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Bank St Bridge Winterlude. Photo: Andrew Moor/Flickr.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on January 27, 2022



Alright, hopefully this is the home stretch in the lockdown for a while now… But don’t worry, there are still lots of great ideas that are still happening and not date-specific — like in the last roundup, or the one before that, or before that

Want to get out/outside?

You know all about the canal, rinks, and paths if you’ve followed the last few weeks’ roundups (ahem, if not, see above) but did you know you can borrow skis and other winter gear from the Overbrook popup location of the Ottawa Gear Library?

If you’re out on the canal, check out Dunrobin Distilleries’ cocktail kiosk inside a customized Airstream Caravan located at the Concord Rest Area between the NAC and the Pretoria Bridge (distance markers 1.2km and 1.4km). This is the first time spirits have ever been served on the canal!

You could explore some of Ottawa’s local gems through one of the Neighbourhood Hangouts provided for Vanier, or check out Little Italy and Chinatown through this Urban Walk.


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If you do go out, be aware of potential traffic disruptions downtown all weekend due to a demonstration that is expected to arrive in the Parliament Hill area on Saturday.

Want to stay in?

While not technically this weekend, registration for Perfectly Preserved: 1800s (an online cooking class through the Billings Estate) closes on January 28.

The Night of Ideas takes place Thursday, presented by the National Gallery of Canada, the Embassy of France in Canada, and the Alliance Française of Ottawa. It’s a series of conversations and artistic performances followed by a podcast.

There’s a screening and talk on Thursday about the experimental move The Female Gaze improvised around perspectives in storytelling. It’s also available for 48 hours afterwards.

The NAC brings us another live-streamed show on Friday, this time Kelly Bado who brings a diverse mix of influences to her songs.

The Urban Legends Poetry Collective are hosting a pay-what-you-can slam event featuring Apollo the Child on Friday night.

Also on Friday night, join the Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East for a free online beading class where you can make a beaded leather keychain.

Don’t forget to keep supporting local restaurants as we get closer to reopening and check out Apt613’s updated Takeout Guide.

And while you’re at it, why not listen to the updated Apt613 local artists playlist?

Stay warm and stay safe friends!