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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on January 31, 2019

Well friends, January seemed 80 days long didn’t it? You owe it to yourself to dig your way out of the snow mountain outside your home and venture out to kick February off with style. There is seriously so much going on this weekend that this week’s blizzard is going to be old news. Whether you are a lover of outdoor activities, or prefer to stay warm and dry, weekend planning starts now.

All Weekend

Winterlude has arrived!!! It’s Beavertail Season! This year the festival is spreading all over the city, with new events in the Glebe, the ByWard Market, and Sparks Street. The Snowflake Kingdom will only have gotten better with this week’s snow, and the temperatures have been perfect for ice sculptures. Get that maple syrup taffy while you can. Check out the Winterlude website for all the details.

This is opening weekend for the 10th annual Wakefield Doc Fest which runs for the next four weekends. Documentary films from around the world will be screened Saturdays and Sundays in February. The fest kicks off Saturday with a screening of 2018 Canadian film, METAMORPHOSIS, on Saturday at 7:30pm. A panel discussion and Opening Gala party will follow.

Quebec is clearly the place to be this weekend. Festibière is running Friday and Saturday at the Canadian Museum of History, and there are still tickets available. Not only will there be over 100 beers on tap and live music, but they are also promising a bonfire, a yurt, and churros. STO busses are free with your ticket, which is all the more reason to spend an evening enjoying all the festival has to offer (responsibly, of course).


The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting a kickoff party for Canadian Art magazine’s Winter 2019 issue “Pleasure”. The event begins at 6pm and conversations featuring local and national art minds start at 6:30pm. Like most amazing things at the OAG, this event is free, although they do recommend an RSVP. There will be a reception afterwards and they even offer free childcare. Maybe a drink at their fabulous bar Jackson afterwards to start this weekend right?

Consider a festive winter drive to Chelsea to see local art-folk due Moonfruits perform at the Chelsea Pub. You know the food will be fantastic, and the bilingual folksy singer-songwriters will blow you away with their lyrics, their voices and their array of musical instruments. Fill the car with friends, and be ready for a stellar night out.


Need something spicy to warm you up? Will live music do the trick? Two vastly different but wildly amazing acts from Montreal are in the area Friday night, and both are guaranteed to rock. Coeur de Pirate is playing at the Bronson Centre, bringing her franco-indie-pop vibes to delight your ears. Across the river, recent Juno nominee and Mexican-Quebecois rapper Boogat will be at Cabaret La Basoche in Gatineau to whip us into a cumbia dancing frenzy. I can personally vouch for a fantastic night if you’re into something a little bit sexy and catchy as heck.

What about something cool? At Lansdowne Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is holding outdoor screenings of indigenous films from the north. The free event runs from 6-9pm each night with a variety of different films played onto a screen of snow. This “cool” event is being held in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Winterlude, the City of Ottawa, and the National Film Board. Layer up!


I kid you not, Saturday February 2 is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Started by a mom in Rochester, New York in the dead middle of winter, National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is, according to Wikipedia, now celebrated in countries all over the world including Canada, Nepal, Germany, New Zealand, Honduras, China and Israel. So consider adding ice cream to your brunch order, or even check out some cool local places we profiled in 2016. Tag us in your local ice cream breakfast selfies, because why the heck not?.

Once you’ve had ice cream for breakfast, head to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans to colour on the walls! [I felt my mother cringing from 400kms away when I wrote that.] The Living Colouring Book Project is being hosted by Artinjest and runs from 10am-2pm Saturday afternoon. It is a fabulous sounding collective art experience, supported by Awesome Ottawa among other cool groups. A giant colouring book page will be up on the walls in the gallery, just waiting for the public to fill it with colour! Honestly, it sounds like a total blast. They will even supply the crayons! Check it out!


The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum is hosting its first ‘Music At the Museum’ event of 2019 on Sunday afternoon. The theme of the concert is “Curtains Up!” and they are promising showtunes and family favourites against the backdrop of the museum’s incredible collection. The concert is included in the price of admission and starts at 2pm. Who said museums were boring?

At a museum across town, check out the Winterlude Powwow at the Canadian Museum of Civilization hosted by the Kabeshinàn Minitig. The event runs from 12-5pm is free and family friendly. Experience the colourful powwow in the The Grand Hall as part of your Winterlude-ing weekend.

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!