The weather has definitely kept us guessing this week, so it’s understandable if you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. Whether you are settling back into routine, or fulfilling your resolution to have more fun this year, the city has a variety of cool things to get into this weekend. Apt613 posted a survey of the best restaurants, cafés, and bars that opened in the last decade, hoping to find the best food in every neighbourhood. If you haven’t filled out the survey yet, take a few minutes this weekend to have your say! It is also a great place to start if you are looking for cool new places to hang out this year for food, coffee or entertainment.
Our monthly comprehensive live music round up is where to find a growing list of local live music every day of the week, so check it out for this weekend and the rest of January.
Ottawa Little Theatre opens its first show of the new year this week, with show times all weekend. Roommates is the story of a middle aged divorcée whose boring midwestern life is spiced up with the arrival of a new roommate with a completely different outlook. (Many of us can relate, right?) Tickets are available online starting at $14. Keep your eyes peeled for a review on the blog by our resident theatre experts!
The world premiere of Unikkaaqtuat runs this weekend in the Babs Asper Theatre at the National Arts Centre. This cross-cultural blending of theatre, dance, circus performance, music and video is an expression of Inuit founding myths by a new generation of storytellers and artists from Nunavut and Nunavik. There are still some tickets left online.
Thursday is opening night of the 80s Mix Tape with the NAC Orchestra, a show they are calling “gnarly” (seriously). Relive some of the best hits of the 1980s in Southam Hall, and consider dressing for the occasion! Tickets are still available for all 3 shows over the weekend, including Live Rush beginning at 10am the day of the performance. Bring your raddest friends.
This is the first weekend to enjoy snowshoeing under the stars with the Friends of Gatineau Park. Every Friday evening until March 13th you can join a guided 3km tour in the park with a nature interpreter. The hike is considered easy, and appropriate for kids over 8 years old. Bundle up, and bring your own snow shoes, or rent a pair for $5. Reserve your spot online beforehand, $16 for students, and $20 for adults.
Friday night the Ottawa 67s are holding their annual Dunder Mifflin night at TD Place against the Guelph Storm. There may not be any bears, or beets, but you can get a general admission ticket and beer for only $20 Friday nights, so it’s still worth checking out. OC Transpo is free with your 67s ticket as well, so it is worth getting them online ahead of time.
Big Shiny Tunes defined a certain subsection of a generation, and this Friday at House of Targ you can hear the biggest hits from the BST canon played live. Local four piece rock band Nevermind the Damage will be rocking the basement for those among us who still own mixed tapes. Doors open at 9pm, and cover is $7. This event is 19+
If you’ve been hankering for Momo since festival season, the Momo Spot is back with popups every Saturday in January and February. Find them at Good Eats on Albert Street from noon to 9pm. If you haven’t tried these magical dumplings before, do yourself a favour and check them out!
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Momo story: Momo's have their roots that trace back to Tibet and many believe that the Newar traders of the Kathmandu Valley brought it to Nepal with them. Merchants lived in Tibet for years at a time (some even had second wives there!) and when they returned to Nepal, they taught their family members how to make momo's at home. In Tibet, the momo's were stuffed with Yak meat – in Nepal, it was substituted with Buffalo. These days the filling can be pork, chicken and vegetables and its not uncommon to find all sorts of momo's served up at street stalls in bowls made of leaves!
After being closed this week for annual maintenance, the National Gallery reopens this Saturday, with a performance of land.breath , a live art piece by Peter Morin as part of Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. The work explores land use practices and colonialism though artifacts, media and performance. The presentation is included with admission, between 10am and 4 pm.
For live music, check out Montrealer Nick Schofield and his Ambient Ensemble at Cinqhole for some “soothing and pellucid, meditative and transportive” tunes. Tickets are $10 or PWYC, and doors open at 7:30pm. For something just as soothing, but entirely different Raphael Weinroth-Browne, beloved local cellist is releasing an album at the NAC Fourth Stage at 8pm. Tickets are still available online starting at $20. Alternatively, local band Area Resident released their fourth album two months ago, but is celebrating this weekend at Irene’s Pub. Apt613 profiled this ultra-Ottawa band and their cool, old school sound in December, and if you missed it, here’s your second chance.
The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is back from their holiday break, as we all get back to our shopping and eating routines. Head to the Aberdeen Pavilion for brunch and some good veggies, cheese and baked goods.
The Kanata Symphony is opening the year with “ A Winter’s Tale” an evening of chamber music from 3-6pm Sunday at Woodroffe United Church. Featuring Tschaikovski and Brahms for piano, cello and violin this will be a lovely way to end a winter weekend. You can get your tickets online, or at the door starting at $10 for students and $17 for adults.
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