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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on June 2, 2022


Happy June, everyone! The city continues to come alive as the sun gets hotter and the days get longer. This weekend you can enjoy free entry to dozens of Ottawa’s most interesting and beautiful buildings during Doors Open, or choose to stay in and enjoy a variety of live music all over town. Election Day is Thursday in Ontario, so before you get too deep into your weekend plans, make your way to the polls and vote for a province you want to live in!

Set some time aside this weekend to take in some local poetry with the second edition of the Apt613 Community Poetry Chapbook. All The Flowers was compiled in April during National Poetry Month with submissions from local writers and feelers. Find the edition here.

The front cover of Apt613’s 2022 digital chapbook. Layout/design by Steve St. Pierre.

All Weekend

One of Ottawa’s greatest weekends is finally back, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Doors Open Ottawa is back in full swing for the first time since 2019, welcoming people to buildings and spaces across town. Check out the progress being made on the conservation and expansion of Centre Block, or go behind the scenes at the embassies of Denmark and the United States. Check out a dozen of the city’s oldest and most beautiful churches and the Canada Council Art Bank. This year the event is offering both virtual and in-person options. Here are some of the blog’s recommendations.

Can you smell that, friends? Ribfest is back on Sparks Street! Open 11am–10pm daily, and Sunday 11am–7pm, you can find eight champion ribbers from across North America slinging the best of BBQ. Sunday is the last day to grab your treats, so run, don’t walk downtown.


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Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Arts Court you can catch Ottawa Dance Directive at 7:30pm at the Odd Box. Series Dance 10 is presenting a mixed program featuring three dance works by Peggy Baker. The new work, unmoored, created by Sarah Chase with Peggy Baker in performance, is a rare opportunity to see this exquisite performer in such an intimate performance setting. The evening also includes Baker’s work, Krishna’s Mouth, performed by Natasha Bakht, and the premiere of the duet, since then, performed by Jacqueline Ethier, and Sarah Hopkin. Tickets are still available online and start at $22.23 each.


Election Day!! If you haven’t yet voted in the provincial election, get to it! Polls are open until 9pm all over town. If you have any questions about where or how to vote check out Elections Ontario.


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Learn more about coffee in a special, two-day event and discover the path coffee takes from production to consumption at The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. In conjunction with the Embassy of Panama, the focus of the event is to educate consumers about the journey coffee makes from the fields of Central America to Canada’s coffee cups. This Thursday afternoon and Friday visitors can expect coffee tastings, seminars, kids’ crafting sessions, and even an artist painting with coffee! The event is included with admission, which is $13.50 for adults, and $11.25 for students and seniors.

The Ottawa Blackjacks are in town for their second home game of the season at TD Place Thursday, taking on the Scarborough Shooting Stars. Both teams are 0-2 so far this season, so it is truly anyone’s game. Tickets are available online, beginning at $30. They are the only Ottawa team in town this weekend, so why not check out some basketball if you’re still mourning the Raptors’ heartbreaking playoff loss this spring.


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Fans of science, space, and poetry will be interested in the Canadian premiere of American composer Timothy Takach’s Helios (2019), an exciting concert-length a capella work that explores the mythology surrounding our galaxy. Performed by the Capital Chamber ChoirHelios features 12 planetary movements, each inspired by the mythology or science of its namesake. During the second half of the programme, CCC will be joined by local Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. Tickets are available online for $15 for the show at St. Joseph’s Church on the University of Ottawa campus.

Last month, the Ottawa Pops Orchestra was forced to reschedule their Video Game Symphony due to COVID, so this weekend you can finally catch the long-awaited show at Centrepointe Theatre! Previewed here by Apt613’s beloved Broadway Friends Forever, the symphony promises “the magnificence of a full LIVE orchestra accompanied by a cinematic video projection.” The concerts will also feature the opportunity for audience members to compete in Mario Kart live onstage and the chance to win a Nintendo Switch.  Tickets range from $25 to $50 and there are still some available for both shows. Check out some of the tracks they will be playing below:

Now in its 10th year, CreativeMornings Ottawa wants to look back and celebrate how far they have come with a special evening event – “Then to Now”, a celebration of Ottawa’s creative community and its evolution over the last 10 years. Join on Friday from 6:30pm to midnight for an evening of music, surprise performances, and conversation at the Ottawa Art Gallery.


On Saturday beginning at 10:50am the Governor General’s Foot Guards will be exercising their “Freedom of the City of Ottawa” with a parade as part of their 150th anniversary. The regiment will be marching from Cartier Square Drill Hall to the Ottawa City Hall Heritage Building on Elgin Street to conduct the Freedom of the City ceremony with Mayor Jim. The Foot Guards will be in full ceremonial dress including scarlet jackets and bearskin hats. This promises to be quite the show, and it will be the only time this summer to see the Foot Guards downtown.

City of Om, Ottawa’s Yoga and Wellness Festival, is back at Lansdowne Park, kicking off Friday night and running all day Saturday. The event promises a “holistic approach to learning about and participating in, everything from yoga classes, rock climbing, and cooking workshops”. Tickets are available online, beginning at $78 for general admission to all events.

WolfGANG invites you to take another walk on the wild side with the next NACO at the Fourth: WolfGANG Sessions, featuring stellar NAC musicians in an intimate evening of musical surprises. This Saturday you can also take advantage of the NACO’s spring offer: Bring a friend to a NACO concert in the 2021–2022 season and receive 50% off both of your tickets—two seats for the price of one!

Once you’ve taken in some culture, cut over to Arts Court for Mod Nite at Galerie SAW Gallery! The first Saturday of every month, you can find the vinyl spinning with all of your retro favourites beginning at 11pm. Tickets are $5 for early birds online, and $15 at the door.


Sundays are for markets—we all know that. New on the scene this summer is the Preston Street Market, home to 25 local vendors. Coordinated by local craft market Freewheeling Craft, the weekly market at 333 Preston Street runs from 9am–3pm every Sunday. Check out local makers, free yoga, and activities for the kids before you hit a Little Italy patio or hang out around Dow’s Lake.