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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on November 11, 2021






Sure, the weather is cooler and the trees are getting bare, but there are plenty of activities to keep you warm and also to get you ready for the holidays — which will be here before you know it! Check out the events this weekend and let us know what you get up to.

All Weekend

There are lots of opportunities to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local this weekend. You’ll find over 50 vendors at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Ottawa Hellenic Centre on Prince of Wales Drive all weekend, and if that’s not enough, the Rideau Sports Centre is running an Outdoor Holiday Market all weekend with local vendors, hot drinks, festive music and more. If you’d rather shop from home, check out the Happy Holidays Virtual Market until November 16. For more one-day markets, see below.

VERSeFest 2021 runs from November 13 to 21. This year’s event is a hybrid festival that includes both in-person and online events. Almost 80 poets will participate in readings, spoken word, performances, workshops, and talks in English and French. Headliners include iconic poet Anne Carson, Cree poet and Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe – Skydancer, a unique duet between MC Kuf Knotz and harpist Christine Elise, Acholi poet Juliane Okot Bitek, spoken-word artist Andrea Thompson, and Ottawa Poets Laureate Albert Dumont and Gilles Latour. The festival’s live events will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.).

Want to add some films to your schedule? Take in the always interesting European Union Film Festival taking place virtually from November 12 to 28. In addition to the 26 available films, there will also be online events like interviews with the filmmakers.


Regardless if you’re off work or not, take a moment to reflect on Remembrance Day either in person, online, televised, or on your own.

Two Spirit Mohawk singer-songwriter Shawnee Kish will be featured in the concert “Shawnee’s Playlist” with the NAC Orchestra. Kish won CBC’s 2020 Searchlight talent competition and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest names including Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Alicia Keys, to name a few.


The infamous World Trivia Night returns in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. If you’ve done trivia at the local bars, you know you’re in for a fun and competitive time — and for a great cause! Teams of up to 10 people can enter and participate in this virtual event. 

If you feel your skills aren’t sharp enough for trivia, maybe you’d rather check out the two-hour workshop on knife sharpening that the Ottawa Tool Library is offering? It may sound counterintuitive, but sharp knives save fingers, trust us. 


It’s not just for summer camp anymore! Learn how to tie-dye at the Ottawa Art Gallery with Support And Education For Trans Youth (SAEFTY) in this inclusive and safe space.

Get in the spirit! The Aylmer Food Centre hosts a Christmas Market  with over 30 vendors to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Did you become a proud pandemic plant parent this past year? Had a green thumb longer than that? You’ll want to head out and help celebrate Robert Plante Greenhouses’ grand opening of their new greenhouse with a sale, music, food trucks, events and more.

Listen, I’m the last person you’ll see running a race, but this description of the ArboRace definitely piqued my interest. “It’s the team-partner relay race you’ve been dreaming about! It’s 1 part Amazing Race. It’s one part Survivor. It’s one part Harry Potter. It’s one part Trivial Pursuit. Fast is good, strategy is better.” Hmm, maybe I can watch those of you bold enough to do it?

Head into the great wide open of Queen St. Fare for the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band Practically Petty on Saturday night. We can’t guarantee you’ll be learning to fly by the end of the show, but with any luck you won’t be free fallin’, either.

Would you rather be a dancing queen? Then head to Overflow Brewing Company for the ABBA cover band SOS instead. Knowing me, knowing you, it’s the best we can do.

There’s nothing like a live show. Head out to Dominion Tavern Saturday night to check out Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and openers The Suffering Booth.

Or, if you’re in more of a singer-songwriter mood, the NAC Fourth Stage hosts a double bill of contemporary folk artist Andrea Ramolo (also half of the duo Scarlett Jane) and folk/pop/rocker Sarah MacDougall (who also produced Ramolo’s most recent release, Quarantine Dream).


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Nu Grocery on Main St. is hosting a DIY Beeswax Wrap Workshop. Watch the expert demonstration to learn the easy steps to making these handy wraps that keep food fresh without using disposable products, and then if you’d like to try your own hand, supplies will be available for purchase afterward.

While you’re at it, why not try your hand at making aromatherapy scent bars and candles  at a workshop being held at Saje Wellness in Westboro.  It’s a great idea for a handmade gift for others — or yourself!

Vintage Pop-Up 613 is running another Parking Lot Pop-Up in Little Italy from 10am–4pm with plenty of vendors offering vintage and retro clothing, accessories, home decor, toys, collectibles and more.