Category Archives: Weekend RoundUp

Weekend RoundUp: Head-spinners, Crushes & Charlie Brown

Operation ComeHome PopUpSupport local, get holiday shopping done and benefit a great cause all at one event! If you are working in or around Centretown today drop in to 150 Gloucester St between 3-9PM for a shopping party in support of Operation Come Home. This fantastic charity helps youth at risk and the Pop-Up Shop looks great!

Parliament Hill lights up tonight!  It’s not politicians with pipes but the beautiful holiday lights and they go on tonight at 6PM tonight.  Bundle up and head to the Hill to watch Parliament sparkle.

Plenty of time on Thursday evening to see Parliament Hill light up the season and make it to the Ethiopiaid Canada 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala at St Bridgid’s. This year’s event is in support of improving maternal health in the beautiful Eastern Africa country. The evening includes guest speaker Dr. Gretchen Roedde, a silent auction, music and great Ethiopian food. The gala kicks of at 310 St Patrick St 6:30PM.

Friday evening it’s time to get your crush on at Crush Improv’s 6th Anniversary Show at Academic Hall 135 Seraphin-Marion Private. Tickets are 20$ and show starts at 8PM.

If holiday music is your thing head down Laurier St to St-Joe’s for the University of Ottawa Choir who will be performing bilingual Christmas favourites to get you in to the Holiday mood.  The snow has fallen, the lights are lit, let the singing commence. Tickets are 25$ (10$ students) St Joseph’s corner Cumberland & Wilbrod, 8PM.

The music plays on to a different beat with Hip Hop Karaoke on stage at Ritual Nightclub. Unleash your inner diva and grab the mic at Ottawa’s official HipHop Karaoke night. Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer St 10PM.

FloorMastersKeep it urban on Saturday with FloorMaster 30 Years Anniversary Party – where has the time gone! Alongside the great poster for this event there is oldskool breakdancing, throwdown battles, graffiti murals and way more. Hosted at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts 310 St Patrick (please use side entrance off Cumberland) day event includes free dance and stomp workshop for kids! Day event runs 1 – 5:30 & night event/party from 7:30PM-2AM.

Also on Saturday re-live your childhood or introduce the little one to a holiday classic at the “A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert“. A mixed media event  it is part storytelling, part concert and part screening hosted by Jerry Granelli, original member of the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio, that recorded the iconic soundtrack. Two shows at the Ottawa Little Theatre Saturday 7 Dec, 12:30& 3PM.charlie-Brown2

Wrap up the weekend with live music at Cafe Alternatif 60 University Private, UofO. 4in1 Music Sessions holds their free monthly event giving acoustic musicians an outlet to try out new music here in Sandy Hill from 3-6PM.

Weekend Round Up: Winter Welcome & warm up indoors

Snowy SHillDon’t be snowbound!  It’s a beautiful white-etched world out there on the streets of Sandy Hill.  And in our ever-fun hood the weekend activities kick off tonight!  Forget hump-day and head out to Arts Court for an exhibit launch.

Wednesday night is the opening reception of Stephen Harper:the Portrait Gallery.  The exhibit explores the impact of Harper’s governance and his philosophy on the country via portraiture. Curated by Dan Monet and including Emperor Haute Couture, the infamous 2011 naked painting of the PM by Margaret Sutherland, the show promises to be thought-provoking and hopefully amusing. Reception Wednesday 6-8pm @Arts Court 2 Daly Ave – showing until 29 Nov – Free.stephen harper naked

Thursday afternoon it’s time to stock up on healthy produce for the weekend ahead. The Farmer’s Market is at the University of Ottawa’s University Centre (by the bookstore) all day Thursday 9am to 4pm. Get some goodness in to your pantry!

Thursday night keep up healthy weekend prep by heading slightly further afield for a unique Yoga experience.  We love Nature Nocture nights at the Canadian Museum of Nature and now they’ve added Nature Yoga to the eclectic array of activities at the “Castle”.  Get your Om on in the beautiful Blue Water Gallery from 6:30-7:30pm and see the museum in a whole new aura! Tickets include Yoga session & all day admission 20$.

