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Weekend Roundup: September 28 to 30

Friday: Louis C.K. headlines JFL42

Friday, September 28
Fresh off of winning multiple Emmy Awards, Louis C.K. rolls in to Toronto to headline Just For Laughs’ JFL 42 festival. The comedy superstar will be performing brand new material at the Sony Centre for a packed house of eager fans.

Don’t miss tonight’s Canadian premiere of director Abdallah Omeish’s award-winning documentary The War Around Us, which opens the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Alongside film debuts, the ongoing celebration of Palestinian culture also showcases poetry, music, cuisine and art.

Kim Dorland, one of Toronto’s most exciting contemporary artists, returns to Angell Gallery for a solo exhibition entitled I’m An Adult Now. Dorland’s new works may be his most intimate to date—the abstracted figurative paintings depict the artist and his family amid warm-hued wilderness landscapes. (more…)

Hot Date: Stay Up All Night at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

Artist Daniel Lehan will roam through the Nuit Blanche zones, writing cardboard poems based on stories told to him about the night.

Saturday, September 22

With the city as its canvas, Nuit Blanche brings beauty to Ottawa through a magical night of visual and performance art. Following in the footsteps of cities such as Paris, New York, and Toronto, the free all-night event (Ottawa’s first) sees local art and cultural venues — as well select restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars around the city — stay open into the wee hours. Public and private spaces are transformed into temporary galleries and performance venues, where art lovers can view thought-provoking works by artists from Ottawa and beyond. A free bilingual program is provided, and visitors will be transported between neighbourhoods on special shuttles.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 21 to 23

Friday, September 21

Ottawa International Animation Festival. Image © Smith & Foulkes

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) returns this week with an amazing lineup of short and feature films, workshops, and networking opportunities. The largest event of its kind in North America, the OIAF offers new and established animators the chance to mingle with some of the industry’s best and brightest, while competing for top prizes. This year’s jury also features several renowned animators, including Mike Fallow (who has worked for Walt Disney, Hanna Barbara, Nelvana and Marvel) and Wind in the Willows animator Barry Purves.

The Carp Fair – which humbly refers to itself as “The Best Little Fair in Canada” – is back this weekend for its 149th year. Running from Sept 20 to 23 at the Carp Fairgrounds, the event boasts some big-name entertainment, including performances by Cheap Trick, Doc Walker and Prince Edward Island’s Paper Lions. Other events include a midway, strongman competitions, antique displays and an agricultural education tent.

With over 60 million YouTube views, dozens of sold-out shows, and a back catalogue that includes performances with Jon Lovitz, Dave Chapelle, Tracy Morgan and Lewis Black, Russell Peters is quickly becoming one of the country’s most influential comics. This Friday, he’ll be bringing his Notorious World Tour to Scotiabank Place. He’s only in town for the night, so don’t miss out on your chance to see this one-of-a-kind Canadian sensation!

Saturday, September 22

Laura Taler’s “stillmovingstillmovingstillmovingstill” will be on display outside of the Rideau Centre near Nicholas St. during Nuit Blanche.

Ottawa is joining in on the trend of all-night, city-wide art shows this weekend with the region’s inaugural Nuit Blanche festival. Starting at 6.22pm on Saturday and running until 4.23am on Sunday, this free, bilingual event will feature work from nearly 100 artists. The full list of participants can be found online, along with venue maps and information on the festival’s free shuttle service.

For its 24th annual event, the Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour will feature 24 artists and craftspeople living and working in the Gatineau Hills. With a range of styles that includes ceramics, wood, textiles, glass, metal, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and video, there is sure to be something for everyone. Pick up your brochure at one of the many distribution centres throughout Ottawa and Quebec, including the Ottawa School of Art, the Glebe Community Centre and the Wakefield General Store.

The National Arts Centre is kicking off its 2012-2013 season this evening with the annual NAC Gala. Piano sensation Lang Lang, along with the NAC Orchestra, will be performing Chopin’s “Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise,” and Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15.” With tickets starting at $95, the gala will benefit the National Youth and Education Trust.

Sunday, September 28

The Canada Army Run is held this Sunday.

The fifth annual Canada Army Run is taking place this Sunday in the nation’s capital. Though the event is sold out, spectators are still encouraged to come cheer on the participants. There will be six official cheering stations set up along the route, each led by a different community group. The teams will be competing for one of three cash prizes, which will be donated to a not-for-profit organization of their choosing. With a grand prize of $3,000 up for grabs, these philanthropists would surely appreciate any extra support!

Today is your last chance to visit the Glebe Fine Art Show. Featuring the work of about 30 artists, this annual weekend-long event offers guests the opportunity to interact with local artisans and purchase original works of art. This year’s show will also feature submissions from Canterbury High School’s visual arts students. Stop by the Glebe Community Centre between 10am and 5pm to check out this exceptional display of local talent.


Nuit Blanche Ferris Wheel: Montreal, Quebec

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night extravaganza of art installations and an outdoor carnival, takes place in Montreal tomorrow, February 25. This colourful motion blur of the Ferris wheel is the perfect festive nighttime shot to get the party started! (more…)

Best Bets for Montreal en Lumière Festival

Sphères public exhibit at the 2012 Montreal en Lumière festival (Photo: Fabien Gagnon)

The sheer volume of activities at the annual, jam-packed Montreal en Lumière cultural festival (on now!) can be mind-boggling, so we were delighted to see a greatest hits list from OttawaMagazine.com. (more…)

Weekend Reading List

Here you have it: this week’s most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media. This weekend, stay up all night for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, dress to impress for winter, and settle in with a good book—or take one on the road!

TorontoLife.com: What to hit and what to skip at the annual Nuit Blanche art-stravaganza, on Saturday night till sunup Sunday.

FashionMagazine.com: Gadding about the Great White North this winter? Do it in style with one of these 30 great winter coats.

CanadianFamily.ca: Bob Marley’s daughter has written a new children’s book based on his song “One Love.”

OttawaMagazine.com: Female chefs at six of Ottawa’s hottest restaurants dish on the city’s food scene and discuss the culinary battle of the sexes.

20minutesupperclub.com: Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with asparagus in 20 minutes? Read it to believe it.

WeddingBells.ca: Flower season has bloomed and gone—Wedding Bells comes to the rescue with 21 flower-less bouquets.

Quillandquire.com: Homework is overrated; turn the kids onto these new fall books for young people instead.

Torontoist.com: Have your say in the naming of six new Toronto subway stations. (Write-ins allowed.)