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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on September 12, 2019


Welcome to another beautiful weekend in the city. Straddled on the cusp of summer meets fall, the mornings are crisp and cool, but the afternoons still bring warmth and sunshine. There is plenty to do around town this weekend and we here at Apt613 can’t wait to tell you about it.

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If you are as excited about the arrival of fall as some, why not head out to an apple orchard this weekend? There are several orchards open for the season in and around the city, including Log Cabin Orchard, Mountain Orchard, and Pinewood Orchards. McIntosh apples are ripe for picking and are perfect for making delicious pies or apple crumbles. There is also a corn maze to visit at Maple Hill Urban Farm on Moodie, which boasts an entire ten acres of corn field fun.

CityFolk is back for another great time on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne this weekend. This year’s festival features performances by Our Lady Peace, the Strumbellas, Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, Leon Bridges, and Lucinda Williams. For a full lineup, check out their schedule here. Stay tuned for Apt613’s coverage of the festival.

Alongside CityFolk comes Marvest, a series of free concerts held in various venues throughout the Glebe and Lansdowne. This year features 28 different venues, with artists such as Mackenzie Rhythm Section, Sparklesaurus, and Sophie D’Orleans and Alexandra Sullivan.

This weekend marks the first weekend of Prismatic Festival in Ottawa, an artist-run festival that showcases the work of Indigenous artists and artists of colour across Canada. This weekend’s programming features a spoken word performance, dance theatre, and Broken English Karaoke. For the festival’s full schedule, check out their website here.


If this week has you pining for the weekend, head to Queen St. Fare for Happy Hour Beats with DJ Trevor Walker this Thursday. DJ Trevor Walker will be on the decks from 4-8pm and, so long as you arrive before 7pm, there are cheap eats and drinks to enjoy alongside the great beats.


Wayne’s World winds down the outdoor movie series on Sparks Street, presented by Capital Pop-Up Cinema. The show starts at 8pm and the event is free, so grab your lawn chairs and head out early to snag the best seats in the house.

Montreal artist Owen Davies is hosting an album release party at Pressed this Friday, alongside Ottawa’s Corduroy Moon and mal/aimé. Corduroy Moon will open up the evening with their melancholic pop music, followed by Pony Girl spin-off mal/aimé. Owen Davies will cap off a great night by playing songs from his new album, Lollipop Pumpkinhead.


A new interactive art exhibit, Impulse, pops up on Sparks Street between Kent and Lyon starting this Saturday. Come play on giant seesaws, which emit a range of sound and light in response to their movement.

Indofest takes place at the Canadian Museum of History this Saturday. There will be music, dance, and martial arts performances, as well as a tremendous wealth of delicious Indonesian cuisine. There will also be a market of Indonesian wares, including jewelry, health and beauty products, and tradition Indonesian woven goods.

All good things must come to an end. Head to James Street Pub for their Last Hurrah this Saturday as they send us off with a final Rock Star Karaoke. Have a pint on the patio one last time before the pub is paved to make way for more condos.

While some places are commemorating the end of a long run, others are celebrating new beginnings this weekend. Hintonburg’s new DIY venue Cinqhole is hosting a show this Saturday featuring Toronto power pop band Pacer and Ottawa’s own garage rock group Ornaments.


Spend your Sunday checking out the new fall exhibitions at the Carleton University Art Gallery. They will be unveiling four new exhibits: Rah Eleh’s SuperNova; Olivia Johnston’s Saints and Madonnas; Norman Takeuchi, Cindy Mochizuki, and Emma Nishimura’s Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment; and Inheriting Redress, a collection of memorabilia and photographs from The Japanese Community Association Archive.

There you have it, the skinny on what is going on in Ottawa this weekend. Go outside, have a great time, and take lots of photos. Hashtag them with #apt613, so we can post our favourites on our feed for all to see!

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