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Strathcona Park in winter. Photo provided.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on December 9, 2021


We’re now full-blown into the holiday market season, but don’t worry — that’s not all there is to do around town! Read on for plenty of suggestions including drag shows, films, art, live music, and more.


Who doesn’t love a Drag Show Karaoke Fundraiser?! Mavericks is hosting this 19+ event with Fashion Design Academy Richard Robinson at 8pm.

Texas King brings their Changes tour with Loviet to Galerie SAW Gallery Thursday night. If you’re comfortable and vaccinated — there’s nothing like being back for live music!

Speaking of live music… the loudest show I ever went to was Big Sugar at Barrymore’s back in the day… but also one of the best shows I’ve ever been to was an all-acoustic Big Sugar show. Lead Gordie Johnson will be playing his One Man Big Sugar Show at Neat Coffee Shop  — well worth the short drive! (Psst: He’s also playing in Ottawa on Monday but that’s after the weekend and not technically included here).


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Want to practice your French and get in a holiday movie? The Alliance Française Ottawa has got you covered with their Ciné-club/Movie Nighton Friday night.

Check out Grounded on Friday night for their Shop Art and Dine event featuring local offerings to savour, sip, and gift!


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Impress your guests this season with a lovely charcuterie board after you take this virtual class through the City of Ottawa with Chef Eva Bee.

CA Paradis is hosting a pop-up with Ganden Gardens and Cave Spring Winery if you’re in the market for some lovely local gifts, including a wine and chocolate lovers box, wreaths and bath and body products.

Overflow Brewing Company has Led Zeppelin tribute band Mothership playing live Saturday night at their Ottawa South location. Great beer to sip while you enjoy as well!

There’s a fantastic immersive art show being held at Shenkman Arts Centre called Women of Water. Put on by the women-led Tessellate Collective, this multimedia exhibit explores the contributions of Black and Indigenous women in our community.


It’s not too late to create a beautiful watercolour card to mail to someone special for the holidays. Join Art for Affect for this Snowy Cabin Holiday Card Watercolour Workshop.


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Canadian duo Kenny Vs Spenny bring their comedy stylings to Ottawa’s Brass Monkey on Sunday.

The holidays aren’t all lights and joy for everyone all the time. Beechwood Cemetery is hosting a Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday for those looking for a special way to remember loved ones. There will be a candlelight memorial, carols and a tree-lighting ceremony.