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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on February 17, 2022

Family Day weekend is upon us, but things are still pretty weird around town. Stay safe, support local businesses, and check in on friends and family. Before heading out to any events, be sure to check with organizers to ensure no disruptions or change of plans due to current events.


With the easing of capacity limits, sports are back! Go cheer on the Ottawa 67s as they take on the North Bay Battalions on Sunday at 2pm.

Then again, there have been sports for a while… I know it feels like just yesterday we were watching the Summer Olympics, but the Winter Olympics are on from February 4-20, followed by the Paralympics from March 4-13. CBC Gem has been streaming events if you’re looking to cheer on the home team. Don’t miss Apt613 contributor Kiefer Uuksulainen‘s interviews with local athletes Laura Leclair (cross-country skiing), Lisa Weagle (curling), Mirela Rahneva (skeleton), Katherine Stewart-Jones (cross-country skiing), and Hannah Schmidt (freestyle skiing).

Things are up in the air for the Rideau Canal with some warmer weather (check ice conditions here), but fresh snow is good news for the local ski hills and winter trails.

Dominion City Brewing Co. and Ski Heritage East are hosting a snow day on February 19! There’ll be groomed trails in the field for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and fat biking, plus a hockey shooting skills competitions and snow activities for the whole family. Enjoy beer, outdoor fires, music and waffles and chili from Almanac Grain. And in case you haven’t heard the news, Almanac has started offering up sourdough pizza on Fridays and Saturdays. It doesn’t get much better than pizza and beer, does it?


This Saturday, the Ottawa Mystic Market is a once-a-year event for Witches, Mystics, and folks searching for the odd, mystifying, and metaphysical. Entry by donation with proceeds going to the Ottawa Humane Society, there will be crystals, tarot reading, clothing, decor, jewellery, magic, and more!

Sights and Sounds

When was the last time you went out for a movie? Looking for inspiration? Check out this roundup of February shows at Ottawa’s independent cinemas by Apt613’s film and theatre contributor extraordinaire Barbara Popel.

Enjoy string music live or online Saturday afternoon: musicians Cendrine Despax and Valérie Despax with guest Gabrielle Rousseau will be presenting a programme featuring works by Johann G. Albrechtsberger, Emmanuel Despax, Reinhold Glière, Händel, and more as part of Music in Greenboro‘s upcoming concert, Strings in Concert. Admission is by freewill offering and while registration isn’t required, proof of vaccination on-site is.


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Looking to get back to the future? Head to downtown Gatineau to try out Loop, an interactive sound and light installation.

Ottawa Prog Vibes is presenting a line up of DJs over at LIVE on Elgin Saturday evening. For a different vibe, check out the family-friendly BIG BANG Festival at the National Arts Centre Saturday and Sunday.


This is not a drill: there’s a new ramen spot in town! Who’s been to Ramen Isshin in the Glebe? Get all the details in our interview here and then stop 775 Bank Street for a bowl of delicious ramen. Looking for other take out ideas? Try the Apt613 updated takeout guide!

There have been a couple other new posts worth flagging to the foodie friend in your group (perhaps that’s you!). Top Shelf Preserves recently opened a new retail space on Gladstone Avenue where you get get your fill of tasty pickles, spreads, and more. Another “cool” story (forgive my fridge pun!): Parkdale Food Centre and local partners have opened the city’s first outdoor community fridge. Donated by the Hintonburg Community Association, the Road Runner is stocked with good food to share with people who need it.

The Chef’s Paradise is hosting a Master Series (unique learning experiences hosted by masters in their craft) to celebrate their 101-year anniversary. This Saturday, Happy Goat hosts a Coffee 101 experience where you will learn the integral differences between a variety of coffees, how to dose your coffee properly, how to tamp your coffee correctly and most importantly, how to make the best cup of joe you’ve ever made. Tickets are available online.

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