This weekend marks a month of weekends spent in these times of physical distancing. Were it any other time but now, we’d be rejoicing about the arrival of this Easter long weekend and an extra couple of days off of work but, for a lot of us, the past month has been the longest weekend ever—minus all the excitement, and gatherings, and (dare we say it?) fun. Despite the days blurring together, we’ve got a list of ways to bring the fun back, just in time for the holiday long weekend.
If you have ever wanted to learn how to breakdance, now is your chance! This Thursday afternoon, Moov Ottawa will be hosting an online beginner breaking class, taught by Arnaldo Betancourt Silva and Alea de Castro. Funds raised will be donated to the Ottawa Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which is used to help support research, our frontline health care workers, care for COVID-19 patients, and aid in the purchasing of equipment.
Timekode Community Spread returns this Friday for another great livestream party. DJs Memetic and Zattar will get you moving, after what may have been a week spent largely on your living room couch.
Together Apart is throwing yet another Internet Dance Party this Saturday April 11th. DJ Sweetcheeks has been holding it down for the past few weeks, but this week he’s invited a few guests (to DJ from their own homes, of course). Join DJ BBRaccoon and JFUN for some good dance times. Get dressed up for the occasion, or have a dance party in your pjs – there are advantages to not having to go out on the town.
Grab your paint brushes and create something beautiful. Yaymaker is hosting virtual Paint Nite events all weekend long. Each class focuses on a different theme, so choose your favourite or try them all.
Wordsmiths, get your pen and paper ready and get writing! Apt613 has put out a call for submissions for National Poetry Month. Apt613 will publish your poems on the blog and Apt613 social media and at the end of the month we will have a wonderful collection of works by local poets.
There have been all kinds of signs and symbols of hope and gratitude popping up around town, in the form of signs posted on lawns, in windows, and on the streets. There have also been chalk drawings and words of encouragement adorning the sidewalks. Why not get creative and take the time to make your own sign or symbol of hope and gratitude during these times? Or make some instruments or noise makers to keep the cheer for our frontline workers going next Wednesday evening. We encourage you to take photos of the signs you see, or those you make yourselves. We will post some of our favourites on our feed, to help spread the cheer around.
Song and Music
Brush up on your singing skills with a Virtual E-Karaoke Party hosted by the Third this Friday. A Zoom link will be posted before the event and song requests can be made in the chat. When it is your turn to belt your heart out, turn on your mic and sing along. Fun costumes and backgrounds are encouraged.
Music makes the world go around and there is still plenty of music to fill our ears and our souls during these trying times. There are a great number of NAC #CanadaPerforms livestreams taking place this weekend. You can also support the artists by donating to #CanadaPerforms. For even more music, check out Ottawa Live Music Streams.
You may not be able to stroll the Ottawa Farmers’ Market this Sunday, but there is still a way to get your goodies from your favourite Farmers’ Market vendors! The Ottawa Farmers’ Market has come out with a handy list of contacts for many of the vendors at the market, who you can contact to arrange delivery or pick up options, or they can point you in the right direction of where to find their products around town, in places that are still open.
Pass the Time
Board games are a great way to pass the time while stuck at home and even if you are home alone, you can still link up with friends online to play. There are previously mentioned sites like Board Game Arena, and cooperative games (Pandemic, anyone?) can be played over Facebook or Zoom, if you own a copy of your own. Cards Against Humanity fans may want to try their hand at Remote Insensitivity online. The options are plentiful.
While we won’t be able to see Cirque du Soleil perform live this summer, as planned, CirqueConnect is bringing a little Cirque du Soleil magic to the comfort of our living rooms. They will be releasing a new 60 minute special this Friday and previous videos are available for viewing on their website. Best of all, these front row seats are completely free!
In the spirit of the holidays, you can take part in a Ukranian Easter Egg virtual class on Saturday evening. Katia of Koala Kids Workshops and Nataliya will be teaching us how to make our very own pysanka on Zoom. Porch drop off of basic supplies will arrive on Friday and you can make your own dyes, or buy ready-made dyes from Nataliya at an additional cost.
Fortunately for us, the Easter Bunny is an essential worker, which means that Easter Egg Hunts are still in the cards this year! You can even link up with friends and family in the hunt – all the while practicing physical distancing. Just grab your phone or tablet and join them for a video call while you search for your delicious Easter treats.
Easter dinner with the family may not be the same as it has been in the past, but you can still get together with them for a holiday feast over the internet. Get dressed up nice, set the table, light a candle, turn on your favourite video chat platform, and enjoy a virtual family dinner.
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— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) April 2, 2020
Last week the Wu-Tang Clan donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. The Ottawa Food Bank really needs your help right now; fundraising events have had to be cancelled; donations of non-perishable goods have slowed; and families are now finding themselves in the position of providing their children with all their meals, which may have been previously given to them at school. Join Wu-Tang in supporting this essential service and donate here.
You can also donate your time to help deliver groceries, prescriptions, and other necessary items to those in need in the community. The Centretown Community Association is creating a list of volunteers, which you can join online. We also want you to know that helping out doesn’t have to be a formal affair. If you are trekking out to get supplies, ask your friends, family, or neighbours if they need anything while you are out. Call and check in on your loved ones. Video chat with your friends. A little goes a long way these days and something as simple as hearing another human’s voice is enough to brighten anyone’s spirits.
Well folks, that’s a wrap on this first long weekend of physical distancing. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy yourself, even if those things look a little different these days. Stay safe, wash your hands, and have fun!
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