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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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Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

For more than 25 years, the Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

For more than 25 years, Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

Got a hankering for cheap yet tasty dim sum? Well, Yangtze Dining Lounge can hook you up. The place has been an institution in Chinatown for more than 25 years, and its menu is packed with spring rolls, assorted soups, noodle bowls, meat dishes, and plenty of options for vegetarians. It offers both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can sit in or take out. —Amy Allen
•700 Somerset St. W., 613-236-0555. yangtze.ca
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In a New Light: Cityscapes at Atrium Gallery

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

In Cityscapes, exteriors that look so common to us are transformed by colour into works of aesthetic delight. Artist Heather Dubreuil captures the sometimes bright, sometimes melancholy spirit of structures in Montreal, Quebec, Europe, and along the eastern U.S. seaboard. Uniquely, she works with textiles — most of her pieces are produced on hand-stitched and hand-dyed cotton. On at Atrium Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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Spooky Season: Halloween in Ottawa

The Haunted Walk's Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season!

The Haunted Walk’s Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season.

No one likes to see summer on its way out, but cheer up! The diminishing daylight and chilly weather are signs that haunting season is on its way — and Ottawa is one of the best places to get your fill of scares during the month leading up to Halloween.

Ghost Walk

Ottawa is an old city, and with history comes ghosts. From Sparks Street to Château Laurier to the Bytown Museum, the capital is positively teeming with phantoms, spectres, wraiths, and apparitions — according to Haunted Walks of Ottawa, anyway. Their cloaked guides offer a variety of tours throughout the city, including a foray inside the HI-Ottawa Hostel (formerly the Ottawa Jail), where visitors can get up close and personal with Canada’s last working gallows. Extended tours are offered during the Halloween season (Oct. 10 to Nov. 1). Tickets can be purchased at the Haunted Walks office on the corner of Sparks Street at Elgin Street, although reservations are recommended.

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Exploring the Berlin Wall at the Diefenbunker

At the Diefenbunker's Breaking Barriers exhibition, visual art by schoolchildren is on display.

Visual art by schoolchildren is on display at the Diefenbunker’s Breaking Barriers exhibition.

The Berlin Wall is one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War: it separated communist East Berlin from capitalist West Berlin and created deep divisions in the country, the city, and the world. Twenty-five years after its fall, the Diefenbunker explores the symbols of the Berlin Wall in a new exhibit called Breaking Barriers. The exhibit features visual art interpretations, expressions, and lessons about breaking barriers in a search for peace. On display from Sept. 21. —Amy Allen
•Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Rd., Carp, 613-839-0007. diefenbunker.ca
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Frights and Festivals at Upper Canada Village

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

Fancy a trip back in time? At Upper Canada Village, constructed entirely from 1860s-era buildings relocated from surrounding villages, costumed interpreters tell visitors about life in the 19th century and tradesmen give demonstrations in yarn spinning, iron forging, cabinet-making, and more. The Fall Fair Weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) recreates an 1860s fall fair, with music and magic shows, livestock, agricultural and dairy products, seasonal produce and flowers, and fine arts. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more spooky, try Pumpkinferno (every weekend in October), where visitors can take a nighttime stroll among thousands of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins. —Amy Allen
•Morrisburg, 613-543-3704. uppercanadavillage.com
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Ottawa and the First World War

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

What was Ottawa’s role in World War I? Men enlisted, women volunteered as nurses, and ordinary citizens did their part in factories to develop the country’s national consciousness and promote its status on the world stage. The Bytown Museum’s Ottawa Answers the Call exhibit features several rare artifacts, including uniforms, trench art, historic documents, photographs, and a commemoration wall, as it tells the story of Ottawa’s contribution to the Great War. —Amy Allen
•1 Canal Lane, 613-234-4570. bytownmuseum.com
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Ottawa’s Best Fall Walks

BY AMY ALLEN

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Any local will tell you that Ottawa in the fall is a sight to behold. The city’s vast swaths of greenery turn brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come October, and the region has an assortment of walking paths and nature trails where you can take it all in. Here are a few of our suggestions for the region’s best fall walks.

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A Tale of Two Faces: Jo-Ann Zorzi at Trinity Art Gallery

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi uses fibers such as silk, hemp, linen, and wool to convey her ideas about the human condition, and Emote, her latest exhibit at Trinity Art Gallery, is a stark commentary on the epidemic of dishonesty that plagues the human race. The exhibit explores the facial expressions and masks we each wear to hide our true feelings. It also represents the movements and emotional struggles that go hand-in-hand with neurological disorders. On at Trinity Art Gallery until Sept. 23. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts
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Taste Test: The Glebe’s Unrefined Olive

The Unrefined Olive sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the globe — and they let you try it first!

The Unrefined Olive sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the globe — and they let you try it first!

The Unrefined Olive brings the flavours of Italy to the Glebe. This little shop boasts a tasting bar, where patrons can sample the freshest premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from Modena. They currently carry a number of olive oils from around the world, including California, Chile, Australia, and Tunisia. —Amy Allen
•The Unrefined Olive, 151 A Second Ave., 613-231-3133. unrefinedolive.com
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Deacon Brodie’s Pub in Ottawa

Deacon Brodie's Pub is new in town, and it's offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is new in town, and it’s offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is named after a Scottish thief who was hanged for his crimes in the early 18th century. There’s plenty of traditional pub fare on offer, but there are some unusual items on the menu as well, such as lobster and salmon pot pie, ginger crusted pickerel, and malai kebab chicken. And be sure to keep an eye out for the haggis, that traditional Scottish dish made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. —Amy Allen
•247 Elgin St., 613-236-6464. deaconbrodiespub.com

The Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Hills

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

When he died in 1950, former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King left his vast estate in the Gatineau Hills as a gift to Canadians. It’s been an ideal place to take in the fall colours ever since. Visitors can roam the Moorside manor and the cottages at Kingswood, stop in for tea at the Mackenzie King Tearoom, or retreat to the Abbey Ruins for some quiet reflection. Events run year-round here, and guided tours are available. —Amy Allen
•Gatineau Park, 800-465-1867. gatineaupark.ca
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