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Vendors/artisans abound were set up around the perimeter of the grounds at Laroche Park.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on June 16, 2022

I feel like June in Ottawa is often the best month. The excitement of summer, the usually great weather (though I’m not so sure about that anymore), festivals, patios, and so much to get out and enjoy. Here’s a smattering of ideas—let us know what you get up to!

Ongoing/all weekend

Italian Week is running until June 19, and so there are still plenty of activities to take in, such as a masterclass in Italian wine, an Italian comedy night, and the Grand Finale Weekend.

The Gatineau Ecosphere Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Zibi lot with vendor and maker booths as well as conference talks.

The Signatures Handmade Market takes place all weekend on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park. Find great works from independent artists, artisans, makers and designers.

Another immersive art exhibit is coming to Ottawa after the success of the Van Gogh one last summer. This time, check out the moving (literally!) art in the Imagine Monet exhibit, which adds scale and movement to the works.

Fringe is back! If you haven’t ever checked out Ottawa’s Fringe Festival then you’ve been missing out. Some high-calibre local playwrights and artists, visiting guests, dance, lectures, magic, musicals and theatre all come together for this fantastic event taking place June 16–26. Apt613 contributors will be covering the festival, so watch for our reviews and recommendations!

 

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Thursday 

The wonderful resource that is the Ottawa Tool Library hosts fantastic workshops and demos. If you’ve ever wanted to know some basics about home plumbing, this one is for you!

What’s more relaxing than a gentle yoga class? One followed by a glass of wine! Check out this yoga and wine class at Copper Branch in Barrhaven. 

The ByWard Night Market takes place on Thursday evenings with vendors, concerts and street food.

Also in the Market, new cocktail bar Nan’s Parlour is having their “Gran Opening” with a set from DJ Magnificent.

NOBRO and the OBGMs bring their Stay Rad tour to Club SAW.

Friday

There’s plenty to do on Friday night, I promisejust go back to the “Ongoing/all weekend” section above.

Saturday

Show your support for Ukraine at this Benefit concert at Swaso Bar (inside Happy Goat). The concert’s proceeds will be donated to Maiden Market, which helps newcomer Ukrainian refugees, and features local musician Landon A.R. Coleman! Read our preview here

The Lyon Gala 2022 hits up DEFCUF with its showcase of local Ottawa hip-hop artists: Steph Lyon, Banggz, TkMN, Nino Corleone, Energyy, Lance Lorenzo and more.

The William Street Summer Fest takes over the pedestrian plaza all day with Latin bands, dancers and dance classes. 

Emo Night is back at SAW Gallery this month with the best in emo, pop-punk, screamo, metalcore and rock.

Another fantastic event is back after a pandemic hiatus! ArtsPark takes place all day and into the night at Parkdale Park with local artists, kids’ activities, a beer garden, performers and The Happening Art Throwdown.

If Vanier is more your jam, there’s also Arts in the Park in Emond Park. 

June is Bike Month in Ottawa and so Let’s Bike Ottawa is hosting some great events like Retro Rides Bike Basics Tune-up Class, an Urban Cycling Q&A with Somerset Ward and more.

The Welcome Back Project sounds pretty fun—local artist and educator Christos Pantieras is giving a “make and take” workshop where you design and create your own welcome mat! Perhaps the coolest part is that the workshop is free and sponsored by Studio Space Ottawa. You can take your project home or you can loan it to the artist to be part of a public art installation that will take place this fall. There are multiple time slots and two locations to choose from.

Sunday

A new Indigenous storefront is opening in ByWard Market, called Adaawewigamig, and they’re opening in a BIG way—with a host of vendors, powwow dancing, and musical performances by Cody Coyote and Silla + Rise. (They’re also hosting a Summer Solstice event on June 21.)

The Elgin Street Market is launching their 2022 season today and will continue every Sunday from 9am to 1pm at Boushey Square until October 9.

Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society, presents New Voices, New Songs. Five new singer-songwriters perform their own music at the Westboro Masonic Hall.

The Summer Lovin’ Craft Market takes place at the Glebe Community Centre and features more than 40 local artisans and makers. There’s also a silent auction, with proceeds going to the LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow Family Services Ottawa.