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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on December 5, 2013

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own.

Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and Take workshop on Saturday afternoon (registration required, so sign up now!).

Can’t wait any longer for a gift of your own? Head to the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday for their Poker Gift Exchange.

Kashka and Kelly McMichael take to the stage at Raw Sugar on Friday evening, while Skydiggers rock out at the Black Sheep on Friday and Saturday night. Need to stock up on records? Head to the Stars on Vinyl record swap/trade/take bazaar on Saturday night. Combine your love of oysters with some DJ tunes at the Elmdale with Shuck and Strut on Saturday. Good2Go is also holding a benefit for children at risk that night, down at Zaphod’s. Craig Cardiff performs from his new album on Sunday, while Joe Brownrigg is at the Daily Grind. Also on Sunday, the Mayfair puts on White Christmas, complete with live performances from the Hopewell Glee Club.

Catch your favourite holiday cartoon performed by the Jerry Granelli Trio, as they put on a Charlie Brown Christmas at the Ottawa Little Theatre. If you need even more jazz, catch live jazz with St Nick on Friday, or some dueling with Segger vs Segger on Sunday. The Ottawa Jazz Benefit Concert also happens this weekend, featuring Jane Monheit.

In the art world, the latest exhibit from Drew Mosley, After Dark, opens at IdeaSpace Saturday evening. It’s also the first Thursday of the month this week, so the art walk is on down Wellington West. On Friday, catch the vernissage for Breaking Point, an exhibit that explores how art can intervene in the space of engineering, or head to Cyclelogik for their Red Handed annual art show.

For improv fans, Crush Improv is throwing a big sixth anniversary special, guaranteed to entertain with live music, special guests, and the ever-talented Crush comedic crew.

Holiday fundraisers abound, with a wine and cheese for Habitat for Humanity, an art show for health in Gambia, and Ethiopiad’s annual fundraising gala.

What else have you got going on this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below, and check out our events calendar for more.