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Long Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on October 8, 2020



Happy Thanksgiving weekend 613ers! It’s hard to believe that turkey time has rolled around again already, but here we are, and for many reasons this Roundup is a little bit different. With the holiday usually comes extra autumnal programming and celebrations with friends and family and as many people as you can see in four days. Unfortunately, with the province encouraging people to stay inside and limit contact, staying home and cozy is your best bet. There are some great events happening both online and in person, but I’d like to emphasize the importance of limiting your bubble, avoiding unnecessary contact with strangers, and Wearing. Your. Mask. (tag us in selfies wearing cute fall-themed masks)

Thank You

Whether you typically eat your weight in turkey and pie with family, spend the weekend working to keep the city going, or keep to yourself in quiet contemplation of fall’s beauty: take a breath this weekend. This year especially, Thanksgiving is the perfect time for some reflection, gratitude, and re-calibration of goals and expectations. It’s been seven months since our city came to a standstill, and we might be in for another total lockdown in the near future. On behalf of the people at Apt613, I’d like to express our gratitude for you, our community. We are all thankful for your support, your positive vibes, your killer creativity, and your love for this city that keeps us doing what we do. We are all volunteers and for some of us, writing for you during these last few unbelievable months has kept us grounded, connected, and positive.

Thank you for engaging with us, thank you for trusting your events and content to us, thank you for sharing us with your friends, and thank you for hearing what we have to say!

All Weekend

If you are looking to enjoy the fall colours, some spookiness, apple and pumpkin harvesting, or some physical outdoor activities around the valley, I’m going to straight-up direct you to last week’s Roundup here. If you missed it, it’s an incredibly comprehensive outline of all the great fall things to get into right now, and there is no way I could possibly do better!

Sparks Street is home to another outdoor art and light  installation until October 25. Prismatica will be reflecting all the colours in the visible spectrum, and is running day and night for passers-by. It is certainly more striking at night, so maybe plan a cozy hot-chocolate-fuelled wander down Sparks this weekend after your day enjoying the fall colours!

Sunday is the final day for the Inside Out LGBTQ+ online Ontario-wide Film Festival. Snuggle in at home and enjoy titles from all over the world and various genres for ticket prices of $9.77 online. Cowboys, a particular favourite of the blog, is reviewed online here and was chosen to participate in the Tribeca 2020 Festival.

Music festivals all summer found a way to shift their 2020 programming. In partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Music & Beyond Festival presents Music & Nature, a series of virtual performances that embody or are inspired by nature. Music & Nature consists of 25 videos featuring both traditional and non-traditional instruments. In addition to performances, this series provides a tour of the museum’s permanent galleries. Shot over two days at the Museum, this festival is a feast for the eyes and the perfect backdrop to some at-home relaxation. Learn all about it here!

Are you a fun, creative, organized individual who loves the city and also the blog? (Of course you are.) Luckily for you, we are looking for casual volunteer editors to join our fun team! Ideally, new editors come familiar with WordPress and Gmail, however, we can provide an introduction (and refreshers) for folks who haven’t much prior experience. Audio, video, and social media skills would also be considered assets. Check out the posting online!

The Festival Of Small Halls is going ahead with its signature tiny in-person performances this fall, and thank goodness for it! This weekend in Almonte, you can catch Hawksley Workman on Friday night at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Saturday night is Tom Wilson, and Sunday’s early show is Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta! fame. Tickets are selling out quickly, so look ahead to the rest of the festival as well if you’re interested!


As part of its Culture Days online content, the NAC presents a Powwow Workout Class Thursday at 12pm. The class is hosted by Josée Bourgeois, a well-known Algonquin artist. The live stream will be saved to the NAC Indigenous Theatre Facebook Page for 24 hours after it airs, so you can get your dance on all day!


Friday morning at 9am, the fresh new Apt613TV Hidden Gems: Vanier video drops for your viewing pleasure! Hidden Gems started filming long before the COVID-19 shutdown began, and features so many excellent local businesses in Vanier. They will definitely make you hungry, but hopefully will also inspire you to pick up some delicious curbside meals in Vanier! You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to get all of our new content alerts!

The Drive-In Experience has yet to announce if/when their season will end (never?) so I’m treating every weekend like a gift. This Friday you can catch Pulp Fiction on the big screen at 9pm, A Bug’s Life and Dr Strange on Saturday, and Scream on Sunday! (Skeet Ulrich on the big screen in 2020?! We are blessed.)

Speaking of film, Friday is the last day for Indigenous filmmakers to submit their interest in participating in Ottawa Adventure Film Festival 2020! They are seeking Indigenous filmmakers and/or creators of films concerning Indigenous topics who would be interested in submitting their work to be showcased in OAFF 2020 this November. They are especially interested in local and Canadian films.

**Holiday Bonus Monday**

Culture Days is running virtually from September 25–October 25, but we still like to support local creators! This Monday, the third and final installation of Food to Palette with Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar gets released online. They share how to extract paint colours from food and to make watercolour creations at home with your new non-toxic paints!