts Brewing will be pouring some tasty beer samples.
Capital Pop-Up Cinema will be showing the beloved Peter Pan film Hook on the lawn by the Canadian War Museum this Thursday. Make a night of it and enjoy free entry to the museum, followed up by a great movie. While you’re there, pop into the Museum to see the World Press Photo Exhibition, which closes this weekend.
Weirdo Canadian pop-rock band Mauno announced they’ll be hanging up the gloves at the end of their summer tour. With only three dates remaining, the band visits Club SAW in Ottawa tonight. Doors are at 8pm. Special guests Pallice and Keturah open the show.
This Friday is all about Om. There is free lunchtime yoga on the rooftop terrace of the National Arts Centre. After dinner, head down to Britannia Beach for Sound Healing Yoga, lead by Kathleen Black with music by Rebecca White Raven.
Experimental synth-pop artist Petra Glynt is playing House of TARG, promising a brand new set of music. Toronto band Ice Cream are in support as well as Ottawa’s Orchidae, a new solo project by Yolande Laroche (Pony Girl, mal/aimé, Keturah, Marie-Clo), plus DJ Jas Nasty is spinning jams between sets.
Ottawa Showbox’s newest dance party goes late at Club SAW on Friday night. Billed as an underground UK dance party, Subverse will feature live music by Mark ii and Ruth Grader, a DJ set by SeiiizMikk and visuals by Hard Science.
The Flora Street Block Party is back for a third year this Saturday. Come out and meet the neighbours for dinner, drinks, and a dance party. The street will be full, from Percy to Bronson, with all kinds of fun—including folks from Flora Hall Brewery and Seed to Sausage.
The first Sound of Light fireworks show, featuring Chile, will light up the sky over the Ottawa River this Saturday. View the fireworks from several great spots, including paid venues like the Bytown Museum and the Canadian History Museum, or free spots like the Major’s Hill Park lawn.
After filling the room in July, Ottawa alt-rock band High Waters were invited for an encore performance of their Radiohead tribute at Moose McGuire’s. Lead singer Derek Connely has the voice to pull it off; and anyone who has been to a High Waters show would say Radiohead is right up their alley. The free show starts at 9pm.
Asinabka Festival presents the world’s first ever 2-Spirit Ball featuring cabaret style performances by over a dozen drag, dance, vogue, music, spoken word and performance artists. Admission is free for passholders. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Lo-fi pop rock duo Fire Antlers (and their 80s drum machine) is releasing the new album Futuria Fantasia at Irene’s Pub. The show starts at 9:30pm. Cover is $10 at the door.
Cycle further along the canal to Dow’s Lake and rent one of their canoes, kayaks, or paddle boats and take it out on the water for the afternoon. Detour from there to the Central Experimental Farm and feast your eyes on their beautiful sunflower field and ornamental gardens.
There you have it, the shortlist of what is up this weekend around town. Enjoy yourselves, keep cool, and take lots of photos. Hashtag them with #apt613, so we can see what you all get up to!
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