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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on February 27, 2020


Welcome to a very special leap year edition of the Weekend Roundup! There is plenty going on around town to celebrate the occasion and, if you were short on ideas, we at Apartment613 have got you covered!

All Weekend

The Ottawa Improv Festival takes place this weekend. The schedule boasts a series of great improv comedy acts from local and national improv stages. In addition to great improv shows, there are also a series of workshops taking place over the weekend, where you can hone your own improv skills.


Thursday eve is a great opportunity to visit the Museum of Nature, for Nature After 5, and check out all of the museum’s permanent galleries for free. You can also visit the Museum of History or the National Gallery of Canada for free on Thursday nights.

Rock & Roll Pizza Party returns this Thursday at Dominion Tavern. Celebrate the weekend with an evening of free pizza and dancing to the beat of DJ Jason Skilz. Free pizza, no cover.


Join Possible Worlds for their Farewell Chinatown Party as they say goodbye to their space on Somerset West, before setting up shop in Hintonburg. This will be their last event after five years in Chinatown. There will be live DJ sets and you can learn about what’s to come in the new space in 2020; and how you can get involved.

Take a trip back to the 1920s with Fever Pitch Hot Jazz at The Art House Cafe this Friday night. The quartet of Scott Pole on clarinet, Peter Turner on trombone, Keith Hartshorn-Walton on tuba, and Kyle Jordan on guitar will fill the cafe with some great jazz tunes. Entry at the door is a cool 5$.

One of Apt613’s February gig picks not to be missed, Michael C. Duguay, Isaac Vallentin, and mal/aime are playing at Cinqhole on Friday night. Michael C. Duguay is part poet, part musician; an incredible lyricist, who will be performing songs from his first solo album in 10 years.

Analog Africa will be spinning at Mercury Lounge this Friday, with an opening set by DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker. Based out of Frankfurt, Germany this will be Analog Africa’s North American debut.


This weekend marks Sugarbush Opening Weekend at the Log Farm. There are also several other sugarbushes in and around Ottawa that are great spots to visit this Saturday, including Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, Wheeler’s Maple Products, Fulton’s Pancake House, and Hidden Gem the Vanier Sugar Shack.

With this extra day in February, we’ve snuck in one last Momo Spot & Mini Cheesecakes Pop Up at Good Eats. This is your last chance to try some of the limited edition momos, including chilli momos, deep fried momos, Johl momos (in soup), and pan-fried momos.


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There is not one, but two vintage clothing sales this Leap Year Saturday: Leap Year Vintage Pop-Up and Vintage Clothing Sale: Leap Year Day. Vintage Pop-Up will feature eight local vendors, while Vintage Clothing Sale boasts a huge selection of items, most of which are $5 or less.

Join Happiness Habits 613 for their February Wrap-Up Party at the National Arts Centre this Saturday. There will be plenty of fun happening at this family-friendly event, including guided meditation, a dance party with live DJs, dance performances by Michelle Zakrison Coaching & Dancing aka The Dancing Healer and special guests, connection cards, and a Happiness Doodle Wall.

One final special screening of the award winning documentary Dosed is happening at the Mayfair Theatre on Saturday. Head on down for “an afternoon dedicated to psychedelics, mental health, addiction, compassion, education, and solutions.”

Another great February Gig Pick, Montreal prog-folk post-rock band Year of the Glad will be joined by Delta Will and Keturah for a show at Black Squirrel Books on Saturday night.

Those of you who cannot wait for the return of the Bangers & Mash Festival this April will want to head to Queen Street Fare for their pre-fest bash, with Mackenzie Rhythm Section and Slack Bridges. These two great local groups are sure to put on a killer show full of soul.


Stretch out this Sunday at HH613 Happiness Yoga at Decathlon Ottawa. Grab your yoga mats and join Andrea Morissette for a free hour long yoga flow class from 9am–10am.

Those of you who are looking ahead to spring and are getting your garden plans ready for the season will want to visit the Seed/Plant Swap at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market this Sunday. Bring some seeds or plants and trade them for some new seeds and plants to branch out your selection.

While at Lansdowne, be sure to swing by the Horticulture Building for the Maslenitsa Multicultural Eastern European Spring Festival. This free festival will feature a wide selection of Eastern European and Central Asian food, Eastern European folk songs and dance, and a bazaar of Eastern European wares.

Well folks, that’s a wrap on what is up this fine leap year weekend in the city. Be sure to get out there and enjoy yourselves and take lots of photos. Hashtag your best photos with #apt613 and we will be sure to post our favourites in our feed.

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