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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Jared Davidson on January 17, 2019

True, we’ll be getting some pretty cold weather this weekend. True, winter in Ottawa can be hard to take, but let’s keep it positive: at least it’ll be good for the canal!

Whether you’re into the indoors or the out, there’s plenty to do this weekend.

All Weekend

Gallery 101’s Republic of the Other opened last weekend. It’s a collaboration between artists Xenia Fink, Guillermo Trejo and Jinny Yu, and according to our reviewer, it compellingly explores the interplay between borders and the individual.

In other gallery news, #oreo_liveitwhite is at SPAO in Little Italy. It features the work of Ottawa-Gatineau-based Iranian-Canadian artist Rah. Through the character Oreo, the artist stimulates dialogue surrounding racism and white privilege. Its opening reception is this Friday January 18 from 6 to 9pm. It runs until March 9 and is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5pm.

If skating’s your thing, you might try RiverOak, a forest path located roughly 30 minutes south of downtown. Day passes start at $12 for adults, and can be upgraded to include waffles and poutine. Nice!


Local folk singer Victor Nesrallah will be at Pressed playing tunes from his new album Once a Rebel. Expect plenty of twang and steel guitars. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 at the door.

If you’re more in the mood for movies, check out the TIFF Film Circuit at the National Gallery. This Thursday’s feature is the Oscar-winning Moonlight. The film is at 5pm and tickets are $15 for general admission.


MediaStyle and Girls+ Rock Ottawa are putting on a star-studded show this Friday. Featuring King Kimbit with Black Wax, Lucila Al Mar and Jessie Simmons, this all-female, eclectic lineup has a little something for everyone. Plus, it’s an opportunity to take a peek inside MediaStyle’s wonderful office inside a Bank Street heritage building. Doors are at 7:30pm and advance tickets are $12, $15 at the door. All alcohol proceeds go to Girls+ Rock Ottawa.

In The Glebe, The Commotions play Irene’s, and as our Gig Pick notes, it will likely sell out. The Commotions are a local supergroup featuring members from The Cooper Brothers and The Peptides. Doors are at 9:30pm and cover is $15.

To wrap up a show-laden night, Music.Art.Ppl is hosting its 3rd Anniversary Celebration at Queen St. Fare. The show will feature a bevy of local musucians like Funk Yo Self, JFUN, Pithra and Teddy Rockspin. In addition, there will be live visual art from Coblou, That Lazzzy Artist and Shannon Brown. Doors are at 8pm, and tickets start at $10.


On Saturday, Patrick Watson plays with the NAC Orchestra. The legendary Montreal singer will mixing tracks from his recent album, Love Songs For Robots, as well as his classics, with the full orchestral power of strings, tympani and winds. The show starts at 8pm.

If you aren’t able to get into that show, head to the Folk Music Showcase at Art House Cafe. Folk Music Ontario has put together a brilliant lineup including Catriona Sturton, Jon Hynes, Her Harbour, Merganzer and Shadowhand, and it’s being presented in a very relaxed manner, allowing visitors to move from room to room of the Art House, taking in different sights and sounds in each. Tickets are $12 and doors are at 7:30pm.


On Sunday, the Sir John A. Macdonald trail is going to be bustling for the SJAM Winter Festival. There will be skiing, fat bike demos, and more. Registration starts at 9am, so be sure to get there early. Each demo costs $10.

And finally, there is a lunar eclipse this weekend, so why not celebrate with a Lunar Eclipse Observation Party. It takes place at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Weather permitting, it begins at 10:30pm and continues until 2:30am. There’s no cost associated.

For more of what’s happening in Ottawa, check out our events calendar. Out snapping photos? Tag us on Instagram @apt613 for a chance to be featured on our feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #APT613 so we can share your photos!