WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 18—21

By CINDY OLBERG

The Love, Handmade. wedding show is happening at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh on Saturday, April 19

The Love, Handmade. Wedding Show takes place at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh on Saturday, April 19

In this edition of the Weekender: An undground hunt, swapping vinyl, forbidden love, and four more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Vinyl Swap (FREE!)
Do you have a lot of records in your collection that you don’t listen to anymore? This Friday, April 18, bring them to Record Swap Day (er, well, the event is in the evening) at Raw Sugar Café and trade them with other music lovers. After the exchanges are made, a bunch of local DJs (including DJ Adam Saikaley of the band Silkken Laumann and former producer of Tempo on CBC) will be spinning records of their own for your listening pleasure. The Swap takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Raw Sugar Café is located at 692 Somerset W.

Easter Egg Hunts…
Spring has sprung at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. From Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 kids will be able to meet newborn animals, help make Easter bread, and take part in the Signs of Spring Easter Egg Hunts — farm activities are scheduled for various times throughout the day. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is located at 901 Prince of Whales Dr.

…Underground
If you’ll be in the west end on Saturday, April 19, try looking for eggs underground at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum — the hunt is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum is located at 3929 Carp Rd. in Carp.

Handmade Wedding
Bummed that the Wed by Hand wedding show isn’t happening this year? Well, Meaghan Brunetti, owner of The Handmade Bride, is organizing a brand new indie wedding show on Saturday, April 19 that’ll have just about everything you’ll need for your upcoming wedding. Shop for handmade, eco-friendly designs with a vintage feel, and take in one of the many workshops happening throughout the day. Love, Handmade. Wedding Show takes place at Memorial Hall (across the street from The Handmade Bride) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. Memorial Hall is located at 39 Dufferin Rd.

On Stage Diary
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story about a 13- year-old who is forced to go into hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Based on the book, the play has received countless acclaims since its first staging, including the 1956 Pulitzer Prize. Tim Picotte directs the performance at The Gladstone. The play will be running until Saturday, April 19. From $18. The Gladstone is located at 910 Gladstone Ave.

Madama Butterfly, the world-famous opera about love and tragedy will be at the NAC April 19-26 (photo: On Stage Ottawa)

Madama Butterfly, the world-famous opera about love and tragedy, will be at the National Arts Centre April 19-26 (Photo: On Stage Ottawa)

Love & Tragedy
Madama Butterfly, one of the most famous operas of all time, tells the story about a young Japanese woman, known as Madama Butterfly, who marries an American naval officer and is then shunned by her family for choosing to abandon her ancestral religion. The opera, playing at the National Arts Centre, is put on by Opera Lyra OttawaMadama Butterfly is on from April 19 until April 26 at the National Arts Centre. From $25. 53 Elgin St.

Beautiful Shapes
The Abstractionists, currently showing at Studio Sixty Six, showcases the first group of paintings in their New Painters series. In describing the four artists — Ali Kramers, Cindy Merksy, Darren Kooyman, and Karyn Watson — curators Carrie Colton and Manar Abotouk write: “Their subjects are the real beauty of the circle, square, and triangle, and the subtlety and plasticity of sheer colour and surface. Their work offers the freest play of creativity and imagination.” The show is on until May 8. Studio Sixty Six is located at 66 Muriel St., unit 202.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 10—13

The Orange Art Gallery has moved into the City Centre building.

Check out the Orange Art Gallery’s new space and celebrate their fourth anniversary this Thursday

Orange alert (FREE!)
The Orange Art Gallery has moved! Celebrating their new space — and their fourth anniversary — the gallery is hosting a reception on Thursday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Check out new works by Orange’s own artists, and stick around for performances by Velvet Underground cover band, No Kinds of Love, and rap artist, The Joynt. Orange Art Gallery is now located at 290 City Centre Ave.

Touring Proof
The Toronto-based alt-country/folk band, Sunparlour Players, is playing The Black Sheep Inn armed with their brand new album The Living Proof (they’re playing two days after launching the record). This double-bill includes rock and roots quartet, Harlan Pepper, who hail from Hamilton. The show is on Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. The Black Sheep Inn is at 753 Riverside Dr. in Wakefield. Beware potholes along that stretch!

