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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on November 7, 2019

Hello weekend! We’ve found ourselves at the end of another rollercoaster week, and nothing warms the spirits (or your hands) like a jam packed weekend of events, shows, and laid back hangs with your nearest and dearest. This weekend is packed full, so clear your schedule and read closely, there is lots here to fit in!

All Weekend

If you haven’t caught Apt613’s November Gig Picks listing, check it out now to see if there is a musical event that tickles your fancy over the next few weeks. With our newish website format, check the blog for this comprehensive breakdown of cool gigs big and small all over the city.

This is the last weekend for Bang Bang at the GCTC, a complex, mind bending play within a play about the complexities of modern communities, racial tensions and preconceived notions. The show runs all weekend, with a final matinée at 2pm on Sunday. Get your tickets online for $39-$55.

There is a whole weekend of programming around the opening of Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu Continuel at the National Gallery of Canada. This is the second exhibition of contemporary, international, Indigenous art by the NGC and the opening public event is free of charge Thursday evening starting at 5pm. There is a panel discussion on Saturday morning, and artist guided tours Saturday afternoon.

The Boston Ballet is presenting an innovative triple bill this weekend at the NAC, featuring pop music, diverse dance styles, and a renowned choreographer. Check out our preview on the blog, and get your tickets online.


If you haven’t been to Cinqhole yet, why not take a chance on a couple of hip Montreal indie-pop bands, and a quirky local Ottawa quartet that is taking the city by storm? BBQT, Power Party and Salmon Ella will be jamming out on Thursday night, and tickets are $10 at the door.


Fridays are $2 beer nights at the Ottawa 67s games, including this Friday against the Oshawa Generals. Get your tickets online, or at the box office at Lansdowne Park.

Friday and Saturday check out Orléans Cork and Fork Festival at the Shenkman Arts Centre for two days of food, beer, wine, spirits and live entertainment. Buy your tickets online for one of the three ticketed sessions for $20, and you can expect to see all your favourite local breweries and vendors from all over Ontario. This is an upscale shindig, and the first of its kind in the east end. Find your new favourite food pairings and support local gourmet excellence.

Friday night and Saturday afternoon you can experience the Ottawa Pops Orchestra’s interpretation of the Harry Potter Soundtrack with “Harry’s World” at Centrepointe Theatre. This event sold out last time, so get your tickets online ASAP! Tickets start at $27 for students and children.


What could be more edgy than buying original art directly from a moving van? The Quartier Vanier BIA is hosting a fundraiser for the Partage Vanier food bank with a “Mobile Gallery” of well known local artists as part of their ongoing “What’s Good in the Hood” initiative supported by House of PainT. Follow the event page for more dates, and locations. Who doesn’t love art with a unconventional back story?

If you’d rather spend your weekend hanging out with other people’s pets, the Ottawa Pet Expo at the EY Centre is running Saturday and Sunday during the day. You can even bring your own furry friend with you to try out new toys, treats, and outfits. An Adult Day Pass starts at $15, and parking is $8. (Please tag us in all your cute animal photo from the expo!)

CKCU FM is having a fundraiser party at Black Squirrel Books Saturday night with the Heavy Friends crew. Entrance is PWYC, and you can hang out with some of your favourite late night CKCU DJs and groove to the best of their beats. There will be prizes and giveaways for those who donate $10 or more.

The first ever OAG XO Ball is Saturday night, and they are rolling out the pink carpet. This fundraiser is going to be wall to wall with immersive media, DJs, artists, drag queens, and cool local visual and performance art. Some of your favourite breweries, distillers, and chefs will be there too so get your tickets online ASAP. This is a great opportunity to explore the OAG after hours, and support the local arts and culture community.


The sixth annual Feminist Fair is happening at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne on Sunday from 11am- 4pm. You can expect a maker’s market, and a showcase for local grass roots initiatives. It is also a fundraiser for local feminist projects and organizations with snacks, henna art, and child minding on site!

Dominion City Brewing Company’s popup Brewery Kitchen series continues on Sunday with Juniper Farm and chef Jordan Holley from Riviera teaming up to create some hyper local magic on a plate. The event runs from 4-8pm, and there are no reservations, so get there early!

Recently Apt613 put out a call for Vanier based artists to participate in some ongoing artistic awesomeness with us and our friends at SAW Gallery and the City of Ottawa. The deadline for submissions is Sunday November 10th at midnight – hit us up! Let’s do cool stuff together!


Whether you have the day off to observe Remembrance Day, or you will be spending it doing your regular Monday things keep in mind that there are events happening all over the city. You can expect road closures, and some downtown busses will be re-routed. The National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial is held between 9am and 12pm.  If you’d rather avoid the downtown crowds, Canada’s National Cemetery, Beechwood Cemetery, also holds a Remembrance ceremony from 10:30am to 12pm. The Canadian War Museum has free admission on November 11th, and they have various programs throughout the day.

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