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Music.Art.Ppl Co-Founders Pithra and JFUN are providing the soundtrack to the XO Ball with DJ Matt Tamblyn. Photo: Ming Wu.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on September 16, 2021




If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that you should take advantage of things when you can because you never know when they’ll be taken away from you, closed for months, or shutter before you get the chance to get there. Carpe diem and check out all these great events taking place this weekend while you can!

All Weekend

For the first of two weekends, this is your chance to take in amazing local artists by walking, biking, or driving around the Westboro area for the West End Studio Tour. Artists will be set up outside or on porches to show off their talents. Maps are available on the website, through Google Maps or a printable PDF to make it easy.


Help end stigma and honour the myriad ways to find wellness by attending Recovery Day Ottawa for events, music, comedy, speakers and community partners at City Hall.

SAW Gallery hosts Music.Art.Ppl’s Echoes volume 2 on Friday evening, featuring Canadian artist Amber Long.

Everyone made sourdough bread during the pandemic — we get it. Raise the stakes and make sourdough pizza on the farm with Ottawa Farm Fresh and Elle Chef. 

Check out the kitchen party happening at Overflow Brewing Company with East Coast Experience.


Check out more than 30 vendors at the weekly Barrhaven Farmers’ Market at The Log Farm — free parking and no admission fee! 

The Centretown Community Association brings their Fall Festival to Dundonald Park with lots of gardening activities for adults and kids alike!

Stop by the Craft Tour Marketplace at Dominion City Brewery in the afternoon for some great vendors, food trucks and music.

Unless a buyer comes through soon, this will be your last night to enjoy the Rainbow Bistro. Tony D helps them go out with a bang with two shows. 

If you’re out in Orleans, head to the Shenkman Arts Centre for a special tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club (two shows).

City At Night brings another Street Pop-Up on Saturday. Table reservations are recommended, but limited walk-ups will be accepted as available. 

The HOROJO Trio have a record contract signing party at Queen St. Fare — check out their great blues music and celebrate with them!


The Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday for its 41st year. If you can’t take place in this charity event to raise funds for cancer research, you can donate online. 

What’s a weekend in Ottawa without hitting up a farmers’ market or two? Lansdowne’s market takes place Sundays outdoors next to the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Have you been sitting too much working from home? Get moving with this Afro-Brazilian dance class at Strathcona park. Drop-ins welcome!


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Dance not your thing? Maybe try walking instead with a private tour in the historic Byward Market through À La Carte Tours.

If mimosas, brunch and live DJs sound good, then you’ll want to check out Sunday Funday at Back to Brooklyn.

Check out Kick, Push & Flow in Vanier. This free event by Cranium Festival is a warm-up to their main festival in October and brings together music, art, sport, and culture, with some free snacks provided by local businesses.


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Bonus Monday

If you didn’t hit up the advance polls or mail in your ballot, get out and cast your vote today before polls close at 9:30pm. Remember, your employer is obligated to give you time off to vote if your work hours wouldn’t allow for a three-hour window to go vote.