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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Laura Gauthier on November 17, 2022









Alright, the snow has arrived, so if you haven’t yet, it’s your cue to start your winter and holiday activities! Not ready yet? That’s OKthere’s plenty else to do in and around town.

All Weekend

Check our Magic in the Dark column to see what’s playing at the ByTowne Cinema and Mayfair Theatre.

“Fall into Play” is a family theatre event at the Canadian War Museum. The playbill includes a small circus-fanfare presented bilingually by Josette Lépine of the Kif-Kif Sisters; as well as the classic story of A Christmas Carol by Dufflebag Theatre; Felicity Falls by Rag & Bone Puppet Theatres; a live reading of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale, The Happy Prince, by Skeleton Key Theatre; and more surprises in store. Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets.

Apt613 has prepped a preview of holiday markets and craft fairs taking place in the month of November.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is playing at the National Arts Centre through Sunday. Check out the review on our blog.

Head out and support excellent local theatre with the opening of Orpheus Musical Theatre’s first post-pandemic closure season with the excellent high-paced show Newsies , which starts Friday and runs through to November 27.

Check out what’s new and continuing at the Ottawa Art Gallery.


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Claude Munson is performing music from his new Boxing Day EP at the NAC Fourth Stage, beginning at 8:30pm. Get tickets here. Local singer-songwriter and artist Baker will be opening the night. Baker is a new wave project from songwriter Andre Bluteau.

Red Bird Live will host its first-ever poetry event on Thursday night (doors 6:30pm, show begins at 7:30pm). Five award-winning Ottawa poets, Susan J. Atkinson, Conyer Clayton, Jacqueline Bourque, Deborah-Anne Tunney and Doris Fiszer, will launch their debut collections, all of which were published during the provincial lockdowns, making it impossible to enjoy and celebrate with an in-person launch or event!

The Ottawa Tool Library has a Workspace Safety 101 Workshop to learn how to handle power tools safely.

Broadway Workout has a drop-in class this week where you can warm up by learning choreography in a fun and no-pressure environment to the song Summer Loving from Grease


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World Trivia Night, in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation, takes place again this year—test your knowledge and support a great cause! 

Wall Space Gallery + Framing is hosting a CHEO Jewellery Gala with a portion of proceeds going to the cause. 

A Middle East Soirée takes place at the Horticulture Building in support of Capital Rainbow Refuge’s work to help LGBTQI refugees arrive and thrive in eastern Ontario.

There’s a One Direction & Harry Styles Dance Party happening at the Bronson Centre.

The 80s Dance Party w DJ Remi Royale and the John Hughes Orchestra takes place at House of TARG.

Ottawa band Pony Girl is celebrating the release of Enny One Will Love You at Club SAW. It’s their first release on Paper Bag Records, the Canadian label that launched the careers of Broken Social Scene and other great artists. Montreal’s Eve Parker Finlay opens the show, which is presented by Debaser. Get tickets here.



The Ottawa Chocolate Show is back at the Nepean Sportsplex with seminars, tasting sessions and a market with 20+ chocolate makers and chocolatiers from across Canada.

Ottawa’s folk music society Spirit of Rasputin’s presents Tony Turner & Friends at 8pm at the Westboro Masonic Hall. Tony, a singer-songwriter famous (or notorious) for his political hit “Harperman”, will be joined by Ann Downey on bass and background vocals along with Sjef Frenken, Carmel Whittle and Arthur McGregor. Visit for tickets and more information.

The 53rd Help Santa Toy Parade leaves from City Hall at 11am and makes its way down Laurier Ave and then Bank St until it gets to Lansdowne. At the parade, they accept new, unwrapped toys as well as cash and tap donations to help the Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign.

Rahyma African Clothing Popup Shop takes place at Carlingwood Shopping Centre all day.

Now calling all gluten-free folks and celiacs! There’s a gluten-free exhibitor fair that brings together businesses and products that cater to GF fare.

Shannon Ross with special guest John McAlpine play Kaffé 1870 in Wakefield.

The Sounds of Hope Benefit Concert takes place at Shenkman Arts Centre and has performances by Juno nominee singer-songwriter Ammoye, as well as local artists Mia Kelly, Rory Taillon and Alanna Sterling, in support of the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma (CTSACT).

BY WOMEN: music by female composers takes place at the First Baptist Church featuring songs celebrating the artistry of women composers from past and present.

613flea is back at Aberdeen Pavilion with more than 140 vendors. 


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Wychwood might just be the world’s first “blackgrass” band. The duo of Chrissy Steinbock and Tim Kitz play old murder ballads and dark or strange traditional folk songs, with some bright and sentimental spots thrown in for contrast.  They will celebrate the release of their new album Blackgrass Harvest with a release party on Sunday, November 20 at Spark Beer (702 Somerset St. W). Doors 7:30pm. Tickets: $15 advance here or $20 at the door, but no one will be turned away (pay-what-you-can at the door).

There’s a Wreath Building workshop to help support Wreaths Across Canada to lay wreaths on gravestones of CAF personnel during the holiday season. 

Get a head start on your holiday gifts at this Candle Making Workshop where you can make soy candles infused with Saje essential oils. 

Chelsea painter Traven Benner opens his new art show This Moment in Time at Galerie Old Chelsea with a vernissage on Saturday afternoon from 1–4 pm. The show runs Nov. 18–Dec. 4. Visit the gallery’s website for opening hours. Benner’s many hikes through the Gatineau hills evocative landscape provided inspiration for the works.

Capital Comic Book Convention’s Fall Edition takes place at the Delta Hotel downtown and brings together comic collectors and readers.


The World Cup is starting Sunday, November 20 and not only is Canada in it for the first time in 36 years — Ottawa’s very own elite soccer superstar Jonathan David is one of our key players! Lots of local bars and pubs will be showing the games, so be sure to get in on all the fun and excitement of the beautiful game. Canada’s matches are against Belgium on Wednesday at 2 pm, Croatia next Sunday at 11am and then next Thursday at 10am against Morocco. Though there’s a dark cloud hanging over the host country Qatar, Canada will show the world the best it has to offer on the world stage!

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