Friends, it’s been — gestures at everything — something these last few weeks, hasn’t it? Remember, self-care isn’t selfish and there are resources for help.
Also, there are lots of ways to help support struggling businesses downtown — even if you don’t have money to order gift certificates or products with. Go to your favourite business’ social media and like, save, and share their posts to help spread the word about great places to support. If you can support financially, given the uncertainty day-to-day, don’t forget to check ahead if businesses are open and operating fully before heading down!
If you’re looking for a bit of normalcy there are plenty of events this weekend.
Take care and take care of one another!
The ByTowne Cinema also has a great schedule of films this weekend, including their Drunken Cinema presentation of A Nightmare on Elm Street — a twist on a classic movie-watching experience!
Parlez-vous français? You might be interested in the virtual Salon du livre de l’Outaouais this weekend, which includes presentations, interviews, book prizes and more. The Alliance Française Ottawa in particular is inviting Ottawans to a meeting with Fanie Demeule, who will talk about her literary approach.
The Ottawa Art Gallery is taking reservations again — and admission is free!
If the cold never bothered you anyway, you might be interested in The Grand Pizzeria’s Ice Bar:
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The Canadian War Museum is hosting an online discussion on the contributions of Black Canadians to Canada’s military history.
Author Nora Loreto joins Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth for a discussion through Octopus Books of her new book, Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Alliances Françaises of Canada is hosting a lecture by Layla Metssitane on the life of Marguerite Duras and her famous book La Douleur.
CA Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise is hosting the first of 101 events this year to celebrate its 101st anniversary. Join Sommelier and General Manager of Atelier for a master series on champagne.
Head down to Club SAW for some music with Yoo Doo Right, Ky Brooks & Skin Tone and Jasmine Trails.
LIVE! on Elgin has rescheduled last week’s Sit Down Sessions of progressive house music with DJs Joe Rowe, Zak and Alain M.
613flea is back! Head to Lansdowne to check out 125 vendors — free entry!
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Get more shopping in at the Fly Market taking place at the Rideau Curling Club.
The master series continues at CA Paradis/The Chef’s Paradise with Chef Walid hosting a knife-sharpening class.
Participate or support local women in need of support through Cornerstone Housing for Women’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser taking place virtually in Westboro.
Framework Music and City At Night present dance music curators Etienne Ozborne and Tone A for a great night of music.
The GCTC and The Origin Arts and Community Centre are hosting MIC Drop: A Black Legacy and History Celebration — including music, comedy and poetry.
If English renaissance period music is more your thing, be sure to check out The Tudors at Saint Paul University for the CAELIS choir and Ottawa Baroque Consort musicians.