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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on June 25, 2020

It is the first official full weekend of summer, even though it may seem like we’ve been sweaty for eight weeks already. Perhaps you’ve already expanded your bubble to include a patio or two, or maybe the backyard is still as far as you plan on moving.  Either way, soak up the sun this weekend and ease a wee bit more into life in the 613! This week we are almost back to having a good variety of options for each day of the weekend, so I’m taking that as a sign that life can only keep getting better. Wash your hands, wear your masks, stay hydrated, and support local my friends!

All Weekend

Ottawa loves its festivals, and 2020 is no different. Rising to the challenge of broadcasting from home and reaching audiences virtually, TD Ottawa Jazz Fest has been online blowing minds all week. They have dubbed this season “Tenacity” because it turns out that you can’t lock artists down, and you can’t stop the music. With live shows streaming every night, including Ottawa-born Kellylee Evans on Friday evening, you can still get the latest and coolest jazz from the comfort of your home. The artists have created experiences specifically for the web, so it promises to be a one-of-a-kind festival! Maybe put a lawn chair in the front yard and stream a show under the stars, for old times’ sake? The final performance is Sunday evening at 7pm.

June without Fringe is like Ottawa without Apt613: Just not right. Thankfully, the brilliant minds behind Fringe have created #FringeAtHome , a new online experience for creative minds to get together and push boundaries. The format is, naturally, very different this year, with a series of parties and discussions happening live online from June 25–July 4. Catch the Opening Night Dance Party Thursday Night from 8-10pm featuring in-house Fringe DJ AL Connors. Friday night, Fringe teams up with Capital Pride for #TGIF drag lip sync! The events are all free, but you are encouraged to Tip the Fringe to keep this party going!

Drive-in movies are gaining popularity again now, for obvious reasons, and we are here for it. The Drive-In Experience is a new business running in Wesley Clover Park on the western edge of the city. This weekend they are playing moves every night, with the cost per car only $36.45, and tickets are only sold online. They offer concessions and parking for over 100 cars. Check out Space Jam or Napoleon Dynamite this weekend for some real nostalgia.


Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) will be bringing a new collaborative piece to our eyes beginning Thursday at 2pm. Up to 15 professional artists will perform in a live stream event by Compagnie ODD, the resident contemporary dance company at ODD. Take My Hand  was conceptualized during the shutdown from the awkward and strange connections we make online, when trying to connect through video. The piece is about technology and togetherness while being separate, and is performed remotely by individuals in their own homes. 

Posted by Ottawa Dance Directive / Centre de danse contemporaine on Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Lost Baggage Musical Theatre is bringing back the joy and excitement of musical theatre with their event A Quarantunes Cabaret Thursday night beginning at 7:30pm. The evening will be an online talent showcase held via Zoom, featuring some of the city’s best cabaret-style talent! The show is free to watch, but donations to the theatre company are always welcome!

SAW Video is hosting a three-day online symposium beginning Thursday called “a graph, a lovely tree” and it will be convening in a virtual space. The event explores creativity in the digital age, with panels and performances focused on creativity in the virtual and digital space. Panels include Indigenous creation in multimedia and aesthetics in digital spaces and media, while the performances range from an ambient noise project to a set by TIMEKODE DJs Memetic and Zattar. The event is free, but does require registration!


On Friday morning at 8:30am, CreativeMornings Ottawa will host a panel discussion on insecurity, creativity, and inclusion in the current climate of vulnerability and change. The panelists this month will be local business people and creatives who identify as BIPOC and/or queer, discussing diversity, inclusion, and personal boundaries and limitations. The event is free to attend via Zoom, so brew your coffee and lean into an enlightening conversation to start your day.

Pierre Brault is back, because the man is superhuman and cannot stop doing amazing one-man shows. Friday night he will be bringing to life The Last Spartan from the empty Gladstone Theatre at 8pm. The period piece is described as asking the tough questions: “How important is Art to a society? Are artists better at interpreting and preserving history than Historians? How will a culture be remembered if it has no art to record it?” Set in 404 BCE, clashes between Athenians and Spartans will play out on stage, with only one man to voice it all. The show is free to stream online, but tips are always welcome.

Posted by Pierre Brault on Thursday, June 18, 2020


The Metcalfe Farmer’s Market is opening back up this Saturday, after a very, very long winter!. Check them out from 9am–1pm for a safe, distanced edition of the market. You can get your fill of produce, baked goods, and special treats from your favourite local providers.

The National Gallery of Canada has been offering live online tours of the collection in their Saturday Spotlight Instagram Live series. This weekend from 3–4pm you can catch a curated exploration of some of their contemporary art questioning how people, materials, and ideas circulate across borders and between places within globalized networks of exchange. 

Online trivia has taken us by storm, and for good reason. I think we’re all doing a lot of learning in lockdown! The Ottawa Pops Orchestra is hosting a Retro Video Game Trivia Night Saturday starting at 7pm.  Be ready to be tested on classics like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Mario Bros. The event is free to join, you just need to register through Eventbrite!

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