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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

By François Levesque on February 6, 2014

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do.

Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et loup” expresses the history of making objects for contemplation. There’s an official after party for the event at St Alban’s with a Destroyer solo show, but we hear it’s already sold out.

If you’re in the mood for a creative challenge, register now to the 72 Hour Film Challenge. The event launch takes place today (Thursday) at 6:30 at the Lieutenant’s Pump. If you just want to consume film, head to Resolution 2014 to check out Saw Video’s annual screening of its new members’ work. The event kicks off at 6:45pm.

Friday’s for dancing. Frenzy’s celebrating 4 years while Tropikalo’s dropping the afrolatincarribeantropical beats at the Mercury Lounge. You want to dance to a live-action band? The Balconies are back in town to celebrate the launch of their new album Fast Motion. They play at Ritual Nightclub, with Say Yes and Eagleson. We’ve got a pair of tickets for this to give away! See bottom of the post for details

If you’re in the mood for something more chill – head to the NAC’s 4th stage and check out The Belle Game.

Market lovers, Saturday’s “For the love of Winter” is for you. Taking place at the Knox Presbyterian Church, the arts market will feature an eclectic collection of local independent artists, designers, bakers and crafters. Across the river, at the Hilton Lac Leamy, Ottawa Fashion Week is hosting a fundraising dinner in support of The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Still on Saturday, Mugshots is hosting the Yips, Wicked Witches and Dirty Frigs, The Daily Grind is playing some Deep Minimal and Tech House, Ritual has its monthly Rhythm & Bass night and it’s the return of A Tribe Called Red at Babylon. Stay tuned for more on ATCR tomorrow on Apt613.

Looking for something to tickle your fancy? Age of Arousal opens at the Gladstone Theatre officially on Saturday (with a preview on Friday). Starring Margo MacDonald, this should be a funny and sexy affair. It is showing at the Gladstone until February 22.

Sunday’s quiet so how about you go try out a new brunch place? We recommend Wilf & Ada’s (formerly Ada’s) on Bank St. or Earl’s Variety on Strathcona in the Glebe.

And now, for the ticket giveaway, just send us an email with The Balconies in the subject header to apartment613 [at] by Friday, February 7 at noon. We’ll then do a random draw. Good luck!