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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on June 3, 2021

And just like that, it is June. I hope that this Roundup finds you all healthy and safe after the ending of the last stay-at-home order. As I write this, there is no significant indication of what the next couple of weeks will look like, in terms of reopening Ontario, so welcome to another inevitable state of in-between, friends! Despite this limbo, we are entering another famously sunny Ottawa summer, so bust out your bikes, picnic baskets, and bathing suits because it’s time. To stay up-to-date on the status of the province’s reopening decisions, you can check the Ottawa Public Health and Province of Ontario websites. Or just keep your window open for the city’s collective scream of delight when Dougie announces that patios can open up again.

To gently acknowledge the terrible news from the former Kamloops Residential school, and the subsequent outpouring of questions and emotions, I’d like to simply add a few resources here for a broadening of our collective understanding of the issues, especially during Indigenous Heritage Month. Heritage BC, the University of Alberta, and the podcast The Secret Life of Canada are all good places to start, regardless of how you identify as a resident here.

All Weekend

June is Indigenous Heritage Month, and the Summer Solstice Festival has moved seamlessly online for a month of online, drive-in, and in-person events across the valley. Saturday night at 8pm you can stream Indigenous Comedy, or register in advance for next weekend’s cooking master class of Seared Rainbow Trout with Sweet Corn Succotash. Learn about traditional teas and how to forage for them in our area, or get creative with some colourful printmaking using natural materials. There are also music awards and an online marketplace, so take the time to plan out your month!

Every summer,  the Ottawa Children’s Festival presents award-winning theatre, music, and dance from across Canada and around the world here in our city. For the first time in recent history, the OCF will be completely free in 2021, and the event has gone fully virtual! Every show listing on the OCF website comes with downloadable notes for educators, related crafts and activities, and other learning resources—so no children in your life should be bored anytime soon!

Doors Open, everyone’s favourite weekend for architecture and behind the scenes tours in June, has gone virtual for the first time this summer and runs June 4–11. As I type this, and furiously refresh the webpage, there is still no official directory of participating buildings—but have no fear! We at Apt613 have been recapping the must-see places for the last few years, so to whet your appetite for this weekend you can check out our favourites from 2019, including Earnscliffe, the Canada Council Art Bank, and a backstage tour of the NAC. In 2018 we dug deeper in the Elections Canada Distribution Centre, Flora Hall Brewing and the iconic Ottawa Rowing Club.


Local author Ian Roy is virtually launching his new YA novel The Girl Who Could Fly on Thursday at 7pm, through Octopus Books. We spoke with Ian about his book here, and he describes the sweeping plot thusly: “A 400-year old book of spells, a vial of volcanic ash, and some dark family secrets lead to Olive being kidnapped from her Halifax home, which kickstarts her fantastical adventure.” You had me at “book of spells.” Reserve your spot online for the streamed launch and interview.


The first Friday in June is always National Donut Day. (Doughnut? Donut?) Whether you have observed this holiday before, or not, I’d say this year we could all use a little bit of celebration whenever we can get it. A few years ago, I embarked on a week-long exhaustive donut adventure to break down the best donuts in town for our Foodie Friday faithful. If you don’t already have a go-to donut shop you can look it over for inspiration here. Unfortunately, two of the best places to get circular fried dough in town have since closed, so it’s on you to suggest new places that we have to try! You can even order some of the city’s favourites through Burrow Shop and Uber Eats if you’d rather not wait in line!


If you miss strolling around bookstores half as much as I do, I have a short-term solution for you! Fantastic online secondhand book seller @secondhandstories_ is taking their Instagram store outdoors! With a very modest limit of four people at a time in their front yard, the sale will go on from 8am to 4pm in the Carlington area. All books, cookies, and coffee at the sale will be $2 each and 100% of proceeds will be donated to Sweet Sanctuary Animal Rescue. If you are a book lover or animal lover this event is a no-miss. Masks are mandatory, and they accept cash, credit or e-transfer. If you can’t make the sale (or don’t feel comfortable) give them a follow on Instagram for your future book needs! (If my friends are reading this, please text me updates about your purchases.)

While group hangs should probably remain virtual for a while, fill your Saturday night with online trivia! Outside The Box Trivia is hosting another secret themed night this weekend beginning at 8pm, and the event is pay-what-you-can. Take the chance to either bring your friends along as a team, or pop onto a new team to meet some new trivia-loving pals!


On Sunday evening, join the virtual launch of Michael Feuerstack’s fifth album as he hosts and sings some songs live before airing a premiere of a full-band mini-show followed by a Q&A on Bandcamp. Harmonize The Moon is an album recorded in isolation over the last year, the only outside contributions coming from a microphone pointed out the door and clips and voice memos collected over the last few years of traveling. This event will feature re-imagined recordings.

**Bonus Day!**

Because some of us are still not using proper names for the days of the week.

Starting this week, Parkdale Market is where you want to be on Wednesday nights. The Parkdale Night Market  features some of our favourite merchants from across the city, including Dominion City, Dunrobin Distilleries, Nat’s Bread Company and Almanac Grain just to name a few.  From 4-8pm you can grab some local goodies, just in time to catch an Ottawa River sunset with a beer and a loaf of bread.

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!