At 8pm the AB Series offers Blood is Blood – a collaborative dialogue between a child of Holocaust survivors, Endre Farkas, and Lebanese Montrealer Carolyn Marie Souaid based on emails and conversations during the 2006 Lebanese – Israel War. Evolved to both a book and a 15min film it is a powerful encounter between two of Montreal’s most powerful poets. Blood is Blood was an award winner at Berlin’s Zebra Poetry Film Festival. 8pm Arts Court, FREE.

bike city great cityKick off Friday night with a movie. Bike City – Great City airs at 5:30pm at Fauteux 302 on the UofO campus.  The screening with be followed by a panel discussion about the transformational power of multi-modal infrastructures in our City.

Friday 8PM head to SAWGallery for the annual SKETCH event. A 5$ admission fee gives you access to a silent-auction fundraiser with hundreds of affordable art works.  A super-fun art party and great opportunity to shop local for the holidays or to decorate your own abode! The silent auction ends at 11PM but you can celebrate your wins  til 1AM.

Saturday morning get out and tour 5 elegant homes in the n’hood! Harmony House Holiday House Tour provides a guided Tour of the architecture & interior design of Sandy Hill homes in support of the Harmony House Women’s Shelter, 10am-4pm, tickets 40$

Saturday &  Sunday it’s an Open Studio opportunity at Designer Glass Studio, 668 Chapel St, 1-4pm. Check out the art and potentially tick off some of your Holiday shopping. FREE.

Weekend Round Up: Romps, Trivia & Much Music

You Should Have Stayed HomeYou Should Have Stayed Home – A G20 Romp” the one-man play written and performed by Toronto G20 detainee Tommy Taylor is our event of the weekend.

An important yet entertaining production that invites Ottawa to volunteer for a 10min scene and attend for free. A globally relevant play it covers the 48-hours in Toronto when bystanders, tourists, peaceful protestors, kids as young as 16 and even a uniformed TTC driver were swept up by police and detained in appalling conditions without access to water, food, phones or legal aid. For anyone interested in important news stories, Canadian events or Civil Rights this is a must-see production.  Friday & Saturday 8pm (7pm for volunteers) @ ArtsCourt, 2 Daly Ave.

Saturday support local and win big! It’s the annual Bettye Hyde Trivia Night. The event held at All Saints (317 Chapel) is a FUNdraiser in support of the Co-Op nursery’s move to the beautiful Carriage House at 43 Blackburn that is set to become a entrepreneurial hub in creative Sandy Hill. There’s a cocktail party and silent auction from 5:30-7:30 (free admission & cash bar) followed by the Trivia night that kicks off at 8pm.  Businesses donating and supporting include: 18, Social, Murray Street, Saslove’s, Chateau Laffeyette, A Curious Shop, Mrs Tiggy Winkles, Magpie Jewellery, Road Trip Clothing and so very much more!

If your not quizzing on Saturday then post cocktails we’ve lots of local options including Mark Forward Live! at Ottawa Little Theatre , Hamlet (Solo) concluding its run at the NAC or some Opera at Uof O with Menotti’s The Old Maid & The Thief.

Brittens BritainSunday afternoon its the  Ottawa Youth Orchestra at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St Patrick, 2:30pm. And Monday continue your musical journey with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s performance of  Britten’s Britain, w Julie Nesrallah, 8pm.

Weekend RoundUp: Live Local… it’s what we do.

Ok we always strive to live local – it’s why we love our urban hood – and this weekend it is easier than ever thanks to all the great merchants and artists kicking off the good times.

auntieloosThe event of the weekend has got to be Auntie Loo’s Treats Grand Opening – YES she is HERE – this Saturday but first ….

This is the final weekend for the Extremely Short New Play Festival. Ten plays under 10minutes each and they are all really good. Seriously, you should go. Nightly at 8pm til Sunday @ArtsCourt Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.

Thursday head down to SAW Gallery for Cafe Ex the showcase for independent experimental films.  Tonight’s edition features the work of award-winning film-maker and photographer Bridget Farr.  An Ottawa native Farr has screened films and worked all over the world and will be in attendance tonight to introduce & discuss 9 of her films. An outstanding opportunity to meet a local & international gem. Club SAW, 7pm

On Friday we keep it local again with Customer Appreciation Night at A Curious Shop. This wonderful boutique is co-owned by a Sandy Hill creative and is jam-packed with one-off, unique clothes and accessories that you simply will not find anywhere else!  If, like us, you keep it fresh & fun then this is the shop for you. The evening promises tasty treats, fire spinning, discounts, manicures and more. It’s all happening at 159 York St from 5pm.

