Articles Tagged ‘Mayfair Theatre’

WEEKENDER: The Best Man, a Dallaire documentary, Megan D’Arcy, plus more things to do and see

This humorous Broadway favorite tackles morality and party politics in the race for a place on the ballot. The winner of the 15th annual Lawyer Play fundraiser, members of the city’s legal community volunteer to perform in the play. Plus, The Best Man features cameo appearances by real-life politicians Katherine Hobbs, Sheila Copps, Yasir Naqvi, and Mark Taylor. Since 1999, the Lawyer Play has raised money for GCCTC’s productions and, this year, for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. $100 (includes $50 tax receipt), preview May 8 $35. Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 11. 7:30 p.m. Great Canadian Theatre Company.

The Ottawa premiere of a chilling documentary that follows General Roméo Dallaire as he returns to Africa on a mission to stop the use of child soldiers. Dallaire is widely known for his efforts during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and for his continued work to educate and mobilize people against mass atrocities. The documentary, which is based on Dallaire’s book, was an official selection at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival this year. $10, members $6, seniors $7. Friday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 15. See website for show times. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

This favourite market officially opened its Brewer Park location earlier this month — but now that spring has really sprung it’s on the top of our list for things to do. Stock up on kale, arugula, rhubarb, asparagus, and herbs. While most people were likely complaining about the lingering snow, Andy Terauds of Acorn Creek (and the vice President of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association) says, “winter was excellent with a continuous blanket of snow to protect crops like strawberries, rhubarb, garlic, and asparagus from the colder temperatures above.” Now it’s time to reap the rewards! Brewer Park location: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Centrum Plaza location: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Westboro location to open May 18).

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The VHS tape is alive and well at the hilarious Found Footage Festival, heading to Ottawa November 12

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are the curators of the Found Footage Festival (stopping in Ottawa on November 12 at the Mayfair), which features a series of outdated and absurd VHS tape clips that can be considered the grandparents of modern-day fail videos. Joe and Nick started collecting “found” videotapes after stumbling upon a McDonald’s training video called Inside and Outside Custodial Duties, which was included as a clip in their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2004, they quit their jobs and completed a documentary called Dirty Country. The festival is unique unto itself, featuring videos found in dumpsters and thrift stores all over North America and some commentary throughout the screenings by the hosts. Ottawa Magazine’s Matías Muñoz speaks with curator Nick Prueher about what attendees may be in for, the evolution of their performances, and whether bad videos are here to stay.

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (right) provide on-stage satire along with video screenings as part of the Found Footage Festival.

Tell us about what people can expect when they come to see you at the Mayfair. How should they prepare?
Well, this is the most unsettling show we’ve ever done and people should brace themselves. This footage we’ve found over the past year contains some pretty strange, cringe-worthy stuff. We’ve got everything from the Magical Rainbow Sponge [a how-to video about crafting with sponges] to a whole new batch of exercise videos. Most of all, it is footage that you can’t see anywhere else, so everyone is going to be in for a treat.

You guys are going to tour pretty extensively through next spring. How did you take this concept and adapt it to live audience?
It’s basically just a version of what we were doing in our living rooms to entertain our friends and ourselves. We grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and we’d have people over and screen videos we found in thrift stores and garage sales. We would make jokes along with them and sometimes do short films based on the videos we found to show to pals.

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Preternatural sightings, Twelfth Night revelry, Freedom of Expression humour, and three more gigs to get 2012 started right

It’s a little slow in the wake of the holidays, but we’ve dug around to discover a few fine events to keep you busy in the opening days of 2012.

Avantika Bawa will create an installation at St. Brigid's using the same yellow vinyl shown here.

Preternatural is an awesome three-venue contemporary art exhibition on the themes of nature, wonder, and spirituality. And, happily for the good people of Ottawa, it continues into the New Year with the openings of two new installations this weekend. First up, Korean artist Shin Il Kim launches the video triptych Invisible Masterpiece on Thursday, Jan. 4 with a vernissage at 6 p.m. at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on Friday, Jan. 6 (2401 Bank St.). Invisible Masterpiece is made from 708 individual pressed line drawings which Kim has animated at 30 frames per second. 

