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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 20, 2012


Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses.

First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the corner, you’ll find video installations, a neighbourhood block party and lawn decorating competition, and can play with streetlamps. Hop on the shuttle to get down to Hintonburg and West Wellington, where roaming artists will give away art, Cube Gallery will live up to its name with a big blue box, and UFOs will invade the night sky. Check out the full listing of events, and plan your art night out on the town.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival kicks off, well, yesterday, but there’s a great line up of films to be had (and tickets to be won – stay tuned for details!).

Don’t worry, music lovers, there are events for you amidst all of this busyness. Tonight, Cafe Dekcuf has Rococode and Rah RahErin Saoirse is at the Elmdale, while Kelly Sloan takes her folky tunes to the Lunenburg Pub. Raw Sugar hosts some Newfie rock with Thom and the Tomcats, while party-boy Rich Aucoin hits up Ritual. At Pressed, you can see Jill Zmud, Ian Foster and Little Red Deer on Friday, and the Souljazz Orchestra celebrates their latest disc at Babylon on Saturday night. Sounds of Lions stop by Zaphod’s for a great show, and we also have the Besnard Lakes with The Love Machine at Mavericks. No Kind of Love does the Velvet Underground at the Hintonburg Public House, while there’s an industrial rock show at the Rainbow on Sunday.

Concerned about our voting systems and methods of representation? Fair Vote Canada’s AGM is happening this weekend. If international relations is more your style, check out this discussion with Canada’s former ambassador to the UN. And there might be political messages found in the women’s slam qualifying rounds down at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

What else is going on in this city, folks? Let us know below!