Looking for a little hip hop to round off your Friday? Check out Rwandan-born Canadian artist Shad headlining at Ritual Nightclub with Vancouver’s We are the City and local Ottawa band Zoo Legacy.  Friday at Ritual Nightclub 137 Besserer st.

Saturday it’s the event of the weekend! Have you heard?  There is a new yummy scrummy bakery and they’re throwing a launch party!

Saturday 11am-4pm head to Auntie Loo’s Treats to discover just how delicious vegan cupcakes, scones, whoopie pies (and more) can be! The event poster cautions us to wear loose pants as there will be plenty of samples to whet your new local addiction. The Rideau Valley Roller girls are putting in an appearance, there is a BBQ and neighbouring businesses are joining in too. See you at Auntie Loo’s Treats 112 Nelson (across from Loblaw’s parking garage entrance) Unit101 C.

Finally on Sunday prep for party season at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. In keeping with our love of all things unique and inventive we are sure there will be both quirky and glamorous finds for you to discover. Ottawa Convention Centre 10am-5pm.

Weekend Round-Up: Sharing is Caring, Zombies, Bread & Meat is Deadly Murder

ZombiesAnnual Ottawa Zombie Walk is the Sandy Hill event of the week. It kicks off Sunday Oct 27th in MacDonald Gardens Park (Charlotte & Rideau Lowertown side) at 12:30 – where they’ll be free makeup application. Meet the like-minded undead in the park and shamble along Rideau St for what aims to be the largest gathering of Zombies on Parliament hill (when Gov’t not sitting natch)!
Don’t forget a canned / dried good item for the Ottawa Food Bank – gotta fatten up those delicious human types. Note: We’re thinking if we could get the Zombie Walk to collide with Ottawa Velo Vogue’s Plaid Parade (see below) it would be the best!

Sharing is indeed caring… & in Ottawa this weekend it’s free and easy to declutter your home! The City of Ottawa’s Giveaway Weekend is on this Saturday and Sunday. So drag unwanted CD’s, furniture and crockery to the curb, mark it as “Free” and roam your hood to see what treasures you might find amongst another’s trash!

Dead Unicorn Ink2Tonight through Saturday it’s your last chance to get in on the FreshMeat pop-up theatre festival 7pm nightly above the Lunenburg Pub. The Festival has had great reviews – short productions in a pub – what’s not to love.

In the mood for a pub quiz?  Thursday night the Royal Oak on Laurier St is holding a proper British-style quiz night down the pub. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team as most participants link up upon arrival.  Hosted by the Ottawa Skeptics it promises a spooky Halloween science (?) theme.

Friday its time for a night at the Museum of Nature off Elgin st as they host the Halloween edition of their monthly dance party Nature Nocturne.  We love that this fine institution of learning opens itself up for fun DJ frolicking. No better place than a Gothic building to kick off the Halloween festivities.

Enriched Bread Artists are hosting their annual Open Studio all weekend. Opening night is Thursday from 6-9pm and it runs through Sunday. Check out the EBA website as their are special event occuring throughout.

Saturday is the fifth and final performance of the OperaLyra Pirates of Penzance.  This date was added due to overwhelming demand so get your tickets quick if you want a seat.

If your looking for a little more theatre to spice up the weekend – or week – Ottawa Little Theatre offers up a night of fast-paced double-crosses, psychological twists and Manhattan murders in Deadly Murder.

Plaid ParadeSunday is also the Annual Plaid Parade organised by Ottawa Velo Vogue (who we love almost as much as we love our freedom machine). It’s a kid, dog and tartan friendly harmonious cycling parade party. Cycle over to Artisin Bakery at 1pm & join in the parade. After party follows at the Carleton Tavern 223 Armstrong and there will be donation boxes throughout to raise funds for RightBikes.  Shout out to Tall Tree Cycles & Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company for their commitment and organisational skills – takes a village.

Monday it’s Action Sandy Hill‘s Board Meeting from 7-9pm at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.

