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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on November 18, 2021



I’m not saying the only thing I’m doing this weekend is holiday markets… but I’m also not not saying that’s all I’m doing. But if you’d rather wait til December 1 to get into the holiday mood, there are plenty of other options this weekend.

All Weekend

You’ve got not one but two film festivals to pick from this weekend! The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival highlights local films while the European Union Film Festival provides cinephiles across Canada with access to works from some of Europe’s top talent, including several North American film premieres.

Vancouver-based contemporary dance company Out Innerspace Dance Theatre brings Bygones to the National Arts Centre Friday and Saturday night. If you go Friday, be sure to stick around after the show for a special post-performance chat with choreographers Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond to share your experience of the performance. Tickets start at $29 and are available online. Through the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre there are $15 tickets welcoming the Indigenous community.

A holiday tradition for over 40 years, the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group is once again hosting the Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair. There are four days over two weekends to get your shopping done. Check their event page for a list of vendors and fair hours.

Wearing masks before it was cool, it’s the holiday edition of Ottawa ComicCon. The weekend event will feature local crafters, artists, retailers and vendors with original art, comics, toys, collectibles, statues, and more. As an added bonus, they’re offering a great deal: buy your 2022 ComicCon ticket (taking place September 9-11), and get into the holiday edition for free!

Take your mini-mes to a mini children’s festival! The Ottawa Children’s Festival is putting on a mini-festival of the arts this weekend at the Canadian War Museum. Tickets are available online.


Voulez vous améliorer votre français? Join the Alliance Française Ottawa team at The Gilmour (313 Bank Street) to have a good time and learn French this Friday at 6pm. The evening is free but you have to pay for food and drinks. Register online to save your spot.

ᐊᓚᒃᑳᔪᑦ Alakkaajut (Many Things Appear / Plusieurs choses apparaissent) is the inaugural exhibition for the Nordic Lab, SAW’s new Indigenous-led research and production space with a focus on artists from the circumpolar world. Join them for opening night on Friday from 8pm-1am: artists will be in attendance with music by DJ Geronimo Inutiq (Winnipeg), Kathy Kettler (Ottawa) and Kendra Tagoona (Ottawa).

Hey beer fans, this one’s for you! La Brasserie du Bas-Canada is celebrating their fourth birthday this weekend with some special releases available online as of Friday at 6pm.

There are so many live shows this weekend! You can head to Irene’s Pub on Friday to hear Sean Duhaime‘s belated EP release party. Enjoy the music of Herbie Hancock performed by Jp Lapensée, Isaac Isenor, and Valeriy Nehovora at Queen St. Fare. Over at Avant-Garde Bar you’ll find Holly Acres, The Dreaded Rebels, and Personelle. City At Night presents TRANCE (Waiting Room): Sheridan Grout, Chris Bygrove, and DJ Charles.



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613flea is bringing us 613Christmas this Saturday from 9:30am-4pm with over 100 vendors at Lansdowne. Free admission and a chance to shop local for the holidays.

Barrhaven Farmers Market is throwing an old-fashioned Christmas Market on November 20 and 27. Located at The Log Farm (670 Cedarview Road), the market is open Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Dance the night away with Ottawa Prog Vibes and DJs Steve Finney and Alain M at LIVE on Elgin. Head to SAW Gallery for dad sports, front line at 7pm then Emo Night Ottawa at 11pm. K-man & the 45s, Rude City Riot, The Fly Downs, Positive Charge are at Mavericks starting at 8pm. Sinful Ways and Finely Tuned Elephant are at Avant-Garde.


The Ottawa 67’s are battling the Peterborough Petes this Sunday at 2pm. Stop by Aberdeen Pavilion before the game for the indoor edition of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, open from 9am-3pm.

Caribou is playing the Bronson Centre on Sunday at 8pm with special guest Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

Finally, the weather this weekend is looking pretty questionable, but there’s nothing quite like a patio to round out your weekend. If you’re looking for somewhere new to try, or somewhere that’s still open, check out the Pushing Patio Season series featuring La Roma, Riviera, Citizen, Das Lokal, Bar Lupulus, Chances R and Art House Café.

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