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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 19, 2013

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’.

If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more!

In the music world, Thursday night at Pressed will find Processor, Scattered Clouds and more bringing their eclectic electronica to the stage. Rae Spoon is out at the Black Sheep this evening, while on Friday, the Glorious MoonRockets kick off their east coast tour at the Atomic Rooster and BRAIDS play Ritual. The Nature Nocturne parties are back, with the first one of the fall on Friday, while Timekode has the House of PainT/back to school edition of their dance party. FlyBar has Jarvis Church (of The Philosopher Kings fame) on Saturday, the same night that the jazzy sounds of the Adam Daudrich Trio can be found at Gigspace. Sunday, catch YlangYlang and Téléphone Maison for some hazy, grunge, experimental sounds.

DNTO celebrity Sook-Yin Lee is in town this weekend, chatting about her new work and opening her new exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Her film plays 7:30pm at UofO on Friday night. In other art news, the newest gallery in town, ArtWorkz, has their grand opening Thursday night. We’ve also got recent works from Anna Torma and Amanda Memme at L.A. Pai Gallery, and the Tabletop Cosmologies exhibit opens at BLINK tonight.

You can catch a mini-mammoth used book sale on Saturday, or escape for the weekend at a yoga retreat out in Picton. Urban Craft is back for its fall rendition, taking over the Glebe Community Centre on Sunday.

For film lovers, Alliance Française is hosting a documentary night on the origins of language. If you want to catch some theatre, Proud is still running at the GCTC, while the whole family will have fun at The Light Princess puppet show.

And finally: love Bill Murray? Celebrate his birthday down at Oz Kafe!

What else is going on this weekend? Let us know below.