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What to Do in Ottawa: Can’t Miss Events in October

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

Festival season is mostly on its way out, but there are still a ton of events worth attending this fall. The Ottawa International Writers Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Ottawa International Film Festival are just a few to look out for. There’s also no end of great entertainment — some big names in music, dance, and comedy are bringing their acts to the capital.

OCTOBER 3 to 5
Oktoberfest
You don’t need to go all the way to Germany to take advantage of the world’s most popular festival of beer and Bavarian culture — two Ontario breweries are hosting their very own versions of the event. In Barrhaven, Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa will be building the longest beer tent in the world — a feat that festival organizers say will break a Guinness World Record. In Vankleek Hill, meanwhile, Beau’s All-Natural Brewery is hosting its own Oktoberfest bash. Beau’s will have 13 of its beers on tap, plus a cask house with offerings from over 40 of Beau’s favourite craft breweries in the province.
•Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa, Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Rd. oktoberfestottawa.com
•Beau’s Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St. W., Vankleek Hill, 866-585-2337. beausoktoberfest.ca

OCTOBER 3 to NOVEMBER 16
Third World Bazaar
Every year, the Bakker family transforms its barn in Manotick Station into something more reminiscent of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Here, you’ll find all manner of treasures from around the globe — the family spends the year travelling and buying products from artisans and craftsmen in Asia, the Middle East, and South America, then sells them to Ottawa residents and visitors over a period of six weeks.
•Bakker’s General Store parking lot, 6110 Mitch Owens Dr., Manotick Station. thirdworldbazaar.ca

OCTOBER 4 and 19
Canadian Comics
Arguably one of Canada’s most famous stand-up comics, Russell Peters is a master of improvisational comedy and is known for his ability to play off the audience. He comes to the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4. Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is well known as a stand-up comedian, but he also starred in Legit, his own comedy television series, on the FX network. He brings his show to the National Arts Centre on Oct. 4. Shaun Majumder, another young Canadian talent, has had a varied career that spans both film and stage. He hits Centrepointe Theatre on Oct. 19.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
•Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2700. centrepointetheatre.com

Russell Peters, Canada's favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

Russell Peters, Canada’s favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

OCTOBER 5
Beach House
Dream-pop duo Beach House was formed in 2004 after its two members, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, met in Baltimore. Legrand’s keyboard and hazy vocals coupled with Scally’s guitar make for an otherworldly experience, and the pair performs songs from their four albums — Beach House, Devotion, Teen Dream, and Bloom — at the Bronson Centre Theatre.
•Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave., 613-237-5550. bronsoncentre.ca

OCTOBER 8 and 9
Louise Lecavalier
Louise Lecavalier is an icon of Canadian contemporary dance. She spent the early years of her career with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire and as a member of Édouard Lock’s dance company, La La La Human Steps. Now, she performs her first self-choreographed work, So Blue, at the National Arts Centre, along with her partner, Frédéric Tavernini.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

OCTOBER 10 and 11; 17 and 18; 24 and 25
Haunted Historic Village at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
For three weekends this month, the 1920s reproduction village is transformed into a haunting ground. The historic buildings are festooned with cobwebs, and actors dressed up as zombies, vampires, and other undead creatures creep out of the shadows to startle visitors. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
•Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd., 613-833-3059. ottawa.ca

OCTOBER 16
Ottawa Senators
This month, Ottawa’s hockey team returns with a pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche. With former captain Jason Spezza gone, it will be up to a new generation of players to prove their mettle in the arena.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267. senators.nhl.com

OCTOBER 16 to 19
Ottawa International Film Festival
The fifth annual Ottawa International Film Festival is a celebration of moviemaking from around the world. The festival is screening more than 15 short and feature-length films over its four-day run, with a focus on Canadian content, Oscar winning film, LGBTQ content, aboriginal content, and animation. The festival opens with Canadian horror film Girlhouse and ends with Brazilian crime drama Jogo de Xadrez.
•Ottawa International Film Festival, Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. oiff.ca