On Saturday, Jan. 7, a site specific installation by Avantika Bawa opens at 4 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts (302 St. Patrick St.). Bawa’s minimal installation will create a synthetic and surreal environment within St. Brigid’s, overlaying bright “Indian yellow” vinyl over the architecture while filling the space with bass sounds from the key of E. Sounds dreamy… For full details on what’s up with Preternatural, visit

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THE WEEKENDER: Creepy queers, Rocky Horror, haunted walks, and four more ways to enjoy Halloween weekend

The final movie has come and gone, but it’s still possible to get your Potter fix. While they won’t be flying around on Nimbus 2000s, Carleton University plays host to more than 100 muggles for the first-ever Canadian Quidditch Cup. The non-flight version of Quidditch, which still involves broomsticks, is a modified version of the sport that mixes rugby, dodge ball, and tag. Eight teams will battle it out to decide who gets to go to the Quidditch World Cup tournament in New York City in November. Come cheer for Carleton, ranked second behind McGill. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check it out on campus at the Ravens’ Road Field. Map of campus can be found here.

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THE WEEKENDER: Wiebo’s War, Mangan’s music, and four more events to fill your weekend

If you were following the news in the 1990s, you’ll remember his name. Big Oil labelled the convicted oilpatch saboteur Reverend Wiebo Ludwig an eco-terrorist and a cult leader. He calls himself a devout Christian driven to defend his Trickle Creek farm from the deadly effects of toxic sour gas wells. Two decades later, David York takes his camera into the heart of Ludwig’s Christian community to create a powerful film about the continuing conflict, one that stands in stark contrast to the official version told by the RCMP, the Alberta government, and the mainstream media. See an interview with Mr. York (conducted at the Calgary International Film Festival 2011) here. Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9:15 p.m. $10, seniors $7, kids $5. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., 613-730-3403.


Dan Mangan. Photography by Jonathan Taggart

In a few short years, Dan Mangan has gone from globetrotting folk crooner to one of music’s most promising storytellers. His critically acclaimed sophomore album Nice, Nice Very Nice, earned him a Polaris Music Prize shortlist, a spot at Glastonbury two years running, sold out shows the world over and accolades galore. Mangan recently released Oh Fortune and has launched a tour in support of the album. Opening acts The Daredevil Christopher Wright from Wisconsin and Vancouver’s The Crackling. Friday, Oct. 14. $25. Tickets available through TicketMaster as well as in person at Vertigo Records, the Record Shaap and the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., 613-237-5550.

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THE WEEKENDER: Featuring skateboarding, Aussies, muppets… and perhaps some pad thai

File this under “things that are really cool to watch but too scary to try”: slalom skateboarding involves racing down a hill on a skateboard while manoeuvring between tightly placed cones. The world championships of this fast-paced sport are being held in Ottawa this year — the first time since Expo ’86 that they’re taking place on Canadian soil. More than 70 racers from 12 countries and three continents will convene in the capital to vie for the top spot in men, women, juniors, and masters classes — the latter category being for racers over 45. Yep. Over 45. The event is partnered with, and will be making a donation to, United Way Ottawa. Friday, Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m., Dovercourt Ave. (between Denbury and Westminster). Aug. 20, 9 a.m., Carling Ave. (between Maple Dr. and Champagne Ave).

