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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Amanda Armstrong on October 16, 2014

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you.

Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production.

With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia Gutierrez’s art exhibit, Survivorship Bias, at The Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery. The artist uses a variety of mediums, including painting and printmaking, to explore the human mind’s tendency to ignore failures, in favour of our successes.

Afterwards, why not come out for a night of indie music at Raw Sugar Cafe? Ottawa artists Kalle Mattson and Heavy Bedroom will be filling the space with some spectacular tunes. For fans of Canadian electro-pop musician LIGHTS, she is also having a show at Algonquin College this Thursday night.

This Friday, Carleton University’s Art Gallery and the Carleton University Alumni Association will be partnering to host a throwback edition of Double Major. A graduate from both the Faculty of Public Affairs and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be presenting on The Business of Doing Good and Winning the 2015 Federal Election.

There is more music, for those able to make the trek out to Orleans this Friday. Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Guaranteed they’ll be worth the trip!

There is also a Halloween Roller Disco happening at the ARSO Centre Multisport in Gatineau this Friday. Get dressed up, throw on some roller skates, and boogie on down to some great disco tunes. No skates of your own? No problem! You can rent them at the arena!

This Saturday, make sure to check out the 613 Night Market, happening at the Convention Centre. A day of local food vendors and businesses, teaming up to give us the best selection of treats and eats. Paired with music, art, and a cash bar, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Make sure to swing by LUSH cosmetics in the Byward Market before (or after) the 613 Night Market. They are pairing up with Ecology Ottawa for a Charity Pot Party. Get yourself some delicious smelling lotion pots, with all proceeds going towards Ecology Ottawa’s initiative to stop the Energy East Tar Sands Pipeline from coming through Ottawa.

There is something to suit everyone’s musical tastes happening in Ottawa this Saturday. The Clocktower Brew Pub on Bank Street is putting on a Double Slap of Rock, featuring Southern Mud and On Better Ground. A portion of the proceeds from this show are being given to the Charlie Foundation, which help treat those with epilepsy by means of dietary changes. If hip hop is more your style, head on over to Ritual, for the OBL Hip Hop Beat Battle, featuring Roc-a-fella. Or, if your preference is a little bit of funk, with a whole lotta soul, make sure to be at Babylon to catch the stellar Souljazz Orchestra.

The music-filled weekend culminates on Sunday, with the All in One Record Sale and 4in1 Music Series at Antique Skate Shop. Part of Apt613’s Support Local month, you can come shop for records from the best of our local talent, while enjoying live musical performances by artists like Pony Girl, Gold & Marrow, Fevers, and Matt Morel.

Continuing on into the evening, you can catch indie-rock groups JPNSGRLS, Tindervox, and Tall Trees at Cafe Deckuf. If you’d rather a feast of words than a feast of beats, swing by Pressed for the Zine launch of YOW! Ottawa writers write about Ottawa.

If you manage to have some time to spare, with all that is happening this weekend, be sure to check out the Byward Market Harvest, happening all weekend long. With delicious harvest produce, wagon rides, and a children’s tent, this is a festival that guarantees fun for the whole family.

As always, we want to see what Ottawans are up to! Instagram your adventures and hashtag them #Apt613Weekend42!