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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Greggory Clark on August 17, 2017


Festival Picks

Arboretum Festival: It’s year #6InTheSticks for Arboretum Festival, having relocated to Rideau Pines Farm a half hour from Ottawa. No wheels? No problem. Passes for the two-day festival include round-trip transport on a shuttle bus to/from Beyond the Pale Brewery (250 City Centre). Edmonton-via-Toronto rapper Cadence Weapon opens the Forest Stage on Friday, the same night local songwriter Isaac Vallentin features in the Bang Bang Barn and Montreal’s Wake Island plays the Pond Stage. Critically acclaimed noise pop band Deerhoof headline Saturday night.

Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent: Head to Vieux-Hull this weekend to say #BYEBYEFOÉ, even if you’re meeting le FOÉ for the first and last time. After nine years of frenzy, organizers have called this 10th anniversary the last for Le Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent and decided to make this edition completely gratuit. Oui oui, free. Nomadic Massive, BEYRIES and Hamza Eli are on the bill. Discover the lineup here.


Theatre: Two local hits from the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival are being remounted before heading out on tour. You can see Rideshares and Rope Swings (Two Kind Boys) and In Waking Life (Amped Up Theatre) on a double bill at The Avalon (738 Bank St) opening Friday and running for three nights. After its Fringe premiere in 2016, Rideshares and Rope Swings went on to win the Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding New Creation and earned playwright Matt Hertendy the PRA Emerging Artist Award.

Short films: The Indie Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) will feature new works from five members. Filmmakers participating in IFCO’s DOGME project were given 48 hours to produce a short film with only a 16mm camera, a light meter, tripod, and some lights. These filmmakers will be seeing their films for the first time (!) along with you, the audience. This annual screening happens in The Underpass (at the corner of Rideau St & Colonel By Drive).

Comedy: Another classic Improv House Party at LIVE on Elgin (220 Elgin St) hosted by Jordan Moffatt. Party games and special guests Trifecta (Angus Wright, Melissa Britney and Chrys Mailet) plus a duo of Crush Improv members (Dan Lajoie and Jordan Moffatt).

Stargazing: The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will be hosting free public stargazing at the Ottawa Public Library’s Carp Branch (3911 Carp Rd, beside the Diefenbunker Museum). RASC members will set up their telescopes for anyone who wishes to know more about the night sky. If the sky is cloudy, RASC may postpone the event. Check Facebook for a “go” or “no-go” message before making your way to the star party.


Queen Bee Party: On #InternationalHoneyBeeDay, buzz yer butts over to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (861 Prince of Wales Drive) for the family friendly Queen Bee Party. Presentations include a culinary talk by Chef Bruce Wood and a demo by the Museum’s beekeeper. Plus master gardeners will share the tips and tricks for planting pollinator gardens.

Pupusa Fest: Ottawa’s Salvadoran community invites you to their 11th annual Pupusa Fest at Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way). Tagged onto this celebration of the traditional Salvadoran dish will be games, soccer tournaments, piñatas, other family activities, and of course lots and lots of pupusas from the city’s tastiest vendors.

Jazz: Spend your Saturday enjoying members of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra performing at Madison’s (189 Lyon St) from 6–10pm. Tom Denison (bass), Mike Tremblay (tenor sax and flute) and Magnus Paulson (guitar) will play as a trio this weekend.

Theatre in the park: It feels way too soon for this Saturday to be closing night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Strathcona Park (25 Range Rd). A Company of Fools has produced Shakespeare in Ottawa parks for 15 seasons up until now. On Saturday night, the troupe will announce next year’s show and director.

Roller Derby: Saturday is the grand finale of Rideau Valley Roller Derby’s 2017 season. Slaughter Daughters will play The Prime Sinisters in the RVRD championship final, 7pm at Bernard-Grandmaître Arena (309 McArthur Rd). Regular tickets cost $10. Or, take a ride on The Brew Donkey bus making tour and tasting stops at three breweries on the way to the game for $89 (including admission to the RVRD match).


Sunday Bike Days: From 9am to 1pm on Sunday Bike Days, all three of the Macdonald, Colonel By, and Cartier Parkways go car-free, creating more than 50 kilometres of scenic course open exclusively to cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, walkers and people with mobility aids. Across the Outaouais River, the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake Parkways are open to maniacs who enjoy steep hills. Weekly until September 3.

Caskapalooza: All your favourite local breweries will meet at CRAFT Beer Market (975 Bank St) to serve their best cask beers at Caskapalooza 2017. Tickets are $20 and include 12 tokens for 4oz samples. Ticket sales benefit the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs.

Pride Picnic: To celebrate LGBTQ+ families of all kinds, the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W) is hosting the LGBTQ+ Family Picnic on Sunday afternoon.

Chalk Walk: Hollaback! will provide the chalk and everyone is welcome to spread anti-harassment messages along Elgin Street. Meet at 3pm by the Human Rights Monument on Elgin. For obvious reasons, the chalk walk is off if it’s raining. Please check Facebook on Sunday for confirmation.

Flea market: Ask for a vendor spot or just turn up for The Art House Café‘s weekly summer flea market (555 Somerset St W). The flea market happens out on the block from noon to 4pm.

PWYC Concert: The Record Centre (1099 Wellington St W) will host Montreal trio The Fox Club on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Johnny Chapman (bass), Aaron Dolman (drums) and Chris Maskell (saxophone and electronics) perform improvisation, original music and covers in rock, funk and jazz styles all over the map.

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