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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on November 28, 2019

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article reference the Jim Cuddy Band show, which has since been postponed to January 31, 2019.

It’s the first weekend of December! Whether this means you’re putting up the Christmas tree, cramming for finals, or squeezing in one more night out before real winter hits, we’ve got you. Holiday shopping really gets going this weekend across the 613, but there are also great theatre and music options if you’re looking to keep it cultural. If you are interested in looking further ahead than this weekend, check out our latest post about Apt613’s community event blog posts and gig picks.

All Weekend

The holiday gift buying season is truly upon us, and there are myriad opportunities to find original, hand made, home baked, one-of-a-kind delights this weekend. Check out our Holiday Craft Market Roundup for a great list to start with!

Alight The Night at Upper Canada Village opens this Friday night, with or without snow! Get your tickets online, fill up the car, and get in the holiday spirit in no time. A bit closer to home you can check out Cumberland’s Vintage Village of Lights at the Heritage Museum. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage, decorate some gingerbread and sing some carols! Tickets are available on site.

The Ottawa Christmas Market is opening this Friday night for the first of four weekends. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 6pm, and a live concert by Chantal Kreviazuk starts at 6:30. This European inspired outdoor market at Lansdowne is free to visit, with vendors, mulled wine, and hopefully a good deal of Christmas cheer.

Completely unrelated to the holidays, this is the last weekend to see Roal Dahl’s Matilda The Musical at Centrepoint Theatre. Shows run all weekend and tickets start at $27. Apt613’s review is fresh off the presses.


The OAG is screening Confessions to the Mirror a full length film by UK based artist Sarah Pucill based on their current exhibition Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist. Admission is free!


Rainbow Bistro is celebrating 35 years this weekend with an official party Saturday night headlined by The Commotions, and tickets are on sale now online. A second night of celebrations will feature The Hornettes on Saturday night.

For something with a bit more grunge, and considerably more pierogi, head to House of Targ to take in Hervana’s final Ottawa show. The Toronto based female Nirvana cover band is hanging up their guitars after this Farewell tour. Local band Adore will open with covers of classic Nirvana openers. Get your tickets online for this 19+ event.

The end of the month means Nature Nocturne is back for it’s November edition – Fire and Ice, featuring performances by the PepTides. Check online immediately to see if there are tickets left if you haven’t gotten yours yet! 

If Black Friday shopping isn’t your game, for something a little bit different, Friday November 29th is Buy Nothing Day. Spend quality time with friends, take a free tour of somewhere cool (I recommend the OAG, Rideau Hall and the Senate of Canada Building) and cook a meal using whatever you already have at home. Host a boardgame swap night, or just tuck in with a good book from the library


A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is at the Shenkman Arts Centre Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. The story is retold through dance, featuring Caithream Celtic Dance Fusion. This production is family friendly and tickets are still available online.

The Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture takes place Saturday evening at 7pm hosted by the Canadian War Museum and Carleton University School of Journalism. Adrienne Arsenault, host of CBC’s The National, is the speaker this year. The lecture series emphasizes the importance  of journalism  in troubled areas around the world, specifially conflict zones. Tickets begin at $10 online for students.

Carleton’s Musical Theatre society is bringing Tony award-winning show [Title of Show] to LIVE! on Elgin. It’s a show about playwrights who are writing a show about writing shows.  If you want to see what that even means, it is running at 2pm and 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available online starting at $15.

Québecois singer-songwriter Fred Fortin is playing at Bar Minotaure Saturday night at 9pm. The event is 18+ and tickets are $23 online. Fortin was long listed for the Polaris Prize and will bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your Saturday evening. 


This may sound crazy, but hear me out: Britney Spears Appreciation at the Ottawa 67s. Maybe teengage hockey players and Britney may not seem like a natural match to you, but aren’t you curious? There will be Britney trivia, karaoke, a photo booth, and definitely some hockey. Puck drops at 2pm!

Rounding out the weekend is the Dominion City Christmas Night Market. Vendors like Nat’s Bread Company, Top Shelf Preserves, and Mooshu Ice Cream guarantee a delicious evening. They are collecting food items for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, so don’t arrive, or leave empy handed! The event bgins at 3pm and ends at 9pm, giving you ample time to Uber home at a reasonable hour!

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