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Ottawa

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Jan. 23 to 25

Alternative country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge performs at the National Arts Centre on Friday night. (Photo: Christopher Young)

Alternative country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge performs at the National Arts Centre on Friday night. (Photo: Christopher Young)

Friday, Jan. 23

George F. Walker’s Moss Park is an exploration of poverty in a Toronto neighbourhood, as seen through the eyes of its protagonists, separated parents Tina and Bobby. It picks up where Walker’s acclaimed 1993 play Tough! left off: Bobby, chronically incapable of holding down a job, has been laid off yet again, and is now considering a life of crime. Tina, meanwhile, is pregnant for the second time, and faces eviction from her mother’s home. The play opened at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Jan. 20 and runs until Feb. 8. Tickets start at $29.

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Dystopian Dance: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Performs The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel about a fundamentalist regime is translated to the stage by the National Ballet of Canada. (Photo: Réjean Brandt)

Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel about a fundamentalist regime is translated to the stage by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. (Photo: Réjean Brandt)

JAN. 22 TO 24 The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s novel about a concubine dissatisfied with the fundamentalist regime she lives in, is perhaps one of the most important works of speculative fiction ever written. With help from celebrated choreographer Lila York, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet transforms it into a compelling visual drama about forbidden desires and emotional honesty. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-ARTS. nac-cna.ca
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Centre Stage: Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Ottawa

Choreographer Marie Chouinard brings two dance routines to the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Marie Chouinard)

Choreographer Marie Chouinard brings two dance routines to the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Marie Chouinard)

JAN. 17 Gambolling in the ice and snow might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially when temperatures drop and the blizzards start howling. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do indoors, with dancers from around the world heating up the capital’s stages. Try Henri Michaux: Mouvements and Gymnopédies by Compagnie Marie Chouinard (pictured). In their performance at the National Arts Centre, members of the troupe form silhouettes that match projections of drawings by poet and artist Henri Michaux. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-ARTS. nac-cna.ca
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Skin Saver: Kiehl’s at the Rideau Centre

Kiehl's famous Crème de Corps is great for bringing back moisture to your skin on those cold winter days.

Kiehl’s famous Crème de Corps is great for bringing back moisture to your skin on those cold winter days.

Kiehl’s butter yellow Crème de Corps has been a favourite among its patrons for well over 30 years, and with good reason: it’s rich in skin healthy ingredients such as beta carotene, cocoa butter, and sesame oil. Whether you suffer from dry, flaking skin or are simply looking to switch to a new moisturizer, it’s a great addition to any wintertime skincare routine. From $12.50.
•Kiehl’s in the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-236-6565, kiehls.ca

Fighting in Flanders at the Canadian War Museum

This German howitzer was just one of many machines of war that Canadian troops had to contend with in Belgium. (Photo: Canadian War Museum)

This German howitzer was just one of many machines of war that Canadian troops had to contend with in Belgium. (Photo: Canadian War Museum)

Canada’s military contributions to World War I cannot be underestimated. It was largely thanks to Canadians that Allied forces managed to hold the line at the Battle of Ypres for as long as they did; similarly, they were instrumental in the capture of Passchendaele in 1917. Fighting in Flanders — Gas. Mud. Memory explores the many challenges that Canadian troops faced during these pivotal battles in Belgium. On display at the Canadian War Museum until April 6.
•Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 819-776-7000. warmuseum.ca
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Dark Tranquillity at Mavericks

Dark Tranquillity, one of the original bands from the Gothenburg death metal scene, performs at Mavericks on Jan. 10. (Photo: Daniel Falk)

Dark Tranquillity, one of the original bands from the Gothenburg death metal scene, performs at Mavericks on Jan. 10. (Photo: Daniel Falk)

JAN. 10 The Gothenburg death metal scene evolved in the early 1990s, and Dark Tranquillity is considered a pioneer of the genre. Fusing aspects of death metal, progressive metal, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they continue to prove the formula works — after all, they have 10 studio albums to their name, and remain one of the most successful bands from the original Gothenburg scene. —Amy Allen
•Mavericks, 221 Rideau St., 613-562-3941. mavericksbar.com
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Footwear for Frosty Days

The Salomon Hime Mid Winter Boot, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op, will keep your feet warm and dry during winter.

The Salomon Hime Mid Winter Boot, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op, will keep your feet warm and dry during these frosty winter months.

