Friday, Nov. 18
Winter may be on its way, but the good news is that so is the Signatures Show. This event showcases gifts by Canada’s best artisans and designers, who display a plethora of goods, including art, home décor, beauty products, fashion, gourmet treats, and jewellery. Be sure to check out the daily fashion shows, custom perfume by Aromachology, and Grandma Deb’s Fruitcake, which was one of the wedding gifts sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The show started on Tuesday and runs until Sunday.
The longest running “mobile guitar festival” in North America is coming to Ottawa this Friday. At International Guitar Night at the Shenkman Arts Centre, you will be treated to performances by guitarists from California, Scotland, Brazil, and Madagascar. This showcase of international talent is not one to miss!
Would you like a medium latte with a small painting on the side? At the fall fundraiser for the Ottawa School of Art, Small Medium Large, you can place that order! The evening is café themed, selling coffee and baked goods, as well works of art all priced as small, medium, or large. The event, which raises money for outreach programs, bursaries, and new studio equipment, also features live entertainment from DJ Spade and M. Parker Jazz Quartet.
Saturday, Nov. 19
If you’re in the mood for some vintage rock-and-roll with a Canadian vibe, head to D’Arcy McGee’s in Orleans on Saturday evening to catch the CBC-acclaimed Greg Cockerill Band. Cockerill and his younger brother Joshua collaborated on the new album, Festuca, which they are currently promoting on tour across Canada. The band is making this one stop in Ottawa—and you don’t want to miss them.
Have you ever looked around your office and wondered when you became such a grown-up? If so, you can probably relate to the music video for My Dad vs. Yours’ single “Happy Wanderer & Carry the Weight.” The video, directed by Ottawa’s Luca Furgiele, won best music video at the 2011 Ottawa International Film Festival and is about a man who gets fired because he refuses to lose his youthful innocence. This Saturday, come out to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts to watch this local band perform, along with a several other local artists.
Sunday, Nov. 20
The Sandy Hill Community Center is opening its doors for you to shop ‘til you drop this Sunday! The sixth annual One & Only Arts and Crafts Fair is your one-stop shop for affordable goods by local artisans — long before the mad last-minute Christmas rush. If you start to get hungry, give yourself a burst of energy by making a stop at the free all-day buffet.
The fifth annual Inside Out Ottawa-Gatineau LGBT Film and Video Festival comes to a close Sunday evening with Weekend, a film about two gay men embarking on what they think is a one-night stand but what ends up being much more. The film, by British director Andrew Haigh, has won more than a dozen film festival awards and the New York Times called it “one of the most satisfying love stories you are likely to see on screen this year.” The festival showcases 12 films altogether, each making its Ottawa or Canadian debut at the festival, which will be held at the National Art Gallery. The event aims to bring a global spin to queer cinema in Ottawa and runs Thursday through Sunday.