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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on January 14, 2021

This weekend marks the arrival of yet another COVID-19 lockdown in Ottawa. With stay-at-home orders in effect as of midnight last night, this weekend’s roundup will focus on things you can do within your own home and neighbourhood, as venturing out is not in the cards for the next while.

The virtual Bicycle Film Festival Ottawa #2 kicks off on Friday and runs through this weekend and next. The festival features a curated compendium of short films all about cycling. Witness New York through the eyes of female bike couriers, get a look inside a BLM bicycle protest ride in New York, discover the first BMX crew in Nigeria, and more. Tickets can be purchased for $10, $15, or $20 USD. 

While most in-person events are not possible as a result of the current lockdown measures, food is a necessity and, thankfully, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Winter Market is still able to take place on Sundays as a result. Stock up on some goodies and cook yourself up some delicious meals with great local ingredients. 

Why not take advantage of the extra hours we spend at home during these crazy pandemic times by refining our cooking skills? If you need a bit of a hand, CA Paradis is hosting online cooking classes and this Friday night you can learn all about pastas and follow along as Chef Ben teaches us how to make a tasty bolognese sauce with tagliatelle. Tickets to this event are $30 and can be purchased online.

It is especially important right now that we continue to support our local restaurants by ordering up some delicious takeout meals. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all your usual options, Apt613 has a new Foodie Friday feature, Takeout Talk, to give you some great ideas for your next dinner night in. 

This Friday night, take part in an interactive evening of music with Winter Winds’ online concert. Enjoy some live jazz featuring David Renaud on woodwinds, Justin Duhaime on guitar, Tom Denison on bass, and Lucas Denison on drums and join a discussion with other audience members. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased online.

The stress of an ever-looming pandemic can make us all want to have a drink or two. Learn to make some fancy libations at home with this great book, The 315 Somerset St Cocktail Companion, available from Pot & Pantry on Elgin Street. While you’re at it, might as well make the most of your online order by tacking on a few spirits, syrups, and bitters to help make these delicious drinks come to life!

With winter weather and the need to stay indoors this weekend, there’s little better a way to pass the time than curled up with a good book. The Ottawa Public Library is still open for curbside hold pick-up and, even better, they have an impressive online collection that you can access through the Libby app without ever having to leave your bed, let alone your home. If you are impatient (and also a quick reader), like myself, you can take advantage of their online Express Collection through the Cloud Library app, where you will find plenty of popular titles without the lengthy wait times. The only caveat is you have to finish a book within a week and cannot renew it if you don’t quite get through it in time. 

As the days blend one into the next, we figure it is fair game to include an online event taking place on Monday, January 18th, as an added bonus to this weekend’s roundup. LUCK! Reimagined is the Ottawa Arts Council’s annual art draw. The year’s event features performances by Jamaal Jackson Rogers and Rebecca Noelle, as well as a tour of artist Claudia Gutierrez’s home studio. Those who purchase a draw ticket will also receive a swag bag and entry into a draw for one of 26 works of art by local artists. There will also be a silent auction where you can bid on local artwork and other goodies from local businesses. Head to the event page to secure your ticket ahead of the big night.

It is important to remember during these trying times that we are all in this together. Make sure to call your friends and family and check in on your loved ones. Hug your pets. Water your plants. Take care of yourself by drawing a bath or going for a walk around the block. The tunnel might be long, but there is light at the end of it and we will make our way out of the darkness eventually. We all need to have a little patience. 

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