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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on December 12, 2019

We’re dashing right along towards the holidays and there’s no time like the present to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds! From holiday markets to Christmas lights to decorated window displays, there’s sure to be something to put you in a festive mood.


Makerspace North is hosting a holiday open house from 5-9pm. The free event is open to all and will showcase what the community of makers has been up to. Perfect for finding some local holiday gifts!

Carleton University will close out a year of celebrations marking the life and legacy of Leonardo da Vinci with a finale featuring guest speakers, music, dance and storytelling at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. Launched by Gruppo Jobel in 2018, SmarTalk is a performing arts composition designed around event guest speakers and communicating content in an innovative format. The event is free and you can register online.


This Friday you can help support the Ottawa Food Bank at CBC Ottawa’s Project Give. Enjoy live music and special radio shows starting with Ottawa Morning from 5:30-8:30am. Check out the full listing of events online.

Studio Sixty Six is holding their annual holiday party with cocktails, snacks and music. Their special guests are local not-for-profit Giving Gertie, a local not-for-profit that raises money for local charities that give to people in need.

Got an ugly sweater you’re itching to break out? The Lionyls are hosting a holiday bash at the Rainbow Bistro featuring good tunes and an ugly sweater contest.


Dominion City is hosting a pop-up with Holly’s Hot Chicken. If you haven’t tried this Nashville-style chicken yet, now is your chance. And if you already have, then you’ll know how good it is. See you there!

Back again this year, the NAC is hosting Adàwàning: Indigenous market – marché autochtones. The Indigenous Women’s Art Market features the diverse and amazing work of Métis, Inuit and First Nations makers. Browse jewelry, beadwork, paintings, sculptures, mittens, moccasins, coffee, crafts, and much more. Entry to the market is free, and it runs from 10:30am-5:30pm.

Music.Art.Ppl is hosting Holiday Boogie Vol II at Queen St. Fare. Local arts collective Music.Art.Ppl is known for live music, live painters, and projections. Local talent Harea Band and Matthew Chaffey will be there to get you into a festive dancing mood.


The musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra are hosting FanFair, a free holiday concert. There will be a bake sale at 11am and a festive one-hour, kid-friendly concert at 12 noon in the NAC lobby. The concert and bake sale will raise funds for our two favourite charities, the Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank. Everyone is welcome, and we hear that Santa will be there!

Andaz is hosting a get-together to make up shoebox to donate to the Ottawa Shoebox Project. Bring your empty shoeboxes and little luxuries to package together for women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Can make the event from 2-4pm? No worries. There are quite a few local businesses accepting shoeboxes: take a look at the list here.

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