We’re over a month into our fight to flatten the curve. Kudos to everyone doing their part by staying home or safely venturing out to offer essential services. I’ve noticed over the last week or so that many of my favourite local shops and restaurants have navigated the move to online shopping and delivery. There are already so many great options to support local, but it’s always worth checking in with your favourite spot to see how they’re doing. I’m looking forward to some fresh flowers from my neighbourhood flower shop to help brighten up my work-from-home office. Here’s a list of over 60 Ottawa restaurants offering delivery and takeout. Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments!
Here are some highlights from the last week on the blog and some things to look forward to this weekend. We love hearing what’s keeping you busy and entertained so tag us in your posts on Instagram and Twitter @apt613.
But first things first: the Carleton University therapy dogs are broadcasting live on Instagram @cutheraphydog, bringing you all the comfort and support you’re missing from our four legged friends.
Arts and Crafts
In case you missed the news on the blog earlier this week, Apartment613 is offering one-week to one-month residencies for local artists, journalists or cultural workers who may be in need of paid work amid COVID-19 disruptions. Applicants from all creative practises are invited to apply. Learn more in the blog post here and be sure to get your application in by April 30.
The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting a virtual in studio youth workshop on Friday for youth between 17-25. Get the Zoom meeting link from the OAG Youth Council on Instagram @oagyouthcouncil and bring whatever you’re working on!
Square Lemon is an artistic marketplace based in Ottawa. Their aim is to celebrate and promote Ottawa’s artistic talent by hosting regular craft markets and workshops, including regular craft and chats! The next session is Thursday at 3pm.
Throughout the month of April, the Ottawa Public Library will be offering a variety of activities and resources to help the Ottawa community “awaken their inner poet…” while staying at home. In the spirit of inspiring conversation about local poets, and the many ways poetry is expressed in Ottawa, Apartment613 is inviting its readers and writers to share original poetry on the blog. Please send your work in an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with “NPM” in the subject line.
Yaymaker is hosting an adults only virtual drawing game on Saturday at 10pm. The host will take you through 2 hours of drawing clues and guessing drawings by other participants. All you need is some paper, a pen, and a good sense of humour!
What’s better than music bingo? Virtual music bingo for a cause! You have to be part of Meetup to register, but you can sign up for free online and get ready to party Saturday.
Every Wednesday and Friday Timekode is throwing an online party to help support their favourite spaces and space markers. This Friday, join them to support Flava Factory. Learn more about Timekode’s #communityspread in our blog post here.
Talking Albums is a new series on the blog where we find out what local musicians are up to. On the blog already are interviews with Kimberly Sunstrum (check out her live stream concerts on Facebook) and Paragon Cause (catch their album release online party and show this Saturday), with more on the way! For more #ottmusic, don’t miss this week’s edition of #ottmusic weekly.
The Laff’s Lucky Ron is hosting a weekly live show. Tune in every Saturday from 5pm to hear your favourite Lucky Ron songs. If you’re lucky, he’ll tell ya a story or two along the way.
DJ Hobo and DJ Sweet Cheeks are together for Kitchen Party 2.0 this Saturday, in edition 5 of Together Apart / Internet Dance Party. From the comfort of your own home, you can dance like no-one is watching.
Been working on your singing and dancing? Now’s the time to show em off! The Third presents E-Karaoke this Friday at 8pm. Join the party, make a song request, and get ready to sing your heart out. Singing, dancing, fun backgrounds, filters and costumes are encouraged.
Theatre and live performances
Pierre Brault’s “Will Somers!” is one of the few theatre shows being broadcasted as part of the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms series. His show is Friday at 8pm and you can learn more about it in our interview here. Previous Will Somers shows at The Gladstone have been reviewed by Apt613: “Will Somers : Keeping Your Head” and “Will Somers the Second: Last Will and Testament.”
Tactics (that’s Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series) online series presents a reading of Kevin Kerr’s Governor General Award-winning play “Unity (1918),” followed by a Q & A with the playwright. The play, which tells the story of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, will be read on Zoom so RSVP to get the link.
Did you know Ottawa has a booming burlesque scene? See what you’ve been missing in this episode of Ottawa Minute, or tune in to Stripping Moistly, the second edition of Capital Tease Burlesque’s Virtual Variety Experience! The show is this Friday at 8pm.
Capital Pride Presents LIVE! will be streaming live performances from various performers within and outside the National Capital Region every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings till the end of May. They’ve partnered with various artists, performers and educators in the community to offer online programming suitable for all ages and is accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. This Thursday, learn the basics of voguing in the comfort of your own home.
Carbs and sports that require carb-loading
Seems like everyone has turned to making bread these days. More time at home, more time to experiment in the kitchen, right? Get up to speed on sourdough bread in an online course offered by Elle Chef. Just missing some sourdough starter? You can order that online via their website.
Ottawa Race Weekend is going virtual! After pausing registration earlier this spring, they’ve reopened registration. According to organizers, you can run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies! Tamarack Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal & t-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform plus a few surprises from event partners! I’ve signed up for a race and will be sending out virtual cheers and high fives to everyone participating!
Apt613’s beer correspondent Jordan Duff has your guide on how to support Ottawa’s local craft breweries. As the days are getting nicer and the patios call your name, make the smart choice to raise a glass at home. Cheers!
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