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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Amanda Armstrong on December 13, 2018



With the end of the year fast approaching, the holiday cheer can make winter’s cold temperatures a little less frigid. The holidays are a time to get together and this weekend provides plenty of opportunity to indulge and get some of your gift-getting out of the way.

All Weekend

There’s a new spot in town with all sorts of exciting things on the agenda. Check out Queen St. Fare, Ottawa’s first food hall, for their Jazz Brunch this Saturday and Sunday. Part of an ongoing weekend series, this weekend will feature live music by The Canadian Sunset Trio. Come back again on Saturday night for something entirely different! DJ Magnificent will be spinning a great set to get you Caught in a Groove and dancing well into the night.


This Thursday, some of the city’s best synth artists will set the stage at House of Targ for Switched on Synths: 613 All Star Edition. Artists Hard Science, KI, Infinity’s Astrum, Paraphonique, and Transmit Vs Intagerines come together to bring you a show that is bound to make waves.

The City Hall Art Gallery is in constant evolution. Over the course of the year, nearly seventy new pieces have made their way into the space. On Thursday night, take the opportunity to check out the newest acquisitions at their vernissage of Kaleidoscope.


This Friday, make a trip to one of Ottawa’s best new local breweries, Flora Hall Brewing, for the release of their Cherry Sherbet Sour, a “kettle-soured ale with lactose and Montmorency cherry juice from King Orchards in Michigan”. If sours are not your thing, it’s still worth the visit: the brewery is beautiful and there are a slew of awesome beers on tap.

If you’re in the mood for a little live music this Friday night, head to Pressed for a performance by Paper Beat Scissors, Tanya Davis, and Nathanael Larochette. To learn more about the artists, check out our Gig Pick on the event here.


Spend Saturday morning checking out BEING Studio’s Holiday Open House. BEING Studio is a non-profit organization that runs an art studio for artists with developmental disabilities. This is a great opportunity to check out the studio, meet the artists, and view some of their impressive works. There is also the potential to bring one of your favourites home and stock up on some beautiful holiday cards by MichCliff Art.

Another opportunity to snag some incredible art: the Adawaning: Indigenous Market is happening this Saturday at the National Arts Centre. The market features work by Indigenous women artists who will be selling beadwork, paintings, moccasins, mittens, and much more.

Visit the National Gallery of Canada this Saturday and take a tour of some of the gallery’s recent exhibits, including Anthropocene and Paul Klee. While there, enjoy the annual Christmas concert by National Capital Concert Band, happening in the Great Hall.

Music.Art.Ppl are throwing a Holiday Boogie at Babylon this Saturday night. The night starts off with performances by local artists, followed by a DJ dance party late into the night. There will also be an art show at the event – including live painting – where you can snag up some great local art for those lucky people on your list.

If you are in the mood for something a little more mellow, head to The Art House Café for some Christmas Jazz. Sit back, relax, sip on some spiced nog, and listen to some holiday jazz with trio Garrett Warner, Caelen Roberge-Toll, and Jacob Clarke.


The last Moon Market of the year, just in time for the holidays, takes place this Sunday at Pressed. This month’s edition hosts vendors such as Top Shelf Preserves, Zola Finds, Nibi Moon Creations, Alexandra Nash, and Astropuke. There will also be tarot readings by City Witch.

Well folks, that’s a wrap on one of the final weekends of 2018! Bundle up, stay warm, and get out there and enjoy yourselves! Take lots of photos and hashtag them with #apt613. We always like to see what you get up to!

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