Well it’s not quite December, but we’re firmly into holiday events. With so many of our favourite annual events online, it’s easier than ever to take them all in. Read on for some of our picks this weekend, and stay tuned to Apt613 for the latest in our new series, the #Support613 Gift Guide.
Like so many others this year, CityFolk has gone virtual and will be broadcasting on two virtual stages Friday and Saturday. Friday’s lineup includes Steve Earle, Hawksley Workman, Devin Cuddy, Hannah Georgas, NQ Arbuckle, Wild Rivers, and Theo Tams. On Saturday, tune in to Jason Isbell, Tim Baker, The Abrams, Great Lake Swimmers, Ben Caplan, Tom Wilson, Nambi, and Johnny Shay. All tickets are valid for one streaming device, so fans can watch with their family on Apple TV/Chromecast, on a laptop, or on their phones. Marvest, a harvest of free local music, ends this Friday with a performance by The North Woods. If you missed an earlier show, you can catch up on YouTube.
Travel the world from your living room with the EU Film Festival. The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa is teaming up with EUFF Toronto and The Cinematheque in Vancouver to present the first-ever online edition of the European Union Film Festival in Canada, continuing the decades-long tradition of presenting films curated by the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of EU Member States in Ottawa, despite the challenges of COVID-19. The festival runs November 13-29, and individual tickets are $12, with a 5 film pass for $50 and a full festival pass for $100.
Prefer to travel the world by bike? The (virtual) Bicycle Film Festival rolls back into town this year for the 20th anniversary of the festival. The Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music for the last 20 years with over 90 cities worldwide and a viewer audience of 1 million and growing. The festival has an incredible history of working with the most important artists, filmmakers, venues, and institutions around the world. Take part from the comfort of your home, starting November 27. Tickets are available online (note they are listed in US dollars).
The Indigenous Women’s Market is back for the third year, hosted virtually by the National Arts Centre, and featuring the work of Métis, Inuit and First Nations makers and includes jewelry, beadwork, paintings, sculptures, mittens, moccasins, coffee, crafts, and more. The market will go live on Friday morning at this link and there is no market entry fee so feel free to browse to your heart’s content.
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins et Théâtre Catapulte présentent 805-4821, le récit d’un coming out trans reconstitute à partir d’autres histoires: un dialogue tiré du Hamlet de Shakespeare, quelques bribes de souvenirs d’un cours de natation et une correspondance Facebook de quelque 80 000 mots. 805-4821 explores notions of memory, identity and love in an apocalyptic era. The performance is supported by Bilingual Ottawa, and there will be shows in English and French. Les billets sont disponible en ligne.
Pokoloko and Cloud Forest Coffee are popping up this holiday season in Westboro in the old David’s Tea location at 339 Richmond Road. You may have seen Pokoloko’s gorgeous blankets, pillows, robes and more featured on a few local Instagram pages—pick up one for yourself or treat that someone special in your life. And what better way to get through the holiday hustle and bustle than some freshly roasted coffee? Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, check their hours out here.
The Ottawa Pops Orchestra, in partnership with The Gladstone Theatre, is offering a series of six weekly 30-45 minute virtual musical showcases. Small chamber ensembles made up of orchestra members and Ottawa/Gatineau community guests will be featured online starting November 27. Concerts are totally free and will be streamed online.
In case you missed the news, Hintonburger is popping up every Friday and Saturday at 250 City Centre (bay 232) til the New Year. Pre-order yourself a burger and fries, then pop in to Beyond the Pale while you’re in the area to grab a beer to make it a meal.
Over the last 7 years, more than $1.3 million has been raised in support of at-risk youth and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa as people have braved the elements to spend the night outside. The event is looking a bit different this year, but the goal is the same: stay up one night, outside, and raise funds to support a great cause. Register to participate at www.stayupottawa.ca and help end youth homelessness.
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne is transforming into a holiday market on Saturday and Sundays from November 28-December 20. The indoor market at Aberdeen Pavilion will be open from 9am-3pm and feature more than 60 vendors. The holiday market is one of my go-to spots for picking up local gifts year after year. Follow them on Instagram @ottawafarmmkt for a sneak peek of vendors.
If you’re closer to Nepean than you are downtown, the Barrhaven Farmers Market has put together an old-fashioned Christmas market at 670 Cedarview Road that’s 100% outdoors. Bundle up and enjoy some fresh air while shopping for unique gifts and delicious treats.
Enjoy the National Arts Centre Orchestra live Saturday night with their concert What Keeps Me Awake, featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The livestream runs 8-9:30pm and is free. Get all the details over on the NAC’s website here.
Saturday evening, get cozy and tune in via Facebook Live for Storytime with Santa. This weekend, he’ll be reading Fox and Squirrel: The Best Christmas Ever by Ruth Ohi and Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells by Helaine Becker. Hosted by CF Rideau, Santa will return on Saturdays throughout December. Get all the details on their website here.
The Billings Estate Historic Site is offering Takeaway Christmas Tea on Saturdays and Sundays this holiday season. You can pick and choose between scones, finger sandwiches and mini desserts, or opt for a combo with all of the above. You can even add the Billings blend tea to your order for the history/tea buff in your life.
What better way to round out your weekend than with a bright and merry drive through a vintage village of lights? The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is welcoming visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9pm. Enjoy the festive scenery from your vehicle as travel back in time to a 1920s and 30s village illuminated by over 30,000 lights. Colourful vignettes will highlight Christmas traditions from the interwar years while an old-fashioned radio program will bring the sounds of the season to you. Registration is required and costs $25 per vehicle. Check out the Facebook event for details on how to register through the Service Ottawa website.
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