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What to Do Ottawa

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 3 to 5

Along with his quintet, Bamboo Groove, jazz vocalist Peter Liu performs in support of his debut album release at the National Arts Centre on Friday.

Along with his quintet, Bamboo Groove, jazz vocalist Peter Liu performs in support of his debut album release at the National Arts Centre on Friday.

Friday, Oct. 3

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a giant party — or two? Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa and Beau’s Oktoberfest are both launching this Friday, and each has an assortment of beer, food, and live music to keep you entertained. At Oktoberfest Ottawa, the Black Forest Band and Schteev und die Lederhosers will perform traditional German folk songs; at Beau’s Oktoberfest, the music is a little more modern, with the Tokyo Police Club and the Rural Alberta Advantage headlining.

At the University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to view some truly thought-provoking films you may never get the chance to see elsewhere. On Friday night, the festival is screening Gabrielle, an oeuvre by Canadian director Louise Archambault about a gifted but developmentally challenged woman who falls in love with a young man in her choir.

Jazz vocalist Peter Liu is well known in the Ottawa area for his velvety vocals and his penchant for mixing Eastern with Western and modern with traditional music styles. On Friday night, he performs with his jazz quintet, Bamboo Groove, in support of his debut album at the National Arts Centre.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Trained as a Naturalist painter, artist Katherine McNenly depicts life as it really is. Her still lifes don’t shy from showing the bruising on an apple; nor do her portraits mask the imperfections that come with age. A selection of her work is on display at Cube Gallery until Nov. 2.

Under a new band name, Gold and Marrow, Ottawa singer songwriter Shannon Rose performs at the Black Sheep Inn in support of her third album release.

Under a new band name, Gold and Marrow, Ottawa singer songwriter Shannon Rose performs at the Black Sheep Inn in support of her third album release.

Ottawa Comiccon isn’t your only one-stop-shop for all things geek. This weekend, the Ottawa Geek Market is on at the Nepean Sportsplex. Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to sell their wares, but you’ll also be able to participate in a Quidditch match, play some board games, compete with fellow gamers in Mario Kart, and scare yourself silly in Horror Alley. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Gold and Marrow — formerly called Shannon Rose and the Thorns — is an Ottawa-based indie pop band that revels in the darkness and light that are integral to the human experience. Led by vocalist and songwriter Shannon Rose, the group performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night in support of its third album release, Forever.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Ever wondered how far you could launch a pumpkin using a trebuchet? Well, wonder no more: on Sunday afternoon, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is hosting Smashing Pumpkins, an event where you can do just that. In addition, learn about flight technology in the 1920s and ‘30s, make a model airplane, and play with some trebuchets before you decorate your pumpkin for its launch.

Founded in 2003, Larry and his Flask is an eclectic band that relies on acoustic instruments to produce its folk punk, bluegrass sound. The band’s ranks have grown to include up to 11 members at varying times, though at present, it is touring as a quintet. The group performs songs from its five full-length albums and two EPs at Mavericks on Sunday night.

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

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous satirical play, is on at the National Arts Centre starting Oct. 21.

Festival season is mostly on its way out, but there are still a ton of events worth attending this fall. The Ottawa International Writers Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Ottawa International Film Festival are just a few to look out for. There’s also no end of great entertainment — some big names in music, dance, and comedy are bringing their acts to the capital.

OCTOBER 3 to 5
Oktoberfest
You don’t need to go all the way to Germany to take advantage of the world’s most popular festival of beer and Bavarian culture — two Ontario breweries are hosting their very own versions of the event. In Barrhaven, Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa will be building the longest beer tent in the world — a feat that festival organizers say will break a Guinness World Record. In Vankleek Hill, meanwhile, Beau’s All-Natural Brewery is hosting its own Oktoberfest bash. Beau’s will have 13 of its beers on tap, plus a cask house with offerings from over 40 of Beau’s favourite craft breweries in the province.
•Creemore Springs Oktoberfest Ottawa, Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Rd. oktoberfestottawa.com
•Beau’s Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St. W., Vankleek Hill, 866-585-2337. beausoktoberfest.ca

OCTOBER 3 to NOVEMBER 16
Third World Bazaar
Every year, the Bakker family transforms its barn in Manotick Station into something more reminiscent of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Here, you’ll find all manner of treasures from around the globe — the family spends the year travelling and buying products from artisans and craftsmen in Asia, the Middle East, and South America, then sells them to Ottawa residents and visitors over a period of six weeks.
•Bakker’s General Store parking lot, 6110 Mitch Owens Dr., Manotick Station. thirdworldbazaar.ca

OCTOBER 4 and 19
Canadian Comics
Arguably one of Canada’s most famous stand-up comics, Russell Peters is a master of improvisational comedy and is known for his ability to play off the audience. He comes to the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4. Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is well known as a stand-up comedian, but he also starred in Legit, his own comedy television series, on the FX network. He brings his show to the National Arts Centre on Oct. 4. Shaun Majumder, another young Canadian talent, has had a varied career that spans both film and stage. He hits Centrepointe Theatre on Oct. 19.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
•Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2700. centrepointetheatre.com

Russell Peters, Canada's favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

Russell Peters, Canada’s favourite comedian, hits the Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 4.