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WEEKENDER: Eight things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 3—6

By CINDY OLBERG

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Complexe des genres is a gripping ballet production at the National Arts Centre from April 3 to 5 (Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois)

In this edition of the Weekender: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Complexe des genres, Fibre Fling 3, and five more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Rock Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an award-winning Off-Broadway musical that deals with themes of identity, individuality, and rock n’ roll. Follow rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt on her quest for the “Origin of Love” in this fun and unforgettable musical presented by Vanity Project Productions. The show runs from April 3 to 5 at The Gladstone. From $25. The Gladstone is located at 910 Gladstone Ave.

Vulnerability and Desire
Montreal choreographer Virginie Brunelle explores the strengths and shortcomings of the human experience in her ballet Complexe des genres. With a cast of six men and women, the performance covers themes of desire and vulnerability that so often go hand in hand with the search for love.The performance contains mature themes and nudity. Complexe des genres is on from April 3 to 5 at the National Arts Centre. From $30. The NAC is located at 53 Elgin St.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 27—30

By CINDY OLBERG

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A scene from Serra Pelada, one of the films that will be screening at the Latin Film Festival this weekend

In this issue of the Weekender: VERSeFest, Ottawa Theatre Challenge, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Dope poets
This year’s VERSeFest features quite the who’s who of local and international poets! There will be readings from Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Michel Pleau; Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochead; and 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, the duo who created the world’s first “psychedelic talk opera.” VERSeFest will be on until Sunday, March 30. Check their website for event times and locations. Tickets from $10.

Annual Rubber Chicken award
Catcall the competition, bribe the judges, and laugh until your sides hurt at this year’s Ottawa Theatre Challenge on Thursday, March 27. Theatre companies from all over Ottawa will be given 48 hours, three “items of inspiration,” and one chance to showcase their impromptu production as they vie for the coveted Rubber Chicken Award and the title of Best Theatre Company in Ottawa. Proceeds from this year’s event, which is hosted by A Company of Fools, will be donated to the Actor’s Fund of Canada. The Challenge takes place at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20. The National Arts Centre is located at 53 Elgin St.

Big in Japan
There will be lots to see, taste, and admire at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Friday, March 28. Inspired by the Museum’s 30-year partnership with Ikebana International Ottawa, this month’s Nature Nocturne party will feature demonstrations of Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese floral design, as well as a variety of Japanese music, and animation. If you get peckish on your way to the dance floor, stop by the Zen Lounge for some sushi. But don’t leave without trying one of the Japanese-inspired cocktails and taking a picture with one of the evening’s costumed characters — especially if you’re also in costume! The event is from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St.

Decade old!
On Saturday, March 29, Guerilla will be hosting a night of live music, collage making, and burlesque at the new Gallery 101 space in Little Italy to launch their special 10-year print edition. Saturday’s event will be the last stop on GuerillaCRAWL, Guerilla’s 10-part series of community-centric events held on 10 consecutive nights, celebrating their 10th anniversary. Saturday’s event goes from 8 p.m. to midnight, with food and drink available at their cash bar. Tickets $10 at the door. Gallery 101 is located at 51-B Young St.

Latin celebration (FREE)
The Latin American Film Festival is an annual event that highlights the best of contemporary Latin American cinema — and this year, they’re offering food! As part of the film festival, ¡Fiesta Latina! will showcase  Latin American food, wine, and culture, featuring specialties made by local and embassy chefs. There will also be performances of Latin American music and dance, and a visual arts display. The ¡Fiesta Latina! takes place at Library and Archives Canada on Saturday, March 29 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Latin American Film Festival will be hosting screenings of films from countries throughout South America from March 27 to April 13. Admission for the film festival starts at $12. The Library and Archives Canada building is at 395 Wellington St.

Warehouse party
Still dazed from their sold-out debut album release show, Silkken Laumann will be throwing a bumpin’ dance party at the City Centre warehouse facility this Saturday, March 29. Download their album Not Forever Enough online (it’s technically free, but it would be kind of you to pay what you can) and check out the other acts: DJ Matt Tamblyn (of Open Air Social Club fame) and Cabaal from Montreal to get a taste of what’s to come. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8. The event is licensed. Gabba Hey is located at 250 City Centre Ave. unit #202.

