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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on December 2, 2021







It’s December! Holy Moly! And the snow seems to be setting the scene properly for our annual holiday celebrations/hibernation. Why not start December the same way we intend to end it? With a fun weekend of music, the arts, and time spent with our favourite people. This weekend is not only full of holiday markets and festivities, but also delightfully full of live music! If your Spotify Wrapped for 2021 was dismally lacking in local music, or new sounds—this is your opportunity to change that. I can’t possibly cover every holiday event in the area, so consider giving last week’s Roundup another read, to be sure you have your finger on the festive pulse.

Take 2 minutes this weekend and answer a question for us: Where is Ottawa’s most linguistically diverse neighbourhood? We are a multicultural town, and proud of our ‘hoods, so let us know where you live, and what you speak! The survey takes 2 minutes tops, and I’m sure we’re all going to be pretty impressed with the results. Find it here!


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Celebrate the joy of the winter holidays with Bear & Co. at The Gladstone beginning this week. The classic Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales will tug at your traditional heart strings as the company tells the stories and sings the carols penned by the poet over 50 years ago. The Gladstone is offering guaranteed distanced seating at all the performances, and tickets are sold on a Pick-Your-Price scale beginning with $25 a seat.

I have to say, it feels amazing being able to recommend going to the theatre again! The Great Canadian Theatre Company opened Daisy this week and it will run all weekend, including matinees Saturday and Sunday. GCTC is also selling tickets on a Pick-Your-Price scale, and will be limiting ticket sales for capacity and distancing purposes. The play is the story of the Madison Avenue advertising team that set out to create the first modern political attack ad for the 1964 presidential campaign of Lyndon Johnson. “War was the objective. Peace was the bait. Everyone got duped.” Sounds. Awesome. Tickets are still available for the whole weekend.

The Ottawa Christmas Market continues this weekend at Lansdowne, night and day! There will be food and drinks, vendors, live musical performances, and activities taking place all weekend long. While most of the events do not require any pre-registration, there are a few that do, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of time and reserve your tickets so that you don’t miss out.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is once again pleased to invite visitors to share in the holiday cheer at the Vintage Village of Lights. Explore the postcard-perfect scenery of the village on foot as you take in the 30,000+ lights illuminating heritage buildings. Enjoy colourful vignettes highlighting traditions of days gone, see the portable printing press in action, and travel back in time with a festive soundtrack from the interwar years. Continue the fun at home with a take-away cookie decorating kit, hands-on crafts, and a special telegram from Santa. This beautiful setting is worth the short drive to Cumberland, and tickets are $25 per group (up to 6 people).

If you’ve been caught up with the Netflix phenomenan Blown Away, then you might have a hankering for some glass art! Loretta Studios and Gallery is a glass focused multi-disciplinary artists’ collective, and this weekend is their Holiday sale event. Visit in person to see what their members and guest artists have been up to over the past year. Original artworks, unique sculptural glass art and jewellery, clay sculpture and more will be for sale during the event. The opening reception is on Friday from 5pm-9pm and the exhibit continues on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm.

The Rock N’ Gem show is back at the EY Center. Are you into gems? Crystals perhaps? Or know someone special who is? This family friendly event is for all ages and a great opportunity to snag unique gifts for the holidays too. The show opens Thursday morning and runs all weekend until 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 per person, or $5 a family, so get yourself down there to get the one-of-a-kind gift for that person who deserves it.


If going out of your comfort zone was on your 2021 resolution list, it’s not too late to check that off your list—the Ottawa-Gatineau Bike Polo Club is welcoming new players. The club is one of Canada’s oldest bike polo clubs and plays on Thursday evenings at Parc Fontaine in Hull, plus Sunday afternoons in Little Italy at EV Tremblay Park. Follow their Insta for updates on whether the weather is allowing for local slayers to joust their way to victory in this exciting 3-versus-3 sport. The club is happy to lend out their bikes and mallets to anyone who is willing to give polo a try.

Legendary Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky will be rocking our socks off at the Bronson Centre Thursday night. Tickets are still available online for this musical force that can cover anything from Fleetwood Mac to Bruce Springsteen, Nat King Cole, to Van Morrison and Donna Lewis. Not to mention this pretty stellar cover of The Darkness. Tickets are $32.55 each, and I’m willing to bet they’re worth every penny.


If you’re looking for a quick way to give back to the community this holiday season, Canadian Blood Services has several donation time slots that can be booked for this Friday and Monday including at their Carling Avenue location. Word on the street is they are very much in need of blood donations and luckily, the discriminatory ban preventing men who have sex with men from donating blood will soon end, so everyone can now contribute.

What do you get when you cross the saturated sounds of Led Zeppelin with the metal of Ozzy and the fast paced vocals of Rush? Probably something like Crown Lands. Add a Grammy award winning producer and a 2021 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group and you have a can’t-miss show. Crown Lands is a Canadian rock group gaining international popularity for their sound, and their socially radical lyrics. Kind of cool to note: “The group’s name is indicative of its identification with marginalized people and interest in the troublesome history of Canada… Crown Land is stolen land and we are reclaiming it.” Check them out at the Bronson Centre on Friday night starting at 7:30. Tickets are still available online. And I mean, come on, check out that flow.



Pique is throwing one more party before the end of the year. Organizers of the quarterly event series have just announced its winter 2021 lineup. The one-day event will take place at Arts Court on December 4 from 3pm–1am. During that time, the downtown art complex will feature music, dance, live art and installations in its public spaces. Does this sound pretty vague, but massively cool? I sure thought so. The list of local bands seems never ending, so check out the full lineup, and insider tips for Apt613’s very cool and in-the-know music geniuses here.

I told you this was the weekend for music. And LIVE! On Elgin is delivering. On Saturday night at 8:30 catch Long Range Hustle with special guest Adam Ferris. Tickets are only $13 for this pop-rock-indie Ontario group. They have a new album coming out in February, which they put togetther during the dark, isolated days of 2020 and so we can probably also expect some of that new music at the show.

If you thought the holidays meant the end of spooky season, you are dead wrong. This Saturday night The Haunted Walk is offering a free Live Virtual Haunted Campfire session telling the bizzarre and creepy holiday tale of Krampus. Sign up online for the event that starts at 8, and get ready to be creeped right out holiday-style.


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Do it for the Grain is hosting a Winter Zine Market at Black Squirrel Books from 11am–5pm. They’ll have prints, photo books, and of course plenty of zines available for purchase from Blue Hour Zine Library, as well as the reveal of their new postcard series, whose proceeds will all be donated to Cornerstone Housing for Women. Plus there’ll be groovy tunes by Debaser and a prize raffle!


Saturdays and Sundays in December are for tea! The Billings Estate is offering their traditional Christmas Tea to go! The popular Takeaway Tea boxes return this month with a festive twist including delicious seasonal sandwiches, beverages, scones and mini desserts, all prepared or baked in house with fresh ingredients. A guided tour of the museum is included! They have fully decked the impressive halls of the house, so this would be the perfect Sunday afternoon activity. Tea boxes are $19.40 each and need to be ordered ahead.

It wouldn’t be a Weekend Roundup without a Sunday market. BUT what about a night market?! Our friends at Dominion City are hosting their Xmas Night Market this Sunday from 2-8pm. You’ll find not only great beer and suds-related gift ideas, but vendors like Almanac Grain, Artery Roasters, Hinterland Wine, Top Shelf Preserves and Wildtree just to name a few!