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WINTERLUDE: Free Pancake Breakfast!

On Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. stop in at Marion Dewar Plaza for a free pancake breakfast, as part of this year’s Winterlude festivities! (Photo: NCC)

Free food. Yes, free food! The best way to stay warm and energized during all your winter fun is to eat a hearty breakfast. For the ninth year in a row, show up at Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. for a free pancake and hot chocolate breakfast. The early bird gets the pancake, though, because it’s only while supplies last! This is a great way to start your day before heading across to see the ice sculptures in Confederation Park or go for a skate on the Rideau Canal.

WINTERLUDE: Spectacular Ice Sculptures on Display at Confederation Park

BY ADELLE FARRELLY

Confederation Park transforms during Winterlude, as spectacular ice sculptures take over during the two-week festival. (Photo: National Capital Commission)

Get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” as professional and amateur ice carvers create fantastical creatures out of blocks of ice. The theme for Winterlude’s ice-carving challenge in Confederation Park is “Imaginary Garden,” which is just what the park will turn into once these chainsaw-wielding artists have completed their masterpieces. Show up at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 to watch the award ceremony. There will be plenty more ice carving during Winterlude, too, including the 26th International Ice-Carving Competition (Feb. 1 to Feb. 3); the Ice-Carving Championship (in three rounds on Feb. 9: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.); a Public Ice-Carving Challenge where amateurs can register to take part (Feb. 16, 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.); and one for the kids: Young Sculptors at Work (Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.). And be sure to walk through the park at night to see these beautiful ice sculptures in their best light!

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 25 to 27

Friday, January 25

Get your dancing shoes on for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature Nocturne event.

Night owls can dance the night away in the storied halls of the Canadian Museum of Nature during Nature Nocturne, the museum’s after-hours event for adults. DJ TDot and classical guitarist Chris Milne will get your feet moving while you take in interactive art exhibits by the Luminartists, heARTbeatgal, and Greta Grip. Don’t worry about all that moving and perusing making you hungry: food and drink will be available for purchase.

Kick off the weekend with a birthday celebration. Your local Royal Oak pub honours Scotland’s favourite son, poet Robbie Burns, in the traditional way: lively music and an ode to a haggis. Check out their website for artist listings by location and don’t forget to wear your kilt!

In “The Way We Feel,” a full cast of award-winning roots musicians comes together at the Centrepointe Theatre to honour Gordon Lightfoot, one of Canada’s most beloved and enduring musicians. Hear Cadence, Lori Cullen, Oh Susanna, Suzie Vinnick, and many others as they offer their takes on Lightfoot’s iconic songs.

Saturday, January 26

Rae Spoon plays the National Arts Centre.

Coming to the National Arts Centre: author, musician, and voice for change Rae Spoon. The transgendered artist’s latest offerings has move into the realm of experimental and electronic music. Their writing and music – Spoon encourages the use of the gender-neutral pronoun – explores the emotions of grief and hope, and the experience of growing up queer in evangelical Alberta.

Ottawa Dance Directive is Ottawa’s newest professional dance centre, supporting the local contemporary dance community. Come out and see what the IN House Company choreographers are up to and support their residency program with BODYSPEAK RoughCuts at the Arts Court Theatre.

Artistic Director Zhu Liying brings together local art troupes, community organizations and artists in the China Wind 2013 Spring Festival Show, a celebration of China’s many cultures and landscapes. Celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year at Centrepointe Theatre with song, dance, and breathtaking costumes.

Sunday, January 27

The National Arts Centre orchestra plays at the National Gallery of Canada for a special Sunday afternoon event.

The National Gallery of Canada pairs up with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to present Music for a Sunday Afternoon. Hear five musicians perform three pieces, including Messaien’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” in the Gallery’s picturesque Great Hall.

Hockey’s back! Watch the Ottawa Senators trounce the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place. It’s fun and games for all with the Metro Family Game: everyone gets to enjoy a non-alcoholic drink and hotdog included with each ticket purchase, and the kids get extra fun with mascots, face painting, and more.

Not quite ready to brave a traditional haggis feast? Mark Robbie Burns Day with a whisky tasting event at the Billings Estate Museum. Sommelier Geoffrey Skeggs, a “beer and scotch guy,” leads the tastings and their perfect food pairings.

 

 

Hot Date: He Shoots, He Scores!

JANUARY 17-26 View Canada’s national pastime through a child’s eyes with The Big League at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. A young rising hockey star struggles with pressure from his father in this heartwarming story about acceptance, team spirit and keeping your stick on the ice. Ages 7 and up. Shaw Performing Arts Centre, 2 Forks Market Rd, 204-942-8898.

Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Epicurean Expansion

When Linda Klimack bought Scoop n’ Weigh 15 years ago, the bulk food shop catered to customers searching for gluten-free baking flours and specialty ingredients like pink salt. Since then the store has become the local go-to for bulk grocery shopping, and acts a culinary candy shop for a number of retired chefs and foodies seeking specialty gourmet ingredients. A move and expansion five years ago has translated into a delightful retail assortment of kitchen equipment and accessories, including special baking tools and garnishes that elevate holiday confections. Klimack boasts a strong representation of local products, such as La Cocina corn chips, Wild Man rice soups and Cavena Nuda Naked Oats. “I am passionate about cooking and finding special ingredients,” says Linda. She shares her passion with a community of loyal customers by delivering food knowledge and recipe suggestions on location and in its regular email newsletter. 105-1770 Taylor Ave, 204-489-1031.

