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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WEEKENDER: Six things to do/see on the weekend of February 6 – 9

Sexcula: a 1970s tex-funded, campy, cult porn screening at the Mayfair Theatre

Sexcula: a 1970s tax-funded, campy, cult porn, which is screening at the Mayfair Theatre

In this edition of Weekender: Hidden battlefields, Arousal, Balconies, Sexcula, a winter art market, and a month-long Fibre Festival

In the fields of Western Europe, there is a crater, overgrown with vegetation and largely forgotten — although mostly hidden, it’s a reminder that a shell fell here 100 years ago, in a place that was once a battlefield. Captured in large-scale, colour photography, this is but one of several hidden places of the First World War rediscovered through Rémi Thériault’s lens. His exhibit, Front, opens this Friday, February 7 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The opening of his exhibit is in conjunction with Entre le Chien et le Loup, an exhibit of David R. Harper’s mixed-media works, which explore that French expression used to describe the time of day just before evening when the light is so dim that it’s difficult to distinguish objects. A vernissage for both shows, as well as for the latest exhibit in the Firestone Gallery – Bringing it Home: Abstraction and the Painters Eleven – takes place on Thursday, February 6, between 5:30 – 9 p.m.

WEEKENDER: Five things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of January 31 – February 2

A still from the film, Inn i mørket (Into the Dark), a Norwegian drama being shown at Bright Nights: 4th annual Baltic and Nordic film festival (February 1-12)

A still from the film, Inn i mørket (Into the Dark), a Norwegian drama being shown at Bright Nights: 4th annual Baltic and Nordic film festival (February 1-12)

In this edition of Weekender: Swiss party, Freak show, Super 8, Baltic/Nordic Cinema, Icing/d-icing.

Cabaret Voltaire
The Capital’s winter festival gets underway this weekend with the Ottawa Art Gallery’s annual Winterlude kick-starter, On The Rocks party. Dada for Switzerland, is being held on Friday, January 31 at the gallery, and features food, drink, and entertainment from that alpine country. Amidst the present art exhibitions, partygoers can expect to sample raclette cheese, homemade rösti (Swiss potato pancakes), and Swiss wine, and enjoy performances from the Montagna Singers Swiss Choir, Alpine horn player John Loretan, and William Tell-inspired games (think ‘shooting an apple from someone’s head’-type fun). Advance tickets are already sold-out, but a limited number of tickets will still be available at the door the night of the event: $20.00. Starts at 7:30 p.m., until 10:30 p.m.

Cancer Freak Project (FREE)
Judy DeBoer has breast cancer. She also has a passion for art and design. But the traumatic experience, which has involved significant changes to her body, have left her unable to continue her costume and set design work. Instead, she’s turned the camera onto herself, photographing the transformation of her body – scars, hair loss, and swelling – in order for her and others to understand the changes. The Cancer Freak Project is being shown from Friday, January 31 to Thursday, February 6 at Le Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland Street. There is a vernissage on Friday from 7 – 10 p.m.

Freeze! (FREE)
Ten filmmakers were given 24 hours in which to shoot Super 8mm short films using the theme of Freeze Frame – also the title of the event, which is being held at Club Saw, 67 Nicholas Street on Friday, January 31. Organized by Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, Freeze Frame is on the same night and in the adjoining building to Ottawa Art Gallery’s On The Rocks: Dada for Switzerland party – which means, after the screenings, your Freeze Frame pin will get you into the OAG’s party for half price. Fun, whimsical cinema + Swiss culture = great night out!

 …Speaking of Film
In spite of the dearth of cinemas in downtown Ottawa, there are still opportunities to enjoy film – Bright Nights is one of those. The Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with various embassies, and in connection with Winterlude, is hosting the 4th annual Baltic and Nordic film festival. Held at the Library and Archives Auditorium on 395 Wellington Street, the festival will showcase some of the best contemporary selections from those countries from February 1st to 12th.  The first two selections on Saturday, February 1 feature Veregrupp (Blood Type), a hard look at Estonian soldiers in Afghanistan, and Inn i mørket (Into the Dark), a Norwegian drama surrounding a boy who is struck by a car and his family’s subsequent suspicions. The full lineup can be viewed online at www.cfi-icf.ca. Individual tickets: $12 non-members; $8 members, or festival passes: $50 non-members; $40 members.

