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Long Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on May 20, 2021

After a week of hot weather, it feels like we’ve finally hit summer (and with that, I’m sure I’ve jinxed the weather for the long weekend—sorry folks!). It’s super encouraging to see friends and family receiving their vaccinations and a nice reminder that making good choices now means we’ll all benefit as summer progresses. I find myself turning to Ottawa Public Health more and more these days and their latest thread is well worth a read. In no particular order (because what is time anymore, really) here are some ways to spend your long weekend.

On Thursday, the Ottawa Japanese Community Association is hosting a free talk and Q&A for Asian Heritage Month. Sansei artist Lillian Michiko Blakey and Yonsei animation filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns will discuss their new graphic novel “On Being Yukiko”, an intergenerational story that explores both themes of Japanese Canadian history and identity. Register online and order your copy of the book for pickup or delivery.

Looking to refresh your garden and add some fresh veggies to your weekly meals? Lucky for you, it’s Ottawa Farm Fresh’s opening weekend. Pick up farm fresh vegetables or some seeds for that DIY approach, speak to Farmer Jo about your home garden, enjoy a picnic while enjoying the beauty of the NCC Greenbelt, and top it all off with a refreshing glass of fresh pressed carrot juice. In keep things safe and manageable, be sure to book your spot ahead of time.

Remember going to bars and playing trivia while enjoying a nice cold local beer? Sigh. Brew Revolution is bringing that feeling back by hosting virtual music trivia every Thursday evening at 7:30pm. To get on the mailing list, make a purchase from their online shop. In addition to some awesomely named beers, they’ve got KIN Vineyards wine and Dunrobin Distilleries spirits for sale. Free delivery to Kanata, Carp, and Stittsville on Tuesdays and Fridays so maybe plan ahead for next week and get some beers chilling in the fridge for a Thursday night game.

Continuing with the music theme this Thursday, the Ottawa Gay Men’s Choir’s spring show, The Show Must Go On, launches this Thursday. According to their Facebook event page, the show “will be a fun and uplifting combination of modern songs in English and French showcasing our communities’ solidarity, strength, and resilience in carrying on during these unprecedented times”. There will be a virtual after-concert meet and greet with chorus members and the musical director. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and range from $10-30 to ensure accessibility for all.

Since they first launched earlier this month, the York Street Farmers’ Market has become a Saturday morning routine in my house. Although it’s just one of many markets in town, there’s something so lovely about taking an early morning walk to pick up fresh bread and produce. Doesn’t hurt that Dominion City is there each weekend with a lovely selection of beer and City Seltzer. This weekend, take a stroll in your neighbourhood and let us know what you find. Looking for inspiration? Check out the Ottawa Farmers’ Outdoor Market at Lansdowne, the Beechwood Market, the Parkdale Market, the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market, or the Carp Farmers’ Market.

Studio Sixty Six is hosting a virtual exhibition tour and conversation with Claudia Gutierrez this Friday for the launch of Double Flame. Having expanded her practice from painting and printmaking to include textile production, she is inspired by the patterns found in written language, by the tactility of her materials and the potential for repetitive, meditative handwork to weave together notions of lineage, location and liminality. The show runs from May 21-June 27.

The Westboro Village BIA is hosting Shop the Village! as a celebration of Westboro retailers. The theme for Week 3 is Shop the Village for Yourself. You can enter to win a $100 gift card on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

L’Association canadienne pour la promotion des héritages africains organise un festival culturel des héritages africains vendredi de 18h à 21h. Cet évènement regroupe plusieurs activités divertissantes: musique, exposition d’œuvres d’art, gastronomique, etc et sera diffusé sur Facebook et Youtube.

The National Capital Commission has expanded their Sunday bikedays program into the weekend bikedays, opening parkways for active use. Whether you’re walking, running, cycling or skating, there’s a bit more space to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and the annual Canadian Tulip Festival. While the tulip festival technically ends this weekend, there are plenty of gorgeous flowerbeds to see around town all spring and summer. Can’t make it out? Enjoy a virtual walking tour instead!

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!