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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on September 30, 2021



This Thursday, pause and honour the children who survived residential schools and remember those who didn’t return home. If you’d like to learn more about Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada, University of Alberta has a free online course that explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

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Watch something new this weekend at the Lebanese Film Festival, taking place from September 30 to October 3 at Cine Starz (1200 St. Laurent Boulevard). The festival program will consist of showing films by Lebanese or Canadian Lebanese filmmakers in different genres of films: feature films, short films, documentary films and animation. The full weekend program is available online.

Broadway Workout started as a one-off class where participants learned choreography to a song from a Broadway musical. Much like an audition, attendees progressively learned more and more of the dance until the song was done. After moving online during the pandemic, they’re expanding offerings this fall. In addition to the online classes available twice a week, there is now an in-person class again and a junior in-person class for kids in grades four to eight. The Fall season launches September 30. Learn more in our article here or register online.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is in full swing and Apt613 contributor Barbara Popel has already seen 85 of the more than 150 films presented at this year’s festival. Check out this article for her favourites to date.

2042 marquera le retour en salle du Théâtre français du Centre National des Arts pour la saison 2021-2022. Des artistes de la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau ont un mission d’imaginer à quoi 2042 ressemblera: slam, lectures, performances théâtrales ou encore musicales, une vingtaine d’artistes de tous horizons vous attendent sur scène. Réservez votre table (de 2 à 4 personnes) en ligne.

The Metcalfe Fair is on from September 30 to October 3 with a full schedule of events.


Take some time to reflect as September 30 is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day. You can learn about the history of Orange Shirt Day here. There will be events taking place at Parliament Hill. And while some local businesses will be closed, others are hosting special events. Octopus Books is hosting an online conversation with legal scholar Tamara Starblanket on genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian state. Jo-Jo’s Pizzeria is donating a portion of proceeds in support of Every Child Matters and the Indian Residential School Survivors. The Canadian Museum of History will be open from 10am-7pm with free admission all day. According to their site, as an institution dedicated to Canadian history, the Museum embraces the imperative of understanding the reality and legacy of the residential school system in Canada.


Get a head start on celebrating the spooky season with the Ottawa Glassblowing Co-operative’s inaugural Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at Autumn at the Arboretum from 10am-2pm, a free family-friendly fall event co-hosted with Friends of the Farm. Over 200 blown glass pumpkins, collaboratively made by members of the OGC, will be glowing in the natural light, surrounded by the fall colours of the Arboretum. Pumpkins will be for sale to support the expansion of Ottawa’s growing community of glassblowers, ranging from $20 to $200. Come early to purchase the pick of the patch!

As part of Absolutely Canadian,  a national one-hour series showcasing documentaries and performance programs that tell unique stories from communities across Canada, CBC is premiering I Am: Limitless. A one-hour documentary made by Ottawa-based Firegrove Studio, the film showcases stories from women of colour who pursue unusual sports in Ottawa. And after a pandemic-long hiatus, local band Scary Bear Soundtrack is releasing their single “Skate With Me” which is part of the film soundtrack/theme song. You can tune in to watch on CBC Gem.

Join Alliance Française Ottawa for a guided tour of the cabane à sucre at Muséoparc Vanier this Saturday to learn about the city’s urban sugar shack, plus the history and evolution of maple syrup production and the folklore that surrounds it. Register online by September 30.


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The Urban Botanist and the Ottawa Tool Library are throwing a garage sale this Saturday from 10am-2pm at 877A Boyd Avenue. Head on over for pre-loved tools and gears, and plants!

Orléans Brewing Co. is throwing an Oktoberfest party this Saturday. Your ticket includes a beer, a pretzel and live entertainment. Stray Dog and Broadhead will also be on site.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting Ottawa’s first ARTWALK, a benefit event for the homeless, which will combine a good conversation with a tour of the ByWard Market’s vibrant art scene. The event starts at the open-air Amphitheatre of the National Gallery of Canada and moves through the ByWard Market before wrapping up at the Ottawa Art Gallery with exclusive access to its current exhibitions.

It’s a battle for Pedro the Panda at the annual Panda Game! The classic game between the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens has been an Ottawa sports tradition for decades and was played for the first time in 1955. Important note: fans for the University of Ottawa should purchase on the North side while Fans for Carleton University on the South side of the stadium.



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Atletico are playing a home match versus the Hamilton Forge FC with a 3:30pm kick off. It’s also the return of $5 days where you can get a kids ticket, mini poutine, hot dog, beer or mystery merch bag for (you guessed it!) $5. Tickets are available online.

Saunders Farm is celebrating their 30th Haunting Season! With family friendly activities during the day and spook-tacular activities after dark, don’t wait too long to book your ticket. And in case you hadn’t heard, the folks at Saunders Farm have a new treat: they’ve acquired Flying Canoe cider.