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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on April 29, 2021




If the tulips springing up around town are any indication then there’s some truth to the old saying that April showers bring May flowers. We’re heading into another stay-at-home weekend with a variety of virtual events to keep you occupied.

All Weekend

Show Tune Showdown is back! Apt613’s Broadway Friends Forever give us all the details in their article: Brought to you by Tone Cluster, and hosted by Bob LeDrew, three groups representing local theatre companies go head-to-head performing songs from some of your favourite productions (or introducing you to shows you may have never come across before). Judges score the performances, and after a few rounds only one group comes out on top. Usually a one night only kind of deal, this year the showdown has gone virtual and is available from April 24-May 7. The show is free but donations to Tone Cluster are appreciated.

Forgot all weekend… how about all month? Ottawa Race Weekend is virtual again this year with a race for everyone whether you’re running 2km or 50km, or even further in one of the challenges. Take advantage of road closures along the NCC parkways to build your very own race route.

Women’s March Ottawa has shifted online this year, with their most ambitious programming yet. Community members are invited to attend free workshops, panels, and interactive discussions from May 1-8. Programming kicks off this Saturday with a panel discussion on the experiences of activism and organizing by Black feminists in the city, and continues through to next weekend.


Oh live music, how I miss you. I’ve been dreaming of walking over to Irene’s Pub in the Glebe or taking a road trip to Neat Coffee Shop, ordering a pint and enjoying a show. Until then, Encore Ottawa has been filling my quiet Friday evenings with joy (and local music). This weekend’s schedule lists Pony Girl at 8pm and Seiiizi at 8:30pm. Pony Girl is an art-pop band from Ottawa, originally formed in 2012 as an outlet to explore pop music through experimental means of orchestration and electronic production. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Seiiizi is an Afro-Caribbean Emcee DJ and Producer artistically influenced by her father’s DJing of Reggae/Soca/Zouk and Dancehall.


So you’ve spent the last year carefully perfecting your sourdough bread and have achieved bread nirvana. What’s next? Why not dig deeper into the grain that goes into your dough in a workshop with Against the Grain? Learn about locally grown heritage grain, sustainable agriculture, seed sovereignty and plant breeding and how to make informed choices about the food you eat. Not a baker? That’s ok—Ottawa is home to many incredible bakeries, including Almanac Grain which was recently profiled on Apt613. Another fan favourite is Bread By Us, a recent guest on Little Jo Berry’s Business Baby podcast. Drop us a comment (or leave a trail of crumbs) and let us know your favourite local bakery.

Between the green grass, blue skies and multicoloured flowers popping up, it’s safe to say spring has arrived. Celebrate with some fresh produce from the ByWard or Parkdale markets which reopen this Saturday. And starting next weekend (May 8) is the York Street Farmers Market featuring producer-only goods along the north and south sides of York Street. Learn more about Farmers’ Markets in Ottawa in this guest post from Chris Penton of the Beechwood Market, one of the latest in our Future of Ottawa series.

One of the nice things about this past year has been finding new and creative ways to connect with family and friends who are out of town. A few weekends ago we tackled an online escape room and on our radar next is online trivia. Lucky for us, we’ve got a couple options to choose from. There’s Secret Theme Trivia every Saturday where six rounds of trivia are secretly connected by a theme, or Ottawa Trivia League live streams on Wednesdays and Sunday.


The Analogue Music Series presents Closer, a live-streamed concert featuring 4 new short works by local composers. Register online to enjoy the show for free. Members of the Ottawa New Music Creators, a non-profit concert presenter of contemporary music and a resource for contemporary musicians, were challenged to create a 1-minute composition inspired by some aspect of the pandemic. The composers will be introducing their pieces Sunday at 7pm.

The forecast this Sunday (at time of writing… we all know this could change to sun or snow between now and then!) is for rain so get cozy on the couch and dream of the possibilities that the future holds. Looking for inspiration? Ottawa Tourism is looking for input on the #MyOttawa Local’s Guide — check out the short list of finalists and vote for your favourite local burger, festival, hiking trail, cocktail bar, pet-friendly establishment and more!

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