Friday, November 9
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ latest record saw the band joining forces with some of their favourite female musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. Now, the roots rockers from Hamilton, Ont. are taking the album on the road – and a few famous friends are coming along for the ride. Catch the Kings and Queens tour live at the National Arts Centre and be treated to special appearances by Matt Andersen, Amy Helm, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Harlan Pepper. Tickets range from $42.50 to $64.50.
Hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFOTT), the annual World Trivia Night has quickly become the largest event of its kind in North America. Drawing more than 2,000 people a year, the evening sees teams of 10 facing off in an epic battle of wits — all in the name of charity, of course. Registration is $350 per team, with all proceeds going toward education and enrichment opportunities for youth in the care of the CAFOTT.
Rock-star-turned-choreographer Hofesh Shechter will present his first full-length work, the contemporary masterpiece Political Mother, this weekend at the NAC. Performed by 11 dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company in Brighton, England and accompanied by a seven-piece live band, the show is meant to challenge the viewer’s perception of what it means to be normal.
Saturday, November 10
The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Tour hits Ottawa this weekend with its hilariously agonizing Relationship Edition. Featuring host John Heffron, Canadian girl Debra DiGiovanni, tour favourite Godfrey and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, these comedians prove that even the most embarrassing romantic mishaps have a silver lining — or can at least garner a few laughs. Tickets start at just $35.50.
In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the volunteer-run Ottawa Little Theatre presents 10 plays from the past 10 decades. Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery The Hollow, which was first produced for the OLT stage in 1960, was chosen this month to represent the 1950s. Be sure to act quickly: Saturday is your last chance to take in this infamous tale of jealousy and deception!
The Ottawa Wine & Food Festival returns for its 27th year with a five-day spread of unrivaled culinary expertise. Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, an exceptional lineup of sommeliers and celebrity chefs (including Montreal’s own Martin Picard), and the ever-popular “Taste and Discover Series,” there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s event.
Sunday, November 11
Bob Boyer — His Life’s Work is the first large-scale exhibition devoted entirely to the famed Métis artist. Known for using traditional motifs to explore contemporary Aboriginal life, Boyer often critiqued the harmful effects of colonialism through his work. Don’t miss out: This one of a kind show ends on Monday.
Aptly described as “a short, sweet show of really worthwhile clay art,” 260 Fingers features pieces by — you guessed it — 26 potters and clay artists from eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The exhibition showcases work from both new and established artists, including Bill Reddick, Michelle Bishop and Maggie Roddan, to name a few. The three-day showing starts this Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Now in its 10th year, the annual Homes for the Holidays tour continues to be the premiere fundraiser for The Hospice at May Court. For the event, Ottawa designers decorate six gorgeous area homes (located in Rockcliffe, Manotick and the Glebe) with flowers, Christmas ornaments and table settings. Then, over the course of a weekend, roughly 2,500 visitors are invited to wander through the various creations. Tickets are just $40 and can be purchased online from their website or at various retail outlets throughout the city.