After a long election season in Canada, the campaign will reach peak excitement on October 21, as Canada’s next Prime Minister will officially be announced, and the next federal government will be finally decided! Of course, now Canadians, especially in the city of Ottawa, are in the position of wondering where to watch the Election as it unfolds. After what's felt like a long, exhaustive federal campaign this year, with plenty of drama, controversy and name-calling. After weeks of lawn signs, Twitter feuds, debate zingers and celebrity endorsements, the end is almost here, and it will be too good to watch alone.
Several different venues across Ottawa are hosting official election night parties, and there’s something going on for everyone. Although watching the votes slowly trickle in over several hours does sound pretty dull, these public parties are almost guaranteed to be a good time.
Whether you’re a true Trudeau fan, or you’ve been gunning for Scheer since day one, these parties are for everyone. If you’re looking for election night beers, snacks and a little bit of lively debate, there’s six different Ottawa parties to choose from ...
Metropolitain Brasserie Restaurant
If you’re looking for good beer, good debates and a good time the Metropolitain Brasserie Restaurant will be the place to be on Monday night. Located on Wellington Street, in the shadows of the Parliament Buildings, you’ll feel right in amongst all of the action.
On their election party event page, the event promises to have a Dominion City Brewery tap takeover, free snacks and even a guest analyst to entertain the crowd and answer any questions.
Kicking off at 5 p.m., the party will continue "until late," free tickets can be booked online by clicking here.
Heart & Crown Pub
If you want to be right in the heart of the city for your election coverage, look no further than the Heart and Crown pub in Ottawa’s Byward Market.
The event will be hosted by the Canadian International Council and the Harvard Club of Ottawa and promises totally free registration. Doors will open at 8 p.m., and the party will wind down again at around 11 p.m.
Although registration is free, tickets are limited, so don’t delay if you fancy your election coverage with a side of Irish charm! Tickets are available here.
Although Taproom260 in Orleans hasn’t shared any official information about an event yet, a Facebook event from two local election candidates has been created for Monday night.
According to the Facebook event from local Green Party candidate, Michelle Petersen, and NDP candidate Jacqui Wiens, the doors will be open between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
More information can be found at their Facebook event, here.
If you’re really in the mood to get political on Monday night, Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) is hosting a “fun celebration of Canada’s 43rd federal election.”
According to their event page, there will be a whole team of FPA’s own political pundits taking to the stage to share their thoughts and predictions, as well as complimentary snacks and a cash bar.
The fun will kick off at 8 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Registration for the event can be found here.
Three Brewers - Sparks
If you’ve become a fan of the New Democratic Party this election, there’s an NDP party going on in Three Brewers on Sparks Street.
While everyone is welcome, their election party event page notes, “Join us as we celebrate Emilie (Ottawa centre’s NDP candidate) and the incredible campaign to bring social, environmental and economic justice to the people of Ottawa Centre.”
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For those aged between 15 and 19, the Forum for Young Canadians is hosting their very own election viewing event.
Their Facebook event explains, “Come by on election day and watch the results unfold right in the Forum office! Activities, debate, pizza, refreshments, and a whole lot of fun will be included!”
For existing members of the Forum for Young Canadians, entry is free. For non-members, a $5 entry ticket will get you food, drink and a “prime seat” to watch the election results.
Full details and more information can be found here.
With just one weekend between now and Monday's election, it's time to make some plans!