Just as its name implies, Share Freehouse emphasizes small plates.
Cozy quarters, atmospheric lighting, sharing plates, and a convivial experience are what Share Freehouse is all about. It’s a place that wants you to stay awhile and make friends with your neighbours. It’s also a place that encourages family-style eating. Each dish can be ordered for the whole table or for individual consumption, but either way, the food is plentiful. From artfully arranged cheese and charcuterie boards to hearty main plates to delectable desserts, Share’s delicious offerings will please any palate.
•327 Somerset W., 613-680-4000, sharefreehouse.ca
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This is your mission, should you choose to accept it: solve a series of puzzles and escape a locked room, with nothing but a walkie talkie, your wits, and possibly a flashlight to help you. Sound like your idea of a great night out? You’re not alone. The escape room phenomenon has exploded in popularity across North America in the past few years. Here, we highlight six escape adventures Ottawa has to offer — just in time for Halloween.
Join forces with your friends to escape The Prison, The Wine Cellar, The Asylum, and The Darkness. A limited edition fifth room, Apocalypse, challenges players to find the cure to a zombie outbreak. The owners have gone to great lengths to make it a cozy place to hang out before and after your escape experience: they’ve acquired a liquor licence, and the lounge is stocked with an assortment of brain-teasing games. The first four rooms can accommodate up to six players, while Apocalypse accommodates up to 12. The time limit is 45 minutes. $21 per person. 201 Queen St., 613-695-1655, escapemanor.com.
Pre-Raphaelite illustrations are on view at the National Gallery of Canada until January 2016. (Photo: Frederic Leighton, Study of Iphigenia for “Cymon and Iphigenia”, 1883, black and white chalk on paper, 21.9 × 29.4 cm. Promised Gift from the Lanigan Collection.
Photo © NGC)
In the late 19th century, a collective of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood championed a return to pre-Renaissance art values. They rejected the muddy colours of Romanticism, the hazy qualities of Impressionism, and the everyday subject matter of Realist paintings. Instead, they focused on the beautiful, using vibrant colours to paint images infused with Medieval imagery and attitudes. Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection shows illustrations by prominent artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais. On display at the National Gallery of Canada from October 9 until January 2016.
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Hear terrifying tales of Ottawa’s ghostly history on the Haunted Walk.
THE HAUNTED WALK
Oct. 9 to 31. Experienced guides tell spine-tingling tales from the city’s past during extended versions of the Haunted Walk’s permanent tours. The Original Haunted Walk takes visitors to sites around town, including the Bytown Museum, while Ghosts and the Gallows goes inside the Ottawa Jail Hostel. Ready for a real fright? Try Incident at the Bunker, an interactive zombie adventure at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 461/2 Sparks St., 613-232-0344, hauntedwalk.com
BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Emily Pearlman returns to Ottawa with her play I think my boyfriend should have an accent, which won Best Of Fest in the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival. (Photo: Joshua Pearlman)
Ottawa Maker’s Market
Ottawa has a thriving artisan community, and Ottawa Maker’s Market is proof of that. On Thursday, Oct. 8, head over to Orange Art Gallery for After Hours, a special late night edition of the market. Peruse skin care products (Scrub Inspired), jewellery (Strut and Wildtree), pottery (Clay Pigeon Design), ice cream truffles (Moo Shu), preserves (Lowertown Canning Co.), and more, all while you chow down on gourmet Asian food by Angry Dragonz and delicious plantain chips by Plátanos. Admission is pay-what-you-can. See Facebook event page for more info. Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave., 613-761-1500, orangeartgallery.ca.
Bring new flavours to breakfast with Top Shelf Preserves’ vanilla orange marmalade. (Credit: Goods Shop)
Top Shelf Preserves came to be when chef-owner Sara Pishva started canning preserves to get her through those rough university years. Her pickles were a hit among her friends and fellow students, and before long, she took the leap and started up her own business in 2013. Pick up a jar or two of her vanilla orange marmalade for the perfect breakfast spread — or, if you’re more in the mood for something savoury, try her spicy pickled beans for crackly, zesty snack. You can find Top Shelf Preserves at several locations in Ottawa, including Goods Shop.