OCTOBER 18
Thus Owls
Simon and Erika Angell, the husband and wife duo behind Thus Owls, met when their bands were touring together in the Netherlands. Before long, they were married, living in Montreal, and recording with a new lineup. They recently released their third studio album, Turning Rocks.
•National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

OCTOBER 21 to 26
Once
Since its premiere in 2011, this musical has garnered a variety of awards and accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. It follows a young street musician ready to give up his craft after a difficult breakup with his girlfriend, until he meets a young woman who takes an interest in his music.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 21 to NOVEMBER 8
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s classic satirical play about double lives and mistaken identities follows best friends Jack and Algernon, who each pretend to be a man named Ernest in order to get what they want from life. The play touches on topics such as the triviality of Victorian social customs and the drawbacks of strict morality.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 23 to 28
Ottawa International Writers Festival
The Ottawa International Writers Festival was founded in 1997, and has been running biannually since 2004. The event brings in speakers and authors from across the country to talk not just about poetry and fiction, but also about politics, current events, music, film, history, and more. Some big names this season include Sarah Waters, Patrick Lane, Heather O’Neill, and Frances Itani.
•Ottawa International Writers Festival, 201 des Peres Blancs Ave., 613-562-1243. writersfestival.org

Sarah Waters, author of "The Little Stranger", talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

Sarah Waters, author of “The Little Stranger”, talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

OCTOBER 25 and 26
Ottawa Antique Show
Looking for a well-used, rustic table to complement your shabby chic décor? Look no further than the Ottawa Antique Show at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, where vendors are displaying their finds from every era. Wares include art from around the world, Persian rugs, Scandinavian modernist jewellery, and retro, vintage, and antique furniture.
•Ottawa Antique Show, Carleton University Fieldhouse, Bronson Ave. at Sunnyside Ave. ottawaantiqueshow.ca

OCTOBER 26
Fleetwood Mac
One of the music world’s most tempestuous bands, Fleetwood Mac has had no shortage of disputes and drama. Over the course of nearly 50 years, its lineup has been in a state of flux, with over 15 members either joining or leaving the band. Now, with keyboardist Christine McVie back on board, the classic lineup comes to Ottawa with its On With the Show world tour.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Everyday Magic: Jasmine Kukic’s Fragile Empire

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic's collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic’s collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

All is not as it seems in Fragile Empire, an exhibit that seeks to disturb the viewer’s concept of reality and expose him or her to the magic hidden in everyday things. Through the medium of collage, artist Jasmine Kukic places objects in unusual situations to create a sense of wonder and curiosity. The result is a vivid foray into surreal worlds. On at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
•Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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Weekend Roundup: September 26 to 28

THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!

Pastries are just a few of the sweets you'll find at Canada's Baking and Sweets Show.

Pastries are just a few of the sweets you’ll find at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show.

Friday, September 26

How sweet it is! Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Toronto Congress Centre, takes the cake with its “the magical Land of Oz” theme that’s sure to inspire fantastical pastries, cakes and more. Meet celebrity chefs Ron Ben-Israel, Anna Olson, Fabio Viviani and Christian Faure, M.O.F., take in baking competitions and pick up kitchenware and ingredients. Demonstration and hands-on classes are available for an extra cost. Admission is $10 – $15; visit canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com for further details and to purchase tickets.

As JFL42 comedy festival enters its final days, headliners Wanda Sykes and Joe Rogan bring the laughs Friday night at the Sony Centre. Tickets for each show are $45.50 – $55.50; visit jfl42.com to purchase.

It’ll be a battle of the birds as the hometown Toronto Blue Jays take on the Baltimore Oriels this Friday at the Rogers Centre, with a 7:07 p.m. start time. Tickets are $14.25 - $216.25; visit torontobluejays.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

Indie rockers Zeus. Photo by David Gillespie.

Toronto indie rockers Zeus. Photo by David Gillespie.

Saturday, September 27

Catch acclaimed local indie rockers Zeus, with guests The Golden Dogs and Taylor Knox, at Lee’s Palace. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50; visit leespalace.com to purchase.

If a smoother, classic sound is more your tune, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs brings his Memphis Tour to Massey Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 - $85; visit masseyhall.com to purchase.

