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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on November 4, 2021

Happy November! As more events keep going live, and cool things are popping up all over town, I hope you’re enjoying yourselves, friends! We are solidly into that part of the year when snow could be on the horizon any day now, and Mother Nature is keeping us all on our toes. Take this as a reminder to dig out your warm gear this weekend and get yourself into the winter mood. For some of us that is also the “holiday” mood, so we are keeping our ears to the ground for some of the best local shopping this year. Whether you celebrate the holiday season or not, this is a great time to purchase gifts thoughtfully and sustainably—while avoiding that mucked-up supply chain that everyone seems to be talking about lately.

This weekend, take a second to help us out! Apt613 is asking our readers: What is the most linguistically diverse neighbourhood in Ottawa?  Check out our super-short survey about your linguistic background and ‘hood by the end of the day on Sunday, November 7, and then stay tuned for the results!

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Ready for some shocking/great news? Holiday shopping has begun! Cheerfully Made Goods is opening their virtual holiday shop for four days only, beginning on Thursday. Get a jump on your shopping and support local creators and artists from the comfort of your home. Check out the event online for more details and get your gift list ready to go.

Did you happen to take up knitting during one of those lonely, bored lockdown weekends? There is no shame in giving up and, in fact, you could help a local volunteer organization replenish their stock! Orleans based knitting collective “Busy Fingers” has been knitting  gifts for veterans and victims of elder abuse for the last 10 years, but their yarn supply has dried up. If you have yarn to donate straight out of your own clutter, or simply are itching to do a good deed, they are collecting every day at two nursing homes in the area. Check out the details here!

Is it about time you had your mind blown open? The Theatre and Physics Symposium this weekend at the NAC  is a series of parallel conversations sparked by the plays, culminating in a world-expanding, mind-bending investigation led by some of modern physics’ greatest thought leaders from across Canada, moderated by the host of CBC Ideas, Nahlah Ayed. The event is selling itself thusly: “This Symposium will seek to uncover the links between the most fascinating and intangible aspects of physics and the human psyche, and to locate these at the intersection of mind and matter – the black hole of the human heart.” Whoa.


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Are you in the market for a new job, perhaps? Loving the work-from-home vibe and wanting to keep it going? Or are you itching to get out among the people again and talk about our city’s arts and culture scene? Every month we post a roundup of arts and culture jobs in the city, so if you’re curious, you can find it here. Happy hunting!


The Rainbow Bistro is still with us, and what better way to show our continued support of this Ottawa landmark than showing up to get down? What if a bunch of pandemic-weary Beatles fans wanted to get together to listen to some live Beatles music. That’s a Beatles reunion! Come together with Jonesey and Friends for a brand-new Beatles show. After a two-year hiatus, Jonesey and Friends (Paul Johanis, Aaron Reid, Michel Cloutier, Gil Charron and David Ranger) return to the Rainbow’s stage on Friday, playing a retrospective of Beatles hits plus a set of their solo stuff from the early ’70s. Get your tickets online for the shows at 7:30 and 10:30pm.

Hip new music collective Woke Studios is inviting all of us to their music showcase event taking place at the Happy Goat on Laurel at 6pm on Friday. Cruize Cntrl [sic] features four artists representing diverse music by African artists in the diaspora. Join emerging Ottawa artists like KAR33M , Banggz, Belema, Chyme, and special guests including DJ Dynamite on what they are promising will be an “escapade”!

Friday is clearly for music. The NAC Fourth Stage is hosting soul singer-songwriter Clerel, an up-and-coming Montreal-based singer from Cameroon. Get your tickets online for this in-person event beginning at 8:30. Try to resist this guy. Try. I dare you.


Dominion City is continuing their lineup of first-class food popups this Saturday afternoon with a flavour bomb courtesy of Paper Tiger Noodle Bar. Roll up  starting at 1pm, and get there before they run out. Just to get you all as fired up as I am, you can look forward to: “Beast” Tonkotsu with brisket, soy-cured egg, pickles, scallions; vegan miso ramen with marinated seared shiitake, pickles, scallions; and spicy bacon potato salad. I will race you to the spicy bacon potato salad.

613flea is moving inside for the first indoor market of the year this weekend. Catch everyone’s favourite vintage and makers market from 10am–4pm at the Aberdeen Pavilion. I’ve already mentioned holiday shopping here once today, so why not go all in and start thinking ahead for December? Or just treat yo’self because life is weird and we all deserve it?

What about some sports? The Senators are in town on Saturday at 7pm against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Are we going to win? Probably not. But is it a great reason to get out of the house? Absolutely. If you’re still hankering for more outdoor time however, the RedBlacks are hosting the Argonauts at TD Place at 4pm for their final game of the season. It’s going to be fan appreciation day as well, with prizes and goodies for all – if you get your tickets right now! Put on your red and black, flip a coin, and have a good time!


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Spooky season is not over until we all decide that it’s over. Billings Estate National Historic Site is offering their Historic Cemetery Tour this weekend beginning at 6:30pm. Registration is necessary, and tickets are $15.25 online. Whether you are new to Ottawa or a lifer, I bet there are lots of things you don’t know about this town’s wild, rough and tumble history. Go for the tour, and stay for the views—trust me.

Mod Night. Need I say more? The first Saturday of every month you can find the best of retro grooves at Club SAW. Doors open at 10pm on Saturday, with drink specials and even a twist competition. Get yourself out there and shake it all off.


More sports! How about a 67s game? On Sunday the team in red and black is hosting the North Bay Battalion at 2pm. There are games all weekend, honestly, but there is something about a Bank Street brunch followed by an early game that just appeals to all of us, isn’t there? If you’re hankering for hockey within a reasonable distance of downtown, this is the ticket.

End your weekend with a very chill evening of tunes at LIVE! on Elgin. Field Guide and Georgia Harmer (niece of Sarah) will be bringing their guitars, soft voices, and oceans of emotions to the stage, with doors opening at 7pm. Check out some of their songs first and be ready to feel your feelings! Get your tickets online here.