Editor’s note: a previous version of this roundup referred to The Queer Mafia’s last Offbeat at Babylon, which takes place Nov. 23, and not this weekend.
Welcome to the first snow covered weekend in the city. If the cold temperatures and slippery sidewalks aren’t enough to make you think like a bear and hibernate this weekend, there is plenty to do out and about in Ottawa. So get bundled up and get out there. We promise you it’ll be worth it!
SubDevision is being held at la Nouvelle Scene Gilles Desjardins this weekend. SubDevision is a bilingual indie theatre festival showcasing eight different performances by theatre groups such as Red Rabbits Theatre, THUNK!theatre, Théâtre Triangle Vital, and artists André Robillard and Bénédicte Bélizaire. Each ten minute performance is specifically created for the space in which it is performed. At the heart of the party is a bar, with DJs and a dance floor, so you can have a drink and dance the night away before popping out at your leisure to catch some theatre. Tickets are $20 a piece and, if you wish to attend for more than one evening, tickets for your second visit are only $10.
Now that the winter weather is here, so are the holiday craft fairs. The Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair is taking place this weekend at Glebe Community Centre. There are over 50 different vendors, selling all sorts of handmade goods that are sure to make great gifts for that special someone. There will be jewelry, bath products, clothing, home decor items, and more. Vendors this year include Sea Cycled Glass, Turnturnturn, Pineapple Garage, Artizen Kombucha, and Meow! that’s Hot. Admission is free, but donations are being accepted for the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group’s Integration Support Program, which helps provide support for children with special needs who attend their programs.
New this year is the very first Cranium Festival, a hip hop music festival in the city. The festival takes place in different venues around town; including Kinki, Babylon, and Queen Street Fare. It will feature performances by artists such as Apollo Rae, Just Jamaal, Cheko7, and City Fidelia. To learn more about Cranium Festival, check out the festival preview on Apt613.
The European Union Film Festival is being held at the Ottawa Art Gallery this weekend. The festival features over two dozen award winning films, spanning across genres and countries within the European Union. Come see films from Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Hungary and more—all with English subtitles.
This Thursday night, Evan J Cartwright is performing a free show at Cinqhole for the release of his new cassette EP DON’t. This is the first time that the Toronto artist will be performing an acoustic solo set in Ottawa.
Switched On Synths: Space Musik Edition with Paraphonique, Hazy Montagne Mystique, and space cLouds fiLter is happening at House of Targ. This trio of hard hitting synth performers are sure to make for a fantastic show.
Pressed is hosting L CON’s Album Release Show with Orchidae and Rayannah this Thursday. This talented group of solo female performers will bring us a night of beautiful music not to be missed.
Timekode celebrates 14 amazing years this Friday night at d’Afrique. Timekode’s OG DJs Memetic and Zattar will be spinning beats alongside Zaki Ibrahim and Alister Johnson. Make sure to get your tickets in advance as this party is sure to be a big one and you don’t want to be left out in the cold.
Afro-Cuban roots and jazz group OKAN are playing at Mercury Lounge this Friday. This duo of talented women are JUNO and Grammy nominated, as well as JUNO winning performers who will be performing songs about immigration, bravery, and love.
Murderinos will want to make their way to Art House Cafe this Friday for their True Crime Open Mic & Murderino Meetup. Come share your own true story of things criminal or paranormal and hear the stories of other Ottawa murderinos at this free open mic event. While you’re there, be sure to check out Art House’s great food and drink selection, to keep your belly satiated while your mind feasts on the terrifyingly terrible tales of true crime.
Shanghai will be hosting Fundraiser Bingo and Karaoke with China Doll, in support of Team Lina Refugee Support, this Friday. Come play some Bingo and join China Doll on stage for some incredible karaoke to raise funds to reunite Lina and her family, who live in Turkey, with her sisters, all of whom are now living in Canada.
The first ever Beechwood Night Market is taking place at MacKay Memorial Hall this Friday night. This is a great opportunity to explore the wares of local artists, while enjoying some live jazz music by Tom Reynolds and the Pete Woods Quartet. There will also be food by Angry Dragonz and drinks by Bicycle Craft Brewery, Baccanalle, and Harwood Estate Vineyards and Winery.
On this third Friday in November, Th3rd Fridays: November Street Dance Battles will be taking place at City Hall. Come see local street dancers compete against each other in this free dance off. A pair of dancers will compete against each other to the beats of a DJ to see who moves on to the next round, with the winner of the dance battle taking home the prize of this week’s pot.
Owen Pallett and Carmen Elle will be playing at the 27 Club this Friday. Come see the Polaris-prize winning composer, based out of Montreal, perform alongside Toronto musician Carmen Elle in what is sure to be an incredible live show.
613 Flea is back at Lansdowne this Saturday for another fun afternoon market. Come stay cozy inside the Aberdeen Pavilion and hunt for some great vintage finds. There are also a host of handmade goods and tasty treats to round out the selection of incredible vendors.
Witness the world premiere of Ikumagialiit [Those that need fire] this Saturday afternoon at the National Gallery of Canada. Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Jamie Griffiths, Cris Derkson, and Christine Tootoo are four female performers who have come together to form Ikumagialiit, who will take the stage for the first time in the auditorium at the NAG. While at the gallery, be sure to check out Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, the NGC’s new exhibition of international contemporary Indigenous art.
Saturday night is a great one for music in Ottawa. Slack Bridges and Eru Era are performing at Rainbow Bistro; PONY, Pretty Matty, Sad Baxter, and Stoby are playing a show at Cinqhole; Kimberly Sunstrum’s ‘The Slow Sprint’ Album Release with Hanorah is taking place at the National Arts Centre; and Yarns Album Release Show with Male Nurse and Teenage Fiction is happening at Black Squirrel Books. Your only dilemma is how to choose which one of these shows to attend.
With November’s chilly temperatures, the Ottawa Lansdowne Farmers Market has moved inside the Aberdeen Pavilion for the remainder of the winter season. Even though you won’t find any tomatoes at this weekend’s market, there are still many vendors selling all kinds of delicious goodies you will want to get your hands on.
Sunday afternoon boasts another wonderful holiday craft fair, Freewheeling Craft’s Atrium Winter Craft Market, in the Atrium of the National Arts Centre. This market features over 40 vendors, with 30% of them new to the craft market scene. With such an interesting mix of vendors, there is sure to be plenty of great holiday gifts to grab up.
Well folks, that’s a wrap on this weekend’s best. Despite the frigid weather, this weekend sure does bring the heat. Have an amazing weekend, take lots of photos, and don’t forget to tag them with #apt613! We love to see what everyone is up to and we will share some of our favourites on our feed.
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