By LAUREN CRACOWER
With so many long weekends on the horizon this summer, now is the time to jump into the car and discover what local gems lie just beyond Montreal. Here are our top six picks for an impromptu last-minute getaway.
Friday, October 19
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will rock the stage of Scotiabank Place this evening as part of their North American Wrecking Ball tour. The Boss, who made a name for himself in the mid-70s with hits such as “Born to Run,” is known for putting on electrifying live shows. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of America’s musical greats.
Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? Put your know-how to use this Friday at the city’s first ever taste-and-buy. Hosted by the sommeliers over at Savvy Company, the Outstanding in their Fields event will showcase wineries from Niagara’s renowned Twenty Valley region. Guests can sample (and ideally purchase!) goods from nearly 25 large and boutique wineries, including Peninsula Ridge Estates, The Good Earth Food and Wine Company and Flat Rock Cellars.
Houston Ballet captures the fascinating, albeit controversial, life of French Queen Marie Antoinette in the Canadian premiere of Marie at the National Arts Centre. Choreographed by Stanton Welch and set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the performance boasts beautifully crafted period costumes, talented actors and a riveting storyline.
Saturday, October 20
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Matthew Barber concludes his Tour for the Haunted Hillbilly at the National Arts Centre this weekend. Featuring songs off his newly released self-titled album, the two-night engagement will highlight the young musician’s 60s- and 70s-inspired folk-rock sound.
If you’ve ever had an interest in dance – or you’re just looking for a more creative way to exercise — Saturday Salsa at the Ottawa Arts Court may be just the thing you’re looking for. Created by ComeSalsa.ca, this monthly event offers beginners the chance to sharpen their Salsa skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Though classes are typically $5, first-timers are invited to test the waters this evening with a free workshop.
The Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Show is perfect for those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Located at Library and Archives Canada, the event will feature a wide selection of fine art, books, home décor, beauty products, culinary giftware, and antiques.
Sunday, October 21
In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Carleton’s Earth Sciences department is teaming up with the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project for Explore Geoheritage Day 2012. Guests are invited to join the volunteer guides at Champlain Lookout, Brebeuf Park, Hog’s Back Park and Cardinal Creek Karst to discover how geological processes have shaped the region’s landscape.
Enriched Bread Artists’ Open Studio is celebrating its 20th anniversary – and you’re invited to join in on the fun. The cooperatively run studio space, which at any given time houses the work of roughly 20 contemporary artists, will be opening its doors to the public throughout the month of October. Stop in today for an artist talk with EBA member Sally Sheeks, or visit their website for a full list of events.
The biannual Antiquing in the Fieldhouse sale returns this weekend to Carleton University with 40,000 square feet of unique vintage finds. On offer will be retro handbags by Gucci, Prada and Fendi; vintage Tiffany’s, Cartier and David Yurman jewelry; and works of art by 20th century artists such as George Barbier and Georges Lepape. Tickets are $10 per person, and re-admission is free.
Time: 30 minutes
OC Transpo, Ottawa’s public bus service, offers service directly to and from the airport. Catch the 97, which departs from pillar 14 outside the level one arrivals area. The bus costs $3.30 and stops at major hubs throughout the city, where riders can transfer if need be. Bus tickets are available at the ground transportation desk in the airport, located on level one at the central door of the arrivals area. Many Ottawa buses are accessible (including the 97), but riders with disabilities can also contact Para Transpo ahead of time if additional service is required.
Time: 20 minutes
The average cost to take a cab from the airport to downtown Ottawa is $29. The vehicles are plentiful and are available outside of the arrivals terminal.
Cars can be rented from several agencies, all of which are conveniently located in the parkade across the street from the terminal. For the contact information of the car rental agencies operating out of the airport, click here. Customers are asked to make arrangements with the agency at least 48 hours in advance.
Limousines can be reserved in advance. Call Elite Limousine at 888-901-6222 for more information.
For directions, parking information and more public transit options to and from Ottawa International Airport, visit the airport’s website or call 613-248-2125 or 613-248-2141.
By SHANNON KELLY
As part of its new World Wonders Project, Google has chosen three Canadian heritage sites to share the spotlight with Versailles, the ancient temples of Kyoto in Japan and Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. as some of the top heritage sites around the globe worth seeing—virtually, at least. (more…)
Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.
Why we chose it: This stunning shot says two things: patience and timing. (Well, maybe three things: patience, timing and a tripod.) The purple sky is simply amazing, the treeline silhouette is a perfect frame and the clarity in the clouds at the centre of the image are fantastic. Bring on the rainstorm season! (more…)
Jan. 23 and 24. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour travels across the world, hitting 32 different countries and presenting audiences with films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and winter sports. Programming for each stop on the tour is tailored to suit each and every locale, meaning the experience is never the same. Besides the beautiful cinematography, the joy of this yearly film fest is that you get the experience of climbing a mountain without having to leave your seat!
Still got visitors in town? Take them to Parliament Hill for an inside look at this Canadian landmark (and iconic Ottawa site). Enjoy free guided tours of Centre Block, which is home to the Hall of Honour (featured), the Senate, the House of Commons, and the Library of Parliament. Explore the role of the country’s national legislature, as well as its rich history and architecture, and be sure sure to check out “The Games: A Moment of Pride” in the Library of Parliament. This Olympic display showcases a pair of torches and two sets of medals that were gifted to the Canadian people to commemorate the success of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. See website for holiday schedule.
Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.
These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.
Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?
At this time of year, comfort food is on the menu across Canada: the season demands it. French-speaking Canada, in particular, has a knack for concocting the perfect heart-warming rustic fare, like poutine, cretons and—not least of all—tourtière, a savoury mince-meat pie with dashes of cinnamon and cloves.
With equal French and English influences, Ottawa understandably has plenty of worthy contenders for the best tourtière in town.
Hop over to OttawaMagazine.com for their five favourite places for tourtière in Canada’s capital city.