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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on October 7, 2021

Happy turkey weekend 613! As the leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and the spookiness is rising, there are more and more activities to do around the city.

With the province’s blessing to carefully gather with loved ones for the first holiday in the last 18 months, maybe you are hosting for the first time in a long time, or you are keeping it simple with your nearest and dearest. Maybe you will consider supporting a local restaurant for your big meal, or gather your ingredients at the various farmers’ markets around town to show our gratitude to the people who have been keeping us fed through thick and thin. Perhaps you’ll sleep in this weekend, get some sunshine, stretch, call loved ones, check in on friends who may not have anyone to share turkey with. No matter your plans, stay safe!

On behalf of the people at Apt613, I’d like to express how thankful we are for you, our 613ers! This city that we love has shown so much resilience over the last year and a half, and we have loved being a part of how we all stay in touch.  We are all thankful for your support, patience, positive vibes, creativity, and your love for the culture in this city which has kept us doing what we do.

All Weekend

Next weekend is the 10th annual Fresh Meat theatre festival. Am I jumping the gun here? Yes. Will tickets sell quickly? Yes. Should you take time this weekend to lock down your plans for next weekend? Also Yes.

This year’s festival will feature 12 original creations, made up entirely of new short works by local artists. Tickets are available for both in-person attendance and a view-at-home livestream. Want to win some passes? Check out our contest on Instagram:


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If you’re feeling a bit wild, how about an artisan fair at Parc Omega? The fall colours are at their peak in Montebello, with the added bonus of a local artisan market happening from Saturday to Monday. Book your tickets online, and browse the art, food and household goods that will be on display in the market accompanied by live music. This could very well be your perfect fall escape from the city.

I could not possibly top last week’s Roundup of fall happenings, including apples, fall colours and spookiness of all varieties. Check it out again here, because Amanda did us all a great service by digging up every awesome thing we need to do this fall.


Start your long weekend right with an evening in, with classical piano.

The NAC Orchestra is offering a live stream performance of Schumann’s greatest romantic pieces, featuring French pianist Hélène Grimaud.

The NAC describes the concert like so: “Opening with the musical equivalent of a soft caress, Robert Schumann’s romantic Symphony No. 4, is by turns tender, dramatic, and joyful. Tinged with tension and ambiguity, this lovely symphony questions and reveals, reflecting humanity in every bar.”

I mean, come on. Get your $15 livestream tickets, order in something fancy and open a bottle of wine.


Every Friday night there is a party on Carleton’s campus, and we are all invited. And it doesn’t involve jello shots or the tunnels. Ottawa Quad Sessions are a rollerskating club that rolls on Fridays from 9-11pm. Bring your skates, or rent them ahead of time online! Tickets can be bought online, and all COVID-19 protocols are in place. Prices begin at $9.50 without a skate rental. There will be tunes, and the opportunity to check out other skaters moves of all styles and levels.

At 7pm, join SPAO Centre artist AM Dumouchel as she speaks to her unique photographic process and the conception of her Curtains series, as they relate to ideas of spectrality, tactility, and regeneration. The artist talks will be on Zoom, and the exhibition Intimate Textures of the Digital World  is open to the public until October 31. The artist features at SPAO never cease to blow me away, so this is a great way to introduce yourself to the works!


613flea is running its long weekend edition this Saturday at Lansdowne, for all of your local shopping needs! Check out over 100 vendors indoors, where masks are mandatory and admission is always free. Is it too early to be planning ahead for holiday gifts? (I see you, Xmas lovers!)

Saturday and Sunday why not head out to Mississippi Mills for an extended “art romp”? (I mean, it’s a romp. Who wouldn’t be interested?) The Mississippi Mills Art Romp will combine the Maple Run Tour, the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, and Art in the Attic. Over 40 artists and artisans will welcome you to heritage buildings, unique shops, a craft brewery, and even a Christmas tree farm, as well as individual artist studios and the Almonte Potters Guild. You can romp your way from Pakenham, to Cedar Hill, to Clayton and Union Hall and into Almonte. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect fall day. See you all on the romp?


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Rather stay closer to home, and focus on food? The BeetBox Harvest Fest will be running from 10am-3pm on Saturday for your farm fresh vegetable needs! Located right off Carling between Moodie and March rd, this is a pretty convenient drop-in. There will be bluegrass fiddle music, apple cider and treats, nature walks and frisbee golf all in addition to the farm store bounty.

The Fly Market will be setting up on Bank Street this Saturday behind Top of the World for a one-of-a-kind vintage streetwear outdoor shopping experience. Multiple different vendors will be representing the retro and vintage styles that are all the hype. The rain date for the event is Sunday, so keep your options open if you’re fly! (Sorry, I am decidedly not fly. Obviously.)

We are fully into spooky season, and there is no better time to visit the Mackenzie King Estate than in the evening by lantern light. Are you ready for some spine tingling? The Haunted Walks are offering weekly evening tours at the estate, telling stories full of  Mackenzie King séances and spirits, complete with eerie ruins, real ghosts and dark forests. The tours are 75 minutes and follow all Quebec COVID-19 protocols. Tickets are available online for $24.99 and are limited for obvious reasons!


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Spend your Sunday afternoon exploring one of Ottawa’s least known gems. Crystal Bay in the west end began as a seasonal cottage enclave and has become a well hidden haven for luxury waterfront homes with a rich history to match. Heritage Ottawa’s walking tours take place all over the city, lead by local heritage experts for locals to get in touch with the stories of how our beautiful city has changed and developed over time. Tickets are limited for safety and space, and are $20 for non-members, $10 for Heritage Ottawa Members. Grab a coffee after brunch and go exploring!

If you’ve been itching for live sports to get going again, you’ll be pleased to know that the Ottawa 67s are back in action starting this weekend! It has been over a year since we saw them hit the ice, since last season was cancelled. Sunday afternoon catch the home opener at 2pm at TD Place. Tickets are still available, although they are moving quickly since the indoor capacity limit remains at 1000. Those with little ones in their lives: you can get a free children’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. With the last two seasons a weird blur, start this one out right, and in-person to see the Kingston Frontenacs.

Bonus Monday!

That’s right! It’s a long weekend! The 67s are hosting a second home game on Monday at TD Place. Tickets for the day game against the Oshawa Generals are still available and start at $23.74 for adults. This could be the perfect way to spend an otherwise lazy day off.


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