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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on September 10, 2020






After only a couple of short days since the last long weekend of the summer, we’ve arrived at yet another weekend – the second-last before the official arrival of fall!

All weekend

We’ve got big food news this weekend in Orleans: the Orleans PoutineFest is joining forces with Orleans Ribfest to bring you a glorious weekend of ribs and poutine. What could be better than ribs and poutine? We struggle to answer this question as well. 

This Saturday and Sunday, Middle Sister will be hosting Not Your Mother’s (Virtual) Market. The market features vendors Lucky Little Queer, Strut Jewelry, Sadie & June, Kindred & Hellbound, and more. From 10am to 2pm the artists will be featured on @middlesisterco’s Instagram page in half-hour time slots. During that time, you can visit the artist’s Instagram page and make purchases from them directly.

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As is the case with nearly every festival this year, Uproar Arts Festival has been postponed until 2021, but you won’t be entirely without this year. Uproar is presenting a series of free online events spanning across the arts, from dance to theatre, comedy, visual arts, storytelling, and live music. A full schedule of events, as well as the events themselves, can be found on their Facebook page. Although these online events are free, attendees are asked to make a donation to Origin Arts & Community Centre if they are able. 


Taking place this Thursday is the Outdoor Night Market. Enjoy a three-course table d’hote with local ingredients, pack your own picnic, or purchase a charcuterie box and enjoy the live music. Once your bellies are full, take a stroll through the market. Entry to the market is free, but donations are being accepted for Neon Nights – Childhood Cancer and Serenity Renewal for Families.

For those interested in learning the art of traditional Indigenous beading, sign up for the free Beading Circle, hosted on Zoom this Thursday night. This week you will learn how to make flat beaded cab earrings. A list of the supplies needed can be found online and, if you do not have supplies of your own, a kit of the required items can be picked up in Orleans or the west end. 

Free School, a workshop and lecture series by SAW Gallery, has moved online this year and will be streaming its first lecture this Thursday night at 7pm. Artist Shary Boyle will be presenting The Art of Collaboration. “Through her experiences working on collaborative projects with Nunavut-based artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, and John Kurok, Shary Boyle will discuss her observations as a colonial settler artist at close range of the operations of the Inuit art economy.” Registration for the event, which must be completed ahead of time, can be done here.


Local artist Crystal Beshara will be hosting an outdoor talk at Wall Space Gallery for her newest exhibit, Country Roads, this Friday from 4 to 6 pm. After moving back to the country after 20 years of city living, Beshara created a series of paintings, which “she views…as a way of conserving and documenting the history of the area.”. This series of paintings is the basis of her latest exhibit. Attend the artist talk to learn more about Beshara’s inspiration for the paintings, as well as her creative process.

Afro beat hip-hop fusion artist Wise Atangana will be releasing his new album Justice for Peace #BlackLivesMatter on Facebook Live this Friday afternoon. In addition to releasing his new album, Wise Atangana is also beginning to raise funds to build an Afro-Black Cultural Centre in downtown Ottawa, with a goal of raising $100,000. Tune in and take part in this worthwhile project. 

Yogis will want to head to Britannia Beach this Friday for Beach Yoga and Sound Healing. Sarah Anne of BLISS Yoga will be teaching an hour-long yoga class, after which Joshua Kumar will be holding 15 minutes of sound healing. Be sure to stay tuned to the event page, as this event is weather permitting and updates will be posted as the time draws nearer.


There is also Yoga in the Park happening on Saturday morning at Parc des Trembles in Gatineau. Philippe Landel will be teaching a yoga class in the open air. Be sure to look to the skies in the morning, as this class is also weather dependent.

Another edition of Brews & Bites West will be taking place this Saturday. What better way to spend a day than hopping on your bike and cycling along the Great Trail from Village Square in Stittsville to downtown Ottawa? Throw in some stops along the way for tasty treats and craft beer!

Take a road trip this weekend to the beautiful town of Merrickville for their Fall Makers Market at the Merrickville Fairgrounds. Here you will find all kinds of wonderful goods, from plants to jewellery, baked goods, home decor items, clothing, and more. There are many cute little shops to visit in town as well, so pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it. 

Just across the river this Saturday is FlexFest Gatineau, along the Rue Jacques Cartier Boardwalk. There will be live music, DJs, a drumming circle, yoga, meditation classes, live art, and face painting at this free event. Be sure to choose which activities you would like to attend and register for them ahead of time on Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

There will be Beats in the Park this Saturday at Vincent Massey Park. Take part in an afternoon of live Afrobeats and reggae music, games, a Soca workshop, and BBQ. All you have to do is pre-order your food and choose your activities on Eventbrite

After having sold out their first drive-in concert, Deadmau5 will be playing live at Wesley Clover Parks for a second night this Saturday. Don’t risk missing out and get your ticket today through Ticketmaster.

The first walk-in Movie Night at The Art House takes place this Saturday. Films by local filmmakers, directors, and producers will be screened in the parking lot of Art House. So far this Saturday’s lineup includes a film by Brett Kelly and two films by Daniel Carriere. Check back on the event page for future additions to this Saturday’s lineup. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time through Eventbrite.

The Cornerstone Housing for Women Purple Tie Gala is back – virtually! Save the date and support Cornerstone Housing for Women and friends from your home! Tune in on Facebook or head over to Rogers TV Ottawa, Cable 22 starting at 7pm for a FREE-TO-WATCH inspiring night of music, fashion, hope, and celebration to help women in need in Ottawa. Special performances from Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Juno winners MonkeyJunk, a fashion show from Sukhoo Sukhoo Khooture and Chapeaux de Madeleine, many surprises, and so much more.


Head to Jamari Espresso House this Sunday for the final instalment of the Vintage Street Outdoor Pop-Up Market. There will be a selection of vendors with all kinds of great vintage finds.

Local poets hit the stage on Sunday night during Open Mic! Poetry Night in the Park, taking place at Strathcona Park. Come listen to some incredible poets compete for the title of Poet of the Night. Tickets are 2$ in advance or 4$ at the event. Although this is an outdoor event, in order to ensure everyone’s safety, masks are mandatory. 

How nice is it to see the slow return of live music shows? Blues folk artist Mia Kelly will be playing back-to-back shows this Sunday night at Minotaure. Tables can be reserved for groups of 6 to 10 people for the first show at 6pm or the second at 8pm.

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