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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on March 12, 2020





In this liminal moment between Daylight Savings and the first day of spring we are presented with what looks like the perfect pre-spring weekend. There is so much to do out in the city this weekend, that there is surely something for everyone, whether you are looking for a way to escape midterms, or a nice night out with friends or your plus one! This is also a friendly reminder to wash your hands, and take care of yourselves friends!

All Weekend

The Ottawa 67s have clinched a spot in the OHL playoffs again this season, and you can catch them at home twice this weekend, since this is definitely the time to get on the bandwagon, if you haven’t yet. They’re celebrating St Patty’s day early with toonie beer night on Friday against the Oshawa Generals, and a green-themed day game on Sunday against Kingston. If you get your tickets before the game, OC Transpo is free to and from TD Place.

Cats the musical has reached weird levels of infamy in the last year, not least from this very blog. Don’t forget, before Judy Dench’s weird hands and James Corden’s prancing, this Tony Award winning musical was selling out major theatres around the world. Get the funny taste of the recent movie flop out of your mouth and fall back in love with adults in faux fur leotards at the National Arts Centre this weekend. The show opened Tuesday and closes with two shows on Sunday. Watch for Apt613’s review.

On a stage across town, Orpheus Musical Theatre’s Rock of Ages is playing all weekend at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe. The production wraps with a final matinée on Sunday. Tickets are still available online, and check out our glowing review here for further inspiration for a night of classic rock and epic cheese.

There is also far too much live music in town this weekend for me to mention, so check out Apartment613’s March Gig Picks for a concert list from the blog’s hippest music lovers. (I claim no personal credit for that killer list)


The best of local music will be celebrated Thursday evening from 7-10pm at the Capital Music Awards. The event is free to attend at Club SAW and is thrown by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition after intensive rounds of voting for the best local acts. Check out the variety of talent here in the capital and get the chance to meet and greet with acts that you’ve seen on local stages all around the valley. 

Halifax songstress Kim Harris is playing the NAC Fourth Stage, Thursday evening at 8:30pm. Tickets are still available if you hurry! CBC Music has described her as ““The mightiest voice coming out of the East Coast” and who am I to disagree? Check her out, for a taste of a rising Canadian star.


Kicking off St-Patrick’s Week with a change of pace from its usual festivities, the Heart & Crown is hosting its sixth annual fundraising luncheon, in the ByWard Market, that includes live Irish music, delectable culinary creations, complimentary wine, beer and cocktails, auction, raffles and prizes. All funds raised will be divided between Bruyère Foundation here in Ottawa, and the Boys and Girls Club in Omagh, Ireland.

The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa is celebrating it’s A+Exhibition and Competition Friday night from 6pm–9pm at their location in Little Italy. They will be awarding finalists in the categories of digital print, photo book, and silver gelatin / alternative processes, which all sound hella cool. Guests vote on the People’s Choice Award and all voters can win a door prize! The event is free to attend, and you will get to meet and greet some of the city’s best upcoming photographic artists.

Friday is all about art! SAW Gallery is throwing a party like no other at SKETCH: Auction and Sale. Doors open at 7pm and party goes until the wee hours. You can expect a live DJ, karaoke, cocktails and snacks from local experts and heaps of awesome art for sale and for auction starting at $10 a piece! All funds raised at SKETCH this year will go toward SAW’s new circumpolar research and production space, the Nordic Lab, which will open in June. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $2o at the door!

Since Kichesippi Beer Co. moved out to Robertson Road, they’ve been filling their new space with endless cool events. This Friday you can catch Comedy Night at Kichesippi hosted by Canadian comedy fixture, Tim Riel and featuring Trevor Thompson. Tickets are available online for $15, and don’t forget to bring some beer home!

If you just want to let loose, there is a Distortion 90s and 2000s dance party going down at LIVE! on Elgin beginning at 10pm. Cover is $5, and they promise to play all the best grunge, alt-rock, brit punk and pop punk from the millennial golden era of music. Wear your best baggy jeans and guyliner for this all-out throw back.


Pi Day (3.14) falls on a Saturday this year, and while it may not be a national holiday, it’s definitely an excuse to go out there and eat some pie! Might I suggest ice cream pies from Mooshu Ice Cream, pie for dinner AND dessert at Life of Pie, lemon tarts from 3 Tarts Bakery, or the famous coconut cream pie from Louis’ Pizza in Vanier? Tag us in your Pi Day food selfies! 

Square Lemon is celebrating Pi Day with a Crafters/Makers market from 10:30am to 3pm. This local crafting collective offers mini crafting demos and sessions and the event is free to attend. Check out their crafting venue and class schedule for opportunities to get creative; and support local makers. If you have small humans, they are also offering crafting classes during March Break that you should look into!

Saturday night you can find off-duty NAC Orchestra musicians kicking it at Mercury Lounge in their intimate and cool Wolfgang Sessions series. Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 9pm for the show featuring strings and a flute, with an after party no less. Tickets online start at $10 for students and are $20 at the door. 

Venus Envy is hosting their Filthy Dirty Art Show this Saturday, featuring ‘filthy dirty’ art by local artists on a somewhat obvious theme! The show is a fundraiser for the Venus Envy Access Fund which does great work here in Ottawa. There will be a live DJ, a cash bar and snacks, mingling artists, prizes, and art to take home, or give as a fun gift *winky face*

Posted by Venus Envy Ottawa on Tuesday, February 18, 2020



Nostalgia is the current trend, and the biannual Ottawa Nostalgia and Collectable Show is where you are going to find all the cool items from yesteryear that you’re missing. From 9am-3pm at the Nepean Sportsplex you’ll find vintage toys and collectibles, antique tools and furniture, memorabilia and so many more odds and sods. General admission is $7 for adults. Children under 12 are free and parking is free.

For some live music that you might not have heard before, check out the Triptych Piano Trio at beautiful St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sunday evening. This local chamber trio will be playing selections from classical Czech composer Smetana, whose style is energetic, unpredictable and very unique! Tickets are available online beginning at $15 for students, the show starts at 3pm, which gives you plenty of time afterwards to round the weekend off with a Sunday evening dinner downtown!

Locally-made short comedy films are going to be featured on the big screen at the Mayfair Sunday evening beginning at 6pm, with an afterparty at the Senate Tavern. The second annual Sh*ts and Giggles Comedy Film Festival is all about short films made in the last two months! Tickets are $12 online and at the door, and every tickets comes with a free pass to a Yuk Yuks show! Support local film makers!

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