Where art thou?
Almost everyone has a soft spot for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet — a tale of love and love lost. This Saturday, March 29 — for one night only — ballet choreographer, Bengt Jörgen brings his internationally toured adaptation of the timeless classic to Centrepointe Theatre. The ballet starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $51. Centrepointe Theatre is located at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 21—23

By CINDY OLBERG

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Three and a half tons of rice will be used on stage in Songs of the Wanderers at the National Arts Centre this weekend (Photo: YU Hui-hung)

In this issue of the Weekender: Dancing with Rage, Ikebana at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

East Coast Firebrand
One of Canada’s brightest comedic luminaries, Mary Walsh, is coming to the Great Canadian Theatre Company for the start of spring. In Dancing With Rage the East Coast firebrand travels across the country as Marg Delahunty, her alter ego, in a quest for truth, justice, and her Expo ’67 lovechild. Co-directed by Walsh and Andy Jones, the play is a bit political, a bit of a rant, but all-around hilarious! The show will be playing from March 18 to April 6. Single ticket prices will vary with demand. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is located at 1233 Wellington St. W.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 14—16

By CINDY OLBERG

Andrew Moncrief, sitting with some of the works featured in his show at La Petite Mort Gallery, DE/GENERATE

Andrew Moncrief sitting with some of the works featured in his show DE/GENERATE at La Petite Mort Gallery

In this edition of the Weekender: Andrew Moncrief, The Magician’s Nephew, Outaouais Film Festival, and four more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Scarface (FREE!)
Have you ever been told by someone that they can tell how you’re feeling because it’s written on your face? That connection between our faces and what lies beneath is what Montreal artist Andrew Moncrief explores in DE/GENERATE at La Petite Mort Gallery. The exhibit is a collection that takes on this idea by turning the process of painting itself into a violent act. Through the application of layers of paint — and ultimately the energies of Moncrief himself — the artist leaves marks and scars; wounds that come to define the figure. The exhibit runs until March 29. La Petite Mort Gallery is located at 306 Cumberland St.

Chronicles of Narnia
In this upcoming 9th Hour Theatre Company production, you’ll meet Jadis, the White Witch, and watch the creation of Narnia — all in the span of an hour. This dramatization of The Magician’s Nephewthe first of seven stories in The Chronicles of Narniawritten by C.S. Lewis and adapted by Aurand Harris, tells the story about Digory and his friend Polly who are tricked into going on magical adventures by Digory’s uncle, Andrew. The show is playing at Centrepointe Theatre, from Wednesday, March 12 to Sunday, March 16 (Wednesday at 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday at 2p.m. and 7p.m., and Sunday at 3p.m.). Tickets from $27.50. Centrepointe Theatre is at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

La lumière, la caméra, l’action!
Featuring screenings of more than 100 feature-length, short, and documentary films from around the world, the Outaouais Film Festival kicks off Friday, March 14. Opening night at the Canadian Museum of History will debut Albert Dupontel’s comedy Neuf mois fermes, which has been nominated for the Césars Awards. The seven-day festival, hosted by Denise Robert, will also include cinematography workshops and master classes, as well as a quick flick contest in partnership with the Ottawa International Short Film Festival. Tickets are $9 per film; $48 for six tickets. Visit the festival’s website for the full schedule.

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Ottawa’s neo-soul band The Split plays The Black Sheep Inn this Saturday, March 15 (Photo: Kris Chandroo)

On the Road Again (FREE!)
Do you remember the road trips you took with your parents when you were a kid? Do you ever wish you could go back? Sarah Anderson, a photography student from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) did just that. She drove down California’s Pacific Coast Highway where she’d gone with her parents 25 years earlier — by herself, this time — journaling her trip with photographs. Her solo exhibit, Return to the Pacific Coast Highway Photographs, will feature 50-plus colour prints and two short videos, all from her trip down memory lane. Anderson will be giving a talk at SPAO on Friday, March 14 at 3 p.m. The show runs until March 20. SPAO is located at 168 Dalhousie St.

Urban Craft (FREE!)
In the mood for a craft show? On Saturday, March 15, 50 vendors from across Eastern Canada will be offering a wide array of handcrafted clothes, soaps, jewellery, flowers, and homemade edibles at the Urban Craft Market. Sip on gourmet soda while you shop, and sample tasty treats at the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Auntie Loo’s Treats’ pop-up diner. Also, be sure to check out the new Mash Up Project: Morsel Artisan Caramels and Purple Urchin have teamed up to create a special new line of products inspired by each other’s companies, and rumour has it their creations are beer inspired! Urban Craft Market is being held at The Glebe Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is located at 175 Third Ave.

