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

Israeli dance company L-E-V comes to the National Arts Centre for the first time ever. (Photo: Gadi Dagon)

Israeli dance company L-E-V comes to the National Arts Centre for the first time ever, performing “House” by choreographer Sharon Eyal. (Photo: Gadi Dagon)

With November, we’re officially into the latter days of fall, and the air carries the brisk guarantee that winter is only a few short weeks away. That’s okay, though — there are plenty of things to do this month that don’t involve standing outside in the cold: theatre, music, film, literature, and more!

UNTIL NOVEMBER 8
The Mousetrap

This murder mystery, penned specifically for the stage by Agatha Christie, is the world’s longest running modern play. It follows a group of individuals snowed in at a guesthouse with a crazed murderer on the loose. The play is famed for its twist ending, so we won’t say much more about the plot here — just make sure you get your tickets before they’re sold out!
•Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948. ottawalittletheatre.com

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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2

Take the Earth Beneath Us, a metal band out of Vancouver, is just one of many to perform at Mavericks' Halloween party on Friday.

Take the Earth Beneath Us, a metal band out of Vancouver, is just one of many to perform at Mavericks’ Halloween party on Friday.

Friday, Oct. 31

Why not celebrate Halloween with one of the world’s most renowned mystery writers? After the curtain drops on Friday’s performance of The Mousetrap, the Ottawa Little Theatre is holding an Agatha Christie Halloween Party, complete with trivia, costume contests, and bar treats. Admission requires a ticket or ticket stub for any date during the run of The Mousetrap ($25).

Mavericks is holding a Halloween party at its location in the heart of downtown, with performances by Chicago hardcore group Villains, Vancouver’s Take the Earth Beneath Us, and a host of local metal bands. If that’s not enough to entice you, there are also prizes, costume contests, karaoke, and baked Halloween treats. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

If metal isn’t quite your cup of tea, Zaphod Beeblebrox is holding its own Halloween bash. NEEWOLLAH (Halloween spelled backwards), hosted by comedian Mike MacDonald, features performances by glam band Sister Hyde, electronica duo Blackshirt Highwaymen, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Saturday, Nov. 1

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show hits the Shaw Centre on Saturday, where vendors from the region and abroad display their retro and rare wares — including one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewellery. Admission is $10.

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop — especially when it’s in support of a good cause. Proceeds from the Great Pumpkin Charity Ball, held at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts,are split between the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing. The party itself features two dance floors, a live performance by local mentalist Jaymes White, psychics, raffle prizes, two bars, and best costume prizes. Tickets are $40.

Doug Paisley, a folk and country singer-songwriter, performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday evening.

Doug Paisley, a folk and country singer-songwriter, performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday evening.

The Opera Lyra adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute tells the tale of Tamino and Papageno, two friends who must stop the evil Queen of the Night from enslaving the peaceful Sun Planet. The final performance plays out at the Arts Court on Saturday afternoon. Tickets start at $15.

Doug Paisley’s pensive lyrics and layered folk sound have captured the hearts of Canadians. He performs songs from his new album, Strong Feelings, at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. Country music veteran Jenny Whiteley joins him. Tickets start at $27.

Sunday, Nov. 2

In Instant Light, artists Charlene Lau Ahier and Stephen Frew bring illumination to the forefront. They tackle themes of impermanence and explore how light influences thoughts about the self. On at Orange Art Gallery until Nov. 16. Free admission.

Typically a fixture at the Chateau Lafayette, Ottawa legend Lucky Ron brings his stomping country show to the Black Sheep Inn on Sunday night. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

Pancho Villa in Ottawa

Pancho Villa is a cozy restaurant that offers hearty Tex Mex and unique cocktails.

Pancho Villa is a cozy restaurant that offers hearty Tex Mex and unique cocktails.

