By NICOLINA LEONE & AMY ALLEN
This WEEKENDER is brought to you by the ByWard Market
Ottawa Maker’s Market
Ottawa has a thriving artisan community, and Ottawa Maker’s Market is proof of that. On Thursday, Oct. 8, head over to Orange Art Gallery for After Hours, a special late night edition of the market. Peruse skin care products (Scrub Inspired), jewellery (Strut and Wildtree), pottery (Clay Pigeon Design), ice cream truffles (Moo Shu), preserves (Lowertown Canning Co.), and more, all while you chow down on gourmet Asian food by Angry Dragonz and delicious plantain chips by Plátanos. Admission is pay-what-you-can. See Facebook event page for more info.
Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave., 613-761-1500, orangeartgallery.ca.
Cycle Touring with David Trattles
Do you enjoy cycling? Photography? It’s time to combine those passions. On Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., head to MEC for a free session from David Trattles as he shares his experiences about bicycle touring and photography. For 20 years, Trattles has been traveling by bicycle through 60 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). Why should you travel by bicycle? Dave will tell you. He shares the joy of human relations, by learning who the people are and how they live their lives, rather than focusing on what they are doing, you will see the ordinary become extraordinary (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta). Don’t miss, it appeals to all levels of cyclists. And it’s free!
Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700, events.mec.ca.
Missed some of the shows you wanted to see at Ottawa Fringe? Don’t worry. Fringe Encore is here to give you a second chance. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, two acclaimed plays are returning to the stage at Arts Court for a double bill. In the first, I think my boyfriend should have an accent, playwright and performer Emily Pearlman tells stories that, among other things, caution against the romanticization of strangers. In the second, Moonlight After Midnight by Fringe darling Martin Dockery, a complex layering of scenes slowly unravels the mystery of a meeting between a man and a woman in a hotel room. The double bill continues until Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets are from $15. See website for more info.
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., 613-765-5555, artscourts.ca.
Laura Demers’ work explores conundrums between surface and space in painting, and how the medium can be a filter for our vision of the world. Demers enjoys working with painting and collage and combines both strengths for her latest exhibit, Unknown Destinations, showing Thursday, Oct. 8 to October 25. Landscapes become fragmented and unusual details are accentuated, creating a beautiful canvas of colour and texture. Unknown Destinations speaks about the land, and illustrates how one may envision and experience it, physically, psychologically and metaphorically.
Studio Sixty Six, 202-66 Muriel St., 613-800-1641, studiosixtysix.ca.
In 2013, Séan McCann left Great Big Sea after 20 successful years as one of its founding members. When asked why, he told CBC’s Bob Mersereau, “the band was where [he] hid” from his problems with alcohol. In his latest solo album, Help Your Self, he faces down his demons and charts a path to a brighter future. He performs on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a second show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets from $25. See website for more info.
The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.
Right after the farmer’s market (starting at 8:30 a.m.), stick around for Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 10. Running all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join the celebration of all things fall at Watson Mill: pumpkin decorating, children’s crafts, games and toys, and much more. Free wagon rides around the village will be provided by the Manotick BIA, and live music will be playing on the Dickinson House lawn from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This weekend also marks the final Carriage Shed Used Book Sale, the Manotick Farmer’s Market, and the live milling demonstrations.
Mill, 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick 613-692-6455, watsonsmill.com.
Thanksgiving Weekend at the Agriculture and Food Museum
At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the crops that will sustain us throughout the colder months. To celebrate the harvest, head to the Agriculture and Food Museum from Saturday, Oct. 10 to Monday, Oct. 12 and learn how to make a hearty fall soup and apple spice caramel cake. Learn about a pumpkin’s life cycle and make/taste apple cider. Cost is included with admission. Once you’ve had your fill of fall activities (but can you ever?) check out the rest of the museum. See the website for a daily schedule.
901 Prince of Wales Dr., 613-991-3044 , cafmuseum.techno-science.ca.
Harvest Brunch at the Museum of Nature
Not your typical brunch option for your Thanksgiving Sunday (or any day for that matter), but a very unique opportunity nonetheless. Head to the Museum of Nature on Sunday, Oct. 11 for fall fare – more than just bacon and eggs, a sample of the buffet selection includes an omelette station, turkey with all the fixings, sour caramel-glazed ham, assorted harvest salads and soup, and desserts from the pumpkin and apple pantry. Once you’ve had your fair share, walk it off and check out the exhibits. Each brunch includes general admission to the museum, as well as the tip. Cost: $39.99.
Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700, nature.ca.
And don’t miss:
Sens home opener vs Montreal Canadiens: Scotiabank Place. $32+. Sunday, Oct 11, 7 p.m. senators.nhl.com.
Ottawa Fall Colours Run: half marathon, 10 km, 5km, 3km – charity run benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Day of registration available, check website for details. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Sunday, Oct 11. somersault.ca/eventfallcoloursrun.htm.