You’ll need hardy footwear to negotiate Ottawa’s towering snow banks and icy sidewalks. The Hime Mid Winter Boot, manufactured by renowned sports equipment company Salomon, is perfect for keeping snow out and heat in. It’s waterproofed with split suede and coated leather, while its wool lining keeps toes nice and warm. $149. —Amy Allen
•Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700. mec.ca

Surreal Sights at Trinity Art Gallery

Alena Liapko's paintings bring the capital's sights to surreal life. (Photo: Courtesy of the Artist)

Alena Liapko’s paintings bring the capital’s sights to surreal life. (Photo: Courtesy of the Artist)

Alena Liapko’s stunning watercolours of Ottawa’s landscapes depict at once the familiar and the unknown. The luminous colours and undulating lines of the Gatineau Hills and the ByWard Market bring an element of fantasy to the city, where the buildings themselves seem to surge with an inner life. The exhibition features the best of Liapko’s work from 2014. On display from Jan. 8 until Feb. 10. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts

Snow Days: Skiing in the Ottawa Region

Fresh snowfall makes for perfect skiing conditions in and around Ottawa. (Photo: Calabogie Peaks Resort)

Fresh snowfall makes for perfect skiing conditions in and around Ottawa. (Photo: Calabogie Peaks Resort)

It sometimes feels like winter lasts forever, but in reality, ideal skiing conditions only stick around for a couple of months out of the year. Thankfully, the Ottawa region has a number of slopes that offer downhill ski — and so much more.

Edelweiss
20 runs, 8 tubing slides
Night skiing: yes
Wakefield, Que.
819-459-2328
edelweissvalley.com

Mont Cascades
20 runs
Night skiing: yes
Gatineau, Que.
819-827-0301
montcascades.com

Vorlage
17 runs
Night skiing: yes
Wakefield, Que.
819-459-3336
skivorlage.com

Mont Ste. Marie
20 runs
Night skiing: no
Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que.
819-467-5200
montstemarie.com

Calabogie Peaks
29 runs
Night skiing: no
Calabogie, Ont.
800-669-4861
calabogie.com

Camp Fortune
20 runs
Night skiing: yes
Chelsea, Que.
819-827-1717
campfortune.com

Mount Pakenham
10 runs, tubing hill
Night skiing: yes
Pakenham, Ont.
613-624-5290
mountpakenham.com

Artisanal Flavour at Art Is In Bakery

At Art Is In Bakery, you'll find delicious artisan breads in a variety of flavours, including Dynamie cheddar jalapeño. (Photo: Kim Shumsky)

At Art Is In Bakery, you’ll find delicious artisan breads in a variety of flavours, including Dynamite cheddar jalapeño. (Photo: Kim Shumsky)

Bread is a staple of virtually every culture on earth, but Art Is In — as its name implies — makes it an art form.  Try the Dynamite cheddar jalapeno bread and their almond croissants. For a real treat sit in their casual restaurant and order one of the rich sandwiches on their menu. Built on a foundation of house-made bread, they’re packed with such luscious ingredients as slow roasted chicken, angus striploin, white truffle mayo, and Gruyère cheese. —Amy Allen
•250 City Centre Ave., Unit 112, 613-695-1226 ext. 801, artisinbakery.com

Contemporary Cuisine at Courtyard Restaurant

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the ByWard Market, Courtyard Restaurant serves up contemporary Canadian cuisine with international flavours.

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the ByWard Market, Courtyard Restaurant serves up contemporary Canadian cuisine with international flavours.

In the heart of the ByWard Market, the Courtyard Restaurant has been serving fine contemporary cuisine for over 30 years. Housed in a handsome limestone building that dates back to 1837, the restaurant exudes a comfortable, yet refined, ambience that is matched by chef Ian Reed’s menu. Here, you’ll find beautifully plated wild boar, pan roasted Pacific halibut, and bacon-wrapped elk striploin. —Amy Allen
•21 George St., 613-241-1516, courtyardrestaurant.com 
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5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Ottawa

BY AMY ALLEN

This hearty chili is just one of many tasty vegan dishes on offer at SimplyRaw Express. (Photo: Courtesy of SimplyRaw Express)

This hearty chili is just one of many tasty vegan dishes on offer at SimplyRaw Express. (Photo: Courtesy of SimplyRaw Express)

In this day and age, plenty of restaurants include at least one vegetarian item on the menu. But wouldn’t it be nice to sit down at a place where the entire menu caters to those who have foregone meat altogether? Well, never fear — the Ottawa region has plenty of delicious options for vegans and vegetarians.

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