Weekend Round Up: Road Trips, Retail Therapy and the Return of Creative Sundays

Welcome (almost) to the long weekend! Start off tonight by heading down to Ottawa’s only Jail bar Mugshots 75 Nicholas. It might be a bit cold on the terrace but bundle up cuz it’s fun out there. Tonight presented by CKCU Mugshots has bands Doomsquad, Blue Angel & HSY starting at 9pm 7$. It’s a lock-in!

With the extra day off we thought we’d list some fun and games slightly further afield as well as in our hood – after all time is on your side if your not cooking up a feast to feed the masses!

Fall GatineauSaturday and Sunday Mont Ste-Marie will be holding their annual Festival of Colours / Festival des Couleurs. Take a ride in the chairlift to experience the full grandeur of the fall foliage or get even higher with the helicopter rides on offer. Relax at the BBQ where there’ll be vintage cars, a euro (trampoline) bungee, musicians and family activities throughout both days. Mountain biking and walking tours are also on the program. Adults 11$ kids between 7-17 $7 and under 7 free.

The NCC’s Fall Rhapsody continues for it’s final weekend in Gatineau Park.  Stroll or bike  the over 90km of trails then take a break over at the MacKenzie King Estate Tea Rooms.  The Visitor Centre will be hosting a free 2hour tour and educational program “Follies of the Fall Forest” on Monday at 12:30 (French) and 2:30 (English).

butterfly3Want some wildlife in town?  Flutter over to Carleton University for the concluding weekend of the Annual Butterfly Show.  The free exhibit features more than 1000 butterflies representing 41 species worldwide and is open daily from 9:00-4:00 in the Nesbitt Building. 

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David Heath – Untitled

Get your art fix at the OAG 2 Daly Ave. On-going shows include the intriguing photography of David Heath A Heritage of Meaning, An Introspective and Sook-Yin Lee’s very personal exhibit We are Light Rays.  Lee and her sister explore the immediacy of the present moment through photography following her siblings cancer diagnosis in 2011. The series spans 2 years and is presented atop light boxes creating ephemeral even ghostly images.

Creative SundaysOn Sunday the OAG welcomes back Creative Sundays from 1:00-3:00. An opportunity to visit the gallery with family and friends and even take home your own masterpiece.

Thanksgiving Monday Sandy Hill bucks the trend of store closures with the Metro on Rideau operating 24hrs, Loblaws open from 10:00-6pm and the Rideau Centre meeting your need for retail therapy and as an escape from family “fun”.

As ever our neighbours in the Byward Market will have most shops and restaurants open for business.

Event Round-up: Zombies, Food, Gardens, a Remix and more

Got weekend plans? Now you do.  Details & links on Events page.

Arts Court double billThe undeniable pick of the week is Arts Court double-header comedy/horror revival from the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival: Bent Springs & Shambling Things.  The two sold-out-during- Fringe plays “Chesterfield” & “Die Zombie Die” are hilarious and macabre. In “Chesterfield” a newly married couple cope with both the trials of their relationship and a carnivorous sofa.  In “Zombie” as the un-dead rampage continues questions arise over who is fighting them and whether it is all a zombie slayer set up. Witty entertainment +there is a cash bar to steady your jangly nerves for $18. Runs Thursday 26-Saturday 28.

Saturday and Sunday look to be hot & sunny making it a spot on weekend to get outside.  Take part in a C’est Bon Cooking Culinary Tour – Saturday morning at 10:30 it’s a tour of Lowertown while Sunday you can have a foodie walkaround the Byward Market.  Yummy.

In the afternoon enjoy the weather while helping out your community. The Sandy Hill Fall Clean-Up is an later day affair, cuz we like a weekend lie-in, that kicks off at Strathcona Park (parking lot) at 1pm Saturday and at Chapel Street Park at 3pm Sunday.

Also on sunny Sunday you can take in a guided tour of the 1.5km of roof gardens atop the Rideau Centre and the NAC with stunning views over Ottawa.

Need another hit of art and culture? Check out Transformer: The Body Remixed at SAW Gallery.  The mixed media exhibit explores the digitally manipulated human form in Western culture. Literally bombarded daily by unrealistic body imagery has led many to dysmorphia, isolation and a growing sense of imperfection. See how SAW tackles these subjects through sculpture, video, photography and more. Continues until November 2nd 2013.