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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on July 23, 2020



Note that an earlier version of this article included a link to the World Press Photo Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum. While the exhibition is not currently open, the museum hopes to open it in the future. Stay tuned!

Welcome to the weekend folks! As Ottawa continues to slowly (and safely—wear your mask!) open up, there are more ways to get out and enjoy the city. With a mix of online and in person activities, take your pick. For a bit of inspiration heading into the weekend, check out this thread from Ottawa Public Health.

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While the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO)’s inaugural event is postponed until 2021, its industry programming and discussion panels are moving online. The offshoot IFFO Screen Summit is a five-day event dedicated to “strengthening and inspiring Ottawa’s growing screen-based industries” while addressing topics relevant to all Canadian industry professionals. Learn more in our post here or on their Facebook event page. Visit for the list of speakers, video on-demand program and a complete schedule of live events. Registration is free and provides complete access to IFFO programming.

This weekend’s selection of films at the Zibi urban drive-in movie theatre feature Quebec cinema. Tickets are $30 per vehicle and you’ll enjoy two films per night. Two dollars from each ticket will be donated to La Manne de l’Île, a non-profit food distribution organization in the Outaouais whose mission it is to welcome, support and meet the needs of people facing financial and social difficulties.

The Canadian War Museum is reopening on July 23 and great news: admission is free all summer! You can reserve your spot online. Note that an earlier version of this article included a link to the World Press Photo Exhibition. While the exhibition is not currently open, the museum hopes to open it in the future. Stay tuned! The Canadian Museum of History is also reopening July 23 but tickets for their first week have already been snapped up online.

Gatineau’s sentier culturel runs throughout the downtown core, guiding and inviting visitors to enjoy public art installations. This summer enjoy Recycl’Art, sculptures created from recycled material, in Parc du ruisseau de la brasserie.


Ottawa filmmaker Pixie Cram’s film Pragmatopia is being screened Thursday via Manitoba’s Gimli Film Festival (GFF) on Thursday July 23 at 7:30pm EST as part of GFF’s “From the Streets” shorts program. The film chronicles a return to innocence: its characters discover a radioactive territory that has become potentially habitable again. Learn more in our interview here.


Pierre Brault is back at it, presenting a live stream of Dief the Chief: October 1962 this Friday. Starring Peter James Haworth as John Diefenbaker, Pierre Brault as Tremblay and Broadcast Direction by AL Connors, the play recounts the story of how Diefenbaker navigated the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. For a taste of the show, here’s a review of a past performance at The Gladstone theatre.

Standing Together marks 4 years since the death of Abdirahman Abdi at 55 Hilda Street. According to organizers, Abdirahman’s death was a tragedy that left our city shaken but inspired many to action. Several positive legacies have emerged from these Standing Together events including a beautiful memorial plaque at the entrance of 55 Hilda and the creation of the Justice for Abdirahman Scholarship for Social Justice.


There’s something so peaceful about enjoying live music near the water, but what if that live music was coming from the water? Pack a cushion or a chair (and maybe some bug spray!) then settle in at the Gatineau River Yacht Club for Music on the water featuring Andrew Burr. Arriving by canoe and accompanied by his guitar, Andrew will sing favourites from Stan Rogers, Blue Rodeo, Tom Waits, and more. The shows starts at 8pm.

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Big news! 🚨 Starting July 11th, Bank Street between Queen – Flora will be a walking street (closed to motor vehicles) on Saturdays (until August 8th), from 9 AM – 11:59 PM 🚴‍♀️🚶‍♀️ Swipe to read our statement for full details ✨ PS. Looking for a place to park, check out the link in our bio 👆 . . . . À partir du 11 juillet, la rue Bank entre les rues Queen et Flora sera piétonnisée (donc fermée aux automobiles) le samedi (jusqu’au 8 août), de 9 h à 23 h 59 🚴‍♀️🚶‍♀️ Lisez notre communiqué pour plus de détails ✨ N.B. Si vous cherchez un endroit pour vous stationner, consultez notre bio 👆 . . . 📸 by @littlemissottawa @ottawatourism @cbcottawa @ctvottawa @narcitycanada @apt613 @bytown.bites @jumpottawa @newhot899 @cathmckennaottcen @cmckenney14 . . . . #new #ottawa #yow #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #smallbusiness #localbusiness #community #news #city #ontario #canada #liketime #liker #likeback #share #follow #summer

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Bank Street will be closed to cars between Queen Street and Catherine Street to allow for more physical distancing while supporting local businesses. There’s also a car-free stretch in the ByWard Market for all your fresh produce needs.


The last Sunday of every month you can take part in a guided tour of historic Beechwood Cemetery. The Beechwood Cemetery Stroll is led by trained volunteers and focuses on local history and notable features and sections within this National Historic Site. The tour is free of charge, and is family friendly. The route for the Stroll is a gentle 1.5 hour walk and is wheelchair accessible. Register online to reserve your spot as places are limited.

While we aren’t out attending live music shows, Mavericks is still offering us entertainment: this Sunday they’re hosting a graffiti contest. There will be an online voting for Fans Favorite Piece and the winner will receive a prize of $750. E-mail to sign up.

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!