Art Freeze/Melt (FREE)
In recent years, Winterlude has often been characterized by intermittent (and unwanted) cooling and warming periods, causing havoc for ice sculptors. But this icing/d-icing brings into mind the memory of water and what it contains when it freezes or melts ­– from the discovery of the 2,500-year-old Ice Maiden in the 1990s, to the on-going melting of icebergs. Those themes will be part of the Enriched Bread Artistsicing-d-icing Winterlude event, from Saturday, February 1 to Thursday, February 16. The exhibition is the collective work of the Enriched Bread Artists, and will take place, on various dates and times throughout that period, at their studio on 951 Gladstone Avenue: Feb 1, 1-5 p.m.; Feb 2,8,9,15, & 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of January 24—26


Little Voices at Karsh-Masson Gallery uses dioramas to tell mysterious stories

In this edition of the Weekender, a puppet horse, life-sized Jenga party, Slim Shady’s hometown, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

War Horse
The First World War began one hundred years ago, engulfing Europe and the world in a conflict that would affect not just men, women and children, but animals as well. The National Arts Centre presents War Horse, an internationally acclaimed, moving and imaginative drama about a boy who braves the trenches of France to find his beloved horse, and which features astonishing life-sized puppets, stirring music and song. Until Jan. 26. From $38. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., nac-can.ca

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WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of January 17—19


Author Leanne Simpson shares from her debut collection of short stories at Octopus Bookstore on Jan. 17

In this edition of the Weekender, amateur boxing, Fleetwood Mac reincarnated, honeyed cures for colds, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Fight, fight, fight!
St. Anthony Italia Soccer Club hosts the Beaver Boxing Club’s amateur boxing show. This is the club’s third event, which features food, drink, music, and 12 bouts of boxing from clubs across Ontario and Quebec. All proceeds support Beaver Boxing Club’s Youth Boxing Program, so lace up those gloves and get set to enjoy the sweet science. Jan. 17. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $20, youth (17 under) $10, kids six and under are free. St. Anthony Italia Soccer Club, 523 St. Anthony St., ottawastanthony.com

Octopus authors (FREE!)
Acclaimed Indigenous authors, writers and activists gather at Octopus Bookstore for an intimate evening featuring poems, story, and song. Waubgeshig Rice, who’ll be reading from his new book, Legacy, hosts this unique event; author/activist Leanne Simpson’s debut collection of short stories, Island of Decolonial Love, will introduce voices, rarely heard, of individuals struggling to confront racism and colonialism; and poet Vera Wabegijig’s new work, Wild Rice Dream, examines the intricate relationship between people, dreams, and memories. Jan. 17. 7 to 9 p.m. Octopus Bookstore, 251 Bank St., 2nd floor, octopusbooks.ca

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of January 10—12


Beneath the Surface: X-rays of Arctic Fish opens at The Canadian Museum of Nature on Jan. 11

In this edition of the Weekender, a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a closing party, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

H.P. Lovecraft-inspired (FREE!)
SPAO (School of Photographic Arts) presents a multi-disciplinary show by Dante Penman. Disturbed by nightmares since youth, Penman found solace in the tortured imagination of American horror-fiction author, H.P. Lovecraft. Liebe Handwerk (or “love craft” in German), the title of his show, features his experimental photogram images, linocut relief prints, sculpture, pictorial poems, and other texts. Jan. 10 to 23. Free. SPAO, 168 Dalhousie St., spao.ca

Night transforms (FREE!)
See how mundane, everyday activities — shopping, work, transportation — are transformed by night’s strange alchemy in Window Shopping, an exhibit by Ottawa artist Petra Halkes at Cube Gallery. Another exhibit, Reflections, has the viewer gaze through windows, combined with interior reflections, to see hints of what lies beyond. Until Jan. 26. Free. Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington W., cubegallery.ca

Literary showcase
Pressed highlights new and established local authors’ works as part of In/Words Magazine‘s second such showcase. There will be works by Ali Alikhani, Kaleb Hikele, Marilyn Irwin, Jane Silcott, and Kaleigh Watts, as well as indie-folk jams. Jan. 10. 7 p.m. $10, students $7. Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., pressed-ottawa.com

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WEEKENDER: Holiday concerts, art sales, a foodie fest, plus a taste of Mexican mezcal

Sunday Gospel to feed your soul
Spend a Sunday afternoon with Ottawa-based blues and gospel musician Ernie Cox and the London Trio Plus. Proceeds from this heart warming gospel Christmas concert will benefit the Out of the Cold program, which for the past 18 years has worked to feed hundreds of hungry people during the winter. Sunday, December 15. 3 p.m. Adults $10, children $5. Knox Presbyterian Church, 227 Elgin St.

