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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

By Krista Zeman on February 9, 2017

Photo by François Levesque (Apt613 Flickr Pool)

Photo by François Levesque (Apt613 Flickr Pool)

So much fun, so little time. Whether you prefer to feel alive in the cold, or cozy in the warm, there is something for everyone this weekend.


The Winterlude festivities continue all around the city. If you haven’t already checked out the giant slides in Jacques Cartier Park (and even if you have), do it (again) this weekend. You won’t regret it.

Take your jazz hands over to La Nouvelle Scène for Ottawa’s 6th Winter Jazzfest.

Across the river and further north is the 8th edition of Wakefield Doc Fest.


While many activities on offer this weekend are for starry-eyed – even star-crossed – lovers, Popscope sets its sights on literal stars. Join up at the National Gallery of Canada for a winter series of stargazing through public telescopes. Timed impeccably so you can enjoy the gallery’s free admission on Thursday nights. Who’s to say figurative and literal stars can’t mix?

Elsewhere in town, House of TARG teams up with Whitewater Brewing to host PONY, The Stringers, and Telecomo.


The Art House Café is officially open for business! Head down Somerset St. West and check out what this café hub for artists and creators has to offer.

Get your round spectacles on and brush off those spell books, because Harry Potter trivia is happening at Hooley’s on Elgin Steet.

Quidditch got you thinking about roller derbies? Of course it does. Ottawa Roller Derby presents a Valentine’s Roller Disco. Bring your honey and some cash, and skate the night away.

The Ottawa Swing Dance Society is also feeling the love. Get tickets to their Valentine’s Dance with Alex Pangman, Peter Lieu & the Pollcats. Live music and swing dancing? Say no more.

Over at the Rainbow Bistro, New Orleans’ blues and cajun sensation Lelya McCalla lights up the night.

The Crackup Comedy Festival’s Queen Bee Cabaret is at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa presents An American Jazz Evening with Antoine Collins at the NCC’s 150 International Pavilion.



Get your squad to Lansdowne for the Crackup Snowmania Challenge and be ready to build as many snowmen as you possibly can to set the Guinness World Record. Training and stretching recommended.

Hankering for new fabrics to fulfil your winter project needs? Fill a bag for $15 at Ecoequitable’s Mega Fabric Sale, Saturday morning.

Make it a shopping doubleheader by hittin up Makerspace North for BIG LOVE Freewheeling Craft Market. Check out the list of vendors here.

Feeling inspired and crafty after a craft market? Why not Tag a Tote at Wallack’s.

If Friday night featured a few too many Valentine’s activities for your liking, fear not, for Kinki’s got you covered. They’re putting on a silent disco in honour of Anti-Valentine’s Day.  

Meanwhile, across the river, KenLo (d’Alaclair Ensemble) plays Le Petit Chicago.


Hit up a winter patio on Clarence Street to cheer on your favourite ByWard Market servers when they compete in the 2nd Annual Byward Market Winterlude Server Olympics.

Prefer to take your winter entertainment in indoors? The Bytowne Cinema will screen Sarah Polley’s Away From Her for this week’s edition of Cinema Canada 150. Free admission.

Of course, that’s not all that’s going on in Ottawa this weekend. Check out our event calendar for more. And don’t forget to tag your photos with our #apt613wknd hashtag for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed.

sous-sol 819Les suggestions Sous-Sol 819

Le festival undercurrents bat son plein jusqu’au 18 février. L’an dernier le festival avait enregistré un nouveau record d’assistance, on ne s’attend pas à moins cette année ! Parmi les neuf productions qui font partie de la programmation, consultez nos coups de cœur.

La 6ème édition hivernale du Festival de Jazz d’Ottawa se tiendra du 9 au 12 février à La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins. La programmation est riche d’une pléiade d’artistes exceptionnels dont le Tony Wilson’s A Day’s Life Band, Tia Brazda, l’Atlantis Jazz Ensemble et Emilie-Claire Barlow. Le site web du festival permet d’écouter certains morceaux des différents artistes.


Un trio de feu sera réuni au LIVE on Elgin : Mehdi Cayenne, Rayannah et Ponteix prendront d’assaut la scène l’instant d’une soirée. Ça promet!


Bonne fête Minotaure!Minotaure Le 31 janvier 2015, L’Ambassade culturelle naissait à Gatineau. Un an plus tard, constatant l’ampleur et le potentiel culturel de la scène, le Minotaure ouvrait ses portes pour offrir une nouvelle salle de spectacle. Le Minotaure fêtera ses 1 an douverture ce samedi et l’événement s’annonce palpitant. L’artiste d’origine gatinoise Laurence Nerbonne montera sur scène. Elle a l’électro-pop dans le sang et de l’énergie pour alimenter une métropole. *Le DJ Cheese Bacon prendra ensuite le contrôle avec des hits des 90’s. Faut pas s’attendre à une soirée reposante.

Le même soir, KNLO, membre prolifique d’Alaclair Ensemble s’offrira en prestation au Petit Chicago. L’artiste a récemment sorti un (excellent) premier album rap solo Long Jeu. Du côté du Centre des Arts Shenkman, Pandaléon présentera son dernier spectacle de la tournée Atone. C’est votre dernière chance de les capter en live!

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