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Shenkman Arts Centre

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 11 to 13

Friday, May 11
Join a talented group of vocalists as they sing hits from iconic musicals Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. Do You Hear The People Sing is put on by the NAC Orchestra and runs Thursday through Saturday. The Ottawa Festival Chorus is among the many performers.

Kaya 2 by Shannon Kaya of Teomae Designs, who will be exhibiting at the Glamour in the Glebe Jewellery Show

Over 30 jewellers will be present for this Friday’s Glamour in the Glebe event, which features a jewellery fashion show and refreshments. Pick something up for yourself, or grab a gift for mom from one of the many vendors.

Saturday, May 12
If you’re searching for great local food, look no further than the Locavore Artisan Food Fair. Over 20 local vendors will be present, and a silent auction will take place with proceeds going to the School Breakfast Program (an Ottawa initiative).

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Hot Date: Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia

April 18
One of the most fascinating historical tales comes to life in Anastasia by Ballet Jörgen. Told like never before, this is the story of a young Russian Grand Duchess who was born into privilege and then thrust into turmoil when her father, the Tsar, fell from power during the Russian Revolution. Using the company’s signature storytelling and powerful style of dance, this is a compelling representation of a tragic event that was once a captivating historical mystery. $35-$50. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2700. www.shenkmanarts.ca

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 24 to 26

A still from "Bruce-O-Rama" by Claire Hodge.

Friday, Feb. 24
The spirit of martial arts — and Bruce Lee — comes alive in “Bruce-o-Rama,” an interactive exhibition by Claire Hodge at the Ottawa School of Art that opens Feb. 23. You may feel like you’re entering a cinema when you first walk into the gallery, but this is no movie theatre. Here, floor pressure sensors trigger footage of Bruce Lee’s films, which plays in loops. Clips interact with each other in new and complex ways, fitting together like a mixed-up jigsaw puzzle. You don’t have to be the world’s biggest Bruce Lee fan to enjoy this exhibit — you just need an open mind and a willingness to see things in a new light.

“Pay it forward” is today’s theme for Ottawa Kindness Week, which began on Feb. 17 and ends today. The idea behind Kindness Week is to promote different kind actions in order to build a sense of community, which will hopefully last beyond this dedicated week. So, in sticking with the “pay it forward” mantra, the next time someone is kind to you, make a conscious effort to pay that kindness forward by being kind to another person, which will help make a positive difference in the daily life of our society.

Saturday, Feb. 25
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm has been producing authentic maple syrup since the 1800s. Be part of this experience on opening day when maple syrup season kicks off with a flurry of family friendly activities. See horse drawn sap collection, enjoy tasty taffy in the snow, go for a sleigh ride, visit the Sugar Shack, and have a pancake brunch at the Pancake House in this celebration of Canadian traditions. The season runs until April 8.

Spontaneous hilarity and imagination are all part of the experience at the Canadian Improv Games: Regional Tournament Finals taking place this Saturday at the National Arts Centre, which sees high school students from around the city compete. See the final four teams and the wild card winners battle it out in this final round of the tournament that will make you LOL. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 3 to 5

Quinsin Nachoff is just one of the performers taking the stage at the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest.

Friday, Feb. 3
Jazz up your weekend by taking in the international and local talent at the first annual Ottawa Winter Jazzfest. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz enthusiast or looking to diversify your musical tastes, this festival promises to thaw that winter chill. Hop all over downtown Ottawa, from the National Arts Centre to Club SAW to the Mercury Lounge to catch the smooth sounds of artists such as Megan Jerome, Quinsin Nachoff, Remi Bolduc, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble of Chicago.

Experience Ottawa’s diverse architecture and examine the relationship between architecture, the arts, and politics through music with Polytectures. This sound walk was created by Montreal’s Antoine Bédard and 10 local musicians. Through a variety of musical styles, Polytectures allows visitors and locals alike to experience Ottawa’s architecture in new ways by pairing songs with local landmarks. Although the entire walk is an hour long, it has been divided into sections with warm-up breaks for Winterlude.

If you’re a film buff with a soft spot for independent cinema, then you’re going to want to Get Iced this weekend. The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa is presenting 10 new Super 8 short films made by local filmmakers in cooperation with Winterlude. Afterwards, unwind with drinks at the Soviet-style reception hosted by Avant-Garde Bar and Gift Shop. The party continues at the bar after 9:30pm with live music and no cover charge.

This Friday, Yamantaka //Sonic Titan and Boyhood bring the party to Babylon. Yamantaka //Sonic Titan are a psychedelic opera group that fuses noise, metal, folk, and pop music to create an east-meets-west culture clash extravaganza. Boyhood is new on the Ottawa scene, bringing catchy songs with haunting melodies. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 20 to 22

Absinthe is just one of nearly 30 restaurants partaking in WinterBites.

