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Long Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Amanda Armstrong on February 11, 2021

We’ve arrived at yet another pandemic-style holiday weekend and things are…weird, to put it bluntly. While we may still be required to stay at home this Valentine’s/Family Day long weekend, there is plenty to do while staying safely away from others. Also, let’s not get too excited, but it would appear that the lockdown measures in Ottawa are reaching their end and the slow reopening of non-essential services is just around the corner, so that’s another thing to celebrate, along with an extra day off work.

That Special Something

If you have yet to get your love, your best gal pal, or yourself something special for this lovey-dovey-type holiday, be sure to check out the TWO craft markets taking place this weekend. Freewheeling Craft’s Big Love Virtual Craft Market  kicks off this evening here. This awesome annual market has gone virtual, so we don’t have to miss out (as is the case with so many other things). With local pickup and delivery options, you can pick out that perfect something and have it in time for Valentine’s Day.

Square Lemon Ottawa’s Love is in the Air craft fair also takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Head to their website to check out the lengthy list of vendors. With so many great makers to choose from, you are certain to find the perfect gift to show you care.

Let’s Dance!

Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Broadway Workout classes, happening on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, are already in full swing, but you can attend a single class and, if you like it, drop in on the rest of the sessions. If you’re worried about having missed out on the first few classes, don’t sweat it (although I think that’s kind of the point); each class focuses on learning the choreography to a single Broadway song, so you won’t find yourself lost by checking in partway through the season. 


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While we may not be able to go out dancing with our love this Valentine’s Day, we can stay in and dance in our living rooms with the online Ottawa Bachata Festival. Sign up for their series of workshops with national and international instructors, as well as a breadth of spectacular dance performances to get you in the dancing mood. For those of us who are solo this Valentine’s Day weekend, you can take part on your own; there are a series of individual workshops being offered as well.

If you are in the mood for something a little slower, Noir X Rewind presents the Slow Jam, an evening of R&B lovers’ rock by DJ Mace. 

Give Back

Last year, Galentine’s Day 613 provided coffee, treats, and care packages filled with essential items to women accessing services at three local organizations. While COVID-19 may have put an end to the in-person Galentine’s Day 613 event this year, folks can still donate funds and needed goods to Minwasshin Lodge, Interval House, and Elizabeth Fry Society online and help spread some love this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Dinner and a Show

There are several local restaurants offering take-home Valentine’s Day dinner meals all weekend long. We’ve seen some delicious menus by local favourites like the Manx, the Wellington Gastropub, Fauna, and Town, to name a few. Craft Beer Market Ottawa is also pairing a four-course meal and drinks with a virtual meal experience over Zoom

If you are looking for a soundtrack to your delicious dinner in, you can tune into Capital Pride’s evening of Queer Acoustic Soul featuring Kimberly Sunstrum on Thursday evening. There is also Fools for Love with Diane Nalini and Adrian Cho on Saturday night, or Justin Duhaime’s concert with Edra Silva on Sunday evening. Both shows will feature a series of love songs that are sure to set the mood for a special supper with your sweetie. 

The Rest of It

In these strange times, we are curious, and so we’re asking a couple dozen questions to get to know the ins and outs of Ottawans’ sex lives and the city’s dating scene. If you haven’t yet already, be sure to take part in the Big O-Town Sex Survey online before midnight on Friday. The results of this steamy survey will be published on the blog on Valentine’s Day.

This Thursday evening, RESOLUTION 2021 will take place online, featuring nine short videos spanning sci-fi, animation, experimental cine-poems, music videos, and short documentaries, produced by Ottawa’s Digital Arts Resource Centre in 2020. The screening will be followed up with a question-and-answer period with the artists.

For even more suggestions, we recommend taking a gander at the previous few weeks’  Roundups, as they are full of great ways to spend your time, both indoors and out.