Christmas in Vienna
Celebrate the holiday season with the Ottawa Classical Choir. Maestro Michel Brousseau will guide you through an elegant evening of Strauss’ best-known waltzes, including Blue Danube, Emperor Waltz, and Voices of Spring. Saturday, December 14. 7:30 p.m. Adults $30, students $10, reserved $40. St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. 310 St. Patrick St.

"Chromafix II", oil on birch panel. By Charlene Lau Ahier

“Chromafix II” (oil on birch panel) by Charlene Lau Ahier is among the work up for sale at the Patrick Gordon Framing Studio annual holiday sale.

Christmas Art Show (Free!)
Patrick Gordon Framing Studio will be holding its annual Christmas sale featuring work by local artists. The event also serves as a 10 year anniversary for this framing studio/gallery, which is also a hub for the arts community. In short, it should be a great party! Artwork will be on display for the month of December and will include works by Daniel Martelock, Andrea Sutton, Marc Adornato, and many more. Thursday, December 12. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free Admission. Patrick Gordon Framing Studio, 160 Elm St.

Shop for works like "Mer Bleu Bog", which is by Claudia Urbach, at Patrick Gordon's holiday sale.

Shop for works like “Mer Bleu Bog”, which is by Claudia Urbach, at Patrick Gordon’s holiday sale.




Foodie fest (Free!)
Talk about homemade deliciousness. Annual holiday food market Flavours of Ottawa is back for its second year of mouth-watering delight. From cake pops, macarons, cookies, and pies, to jams, chutneys, salsas, and honeys, come hungry and ready to sample a bit of everything. Over 20 Ottawa-based artisan food vendors will sell their products, many of which are perfect for holiday gift giving and entertaining (when you don’t have the time to whip up your own masterpieces, of course). Saturday, December 14. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free admission, with donations collected for the Food Bank. Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave.

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WEEKENDER: Ethiopiad, Christmas concerts, a vintage village, plus a holiday market at the Hub, comedy at GCTC, and art at Cyclelogik

Ethiopiaid Canada
Tis’ the season to give back, so why not start this week with Ethiopiaid Canada’s second annual gala and fundraiser for maternal health. The local organization has been dedicated to alleviating poverty and increasing access to health and education in Ethiopia since 1989. The evening will include a silent auction, inspiring guest speaker Dr. Gretchen Roedde, and a delicious Ethiopian dinner provided by local restaurant Blue Nile. Thursday, December 5. 6:30 p.m. Adults $35/ students $25. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street.

A Joyful Christmas
The University of Ottawa Choir invites you to join them for an evening of Holiday fun. Accompanied by brass, percussion, and piano, Director Michel Guimont will lead the bilingual choir through Christmas songs old and new. Friday, December 6. 8 p.m. Adults $25/$20 in advance; students $10. St. Joseph’s Church, 151 Laurier Ave. E.

The Barra Macneils perform their annual Christmas concert at Centrepointe Theatre on Monday, Dec. 9.

The Barra Macneils perform their annual Christmas concert at Centrepointe Theatre on Monday, Dec. 9.

Christmas in Killarney
Beloved Celtic family band the Barra MacNeils will bring their special brand of East Coast charm back to Ottawa for a special Christmas concert. Performing a selection of original holiday songs, the band will serenade you with Gaelic ballads one moment, and in the next, make you get up and dance with their mad fiddle/piano/accordion mashups. Monday, December 9. $55. 7:30 p.m. Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.

Vintage Village of Lights
Discover what Christmas was all about back in the day. This enchanting exhibit explores holiday traditions, carols, decorating, and storytelling from the past. Festive crafts and a visit with Santa Claus himself guarantees an afternoon of family fun. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening until Sunday, December 22. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. $7/ $18 per family. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd. 

