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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on January 23, 2020



Not long after dropping one of the year’s best music videos, the National Capital Commission shared some great news late last week: the Rideau Canal Skateway is officially open for the 50th season. Check the latest conditions online and hit the ice! Not a skater? Read on for more ideas this weekend!

All Weekend

Join Dorothy on an adventure as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings The Wizard of Oz to the National Arts Centre from January 23-25. Learn more about the production in an interview with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s second soloist Sarah Davey.

According to our theatre reviewers, if there was ever a question of why you should support community theatre, Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s production of Angels in America is definitely one reason why. Focusing around a small cast and mainly two couples, the play delves into serious dilemmas around AIDS, religion, mental health and politics, which are all inextricably tied together. Performances are Friday and Saturday until January 23, and tickets are available online.

Need another reason? Witty word play. According to another of our incredible reviewers, witty word play is what she expected from accomplished playwright and actor Pierre Brault, and that’s what she got in his second play about Will Somers. Read on for the full review here. Will Somers the Second: Last Will and Testament is playing at The Gladstone Theatre until January 25.


Have you visited Àbadakone yet? Learn more about the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition in our article here, and sneak a peek with some photos here. It features contemporary works from Indigenous artists located around the globe.

The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra presents Lessons from Miles, a program of cool and groovy music featuring a sextet of musicians from the orchestra that will explore the magical music of Miles Davis. According to our interview with Ottawa Jazz Orchestra’s Adrian Cho, the show will talk about Miles Davis’ music and the message behind it. Tickets are $42 and are available online.


Raise a glass to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Scotland’s greatest poets at the Montgomery Scotch Lounge Robbie Burns Supper. The scotch lounge shares a space with Oat Couture, Ottawa’s oat cafe, and is a must visit for any scotch lover.

Beau’s is hosting The Vlcheks live at the taproom for the latest in their Friday night music series. The Vlcheks are an electric folk-country trio steeped in old-time melodies that often crunch, with a contemporary sensibility.


Take part in the ultimate Canadian triathlon at the Carleton Cup. A fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, participants must complete three legs of the race: SKATE (the canal), RUN (a couple of blocks back to the Aulde Dubliner), DRINK (a frosty beer or other beverage of your choice). As someone who took part last year, I can personally vouch for this one. Learn more in our preview from last year’s event.

This Saturday, monsters will creep off their canvasses and come to life in a one-time performance in the National Gallery of Canada’s auditorium in a special show featuring the Ottawa Baroque Consort, hosted by master storyteller David Brennan. Admission to the concert is $30 at the door, or $27 online.

Head to 27 Club Saturday night for I Can’t Believe It’s Not – Peter Gabriel. According to their bio, I Can’t Believe It’s Not brings together some of Ottawa’s best indie musicians to present classic albums and works by seminal artists. This weekend, they’ll play Peter Gabriel’s 1986 masterpiece “So”, performed live, front-to-back, plus bonus tracks!


Join the Mill Street Milers for their JanYOUary run, their first meet up of 2020. Meet at Mill St. Brew Pub for a 3km/6km/12km run and celebrate your run with a free half pint!

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