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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on June 17, 2021



After a full week of patios and shopping, how are we feeling, friends? As summer really gets going, and we responsibly re-enter society, there are a lot of things to celebrate and enjoy! Whether you spent the last seven days and nights sitting on patios people-watching, or you’re saving your excitement for the reopening of the provincial border today—rejoice! This weekend, take the opportunity to get re-acquainted with your neigbourhood, and the small businesses who have stuck it out for us through the thick and thin! Sunday is both the Summer Solstice and Father’s Day, so I’d say those are at least two great reasons to get outdoors and celebrate. Stay safe, stay hydrated, call your fathers, and check on your friends—we aren’t out of the woods yet, 613ers! And if you are wandering around your ‘hood and notice a particularly lovely garden—we want to know about it!


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It is strawberry season, my friends, so what could be better than rounding up the bubble and picking some of your own? There are a few farms in the surrounding areas that offer pick-your-own during the week and on weekends. Some of our favourites include Avonmore Berry Farm near Casselman, Rideau Pines Farm in North Gower, and Shouldice Farms in Bells Corners. Check their webpages or Facebooks for updates, and follow all current health guidelines while you are there! If you happen to make jam, and have too much, I can be easily reached.

It’s opening weekend for the Ottawa Fringe Festival, which this year will present 15 shows online. As usual, Apartment613 reviewers will be out in full force—we make it our mission to review every show at Fringe annually—so watch this space for updates on the weekend!


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Ottawa Tourism and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest launch their Room Service Concert Series this weekend, for those of us who could use a change of scenery! By staying at select Ottawa hotels during the Room Service Concert Series, you get special access to exclusive music and comedy performances, streamed to the room’s television. Two or more consecutive shows are featured each evening of the event: Fridays and Saturdays between June 18 and July 10. This weekend you can catch Natalie MacMaster & Donald Leahy, Allan Doyle, and Tim Hicks among many others! It’s worth checking out the lineups to plan a little weekend away from home!


Season 2 of the Encore Ottawa concert series kicks off with a double-header show featuring Renée Landry and Robynn Simone on Friday starting at 8pm. Produced by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition in partnership with Rogers TV, Apartment613, Shenkman Arts Centre and Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, Encore Ottawa is a unique collaboration between non-profit organizations, local arts media, and the City of Ottawa, made possible thanks to Ontario Creates and the Ottawa Music Development Fund. It is also a great way to get into local talent from the comfort of your own couch or patio chair.


Starting this Saturday, Billings Estate National Historic Site is back with their takeaway Tea Parties! Even though the museum isn’t open to visitors, the beautiful grounds in Ottawa South are the perfect background for a cute little picnic overlooking the city. They are open for orders beginning NOW, so if this weekend isn’t perfect for you, then plan ahead and support a small community museum that we love!

Ottawa Free Tours are finally back up and running, and you can get in on it this weekend! If you think Ottawa is boring, prepare to be proven very, very wrong. The Capital City Tour starts at the War Memorial at 11am and will take you around the Parliamentary precinct and Sparks Street while regaling you with tales of political assassinations, lumberjack gang violence, drunk prime ministers, and vindictive governors-general! As the name suggests, the tours are FREE, you just need to register online!

The Summer Solstice Festival wraps up after this solstice weekend, but not before a final night of live (streamed) art! The Giiwewizh celebrates artistic excellence in the Indigenous music community, the invaluable contributions to the mainstream music scene, and the resilience of Indigenous voices. 16 Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island will be showcased in 16 short documentaries. Each artist will tell a visual story of their work, highlighting perspectives and meditations on connection to land/place, identity, and their creative process. The event is free and begins streaming at 7pm. If your Saturday is already too jam-packed to make it, the recording will be available until the 30th as well!

Le Trille Or revient pour sa 11e édition! Événement incontournable dans l’industrie musicale franco-canadienne, il souligne et récompense l’excellence artistique à travers deux galas. Le Gala Trille Or avec une remise de 10 prix en direct sur les Ondes d’Unis TV sera diffusé le 19 juin à 20h. Des artistes en nomination se prêteront la scène pour vous offrir des performances uniques et représentatives de leurs régions. Le Trille Or célèbre l’excellence de la musique francophone d’un bout à l’autre du pays. Animé par Vincent Poirier, le spectacle sera capté depuis le Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa, dans une salle vide de spectateurs, mais remplie de musique.


Sunday will definitely be too late to shop for Fathers Day, but I’m going to take this chance to mention once again the fantastic gift guides that Apt613 compiled for the holidays. Whether the father figure in your life would like a custom cocktail, an Ottawa Art Gallery membership, a fun book, a great piece of meat, or tickets to a RedBlacks game, we have some ideas here that will keep your gift-giving cool and local.


Monday, June 21, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Canada and there is celebratory, and educational, programming widely available now for all of us to share. The Summer Solstice Festival is celebrating with a drive-in concert beginning at 7pm at Wesley Clover Park. Check out Inuit throat singing and hoop dancing, music by Silla & Rise and Twin Flames, and then be mesmerized as 200 drones, in synchronized formation, fill the sky with light and colour to tell the story of Indigenous Ontario. Yes. Drones. How frigging awesome. Tickets are available online for $29.85 per vehicle.