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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Jared Davidson on December 14, 2017

This late into December, weekend outings in Ottawa will inevitably involve some measure of holiday-themed craft shows. And while this week’s Weekend Roundup is certainly full of cheer, I hope there’s a little bit for everyone, Grinch and otherwise. Oh yeah, and there’s some hockey stuff going on.

All weekend

Still, this weekend is a good opportunity to revel in the season, what with the wintery weather. One way to do so is with Magic of Lights, a two-kilometre drive through Nepean at Wesley Clover Parks that features over a million LED lights. Imagine how that would look in the freshly fallen snow. Tickets are $20 in advance.

Over at the newly-lit-up National Arts Centre, A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season with its traditional denunciation of greed and message of giving. This version is a new adaptation by Director Jillian Keiley, and it stars Newfoundland actor and writer Andy Jones. Some might remember Jones from CODCO, a Newfoundland sketch comedy show on CBC Television, or from his work as a writer on Kids in the Hall.


This Friday, many Ottawa folks will be hustling down to Parliament Hill to secure their spot for the Alumni Classic, which will feature the return favourite players like Daniel Alfredsson, Alexei Yashin and Mike Fisher to Ottawa ice. The game is free, and though seating is limited, fans will be able to view the game on enormous televisions erected by the Canada 150 rink. The game starts at 7pm.

For the dancers, Timekode is hosting their December Dance Party at 10pm-2am at D’Afrique on Laurier Avenue West. The legendary dance party features the DJ stylings of Zattar and has been running since 2005.

For the music fans, Julie & The Wrong Guys at The 27 Club is the show to catch this Friday. The supergroup features Julie Doiron, fabulous in her own right, with members of the Cancer Bats and Eamon McGrath. Two local bands, Mush Gush and Saint Clare, will support.


On Saturday, the NHL 100 Classic will take place with the Montreal Canadiens facing off against the Ottawa Senators at TD Place’s newly-constructed outdoor arena. It’s a rematch of the very first NHL game almost 100 years ago on December 19, 1917, when the Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa 7-4. With the way Ottawa’s been playing, a result like that doesn’t seem out of the question. The game takes place at 7pm and tickets start at $129.

This Saturday also sees the return of China Doll’s Holiday Craft Sale at Shanghai Restaurant. There will be fortune telling and pendants to revel in, as well as holiday crafts from 11am-3pm.

If you’re up for a drive, Wakefield’s Roots and Shoots Farm is hosting a Christmas Foodie Market from 10am-3pm. The event will feature local meats, ice creams, maple syrup and plenty more.


On Sunday, classical music lovers will get a chance to take in a christmas concert at the base of the enormous tree in the main hall of the National Gallery of Canada from 1:30-3:30pm. Music will be provided by the National Capital Concert Band and all is included with gallery admission.

Finally, it wouldn’t be the holidays without Advent Goat Yoga. Doing yoga is great, but have you tried it with baby goats climbing on your back? You can this Sunday at Maple Hill Urban Farm on Moodie from 11am-12pm.

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. Be sure to use the hashtag #apt613 so we can share your photos!

Les suggestions Sous-Sol 819

La folie du temps des Fêtes est bel et bien amorcée et ce n’est pas une raison pour s’oublier dans le dédale du délire commercial. Voici quelques événements sélectionnés pour vous divertir les esprits en fin de semaine.

Le traditionnel GATINOËL est de retour à La Filature. Axenéo7 et DAÏMÔN préparent une soirée festive pour célébrer le temps des fêtes. En plus de proposer un encan silencieux, cet événement ouvert au grand public propose un karaoké, de la musique traditionnelle des fêtes revisitée, il sera possible de visiter les expositions des artistes Jeremie Roussel, de Manon Labrosse et Jillian McDonald. Pour agrémenter le tout, un banquet et punchs festifs gratuits seront offerts de 19 h à 21 h.


Cet événement qui apparaît sous la bannière CNA Présente ravivera notre vendredi soir avec la multi instrumentaliste Samuele. Appréciée pour ses talents de femme orchestre, elle fabrique du folk-rock à forte tendance blues. Plaisirs auditifs assurés.

Les soirées Timekode sont de retour ce mois-ci avec DJ Zattar aux tables tournantes. D’ores et déjà reconnues pour sa capacité à faire danser, ces soirées servent du soul, funk, disco, reggae, afro et saveurs du monde. Que tout le monde danse !


La formation Paupière sera au Petit Chicago pour offrir ce qu’ils font de mieux, de l’électro-pop efficace qui se déguste trop bien en formule live. Difficile de faire autrement considérant que ce trio compte Pierre-Luc Bégin, le batteur de We Are Wolves parmi les leur.

Her Harbour performera au Centre national des Arts pour une prestation qui promet encore une fois d’ébahir en nous plongeant dans son univers intimiste dont la voix résonne jusqu’au plus profond de nos âmes. Maniant l’autoharpe et le piano, Gabrielle Giguère présente des compositions uniques qui ne laissent personne indifférent.

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