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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on August 12, 2021

I hope this week’s roundup finds you hydrated and cool, friends. After the messy week we’ve had, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one in the 613. Whether you are looking for some sweet streaming to enjoy in the chilled comfort of your home, or you are ready to finally hit downtown to dance and mingle, this is a good weekend to get it done. Summer is not over yet, so as the community’s vaccination numbers rise, take advantage of Ottawa’s hot summer days to soak up some sun, catch up with some friends, and get reacquainted with all the cool nooks and crannies of the city that we love! Stay safe, celebrate August, check in on your isolated friends and family, and take care of one another!

All Weekend

Club SAW is throwing us a summer party, so we best turn up! Summer Nights is an ongoing weekend festival for music fans and film lovers alike. Starting last weekend, screenings and performances will be presented every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to midnight, with a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. The major solo exhibition Shaya Ishaq. Library of Infinities will be on view at SAW during Summer Nights and will be open to the public every evening until midnight. The lineup looks awesome, so check out our full article on the festival here!

The Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks are often the highlight of our steamy August evenings, and this year is no different! The main event, happening at the Museum of History has been sold out for weeks now, but the Tavern on the Hill is offering a viewing party from their lower-level parking lot every night this weekend! Tickets are available online beginning at $12.69. There is a live band, a cash bar and food is available from the Tavern to make the evening complete!


Escape the heat into the delightful chill of the local museums and galleries open for free on Thursday evenings! The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission from 5-8pm, including the current Rembrandt exhibition. The Museum of Nature releases tickets every Monday morning for their free admission evenings on Thursdays 4-7pm. You can also take in the outdoor Owl exhibit! How about the War Museum? Why not? It is also free from 4-7pm on Thursdays, and this is the last weekend for the current World Press Photo exhibition. This is a reminder that the Ottawa Art Gallery is always free and cool!


Friday is the last day to vote for Ottawa’s Best Home Garden, as nominated by Apt613! In early July, your favourite bloggers-about-town searched the city high and low for the loveliest home gardens! Your votes will determine who wins the Grand Prize – $250 at everyone’s favourite green oasis Robert Plante Greenhouses, donated generously by our friends at Edelman! (We love friends, don’t you?) Vote online via our special Instagram account for the garden that speaks to you!

It isn’t spooky season yet, but…it could be! Saunders Farm is previewing some of their fall spookiness this weekend! This Friday and Saturday night, grab tickets for ‘A Midsummer Nights Scream’ for a sneak peek of some of the hauntings for FrightFest 2021! Preview The Coven, The Shambles and view The Sawmill, which will not be available on the Farm this fall! Visit the new Saunders Cider Taproom, and grab some fresh farm-to-table eats on the patio before or after the scaries.  Tickets are $30 each and are timed.

The Encore Ottawa sessions are continuing this weekend with exciting content! Friday at 8pm John Kofi Dapaah performing “Cello Sonata, Op. 19, Andante” by Sergei Rachmaninoff live at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is the perfect excuse to pour a glass of wine, light some candles and take in a little bit of culture on a Friday evening.


The Ottawa Tool Library celebrates its grand reopening with an afternoon party from 2-5pm at their new location at 877a Boyd Ave on Saturday. After a busy few months setting up the new location, one of the city’s best resources is back! The reopening party will feature tours, activities, refreshments, and music by local favourite DJ Trevor Walker. It is free to register for the event, but tickets should be reserved online ahead of time.

613Flea returns to Lansdowne! If you’re new to the flea, it’s a great spot to buy antiques of all descriptions, artwork and funky goods from local artisans. Located outside the Aberdeen Pavilion from 10am-3pm, the event is free to show up to, with masks currently being required.

If you’re in the market for some silliness, how about a comedy evening on a pirate ship? Comedy on The Water: The Pirate Ship Comedy Hour sets sail every other Saturday evening this summer, and there are still tickets available for the 8:30pm show this weekend.

Saturday from 2-6pm, drop into Vanier for some sick beatz, cool dancing and exciting food! The Vanier BIA continues to offer awesome community programming for the neighbourhood, and this time featuring The Flava Factory and Filipino BBQ from Lola’s. You’re in for a definite good time!


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Local filmmaker (and beloved 613TV creative) Hingman Leung’s short animated film, The Escape is participating in the virtual Overmountain Animation Festival Saturday at 8. The lineup looks so fun and quirky; this is a definite must-watch! The film is stop motion, so you know it’s adorable. Hingman is also featured next weekend on CBC Short Film Face Off, which starts this Saturday on CBC Gem and CBC TV at 7pm ET. Her short film Curbside Pickup, filmed in Ottawa, is billed as “A dark comedy about trying to re-enter the dating pool in your thirties during a pandemic.” Some of us feel very seen, Hingman.


Life is good now that brunch is back. This Sunday, catch Haus of Torres Drag Brunch at the Mill St Brew Pub for two seatings, 12:30pm and 3pm. Tickets are sold by 2 or 4 person tables to keep us safe in our bubbles! Canada’s Drag Race Season 1, JIMBO will be joining for the event for that extra star power!