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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on January 28, 2021




Lace up Ottawa, the Rideau Canal opens Thursday January 28 at 8am! Things will look a little different this year: no concession stands, rentals or fire pits, but we’ve got a stretch between the Pretoria Bridge and the Bank Street Bridge to look forward to. Remember to wear your mask and keep your distance. As always, the Weekend Roundup is here to offer up some suggestions for your weekend activities. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Try to keep things as local as possible, so maybe that means heading to a neighbourhood outdoor rink instead. We’ve come so far over the last year… let’s keep it going just a bit longer!

If you’re more comfortable on snow than on ice, the Ottawa West Winter Trail might be the place for you. The trail is a free multi-use trail in the west end of the Ottawa region that is available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, and fat-biking. Groomed and maintained by the Kanata Nordic Ski Club, the trails can be found in the area bordered by Carling Avenue, Moodie Drive, Highway 417/Corkstown Road and March Road. Check out their Facebook page for a map and additional info about the trail. The Ottawa West Winter Trail is just one of a few trails around town: you’ve also got the SJAM Winter Trail, the Rideau Winter Trail, the Britannia Winter Trail and the Ski Heritage East Trail. Are we missing any? Let us know!

This Thursday is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an important day to raise funds and awareness around mental health. Be kind to yourself and check in on family and friends. Here are some ways to help: recognize signs of stress, take care of yourself, take care of others, connect to resources, and help end the stigma. If you’re looking for info or tools, the Royal has a list of mental health resources that are sortable by topic and type of resource.

The Canadian Film Institute has an upcoming program on January 28 called Café Ex, the CFI’s ongoing visiting artist series, which presents curated evenings of independent experimental film and video. The featured artist this year is Edmonton-born filmmaker Trevor Anderson, who will not only be showing a collection of his work (seven short films) but will also be interviewed afterwards by acclaimed fellow filmmaker Matthew Rankin. Trevor Anderson’s films have been a staple on the festival circuit for several years now, including three screenings at Sundance. Matthew Rankin is a Café Ex alum whose surrealist epic The Twentieth Century received eight Canadian Screen Award nominations and was awarded the 2019 Best Canadian First Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Craving adventure? The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival (OAFF) will be hosting a free virtual screening of the OAFF Best of 2020 film lineup this Saturday, January 30 at 7pm. Register online for your access, and head to the OAFF From the Couch Facebook event page for the latest info. Want to live vicariously through the adventures of others, from years gone by? Read up on past editions on our OAFF page here.

Have you seen Apt613’s latest column #TakeoutTalk613? Apt613 contributors share what they’re ordering these days so if you’re looking for inspiration, check out the first few editions here, here and here. New post coming this Foodie Friday! Once you’ve decided on dinner, it’s time for a show. Apt613 contributor Bruce Burwell spoke with Ottawa jazz musician and leader of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra Adrian Cho who has created a system that allows jazz musicians to play together, apart. Friday syncspace concerts are listed here. The $9 show this weekend pays tribute to Horace Silver.


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If you follow Apt613 on Instagram (@apt613) you’re likely familiar with the Vanier Type photo series. This week on CBC Radio, contributing photographers Brendan Burden, Caleb Ficner, and Mercedes Ventura had the chance to speak with All in a Day host Alan Neal about their #VanierType work. In case you missed it, the 10-minute interview is streaming now on the CBC Radio website. Click here to listen in and get caught up with all the posts on Instagram here.

Musicians Chris Landry and Sean Tansey are live this weekend… sorta. They’re performing as part of Irene Pub’s music pass series where each Friday, different musicians take to the (virtual) stage to share their musical talents with you. Missing the full pub experience? You can order food from Irene’s to accompany the show. Don’t forget your beer! Also on Friday, Broadhead Brewing is going live on Facebook with their friend Ryan MacIntyre from 8-10pm, with some prizes to be won throughout the show. Drop by the brewery from 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday to pick up some beers to enjoy at home.

February is heart month and this year, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is hosting their first-ever online and outdoor scavenger hunt powered by Escape Manor. While Hunt for Hearts technically kicks off on Monday, we figured we’d sneak it into the weekend roundup so you have time to register and warm up properly before the hunt. Register online to receive your clues!

The Canadian War Museum is hosting two events this weekend (one in English on Thursday at noon, the other in French on Friday at noon) called Make Do and Mend. The virtual workshop is an introduction to zero-waste living with Valérie Leloup, the co-founder of NU, a zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa. Museum historian Dr. Mélanie Morin-Pelletier will share more about what home life was like during the Second World War. You can learn more about going zero-waste in our 2018 podcast with Valérie Leloup here, or in this 2017 post from a time when NU was just an idea getting off the ground. For the latest on zero-waste shopping and COVID-19, visit NU’s website.

Ottawa Comiccon is going live this Saturday at 7pm with a live auction, guest artists, and more. The in-person event typically draws a huge crowd and is currently scheduled for September 2021. Keeping our fingers crossed that the date sticks: We heard last week from a number of winter festival organizers who made the decision to postpone their events given the state of emergency. The good news is that many events have moved into or have plans to return when it’s safe to do so.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!