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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 17 to 19

Bombay Bicycle Club, hailing from North London, performs songs from their four albums on Friday night.

Bombay Bicycle Club, hailing from North London, performs songs from their four albums on Friday night.

Friday, Oct. 17

For two days only, Infinitheatre’s production of Kafka’s Ape is on at the Wakefield Theatre. Based on Franz Kafka’s A Report to an Academy, the play details the experiences of an ape named Red Peter, who, after being captured by a hunting expedition in West Africa, learns to act like a human in order to escape. Tickets are $20.

Popular indie rock group Bombay Bicycle Club performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Friday night. The band, whose sound has often included genres such as folk, electronica, world music, and blues, has four albums to their name. They play some of their most popular hits, including songs from their latest release, So Long, See You Tomorrow.

The fledgling Ottawa International Film Festival is back for its fifth year, with no shortage of quality Canadian films on its roster. In American Descent, a thriller by director Brooks Hunter, a group of teens follow a series of clues left by a psychopathic sergeant in the U.S. Army. My Father and the Man in Black, meanwhile, explores the relationship between Johnny Cash and the director’s father, who was also Cash’s longtime manager.

Saturday, Oct. 18

The ByWard Market Harvest Festival marks the fall season with a three-day party in the heart of the capital.  On Saturday, the Food and Drink show begins, with celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, who appeared on Iron Chef America and Restaurant Makeover, leading food demonstrations. There’s also plenty for the family to do, including wagon rides, arts and crafts, and book readings.

Like trivia? Then you won’t want to miss the Adam Growe Quiz Show at the Ottawa Little Theatre, where the comedian and host of Cash Cab invites audience members on-stage to participate as contestants. You may even get the chance to win some cash yourself!

Canadian dream-pop band Wilderness of Manitoba performs at Mavericks on Saturday night.

Canadian dream-pop band Wilderness of Manitoba performs at Mavericks on Saturday night.

The members of dream-pop, folk-rock band The Wilderness of Manitoba define themselves by their ability to evolve. Their latest album, Between Colours, is a robust offering with rich instrumentation and layered guitars and synths. They perform at Mavericks on Saturday night.

Sunday, Oct. 19

In Abandon Ship, on at Gallery 101 until Nov. 21, artists Jennifer Dorner and David Poolman explore the idea of planetary collapse. Dorner’s whimsical paintings depict human neighbourhoods floating in outer space—a place that, according to her artist’s statement, represents “a clean slate.” Poolman, meanwhile, illustrates humanity’s despair at the ruination of our planet.

Catch the last day of Merrickville’s fourth annual Jazz Fest. Ottawa jazz great Brian Browne performs with Peter Woods; other guests include the Peter Brown Quartet, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, and Nicole Ratté and Tim Bedner. See website for ticket info.

Hockey Season in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators return for the 2014-15 season on Oct. 16. (Photo: Ottawa Tourism)

The Ottawa Senators return for the 2014-15 season on Oct. 16. (Photo: Ottawa Tourism)

Sens fans have suffered some serious losses over the past two years — the first being long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson’s departure for Detroit in 2013, and, more recently, Jason Spezza’s trade to Dallas — but it isn’t all bad news. It just means that some rising stars will have their chance to shine when the Ottawa Senators hit the ice again this October. Watch them in their first home game against Colorado at the Canadian Tire Centre.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267. senators.nhl.com

The Snow Goose in Ottawa

The Snow Goose, located at the Sparks Street Mall since the '60s, offers fine Native and Inuit art and gifts.

The Snow Goose, located at the Sparks Street Mall since the ’60s, offers fine Native and Inuit art and gifts.

A staple at the Sparks Street Mall, The Snow Goose has been specializing in authentic Inuit and Native art since 1963. Its shelves house a colourful selection of prints, sculptures, handmade dolls, clothing, and assorted gifts, including moccasins, mukluks, baskets, and dinnerware. Don’t miss the hand-carved, hand-painted west coast masks — they’re a true feat of precision and artistry. —Amy Allen
•The Snow Goose, 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213. snowgoose.ca
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Canadian Iconography: Disegno Jewellery in Ottawa

This Kayaking Bear is just one of many Canadian-inspired charms that can be found at Disegno Fine Jewellers.

