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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on January 30, 2020

It’s finally the end of January, all 78 days of it! So now we celebrate the days getting longer, the sidewalks getting drier and the beginning of WinterludeEveryone’s favourite winter festival kicks off this weekend, so check out details online about concerts, contests, sculptures and the sno-bus. With luck, the canal will be open, and Ottawa’s most famous past time can get us through February!

All Weekend

TD Ottawa Winter Jazzfest is this weekend, and there is no limit to how many great shows you can catch over the three days. Find the festival at Arts Court this year, where shows are divided between Club SAW, the Alma Duncan Salon, and Arts Court Theatre. Expect to experience digital music, audience participation, old school jazz, and some things I can’t even begin to define. Full weekend passes are already sold out, but you can still buy single event tickets starting at $15, or full-day passes online. 


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If you are a kid of the ’90s, you will no doubt remember The Neverending Story with fondness. The NAC is currently running a production of the theatrical interpretation in partnership with the Stratford Festival. The  show runs until February 16. There is a corresponding free talk entitled “Points of View” on Saturday at 12:45pm before the afternoon matinee. Tickets are available online. 

On a different stage, a different kind of show is running for its second weekend. Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until next weekend. This two player show was reviewed by the blog after opening weekend, and it is definitely unlike anything else on a local stage. Tickets are $39–55 online and at the box office and the GCTC is also offering a $15 ticket welcoming the Indigenous community.


The Wolves by Pulitzer Prize nominated Sarah Delappe opens Thursday night at The Gladstone and plays until next Saturday. This show follows a group of adolescent soccer players through a season of high and lows, wins and losses, big questions and tiny dramas. Tickets are available online and begin at $24 for students.

An intense psych rock band from London, Ontario, WHOOP-Szo is performing at Pressed. Their new record is amazing, but you have to see them live. Bring ear plugs to the show. It’s heavy.


Montréal indie rock stars with an Ottawa connection (lead singer Devon Portielje was born here), Half Moon Run is playing TD Place on Friday night. Read Apt613’s interview with Portielje ahead of the show.

The Jim Cuddy Band is finally playing at the NAC on Friday, after rescheduling their show in November. The band is touring in support of their new album “Countrywide Soul” which was released in May 2019. The album is a combination of re-imagined Blue Rodeo songs, and new live material. Tickets are still available online if you hurry!

Vanier’s What’s Good in the Hood monthly events highlight cool goings-on in one of our oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods. This Friday, local bilingual folk duo Moonfruits will be performing at Royal Prince Cuisine from 7-10pm for a pay-what-you-can party in support of the restaurant which, despite being the victim of robbery the night before, delivered on its commitment to serving more than 100 free Christmas dinners for families in the community.


Saturday is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, so whether you plan ahead and buy pints ahead of time to enjoy in your jammies, or you’re committed to visiting your favourite ice cream parlour for your meal, enjoy the best of local Ottawa ice cream! We rounded up some of our favourites a little while back, but tag us with your ice cream selfies this weekend to let us know where we should be heading next.

Square Lemon Artistic Association is hosting an artisan market at their location on Boyd Avenue on Saturday from 10:30 – 3pm. The event is free to attend, and this would be a great opportunity to check out new crafts and artisans, as well as the growing co-crafting space on site and workshops being offered by the group! Drop in, support local crafters, and see if there is a cool crafting class in your future.

Rideau Hall is holding a free Winter Celebration involving more than a dozen embassies and Canadian institutions celebrating aspects of winter life and culinary traditions. The most exciting part, trust me, is the Swiss Embassy’s offer of Raclette and potatoes between 12:30 and 4pm. Free cheese. See you all there?

Saturday night you have to look into WolfGANG: Session 15 at the Mercury Lounge. This series is a mind blowing love affair between off duty musicans from the NAC Orchestra, contemporary composers, visual artists, and the Mercury Lounge. The evening promises to be innovative, exciting, and intimate.The perfect date night after all that ice cream and cheese! If you can’t make it this weekend, be sure to find their next event. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. 


Sunday from 10am-3pm, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market is having their February Fibre Fest, featuring local knitters, weavers, and the best of the Ottawa Valley’s warmest natural fibres in addition to the usual weekly necessary farmers’ market finds. Pick up something warm and fuzzy while purchasing your nutritious and delicious. 

Sandy Hill underground bookstore Barely Bruised Book Club is hosting their second annual Open Mic Poetry Night on Sunday beginning at 8pm. The event is BYOB, and open to anyone who can reserve a spot ahead of time via the Facebook event. Cover is $5 and the winning poet of the evening goes home with a $50 store credit! Support this local gem, and maybe take home a new poetry book or two.

If you have exhausted all your options, don’t forget that the Superbowl is happening Sunday evening. Consider ordering in from your favourite neighbourhood eatery, or going to the nearest bar with a good local beer selection to watch the big event!

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