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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on November 9, 2017

Another glorious weekend is upon us, Ottawa. A weekend so full of fun, that it is impossible to do it all. Despite this, we like to keep you in the know re: all things cool, so here you have it – the Weekend Roundup.

All weekend

Now through November 11th, we commemorate Canada’s fallen soldiers with the Virtual Poppy Drop on Parliament Hill. Falling poppies, which represent each of our fallen soldiers, will be projected on the Parliament buildings each evening, from 6:30-9:30pm. Also in commemoration of our fallen soldiers, be sure to visit The World Remembers, a scrolling list of the names of the soldiers’ lives lost in the war during 1917, projected on the Government Conference Centre each night until sunrise on November 11th. There will also be a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial on Saturday morning.

If you are a fan of ballet (or, in this case, even if you are not), you will want to get tickets to see Swan Lake at the National Arts Centre this weekend. A beautiful ballet fairytale with a dark side, the story is one that is hard not to enjoy. While you are there, be sure to take a look around. The NAC recently got a facelift and there are some treasures to behold within its walls.


This Thursday, come make some art in the gallery at the CUAG Fall Art Party at Carleton University Art Gallery. Be part of a collaborative stop-motion project with Hemi Patel, or learn about the process of loom beading from Ashley-Rose Machendagoos. Pizza and drinks will be available, all the materials will be provided, and – best of all – admission is free!

Thursday night also marks opening night for the Group Art Show in support of Parkdale Food Centre at Hintonburg Public House. Check out some amazing art by local artists who have donated 30% of their total sales to the Parkdale Food Centre. Come have a beer, enjoy the free snacks, and maybe take home a new piece for your walls, all in support of a good cause.


This Friday night, the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa is celebrating its new and improved space by throwing a Grand Opening party. Come check out SPAO’s new digs, right off the main strip in Little Italy, and stick around for performances by the Peptides and Rebecca Noelle at 9pm.

Friday night is a good night for music in this city. Toronto post-indie/rock band Do Me Say Think will be performing at the Bronson Centre, alongside local instrumental/experimental artist Flying Horses. Also happening that night, Django Libre brings gypsy jazz and swing dancing to Bar Robo.


The National Gallery of Canada recently opened the 2017 Canada Biennial exhibition and they’ve got some really, really cool new pieces on display. Spend the afternoon at the gallery and make your way to the Special Exhibitions Galleries for 2pm for a Spotlight on Contemporary Art.

Friday night was great, and Saturday is an equally exciting night for music in the city. Get On Up to a night full of dancing at the All Vinyl Dance Party at Bar Robo. DJ Breakthru will be on the decks, bringing you some great funk, soul, RnB, and whatever else your groove desires.

If you’d rather a live band, take a trip across the bridge to see Tropikombo at le Petit Chicago. Part Columbian merecumbe, part Brazilian Sambafunk, part Latin/African disco, these guys are sure to have you up and dancing.


I know we don’t want to think about it quite yet, but the holidays are fast approaching and what better way to get ahead of the game and start your shopping early this year than at The Feminist Fair at the Montgomery Centretown Legion? With many local vendors, you will find jewelry, zines, art, clothing, bath & beauty products, and all kinds of other great gift ideas. Entry is by donation and all of the proceeds go to support Voicefound. Did we mention there will be a free pizza lunch?

This Sunday marks the return of the annual Plaid Parade. This year the event raises money for Cycle Salvation, an organization that helps to train and employ people who are economically disadvantaged as bike mechanics. The parade begins at Cycle Salvation on Bronson, then it is out and about eventually making its way to Krackers Katering on O’Meara for a pancake brunch.

Are we not lucky to live in a city with back to back weekends of pop up vintage events? Last weekend we had Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market and this weekend, the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show takes over the Carleton University Fieldhouse. You won’t want to miss out on Canada’s largest vintage clothing show. With all kinds of incredible vendors, and everything from party dresses to parkas, you will be certain to find a few diamonds in the rough.

Do you have a project that you would love to work on, if only you had the space, or the tools, or a little bit of guidance? What if we told you that there was a place that could offer you all three of these things? Introducing Maker Days at the Ottawa Tool Library – an open workshop period to pick away at those projects that you’ve been meaning to get to, but never have. Reserve your spot at the workbench in advance for the low cost of $5 an hour.

That’s a wrap on a weekend chock full of great things in this wonderful city of ours. Get out there and enjoy yourselves. For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. And since we want to see what you get up to all the time (not just on your apt613wknd), be sure to use the hashtag #apt613 so we can repost your photos!

Les suggestions Sous-Sol 819

C’est reparti pour une fin de semaine aux options multiples. Ce samedi s’annonce particlièrement florissant. Il faudra faire des choix et garder la tête froide pour sélectionner la soirée qui s’inscrira dans vos meilleurs moments dans la fabuleuse région d’Ottawa-Gatineau.

Soirée drag au profit du théâtre francophone

Le Théâtre du Trillium et le Théâtre Rouge Écarlate unissent leurs forces à pour la soirée ENTRE 2 DRAGS, une fête bénéfice qui qualifiée de rien d’autre qu’enflammée. Il s’agit d’une soirée au profit de la création de nouvelles oeuvres théâtrales francophones issues de la région d’Ottawa. Au menu, des numéros de drag, lecture de textes et micro ouvert. Le public est invité à présenter des textes, des poèmes, des manifestes ou monologues. Soyez de la partie ce samedi dès 19 h au Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

Samedi de choix

Squerl Noir, Loud et Alaclair, voilà un trio hip hop qui promet de nous réchauffer les esprits. Il faudra se déplacer au Minoraure du côté du Vieux-Hull pour en profiter pleinement.

À quelques mètres de là, Peter Peter performera à la Salle Jean-Desprez. Un brin pop et une fine touche d’électro et de rock pour un samedi assurément réussi.

Du côté d’Ottawa, Sally Folk présentera son univers unique au Studio du CNA. Cette artiste surprend par son style vestimentaire qui sort tout droit des années 60. Sa musique allie cuivre, claviers et cordes, elle produit des sons pop-rétro dynamiques et invasifs.

L’artiste d’origine mexicaine Boogat égaiera ce samedi avec un fameux mélange de cumbia, de reggae, de la salsa et du hip-hop, Boogat a remporté le prix JUNO en 2016 album de musique du monde de l’année pour Neo Reconquista un réel chef d’oeuvre musical. Il sera au Mercury Lounge ce samedi et afin de promouvoir son troisième album San Cristobal Baile Inn.


Festival international du court métrage en Outaouais : Le FICMO est de retour pour sa 5e année et propose une sélection des meilleurs courts métrages du monde. Du 10 au 12 novembre 2017, plus de 30 films inédits seront présentés. Ce festival s’avère également une excellente occasion de réseautages et de rencontres pour les cinéastes et les cinéphiles, dans les bars et restaurants du secteur Aylmer.

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