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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on October 22, 2020

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After what has been a rainy week, we are fortunate to have dry skies this weekend and to be able to make the most of one of the final (dare we say it?) weekends of fall. We may not get to enjoy some of the liberties we had before returning to Stage 2 of city shutdowns amidst this global pandemic, but we folks are creative and there is still plenty going on in this fine city.

Thursday

Spend your lunch hour this Thursday learning “the basics of different powwow styles, all the way to modern hip hop infused choreography” with an online Powwow Workout Class hosted by NAC Indigenous Theatre and led by Josée Bourgeois. If you can’t make the class at noon, don’t worry: the class will be online for the next 24 hours and can be found on the NAC Indigenous Theatre Facebook page.

The Ottawa International Writers Festival has moved online! Tune in this Thursday evening for a National Book Launch: Love After the End. This anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction features the works of several new authors from all across Turtle Island. You can RSVP for this free event here or tune in on Facebook Live. For other Writers Festival events happening this weekend, check out their events page here.

One silver lining to the giant, ever-looming storm cloud that is COVID-19 is that we can “travel” across the country without ever leaving our living rooms and take part in the Museum of Anthropology’s after-hours Curator Tour of Shame and Prejudice. Join MoA curator Jennifer Kramer this Thursday at 10pm as she takes you through Kent Monkman’s exhibit, which he developed “as a response to the Canada 150 celebrations.” The event is free, but you must register ahead of time here.

As October draws to a close, we find ourselves in the midst of prime Spooky Season. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, Ottawa StoryTellers presents a series of scary tales told by David Brennan, David Brennan Ghosts You. Enjoy some haunted holiday favourites like “Sleepy Hollow” and some originals. Tickets for this Thursday’s event can be purchased here.

 All Weekend

With all of us spending so much time at home right now, it is important that we make it look its best. If you are looking for some new art to decorate your walls, head to the Ottawa School of Art’s Mini Print Exhibition this weekend and nab some of your favourites. Here you will find 355 works on display from 135 artists in 21 countries. Each piece is maximum 10cm x 10cm, so if you have trouble choosing, you can get yourself a few!

COVID-19 couldn’t stop Canada’s largest zine festival from happening: This year’s Virtual Canzine takes place this weekend. There will be workshops, book readings, film screenings, the Broken Pencil Zine Awards, and—of course—a huge zine marketplace featuring over 250 vendors. Head online to canzine.ca for a full list of events.

With Ottawa returning to Stage 2 and patio season coming to a close, our local restaurants are feeling the crunch. While we may not be able to dine out at our favourite places right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t show our support by ordering a great meal to enjoy at home. If you’re looking for some new spots to try, check out this lengthy list of restaurants offering takeout during these crazy times.

And with winter fast approaching, now is the time to get outside and enjoy the last of the fall weather and the fall colours. If you are looking for some great places to explore, check out this Roundup from a few weekends past. For those of us without a car, you don’t have to go far: There are some beautiful spots right in the centre of the city like Major’s Hill Park, the Rideau Canal, Dow’s Lake, and the Arboretum. 

Am I the only one who finds themselves listening to the radio way more these days? We are very lucky to have some great independent radio here in Ottawa, with CKCU 93.1 a hot spot on the dial. CKCU’s annual Funding Drive kicks off this weekend, so be sure to tune in and donate if you can to help keep the good vibes coming.

Capital Tease Burlesque celebrates Ten Years of Tease, this weekend and they are throwing a little anniversary celebration this Saturday at 8pm. Tune in to the event page for their online event, which will recap the past decade of Capital Tease, all the way from when they were called the Fishnet Freakshow up to now. 

It is the perfect time of year to keep warm and cozy and snuggle up under the covers with a good book and a cup of tea. Winners of the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards were announced this Wednesday and their list of finalists is full of great reads. Support your local bookstores and pick one up to read this weekend.

If you have been longing to scratch that travel itch, One World Bazaar can help by bringing a little bit of the world to you. They are open for just a few more weekends, so save the international adventure for later and head out to The Barn to pick up some treasures from across the globe to tide you over until it is safe to do so again.