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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on March 11, 2021

We’ve come a long way since our Weekend Roundup: social distancing edition was published around this time last year. This weekend, let’s focus on the positives… there’s a lot!

Lots of exciting vaccination news around town, and a recent feature acknowledged the great work of the team behind @ottawahealth. The sun is setting later and later, and we’re springing ahead an hour this weekend. Roll Up the Rim is back (and every roll wins!). Annual festivals that had to cancel or be postponed last year are back and better than ever. We’ve got so many events for you this Saturday that the only advice we have for Sunday is to sit back and relax. We love hearing what you’re up to (and what we missed!) so drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @apt613 and fill us in.

All weekend

The 11th edition of Undercurrents will take place virtually from March 10-20. The 2021 Undercurrents festival is focusing on local artists, providing a platform to Ottawa’s artistic community gravely impacted by COVID-19. Presenting six productions, audiences will have access to the performances via live-streams, audio plays, app downloads and more. Get the full schedule here, and stay tuned to Apt613 for reviews.

Speaking of festivals kicking off this week… the International Film Festival of Ottawa, founded by the Canadian Film Institute in response to the City’s growing production industry, will run March 11-21. Films will be available for 48 hours after their scheduled start date. Looking for dinner and a movie? IFFO has partnered with local restaurants to help make that dream come true. Learn more about the festival in our preview post here.


Ottawa Architecture Week is an annual week-long event that explores architecture, urbanism, art and design in Ottawa. This year, the focus is reviewing how Ottawa responded to COVID-19 through the theme “Never Normal: Lessons from Adversity”. Thursday evening, tune in to hear from a diverse group of presenters during OAW Talks, powered by PechaKucha. PechaKucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). In past years, OAW hosted a single PechaKucha event, but for 2021 they’ll be doing them as a series of virtual events. Register for the free event on Eventbrite.


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If you missed the YouTube watch party release of Encore Ottawa, have no fear. You can catch up by tuning into RogersTV Channel 22 to watch this week’s double-header, the first in the series that runs until the end of April. Filmed at the Shenkman Arts Centre this fall, Encore Ottawa brings a series of concerts taped behind closed doors right into your living room.  Andrew Cassara is a 24-year-old Ottawa-based artist with a singular blend of funk, disco and pop. Taming Sari infuses a classic rock and blues feel to modern day rock and roll. Learn more about the project here.


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It’s been a year since this all started and to say it’s taken a toll would be an understatement. The Hintonburg Community Association and the Wellington Village Community Association with the support of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area have teamed up with five businesses in the neighbourhood who have some different and creative ways to support your health and wellness. Wellness in Wellington West is a free online event that will feature five interactive sessions on five different aspects of wellness, covering topics like making your work-from-home set up more ergonomic, healthy snacks, and meditation techniques. Tune in for the whole thing, or pop in and out as you please.


Rideau Sports Centre is hosting an outdoor market this Saturday from 10am-3pm. Rideau Sports Centre popped back up on my radar a few weeks ago when I was looking into campfires in the city after one too many Instagram ad for backyard bonfires. Not only can you enjoy supporting local vendors, you can also reserve your very own fire pit this weekend via the Bridge Public House, the centre’s restaurant.

If you’re in the east end, don’t miss the Orléans Brewing Company’s 2021 sugar bush event. Try their maple ale, enjoy some maple taffy and pancakes, and gather round tasty fire pits coal pits this Saturday and Sunday (according to the Facebook event, they’ve changed to coal pits in accordance with insurance requirements. Either way, you’ll have something to keep you warm while enjoying a frosty cold beer. Just don’t forget to reserve your spot online ahead of time.)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!! (But actually, one of my favourite posts to ~research~ was this roundup of the best ice cream in town.) The Merry Dairy’s 2021 scooping season kicks off this weekend, and happens to coincide with one of my favourite times of year… mini egg season! Other favourites (such as Moo Shu) have been scooping all winter, so now’s a great time to think ahead for those sunny days to come and plan a visit to your local ice cream shop.


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Chamberfest is collaborating with musicians from the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a livestream from Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre this Saturday at 7pm. The NACO has been keeping busy over the last year, releasing Lunch Break videos featuring casual performances by musicians in their homes.

BINGO! Join Chinadoll in a fundraiser with all proceeds from the virtual event benefiting the Ottawa Food Bank. Speaking of the Ottawa Food Bank… did you know they grow fresh produce on an 8-acre farm in Stittsville? This year, the Food Bank is inviting local businesses to Adopt A Crop. Ambassadors champion a crop over the 2021 growing season and have the opportunity to volunteer onsite during harvest, participate in virtual events, and try out seasonal recipes at home.


Some weekend it feels like EVERY. SINGLE. EVENT. is crammed into one day. Those weekends, it’s always nice to set aside some time on Sunday to unwind and get ready for the week ahead. Whether you’re meal prepping or ordering from a local restaurant, watching a movie or strolling along the canal, celebrating pi day or just enjoying some pie, remember to take care and be kind to yourself and those around you. It’s been quite a year.

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