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Weekend Roundup: The friends edition

By Hannah Manning on April 2, 2020

My earliest memories of Apt613 are the weekend roundup. In fact, the very first post I ever wrote was a roundup of holiday activities way back in 2015. Like many in town, I’ve been working from home for the last few weeks and have been thinking about how to approach this weekend roundup. My fellow roundup contributors have done an incredible job (if you missed them, check out Amanda’s post here and Kiersten’s here) so consider this part three in our new series of “how to spend your time when the days of the week all feel the same”.

What has really struck me is how people have come together in new and exciting ways while respecting the physical distancing instructions. So with that in mind, I happily present to you the weekend roundup: the friends edition. Whether near or far, now (yes, right now!) is a great time to reach out and say hello to friends and family. Read on for some ways you can stay social while respecting social physical distancing.

Enjoy a meal with friends

Just because our favourite local bars and restaurants are closed doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a meal with company. Numerous delivery services have opened in the last month (like Love Local Delivery) so the take out and delivery options appear endless. Set a meal time, order in something new to try, and call a friend on your video call app of choice. Or why not try making something new? Swap recipes with friends and family, then compare results.

Dominion City Brewing Co. has teamed up yet again with Holly’s Hot Chicken for a pop-up drive-thru hot chicken experience. Order your chicken sandwich online and show up Saturday or Sunday to pick up the goods. While you’re in the ‘hood and stocking up on some foodie essential, take a peek at Michael’s Dolce pizza: place an order online today and pick up Saturday. You may recognize Michael’s Dolce from the Ottawa’s Farmers Market where his jams and sauces are a hit, or maybe even from trying a slice of ‘za in the Dominion City taproom.

Moo Shu Ice Cream is offering Saturday pick up of their tasty treats (along with croissants and sourdough bread goodness from Purebread Ottawa). Their almost-next-door neighbour Flora Hall has a tasty take out menu so you can pick up dinner and dessert all in one go!

Support the community with friends

If you’ve got some time on your hands, why not find a local organization to volunteer with? For example, Together Apart is a new website launched by volunteers that aims to catalogue and promote local businesses in the hopes that everyone can see these tough times through. The website is a one hundred per cent volunteer-driven initiative and is free for businesses. If anyone wants to list their business on the site, they can submit here. Volunteers aim to verify and list all new submissions within 24 hours.

Project Local Love is an Ottawa-based initiative spreading the beauty of Canada across the country, one postcard at a time. Head to their site to send a free postcard to a friend or family member you’re missing these days.

Possible Worlds is a local art space, record shop, gallery, and print studio. After five years in Chinatown, they’re moving to Hintonburg and they’re running a crowdfunding campaign to support efforts to expand their space and programming. They’re down to their final hours of the campaign and while times are tough for many, if you have some change to spare, consider donating to support local arts and culture. Pledge rewards include risograph and silkscreening workshops so why not gather a few friends, make a donation, and save your spot for an upcoming workshop?

The owners of North & Navy set up an Employment Insurance command centre to help restaurant workers navigate the complex and confusing EI system. You can read all about it here, and feel free to share the resource with anyone who may need it.

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Listen to music with friends

Apt613 has been curating the latest new releases and greatest hits in a new column called #ottmusic weekly. Subscribe on Spotify to stay up to date. Ottawa Live Music Streams launched on March 15 to provide a digital venue for musicians as clubs close and gigs are cancelled (or postponed indefinitely).

The National Arts Centre has been livestreaming various performances as part of #CanadaPerforms, a short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. Musicians can apply online to be part of the lineup: get all the info here and be sure to let us know when you’re going live on Twitter or Instagram @apt613 so we can keep an eye out for your show!

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➡️ENGLISH: Our #CanadaPerforms artist relief fund has reached $600,000!🎉 . Last week we launched with initial support of $100,000 from @Facebook Canada followed by another $100,000 from @SlaightMusic. Today we’re thrilled to welcome @RBC and @SiriusXMCanada, each coming with $200,000! Link in our stories for more info. . These generous new contributions mean we can extend #CanadaPerforms until May to support even more artists and genres. Link in our stories for the full performance lineup!🤟🎶🩰🎭 . ➡️FRANÇAIS: Notre fonds d’aide aux artistes #CanadaEnPrestation vient d’atteindre 600 000 $!🎉 . Le fonds a été lancé la semaine dernière avec 100 000 $ de @Facebook Canada, et a doublé grâce à @SlaightMusic. Maintenant, @RBC et @SiriusXMCanada sont de la partie, avec 200 000 $ chacun! Pour en savoir plus, cliquez sur le lien dans nos stories. . Ce soutien supplémentaire à #CanadaEnPrestation nous amènera jusqu’en mai. Résultat : plus d’artistes en vedette et une diversité de l’offre! Jetez un coup d’œil aux têtes d’affiche actuelles, lien dans nos stories!🤟🎶🩰🎭 . . #myNAC #monCNA #canadaisourstage #lecanadaenscene #coasttocoasttocoast #canadianartists #igersottawa #physicaldistancing #artistescanadiens #livestream #liveperformances #FacebookCanada #SlaightMusic #RBC #SiriusXMCanada

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Timekode is broadcasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, with special dates to raise it up for community spaces and space makers during this trying time.

Play games with friends

If you ask around, you probably know someone who plays pub trivia, or you play yourself. This era of physical distancing has been tough for my trivia team and I who look forward to our weekly gathering (go Large Team Bonus!!). In response, the Ottawa Trivia League has started hosting two games a week of online trivia: Wednesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Animal Crossing. Just because I don’t get it doesn’t mean you can’t play. (But also, can someone please explain Animal Crossing to me?)

Exercise with friends

Skate or dance away the physical distancing blahs with Ottawa Roller Derby! They’re hosting a virtual beach themed roller disco through Zoom on Friday from 6-8pm with music provided by Gloria Guns. Check out the Facebook event for the latest details.

Many of Ottawa’s exercise communities are hosting physical distancing friendly challenges. For example, Ott City Run Club is hosting a team solo series: race as a team, run on your own. Gyms across town are posting virtual classes, and yoga studios are hosting meditation sessions. While now is a great time to exercise at home, be mindful of personal space when heading outside. Pay attention to the latest advice and exercise safely while respecting physical distancing rules.


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