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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on September 8, 2022



School might be back in session, but it is definitely still summer out there! This weekend came faster than most after the Labour Day long weekend, so take this chance to extend your sunny weather enjoyment of the 613, friends. Take in some playoff baseball or a historical tour of a national historic site. We have folk, electronic, jazz, and classical music on offer across the region, and more than one option for a good show. Whatever you get up to, stay safe, stay hydrated, vote for the best garden in Ottawa, and make the most of the warm weather we have left!

All Weekend

Festival Season in Ottawa never truly ends. CityFolk is taking over Lansdowne Park starting Thursday. Tickets are available online, whether you want to purchase a full festival pass, daily entry, or a Pick 3 package for the best three dates you see listed. Single-day general admission passes start at $60 for adults.  This weekend you can catch Tim Hicks, Kathleen Edwards, JJ Wilde, and T-Pain. I can’t confirm or deny that he will be playing “Buy U a Drank”, but it is most definitely stuck in my head now.

At the other end of the music festival spectrum, you can find Riverside Festival at the Museum of History in Gatineau. Running Friday–Sunday, this electronic music event is already 85% sold out online. Internationally acclaimed DJs will be spinning the tunes and there will be beer tents and food trucks to keep you going all weekend. You can buy single or multiple day passes, beginning at $79 for one day.

Ottawa Comiccon is back at the EY Centre from Friday to Sunday.  Tickets are available online beginning at $30 for one day general admission and $120 for VIP. You’ll have the chance to meet stars like James Marsters, Cary Elwes, and Dave Foley, not to mention UFC legend Georges St-Pierre. There will be autograph sessions, workshops, and various cosplay meetups and contests.


Tonight is opening night of a new season at the National Arts Centre, with Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu taking the stage for his Southam Hall debut with the NAC Orchestra. In 2021, Liu made history as the first-ever Canadian to win the International Chopin Piano Competition. You can watch his prize-winning performance here on YouTube.


If you couldn’t make it in person to hear Bruce Xiaoyu Liu perform at Southam Hall, the second night of his run with the NAC Orchestra is being broadcast in a free livestream at 8pm.

On Friday night, legendary jazz guitarist Roddy Ellias will be on the Grange de la Gatineau stage in Cantley with his star-studded quartet featuring some of the top jazz artists in Canada: Kate Wyatt on piano, Adrian Vedady on bass, and Jim Doxas on drums. Tickets are available online for $30 and the show begins at 8pm.

After a high-scoring wild card game last night, the Ottawa Titans are in the post-season! Their inaugural season was also high-scoring, and the Titans have put themselves into second place in the East Division, behind the Quebec City Capitales. We will be taking on the Capitales at home on Friday  at 6:30pm sharp. If you’ve been meaning to come to a game, this is your chance! Tickets are available online, so get them ahead of time to avoid long lines—it promises to be a big crowd!

The Ottawa Writers Festival fall programming kicks off this weekend in conversation with Joshua Whitehead on his latest book Making Love with the Land.  Following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language, and land through a variety of methods. Making Love with the Land is a “startling, heart-wrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person ‘in the rupture’ between identities.” Tickets for the in-person event are available in advance online beginning at the $20 reduced rate. Find the conversation at Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street beginning at 7pm.

Capital Pop-Up Cinema is still going strong for the month of September, bringing their free movies and delicious popcorn to an outdoor space near you! This Friday, they are playing Isle of Dogs at Parkdale Park. This screening of the Wes Anderson animated flick about a Japanese island inhabited entirely by dogs will be dog-friendly, since this also turns out to be the ninth edition of Hintonburg’s Dog Movie Night. The movie begins at “dusk” so it is best to be set up and comfortable by 8:30pm.


On Saturday you have the chance to see behind the scenes of the NCC on their Open NCC day. Learn about the history and conservation of our city’s core, as well as the major parks administered by the commission.  Take a heritage walking tour of the Sussex courtyards in the market, or get on your bike for the bike tour of Confederation Boulevard. Learn about the NCC’s city planning for the capital at their headquarters or on the ground at LeBreton flats. As one of the principal land owners and developers in the city, the NCC is so much more than just free tours of Parliament Hill! Check online for tour times and free sign-ups.


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Horizon Ottawa is proud to present HorizonFest, a one-day music festival on Saturday, September 10 at Strathcona Park. (Rain date: Sunday, September 11). It will feature Finely Tuned Elephant, SoundProof, Aurora Jade, Taming Sari, Lynn Miles, Emma Lamontagne, Dee Butters, and many more musical acts. HorizonFest brings together Ottawa’s music scene, local community organizations, activist groups, and the wider community of Ottawa with the purpose of showcasing the organizing work going on in our neighbourhoods and promoting progressive candidates ahead of Ottawa’s municipal election in October.

The Ottawa RedBlacks are in town this weekend, taking on the Toronto Argonauts at 2pm at TD Place. If you’re looking to make the most of the game, check out Dominion City’s Grid Iron Gameday Pass. For $85 get a ticket (in the Subaru Log Cabin, located in the west end zone), round-trip bus travel from the brewery (5510 Canotek Road) to the game, a pre-game beer in the taproom before departing via bus for the game, and an optional limited edition DCBC Canadian football-inspired game day cap. Don’t forget your red plaid for the perfect afternoon.

Moonfruits are back with their new album Salt, releasing this weekend at Red Bird Live. Moonfruits will be accompanied by a whole chamber “folkestra”, including strings, horns, back-up singers, and very special guest Éveline on harp, who will also open the night. Salt, their anticipated sophomore album, is a lushly orchestrated, deeply personal 12-song suite that explores what it means to live, dream, and raise a family in an era of climate change and deepening socio-economic inequality. It tells the stories of their families and the kinds of communities they hope to help build.


The Ottawa School of Art’s ByWard Market (35 George Street) and Orleans (245 Centrum Blvd.) campuses are opening their doors and inviting Ottawa in to see what the OSA is all about. The school offers a full range of specialized art courses, including life drawing, landscape painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, watercolour, etching, printmaking, and a wide variety of specialized short courses and workshops.


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You know I am always going to steer you towards a historical tour. Gosh, I love ’em. Beechwood Cemetery continues to offer top-notch content for free this summer, for those curious about our history. This national historic site will host their annual Influential Women Historical Tour this Sunday at 2pm in English and 3:30pm in French. Learn about four leading Canadian women including a journalist, a composer, an activist, and a world traveller through storytelling and music.