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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 30 to December 2

Friday, November 30

Take a wagon ride at the 12th annual Alight at Night celebration in Upper Canada Village.

The 12th annual Alight at Night celebration kicks off in Upper Canada Village this weekend. This incredible display of roughly a million lights has grown to become one of the most sought after events in the Cornwall region. With wagon rides, holiday music, festive goodies, a life-sized toy train and romantic carriage rides for two, there is sure to be something for everyone.

SKETCH — the annual holiday fundraiser of Ottawa’s SAW Gallery – returns this Friday evening with an amazing assortment of one-of-a-kind treasures. Sponsored by Scotiabank, this year’s sale will feature work from 175 Canadian artists, along with a three-hour silent auction and a live DJ performance. Looking for an extra-special gift idea? Local girl Melanie Yugo (of Spins and Needles) will be on hand creating personalized colour-by-number portraits.

The 27th European Union Film Festival comes to a close this weekend at Library and Archives Canada. This is your last chance to check out some of the region’s top films of the year, including full-length works from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Worried about the language barrier? Don’t be: all showings come complete with English subtitles. Click here for the full weekend lineup.

Saturday, December 1

Loreena McKennitt performs in Ottawa at the National Arts Cetnre this weekend.

After a five-year absence, Canadian Celtic musician Loreena McKennitt returns to the National Arts Centre this weekend for a two-night engagement. Joined by longtime friends Hugh Marsh (violin), Brian Hughes (guitar), Caroline Lavelle (cello) and Ben Grossman (percussion), McKennitt will perform songs from her nearly two-decade-long career.

The Ottawa Tea Festival returns to the nation’s capital this Saturday. This annual event features an impressive selection of teas from around the world, as well as several workshops, musical performances and cultural ceremonies. As usual, the festival will be teaming up with a great charity, too. The non-profit organization Asha for Education Canada, which supports under-privileged children in India, has been chosen as this year’s recipient.

Though Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher has been releasing records since the early 2000′s, it wasn’t until the quirky stop-motion video for his hit song “Cigarette” went viral that he gained the international recognition he’s long deserved. Fisher concludes his latest tour with back-to-back gigs at Wakefield’s renowned Black Sheep Inn this weekend. Ticket information can be found here.

Sunday, December 2

Ottawa Little Theatre presents Mr. Pim Passes By as part of their 100th season celebation.

Now in its 100th season, the Ottawa Little Theatre is celebrating with 10 great plays from 10 decades. From Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, A.A. Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By has been chosen to represent the 1910′s. Directed by Joe O’Brien, this comedy tells the tale of an elderly gentleman whose casual comment throws a couple’s life into complete disarray.

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society will present Baroque Christmas around the World this Sunday afternoon at Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Featuring the Juno-winning early music group Ensemble Caprice, the show will introduce audiences to various musical traditions from throughout Europe, Mexico and South America.

Today’s your last chance to check out Centrepointe Theatre‘s production of Footloose. This popular musical centres on Ren, a high school student from Chicago, who is forced to move to a rural farming town where dancing has been outlawed. Featuring an Oscar- and Tony-nominated score — along with some great new songs written for the stage — this thrilling performance is sure to impress.

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