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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 12 to 14

Friday, October 12

Comedian Gerry Dee performs at Centrepointe Theatre on Friday.

Though Canadian comic Gerry Dee is well known for his starring role on the hit CBC show Mr. D, his career in comedy didn’t happen overnight. Instead, the high-school-teacher-turned-comedian had to work his way up, and it wasn’t until 2007 (when Dee placed third on the American reality series Last Comic Standing) that he became a household name. You can experience Dee’s inimitable sense of humour tonight at Centrepointe Theatre as part of his Life After Teaching Tour.

The One World Film Festival is an annual collaborative project that sees local filmmakers, activists, and students coming together in support of human rights and environmental sustainability. The 23rd installment, which runs from October 11 to 14 at Library and Archives Canada, will feature documentary film screenings (including the Canadian premieres of The Eyes of Thailand and Words of Witness), panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and presentations from NGOs.

Billing itself as “the best food, wine and spirit show in town,” Le rendez-vous des saveurs invites guests to experience the incomparable tastes of the Gatineau region. Now in its 16th year, the event is bringing in some big-name exhibitors to please even the most distinguished diners. Vendors include Restaurant l’Orée du Bois, Le Tartuffe and Chelsea Pub, as well as Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, Fromagerie Montebello and Érabeille Artisan.

Saturday, October 13

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s bestselling children’s novella, The Little Prince, tells the story of a pilot forced to land his plane in a foreign desert. Soon after, a young boy wakes him and begins to share his stories of travelling throughout the universe. The National Arts Centre Orchestra brings this spectacular tale of imagination and friendship to life as part of its Family Adventures series this weekend. 

Local designer Geneviève Lima (centre) will show off her creations at Ottawa Fashion Week.
Photo © Vanessa Ortynsky

Since its inception in 2009, Ottawa Fashion Week has quickly become one of the most anticipated events of the year for the city’s style-conscious. Showcasing the work of Canada’s top designers (along with some new arrivals), the four-day event offers locals the opportunity to mingle with some of the nation’s most prolific trendsetters.

Electric Fields began in 2003 as a way to showcase electronic music and audio-visual installation in the Ottawa area. The festival quickly evolved to include national and international musicians and media artists. This year’s event will feature a three-day symposium on the relationship between space and sound; four nights of live performances, including A Tribe Called Red’s Electric Pow Wow; and the Mini-Maker Faire, a celebration of all things DIY.

Sunday, October 14

For the recently engaged (or single girls looking to get a head start on planning), the Ottawa Wedding Show is an absolute must-see event. Meet with venue owners, try on gowns, attend bridal fashion shows, and sample goods from the many caterers and cake-makers on site. There will be plenty of giveaways throughout the weekend as well, with vendors offering up thousands of dollars in prizes, vouchers and promotional items. Many exhibitors accept bookings at the show, too, so don’t forget your cheque book!

The Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe performs My Dream at the NAC on Sunday.

My Dream is a Chinese arts troupe consisting of performers who are blind, hearing impaired, deaf, or have mobility challenges. Each year, the team presents roughly 150 shows in 10 different countries, and on behalf of the Canada-China Cultural Development Association, My Dream will bring its one-of-a-kind performance to the National Arts Centre this Sunday evening. Net proceeds benefit Easter Seals.

MADD Ottawa estimates that 1,250 to 1,500 Canadians are killed each year due to alcohol-related car crashes. You can help change that statistic this weekend at the fifth annual MADD Dash/Strides for Change fundraising event at Earl of March Secondary School in Kanata. Though participants are not required to collect pledges (the event is as much about awareness as it is about fundraising), organizers encourage all runners to do so. 

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