We are under stay-at-home orders for yet another weekend here in Ottawa and, while we are not able to go out on the town like we once were, there are still ways to make the most of the weekend while staying safely indoors or adventuring in the outdoors while remaining close to home.
A lot of aspects of this pandemic make things harder, but having moved events online actually makes it easier to attend several in an evening—and that is exactly what you will want to do on Friday night. Start the night off with Imaginary Monsters, an exhibit by Julia Campisi at Studio Sixty Six. They will host a virtual vernissage at 6pm, complete with an exhibition tour and interview with the artist. “In this body of work, Campisi collages complicated sexualized images into vases, which she then reinterprets as sculpture.” The vernissage will be held on Studio Sixty Six’s social media channels.
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Once you’ve taken in a little art, head over to Facebook Live for a Studio Session with John Kofi Dapaah. An Ottawa-based classical pianist from Ghana via Japan, Dapaah will be playing a solo show from his living room at 7pm, featuring Latin, jazz, and blues music.
Continue your evening with back-to-back concerts brought to us by Encore Ottawa, beginning at 8pm. Originally filmed last fall at the Shenkman Arts Centre, this week’s duo features indie-pop singer-songwriter Marie-Clo and hip-hop artist Mischa.
If you’re looking to add some new knitting skills to your repertoire, you’ll want to sign up for Wabi Sabi’s online class on short rows, taking place this Saturday afternoon. Learn about how and when to employ this technique to add shape to the pieces you are creating and use it to begin working on a collection of cozy knit socks for when fall returns again.
The rest of the weekend follows much less of a schedule. You can enjoy any of these activities at any time. While it is not advised that we head across the river to explore the Gatineau Park trails during the stay-at-home orders, nor is it recommended that we stray far from home, the NCC trails in and around Ottawa remain open, for those who live close by. The weather does not look ideal for strolls through the woods for most of the weekend, but Saturday promises some sun, so don your masks, keep your distance, and get out and enjoy a little forest therapy. With the spring thaw, as well as the forecasted rain this weekend, here are some trails you will want to avoid, but there are still plenty of options to choose from.
If a trip to the trails isn’t possible, you can still get outside for a walk in your neighbourhood. Maybe you live close to the Experimental Farm, or the Rideau Canal, or a park with a grassy field you can enjoy. If you’d like to spur some exploring close to home, check out Geocaching. There are 5,286 caches hidden around Ottawa, so there are sure to be at least a handful for you to find around your abode.
Restaurant dining is a no-go right now, but you can still enjoy dishes from your favourite local spots. Why not search the backs of your closet, dig out those fancy going-out clothes you used to make use of, and get dressed up for an intimate date-night dinner in? Several restaurants are creating delicious take-home menus for two that you can swing by and pick up. If you are short on ideas, Apt613’s Takeout Talk has plenty of great suggestions.
What better an escape from this dreaded pandemic than a good book? If you missed the mention in a previous pandemic edition Roundup, here it is again: The Ottawa Public Library has a great online catalogue of e-books and audiobooks, which you can access through the Libby app. They also have an express collection (hooray for shorter wait times!), which you can access through the cloudLibrary app. If you don’t yet have a library card, you can sign up for a temporary card online or by calling the Ottawa Public Library at their central number. You can also choose to support an independent bookstore and purchase your next read from them, instead of borrowing from the library. While intended to help your gift hunt during the holiday season, this guide is a great resource of indie bookstores in Ottawa, many of which are offering curbside pickup.
With everyone feeling fed up with the back and forth of this seemingly never-ending pandemic, self-care is number one. While we can’t head out and browse our favourite local shops for bath bombs, puzzles, or that new piece of jewellery to help us feel a little better, you can head online to browse and pick up via curbside pickup. Plant and Curio is receiving two big plant shipments this week. The Gifted Type has many fun puzzles and countless cards to send a bit of at-a-distance love to your friends and family during these trying times. If you are looking for a new piece of sparkle, JV Studios has plenty. These are only a few of the great local shops around town, so show your favourites a little love while giving yourself some too.
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