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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on July 8, 2021


The National Capital Region got some exciting news this week with the announcement that the newly renamed Chief William Commanda Bridge will be rehabilitated and open for walking, cycling and cross country skiing. While we all (im)patiently await its opening, we can enjoy NCC Weekend Bikedays. Maybe you can walk or cycle over to your vaccine appointment? With a number of pop up and community clinics throughout the city, plus a same daily waitlist for last minute appointments, let’s make #CommunityImmunity happen! Events are still in flux as we navigate reopening so enjoy the picks below, but maybe double check they’re still on before you head out.

All Weekend

In case you haven’t been on Instagram lately, tis the season to pick some fresh fruit! I hear that strawberry season is coming to an end, but an Apt613 contributor shared their weekend plans to go pick raspberries at Orleans Fruit Farm. Shouldice Farms has three locations to choose from – you can check the status of their strawberry and raspberry fields before heading out. Where else do you go for fresh fruit? Let us know on Twitter @apt613.

After months of anticipation, the interprovincial Interzip Rogers opened at the end of June. Apt613 contributor Bruce Burwell shares his experience in this post. Billed as the world’s first interprovincial zip line, the ride takes you from a tower on Chaudière Island over the Ottawa River to land in Quebec.

Want to brighten up your work from home set up? Local artist Laura Bertrand is hosting a pop up at St Laurent mall this weekend, featuring original digital artwork, wood artwork, epoxy resin artwork and prints.


The Ottawa Art Gallery may be [temporarily] closed but that’s not interrupting all their programming: this Thursday, head over to @ottawaartgallery on Instagram for a conversation with artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe to learn about her work, her artistic practice, and the concept of self-portraiture. Kosisochukwu Nnebe (@colouredconversations) is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist and is one the artists featured in Sheltered in Place: Portraits of Self, Family and Community. Learn more about the exhibition in a guest post from the Ottawa Art Gallery here.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the rain doesn’t interrupt this, but starting this week you can enjoy the vibrant playing of Fiesta Cubana or the NAC Orchestra Brass Ensemble as they float along the Rideau Canal on Thursdays and Saturdays this month, from July 8 to July 24. The Thursday concert starts at 6:30pm and the Saturday show is at 4:30pm. On both days, the concert will begin at the Paul’s Boat Line docks located on the Rideau Canal outside the NAC, under the Rideau Street Bridge. The concert will travel along the canal to Dow’s Lake and return to the NAC, a voyage of about 90 minutes total. The audience is encouraged to bike or walk along the canal and enjoy the music.


Enjoy a solo performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by Pierre Brault, live streaming this Friday at 8pm. Pierre was interviewed in April 2020 as part of the Canada Perform series. While a different show, the interview is an insightful glimpse into Pierre as a solo actor.


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Encore Ottawa is back for a second season! Following the successful pilot of Encore Ottawa, a series of 16 pre-recorded concerts featuring over 40 local musicians which aired weekly on RogersTV throughout the winter of 2021, Encore Ottawa Season 2 gets even more ambitious. This Friday you can enjoy Catriona Sturton and Kristine St-Pierre.


This Saturday the National Arts Centre Orchestra is performing their final live stream concert of the season: the concert opens with a gorgeous work for strings by Florence Price, followed by Schubert’s famous “Unfinished” symphony. Tune into the free live stream performance at 8pm. For a different type of musical experience, check out The White Rabbit Show – Virtual Reality Edition.

Trust me: you definitely need more plants, so don’t miss The Urban Botanist’s plant pop up shop this Saturday. Thrifting Mama 613, Blissful notes, Amy Scarlett Designs and Gather Food Truck will also be on site at the outdoor event. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for the latest details and updates.

Alright sports fans, listen up. We’re less than a month out from the RedBlacks season opener. To help pass the time, tune into the basketball game this weekend as the Ottawa BlackJacks take on the Fraser Valley Bandits. And for the soccer fans in town, don’t forget Sunday’s Athlético game.


Athlético Ottawa are playing this Sunday at 9pm in a match against Cavalry. You can catch up on the new-ish team in a couple of posts by Apt613’s sports writer Josh Lemoine: don’t miss their introduction here and this year’s preview here.

Ottawa Farm Fresh is offering up outdoor yoga in their fields every Sunday from 11:15am-12:15pm. Give it a try with a single class pass or sign up for the season with a 10-class card. Classes will be taught by Elycia Kellett, a certified yoga teacher, who teaches alignment based vinyasa yoga. Not sure what to expect (that’s ok neither do I!)? Learn more about Farm Fresh yoga classes in their blog post here. Don’t forget to stock up on farm fresh veggies while you’re there! Want to know what’s in stock? Check out this cool calendar of seasonal availability.

Learn more about the known (and unknown) Scots at Beechwood Cemetary in a Scottish themed tour of Beechwood Cemetery. Hosted by the Scottish Society of Ottawa, the free tour starts at 3pm and is part of the BURNS225 Rest in Poetry event series commemorating the life and times of Robert Burns, his influence on Scottish culture and Ottawa’s Scottish culture and heritage. Register online to save your spot.

And finally, it wouldn’t be a weekend roundup if I didn’t mention at least one farmers’ market. Breaking news is that there’s a new one in town! Head to Elgin St. Market at Boushey Square (Elgin and Waverley) for a new market running from 9am-1pm every Sunday from July 11 through to October.

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!