Weekend overview: Quoi faire? – Apartment613


Welcome to the tulip season, friends! It seems like the whole city has come alive for the past week, with the magnolias exploding from their branches and the tulips suddenly appearing out of nowhere. We are firmly on our way to a warm, welcoming spring. This is the first weekend of the Tulip Festival, which means that maybe not all the beds are full yet, but that’s the beauty of this festival: the color just keeps growing! There’s plenty of live music to energize you for the next few days, so make the most of it! If the weather forecast is correct, it might be the right weekend to also spend some time indoors and plan ahead for the future. The provincial elections are in three weeks, so have you checked that you have everything you need to vote? Look at the candidates in your area and consider asking them some tough questions. When it’s time for a career switch, check out our article on jobs in arts and culture.

Stay safe this weekend 613ers! We have a whole summer ahead of us!

The whole weekend

Ottawa’s favorite flower festival is back, in person: Tulip Festival 2022 is back with a bang! Even the pandemic couldn’t prevent the bulbs from bursting last year, but all the extra bells and whistles are making a comeback this weekend. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the Man with Two Hats memorial in Commissioners’ Park. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Platinum Jubilee, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be present. (The Dutch princess, who was born in Ottawa during World War II, is one of the reasons for the annual generous gift of tulips!) This year, the festival also hints at nighttime views of the flowers, more details to follow. Check the website for all programming and details for the coming weeks!

Shop the Village is a three-week celebration of Westboro Village shopping. The three-week spring campaign began on May 2 and will continue through the May long weekend. This year’s event tells the stories of local businesses and owners, with an online competition, street entertainment and community involvement every Saturday from 1pm-4pm. This weekend, don’t miss the Perennial Sale (supporting GrandAid), a bake sale, crafts and more! The hub for all these activities will be the Churchill Seniors Center in Churchill and Richmond.

With shows running all weekend, the Ottawa Little Theater is back with Burna contemporary thriller written by OLT alumnus John Muggleton: “A very exciting ghost story that will hold you in its fiery grip until the last moments.” Burn is the story of three old friends who have lost touch since the death of the fourth member of their close-knit group, a bestselling horror writer. Now his long-lost daughter has resurfaced, and no one knows why! Oooooo! Tickets are still available for all shows this week, starting at $14 for students and $30 for adults.

With four shows over the weekend, head to the NAC for Sleeping Beauty by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, opening Thursday evening at 8 p.m. This reinterpretation of classical ballet is performed to the music of Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkowsky, performed live by the National Arts Center Orchestra. Tickets are still available online, starting at $29 for anyone under 30 and $57 for some first-class seats. Apt613 previewed the show here.


Alliance Francaise Ottawa hosts the artist’s first solo exhibition from Ottawa Jose Palacios next Thursday, May 12 from 6 p.m. We can start again shows the stylistic breadth of his intuitive, experimental and process-based approach to visual art, leading to unexpected interactions of colour, line and space that invite the viewer to look anew. Admission to the opening of the exhibition, including a reception in the presence of the artist, is free.


Friday is the opening of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls! This regional music festival explores the small towns and small venues that have expanded the music scene since 2014. Small Halls is going strong with its vision of bringing big music to small places, with a strong schedule including Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, Ashley MacIsaac and Hawksley Workman to name a few. Catch Chris Murphy in Pakenham or the Great Lake Swimmers in Prescott this weekend. Nothing feels more like the start of summer than a road trip! View the full program here.


613flea is back at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park on Saturdays from 10am-4pm, always with free entry. The ever-changing market of local vendors offers eclectic goods, handmade, antique and vintage items, food and lots of cool finds. Mother’s Day is over, but wedding season is just around the corner, so this might be your chance to get unique gifts for your summer events.

Building on last year’s success, the new York St. Farmer’s Market has reopened along the east side of York in the ByWard Market from 9am to 2pm. Last summer, this was the perfect place to shop directly from makers and farmers, with the chance to take home some local brews as well. The market goes rain or shine, so be ready to stock up on your favorite local treats.

The Joel Plaskett Emergency will fill the Babs Aspers Theater at the NAC on Saturday at 7:30 PM. Canadian folk music darling Plaskett’s new project, 44, is his most detailed musical weave to date. A comprehensive box set consisting of four albums with 11 songs that are visually and thematically connected, at its core 44 is an imaginative muse about trying to slow down and grow up in a rapidly accelerating world. This might just be the perfect chill way to wrap up your live music plans this weekend.

For something completely different, Club SAW just around the corner from 8pm offers a night of “mutant disco, art rock and indie pop” for all ages. Canadian artists Jane Inc, Akeem Oh and FIAMMA will be sharing their funky sounds, instrumentals and something FIAMMA calls “bedroom pop” (please have someone report back and tell me all about it). Tickets are still available online for $15 presale.

Saturday from 8pm to 2am at White Rabbit in City At Night on Slater, enjoy #hoppyhour with half price entry, half price beer, half price bar, featured cocktails and featured DJs! There are a limited number of tickets available online and you can book a table to ensure a home base between spins on the dance floor. This cool underground dance bar will feature Martin Villeneuve, Rick Laplante and House of Wayne this weekend.


This Sunday is a little quiet, but check out the All Weekend section above for fun things to do today.

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