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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Hannah Manning on May 28, 2020

It feels like we’ve been dropped in the middle of a summer heatwave so this weekend is all about finding safe ways to stay cool. Ottawa Public Health has shared some tips on how to stay cool during extreme heat and humidity and the City has opened four emergency cooling centres for those in need. Keep an eye on your friends and neighbours and if you see someone needing assistance, you can contact the City by dialing 311.

Get outside…

If you’ve been cooped up all week, you might be inclined to head outside this weekend. City parks have started to reopen, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields. Get the latest guidance from the City in their list of impacted facilities here.

Ottawa is in full bloom so hop on your bike or take a walk around town to enjoy some spring flowers. My favourites are the Dominion Arboretum, Commissioners Park, and Major’s Hill Park.

Lots of new murals are popping up celebrating and thanking frontline workers who are getting us through these tough times, like this mural in Vanier by artist Dom Laporte. We’d love to see the art in your neighbourhood so snap a photo and share it with us online at @apt613.

…or maybe stay indoors?

Take a virtual trip to the Bytown Museum in our Video of the Week and learn some history like Bytown’s favourite drink (workers on the canal drank raw white whiskey known as poitín) and how Bytown was “rebranded” as Ottawa. Catch up on previous editions of Video of the Week here and follow the Bytown Museum on Instagram @bytownmuseum for new episodes weekly.

While you’re online, catch up on our picks for #ottmusic weekly. New releases this week are brought to us by Kathleen Edwards, Marie-Clo and The Joynt.

Musefest2020 is a virtual livestreaming festival happening all week from Monday May 25 to Sunday May 31. Featuring women and gender non-conforming artists from Ottawa and beyond, performances will be livestreamed through Muse Collective or on the artists’ individual pages. Check out the full schedule here.

This Saturday is the sixth annual Drone Day, a celebration taking place across Canada and internationally to create a day for local Drone, Ambient and Experimental music, and inspired art, for one super-massive celebration. Learn more about Drone music in our post from 2014 here and find the schedule for the 2020 edition online here.

In a rare move, Awesome Ottawa selected two projects for their monthly micro grant. They’ve done this a couple of times in the past, but not since 2018. This month, they’ve selected Project Local Love (an initiative to send postcards celebrating Canada, across Canada, for free!), and the Ottawa Children’s Choir (to support their virtual end-of-year concert). Read up on these great local projects here.

In partnership with United Way East Ontario, Apt613 is recognizing COVID-19 heros through United Way’s Community Builder program. You have until Thursday May 28 to submit a nomination for a COVID-19 hero who has gone the extra mile.

Pierre Brault will be performing Blood on the Moon with AL Connors directing live from The Gladstone. This performance is offered free, however, tips are welcome. According to their Facebook page, Blood on the Moon retells a fascinating and nasty bit of Canadian history: the trial and public hanging of James Patrick Whelan after he was convicted based on shaky evidence of assassinating the prominent politician Thomas D’Arcy McGee in 1868.

Together Apart / Internet Dance Party edition 11 features DJs Maxed Visa and Matt Tamblyn. If you’re enjoying the music and dancing at home, consider donating to their fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank.

Either way, enjoy a cool treat!

While the Parkdale and ByWard markets (both part of Ottawa Markets) have been up and running for a couple weeks, a few other local markets are making their return in the coming days. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne is back Sunday and the Beechwood Market reopens online Monday. Visit their sites for all the details on how to purchase online and safely pick up your local goods.

It may be a few years old, but this list of local ice cream spots still provides lots of inspiration for a cool treat on a hot summer day. Since it was first published a few of the spots have opened their own storefronts, including Pascale’s Ice Cream, Moo Shu Ice Cream, and The Merry Dairy.


For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!