This Kayaking Bear is just one of many Canadian-inspired charms that can be found at Disegno Fine Jewellers.

Fine jewellery gets a uniquely Canadian twist at Disegno Fine Jewellers, where gemologist Pamela Coulston has been selling her Canadian-designed, Canadian-made jewellery since 2007. Her Canada-Canada collection of jewellery — sculpted in sterling silver, 14-karat, and 18-karat gold — is replete with Canadian iconography, including the spirit bear, the fleur-de-lys, a whale tail, and a reproduction of the inukshuk that stands on Rideau Hall grounds. —Amy Allen
•Disegno Fine Jewellers, 100 Murray St., 613-482-1614. disegnojewellery.ca

Spatial Redefinition: Installation at the Carleton University Art Gallery

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

 

Not a New World, Just a New Trick questions the conceptual and physical definition of space. The centrepiece — a large-scale wood model of an imaginary building — functions as both art and furniture, allowing visitors to climb inside of it. Within, artist Samuel Roy-Bois will install a number of works selected from the Carleton University Art Gallery’spermanent collection. On display from Sept. 29 to Dec. 14. —Amy Allen
•Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120. cuag.carleton.ca
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Autumn Apparel: Trailhead Paddle Shack

The Lole Stratus Jacket at Trailhead Paddle Shack will keep you dry during autumn hikes.

The Lole Stratus Jacket at Trailhead Paddle Shack will keep you dry during autumn hikes.

Don’t let autumn rains put a damper on your plans. The Lole Stratus Jacket will keep you warm and dry on your hikes with its multiple layers of breathable, waterproof nylon twill. It features a front zip design with a removable belt, a two-way adjustable hood, two zippered hand pockets, and a special pocket for your passport. $200. —Amy Allen
•Trailhead Paddle Shack, 1960 Scott St., 613-722-4229. trailheadpaddleshack.ca

Modern Moves With Louise Lecavalier

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

One of Canada’s most beloved icons of contemporary dance, Louise Lecavalier takes to the stage to perform her first self-choreographed routine, So Blue. Set to music by Turkish composer Mercan Dede, Lecavalier performs a solo routine in the first half and is joined by her partner, Frédéric Tavernini, in the second. –Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Canadian Comedy: Russell Peters in Ottawa

Canada's own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Canada’s own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Get ready to laugh, Ottawa! Toronto’s own record-breaking funnyman Russell Peters is bringing his brand of lightning-fast, improvisational comedy to Ottawa as part of his Almost Famous World Tour. He is joined by his official tour DJs, Toronto’s DJ Starting From Scratch and DJ Spinbad from New York. The show features all new material and is guaranteed to generate hilarious interactions with the audience. —Amy Allen
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Oktoberfest in the Capital

Oktoberfest Ottawa is back for another year of beer, schnitzel, and games.

Oktoberfest Ottawa is back for another year of beer, schnitzel, and games.

Grab your lederhosen and beer steins — Oktoberfest Ottawa is back! Sample some of the finest brews from local establishments at the three-storey, 25,000 square foot beer tent at Clark Fields Park. The Black Forest Band and Schteev Und Die Lederhosers will perform traditional Bavarian music and visitors will have the chance to participate in beer-related games and contests. —Amy Allen
•Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Rd. oktoberfestottawa.com

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 3 to 5

Along with his quintet, Bamboo Groove, jazz vocalist Peter Liu performs in support of his debut album release at the National Arts Centre on Friday.

Along with his quintet, Bamboo Groove, jazz vocalist Peter Liu performs in support of his debut album release at the National Arts Centre on Friday.

Friday, Oct. 3

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a giant party — or two? Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa and Beau’s Oktoberfest are both launching this Friday, and each has an assortment of beer, food, and live music to keep you entertained. At Oktoberfest Ottawa, the Black Forest Band and Schteev und die Lederhosers will perform traditional German folk songs; at Beau’s Oktoberfest, the music is a little more modern, with the Tokyo Police Club and the Rural Alberta Advantage headlining.

At the University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to view some truly thought-provoking films you may never get the chance to see elsewhere. On Friday night, the festival is screening Gabrielle, an oeuvre by Canadian director Louise Archambault about a gifted but developmentally challenged woman who falls in love with a young man in her choir.

