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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on July 24, 2014

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city!

If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in JulyOttawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene.

Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613), which will then be immediately auctioned off to the audience.

The Brewery Market is crossing over the bridge this weekend, hosting the Marché des Brasseurs out in Chelsea. Sample some local Quebec brews while eating a few delights from nearby restaurants.

In music, tonight you can find Veil of Maya and Darkest Hour at Mavericks, and The Breaks and Destroy Clocks play down at Zaphod’s. Empty Shelves bring some local indie to 8 Locks’ Flat on Friday, while Pentimento’s more punk-y tunes will follow Have Mercy and Gates. Sparks Street channels all things Latin with music and dancing Saturday night, and there will be a big reggae dance party at Zaphod’s with Dub Kartel. Down at the Lunenburg Pub, it’s the monthly songwriter’s circle with Ray Harris and a few extra friends. Get classical on Sunday with Trio Alba, or catch some blues with the Wicked Grin Trio.

In Ceremony’s absence, the FAU MARDI collective is bringing beats and projections to Mugshots on Saturday night. There’s even more dancing at Babylon, with their Strange Animal night playing throwback rock anthems.

Get your fill of  outdoor productions: Musical Underground takes over the O-Train path with Set the Stage, and As You Like It roves around the city. Centretown Movies continues, bringing you Rent and (500) Days of Summer.

Down at Victoria Island, the Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival starts off its third year, with dance, film, visual art and performances from a huge diversity of artists. Marissa Baumeister has a new show entitled Fragmented Visions that opens on Saturday, while out at the Diefenbunker you can get a tour from their artist-in-residence.

There’s even more happening this weekend – check out our events calendar, or let us know what you’re up to in the comments below.

And don’t forget about our Instagram project! Tag your Instagram weekend photos with #apt613weekend30 . Check our Instagram feed @apt613 on Monday to see if your photos made it into our featured few!