Love local, handmade finds? Don’t miss Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto Pop-Up, a one-day event featuring more than 120 artists, fashion and stationary designers, vintage purveyors and makers of jewellery, toys, housewares, soaps and more. Bonus: the first 50 guests will receive a sweet swag bag. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the MaRS Discovery Centre (101 College Street, adjacent to Queen’s Park station).

If antiques and vintage goods are more your style, the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market runs this Saturday and Sunday at Exhibition Place. Expect to find antique and vintage jewellery,  glassware, ceramics, postcards, hat boxes, art, silver accents, Persian rugs, country furniture and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door, and admission is free for anyone under age 18; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Blvd.).

Lily Allen

Lily Allen takes the stage at the Sound Academy on Sunday.

Sunday, September 28

Brit-brat pop star Lily Allen brings her Sheezus show to the Sound Academy, with special guest Lolawolf. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 - $55; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

Nothing says autumn like a great bowl of soup, and there will be lots to sample at Soupalicious Toronto 2014. More than 30 soups will be on offer from restaurants, chefs and caterers, all in support of Plant a Row, Grow a Row, an initiative that encourages gardeners to grow an extra row of food for donation to food banks and soup kitchens. An adult pass will get you 10 soup tastings, and kids’s passes include four tastings. Save more with a family pass: two adults, two kids can sup for $37 ($50 at the door). Individual passes are $5 - $15 in advance, or $8 - $22 at the door. Visit soupalicious.ca or call 416-535-0240 to purchase advance tickets. Noon to 4 p.m. (last entry at 3 p.m.) at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.).

Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Seth Meyers brings sure-to-be-hilarious back-to-back shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) to the Sony Centre on the last day of JFL42. Tickets are $45.50 – $55.50; visit jfl42.com to purchase.

Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

For more than 25 years, the Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

For more than 25 years, Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

Got a hankering for cheap yet tasty dim sum? Well, Yangtze Dining Lounge can hook you up. The place has been an institution in Chinatown for more than 25 years, and its menu is packed with spring rolls, assorted soups, noodle bowls, meat dishes, and plenty of options for vegetarians. It offers both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can sit in or take out. —Amy Allen
•700 Somerset St. W., 613-236-0555. yangtze.ca
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In a New Light: Cityscapes at Atrium Gallery

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

In Cityscapes, exteriors that look so common to us are transformed by colour into works of aesthetic delight. Artist Heather Dubreuil captures the sometimes bright, sometimes melancholy spirit of structures in Montreal, Quebec, Europe, and along the eastern U.S. seaboard. Uniquely, she works with textiles — most of her pieces are produced on hand-stitched and hand-dyed cotton. On at Atrium Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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Cluny Adds French Flair to the Distillery District

(photos: Paula Wilson)

(photos: Paula Wilson)

Cluny turns the stereotype of the intimate French restaurant on its head: the recent addition to the Distillery District is a gigantic, designed-to-the-hilt bistro that brings the Belle Époque to a former tank house. Thus the building’s industrial remnants are spruced up with ornately painted floor tiles, marble surrounding both a cocktail and raw bar, and cabinets filled with antiques. It’ll be hard to take your eyes off the decor; fortunately the dishes are equally enticing. Created by experienced fine-dining chef Paul Benallick, the menu focuses on updated versions of French classics, plus a few Moroccan and Mediterranean interpolations. Try ginger-chili frog legs, for example, or indulge in selections from the seafood counter.  —Craig Moy

• Cluny, 35 Tank House Ln., 416-203-2632; clunybistro.com
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Spooky Season: Halloween in Ottawa

The Haunted Walk's Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season!

The Haunted Walk’s Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season.

No one likes to see summer on its way out, but cheer up! The diminishing daylight and chilly weather are signs that haunting season is on its way — and Ottawa is one of the best places to get your fill of scares during the month leading up to Halloween.

