Weekend overview: Quoi faire? – Apartment613


It’s a rainy Thursday in Ottawa, but guess what? The weather forecast for the next three days looks like perfect summer weather! And a good thing, because the festival season is in full swing! Jazz, dragon boats, summer solstice events and more are on the agenda, so get out there and enjoy it all (with plenty of sunscreen and water, of course). And for our friends on the Québec side of the river, Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Enjoy your day off!

The whole weekend

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is back to bring the best of jazz to your eyes and ears until July 2. Venues include the TD Main Stage at Confederation Park, the OLG Stage at Marion Dewar Plaza, the Fourth Stage and Azrieli Studio at the NAC, and night jam at Grill 41 at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Check out Leah Geller’s preview picks for Apt613 here.

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Canada’s indigenous peoples through a variety of programs including live cultural performances, creative workshops, educational days, lore, culinary experiences, a movie night and the popular international Competition Pow Wow . They have tons of events happening Friday through Sunday at Mādahòkì Farm, located at 4420 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean. Admission is free, but some workshops require a small fee and registration is required. Friday night’s dining experience, Niriqatigiit (Coming Together to Eat), requires advance tickets at $75 per person.

ByWard Market Summerfest is all weekend long with plenty of live music and public art to please your senses. Plus, you can visit the newest showcase to grace the market, Adaawewigamig!

Want to walk among the water lilies in Giverny? Immerse yourself in Claude Monet’s classic Impressionist art in the Imagine Monet exhibition, now on display at the EY Centre. Check out Apt613’s review of the experience here.

From Friday through Sunday, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival returns to Mooney’s Bay, with races from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus two free concerts on the Hillside Stage. This year’s headliners include The Strumbellas on Friday night and Serena Ryder on Saturday night, with different bands playing each night. Admission to the festival is free and there are also plenty of food and craft vendors on site. Download all deets here.

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership hosts Welcoming Ottawa Week with a series of Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours. These free walking tours are designed to showcase the important contributions immigrants make to the social, cultural, and economic development and vitality of Ottawa’s neighborhoods. Thursday at 5 p.m. a walking tour of Little Italy; Friday at 4.30 pm you can join the English-language tour of the ByWard Market; and on Saturdays at 10am there is a French language version of the ByWard tour. (Psst: There are also tours of Chinatown and Vanier next week.) Check their website for more info and to sign up for the tours.

Torchlight Shakespeare is back from A Company of Fools. Check out their schedule of live performances from the storm in parks in the city and beyond from June 20 to August 13. (And stay tuned for Hamlet in the fall!) This weekend they’ll be at Trend-Arlington Park (Nepean) on Thursday, Hiawatha Park (Orléans) on Friday, and Windsor Park (Old Ottawa South) on Saturday. All shows start at 7pm and are pay-what-you-can and are BYOS: bring-your-own-seating (seat or blanket). The Fools are always a great night out, so don’t miss out!


Brave the possible rain and hang out at the ByWard Night Market with plenty of great vendors from 5-9pm on York Street, plus ByWard Bops in partnership with OMIC, featuring Mimi O’Bonsawin, Jessy Lindsay and Sunday Riot Club. Performances take place at the George Street Plaza. What exactly is a little rain?

While in the ByWard, stop at the opening of the new “Home” Art Exhibition at Gallery 55, located at 55 ByWard Market Square (top floor) from 5-7pm, hosted by the Ottawa Black Art Kollective and the Lowertown Community Association. The exhibition asks the question: What does home mean to you? For some, home is a physical space, for others it is a feeling, a sense of community. What does it look like to be disturbed or removed from your home, or to rebuild a new life, a community, a house after (re)settlement in a new country? Featuring more than 20 professional, emerging, and community artists based in Ottawa, the exhibit will run through July 10.

But if you’re a market-goer in good weather, it can also be a good night to stay indoors and watch a movie. So you’re in luck: The International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) is promoting a new screening in the series ‘The Female Gaze’, featuring films directed and written by women. The fourth showing in the series is Aren’t You Happy? †The Melancholy Girl) by Susanne Heinrich, a highly stylized episodic film in which a girl wanders through the city in search of a place to sleep, but there is no room for her among yoga studios, art galleries and the beds of strangers. It is a postmodern comedy in pastel pink and blue. The screening will be available on demand for 48 hours, starting tonight at 7pm, and will also include the short film The longest day of the year by Lauren Hoover and a conversation between “The Female Gaze” programmer Tish Chambers and popular video essayist Maia (aka Broey Deschanel) about the film and its theme of the disillusioned modern woman. Download the streaming link here.

Photo provided by IFFO.


The PepTides will play a show at the Rainbow Saturday night and will raise money for the “We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund,” founded by queer Ukrainian-Canadian playwright Andrew Kushnir and The Veritas Foundation Giving Fund to support the specific needs of LGBTQ+ Ukrainians. More than $56,800 has been raised so far. The PepTides, who describe themselves as “an eclectic community of musicians with a rainbow of faces: girls and boys, LGBTQ and straight, English and French, black and white and in-between, Ukrainian, Mexican, Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian and Scottish ” have already raised $1,000 for the fund at a show in April and want to break that record with this concert, so come out, enjoy super live music and support a good cause. Doors open at 8pm and tickets cost $28.25.

The NAC Orchestra Pops concerts are back on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm on the Southam Hall stage with a tribute to the best of Broadway, conducted by the great Jack Everly, back in town for the first time since pre-pandemic. Classic Broadway: Lerner and Loewe highlights the work of one of the greatest stage and screenwriting duos of all time. Trust us, you know some or all of these songs, taken from shows like Brigadoon and My beautiful lady† Both concerts feature Ottawa singers the Ewashko Singers. Check out Apt613’s preview of the shows here.


“Canada’s Queen of Americana” Lynne Hanson will release her ninth album, ice cream in november, with a concert at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave, Saturday at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for youth and seniors (children enter for free, but must be registered). This intimate show is a great opportunity to hear singer/songwriter/guitarist Hanson up close and personal.

Coburg, Ontario singer-songwriter Shannon Linton plays the Montgomery Scotch Lounge at Gladstone with Saskia Tomkins and Whitney O’Hearn on Saturday nights from 7pm. She is celebrating the release of her debut EP, Despite everything


On Sunday, nearly 40 Alliances Françaises from 15 countries will take part in the third edition of Alliances Sonores, streamed online on YouTube and Facebook. This year, Canada is one of the invited countries, and Acadia’s music is honored with a concert featuring Chloé Breault, Maggie Savoie, Matt Boudreau and Simon Daniel. Read more on their Facebook page (in French).

Two mainstays of Ottawa’s classical music scene, violinist Adam Nelson and pianist Roland Graham, join forces to perform some of the world’s favorite music from the Age of Enlightenment, including Bach’s Sonata in B minor, Mozart’s Sonata in E minor , works by Handel, and more as part of the free Kemptville Street Piano Concert Series at 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Kemptville.

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