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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Hannah Manning on April 7, 2022




Bad news: the forecast calls for rain this weekend. Good news: it’ll (hopefully!) wash away the final remnants of winter just in time for spring blooms to decorate the city. While waiting on that sunny weather, here are a few things to keep you occupied.

All Weekend

The Irish Film Festival Ottawa starts April 8 and continues through to April 14. The 2022 festival takes place in-person at the Arts Court Theatre and online. Elsewhere in town, check out Oscar nominees and winners at Ottawa’s two independent cinemas, the ByTowne and the Mayfair.

Snow is melting but there’s still time for some maple taffy! Muséoparc Vanier, Ottawa’s urban sugar shack,  is hosting the 37th edition of their sugar festival with events through April 9. During the nine days of the 2022 Virtual Sugar Festival, a new activity will be unveiled each day exclusively on their web-based app.

Friday and Saturday, enjoy a unique visual and emotional experience with Côté Danse’s Crypto. According to the NAC’s website: moving between raw contemporary form and classical ballet, and bound by theatre and technology, Crypto explores the changing dynamic between an eroded romantic relationship and the human need to control and transform beauty. Tickets start at $29 and are available online.

Looking to spend some time exploring this weekend? #VanierMurals is an Apartment613 x Vanier Business Improvement Area (BIA) series capturing iconic paintings set to be removed from the streets of Ottawa’s storied Vanier neighbourhood. Get started with the mural map and enjoy!


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Ottawa New Music Creators present Art Crush | Ensembl’arts. Groupe Ensembl’arts interprets an idea through the multifaceted performances of sound, image, and movement. Thursday’s event features Marc Djokic on violin, Avery Zhao with live painting, and Ariana Pirela Sanchez with dance and choreography. Tickets are available online for the event at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Maybe go early and check out the (free!) Ottawa Art Gallery.


The Ottawa 67’s are taking on the Hamilton Bulldogs this Friday at 7pm. The game is the second-to-last of the regular season, and while the 67’s have already secured their spot in the playoffs, they could still use your support in the stands!

Looking for a reason to visit Red Bird, Old Ottawa South’s new music venue? Look no further! Jim Bryson and Helena Palmer are there Friday night at 8pm.

Freewheeling Craft, an organization bringing new and established artisans together, is celebrating the opening of their new location at 70B Beech with an Easter pop-up. From April 8-16 you can shop online or in store. Learn more bout Freewheeling Craft and their new spot in our post here.


Atlético Ottawa is dedicating their home opener to Ukraine and is offering ‘Pay What You Can’ offer for the first home match of 2022 set this Saturday, with all proceeds going directly to humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. Get all the details on the home opener in our post here, including Apt613’s predictions for the season.


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Music recommendations? We’ve got plenty. Saturday, head to The Brass Monkey for Bearings, Between You & Me, Young Culture, and Bud. It’s 60’s Mod Nite at SAW Gallery. Over at Irene’s, enjoy the Big Train Wreck album release with special guest Jimbo.


Spring is in the air but we’ve still got a few more weeks of the winter edition of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne. Really, the biggest difference is that the market takes place inside the pavilion instead of outside.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, stay tuned to @apt613 on Twitter. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!