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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on April 23, 2020

Some of us are over a month into this alternate normal of isolation, shaggy hair and bread making. As we settle into new routines, and are already dreaming of sunny patios and high fives there is no right or wrong way to be getting through this. If you’re still hard at work out in public keeping us safe, fed and comfortable—thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you’re keeping the world spinning from home—thank you for staying safe and being productive. If you’re truly just Netflixing, sleeping and skipping showers —thank you for keeping your neighbours safe and taking care of yourself. 

Here are some highlights from the past week on the blog, as well as some great things to look forward to this weekend and beyond. I recommend browsing previous editions of the Roundup that are full of helpful suggestions and ideas that we can keep sharing. We’re trying to keep it fresh every week, so you may find a gem today in a post you missed! Check ’em out here, here, heeeere, here aaaaand here. Much like my life these days, this weekend’s edition is largely unstructured, but seems to rely heavily on arts and culture. Life will be normal again, friends.

Eat Well

Apartment613 started a list of restaurants that are open and offering takeout organized by neighbourhood, and with your help it has over 100 options for local food now. Keep supporting our amazing food industry, and consider ordering in the next time you are celebrating pyjama day. (Tomorrow?)

Some of your favourite vendors from The Ottawa Farmer’s Market banded together to create a weekly delivery program of really yummy stuff. The Vendor Project includes suppliers like Poppa Bean, Yummy Cookies, Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères, and DiversiTea. Place your orders before noon on Thursdays (so we may be late for this weekend, my bad) and you choose what items you’d like to arrive at your doorstep over the weekend! Maybe plan ahead for next weekend?

Be Entertained

The Stratford Festival is taking itself online, with a film festival of previous shows beginning Thursday evening with my Shakespeare boyfriend Colm Feore’s King Lear debuting at 7pm. There is a live watch party beginning at 6:30 with Feore and Director Antoni Cimolino. Maybe a little Shakespearean tragedy is what we all need to get out of our own funk? Worth a shot.

Rather some local Shakespearean content? Naturally. A Company of Fools will be reading The Tempest on Facebook Live Thursday April 23rd at 1pm. Our in-house theatre experts agree that this is the best way to get your live show fix in right now from home.

Friday evening, local art darling Artinjest is holding a livestream doodle hangout! Follow along with whatever art supplies you may have at home and follow her creative prompts to see what you can create! The live streams are free, and fun, and may just bring out the artist inside you knew nothing about!

Our Rideau Canal is the star of a recent TVO documentary called Tripping the Rideau Canal. This UNESCO World Heritage site runs through all of Ottawa, but goes so, so much futher! Get off Netflix and enjoy a four hour long ride of the canal! It’s the perfect antidote to a cold grey day inside.

Tripping The Rideau Canal | A TVO Original

Join us Friday, April 10 at 7pm for an epic 4-hour real-time journey with TVO Original Tripping The Rideau Canal.

Posted by TVO on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Read and Write

April is National Poetry Month, and what better time to sit in your feelings and agonize over punctuation than a global pandemic? The blog has planned a collection of locally written poems to be published online at the end of the month. Submissions are already coming in, so why not spend this weekend editing a former favourite verse, or finding love in this hopeless place? Have your piece into Apt613 by April 26th for publication. All styles and genres are welcome, in any language! Email poetry@apt613 with “NPM” in the title to submit.

Black Squirrel Books is back with their second round of Surprise Boxes of Books. You can choose either 5 or 10 books to be delivered right to your front step, with the option of adding a pound of coffee as well. This is the perfect opportunity to broaden your reading horizons and find new authors you don’t already know. And don’t worry, if a title doesn’t excite you, once the doors reopen you can return it for store credit!

Troubadour Books & Records is keeping it simple and fun. They’re posting photos of records and books that are available for sale on their Facebook page, following loose themes every day. Just browse through the pics, and send a DM to buy the book with free delivery. I mean, Plato and the Internet? I’m in.

Posted by Troubadour Books & Records on Tuesday, April 21, 2020


The Ottawa Public Library is, honestly, one of my favourite places in the city. And they are delivering big time for the community right now. Their new Isolation Recreation feature online is full of free resources including online study guides, movies, books, music programs and book launches. You can also get a virtual library card, so don’t worry if you hadn’t gotten to getting one yet. Take advantage of our public library! Friday at 7pm they are hosting a live Poetry Slam for Ottawa poets via Zoom. Definitely check it out if you need inspiration for Apt613’s poetry submissions!

Delight your ears

While TIMEKODE will always mean sweaty packed backroom dance parties to most of us, they are offering twice weekly performances during the shutdown to benefit local venues that aren’t able to host us for cool stuff right now. Watch online from the comfort of your own backroom and sweat like old times with four different streaming options and pwyc tickets available through Paypal. Fire up the group video chat and party on with TIMEKODE: Community Spread. Wednesday and Friday nights beginning at 10pm.

Ottawa Roller Derby is broadcasting another free virtual dance party Friday from 6-8pm (perfect warmup for TK?) The ’70s get down will be hosted on Zoom, and the link is open to everyone on their Facebook page.

Local songstress Jasmine Trails released a new 4-song EP recently that will blow your socks right off. Apt613 interviewed about her work, her inspiration and what she is listening to right now in isolation. Check out our piece about her here.

Saturday Night local “ethereal alternative/electro-pop duo” Paragon Cause is planning a virtual Launch Party and show for their recent release “What We Started” starting at 7:30pm with Ottawa Showbox. Check out their refreshing and dynamic sound from the comfort of your own couch!

The PepTides released a new video this week, which is just the injection of badass spunk and silly that we need right now. Give it a watch on repeat and I dare you not to smile.

Think ahead

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 10th, so consider this a very advance warning! Take this head start to think about ordering your card and gift from a local favourite store that will deliver way before anything from Etsy or Amazon will arrive! Maker House, Pot & Pantry, Purple Urchin, boogie + birdie, Strut Jewelry, Plant and Curio, Octopus Books, Alicja Confections, and Kin Vineyards are just some of the great local businesses that can either deliver mom’s gift right to her, or have it ready for you right away. Consider having a gourmet dinner delivered, or a gift card to celebrate once you can be together again. Flowers are a great old standby, and this is the right year to order directly from a local, independent florist. If Mom is in Ottawa consider The Stalk Market, Riverwood Gardens, Capital Florist, or Bloomfields as some of my favourites. If Mom isn’t in Ottawa, look up independently owned florists wherever she is to support local everywhere.