Start the weekend early! World-class photography is the theme of the day on Thursday when Ottawa Studio Works hosts local independent photojournalist Blair Gable for an exhibition and presentation, following a visit to the Canadian War Museum to check out the World Press Photo exhibit. Gable’s clients are reputable (Reuters, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail) and his subjects illustrious (Queen Elizabeth II, Will and Kate, Stephen Harper). He’ll be on hand to show off his amazing work and chat about life as a photojournalist. Prior to the presentation, Ottawa Studio Works invites attendees to join them on a group visit to the War Museum to see the always-fascinating World Press Photo 11 Showcase. Thursday, Aug. 18. World Press Photo exhibit group visit, 6:30 p.m., Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. Blair Gable Presentation, 8 p.m, Ottawa Studio Works, 160 Preston St. Admission is by donation. 819-827-9460,

While she hails from the Western Australian city of Perth, Toby is a self-confessed lover of the Great White North. Fans can expect to see her in good spirits, then, when she stops in the capital as part of her eighth Canadian tour. With a sound that’s described as “rootsy, soulful, and worldly, yet reminiscent of her home ‘down under’,” Toby brings loads of energy and emotion to each of her performances. It’s this dynamic combo that’s led her to share a stage with the iconic Etta James, support artists like Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp, and draw huge crowds at festivals around the world. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 p.m. The Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington St. W., 613-728-2848,

If you’ve got children, you’ve got a built-in excuse for seeing this cinematic throwback. If you don’t have children, don’t worry — there’s really no shame in going without a young one in tow. In this 1984 Jim Henson classic, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang head to New York to try and get their musical on Broadway, only to find out that it’s not quite as easy as they thought it would be. The kids will love it, but let’s be honest: this isn’t really about the kids. Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m. The Mayfair Theatre, 613-730-3403,

Turn your brain off and gape at some pretty pyrotechnics at the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s annual fiesta of fireworks. This weekend is the Grand Finale, which sees each of the countries that competed in this year’s festival  — China, Italy, Canada and Germany — clamour for some last-minute bonus points in their quest to be crowned with the grand prize: the Zeus Award. Germany took home the honours last year, and critics and spectators alike are wondering if they have the guts to pull it off again. In addition to millions of dollars worth of pretty explosions, the festival also offers food, drinks, and activities for all ages. Saturday, Aug. 20, park opens at 6 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m. $10, free for children 11 and under. Casino du Lac Leamy, 1, boul. du Casino, Gatineau, 819-771-3389,

Make the most of the quickly dwindling summer evenings with a visit to the Ottawa Night Market. The only one of its kind in the city (this it its inaugural year, too), the market aims to promote multiculturalism by exposing visitors to the best that local businesses have to offer. Bring your appetite, as plenty of food vendors — Thai Flame, Taste of India, and My Sweet Tea, among others — will be on hand to tempt your taste buds. Visitors can also pick up some one-of-a-kind crafty creations, or just stroll along Somerset, listen to some tunes and take in the atmosphere. Friday Aug. 19, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday Aug. 20., noon to 1 a.m.  725 Somerset St. W.,

THE WEEKENDER: Boxing Ladies, Kelp Weekend, and five more ways to enjoy Mother’s Day weekend

Are you going to wake up on May 7 and remember it’s almost Mother’s Day – only to realize you haven’t bought a gift? No need to fret, Wellington Street West (or at least the shops on that hip strip) has your back. The trendy shopping district is hosting a shopping event filled with discounts; it’s also a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Saturday, May 7. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wellington Street West (between Holland and Clarendon). 613-421-0089.

From "The Boxing Ladies" series by David Trattles

From "The Boxing Ladies" series by David Trattles

Fans of David Trattles’ work have one day to check out his latest photography exhibition. Trattle’s show features out-takes from travels around rural Canada, Germans who live as cowboys in east Germany and a travelogue of panorama prints from a cycle trip in India. The show will also feature a talk and presentation called “The Boxing Ladies,” which is the story behind the photographs of girls in Calcutta, India, who use boxing as a means to escape poverty. Saturday, May 7. View the show from 8 p.m. onwards. Trattles’ talk begins at 9 p.m. Ottawa Studio Works, 160 Preston St.

