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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on April 30, 2020

A new month is upon us—and so is the weekend, for those of us who are having a hard time keeping track of what day it is anymore. Don’t worry, it’s understandable; we’ve been in physical isolation mode for how long now? Despite the challenges thrown our way, we adaptable creatures have taken this new “normal” in stride and there is still a whole lot going on—a safe distance from other people. 

Outdoor Adventures

The Byward Market is usually bustling with activity this time of year, but with everyone staying indoors and away from one another, it had become a boarded-up ghost town—until recently. Local artists like Robbie Lariviere and Marc Adornato have painted beautiful murals on the boarded-up businesses, bringing some colour and life back into the area. This weekend, we suggest you take a stroll through—while maintaining your distance from others—and check out their handiwork. 

With the success of their initial launch, the NCC recently extended its Queen Elizabeth Driveway Pilot Project. They’ve closed a section of the roadway to cars so, for folks in the ‘hood, you can responsibly enjoy the Driveway from Laurier to Fifth, from 8am–8pm. With the weather warming up, why not take a physical distancing stroll down the Canal, or hop on your bike and enjoy a ride?

A Little Bit of This and That 

For those of you who have been completing puzzles on the regular while in isolation (I know I have), we’ve got great news for you! The puzzle shortage in the city has been remedied and The Gifted Type now has a whole lot of new puzzles in stock. Check out their website and get yourself a new one (or three) to keep yourself busy while at home

While you’re there, why not take a moment to check out their Snail Mail Card Writing Service? Just because you can’t see your friends right now, doesn’t mean you can’t send them a little love. For an additional $2, the fine people at The Gifted Type will write and mail your card to anyone you’d like. How great is that?

Gone (for now) are the days of attending vernissages at the local galleries, but Studio Sixty Six is hosting a virtual video vernissage of Guillermo Trejo’s The West Coast Series this Friday at 7pm. All you have to do is respond “going” to the Facebook invite and they will send you a link to the party. 

It’s that time of year again and, although it looks a little different than usual, the Ottawa Adventure Film Festival is still happening—only this time from your couch. They will be screening a selection of films from the past three years this Saturday at 7pm. You can register for this free event on Eventbrite. 

While International Astronomy Day is normally a day for avid astronomers to get together and look up at the skies, this Saturday’s event will be of a different sort. This all-day event will take place on Zoom. There will be live footage from different kinds of telescopes, showing us the sun, the moon, Venus, and other deep-sky surprises. There will also be a series of presentations from local astronomers. 

Song and Dance 

As per usual during these difficult times, Timekode is helping spread a little joy while getting us up and moving on Friday night with their Community Spread. Join DJ Zattar for a dance party from the comfort of your living room. Donations from this Friday’s event will help support Debaser.

Stay tuned for another instalment of Together Apart/Internet Dance Party on Saturday night. DJ Hobo and DJ Guss Pike will be on the decks from their homes, sending great beats through the interwebs to yours. Come dance, check out the roller skate dancing, hula hooping, and have an all-around fun time. 

Wind down the weekend with a little Sunday Soul with Jeff deValk this Sunday at 8pm. Tune in on Facebook for some soulful classics alongside some great originals. Donations from this event will help support the Ottawa Food Bank. 

If you’d like a little more music to fill your weekend, Canadian folk singer Craig Cardiff is Live from Everywhere, every night from 7–7:30pm. You can also check out Apt613’s Video of the Week: The Centimeters covering “Here Comes the Meter Man”

Dance with Alana and Side Street Swing are hosting a Solo Social this Friday at 8pm. Learn how to swing in the first half of the eve—under the expert tutelage of Kofi, Alana, and Laura—then join in on the dance party to follow and show off your new moves. 

With a new month comes a new series of Broadway Workouts. Longer 45 minute classes begin this Friday, with four classes each week. There will be two choreo classes, where you learn a new song each week; a showcase class, where you will spend the month nailing one song; and a stretching class—set to Broadway music, of course. You can register here for anything from a single class to certain classes only to unlimited classes. 

If you are a fan of burlesque, you’re in store for a treat this weekend. There is a free Burlesque ‘N’ Chill class with Stormy Divine on Friday night, followed by a burlesque show, Coronacles of Tease, by Capital Tease Burlesque. Spend an hour sharpening your striptease skills and then sit back and enjoy a show by the pros. 

Capital Pride Presents LIVE!, an evening of dance lessons this Saturday at 7pm. Learn how to vogue from KIKI ballroom dancer and instructor Twysted. The class begins with the art of stretching, followed by element drills and choreography. 

If you’re looking for more ways to fill the days, there are plenty of great suggestions for fun on the weekends (or otherwise) while physically distancing to be found in previous Quarantine editions of the Weekend Roundup. There are six of them to read through, so that should just about cover it! Stay safe, stay sane, and have fun this weekend. We may be apart, but remember, we are all in this together.