Jaya Krishnan On Display

Jaya Krishnan’s latest exhibit is on display at The Michael Gennis Gallery.

The Michael Gennis Gallery showcases the works of Ottawa’s Jaya Krishnan, a painter with a unique artistic style that has garnered international recognition, in “The Essence of Visual Serenity: Here and There.”

Krishnan captures moments in time with the use of visually stunning colours and other elements such as light and shape. Now though December 9th, experience Krishnan’s latest exhibit that features the themes “Here” — referring to more familiar settings in Canada and Europe — and “There” — featuring works inspired by Krishnan’s journeys to South-east Asia.

Michael Gennis Gallery, 416 Richmond Rd. www.mgennisgallery.com.

Hot Dining: Steak Your Claim at Hy’s

Located in downtown Ottawa, Hy’s in an authority on  steak.

Filet mignon, New York strip, porterhouse — steak rules the menu at Hy’s, where prime cuts of Canadian beef have been served to a devoted clientele for decades. So many years in the business means that Hy’s truly is an authority on steak, and guests can order up their favourite cut cooked just how they like it. While beef is obviously the star of the show, the seafood is a delectable alternative. A dark, luxurious dining room, fantastic cocktails, and impeccable service add up to make Hy’s a great choice for an elegant night out.

170 Queen St., 613-234-4545, www.hyssteakhouse.com.

Weekend Round Up: September 23-25

Not sure what to do this weekend? Check out these highlighted events – you can find our full event listings at Where Calgary.

Friday September 23

The Calgary International Film Festival kicks off this weekend with eleven different films screening on Friday alone including a 9:30pm showing of “The Future,” in which Miranda July (Me And You And Everyone We Know) writes, directs, and stars.

If you hear the chorus of “You’ll Think Of Me” playing in the southeast, you aren’t hearing things. Keith Urban plays the Saddledome Friday night for his Calgary stop on his 2011 world tour in support of his seventh studio album Get Closer.

Saturday September 24

The Bowness Community Centre plays host to Baconfest Canada this Saturday from 10am to 5pm. This delicious fundraiser is to support the new Inviti Jazz and Food Festival launching August 2012. Meet the Ambassador of Bacon, put together a team for the bacon games, enjoy a bacon poetry slam, and watch the Harvest Bacon Eating Contest at noon.

Crave Cupcakes will be there with a bacon offering, as will District with their bucket o’ bacon, and Blam!wich food truck will have their “Hypocrite” vegetarian sandwich … with bacon. Keep the bacon fun going with an after party at Bowness Pub.

If fried pork isn’t your thing, dress up in your finest noble attire and check out the Royal Affair at the Calgary Zoo. Enjoy courtly games and march in the annual Royal Parade. The event is free with general zoo admission.

Sunday September 25

We hope you saved some energy that Time Warp isn’t going to warp itself. The Front Row Centre Players present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Pumphouse Theatre. The show opens on Friday, but there is a 2pm show on Sunday in case CIFF has you too busy.

And finally, Latitude Art Galleries presents “Western Perspectives,” an exhibition of joyful, brightly-coloured Western landscape paintings by Calgary artist Jane Milne.

Calgary Folk Music Festival: Friday, July 22, Day 2

Gates open at 2 pm, close at 11:30 pm.

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s mainstage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival:

6 pm Matt Anderson

“Known for his larger-than-life showmanship, big sound and virtuosic guitar playing.”

6:50 pm Nanci Griffith

“Tackles weighty issues and tells vivid stories about her characters’ lives with beautiful lilting folk and country-traced balladry.”

8 pm Bonnie Prince Billy

“Brings his trademark do-it-yourself Appalachian post-punk aesthetic and blunt honesty.”

9:15 pm Patrick Watson

“Mercurial vocals and a penchant for surreal acoustic and electric landscapes create a detailed miniature world that evokes imaginative flights of fancy.”

10:30 pm The Herbaliser

“Since the early 1990s, their albums and rousing shows have encompassed hip-hop, rare groove, funk, jazz, cool samples, live instrumentation and guest vocalists.”

Where List: Best Place to Buy a Unique Souvenir

Commemorate your visit to top Canadian cities, by finding that perfect souvenir, from beautiful items like handcrafted jewellery and Aboriginal art to quirky pieces like CN Tower peppermills and an antique-looking family portrait.

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Travel Stories from Around the Globe

Malaysian Airlines bans babies from first-class

Tengku Azmil, chief executive for Malaysian Airlines confirmed that infants are no longer allowed to fly in the first-class section of the company’s airplanes, after receiving complaints from passengers that the crying was keeping them awake.

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Guess Where: Where is the world’s most expensive club sandwich?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s most expensive club sandwich commercially available can be found in Cliveden House Hotel, in Taplow, England. This lunchtime staple was added to the menu in March of 2007 under the name the von Essen Platinum Club. Fit for royalty, the 530 gram sandwich, first made by renowned chef James Parkinson, costs a total of £100 ($143.55 USD*) and consists of Iberico ham from a black-footed pig, air-cured for nearly 30 months, poulet de Bresse, 10 grams of white truffles, (£2,500 per kg), quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes and 24-hour fermented sour dough bread. Due to the rare ingredients, advance notice of 72 hours is required to order the sandwich.