If you’re looking to get inspired on a gloomy Sunday afternoon (or get psyched for Race Weekend) catch the screening of Spirit of the Marathon – the award-winning film that explores the 42-kilometre Chicago Marathon. The movie features six very different runners who prepare for the same challenging event. Spirit of the Marathon was produced by Academy-Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris and directed by Jon Dunham. Proceeds from the screening go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Sunday, May 8. 1 p.m. $10 at the door and three for $25 in advance. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

Local record label Kelp hosts its annual spring festival of music, which means four days of concerts featuring artists like Jim Bryson, The Acorn, and Andrew Vincent. And for the first time this year, the festivities include the Kelp Records Flea and Food Market, a showcase of local foods and collectibles (including, rumour has it, a sale of Fisher-Price toy trucks). Most events take place at Dom Polski, but the kick-off bash will be at the Kichesippi Brewery. Check the website for a full schedule of events and prices. May 5 – 7.

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Sure, we’ve got all those great partying, poetry and performance art events in the Weekender, but here are a couple more kid-friendly Easter activities to keep the weekend rolling along.

Friday, April 22

The Easter Bunny at Valleyview Little Animal Farm has lost hundreds of Easter eggs and needs help to recover all of them during their Easter Weekend event. Gather the whole family for a weekend of scavenging, puppet shows, train tours, and many up-close encounters with an array of farm animals.

Get your matinee fix with a visit to the Mayfair Theatre to see Gnomeo and Juliet. This classic Shakespeare tale is retold in a world of warring garden gnomes who may or may not eventually realize the foolishness of their feud. A Braveheart-esque band of ceramic bunnies defy the passive and peaceful persona of the Easter Bunny — no other ornament can match their battling skills. Playing all weekend.

Saturday, April 23

The Annual Easter Market Day is back at North Gower Farmers’ Market with their farm- or home-fresh goodies. From plants and veggies to jewellery and wool products, there’s something for even the pickiest of market shoppers. And with an emphasis on inconspicuous gluten-free food, it’s an inclusive event for the whole family.

Explore conflicting perspectives of those who experienced the life and death of Christ at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Eyes Upon The Cross is a special event that tells the crucifixion story in a fresh way with a contemporary emphasis, through the eyes of close to 30 different characters. Also showing on Sunday.

Sunday, April 24

The adorable-cupcake extraordinaires at Thimblecakes are creating Easter-themed treats; yellow chicks, little bunnies, and lots of spring flowers adorn their baked goods this weekend. Happy to offer gluten free, vegan, and sugar free cakes, Thimblecakes is an experience for the entire family — traditional cakes are also available. Open Saturday and Sunday; closed Good Friday.

The Canadian Agriculture Museum presents Easter on the Farm. This weekend, celebrate spring’s arrival with soft little lambs, fuzzy new chicks, and silky baby rabbits. Make and sample delicious Easter breads, learn about the extraordinary complexity of the egg, and participate in an afternoon milking at the dairy barn. You won’t run out of things to do at this great weekend event. Also taking place Friday and Saturday.

Pick up the phone and book your seating for the Courtyard Restaurant’s Easter Brunch. An exquisite menu with a range of high-end dishes is the perfect alternative to cooking at home. For dessert, try their fresh fruit salad with aloe sorbet and crispy ginger or their rosemary and maple crème brulé with fresh berries. Set menu price at $28; children $14.

THE WEEKENDER: Salsa, slamming, and four more ways to fill the last weekend in March

Local boy Daniel Bolshoy smolders (and plays classical guitar) at the Mayfair Theatre

You know what they say: if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it. Ottawa native, Daniel Bolshoy specializes in this style of music, and has toured the world with his classical guitar. He returns to us with the works of Agustin Barrios, Sergio Assad, Saintz De la Maza, and more. Hugely popular in the 18th century, Bolshoy is bringing back the classical guitar with dedication and fury. As a teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, as well as the new director of the Vancouver Symphony’s guitar program, Daniel only has time for the one show — don’t miss this rare opportunity. Sunday, March 27. 3:30 p.m. $25 at the door or at Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St.; show takes place across the street at Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.,

