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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on December 19, 2013

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So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.

Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, Hip Hop Karaoke takes over Babylon.

On Friday, head to the Black Sheep for The Weber Brothers, with opening guests Suns of Stone and Miss Polygamy. The Haig are celebrating their album release at Avant Garde, while the Lunenburg Pub hosts a concert series/competition where bands battle it out for some cash. FlyBar’s Christmas party is also that, featuring fernandino, while the second of three holiday parties – this one a Paddy Punk Christmas Party – happens at Zaphod’s this weekend. To cap things off, there’s a body paint party featuring artist Matthew Hennebury.

Saturday, to mark the shortest day of the year, the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa are hosting a screening. Throw a little healthy fear into your holiday spirit with the Nightmare Before/After Christmas, put on by the folks at the Haunted Walk. In music, Kathleen Battle hosts a festive evening, while Kalle and Amos get together to throw a holiday party at Zaphod’s. Brendan Flynn stops by the Black Pepper Pub to play, while Riishi Von Rex and Lucas Haneman put on a Winter Solstice show. Babylon’s OhMyJam crazy dance party features Deejay NDN and D-Luxx Brown, who will keep you partying into the wee hours of the morning.

On Sunday, we’ve got some music down at Pressed, featuring Construction & Destruction, Kappa Chow and Organ Eyes. Have a quiet night playing board games at the Hintonburg Public House, or catch the last performance of Ethan Claymore down at the Gladstone. If you need a few last minute gifts, head out to buy local at the Ottawa Farmers Christmas Market.

What else is going on around town this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!