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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Krista Zeman on May 4, 2017

Welcome back to the weekend, Ottawa. While the April showers may be stretching into May, the city is a-blossom with activities.

All weekend long

Celebrate all things Wellington West all weekend long at Happening Ottawa, formerly the Hintonburg Happening. Events include sugar cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt, interactive theatre that supplies you with freshly baked bread, and the Happening Park Party on Saturday night.

Over at Lansdowne, join the Ottawa 2017 series Ottawa Welcomes the World and celebrate all things Mexico in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy.

Make your way to Poutine Plaza, aka City Hall, for PoutineFest and get your cheese curd on.

Escape from the rain by taking in a film at the 21st Latin American Film Festival.


Feeling the Latin vibes? Head to Mercury Lounge for Fiesta Cubana, celebrating Miguel de Armas’ birthday. Live band at 8pm, followed by DJ La China dropping Latin beats.

Feel like building things? Head down to the War Museum to design and build (out of modelling clay, of course) your own war monument.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Happy Goat. Tacos, tequila and tunes? Check, check and check.

Electric slide on over to City at Night for the second edition of Cityscape Sessions, Ottawa’s newest underground dance party.


run ottawaGearing up for Ottawa race weekend? Run a free 5km or 1km with Sports4 and the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum. The event takes place on the first Saturday of every month through the spring, summer and fall.

Prefer to watch others exert themselves physically? Head down to TD place on Saturday afternoon and watch the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies. That’s right, they’re called the Rowdies.

Prefer to experience sports from an even safer distance? The Canadian Museum of History has got you covered with its Live Interpretation: Gear and Growth in the NHL. Impress all of your playoff friends with your newfound knowledge of the evolution of hockey equipment.

Can’t get enough learning? Head over to the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum’s afternoon cow milking. You may even pick up a thing or two about buzzing bees and cooking with honey.

Or check out Mélange, an hommage to the diverse Lowertown neighbourhood, at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

Equally, you could catch Ottawans on the Move, a doc and talk presented as part of Ottawa 2017.

Gearing up for the tulip festival, which kicks off next weekend, check out this special event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Remembering Operation Manna. The event highlights Operation Manna, in which airmen dropped food and supplies on Dutch towns during WWII.

Check out Camp Tech’s hands-on workshop Intro to Podcasting. Learn how to build your own podcast, from recording all the way through to distribution.

Maybe you feel that Saturdays are meant for flea markets and farmer’s markets. Fret not, for Ottawa has got you covered there, too:

Into comics, and can’t want to wait until next week’s Comic Con? The Ottawa Public Library hosts Comics in Conversation with Meags Fitzgerald and Ryan North to tie you over.

By now, it’s probably nightfall (even by our new long spring days’ standards)! Be sure to conserve some energy for BeyBey Dance Party at Babylon.


Let Friends of the Central Experimental Farm take you on a tour of Flowers in Trees, guided by local experts. The event is free, but be sure to register in advance.

Bring your dog shopping in the Byward Barket.

Stop by Kinki Lounge for Aunt Thelma’s and Chico’s Hip Hop Brunch.

Head on over to the Bytowne as it screens Bon Cop, Bad Cop for free in this weekend’s edition of the Cinema Canada 150 series.

Get your salty rock, blues and country fix with Brett MacLean and Ken Voita at Bar Robo.

Of course, that’s not all that’s going on in Ottawa this weekend. Check out our event calendar for more. And don’t forget to tag your photos with our #apt613wknd hashtag for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed!

sous-sol 819Les suggestions Sous-Sol 819

Cette fin de semaine, on fait un pied de nez au printemps qui tarde d’arriver et on sort jouer là où les esprits chaleureux se rencontrent. Voici quelques suggestions de concerts sélectionnés pour satisfaire vos envolées.


Felix Mongeon aka Radiant Baby sera au Bar Robo et il est fort à  parier qu’il s’agira d’une soirée flamboyante. D’origine montréalaise, Félix Mongeon ravive les années 80 avec des mélodies de synthpop ludiques. Les influences de la pop art seront au rendez-vous.

Little Coyote, groupe de rock folklorique de Toronto / Victoria se produira au House of Targ. Le trio partagera la scène avec le groupe indie-dreampop de Toronto Falcon Jane.


Le Gala des Prix Trille Or célèbre pour la première fois cette année, les artistes de la francophonie à travers tout le Canada. L’événement affiche complet mais sachez que le gala sera diffusé en direct sur la chaîne Unis TV à partir de 20h.

La voix profonde de Jérémi Caron sera au rendez-vous avec sa formation Outside I’m a Giant au Blacksheep à Wakefield. Seront aussi de la partie l’artiste montréalaise Myriam Gendron et le projet folklorique Travelling Headcase.


Caroline Savoie sera en spectacle vendredi au Cabaret La Basoche et samedi à l’Arrière-Scène du CNA Elle est également en nomination au Trille Or dans la catégorie Meilleur album de l’Acadie pour son album éponyme. Auteur-compositrice et interprète, son parcours impressionne ; elle a remporté plusieurs mentions d’honneur et a présenté au-delà de trois cents spectacles ici et en Europe.

KROY, le projet de pop moderne – trip hop de Camille Poliquin (Milk & Bone) repasse par chez nous, au Minotaure cette fois-ci. Les formations Floes (avec Samuel Wagner de Harfang) et Paupière (avec Pierre-Luc Bégin de We Are Wolves) sauront certainement réchauffer le public. Voilà un beau trio de bands comme il s’en présente rarement dans une seule soirée !

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