•Goods Shop, 201 Dalhousie St., 613-421-9418, goods-shop.ca
Virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz performs at the Black Sheep Inn. (Photo: Stephanie McKinnon)
OCT. 3 Cello prodigy Matt Haimovitz began his career at the age of 13 as a student of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. Over the next decade, he went on to perform with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the tender age of 15. Since then, however, he’s taken to playing in unusual venues such as bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, performing a selection of classical and non-classical tunes.
•The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com
BY AMY ALLEN, NICOLINA LEONE, AND MATT HARRISON
Take a ride on the ferris wheel at the Metcalfe Fair.
If there is one thing I learned this summer while doing the Weekender, it is this: most of our rural fairs are older than our country. The Metcalfe Fair will be celebrating its 159th anniversary this year, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 1 and running until Sunday, Oct. 4. Check out agricultural and culinary competitions, a dairy cattle show, a midway and games, a demolition derby, musical performances, a kids’ tent, a pony show, dancing, and even a wrestling match. Daily rates and event passes vary in price; check the website for schedule and ticket info. Metcalfe Fairgrounds, 2821 8th Line Rd., Metcalfe, 613-821-0591, metcalfefair.com.
The classic Barber of Seville gets an update, thanks to Ottawa’s Opera Lyra. (Photo: Edmonton Opera and Nanc Price)
SEPT. 26 TO OCT. 3 Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is one of the world’s most enduring and popular operas, and Ottawa’s Opera Lyra updates it for modern audiences. The amorous Count Almaviva is single-mindedly obsessed with winning the heart of Rosina, a beautiful young actress at a 1940s movie studio. With the help of the studio’s stylist, Figaro, he hatches a plot to win her from the clutches of Bartolo, the studio’s overbearing owner.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Tuck into some delicious veggie based dishes at Pure Kitchen.
Your mouth and your health will thank you when you dine at Pure Kitchen, the city’s newest resto that caters to vegans and vegetarians. The emphasis is on fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. And although there are some options for those in need of comfort food (poutine, for instance), the menu is replete with crunchy salads, hearty soups, and heaping noodle and rice bowls, as well as succulent, plant-based burgers and tasty wraps. On the run? Try one of their delicious smoothies or juices to go.
•357 Richmond Rd., 613-680-5500, purekitchenottawa.com
BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World is just one of several social justice documentaries being screened at the One World Film Festival.
One World Film Festival
Off the coast of British Columbia, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii is the ancestral home of the Haida people, who have inhabited its twin islands for more than 10,000 years. Their recent history, though, has been turbulent. Diseases, spread by European colonists in the 1800s, wiped out 90 percent of the population; in the ensuing decades, unsustainable logging and over-fishing have wrought further havoc on the land’s pristine beauty. But the Haida people are fighting back. In Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, director Charles Wilkinson shows how they have exerted their sovereignty to stop industry from running roughshod all over the islands.
Haida Gwaii won the 2015 HotDocs Award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary, and it’s just one of many films with a social justice bent that will be screened at this year’s One World Film Festival, which launches on Thursday, Sept. 24. On opening night, catch My Enemy, My Brother, a Canadian short about two men who fought on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq War and who later became friends, and Democrats, which chronicles an uneasy alliance between two officials in Zimbabwe’s government.
Admission is pay-what-you can, with a suggested donation of $15. Films screen at the National Gallery of Canada from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 26, and Saint Paul University on Sunday, Sept. 27. See website for complete schedule. National Gallery of Canada: 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. Saint Paul University: 223 Main St., 613-236-1393, oneworldfilmfestival.ca.
The ByWard Market is one of the top spots in the city for dining, shopping, and sightseeing. (Photo: ByWard Market BIA)
In 1826, when Lieutenant Colonel John By arrived in Ottawa to start construction on the Rideau Canal, he established as his base the area now known as the ByWard Market. Since then, it has existed in one form or another as a farmers’ market, which makes it the oldest continuously operating market of its kind in Canada. But there’s more to it than just produce — it’s home to dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs, and it’s one of the most happening places in the city past sundown.