Ghost Walk

Ottawa is an old city, and with history comes ghosts. From Sparks Street to Château Laurier to the Bytown Museum, the capital is positively teeming with phantoms, spectres, wraiths, and apparitions — according to Haunted Walks of Ottawa, anyway. Their cloaked guides offer a variety of tours throughout the city, including a foray inside the HI-Ottawa Hostel (formerly the Ottawa Jail), where visitors can get up close and personal with Canada’s last working gallows. Extended tours are offered during the Halloween season (Oct. 10 to Nov. 1). Tickets can be purchased at the Haunted Walks office on the corner of Sparks Street at Elgin Street, although reservations are recommended.

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Agent Provocateur Bares it All on Bloor Street

Agent-Provocateur-Toronto-Yorkville

Get ready for some frisky action on Bloor Street as the eternally posh Mink Mile welcomes luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. Though the English company has shop-in-shops at select Holt Renfrew locations, this is its first standalone boutique in Toronto. Known for its risqué boudoir garments ranging from bras, knickers, playsuits, corsets, kimonos and garters—as well as whips and paddles—Agent Provocateur’s trousseau-worthy items are beautifully made with French Chantilly lace, Leavers lace and Chinese silk. Some pieces are even finished by hand. Expect a fully sensual experience, too: black and grey lace carpeting, beveled glass, black lacquer and sales staff in form-fitting pink housecoats are at your service. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• Agent Provocateur, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-355-2840; agentprovocateur.com
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Weekend Roundup: September 19 to 21

THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!

Amy Schumer JFL42 comedy festival headliner

JFL42 headliner Amy Schumer.

Friday, September 19

Get ready to laugh this weekend with comedy fest JFL42, on until September 27. Tonight’s headliner is funny girl Amy Schumer, with Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham and Joe Rogan headlining throughout the 10-day event. Tickets $49 to $299; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit jfl42.com to charge.

DIY and home reno inspiration abounds at the Fall Home Show, which kicked off on Thursday and runs through the weekend at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place (151 Princes’ Blvd.). With more than 300 specialists, plus celebrity guests including TV design personality Tommy Smythe, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire, interior designer Evelyn Eshun and blogger Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed, there’s plenty to take in. Tickets are $13 – $15; visit fallhomeshow.com for details.

Looking for some seriously loud sound? Deafheaven brings their intense black metal sound to The Opera House, with guests No Joy and Indian Handcrafts. Don’t forget the earplugs. Door open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50; visit ticketfly.com to purchase.

Toronto band Zeus plays on the mainstage at the 2013 Junction Music Festival.

Zeus on the mainstage at The Junction Music Festival 2013.

Saturday, September 20

With more than 60 bands and solo artists performing at 30-plus venues including outdoor stages, The Junction Music Festival is, well, music to our ears. Think of it as a one-day music hop for the indie set—and it’s all free. Several area businesses are running promotions, so you may also want to shop, dine and perhaps even indulge in a little salon pampering while you’re in the neighbourhood. Visit thejunction-bia.squarespace.com for the full lineup, venues and information on area promotions.

Immerse yourself in history and culture this weekend at the grand opening of the 24,000-square-foot Fort York Visitor Centre. Celebrations include On Common Ground, a community cultural festival where you’ll find music, dance, theatre, a kids’ area, craft-making,a  community village and local foods. This free event runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit toronto.ca for a full schedule of events.

The impressive Aga Khan Museum, which opened to the public on Thursday, is celebrating its grand opening this weekend with its Inaugural Music Festival, exploring cultural diversity though informal performances throughout the museum and park (free with general admission). Featured mainstage performances in the museum’s intimate 350-seat auditorium—panelled in wood for rich acoustics—include Routes of Andalusia with David Buchbinder and ensemble, and the large Vancouver ensemble Qalandar, which will explore the ancient tonal systems mugham, dastgah and maqam. General admission is $$15 to $20; tickets for $45 to $75. A festival pass ($110 to $170) includes admission to galleries and both mainstage performances. Visit agakhanmuseum.org for further information and to purchase tickets.

Author Joseph Boyden book signing at Word On The Street 2013 in Toronto. Photo by Ian Lawrence.

Author Joseph Boyden signs books at The Word on the Street Toronto in 2013. Photo by Ian Lawrence.

