The snow has arrived and the reality that winter is here is setting in. While the frigid temperatures may have you wanting to stay inside, hibernating and watching Netflix all weekend, there is plenty to do just beyond your doorstep—if you are willing to brave the cold!
It may not be December quite yet, but there is snow on the ground and that’s all it takes to get into the holiday spirit. If you’re set and ready for some holiday cheer, take a drive over to the Wesley Clover Parks Campground for Magic of Lights Ottawa. They have close to 400 installations that light up the night, from dusk to 10pm.
With the holidays just around the corner, you may be thinking of the special little somethings that you’d like to give those near and dear to you. One of the best things about this weekend is that it is full of amazing craft markets at which to find those treasures. The Holiyay Freewheeling Craft Market is happening over two days, this Saturday and Sunday, at Makerspace North. There will be many vendors; including Top Shelf Preserves, Wildtree Ceramics, Birling, Fat Owl Fibres, Blondie Apparel, and dozens more. There will also be a chance to do a bit of crafting of your own at their DIY Ornament Workshop.
There are a couple of great reasons to head to the ByWard Market this Thursday. One of which is that Canadian hip hop artist Shad is playing at the 27 Club. Opening for Shad is Ottawa hip hop group Tapas. Apt613 had a chance to catch up with Shad before the show: you can check out the interview here.
Another great reason to head to the Market on Thursday is the 613 Agency Rock-Off, at Rainbow Bistro. This battle of the bands is a chance for those working at agencies in the creative industry to come together and play some music, raise some money for Girls+ Rock Ottawa and have a great time. To learn more about the event, and about Girls+ Rock Ottawa, check out Apt613’s Gig Pick here.
There is also a fun art opening happening in Chinatown. The vernissage of Our Ottawa is being held at The Art House Café. Artawa, who are celebrating their second anniversary this month, have put together a group show of local artists, whose works are a representation of what Ottawa means to them.
Those who are fond of good beer and good food will want to make the trek to Canotek Road to Dominion City Brewing Co. for another instalment of their Pop-up Kitchen Brewery series. This time ‘round, they will be joined by chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon, bringing us some incredible South Indian food—all paired with some delicious DC beers.
If you’re in the mood to laugh off the weight of the work week, head to Black Squirrel Books for their Book Club Comedy. Host Greg Houston will be bringing us a night of laughter with headliner Tavis Maplesden alongside Andrew Wambolt, Trevor Thompson, Ev O’Driscoll, Monica Hamburg, A Little Awkward, and a few more surprises.
Another great opportunity to cross some of those names off your list is the Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market, taking place at allsaints Event Space this Saturday. This Christmas market of local vendors has all kinds of great handmade goods and delicious holiday treats.
Happening over brunchtime, EXPAND is taking place from 11am-2pm this Saturday at House of Common. Join our.athenas for a time of yoga, meditation, and art therapy. Also, seeing as it is brunchtime, food and drinks will be provided.
GRAND Market is happening at Lansdowne Park this Sunday. This fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign will feature many vendors selling toys, crafts, books, clothes, and more. Entry to the market is free and there will be coffee and lunch at the event.
Idle Hands is celebrating its ten year anniversary this Sunday at St Anthony’s Banquet Hall. This long-standing market is one of the city’s finest. This year there will be 70 vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. With so many great creatives, you’re sure to find all kinds of incredible things, from music, to clothing, to housewares, art, and much more.
Those who enjoy a little crafting of their own will want to register for Gathering: Wreath Making Workshop at Pressed. Artist Michelle Campbell will bring all the necessary supplies and show you how to put them together, to create your own unique holiday wreath. Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon!
Well folks, there you have it: a list of reasons to leave the house this weekend. If you are in need of another, now that the snow is here, it’s time to dig out your skis and head to one of many beautiful cross country ski trails here in the city. There are also several multipurpose and hiking trails in and around Ottawa. Whatever you choose to get up to, enjoy it! Take lots of photos and hashtag them with #apt613, so we can see what you’ve been up to.
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