Friday, January 25
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
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 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.