As the weather continues to cool down, and we have more reasons to stay inside where it is both cozy and safe, the city seems to be taking a breath before the hectic holiday season really kicks in. This weekend there may not be as many events to attend, but there are plenty of opportunities to support local businesses, be creative, get your learn on, and snuggle in for some excellent entertainment!
As the uncertainty surrounding holiday restrictions and rules settles in, take a moment this weekend to consider what you would like to be able to safely enjoy during the holidays, and make a plan that accounts for any travel or self-isolation before December swoops in on us! Maybe consider re-evaluating your social bubbles, and having honest conversations about safety and consent with your peeps as the weather gets colder and gatherings inevitably move inside. Wash your hands, invest in cozy jammies, buy some festive masks and lay out your plans and expectations for the holiday season.
The season for holiday shopping is upon us: Keep your eye on this space over the next couple of weeks as Apt613 publishes our very own locally focused shopping lists! Until then, vendors across the city have got you covered if this weekend is the time for thinking ahead!
After seven years of running an in-person Etsy market during the holidays, Cheerfully Made will be moving their event online this year. You can browse dozens of vendors from all over Canada, from the comfort of your home! Pour some eggnog, put on your slippers, and get out the shopping list. If you’d prefer to shop in person, the The Log Farm in Barrhaven is hosting their annual Christmas Market this Saturday from 10am-2pm. The outdoor market will have lots of vendors and plenty of parking. The market is free to attend, but masks and caution are required!
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The Pokoloko x Cloud Forest Coffee Westboro Pop-Up is going on Thursday–Saturday this weekend in the old David’s Tea location on Wellington. Get yourself some fair trade gifts and coffee from the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.
Thirteen: A Social Enterprise is opening their pop-up shop starting this Saturday at 989 Wellington St. This program of the Parkdale Food Centre is a teen-run online marketplace for social impact products. Pick up some Birchbark Coffee, Truffle Pig chocolates, or spices for someone’s stocking!
The Glebe Artisan and Craft Fair has gone virtual for the first time, and while it won’t be the same as wandering the community centre with your pockets full of baked goods, you can still shop online through the catalogue they’ve created. Shopping online is a great overall option this year, but be sure to keep shopping local!
This weekend is all about the film festivals, and since we all finished The Crown over the weekend, there are no new Netflixes to keep us distracted. It’s the final weekend for the OCanFilmFest, this year held entirely online through Vimeo. On Friday night, watch Ottawa filmmaker Tamer Soliman’s film The Great Disconnect about isolation in these times of improved connectivity.
The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival is back for its fourth year, and in a cool hybrid model. The Mayfair is hosting showings of specific programming with a capacity of 50 visitors, and they have promised that there will be popcorn! All films are available online as well, including the new series on running in the capital. Whether you prefer to watch from home or join 49 of your friends at the Mayfair, the program this year is robust and exciting! Get your tickets right now!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can also catch the last weekend of Versefest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival. Check out a poetry slam battle Friday night at 7pm or the TransAtlantic showcase on Saturday afternoon for some poetry with accents! There is something for everyone, and it is being held entirely online this year (surprise, surprise!)
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Experience the Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks all weekend! The drive-thru Christmas light extravaganza is a major hit every year, especially once there is some snow on the ground! They are selling contactless tickets online this year for $22 per vehicle, or $30-$35 at the gate. Get yours ahead of time online and pack your car with your social bubble for a little bit of holiday cheer in the comfort of your heated vehicle!
It’s time for Creative Mornings! Friday at 8:30am, settle in with your coffee and jammies to connect with the Ottawa chapter of Creative Mornings and this month’s theme of being radical! Bestselling author Waubgeshig Rice will be speaking on creating a “more radically profound, kind, and welcoming world.” This is an amazing opportunity to hear Rice speak, so sign up for this free event right away!
ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2020 is a multi-day conference presented by Arts Network Ottawa over the course of three days, beginning this Saturday. It will bring together creative experts and business leaders to assist artists in building their creative professions. The conference will be held online as a series of webinars and presentations. Sessions will feature English closed-captioning and PWYC pricing. This is a great opportunity to learn from a community of professional creatives! Read more about the conference or check out Apt613’s interview with keynote speaker Zainub Verjee.
The Ottawa Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne has moved inside for the winter, and this weekend is the final weekend before the Cattle Barn takes on a distinctly Holiday vibe. Get your produce and baked goods this weekend between 9am and 3pm. Wear a mask, and bring your appetite!
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