Ottawa’s Got (New) Soul
Ottawa’s newest neo-soul band The Split has steadily grown their fanbase by way of their neo-soul sound that’s influenced by such artists as Prince and James Brown. The group grabbed an enviable spot at last year’s Ottawa Bluesfest festival, and now they’re ready to unleash their bumpin’, bass-driven debut EP Can’t Get Enough at The Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $10 in advance and doors open at 8:30 p.m. The Black Sheep Inn is located at 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield.

Seed to Table
Looking to grow your own vegetables this season? Gatineau’s Seedy Sunday event on Sunday, March 16 will be a great place to learn all about organic food and pick up the seeds you’ll need to start your own organic garden. Marie Dulude, of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, will be around to talk about organic food and their international work. The event is at the Maison du citoyen, which is located at 25 rue Laurier in Gatineau, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16.

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WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 6—9

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The Wind & The Wild play Raw Sugar Café on Friday, March 7 with Bosveld (Photo: Pat Bolduc)

In this edition of the Weekender: SAW Gallery’s New Ottawa Artists Spotlight Series, Sarah Hatton, Wind & The Wild, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend


Thinking outside the… bag? (FREE)
Hundreds of paper lunch bags, lined up from floor to ceiling, emblazoned with a “bushy-browed creature with an unwavering stare.” Irene Beck’s use of a “standardized ephemera” makes for a familiar, yet uncomfortable, entrance into SAW Gallery’s newest exhibit by four Ottawa artists whose body of work has largely taken place outside the “confines of the art establishment.” This is the Gallery’s third instalment in their New Ottawa Artists Spotlight series, which opens this Thursday, March 6. Also on view: Phil Osborne’s video-sculptures; Anne Johnson’s large-scale, mixed-media mural; and Russell Scott’s expansive wall drawing. Thursday’s vernissage takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., with food by Friday Lunch Project, music by DJ Lakes District, and a live performance by Bonnie Doon. The show runs until April 30. SAW Gallery is located at 2 Daly Ave.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of Feb. 27 to March 2

 

Anthrax's Scott Ian on his "swearing" tour — a verbal history of his "insane life"

Ottawa Weekender: Anthrax’s Scott Ian on his “swearing” tour on Feb. 27 at Ritual Nightclub — a verbal history of his “insane life”

In this edition of the Weekender: Anthrax’s Scott Ian, RAW: natural born artists, Mayfair’s 86th Annual Academy Awards, and four other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Anthrax attack
“This ain’t no poetry reading. This isn’t an evening of sensitive discourse” — so warns Scott Ian, guitarist for beloved thrash-metal band Anthrax. More rock-history than poetry, Ian’s on a “speaking tour,” coming to Ottawa to divulge — in a plethora of expletives — the “insane” life he’s led over the past 31 years. And when he’s finished swearing, audiences are encouraged to ask him anything they like. The event is on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. It’s a 19+ show.

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WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of Feb 20—23

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Opera/classically-trained duo Sidney York eschew traditional paths for orchestral-inspired avant-pop. They play Zaphod’s on Feb. 22.

In this edition of the Weekender: Jennifer Dickson, Newfoundland Kitchen Party, Sidney York, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Man vs. Nature (FREE)
They’re not meant to be in protest. Nor are they intended to be hostile or indifferent. Instead, Danièle Rochon’s works in Fragile are a conversation; one between the two, or, in her words, “visual dialogue between man and nature, between its fragility and its constant aggression.” Her exhibit at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill display works on this theme. They also draw on her years of experience, her world travels, and her fascination with light; the latter often revealing “intimate hidden secrets.” The vernissage for the show is on Thursday, February 20 at the gallery, which is located at 293 Dalhousie Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fragile is on until March 5.

Water Gardens (FREE)
Fountains, trickling streams, pools — water is often a key element in gardens. It’s also one of Jennifer Dickson’s fascinations. Wallack Galleries exhibits key works by the renowned Ottawa artist from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, March 8. The show, Giochi d’Acqua, presents pieces spanning her 60-year-career, but focusing on her interest in water as a feature of gardens. It will also showcase 12 recent works that touch on the subject of water games. A vernissage for the exhibit takes place on Friday, February 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dickson will also be giving a series of talks regarding the works on Saturday afternoons (Feb 22, March 1 & 8) at 2:30 p.m.

