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Alternate Reality at Trinity Art Gallery

Ralph Nevins uses the slit-scan photography effect to produce his surreal images.

Ralph Nevins uses the slit-scan photography technique to produce his surreal images.

Photographer Ralph Nevins uses his homemade camera to capture some unusual images of people, places, and things. In Timeslice, Nevins brings engineering and art together in a display of abstract landscapes. He will also be demonstrating the “slit-scan” photography effect, which he used to capture his unique images. On at Trinity Art Gallery from Nov. 27 to Jan. 6, 2015. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts
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‘Tis the Season: 10 Christmas Markets and Craft Shows

BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know the holiday shopping season has arrived! This year we’ve seen big transformations at Ottawa’s major shopping centres, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun, with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local. Go on — it’s time to make your list and check it twice!

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Ski Season at Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, just 152 km from downtown Ottawa, opens its ski hill to the public at the end of November. (Photo: Tremblant Resort Association)

Mont Tremblant, just 152 km from downtown Ottawa, opens its ski hill to the public at the end of November. (Photo: Tremblant Resort Association)

Strap on your skis! Select runs on the beautiful slopes of Mont Tremblant open to winter sport enthusiasts on Nov. 21. Later in the season, visitors can take advantage of 95 downhill runs, serviced by 14 lifts, or take to the surrounding areas for cross-country skiing or hiking. In addition, the resort offers activities such as ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing, as well as spas and massages. —Amy Allen
•1000, ch. des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, 866-356-2233. tremblant.ca
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Gordon Lightfoot at the National Arts Centre

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

NOV. 22 As one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot hardly needs an introduction. With a career spanning five decades, he’s inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimmy Buffett, and his songs have been covered by dozens of musicians. The legendary, 15-time Juno-winning artist brings his 2014 Canadian Tour to the capital for what’s sure to be an entertaining night. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Nov. 21 to 23

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Friday, Nov. 21

Is the cold weather getting you down? No need to despair. Ottawa Bourbon Week kicks off on Friday night, with enough bourbon-inspired food and drink to put a fire in your belly. On Friday night, head over to Two Six {Ate} for some old-school bourbon cocktails with a modern twist. Admission is free. See website for other events throughout the week.

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Out of This World: Chris Hadfield at the National Arts Centre

 

Chris Hadfield, Canada's most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

NOV. 21 Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most famous astronauts. While serving as commander of the International Space Station, he used social media to show us what our planet looks like from orbit. He was also the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space and even lived briefly on the ocean floor while training for a mission. For one night only, he talks about his life on earth — and beyond — at the National Arts Centre. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Holiday Gift Guide: What To Buy in Ottawa

CBC Radio Bag

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the time-honoured tradition of shopping. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or your loved ones, we’ve compiled a list of Ottawa’s best gift ideas.

Red Canoe’s line of backpacks, duffel bags, and toiletry kits is inspired by Canadian icons such as the CBC and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The CBC Radio Bag is lightweight, durable, and perfect for day-to-day adventures. It’s available at Drake General Store, which recently opened its new location at The Bay in the ByWard Market. $40.
•Drake General Store at The Bay, 73 Rideau St., 613-241-7511, drakegeneralstore.ca

 

Kira Isabella at the Algonquin Commons Theatre

Ottawa's very own country music star headlines the Shake It If You Got It tour at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.

Ottawa’s very own country music star headlines the Shake It If You Got It tour at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.

NOV. 17 In just three short years, Ottawa’s Kira Isabella has made quite the name for herself. The Juno-nominated country music star toured with Carrie Underwood on her Blown Away Tour, and in 2013, she headlined the Calabogie Country Music Fest. Through her music is infectious, she’s not afraid to tackle some serious social issues with her lyrics. She performs songs from her latest album, Caffeine & Big Dream, along with some older favourites.
•Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-4723 ext. 6442. algonquinsa.com

Tom Thomson at the National Gallery of Canada

Tom Thomson's iconic paintings of Canadian landscapes are on display at the National Gallery of Canada. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Tom Thomson’s iconic paintings of Canadian landscapes are on display at the National Gallery of Canada. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Tom Thomson died under mysterious circumstances before his potential as an artist could be realized, but his influence on Canadian art is undeniable. His paintings The Jack Pine and The West Wind are among the most iconic works in the country’s history. These two pieces of art — along with the sketches that inspired them — are a testament to his relationship with nature and his undying passion for Ontario’s north. On display at the National Gallery of Canada until March 1, 2015. —Amy Allen
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Day of Remembrance at the National War Memorial

The National War Memorial pays tribute to veterans who fought and soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

The National War Memorial pays tribute to veterans who fought and soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Soaring high above Confederation Square, the National War Memorial is a tribute to Canadian soldiers and veterans who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Designed by Vernon March, it depicts a group of soldiers struggling through a massive granite arch, which is crowned by symbols of peace and freedom holding a wreath. At the base, a granite sarcophagus marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Each year, on November 11, it’s the site of a national Remembrance Day ceremony. —Amy Allen
•Corner of Elgin and Wellington Streets
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A Craigslist Cantata at the National Arts Centre

Do You Want What I Have Got? is a collection of Craigslist ads set to music. (Photo: Joanna Akyol)

Do You Want What I Have Got? is a collection of Craigslist ads set to music. (Photo: Joanna Akyol)

NOV. 12 TO 22 What do decapitated dolls, hundreds of stuffed penguins, and a child-sized guillotine have in common? They’re all Craigslist ads that have been collected and set to music by singer-songwriter Veda Hille and former CBC broadcaster Bill Richardson. A show that is simultaneously touching, quirky, and funny, it explores how we, as a species, can be so disconnected in a hyperconnected world. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Studio, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Light Show at the Foyer Gallery

Luminita Serbanescu makes light the central element of her paintings in a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery.

Luminita Serbanescu makes light the central element of her paintings in a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery.

It’s fitting that an artist whose name is Luminita — the Romanian word for “little light” — is so dedicated to making illumination an integral part of her art. In a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery, appropriately titled Let There Be Light, Serbanescu’s vibrant, luminous paintings depict scenes from nature, the urban jungle, and the backyard. On display until Nov. 30. —Amy Allen
•Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave., 613-580-2424 ext. 42226. foyergallery.com
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