It is already a week into December which means that holiday plans are coming together, final exams are looming, and Christmas music is everywhere. Take some time this weekend to unwind, refocus, and do something neat and out of the box. There is plenty to do that has little or nothing to do with Christmas crafts or carols, so check out something offbeat!
The food scene has been buzzing about the opening of Queen St. Fare this weekend, and there are events all weekend to celebrate. Bar Robo is opening their second location in this new food haven, and they will be throwing a bash featuring local music acts including a late night set by TimeKode DJs Memetic and Zattar. Saturday night local indie band The Tackies will take the stage, and Sunday is the first edition of Jazz Brunch. This place is looking like a cool new place to get great food and listen to some fun live music, so consider finding it, and checking it out.
The annual Christmas Lights Across Canada light show on Parliament began Wednesday, so this weekend will be your first chance to enjoy the spectacle that runs until January.
Paint Roulette at The Art House Café is going to be a wild night supporting their ArtReach program. Bring some friends, grab a few cocktails, and see what kind of spectacular absurdity local artists can create when pulling suggestions out of a hat! Suggestions cost $5 to make, and the pieces will be sold in an auction at the end of the night. This is your chance at a custom portrait of a perfect stranger, or a still life of the contents of your purse.
Head to the Arena at TD Place for DJ Skate Night, which is exactly what it sounds like: an all ages dance party on skates. There will be games, giveaways, food and drink! Dig out your skates and work off some of the rust at this indoor launch to skating season in Ottawa.
Friday and Saturday do some one-of-a-kind holiday shopping at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa Print and Garage Sale. The school will be selling original prints in different mediums, as well as some photography equipment they no longer need. Are there any art lovers, or photogs on your list? (If not, I would never turn down a new piece of art thankyouverymuch).
If that isn’t enough cool art for you and your needs, the 11th Annual Cyclelogik Art Extravaganza is happening in Hintonburg. Over 50 local artists have created pieces specifically in the theme of “PINK!” for your delight. Check out some of the works on their Facebook event, and race your bicycle there for 7pm Friday night.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of trying burlesque for the first time, one of our favourite Burlesque performers, Sassy Muffin, is teaching a burlesque workshop this weekend: How to Get on the Naughty List. Whether you are new to the artform and looking for a sexy new hobby, or wanting to hone your performance and choreography skills, Sassy has you covered. Admission is $35 plus tax and the class begins at 2:30pm at Cherry Blossom studio on St Laurent.
When it comes to your pets, do they know it’s Christmas time at all? Probably not. But the Paw Pantry is a local charity dedicated to our furry friends in need, and you can help this season. Saturday from 11am-4pm you can have your fluffy roommate’s ‘howliday’ photo taken with Santa at Masters n’ Dogs in Westboro, with all proceeds going to local shelters. If you’d rather just help out a friend in need, check out the drop off locations for their ongoing Bowlful of Heart food drive campaign. Families in need over the holidays often include pets, and Paw Pantry wants to help feed those scratchable bellies.
The Shoebox Project aims to make a difference in the lives of women in local shelters over the holidays. On Saturday they are holding their annual event of holiday cheer and box assembly at Andaz. From 2-5 pm, bring your donations to Feast and Revel, the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, and enjoy some hot chocolate and nibblies while you pack a box full of cheer. This will be the last day to participate in the Shoebox Project, so if you haven’t finished your own boxes before Saturday, join in the fun!
Saturday and Sunday why not engage with one of the most controversial local news stories in the past year? Heritage Ottawa is hosting Outside the Box: An Exhibition of Alternative Château Designs. Designs by students from Carleton University’s school of Architecture open up the dialogue between the citizens and the Château, and explore some creative ways to resolve the issue of the hotel’s new addition. Drop in at the Hintonburg Community Centre after brunch, and bring your hard hitting questions.
The bi-annual PunkOttawa Flea Market takes place at Makerspace North Saturday from 11am-5pm. Vendors will be selling all manner of merchandise including jewelry, art, records, beadwork, taxidermy, toys, vegan food and so much more. Entrance is Pay What You Can, and proceeds will go to local animal welfare charities.
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