OCTOBER 5
Beach House
Dream-pop duo Beach House was formed in 2004 after its two members, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, met in Baltimore. Legrand’s keyboard and hazy vocals coupled with Scally’s guitar make for an otherworldly experience, and the pair performs songs from their four albums — Beach House, Devotion, Teen Dream, and Bloom — at the Bronson Centre Theatre.
•Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave., 613-237-5550. bronsoncentre.ca

OCTOBER 8 and 9
Louise Lecavalier
Louise Lecavalier is an icon of Canadian contemporary dance. She spent the early years of her career with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire and as a member of Édouard Lock’s dance company, La La La Human Steps. Now, she performs her first self-choreographed work, So Blue, at the National Arts Centre, along with her partner, Frédéric Tavernini.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

Canadian dance legend Louise Lecavalier performs her first self-choreographed work at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: André Cornellier)

OCTOBER 10 and 11; 17 and 18; 24 and 25
Haunted Historic Village at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
For three weekends this month, the 1920s reproduction village is transformed into a haunting ground. The historic buildings are festooned with cobwebs, and actors dressed up as zombies, vampires, and other undead creatures creep out of the shadows to startle visitors. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
•Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Rd., 613-833-3059. ottawa.ca

OCTOBER 16
Ottawa Senators
This month, Ottawa’s hockey team returns with a pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche. With former captain Jason Spezza gone, it will be up to a new generation of players to prove their mettle in the arena.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267. senators.nhl.com

OCTOBER 16 to 19
Ottawa International Film Festival
The fifth annual Ottawa International Film Festival is a celebration of moviemaking from around the world. The festival is screening more than 15 short and feature-length films over its four-day run, with a focus on Canadian content, Oscar winning film, LGBTQ content, aboriginal content, and animation. The festival opens with Canadian horror film Girlhouse and ends with Brazilian crime drama Jogo de Xadrez.
•Ottawa International Film Festival, Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. oiff.ca

OCTOBER 18
Thus Owls
Simon and Erika Angell, the husband and wife duo behind Thus Owls, met when their bands were touring together in the Netherlands. Before long, they were married, living in Montreal, and recording with a new lineup. They recently released their third studio album, Turning Rocks.
•National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

Husband and wife duo Thus Owls performs at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

OCTOBER 21 to 26
Once
Since its premiere in 2011, this musical has garnered a variety of awards and accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. It follows a young street musician ready to give up his craft after a difficult breakup with his girlfriend, until he meets a young woman who takes an interest in his music.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 21 to NOVEMBER 8
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s classic satirical play about double lives and mistaken identities follows best friends Jack and Algernon, who each pretend to be a man named Ernest in order to get what they want from life. The play touches on topics such as the triviality of Victorian social customs and the drawbacks of strict morality.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca

OCTOBER 23 to 28
Ottawa International Writers Festival
The Ottawa International Writers Festival was founded in 1997, and has been running biannually since 2004. The event brings in speakers and authors from across the country to talk not just about poetry and fiction, but also about politics, current events, music, film, history, and more. Some big names this season include Sarah Waters, Patrick Lane, Heather O’Neill, and Frances Itani.
•Ottawa International Writers Festival, 201 des Peres Blancs Ave., 613-562-1243. writersfestival.org

Sarah Waters, author of "The Little Stranger", talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

Sarah Waters, author of “The Little Stranger”, talks about her new novel at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26.

OCTOBER 25 and 26
Ottawa Antique Show
Looking for a well-used, rustic table to complement your shabby chic décor? Look no further than the Ottawa Antique Show at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, where vendors are displaying their finds from every era. Wares include art from around the world, Persian rugs, Scandinavian modernist jewellery, and retro, vintage, and antique furniture.
•Ottawa Antique Show, Carleton University Fieldhouse, Bronson Ave. at Sunnyside Ave. ottawaantiqueshow.ca

OCTOBER 26
Fleetwood Mac
One of the music world’s most tempestuous bands, Fleetwood Mac has had no shortage of disputes and drama. Over the course of nearly 50 years, its lineup has been in a state of flux, with over 15 members either joining or leaving the band. Now, with keyboardist Christine McVie back on board, the classic lineup comes to Ottawa with its On With the Show world tour.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

Everyday Magic: Jasmine Kukic’s Fragile Empire

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic's collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

Fragile Empire, an exhibition of Jasmine Kukic’s collages, is on display at the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery until Oct. 22.

All is not as it seems in Fragile Empire, an exhibit that seeks to disturb the viewer’s concept of reality and expose him or her to the magic hidden in everyday things. Through the medium of collage, artist Jasmine Kukic places objects in unusual situations to create a sense of wonder and curiosity. The result is a vivid foray into surreal worlds. On at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
•Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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In a New Light: Cityscapes at Atrium Gallery

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

Artist Heather Dubreuil uses textiles and colour to transform cityscapes into works of aesthetic delight.

In Cityscapes, exteriors that look so common to us are transformed by colour into works of aesthetic delight. Artist Heather Dubreuil captures the sometimes bright, sometimes melancholy spirit of structures in Montreal, Quebec, Europe, and along the eastern U.S. seaboard. Uniquely, she works with textiles — most of her pieces are produced on hand-stitched and hand-dyed cotton. On at Atrium Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 22.
Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-596-5783. ottawa.ca/arts
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Spooky Season: Halloween in Ottawa

The Haunted Walk's Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season!

The Haunted Walk’s Incident at the Bunker is just one of many scary things to do this Halloween season.

No one likes to see summer on its way out, but cheer up! The diminishing daylight and chilly weather are signs that haunting season is on its way — and Ottawa is one of the best places to get your fill of scares during the month leading up to Halloween.

Ghost Walk

Ottawa is an old city, and with history comes ghosts. From Sparks Street to Château Laurier to the Bytown Museum, the capital is positively teeming with phantoms, spectres, wraiths, and apparitions — according to Haunted Walks of Ottawa, anyway. Their cloaked guides offer a variety of tours throughout the city, including a foray inside the HI-Ottawa Hostel (formerly the Ottawa Jail), where visitors can get up close and personal with Canada’s last working gallows. