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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on June 18, 2020

We’ve arrived at another weekend here in this great city and with it brings the start of a new season, sunny skies, and hot summer heat. There is so much to do to celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice, whether at home or outdoors, so we will get right to it.


Both the Parkdale Market and the ByWard Market are reopening this Thursday, just in time for prime produce season. Head out to either market this weekend, check out the changes made to help keep everyone safe, and pick up some tasty treats to enjoy later.


This Friday afternoon, and then again at 7pm, join Tactics for their online series performance of Exciting Cause on Zoom. Created by Laurie Fyffe, Exciting Cause tells the story of a woman looking to learn about her great-great-grandmother, who was incarcerated in the Rockwood Asylum for the Insane in the late 1800s. “Part historical investigation, part mystery, and part cautionary tale, Exciting Cause penetrates the stone walls of a centuries-old institution to uncover a place of treatment, torment, and a community of women finding refuge and enlightenment in dark times.”


Trivia buffs will want to test their skills with Outside the Box Trivia’s Virtual Pub Trivia on Saturday night. Teams will play six rounds of five questions each, with each round sharing a common hidden theme. The event is free, but donations are accepted to keep the trivia nights coming.

The National Arts Drive takes place this Saturday afternoon. Take a tour around town using the map you will find here on the day of the event and support local artists. One such group of artists is Ottawa grunge-folk-punk band Arrest In Peace, who will be playing on their front lawn. They are also inviting you to listen to the Arrest In Peace livestream in the fresh air from your front porch, backyard, or local park. It is free to listen, but donations are being accepted to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.

If you have been missing theatre during these COVID-19 times, tune in to YouTube this Saturday night for a screening of a play in progress, Can Lit Can Suck It – A Zoom Play. Produced by Other[ed] Productions and co-created by Ryan Pepper and Isabela Solis Lozano, this play tells the tale of a TA, in the absence of the professor, trying to handle a Zoom class full of first-year Canadian Literature students.

In addition to being the solstice, this Saturday is also National Sangria Day and to celebrate there is a Virtual Sangria Crawl. This Zoom Sangria crawl features four local venues: Kinki Lounge Kitchen, The Grand, The King Eddy, and Zak’s Cantina, where you will learn from expert mixologists how to make delicious sangria. Tickets include all the ingredients to make the four different kinds of sangria and their recipes, available for curbside pickup or delivery.


Gallery 101’s first online exhibit, Pagkakaisa, takes place this Sunday at 4pm. Through their works, artists Andi and RJ dissect the divisiveness of internalized racism and “explore a future of inclusive resistance, where approaches to dismantling oppressions are boundless and kind.”

All Weekend

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival wraps up this weekend and there’s a lot to see and do, despite the festival having moved online. You can learn to make venison stew with Chef Cezin and gourmet tacos with Chef Shawn. Your tickets to these workshops come with all the ingredients needed. There will be musical performances by Brothers Wilde, Eagle & Hawk, Cody Coyote, Theland Kicknosway, and DJ NDN. You can even purchase goods from 50 different vendors on their virtual marketplace. Closing off the festival is the Pow Wow competition taking place all weekend long. This year’s competition is being held social distance style and participants will upload their dances for all to see.

Tenacity, this year’s online edition of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, kicks off this Friday and runs through the weekend and into next week. This year’s festival features a dozen free performances, four of which are happening this weekend: an improvised performance by pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Lina Allemano, and saxophonist Anna Webber; an interactive performance incorporating audience feedback by Tin Men and the Telephone; a performance by BadBadNotGood; and a performance of Joni Mitchell’s album Both Sides Now by a host of Canadian jazz musicians.

It’s perfect picnic weather this weekend, so grab that blanket, jump on your bike, and head to your favourite picnic spot for a social distancing get-together with friends. If you are looking for the perfect picnic accompaniment, be sure to pick up a few of Dominion City’s Picnic Blanket brews. This incredible libation is back and, with the perfect marriage of rhubarb and raspberry, I’d bet this will quickly become your favourite summer beer.

Looking Forward

This news comes too late to make it happen this weekend, but worth a mention in preparation for weekends to come: TD Place has just begun Drive-On Movie Nights. Incredibly well-received, all four nights sold out in an hour and a half. While unfortunate for those of us who didn’t nab tickets, this is good news for the likelihood of future Drive-On events. Perhaps if we are lucky, it might even become a weekly thing.

The Ottawa School of Art is hosting an online art auction this coming Monday, June 22. While the auction itself does not take place on the weekend, all the works you can bid on are posted already, so why not spend some time this weekend choosing a new piece of art you’d like for your home? Then tune in on Monday and, fingers crossed, you’ll place the highest bid!

Well folks, that’s a wrap on this beauty of a weekend. Get outside and enjoy the weather. Stay indoors and enjoy some of our favourite festivals, moved online. Whatever you choose to get up to, stay safe, have fun, and wash your hands!