Friday, Jan. 20
Foodies, hold onto your hats! Ottawa Magazine has teamed up with nearly 30 local restaurants for WinterBites, and they’ve each created three-course menus at a fixed – and affordable – price (lunch is $15-$20 and dinner is $30-$40). The weather may be cold, but a delicious meal is sure to warm you up. Some participating eateries include Absinthe, Kinki, ZenKitchen, and the Urban Pear. Now is the best chance to dine at some of Ottawa’s best restaurants – try out as many as you’d like! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 13 to 15

Works by Pedro Isztin will be on view at Red Wall Gallery. Photo credit: Pedro Isztin, "Wakefield I, Canada 2010."

Friday, Jan. 13
With snow banks all around us and temperatures dipping below zero, we’re reminded of nature every day. So what better time to go check out Pedro Isztin’s new collection of nature photography at Red Wall Gallery? This new exhibit, Study of Structure and Form, displays photographs from all over the world, including Sweden, Spain, and Canada, in a wide range of environments. Isztin looks at shape in the natural world and humankind’s influence on nature – a very timely topic. Opening this Friday, this collection is on view until Feb. 6. (more…)

Q&A with The Good Lovelies on their Christmas Tour

Get your fill of holiday music with The Good Lovelies.

This Canadian folk group takes the stage at Shenkman Arts Centre on Dec. 13 as part of their special Christmas tour. Where Ottawa editor Misa Kobayashi caught up with The Good Lovelies in advance of their local show to find out about their travel essentials, where they love to eat when they’re in Ottawa, and more.

What’s your favourite activity to do on the road?
Well, we bought some skipping ropes about a year ago. When we get restless, we get out of the car and jump rope for a few minutes. Invariably, we make friends with any young girls that happen to be around. They join in without asking. It’s a way more fun version of the elementary school playground! And we love eating in new places, checking out the local cuisine. Recently we had some incredible Indian food in Northern Ontario in Bruce Mines. Go figure! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 18 to 20

Friday, Nov. 18
Winter may be on its way, but the good news is that so is the Signatures Show. This event showcases gifts by Canada’s best artisans and designers, who display a plethora of goods, including art, home décor, beauty products, fashion, gourmet treats, and jewellery. Be sure to check out the daily fashion shows, custom perfume by Aromachology, and Grandma Deb’s Fruitcake, which was one of the wedding gifts sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The show started on Tuesday and runs until Sunday.

The longest running “mobile guitar festival” in North America is coming to Ottawa this Friday. At International Guitar Night at the Shenkman Arts Centre, you will be treated to performances by guitarists from California, Scotland, Brazil, and Madagascar. This showcase of international talent is not one to miss!

Would you like a medium latte with a small painting on the side? At the fall fundraiser for the Ottawa School of Art, Small Medium Large, you can place that order! The evening is café themed, selling coffee and baked goods, as well works of art all priced as small, medium, or large. The event, which raises money for outreach programs, bursaries, and new studio equipment, also features live entertainment from DJ Spade and M. Parker Jazz Quartet.

Greg Cockerill performs Saturday night at D'Arcy McGee's.

Saturday, Nov. 19
If you’re in the mood for some vintage rock-and-roll with a Canadian vibe, head to D’Arcy McGee’s in Orleans on Saturday evening to catch the CBC-acclaimed Greg Cockerill Band. Cockerill and his younger brother Joshua collaborated on the new album, Festuca, which they are currently promoting on tour across Canada. The band is making this one stop in Ottawa—and you don’t want to miss them. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Easter Weekend (April 22 to 24)

Ceramic bunnies from "Gnomeo and Juliet." © Touchstone Pictures

Friday, April 22
Get your matinee fix with a visit to the Mayfair Theatre to see Gnomeo and Juliet. This classic Shakespeare tale is retold in a world of warring garden gnomes who may or may not eventually realize the foolishness of their feud. A Braveheart-esque band of ceramic bunnies defy the passive and peaceful persona of the Easter Bunny — no other ornament can match their battling skills. Playing all weekend.

The Easter Bunny at Valleyview Little Animal Farm has lost hundreds of Easter eggs and needs help to recover all of them during their Easter Weekend event! Gather the whole family for a day of scavenging, puppet shows, train tours, and many up-close encounters with an array of farm animals.

Saturday, April 23
The Annual Easter Market Day is back at North Gower Farmers’ Market with their farm- or home-fresh goodies. From plants and veggies to jewellery and wool products, there’s something for even the pickiest of market shoppers. And with an emphasis on inconspicuous gluten-free food, it’s an inclusive event for the whole family. (more…)

Hot Art: Theatre in Art

Photo credit: “Too Close” oil on canvas size 20" x 40" by Maureen Rooney Mitchell.

Until March 22. Members of the visual arts organization Arteast were challenged to interpret and recreate the experience of performing arts in “A Night at the Theatre.” This juried show boasts a plethora of media, from photography to printmaking, which capture the emotions and excitement of live entertainment. The exhibit also gives a nod to the Shenkman Arts Centre, which houses the Trinity Art Gallery where the exhibit will be on view. Be sure to check out this painting by Maureen Rooney Mitchell, a very on-trend piece with the popularity of Black Swan and ballet-inspired fashions.