We’ve arrived at another great weekend in this beautiful city and there is plenty going on to celebrate. Decisions can be hard when there is so much to choose from, so we’ve done some of the work for you and present to you: the weekend’s shortlist.
The TIFF Top Ten Film Festival makes a stop in the nation’s capital this weekend, with a series of screenings beginning this Thursday night at the National Gallery. The festival begins with a showing of the Angry Inuk, followed by a Q&A period with the film’s director, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President, Nathan Obed, and runs through this Sunday. A list of the films screened at the event can be found here.
Lovers of the infamous poutine, rejoice. Poutinefest takes over three whole blocks of Sparks Street this weekend. The streets will be filled with food trucks from far and wide, serving up all kinds of tasty takes on this Canadian favourite.
The Ottawa International Writer’s Festival hosts its spring session at Christ Church Cathedral at 414 Sparks Street this coming weekend. Bibliophiles have the opportunity to hear some of their favourite authors speak about their work. Some noteworthy highlights from this edition of the festival are ‘One Day This Will Matter’ with Scaachi Koul and ‘The Science of Why’ with Jay Ingram.
A special edition of Ask Women Anything is taking place at Bar Robo this Thursday. You are invited to a lively panel discussion featuring four women who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathmatics: Dr. Katey Rayner, assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute; Dr. Winnie Ye, associate professor of electronics at Carleton University; Dr. Sue Twine, Section Head for the Analytics group at the National Research Council; and Vicki Iverson, cofounder of Iversoft.
The first Daily Fiction by Normann Copenhagen mini market opens inside the new The Modern Shop Gifts and Accessories on York Street this Friday and they are throwing a party to mark the occasion. Come check out the beautiful new space, while snacking on some tasty treats from Luxe Bistro and libations by Nicklebrook Brewery and Top Shelf Distillers.
Bar Robo is the place to be on Friday night, with back to back events that are sure to get you moving. Local r&b/soul band, Slack Bridges will be playing two sets to get the evening started, followed by an all vinyl night of Robo Disco with DJs Jas Nasty and Glory Hull.
Spring has arrived and craft fair season has sprung up alongside the tulips and daffodils. Blooming Local Craft Market takes place this Saturday at Makerspace North. In addition to a ton of great stuff, from nearly 50 different vendors – including Alicja Confections, Black Coffee Apparel, Blondie Apparel, Strut Jewelry, and Zoes Corner – there will be eats and drinks, as well as a selection of workshops at the event. 613 Supply also takes place this Saturday at the Bronson Centre. Here you will find everything from taxidermy to jewelry, apparel to preserves, with vendors like Top Shelf Preserves, the Odd Stop, the Heirloom Kitchen, Machete Premium Cuts, and Worn by Warriors.
What is better than breakfast for dinner? Bridgehead and Dominion City can think of nothing and are hosting a Night Brunch at the Bridgehead Roastery. Together with some of the region’s best chefs—including Marc Doiron of town, Marysol Foucault of Edgar, and Steve Mitton of the Whalesbone—they will be serving up a scrumptious six course meal, complete with some incredible Dominion City beer pairings.
DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks return to Robo this Saturday night to bring us another kick ass Kitchen Party. If you are looking to shake off the work week with some of the best funk, soul, disco, and a bit of everything in between, we promise you, this is the place to be. And yet another thing is guaranteed: it’ll be all vinyl, all night long.
If you’re up for a trip to beautiful Wakefield this weekend, we suggest you make a stop at the Blacksheep Inn. Ottawa’s own Pony Girl and Gianna Lauren, of Halifax, play at the Inn this Saturday.
It wouldn’t be Sunday in this city without a selection of great brunch options. A new DJ brunch series, Sunday Spins, is in full swing at Bar Robo. Come try one of their delicious breakfast sandwiches and enjoy a $6 ceasar while listening to some of Bucko’s Sunday favourites. If you would rather, you can also check out Chef La Salle’s bite sized brunch menu (alongside some delicious cocktails) at Rooftop Beats and Brunch at Andaz Ottawa in the Byward Market. As an added bonus, Andaz’ incredible rooftop patio will be open for the occasion.
If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to take a peak inside the closets of some of the city’s stylish, here is your perfect opportunity. Play Dead Vintage is hosting a pop-up at the Black Cat Bistro this Sunday and folks like Yowmode, Zara, and Wild Things Jewelry & Decor will be in attendance. They’ve dug through their closets and brought along some amazing pieces that could be yours to take home! There will also be food, drink, and home decor items, as well as artwork by Ariane Beauchamp at the event.
Who says Sunday nights are a time to get to bed early? Dance your way into Monday at A Material World Vintage Pop-Up Market and Madge Dance Party at Citizen this Sunday night. This is a great opportunity to check out the new restaurant while shopping some great vendors such as Millie & Stella, On Your Wall Prints and Paper, Vanity Vintage, and Wild Things. Then be ready to dance with Madonna and DJ Davey Thee.
Well then, Ottawans, that’s all she wrote. It looks like dry skies this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the warmer weather. You won’t be short on things to do: there is plenty to keep you eating, drinking, and dancing all weekend long.
For more of what’s going on around town, take a look at our event calendar. Don’t forget to tag your photos from this weekend with our #apt613wknd hashtag for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed!