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A new mural in the ByWard Market by artist @jimmy_baptiste. Photo: Hannah Manning

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on August 5, 2021

This weekend has some of my favourite things: live music, fireworks, and birds! (Hello fellow pandemic hobby birdwatchers, I see you through my binoculars!). Here’s a peek at some of what’s happening around town this weekend.

All Weekend

Festibière de Gatineau 2021 kicks off this weekend (actually from August 4-7) and is back August 11-14. The 10th edition of the festival features live music, refreshing beer and cider, and a pool. Wait—a pool?

Possible Worlds is hosting weekly DJ and live performance music sessions on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4:30pm outside their shop at 1165 Wellington Street West. This weekend features House of Wayne and ALAMUSIC (WamBamHouseJam) on Saturday, then Kimera Lagrande (Pandemica) and Jovial Jon on Sunday.


If you haven’t been to a museum lately, Thursday nights are always a great opportunity to visit one of the many local museums for free! After picking up birdwatching as a pandemic hobby, I’m excited to head to the Museum of Nature to see their live owl exhibition. The outdoor exhibition was created in partnership with Little Ray’s Nature Centres and features owls and an eagle. Note that ticket reservations are required and due to reduced capacity may sell out (they’re really *flying* off the shelf… pardon the bird pun!). Be sure to plan ahead and snag a ticket early in the week—the Museum of Nature releases their free Thursday night tickets each Monday.


Head to the SAW outdoor courtyard on Friday from 5pm-midnight for the opening reception of Shaya Ishaq. Library of Infinities | Bibliothèque des infinis. According to the Facebook event, Shaya Ishaq. Library of Infinities | Bibliothèque des infinis is an attempt at a collective envisioning of the liberation of the imagination through literature, solidarity and the narratives of resilience woven through Black diasporic communities across Turtle Island and beyond. From August 6 to October 30, 2021, SAW’s exhibition spaces will transform into a crowdsourced library of books and listening material that will be available for visitors to explore.

This week’s stream of Encore Ottawa 2 features Rachel Beausoleil from 8-8:30pm and the Miguel de Armas Quartet from 8:30-9pm. Rachel Beausoleil is a French-Canadian world jazz artist. Known for her love of languages, world music and on-stage dramatic flair, Rachel performs seamlessly in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. Miguel De Armas is a versatile jazz pianist and composer. He weaves strands of Cuban and American jazz influences in a compellingly eclectic way.

Start your weekend off in the right frame of mind with some sound healing yoga at the beach. Hosted by Rebecca Raven White and Justine Hoang, this (weather dependent) yoga is outdoors and is by donation. Check the Facebook event page for the latest info.


The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks are always a bittersweet moment: they’re a highlight of summer programming in the national capital region, but they also mark the beginning of the end of summer. Over the course of the next two weeks, we’ve got 11 nights of fireworks to look forward to. The fireworks will be launched from land instead of the usual barge on the river so the best viewing spot is still up in the air, but keep an eye on Instagram and Twitter as I’m sure we’re all about to get bombarded with fireworks photos (and I cannot wait!!). Be sure to tag @apt613! You can also try some of the paid locations (like Tavern on the Hill or the official site at the Canadian Museum of History).

A couple of outdoor shopping opportunites this weekend… Fly Market is setting up behind Top of the World and Clocktower on Bank Street from 10am-4pm. They’ll have a selection of vintage streetwear, retro and designer apparel, and accessories. Vintage Pop-up 613 is hosting a parking lot pop up at Vimy Brewing Co. on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Shop curated vintage finds from local vendors then enjoy a cold beer from Vimy. Not quite a parking lot, but how about a driveway drag show? Cyril Cinder and Freya Frostbite will be livestreaming a G-rated show at 4pm and a PG-13 show at 5pm. Each show will last around 30 minutes and donations are being accepted towards Kind Space in celebration of pride. Capital Pride is back with virtual and in-person events August 22-29.

Live music is making a comeback! Check out the listing of events at Irene’s Pub, like Chris Landry & the Seasick Mommas with Sean Tansey and Brad Martel this Saturday. And in case you missed it, there’s a new spot opening in Old Ottawa South this fall! Red Bird will be a new folk rock music space for performers, listeners, and students to enjoy. Learn all about the spot in our post here. Music.Art.Ppl is hosting a Community Park Jam from 1pm on at Richmond Landing (trying to picture the spot? You might recognize the Royal Canadian Navy Monument or at the west end of the Ottawa River Pathway that runs behind Parliament.) From there, it’s a quick trip over to Gatineau to see New Bleach at Minotaure.

Arts Network Ottawa is exploring how we move together towards a greater concern for climate and social change within our communities with Live Connected, an immersive video projection staged within a shipping container by artist Edgar Hernandez at the Community Hub in Vanier (271 Marier Avenue).


Honestly, for the first time in months of covering the weekend roundup, we’ve made it to Sunday with a fully packed weekend. So maybe this is the day to catch up on laundry, pick up some groceries for the week, apply on a new job, and get to bed early. Or maybe you stay up late, visit with friends, and enjoy a beautiful Ottawa sunset. Either way, thanks for sticking with us through these last few months. Cheers friends!