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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

By Amanda Armstrong on November 20, 2014



Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa.

Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two Six {Ate}. Beginning this weekend, and continuing on through next week, you can enjoy some delicious drinks paired with inventive eats at some of the best venues in the city – all in honour of the mighty bourbon. Brought to you by the hosts of the Brewery Market, this is guaranteed to be a great event. You can check out the full list of events here.

Friday night has a few other goodies in store for us. Octopus Books is hosting a book launch for Trans Activism in Canada this Friday. The book is a compilation of the experiences of individuals working to promote trans activism within Canada. For more information about trans activism, the book, and the book launch, check out this article. For all of you space geeks, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be at the NAC, talking about life in space and his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start your holiday shopping – and what better gift to give than one handmade by local artists? There are many craft fairs happening this weekend, with plenty of wonderful gift ideas for those on your list. Capital Pop Up! Holiday Handmade Charity Show is happening this Saturday. Admission is free with a can of food, and proceeds from this show go to support the Ottawa Food Bank. With handmade jewellery, bath products, paper goods, and tasty treats, you are certain to check off a few folk on your list. A full list of local artisans at Capital Pop Up! can be found here.

For those of you with a love of all things vintage, the Ottawa Little Theatre is hosting the Holiday Market & Cocktails this Saturday afternoon. Come enjoy a glass of wine and score yourself some amazing vintage finds, alongside even more goods from great local artisans. Sunday marks the return of the Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage Sale. Bringing in some of the best vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, you can bet to finish off your holiday shopping here.

The 29th European Union Film Festival continues this weekend. They will be showing films from Austria, the UK, Poland, Finland, Cyprus and more. A great opportunity to explore a new language, come experience great film from the other side of the ocean. A full list of the films, along with their descriptions, can be found here.

As per usual, there are many musical events happening in the city this weekend. Montreal’s stellar rock band, Das Blankout, will be playing at Mercury Lounge this Thursday. Amelia Curran is having a CD release show for her new album, They Promised You Mercy, this Friday. The recently reunited Galleon will be rockin’ heavy at the Brass Monkey this Saturday night. For those of you who love to dance, wind down the weekend at MOD night this Sunday at Babylon.

Les suggestions @Basement819

Amelia Curran, photo from her website.

Amelia Curran, photo from her website.


Les semaines se suivent et se ressemblent, la région abonde d’activités et d’événements tous aussi enlevants les uns que les autres. Avec le temps froid qui est arrivé d’un pas décidé, profitez-en pour sortir vous réchauffer ce weekend!

On va encore une fois tricher, et faire commencer notre weekend le jeudi parce qu’il y a un concert à ne pas manquer! Scène 1425 Gatineau en partenariat avec la ville de Gatineau nous présente Philippe Brach et Dylan Perron et Élixir de Gumbo! Une soirée qui promet de brasser pas mal avec du son folk, rock voir même folk trash. Ce qu’on doit retenir de ces deux artistes : Philippe Brach a gagné la dernière édition des Francouvertes et le banjo va se faire aller sur un pas pire temps pour Dylan Perron et Élixir de Gumbo! C’est au très intimiste Cabaret La Basoche que ça se passera!

Passons maintenant au vendredi avec un autre concert tout aussi intrigant. L’auteure-compositrice-interprète Amélia Curran sera de passage dans la région pour nous présenter son nouveau disque. Le tout aura lieu dans l’ambiance unique de l’église St-Alban située au 454 avenue King Edward. L’évènement est présenté en partenariat avec Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. et Operation Come Home. Une soirée intime qui mérite certainement le déplacement.

Maintenant pour agrémenter votre weekend, allez faire un tour du côté du Ottawa Pop Expo qui passe en deuxième vitesse pour cette deuxième édition de l’évènement qui se tiendra samedi et dimanche au EY Centre. Vous pourrez rencontrer vos idoles de jeunesse, par exemple James Marsters qui jouait le rôle de Spike dans la célèbre série Buffy contre les vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Plus de sensations encore sont possibles! Consultez la programmation!



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