Jazz vocalist Peter Liu is well known in the Ottawa area for his velvety vocals and his penchant for mixing Eastern with Western and modern with traditional music styles. On Friday night, he performs with his jazz quintet, Bamboo Groove, in support of his debut album at the National Arts Centre.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Trained as a Naturalist painter, artist Katherine McNenly depicts life as it really is. Her still lifes don’t shy from showing the bruising on an apple; nor do her portraits mask the imperfections that come with age. A selection of her work is on display at Cube Gallery until Nov. 2.

Under a new band name, Gold and Marrow, Ottawa singer songwriter Shannon Rose performs at the Black Sheep Inn in support of her third album release.

Under a new band name, Gold and Marrow, Ottawa singer songwriter Shannon Rose performs at the Black Sheep Inn in support of her third album release.

Ottawa Comiccon isn’t your only one-stop-shop for all things geek. This weekend, the Ottawa Geek Market is on at the Nepean Sportsplex. Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to sell their wares, but you’ll also be able to participate in a Quidditch match, play some board games, compete with fellow gamers in Mario Kart, and scare yourself silly in Horror Alley. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Gold and Marrow — formerly called Shannon Rose and the Thorns — is an Ottawa-based indie pop band that revels in the darkness and light that are integral to the human experience. Led by vocalist and songwriter Shannon Rose, the group performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night in support of its third album release, Forever.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Ever wondered how far you could launch a pumpkin using a trebuchet? Well, wonder no more: on Sunday afternoon, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting Smashing Pumpkins, an event where you can do just that. In addition, learn about flight technology in the 1920s and ‘30s, make a model airplane, and play with some trebuchets before you decorate your pumpkin for its launch.

Founded in 2003, Larry and his Flask is an eclectic band that relies on acoustic instruments to produce its folk punk, bluegrass sound. The band’s ranks have grown to include up to 11 members at varying times, though at present, it is touring as a quintet. The group performs songs from its five full-length albums and two EPs at Mavericks on Sunday night.

What to Do in Ottawa: Can’t Miss Events in October

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

Festival season is mostly on its way out, but there are still a ton of events worth attending this fall. The Ottawa International Writers Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Ottawa International Film Festival are just a few to look out for. There’s also no end of great entertainment — some big names in music, dance, and comedy are bringing their acts to the capital.

OCTOBER 3 to 5
Oktoberfest
You don’t need to go all the way to Germany to take advantage of the world’s most popular festival of beer and Bavarian culture — two Ontario breweries are hosting their very own versions of the event. In Barrhaven, Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa will be building the longest beer tent in the world — a feat that festival organizers say will break a Guinness World Record. In Vankleek Hill, meanwhile, Beau’s All-Natural Brewery is hosting its own Oktoberfest bash. Beau’s will have 13 of its beers on tap, plus a cask house with offerings from over 40 of Beau’s favourite craft breweries in the province.
•Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa, Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Rd. oktoberfestottawa.com
•Beau’s Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St. W., Vankleek Hill, 866-585-2337. beausoktoberfest.ca

OCTOBER 3 to NOVEMBER 16
Third World Bazaar
Every year, the Bakker family transforms its barn in Manotick Station into something more reminiscent of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Here, you’ll find all manner of treasures from around the globe — the family spends the year travelling and buying products from artisans and craftsmen in Asia, the Middle East, and South America, then sells them to Ottawa residents and visitors over a period of six weeks.
•Bakker’s General Store parking lot, 6110 Mitch Owens Dr., Manotick Station. thirdworldbazaar.ca

OCTOBER 4 and 19
Canadian Comics
Arguably one of Canada’s most famous stand-up comics, Russell Peters is a master of improvisational comedy and is known for his ability to play off the audience. He comes to the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4. Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is well known as a stand-up comedian, but he also starred in Legit, his own comedy television series, on the FX network. He brings his show to the National Arts Centre on Oct. 4. Shaun Majumder, another young Canadian talent, has had a varied career that spans both film and stage. He hits Centrepointe Theatre on Oct. 19.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
•Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2700. centrepointetheatre.com

Russell Peters, Canada's favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

Russell Peters, Canada’s favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

