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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on September 18, 2014

So The Little Mermaid turns 25 this week. What better excuse to get out and party like it’s 1989?

1989 isn’t the only reason to party – 5th birthdays are a pretty good reason, too. Auntie Loo’s Treats marks their 5th year with all things vegan, including a taco bar, drag sensations, and local roller derby gals making an appearance at their party on Saturday.

We’re chock full of art and film this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues all weekend long (The Little Mermaid is just one of many stellar films being shown). In other film events, Help Lesotho hosts a fundraiser down at at the Mayfair.

The city’s biggest annual art party takes over Saturday night, with Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau‘s captivating exhibits and installations happening all around the region. Apt613 will have roving reporters covering the festivities all night long, via a live broadcast on CHUO 89.1 FM. You won’t want to miss En Masse at PDA Projects, or more Disney, or a magical garden. Check out the full Nuit Blanche program to plan your route for the night.

In music, Timber Timbre are in town, performing with Tasseo down at the NAC. Shawna Caspi releases her latest album on Thursday, with Andrea Simms-Karp opening. The wandering guitar and its multiple songwriters take to the stage at the Atomic Rooster, with the official Acoustic Guitar Project Concert. The Mix are down at Zaphod’s, while Daisy Blue and Tara Porter take over the Lunenburg Pub. Architects take over Ritual Friday night, with Stray from the Path, Being as an Ocean and My Ticket Home performing first. Kris and Dee stop by Raw Sugar on Saturday, while we’ve got jazz out in Almonte and in Perth. Out at the Sheep, Valery Gore and Lindsay Ferguson play Thursday, with Amos the Transparent taking the stage Saturday night.

Rock Camp for Girls is hosting a big bash down at Gabba Hey! on Saturday night – Anamai will be stopping by with Blue Angel, Paterson Hall and more. Registration for camp is also open, if you’re lucky enough to be the right age to to sign up!

What else do we have? A furniture pop-up shop, a letterpress workshop, a surprise speak-easy, and the first ever meeting of the HPH Checkers Club.

And for those who like an ART-ful surprise in their life, there’s a a secret, interactive, all ages event #PassBy  will take over the PlanetCoffee courtyard in the Byward Market on Friday from 4-11pm. #PassBy for 5 mins or 5 hours and get your hands dirty. We’re intrigued.

So what else is happening, Ottawa? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, tag your Instagram photos with #apt613weekend38 – show us how you’re experiencing this awesome city!