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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on January 16, 2020



Welcome to another winter weekend, folks! With any luck the weather will hold out and good thing too, as this weekend is full to the brim with things to get out and do!

All Weekend

Not quite all weekend, but Qaleidoscope: Queer Film on Tour is screeening 11 different short films each night this Thursday and Friday at Club SAW. These shorts explore many themes, including disability, sensuality, sexuality, gender, mental health, and race.

This weekend is your last chance to see Inaabiwin at the Ottawa Art Gallery before it wraps up this Sunday. This exhibit features works by Indigenous artists in various diciplines and explores the relationships they have with the natural world.


After recently reopening after taking some time to refresh their galleries, the Museum of Nature is open late this Thursday for another installment of Nature after 5. Entry to all of the museum’s permanent exhibits is free after 5pm. While you are there, check out their special exhibits Me and My Microbes and Butterflies in Flight. The cost of entry to both special exhibitions is still less than general admission on any other day.

Enjoy an evening of free pizza and dancing at the Dominion Tavern on Thursday night, at their Rock n’ Roll Pizza Party with DJ Davey. DJ Davey will be playing all kinds of music from surf, to garage, disco, punk and more.


Friday night marks the Opening Party of the 5th Carleton Community Art Exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery. This exhibition showcases artwork by those who study, have studied, work, or have worked at Carleton over the years. Come check out Carleton’s talent and enjoy the music by DJ collective Fruit, Star, Candy Bar.

Raised by Wolves and Saucony Originals are throwing a launch party for their first collaboration AYA Asphalt Jungle at Cinqhole on Friday night. There will be an installation by Simon Petepiece, photos by Nathan Lang, and beats by Matt Tamblyn and Sacha Foster.

The opening of Meditations on Black Lake by Nadia Myre is also taking place at SPAO Gallery. The evening will open with an artist talk, followed by a reception. Nadia Myre is an award-winning Indigenous photographic artist based out of Montreal whose works are displayed in several galleries and museums both in Ottawa and Montreal.

A screening of videos created by SAW Video members over the course of 2019, Resolution 2020 is happening at Arts Court Theatre. The screening spans many genres, with sci-fi, documentaries, experimental video, a music video, and animated shorts. Those who produced these videos will be present at the event and there will be a Q & A following the screenings.

Art Battle Ottawa is back at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company at City Centre. Come watch an evening of live art as the artists compete against one another to create the best piece they can in 20 minutes. After 3 rounds, the audience decides the winner. All the artwork is up for auction at the event. Donations of hand warmers, wool socks, and cash are being collected at the event, for We Live in the Shadows to distribute to those in need this winter.

The Urban Botanist is hosting their first Plant Swap of 2020 at Driphouse on Parkdale this Friday night. Bring a plant, trade a plant, and go home with some sweet new plant babies to love. Snacks and a beverage are included with your ticket.

If the weekend has you in the mood to dance, head to House of Targ for an 80s Dance Party with DJ Remi Royale and The Start. The Start will start off the night with live British rock, pop, and Rn’B music, after which Remi will bring us an 80s singalong dance party like no other.

Another great opportunity to dance away the work week: Timekode is bringing the party at d’Afrique with DJs Zattar and Memetic. Come be a part of the fun as they heat up the underground dance floor.

For an evening of great music by local talent, head to Irene’s Pub this Friday night. Keturah Johnson, Jonathan Pearce, and Claude Munson will be performing live.


The Women’s March Ottawa 2020 Launch Event is being held at Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall this Saturday morning. There will be speakers, a photo booth, and poster making in preparation for the Women’s March, happening March 7th, 2020.

Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association are hosting their monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale this Saturday in Nepean. The event is cash only, so be sure to bring some along and round out your media collection with all kinds of great books, vinyl, DVDs, and more.

Momo Spot and Mini Cheesecakes will be throwing another Saturday Pop-Up event at Good Eats. They will be serving up all sorts of delicious pork, chicken, and vegan momos done so many ways: steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, Jhol (hot or cold soup), and chill momos. There will also be great Mini Cheesecakes for dessert. In addition to a host of great flavours, they will also have some tasty vegan options, including chocolate raspberry, mocha, and maple chai.

An astoundingly talented pianist, Chilly Gonzales returns to the National Arts Centre this Saturday night. If you have yet to see him perform, this is a show not to be missed. Not only is Chilly Gonzales immeasurably talented, but he is also an incredible entertainer.

The Gender Reveal Party is happening at the 27 Club on Saturday night. This drag show boasts a best dressed contest, a raffle, and – of course – some amazing drag performances, including the debut performance by Freya Frostbite.

Kristina Corre is hosting a collage session about resistance at Gallery 101 this Saturday afternoon, from 1pm to 5pm. Come learn from her and create some great resistance pieces; a selection of which she will be mailing to the University of New Brunswick, to display in their show about resistance.


A crafting social for the bi/pan+ community, Crafty Bi Nature is taking place at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Sunday. This is an opportunity to get together and work on whatever you wish! The event is free and some supplies will be provided by the gallery.

Internet Celebrities bring us some “jazz” by millennials at the Record Centre on Sunday afternoon. Come on through for some great original music, paired with a cover or two.

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra will take the stage for the 2020 Chinese New Year Concert at the NAC this Sunday night. Some of China’s best musicians will bring you an evening of great melody.

We’ve made it to the end of the weekend! As you can see, there is A LOT going on. Get out there, enjoy yourselves, and take lots of photos. We love to see what you’ve been up to and we will share our favourites on our feed for all to see!

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