Rock ‘The Rock’
Lips chapped? Moisten those smackers and pucker up to kiss-the-cod for what will most certainly be a highlight during the Rock-themed Kitchen Party on Saturday, February 22. The event is in celebration of Bruce House’s 25th anniversary, a residential care-home for people suffering with HIV/AIDS. Led by former TV-personality and proud Newfoundlander Kurt Stoodley, the Newfoundland Kitchen Party will feature (along with the aforementioned “cod” ritual) a Screeching-in ceremony (Screech is a Newfoundland rum, a mainstay of The Rock’s traditional diet), whisky (including maple whisky!), rum and beer tastings, local culinary treats by various renowned chefs, music by the DW James Band, a silent auction, and door prizes. The event is from 7 p.m. to midnight at The Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave. Tickets are $70.

Operatic-pop
Is opera dead? Or is it just finding new life in contemporary music? Certainly Toronto’s Austra, whose vocalist is opera-trained, suggests that this may be the case. Add to that list Sidney York. The band’s lead vocalist, Brandi Sidoryk, has her roots in opera, while her partner, Krista Wodelet, is classically-trained — and yet this Canadian duo have eschewed classic directions and instead chose to make glitzy, avant-pop; polished, pop-structured songs, but with sounds typically associated with the orchestra pit. Having just released their second album, <3s (Hearts), they are playing on Saturday, February 22 at Zaphod’s with Kashka. Advance tickets $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. Zaphod’s is at 27 York St.

Documentary Film Fest
For a fifth year in a row, Wakefield village is hosting its documentary film festival. On until the weekend of March 8-9, the Wakefield International Film Festival will feature a coupling of films over several weekends. This Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23, the festival features two films: The Moo Man and Dirty Wars. The first is a heartfelt, but comedic look at a British dairy farmers’ struggle to remain small, choosing to stay close to his herd of cows instead of going bigger and becoming just another supplier to the supermarkets. The film, directed by Heike Bachelier and Andy Heathcote, was nominated for best U.K. documentary. The second is an award-winning documentary that investigates a secretive military strike force that does not exist on paper. Directed by Rick Rowley, the film follows investigative journalist Jeremy Schahill as he looks at the Joint Special Operations Command’s clandestine operations — from Afghanistan to Somalia, and beyond — and its targets on their “kill list.” The Moo Man and Dirty Wars, will be screened both nights at 5 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., respectively. Individual tickets are $10; a weekend pass is $18. The venue is the Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Valley Drive, Wakefield, Quebec.

Sublime Scandinavian
Agnes Obel — this Danish singer/songwriter is a musical rarity. Drawing from such diverse influences as Bartok and Chopin, PJ Harvey to Claude DeBussy, Obel’s melancholic balladry is a combination of profound musicianship, artistry, and uniqueness. She’ll play with Ottawa’s Her Harbour (think Regina Spektor) — it’s a perfect pairing, which is why the show — Sunday, February 23 at The Black Sheep Inn — will undoubtedly be an intimate and unforgettable evening. Advance tickets are $20. The Black Sheep Inn is located at 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, Quebec.

 

 

 

 

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of February 13—17

Ottawa's Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl, one of many plays featured during GCTC's Undercurrents festival

Ottawa’s Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl, one of many plays featured during GCTC’s Undercurrents festival

In this edition of the Weekender: GCTC’s Indie fest, Ottawa StoryTeller’s wild tales, Beau’s Art, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Indie Theatre Festival
The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s 4th annual Undercurrents is in full-swing, a nearly two week-long festival featuring independent theatre from across Canada, including Ottawa; shows that differ in form, content, and creation methods. This Thursday through to Saturday catch Broken, “a story of 1985, lime poppe shoppe pop, and Alzheimer’s Disease.” On Saturday and Sunday (and into the following week) check out Ottawa’s Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl — a play about a Prairie girl’s love of the Roughriders. The full schedule can be found here. Two shows per evening, plus matinées on weekends.
Until Feb. 23. From $15. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St., gctc.ca

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