Spring is here, now let’s see it in your step! Put on your dancing shoes and cha-cha-cha your way to the Ottawa Arts Court where you can sharpen your skills (or learn the moves for the first time — beginners are welcome). With some of the best music to inspire you, you can “suelta” (dance solo) or grab a partner and enjoy this reemerging dance phenomenon. Saturday, March 26. 5 p.m. $5. Ottawa Arts Court, 2nd Floor, 2 Daly Ave.,

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THE WEEKENDER: Magic, Mardi Gras, and five more ways to fill a rainy March weekend

"The Devil's Candy" plays as part of the IFCO Gala Screening. Photo credit: Directed by Tasha Waldron, photo by Martin Racine.

Hot on the heels of this year’s Genie Awards, this annual fest showcases some alternative local film talent. The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) is celebrating its 19th birthday with a viewing of its members’ work. On the bill: a no-holds-barred depiction of drug abuse, a short travelogue on the Buddhist vision of purgatory in Northern Japan, and eight others. Put on your party hat for the post-screening mix-and-mingle with the filmmakers. Saturday, March 12. 7 p.m. $12. Screenings at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.

Sock ‘n Buskin Theatre ends its 67th with that most sensuous of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Director Dave Dawson’s vision of the timeless love story incorporates simple, contemporary staging and — we’re told — some fine sword fighting scenes. Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12 (it’s on next week on March 17, 18, 19, too). 8 p.m. $12, seniors and students $8. Carleton University (Kailash Mital Theatre). 613-520-3770.

Known best for his regular Wednesday gig at Maxwell’s (500+ shows and counting), local lounge legend Johnny Vegas plays a rare weekend bar gig in honour of Mardi Gras at Tucson’s annual Mardi Gras Party. Other draws: prizes for best Mardi Gras attire and an appearance by the Molson Girls (who will be showcasing Molson’s new M beer). Saturday, March 12. 9 p.m. $7. 2440 Bank St., 613-738-7596.

What’s up, doc? During the Mayfair’s four-day film fest, they’ll be screening about 30 classic Looney Tunes shorts (each screening features a different set of cartoons). And, hey, looks like a rainy weekend so this may be just the ticket! Look for such favourites as One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera, Doc? Saturday, March 12 (12:30 p.m.), Sunday, March 13 (3 p.m.), Monday, March 14 (1 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 15 (1 p.m.). $10, seniors $7, children $5. 1074 Bank St., 613-730-3403.

Dai Vernon gained an international reputation as the only man to ever fool the great Houdini. In this play about the life of the mysterious Ottawa-born magician known as “The Professor,” two actors take on the story of Vernon’s obsessive quest for the ultimate card trick. Friday, March 11 (8 p.m.), Saturday, March 12 (4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.), and Sunday, March 13 (2 p.m). $45, seniors and students $34.21, matinees $35.30. Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington St. W., 613-236-5196.

You might think the words ‘spa day’ and ‘workshop’ don’t really go hand in hand, and perhaps hot sauce and fundraising might be considered a contradiction in terms, but the folks behind this unique event are used to challenging norms and shaking things up. Deluxe Hot Sauce, a theatre group that includes such recognizable local names as Kelly Rigole and Annie Lefebvre, is raising funds for the production of their June 2012 show, and they’re offering their services in a novel ‘spa day’ for artists. Hone your tones, act the part, or learn the important skills of grant writing; there are lots of options (and price points) depending on your interest. Sunday, March 13. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. $25 – $90. The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, 294 Picton Ave. Facebook site.

Part of a series of fundraisers in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, this precursor to St. Patrick’s Day offers authentic Irish fare, Irish music, and — of course — beer from the Emerald Isle. Raise a pint to St. Paddy, kick up a jig, discover the lore of the tartans, and help fund a great cause, all while getting your Irish on. Special guests include Sandy Sharkey of BOB FM. Admission includes a three course meal and one alcoholic beverage. Thursday, March 10. 6:30 p.m. $35. Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1541 Merivale Rd.  Facebook site.