Small, cozy, and nestled under an apartment building on Elgin Street, Pancho Villa has traditional Mexican fare on offer. Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas stuffed with beef and chicken dominate the menu, but vegetarians and vegans will also find something here to enjoy. Round off your meal with a southern-themed cocktail — try the Pina Colada or the Acapulco Sunset — and a delicious serving of deep fried ice cream. —Amy Allen
•Pancho Villa, 361 Elgin St., 613-234-8872
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Say It With Style: Paper Papier in Ottawa

Paper Papier in the ByWard Market offers a wide selection of paper products, along with a new floral division.

Paper Papier in the ByWard Market offers a wide selection of paper products, along with a new floral division.

At those times when a Hallmark card just won’t cut it, Paper Papier might have what you’re looking for. The independently owned shop is bursting with quirky wrapping paper and greeting cards, notepads, games, decorative ribbon, scrapbooks, and writing tools (including quills). It offers customized stationery for just about any occasion, and in early 2014, it launched Fleurissant, a new floral division inspired by the metro stations of Art Nouveau Paris. —Amy Allen
•Paper Papier, 18 Clarence St., 613-241-1212. paperpapier.com

Rumour Has It: Fleetwood Mac in Ottawa

The classic lineup, including keyboardist Christine McVie, brings its On With the Show Tour to the capital.

The classic lineup, including keyboardist Christine McVie, brings its On With the Show Tour to the capital.

OCT. 26 An often tempestuous band, Fleetwood Mac has had no shortage of disputes amongst its members over the years. But it looks as if they’ve kissed, made up, and finally put the past behind them. After a 16-year hiatus, former keyboardist Christine McVie has reunited the group for its On With the Show tour. She is joined by bandmates Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie. —Amy Allen
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Pizza With Flair: ZaZaZa

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

Yet another brainchild of local restaurateur Ion Aimers, ZaZaZa offers thin crust pizza made with fresh dough, fresh sauce, and an assortment of unusual toppings. Guests are first asked to choose a crust (cornmeal, honey oat, or gluten-free); they can then peruse the playbill menu, which boasts such flamboyant pizzas as the Bleekinator (mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan), Lover’s Leap (mozzarella, pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, tomatoes, and black olives), and the Scary Roommate (mozzarella, kraft dinner, hot dogs, cheddar, and parmesan).
•1079 Wellington St. W., 613-798-9292, and three other locations. zazazapizza.com

Ottawa International Writers Festival: What to Do and Who to See

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

At the Ottawa International Writers Festival biannual event, there’s no shortage of literary superstars worth seeing. In previous years, the festival has hosted some big names, such as Margaret Atwood and Annabel Lyon, and this edition looks to be no different. Ottawa’s own Frances Itani, author of Deafening and Tell, and Sarah Waters, who wrote Tipping the Velvet and The Little Stranger, will be here this year to talk about their craft.

Here are a few of this festival’s highlights:

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Little White Lies: The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

Oscar Wilde’s beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

OCT. 21 TO NOV. 8 All of us are dishonest every once in a while, but it can land us in hot water when we least expect it. That’s exactly what happens to best friends Algernon and Jack in Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, as they try to woo their lady loves. By the third act, they’re scrambling to put things right in a world of false identities and strict social customs. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Creative Spark: Rose Cousins at the Black Sheep Inn

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

OCT. 18 AND 19 In her 12-year career, Rose Cousins has garnered a lot of awards and accolades. She’s won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, six East Coast Music Awards, and the 2012 Juno for Best Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. She even received a Polaris Prize long list nomination for her 2012 album, We Have Made a Spark. She’s known for her collaborative spirit, and her moody pop-folk songs have the power to evoke devastating emotions. Catch her live at the Black Sheep Inn. —Amy Allen
•The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228. theblacksheepinn.com
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Hockey Season in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators kick off their first home game of the 2014-15 season against Colorado on Oct. 16. (Photo: Ottawa Tourism)

FROM 0CT. 16 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