You’ve made it! Congratulations on arriving at the end of the first full week back after the holidays! You deserve to have a great weekend and, true to form, Ottawa delivers.
Sad to say, but we’ve been sucked into a bit of a polar vortex this weekend and the weather is sure to have us longing to stay indoors. If you are brave enough to face the frigid winds, however, there are plenty of things to do out in the big wide world.
If you’re looking for a new brunch spot in the city, head to Queen Street Fare this weekend for their Jazz Brunch series, featuring the Nebula Organ Trio. Enjoy a caesar or mimosa from Q Bar, choose from a wealth of great food options, and listen to some smooth jazz to start your day off right.
While the frigid temperatures can make going outside mighty frightful, there is so much to get up to in the great outdoors. Lace up your skates and hit the ice on the Rideau Canal, Sens Rink of Dreams at City Hall, or the Lansdowne Park Skating Court. Grab your cross country skis and head out to any of the great NCC trails around the city and in Gatineau Park, or head to the SJAM Winter Trail on the Ottawa River. If you haven’t skis or skates, there are several great winter hiking trails around town. For a idea of what to expect, check out this Apt613 article about skiing and hiking trails around Ottawa.
This Thursday is the eve on which art shows come to life. Anthony Tremmaglia: Hard to Find debuts at the Ottawa Art Gallery. His large scale paintings, influenced by nature, are not to be missed.
The vernissage of Art is Hard, but so is Everything Else by Emily Adams also takes place tonight at Art House Cafe. Adams’ show features works in a variety of mediums; including collage, acrylics, illustration, and textiles.
Lastly, a Retrospective: Art Compilation by Daniel Martelock is happening at the Hintonburg Public House. A perfect opportunity to feast your eyes on a collection of pieces Martelock has created over the past few years and nab one up for yourself.
Land and Memory‘s opening reception takes place this Friday night at Studio Sixty Six. This group show features landscape photography and paintings by artists such as Remi Theriault, Troy Moth, and Christine Fitzgerald.
Fingers crossed for clear skies on Friday night and Snowshoeing under the Stars in Gatineau Park. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the park in a different (absence of) light. Don’t own a pair of snowshoes? No problem! You can rent a pair for an additional 5$—just be sure to show up 15 minutes early to pick some out!
Drag Brunch returns for its January edition at the Vanitea Room this Saturday. For a five dollar cover, you can enjoy some drag while you have some brunch, washed down with bottomless mimosas.
The Fembassy hosts its first show of the year at Pressed this Saturday night. Fembassy is a women and non-binary comedy show of all forms. This month’s show features acts by Allie Duff, Ev O’Driscoll, and Felice Miranda.
There are a whole slew of musical performances taking place on Saturday night. With such a wide spread of genres, you’re sure to find something that suits your vibe. Slo’ Tom & The Handsome Devils and Still Winter Hills are playing at House of Targ. Stoby and Adam Ferris are at Bar Robo. If you are in the mood for a DJ, check out Queen Street Fare for Late Night Vibes with JF Marquez.
Local artists and creatives, venture out to the Ottawa Art Gallery this Sunday morning for Artawa: Second Sunday Artist Meetup, being held for the first time in their new home. The social is a great opportunity to hang out, meet other creative types, have some snacks, and sketch the gallery’s beautiful new digs.
There you have it: the down low on what’s up this weekend in Ottawa. Bundle up, get out there and enjoy yourselves! Take lots of photos and hashtag them with #apt613. Photographic proof that you left the house this weekend!
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