Sunday, September 21

Bibliophiles will want to head for Queen’s Park Circle this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the 25th annual The Word on the Street, a festival celebrating books and magazines. This year’s lineup is packed with authors, including Mireille Silcoff, Elyse Friedman, Claire Cameron, Russell Wangersky, Dionne Brand, Robyn Doolittle, Kenneth Oppel, Emily Pohl-Weary, Ted Staunton, Nora McClintock, Stefano Faita, Deb Perelman and more, plus a variety of discussions spanning such topics as how to get published, curating art books, local pop non-fiction and time travel in literature. There’s plenty for younger kids, too, including a play zone, activity tent, the TD Children’s Literature tent and TVOKids stage. Books and magazines will be available for purchase in the Marketplace. Admission is free. Visit thewordonthestreet.ca for full details.

Toronto Beer Week comes to a close on Sunday with a sprint to the finish. The Beer Run, an 11.5-kilometer non-competitive run in support of global charity Plan, starts at Mill Street Brewery between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (there are four waves with staggered start times), then moves on to Steamwhistle Brewery, The 3 Brewers and Amsterdam Brewhouse—with beer sampling at each stop—before finishing up back at Mill Street for an after party. The registration fee is $59.99; visit torontobeerweek.com for full event details and to register.

Soccer fans won’t want to miss Toronto FC take on Chivas USA at BMO Field at 3 p.m. Toronto FC will honour Canada’s Armed Forces at the Sunday afternoon game, where more than 400 armed forces members and their families will be in attendance. The halftime show promises to in top form with a performance by the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks. Tickets are $22 to $233; visit torontofc.ca for more information and to purchase.

Exploring the Berlin Wall at the Diefenbunker

At the Diefenbunker's Breaking Barriers exhibition, visual art by schoolchildren is on display.

Visual art by schoolchildren is on display at the Diefenbunker’s Breaking Barriers exhibition.

The Berlin Wall is one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War: it separated communist East Berlin from capitalist West Berlin and created deep divisions in the country, the city, and the world. Twenty-five years after its fall, the Diefenbunker explores the symbols of the Berlin Wall in a new exhibit called Breaking Barriers. The exhibit features visual art interpretations, expressions, and lessons about breaking barriers in a search for peace. On display from Sept. 21. —Amy Allen
•Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Rd., Carp, 613-839-0007. diefenbunker.ca
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Thompson Landry Gallery Hangs Louis Boudreault’s Stars Behind Bars

Louis Boudreault's Al Capone and Steve McQueen

Louis Boudreault’s Al Capone and Steve McQueen

SEPTEMBER 19 TO OCTOBER 12  Whereas celebrities gathered this month on TIFF’s red carpets, Thompson Landry Gallery puts notable figures in a different light. In his Wanted exhibition, Montreal artist Louis Boudreault presents mixed media portraits of 19th- and 20th-century luminaries. Naturally, figures such as Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash were very desirable to their fans and followers; the catch is that they were also sought-after by the law. Boudreault’s subjects all spent time in prison; his works are in fact artistic mug shots, and like real mug shots, the portraits play to a craving to see our boldface “betters” taken down a peg. Yet the artist reveals the fault of that yearning, too: included among his subjects are political prisoners like Nelson Mandela and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose images reflect not the shame of incarceration, but the nobility of a just cause.  —Craig Moy

• Thompson Landry Gallery, 6 Trinity St., 416-364-4955; thompsonlandry.com
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Frights and Festivals at Upper Canada Village

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

Fancy a trip back in time? At Upper Canada Village, constructed entirely from 1860s-era buildings relocated from surrounding villages, costumed interpreters tell visitors about life in the 19th century and tradesmen give demonstrations in yarn spinning, iron forging, cabinet-making, and more. The Fall Fair Weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) recreates an 1860s fall fair, with music and magic shows, livestock, agricultural and dairy products, seasonal produce and flowers, and fine arts. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more spooky, try Pumpkinferno (every weekend in October), where visitors can take a nighttime stroll among thousands of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins. —Amy Allen
•Morrisburg, 613-543-3704. uppercanadavillage.com
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