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WEEKENDER: Muslims?! Plus artful shopping, mixed medium at Fall Down, an AIDS awareness doc, and a Christmas concert

By Anastasia Philopoulos

Small art with BIG heart (Free!)
Cube Gallery welcomes you to their ninth annual Christmas show, Great Big smalls IX. Indulge in Christmas cookies and a cup of cheer as you browse through the selection of original, small, and suitable for gifting. Featuring over 50 artists, both established and emerging, the show promises great gifts (to others and/or yourself) at every price range. Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 29. See website for hours. Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington Street W.

Photo by Asif Rehman

Photo by Asif Rehman

Muslims?! #4 (Free!)
Join photographer Asif Rehman for his newest exhibition exploring the label “Canadian Muslim.” Rehman seeks to break down the stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims, in order to better understand a title which at best defines only a part of a person’s identity. Friday, November 29 to Wednesday, January 8. See website for hours. Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

How to Survive the Plague (Free!)
In honor of World AIDS Day and as part of Ottawa’s AIDS Awareness Week, this Academy Award nominated documentary on AIDS activism in the ’80s and ’90s will be screened. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided and an informal discussion will follow. Check out other AIDS Awareness Week events on their calendar. Sunday, December 1. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles St.

Kalkidan Assefa creates

Kalkidan Assefa creates unique mixed media work. His exhibit, One, will be on view at Fall Down gallery this weekend.

One (Free!)
Ottawa-based mixed-media visual artist, Kalkidan Assefa, will launch his newest project, a solo exhibit entitled, One. The show will feature works from two series entitled, Arktypes and Distant Relatives. Both series draw on the spirit of interconnectedness, which characterizes Assefa’s universal outlook. Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1. See website for hours. Fall Down Gallery, 288 Bank Street.

Christmas with a Twist
Take a bit of the old fashioned classics, like Silver Bells, then add some more original works by the likes of Ola Gjeilo, and then maybe a dash of Leonard Cohen, and you’ve got yourself a Christmas concert to remember. The renowned Ewashko Singers will lull you into the Christmas spirit with their eclectic mix of holiday melodies. Joined by special guests Wallis Giunta and acoustic jazz group, the Pollcats. Sunday, December 1. 8 p.m. $30 adults/$25 students and seniors. Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.


Petit bonhomme en papier carbone
French Theatre presents this charming fable for young people (12+) about Étienne, a teenage boy who’s distorted world brings him to ask the questions every teenager wants to understand and avoid at the same time. Written, directed, and interpreted by Francis Monty, who tells this story in a unique and fresh way. Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30. 8 p.m. $19. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.




WEEKENDER: Tasting tea, talking C.S Lewis, Christmas craft shows, a duo of inspiring fundraisers plus The Balconies at Canterbury



The Tea Festival . Photo by Richard Tardiff.

The Tea Festival . Photo by Richard Tardiff.

Brew me up Scottie!
Take a break from the hectic day-to-day and sip your way through Japan, India, Sri Lanka, and more at the third annual Ottawa Tea Festival. Presented by Ottawa-based Kimicha Tea, this year the event will include tea ceremonies, traditional dances, and tons of tasting booths, as well as workshops on tea pairing and blending. Saturday, November 23. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15. Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.

Songwriters for the Community
Join a talented group of musicians for a memorable evening of songs and stories in support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. International singer-songwriter John Allaire credits the Heart Institute for saving his life after he suffered a heart attack in 2010. Allaire, along with several other musicians, have written and recorded songs specifically for the event dedicated to giving back to the community. Thursday, November 21. 9 p.m. $25. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

9th Hour Theatre presents Into the Wardrobe, an exploration of the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

9th Hour Theatre presents Into the Wardrobe, an exploration of the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

A Talking Lion, the White Witch, and a Wardrobe
9th Hour Theatre Company will host Into the Wardrobe, a gala in support of their newest season and dedicated to the life and legacy of C.S Lewis. Held on the anniversary of his death, the evening will be packed with themed activities from the beloved children’s story, and will include food, drinks, and some sneak-peek presentations from the 2014 season. Friday, November 22. 7:30 p.m. $25. Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington Street W.

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