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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on December 19, 2019

So here it is – the final weekend before Christmas hits us head on! Whether you choose to celebrate or not, there is a certain magic about the weeks surrounding the holidays as people are spreading cheer, paying good deeds forward, and gathering with the people who matter the most. For some of us this is the first weekend after final exams as well, so everyone has definitely earned some maximum relaxing. If you are still searching for the perfect gifts, hosting a Friendsmas dinner, or hoping to just have a good non-denominational time on the town, we hope you stay warm, stay safe, and have yourselves a merry little weekend!

All Weekend

The Gladstone is hosting a one man show version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol all weekend following a well established Ottawa tradition. Award winning actor John D. Huston performs the holiday classic with a range of different accents and characters, and is accompanied by rotating musical guests. Our reviewers called it “intimate and magical”, so get your tickets online now starting at $24 for students.

There are so many Christmas themed shopping events this weekend, our contributors put together a handy roundup which is worth basing your shopping plans on!

Digi60, Ottawa’s Digital Filmmakers’ Festival runs this weekend, with screenings of original films on Friday and Saturday night and a day of workshops and industry development on Sunday, hosted at the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW Video and Arts Court. Support emerging local filmmakers and choose from short films and documentaries. Tickets are on sale online for each day, or the whole weekend. You are guaranteed to find something you haven’t seen before. Check out our rundown of the weekend and what is not to be missed!


If you’re looking to let loose and escape some of the holiday festivities, check out Play Games Night at the 27 Club. Every Thursday you can play bar games, ping pong, giant jenga,video games and board games while enjoying the $4 tequila special. There is no cover charge, but the club is 19+.


From 7-10pm you can check out Th3rd Friday: Hip Hop Holiday at City Hall, where local street dance battles go down every month. The event is free to attend, and is a cool way to learn some new dance moves, and support the dance and hiphop community.

The final TimeKode of 2019 is Friday night, so after checking out the dance battles at City Hall, head to D’Afrique to test out what you’ve learned. DJs Zattar and Memetic will keep the tunes going as long as you can handle it.

For something a bit more chill, with probably more seating, Canadian songstress Lynn Miles will be playing her annual Winter show at Irene’s accompanied by The Crusty Mitten Strings. (Is there a more Candian name out there?) Catch them Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, with a matinee on Sunday. You can get your tickets at Irene’s or online for $22.

Have some laughs and do some good at the Ottawa Comedy Community Holiday Show and Food Drive Friday night. The live event starts at 9pm, and admission is either $10 or $5 with a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. Head to the Wellington Eatery for this low key evening of local comedy, cookies, and Christmas cheer!


Celebrate the solstice Saturday morning at the National Gallery of Canada as they host an Indigenous Winter Solstice party with indoor crafts and ornament making, and outdoor bonfires, bannock and drumming. Dress warmly, and celebrate the essense of the winter season now that it is finally, definitely, winter. The event is free, and open to the public, and consider warming up inside with a tour, and talks on Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel , the newest International Indigenous art exhibition.

For a whole night of cool local talent, check out the NCR Uncovered Art & Music Gala, which showcases the driving forces of the 613’s creative culture. This event at the Horticulture Building is a veritable who’s who of local musicians, artists, and restauranteurs. A night of live music set against the backdrop of visual art, tickets are only $20 online and include free OC Transpo transportation to and from Lansdowne. Check the lineup to see if your favourites are playing!

Locally grown pop stars Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine are performing a concert they’re calling Up To Snow Good at Barrymores on Saturday night . Tickets are still available online starting at $35 ad the event is 19+. This might be the perfect early Christmas present for fans of the duo! Special guests Neon Dreams will also be performing. 

Art Battle Ottawa is throwing down one last time in 2019, and this time it is all about collaborations. The 20 minute art competition will feature teams this time around, going toe to toe to be voted victorious by the most honest of art critics: us, the public! You can then bid for your favourite piece in the silent auction, and give the gift of original art for Christmas. Tickets are $25 at the door, but only $10 for students. Find the battle at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company. Doors open at 7pm.

If it’s too frigid to get your mulled wine fix at the Ottawa Christmas Market, stay inside and enjoy some live jazz at The Art House Café Saturday night beginning at 8:30pm. They’re dubbing the evening “Christmazz” and I’m here for it. Mulled wine is on the menu, and ugly sweaters are welcome. Entrance is $5 at the door, and there will be a live saxophone. What more could you need?


The Ottawa Farmer’s Market Christmas Market wraps up this weekend, with more than enough great ideas for locally crafted gifts, and holiday meal planning. It runs both Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Admission is free, so come to browse and have brunch!

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