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Bluesfest 2018. Photo by Landon Entwistle (IG: @landonspics)

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on July 12, 2018

The dog days of summer have arrived and, with temperatures above 30 degrees in the forecast all weekend, we can brace ourselves for another hot one in the capital. In addition to a guaranteed heatwave of a weekend, it is also guaranteed to be a fun one, with a long list of great goings on to get out there and enjoy.

All Weekend

Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest continues through this final weekend, wrapping up this Sunday. The Foo Fighters played an incredible sold out show this week, and there is still an amazing lineup playing this weekend, including Blue Rodeo, Beck, Rise Against, and The PepTides. You can have a look at the full lineup here and catch all Apt613’s coverage right here.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting Summer Weekends each Saturday and Sunday with free activities, including gallery tours. Check out the gallery’s current exhibits, including Douglas Coupland’s The National Portrait. Commissioned by Simons, the installation features a landscape of 1000 3D printed busts of people who shopped at Simons stores across Canada from 2015 to 2017 and volunteered to have their 3D portraits used in the project.

If the hustle and bustle of Bluesfest isn’t quite your thing—or you’d simply like to stay out of the sun—check out any of the great shows taking place at Pressed, Bar Robo, and House of Targ this weekend. The list includes The Boo Radley Project with A Leverage for Mountains and Vibebymelo, at House of Targ on Thursday; Welcome the Ghost’s debut album release with MountainEyes and L.J.P., this Saturday at Robo; Subtle Curves/Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez/The Leanover this Saturday at Pressed; and Colin Weeks’ EP Launch with Christine Jakel and Patrick Rock, this Sunday at Robo.


Pinhole Portraits are back at The Art House Café this Thursday. Having been such a hit at Art House’s anniversary, they’ve invited Nicole Small of One on One Art Portraits back for another studio session. There are only 25 spots but tickets are still available, so get yours now to guarantee your place in front of the camera.


The opening reception of In Detail takes place at Studio Sixty Six this Friday. The show, which “speaks to the communal history of sewing and needlework as well as the social and artistic significance of work that was traditionally performed by women”, features work by local artists Kristina Corre and Amy Barker, as well as Montreal artist Kathryn Shiver.


Get yourself psyched for the World Soccer Finals this Sunday and come out and cheer on our home team! The Ottawa Fury takes on Penn FC this Saturday at TD Place.

The Eco-Maker’s Market’s first ever market is happening this Saturday at Knox Presbyterian Church on Lisgar. The market features local artists, whose products are both environmentally-friendly and help us live a greener lifestyle – and there will also be plants.


What better way to watch the World Soccer finals than on the soccer field in a stadium? Bring your own chairs to the stadium at TD Place this Sunday for the World Soccer Final Watch Party. Our own Ottawa Fury will also be stopping by to take pictures with fans. Best of all: the cost of entry to the Watch Party includes entry to the Ottawa Fury’s home game on July 21st.

Sunday is going to be the hottest day of them all and there’s nothing more refreshing than ice cream on a scorching summer’s day. It’s a perfect day for the Ice Cream Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum at the Experimental Farm. Learn all about how ice cream is made, take your turn helping to make ice cream the old-fashioned way, and – of course – enjoy some delicious ice cream!

Show off your pinball skills at Free-Play Sundays at House of Targ. Bring a friend and for $5 each, you can enjoy free arcade games, a DJ, and pierogies late into the night. Curious if they have your favourite arcade game? Have a look at the full list here.

Well folks, that’s a wrap. Be sure to wear your sunscreen and keep hydrated as you make the most of this incredible summer weekend. Take lots of photos and hashtag them with #apt613. We will feature our favourites on our feed.

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