OCTOBER 5
Beach House
Dream-pop duo Beach House was formed in 2004 after its two members, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, met in Baltimore. Legrand’s keyboard and hazy vocals coupled with Scally’s guitar make for an otherworldly experience, and the pair performs songs from their four albums — Beach House, Devotion, Teen Dream, and Bloom — at the Bronson Centre Theatre.
•Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave., 613-237-5550. bronsoncentre.ca

OCTOBER 8 and 9
Louise Lecavalier
Louise Lecavalier is an icon of Canadian contemporary dance. She spent the early years of her career with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire and as a member of Édouard Lock’s dance company, La La La Human Steps. Now, she performs her first self-choreographed work, So Blue, at the National Arts Centre, along with her partner, Frédéric Tavernini.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

OCTOBER 10 and 11; 17 and 18; 24 and 25
Haunted Historic Village at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
For three weekends this month, the 1920s reproduction village is transformed into a haunting ground. The historic buildings are festooned with cobwebs, and actors dressed up as zombies, vampires, and other undead creatures creep out of the shadows to startle visitors. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
•Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd., 613-833-3059. ottawa.ca

OCTOBER 16
Ottawa Senators
This month, Ottawa’s hockey team returns with a pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche. With former captain Jason Spezza gone, it will be up to a new generation of players to prove their mettle in the arena.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267. senators.nhl.com

OCTOBER 16 to 19
Ottawa International Film Festival
The fifth annual Ottawa International Film Festival is a celebration of moviemaking from around the world. The festival is screening more than 15 short and feature-length films over its four-day run, with a focus on Canadian content, Oscar winning film, LGBTQ content, aboriginal content, and animation. The festival opens with Canadian horror film Girlhouse and ends with Brazilian crime drama Jogo de Xadrez.
•Ottawa International Film Festival, Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. oiff.ca

OCTOBER 18
Thus Owls
Simon and Erika Angell, the husband and wife duo behind Thus Owls, met when their bands were touring together in the Netherlands. Before long, they were married, living in Montreal, and recording with a new lineup. They recently released their third studio album, Turning Rocks.
•National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

OCTOBER 21 to 26
Once
Since its premiere in 2011, this musical has garnered a variety of awards and accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. It follows a young street musician ready to give up his craft after a difficult breakup with his girlfriend, until he meets a young woman who takes an interest in his music.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 21 to NOVEMBER 8
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s classic satirical play about double lives and mistaken identities follows best friends Jack and Algernon, who each pretend to be a man named Ernest in order to get what they want from life. The play touches on topics such as the triviality of Victorian social customs and the drawbacks of strict morality.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 23 to 28
Ottawa International Writers Festival
The Ottawa International Writers Festival was founded in 1997, and has been running biannually since 2004. The event brings in speakers and authors from across the country to talk not just about poetry and fiction, but also about politics, current events, music, film, history, and more. Some big names this season include Sarah Waters, Patrick Lane, Heather O’Neill, and Frances Itani.
•Ottawa International Writers Festival, 201 des Peres Blancs Ave., 613-562-1243. writersfestival.org

Sarah Waters, author of "The Little Stranger", talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

Sarah Waters, author of “The Little Stranger”, talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

OCTOBER 25 and 26
Ottawa Antique Show
Looking for a well-used, rustic table to complement your shabby chic décor? Look no further than the Ottawa Antique Show at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, where vendors are displaying their finds from every era. Wares include art from around the world, Persian rugs, Scandinavian modernist jewellery, and retro, vintage, and antique furniture.
•Ottawa Antique Show, Carleton University Fieldhouse, Bronson Ave. at Sunnyside Ave. ottawaantiqueshow.ca

OCTOBER 26
Fleetwood Mac
One of the music world’s most tempestuous bands, Fleetwood Mac has had no shortage of disputes and drama. Over the course of nearly 50 years, its lineup has been in a state of flux, with over 15 members either joining or leaving the band. Now, with keyboardist Christine McVie back on board, the classic lineup comes to Ottawa with its On With the Show world tour.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Everyday Magic: Jasmine Kukic’s Fragile Empire

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic's collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic’s collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

All is not as it seems in Fragile Empire, an exhibit that seeks to disturb the viewer’s concept of reality and expose him or her to the magic hidden in everyday things. Through the medium of collage, artist Jasmine Kukic places objects in unusual situations to create a sense of wonder and curiosity. The result is a vivid foray into surreal worlds. On at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
•Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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