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The Ottawa Art Gallery has four new exhibitions opening this weekend. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on October 3, 2019



We have arrived at the first of the beautiful October weekends. The leaves are changing colour, the days are growing shorter, and the nights are getting cooler, yet one thing remains the same: there is still so much to do out and about in this fine city. With so much on the go, we won’t waste any time. Here you have it, folks, the down low on what is up this weekend in Ottawa.

All Weekend

This weekend marks the final weekend of Ottawa Architecture Week. Events include Blueprints to our eco-footprints on Thursday, OAW Talks Powered by PechaKucha on Friday, and a tour of the Strutt House on Saturday, as well as the book launch for Building 22 Edition 19. Blueprints to our eco-footprints is a free panel discussion held at the Library and Archives Canada. In typical PechaKucha style, the presenters at OAW Talks will explore the themes of resiliency, recycling, rebuilding, reclaiming, and remembering in a series of powerpoint presentations composed of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. Register ahead of time and get a rare glimpse inside the home of famous Canadian architect James Strutt on one of two tours offered this Saturday. Held at Club SAW is the book launch of Building 22, a compilation of the work created by the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. Check out our preview here for more contributor picks.

Take a short drive out of town and take in the fall colours on your way to the Metcalfe Fair this weekend. Try your hand at the midway games, take a spin on the ferris wheel, and enjoy the delicious cotton candy and caramel apples. There is a demolition derby on Thursday night; big time pro-wrestling on Saturday; and horse, sheep, and cow shows all weekend long.

Cheese hounds will want to put their noses to the ground and head to City Hall this weekend, for the Super Cheese Festival. They’ll be serving up all sorts of delicious grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese options that will have you salivating.

World Space Week at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum wraps up with activities this Saturday and Sunday. There is a Star Party outside the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Saturday night. Clear skies permitting, the public will have the chance to look through some pretty incredible telescopes at the wonders of the night sky. Planetarium shows will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.

Ottawa’s new DIY arts venue Cinqhole is set for a busy weekend, with shows every night. Deathnap, Femur, and Ultra Love will be playing on Friday night. For Esme, + Featurette & Akeem Oh will take to the stage on Saturday. Sarah Page, Joni Void, Nick Schofield, and Mika Posen will round out the weekend with their show this Sunday.


This Thursday, be sure to visit the Ottawa Art Gallery, for the opening of their new exhibitions. There are four new exhibits opening this week, with something new on every floor: Adrian Baker’s Watershed in the Galerie Annexe on the first floor; Molly Lamb Bobak’s A Woman of the Crowd in the Firestone Gallery on the second; Facing Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore on the third floor; and Inaabiwin on the fourth. As always, entry to the OAG is free. There will be food, a cash bar, and free child care provided throughout the evening so, for those of us with kids: drop them off and enjoy a great date night with your love.

Ottawa’s synth-rock sweethearts Loon Choir will be playing a free show at Playback, a new lawn sports bar in the city’s South end, this Thursday. The night promises a trifecta of fun: have a drink, play a round of bocce, and enjoy the live music.


Friday night is time to dance. There are two great opportunities to get your bodies moving, with Doubleplusgood at The Art House Café and an 80’s Dance Party with DJ Remi Royale and The John Hughes Orchestra at House of Targ. DJs O’Brien and Goldstein will fill The Art House Café with good tunes and good vibes. The John Hughes Orchestra will perform a live set before DJ Remi Royale takes the stage for a night that is equal parts dance party and singalong.


Grab some warm blankets and head to Parkdale Park on Saturday night for one final outdoor film screening by Capital Pop-Up Cinema, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Stay cozy and enjoy some popcorn and sweets, or pack your own treats for this free movie viewing under the stars.

Enjoy some Sundown Jazz at The Art House Café this Saturday night . October’s Installment of Sundown Jazz features Ben Di Millo on guitar, Chris Pond on bass, Andrew Ferderber on drums, and Garrett Warner on guitar.

Beyond the Pale Brewing Company is throwing a warehouse party, Radiance, in their space at City Centre this Saturday night. Pascale Project will be coming in from Montreal for her debut performance in this fine city. She will be joined by local DJs Sportif, JFUN, and Ski Sheik. True to its name, the party will also feature some radiant light shows by Itchi, in addition to tasty brews and fantastic beats.


Come check out Canzine at the Ottawa Art Gallery and SAW this Sunday. This free event features a marketplace of comics and zines by over 50 artists. There is also a Canzine Edition of Creative Sundays at the Ottawa Art Gallery, where you can make your own zine; tours of the exhibit of genderqueer photography Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore; and a postcard-making workshop lead by poet Matthew Walsh and writer J.R. McConvey.

Also happening at Canzine is the first installment of the After Work Club at SAW Gallery, hosted by Possible Worlds. Listen to some great beats by DJs Jason Skilz and KJ Maxx and work on creating a zine. You can choose to work on a zine of your own or be a part of a collective zine, a copy of which you will get to take home.

This Sunday, head to Bluebird Coffee in Ottawa’s Byward Market for the vernissage of Yuma + Palacios: Digital Juncture. Come meet local artists Johnny Yuma and Jose Palacios, who will be showcasing their abstract digital works in this joint art show.

It wouldn’t be an October weekend without a single spooky something going on. Come listen to the tales of those who were laid to rest in the Settler’s Cemetery. The Billings Estate National Historic Site is offering a Historic Cemetery Tour this Sunday night at 7pm.


Before we let you go, this weekend we’ve an honourable mention: Apt613 is hosting an Open House on Monday at SAW Video. If you love this city and wish to become a part of telling others about just how great Ottawa can be, join us! You’ll have a chance to meet with some of the folks behind the blog and pitch some of your own ideas for things to write about. We are always looking for new contributors to help us spread the Ottawa love around, so come on by and say hello!

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