After what has seemed like an impossibly long winter (complete with May snowfalls), the beautiful weather has finally arrived! It’s time to brave the outdoors (in the most true sense of the word) and soak up some of that blessed vitamin D. While there may not be any barbeques with buddies or gatherings with the gang going down, there are still ways to get out and about and enjoy the sun from a respectable physical distance this weekend.
The Great Outdoors
The Arboretum is beautiful this time of year and the magnolias are in full bloom. Although the Tulip Festival officially wrapped up this week, the flowers are still out and beautiful and worth the trip to visit—and you can still access a lot of great festival content online. We suggest hopping on your bike and heading for a ride down the canal, touring Dow’s Lake, and then popping over to the Farm to witness the wonder for yourself.
There are some new outdoor activities to enjoy this weekend. We are now able to kick a soccer ball around, play a round of disc golf, shoot some hoops, or pop an ollie at the skate parks. Picnics are also now a thing. While we agree that this is very exciting news, please make sure that you enjoy these newfound freedoms safely and respectfully, while keeping your distance from others.
While the streets would normally be packed with runners this weekend, in the spirit of physical distancing, Race Weekend has gone virtual this year. Hop on your treadmill or hit the neighbourhood streets—this year you get to choose where you run and when you run, even completing a marathon over a few days or weeks, just as long as you finish your race by September 7th, 2020. An added bonus to Race Weekend having gone virtual this time ‘round is that there is still time to register and get in on the fun.
Theatre, Film, & Trivia
The European Union Short Film Festival wraps up today. The great thing about this virtual event is that, even though today is the final day of the festival, you can still manage to see every short film they have to offer—a total of nearly two dozen!—provided you have the hours to spare. Simply get your free ticket on their website and you will receive access to all of their great programming at the click of a button. Get comfy and tune in to some great tales from Latvia, Austria, Croatia, France, Belgium, and beyond.
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The 7th European Union Short Film Festival is online this year! You'll have to provide your own "tastes of Europe" at home, but the programs are free, as always. The Festival, available to watch May 14 -21, is divided into 3 programs- All You Need is Love; Well, Adjusted; Time Being, Time Passing. Get your FREE ticket in advance and look through the program at CFI-ICF.ca/eushorts @EUinCanada #EuropeDay2020 @Apt613
The global pandemic has changed the way we experience events here in Ottawa and theatre is no exception. For a glimpse into how the theatre world in Canada has been impacted, tune into GCTC TV: Covid Cuts this Friday at 4pm. Artistic Director Eric Coates will be receiving a haircut live on stream, while he talks theatre in the age of COVID-19 with Amanda Kellock of Repercussion Theatre and Dean Patrick Flemming of Hudson Village Theatre.
Test your trivia skills this Friday night, with a free Community Trivia Night in support of local businesses in Hintonburg and Wellington Village. Reserve your spot by registering for the event here. When the time comes, crack open a beer from one of many great local breweries most of whom will deliver right to your door during these crazy times—and put your thinking caps on. There are a ton of great prizes to be won!
Song & Dance
Why not start your Friday morning with a little Sing-Along with Rob Cosh and Lee Hayes of 613 Casual Choir? Tune up those vocal chords and register for the Ottawa Public Library’s free Zoom event. The songs are ones that you’re sure to be able to chime along with but, just in case, they will send the lyrics your way beforehand as well.
Ottawa Roller Derby is hosting a Virtual 80s Roller Disco this Friday night. Strap on your skates or put on your dancing shoes and get funky to some sweet 80s grooves, brought to you by DJ Gloria Guns.
If you’d rather, enjoy an evening of burlesque this Friday night with Capital Tease Burlesque’s Tease ReVamped. There will be performances by Koston Kreme, Bella Barecatt, Sassy Muffin, Randi Rouge, and special guest Holly Sin.
As per usual, Timekode will be holding it down for us on Timekode.TV this Friday night and Together Apart will be getting us grooving this Saturday eve, with special guests VJ Daisy and DJ Michael Caffery.
Those who miss nights at The Laff with Lucky Ron won’t want to miss The Lucky Ron Facebook Live Show this Saturday (and every Saturday) at 5pm. They’ll be belting out all your favourite Lucky Ron songs for you to enjoy, from the comfort of your own living room.
Longing for some new tunes to accompany your weekend activities? Be sure to check out #ottmusic weekly. Even in the midst of all that is happening, there is still some great music coming out of Ottawa. Check out the stream on Spotify for a selection of great Ottawa artists, updated weekly.
If you are looking to try some tasty new delivery or takeout this weekend in the city, Apt613 has a lengthy list of 160 options for you to choose from. There are, of course, some tried and true favourites on this list, but we’ve one special mention for you Centretown folk; be sure to take a peak at City Goose. They opened their doors (for takeout and delivery) during the pandemic and have been serving up some great food that will leave your bellies happy.
Well folks, that’s a wrap on another weekend in pandemicland. It may not be quite like we had planned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. There is still plenty going on in this great city; things just look a little different right now. Before we let you go: a gentle reminder that, whatever you get up to this weekend, stay safe, keep your distance, and wash your hands!
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