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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on October 31, 2019



Note: this article has been updated with the correct address for Rockcliffe Park Public School’s book fair at Queen Juliana Hall (350 Buena Vista Road, inside the Rockcliffe Park Public School).

We’re inching our way towards winter, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the city. Don’t forget to turn your clocks an hour this Sunday.

All Weekend

Did you see the massive list of November shows we published earlier this week? Here’s one that might have caught your eye: Wintersleep is playing at Neat Coffee Shop on November 2 and 3. Our contributors have been raving about Neat Coffee Shop and Wintersleep for years, so now is your chance to check them both out.

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🔥 G I V E A W A Y 🔥 It's the Hull-town heroes' first local show since their 2019 @polarismusicprize nomination and explosive performance on live national TV. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the Nov. 1 show, held at the incomparable Club SAW. . Verging maniacal, @fet.nat's shows are truly unforgettable. The jaw-dropping musicianship in this band—Linsey Wellman on saxophones, Pierre-Luc Clément on bass/guitars, Olivier Fairfield on drums; and JFNO delivering his absurd franglais poetry over top of their wild beats—will make this an unreal way to start November, a month chock-full of major gig picks (link in bio for listings) . TO ENTER THE DRAW 👇 1. Tag a pal who MUST experience FET.NAT 2. Follow @apt613 3. ❤️ this post . Swipe 👉 to see these limited edition screen-printed posters in all their glory—design by @ccaattherrrine, @patrick.9mille + printing courtesy of @possworldsshop! They will be sold to benefit @brasoutaouais, a #Hull-based organization that provides support to those living with HIV/AIDS. . Contest closes Oct. 31 💀

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Bang Bang was called “a pretzel of a play” by our reviewer. The first act is fun, with lots of creative twists and turns and a satisfying amount of salty humour. Then the second act is used to straighten it out. Experience it for yourself at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

The Embassy of Japan is hosting a Manga exhibition. After touring internationally, this collection of sketches and graphic displays by the famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, his pupils, and contemporary artists makes its Canadian debut in Ottawa from October 25 to November 3. Learn more about exhibition in our article here.

Heading south and want a book for the beach? Need a new novel to cozy up with in front of the fire? Restock your bookshelves at Rockcliffe Park Public School’s 58th book fair. The sale runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Queen Juliana Hall (350 Buena Vista Road, inside the Rockcliffe Park Public School). Admission is free and they accept cash, credit and debit.

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, a celebration of Canadian Independent Film, is back with their third annual festival taking place on November 1 and 2 at the Arts Court Theatre. This year’s film festival program consists of 3 feature-length films and 11 short films (including a few from Ottawa). Get all the details online here.

The season of holiday markets is upon us! Something New Edinburgh is the result of combining a vibrant urban community, local artisans, and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. Admission to the 5th annual show on Saturday is free. The Cheerfully Made Holiday Market takes place Saturday and Sunday in Almonte and the Christmas Ottawa Craft Show is at the Centurion Conference & Event Center Saturday and Sunday.


If you missed the first show Wednesday, this is your second (and last!) chance to catch violinist Timothy Chooi with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Tickets for Chooi plays Tchaikovsky start at $31 and half-priced student tickets as well as $15 Live Rush tickets are available. Learn more about Chooi in our interview here.

Celebrate Halloween at Saunders Farm for the final night of their 2019 season. We hear that Halloween is a great night to visit… all those lonely souls haunting the farm will be grateful for your company. Learn more about the farm in our interview with Angela Saunders, Director of Beauty and Flavour at Saunders Farm.


It’s Friday which means it’s time to dance! FET.NaT, TIMEKODE DJs Zattar and Memetic and special guests will be at SAW Gallery this Friday. FET.NaT was last featured on the blog this fall when they were short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, but it will hardly be the last time. Based in Hull, FET.NaT continues to grab our attention. See what the buzz is about yourself this Friday.

The Souljazz Orchestra’s “Chaos Theories” album release party is not one, but two back to back parties Friday and Saturday at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. The band has been a dance party staple in Ottawa for over a decade, so get ready for a fun night.


Celebrate the Day of the Dead with food, music, dance and a parade! Hosted by Festival Latino Ottawa-Gatineau at Lansdowne Park, Day of the Dead, el ‘Dia de Los Muertos’, is a 4,000-year-old tradition celebrated in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of November each year. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

SafePet is a local group that assists people who are fleeing domestic violence by providing short term fostering for their companion animals. This Saturday, they’re hosting Puttin’ On The Ritz ball to raise funds to covering veterinary costs for injured or abused animals, to provide equipment, food and supplies to fosters with animals in their care and to continue to grow awareness in the local community of the SafePet Ottawa program. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Queens on Queen is a new monthly cabaret Drag Show at Queen St. Fare hosted by Mz. Horizon. This month, her guests are Tenora Bobo, Adrianna Ex and DJ Jungle Jen. Tickets are available online for $10, or $15 at the door.

Orléans Brewing Co. is hosting a Pig Roast on Saturday from noon to 9pm. Join them for one last parking lot party before winter sets in! They’re also one of the breweries at next weekend’s Orleans Cork & Fork festival.


Join curator Danielle Printup on a walkthrough of Inaabiwin at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and stay afterward for tea and bannock. This program is free but requires registration on Eventbrite. If you can’t make it to the walkthrough on Sunday, the Ottawa Art Gallery is free every day of the week.

Now in its 8th year, the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back at the the Fieldhouse at Carleton University on Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Celebrate 20 years of Ottawa legend Lucky Ron in a special show this Sunday at the Laff. He’ll also be performing at his regular Saturday afternoon show.

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