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‘Tis the Season: 10 Christmas Markets and Craft Shows

BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know the holiday shopping season has arrived! This year we’ve seen big transformations at Ottawa’s major shopping centres, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun, with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local. Go on — it’s time to make your list and check it twice!

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Ski Season at Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, just 152 km from downtown Ottawa, opens its ski hill to the public at the end of November. (Photo: Tremblant Resort Association)

Mont Tremblant, just 152 km from downtown Ottawa, opens its ski hill to the public at the end of November. (Photo: Tremblant Resort Association)

Strap on your skis! Select runs on the beautiful slopes of Mont Tremblant open to winter sport enthusiasts on Nov. 21. Later in the season, visitors can take advantage of 95 downhill runs, serviced by 14 lifts, or take to the surrounding areas for cross-country skiing or hiking. In addition, the resort offers activities such as ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing, as well as spas and massages. —Amy Allen
•1000, ch. des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, 866-356-2233. tremblant.ca
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Weekend Events: November 21 to 23

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

Toronto Weekend Events Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Chef Lynn Crawford is just one of the many chefs and sommeliers scheduled to appear at this weekend at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

THE MAIN EVENT
Explore the hottest food and drink trends as you nibble and sip to your heart’s content—all weekend long—at the 20th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. The appetizing lineup includes appearances by celebrity chefs such as Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watchco) and Matt Dean Pettit (Rock Lobster) at the Food Network Chef Stage, plus cooking demonstrations and tutored wine and cheese pairings at the All You Need is Cheese Stage, and lots of tastings at the TrendCentral Stage as well as more innovative libations at the Spiritology Pavillion. Master sommelier John Szabo offers oenophiles expert guidance at the Sommelier Tasting Bar in the VIP lounge, while top-notch mixologists compete in the Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town finals on November 23. An on-site LCBO store will sell wines, beers and spirits, including several limited production wines and back vintages available exclusively at the expo.

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The ROM Showcases Izzy Camilleri’s Adaptive Designs

IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)

IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)

JUNE 21 TO JANUARY 25  After journalist Barbara Turnbull, who is quadriplegic, commissioned celebrated Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri to make her a shearling cape, the challenge inspired Camilleri to launch IZ Adaptive, an innovative line of stylish, functional and affordable clothing for people who use wheelchairs. Five years later, IZ Adaptive is the focus of Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting, an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum that highlights the importance of making fashion accessible to all. This groundbreaking show juxtaposes Camilleri’s leather jacket, trench coat, wedding dress and tuxedo with 18th-and 19th-century fashions from the ROM’s collection that represent the types of historical designs Camilleri looked back to in order to create her innovative, contemporary designs. —Cara Smusiak

• Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000; rom.on.ca
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Gordon Lightfoot at the National Arts Centre

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

NOV. 22 As one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot hardly needs an introduction. With a career spanning five decades, he’s inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimmy Buffett, and his songs have been covered by dozens of musicians. The legendary, 15-time Juno-winning artist brings his 2014 Canadian Tour to the capital for what’s sure to be an entertaining night. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Nov. 21 to 23

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Friday, Nov. 21

Is the cold weather getting you down? No need to despair. Ottawa Bourbon Week kicks off on Friday night, with enough bourbon-inspired food and drink to put a fire in your belly. On Friday night, head over to Two Six {Ate} for some old-school bourbon cocktails with a modern twist. Admission is free. See website for other events throughout the week.

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J. Lindeberg’s First Canadian Store Offers Sleek Scandinavian Style

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Sporty and sleek form the perfect union at J. Lindeberg, the Swedish brand well known for its contemporary apparel for both men and women. Now the company is opening its first Canadian shop, a spacious 1,200-square-foot flagship offering its full range of outerwear, suits, dresses, knitwear and accessories such as footwear, ties, pocket squares, belts and jewellery. Favoured by golfers like Jamie Donaldson, Tyrrell Hatton, Fabrizio Zanotti and Camilla Lennarth, J. Lindeberg is also known for its golf collection (which will launch in Toronto next spring), as well as its ski collection. Pressed for time or not sure where to start? The store offers personal shopping services, as well as special orders. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• J. Lindeberg, 433 Queen St. W., 416-593-6267; jlindeberg.com
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The 5 Best Pizzerias in Toronto

BY LINDA LUONG

    The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

A bit of dough, some tomato sauce, cheese and an assortment of meats and vegetables may be all it takes to make a classic pizza, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can make a delicious one. There’s an art to making this dish that originated in Naples, Italy; these establishments—our choices for the five best pizzerias in Toronto—consistently serve up culinary masterpieces on thin crust.

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Out of This World: Chris Hadfield at the National Arts Centre

 

Chris Hadfield, Canada's most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

NOV. 21 Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most famous astronauts. While serving as commander of the International Space Station, he used social media to show us what our planet looks like from orbit. He was also the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space and even lived briefly on the ocean floor while training for a mission. For one night only, he talks about his life on earth — and beyond — at the National Arts Centre. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Hot New Flavours at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Chef Lynn Crawford

Chef Lynn Crawford is one of the celebrity chefs making appearances at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.

NOVEMBER 20 TO 23 Explore the hottest food and drink trends as you nibble and sip to your heart’s content at the 20th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. The appetizing lineup includes appearances by celebrity chefs—such as Lynn Crawford—at the Food Network Chef Stage, cooking demonstrations and tutored wine and cheese pairings at the All You Need is Cheese Stage, and lots of tastings at the TrendCentral Stage as well as more innovative libations at the Spiritology Pavillion. Master sommelier John Szabo offers oenophiles expert guidance at the Sommelier Tasting Bar in the VIP lounge, while top-notch mixologists compete in the Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town finals on November 23. An on-site LCBO store will sell wines, beers and spirits, including several limited production wines and back vintages available exclusively at the expo. General admission is $20 to $45 (sample tickets extra).  —Cara Smusiak

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.; foodandwineexpo.ca

Holiday Gift Guide: What To Buy in Ottawa

CBC Radio Bag

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the time-honoured tradition of shopping. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or your loved ones, we’ve compiled a list of Ottawa’s best gift ideas.

Red Canoe’s line of backpacks, duffel bags, and toiletry kits is inspired by Canadian icons such as the CBC and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The CBC Radio Bag is lightweight, durable, and perfect for day-to-day adventures. It’s available at Drake General Store, which recently opened its new location at The Bay in the ByWard Market. $40.
•Drake General Store at The Bay, 73 Rideau St., 613-241-7511, drakegeneralstore.ca

 

The Power Plant Presents Julia Dault’s Boldest Artworks

Detail view of Julia Dault's Untitled 22, 11:30 AM–4:30 PM, July 14, 2012 (photo: Benjamin Westoby)

Detail view of Julia Dault’s Untitled 22, 11:30 AM–4:30 PM, July 14, 2012 (photo: Benjamin Westoby)

SEPTEMBER 20 TO JANUARY 4  Bold colour, mass-produced materials and expressive forms combine in the paintings and sculptures of New York-based artist Julia Dault, whose first major solo museum exhibition, Color Me Badd, is on display at The Power Plant. Incorporating vinyl, patterned silk, unmixed paint and other mass-produced materials applied with tools like squeegees and rubber combs, the Toronto-born Dault’s textured paintings are marked by erasure techniques, offering viewers a glimpse into her methods. Process is equally integral to her sculptures, formed on site as she single-handedly manipulates long sheets of Plexiglas and Formica into curving forms that are fastened to a wall. Her body of work is grounded in abstract and minimalist aesthetics, and underscores the role of the artist in its creation.  —Cara Smusiak

• The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949; thepowerplant.org
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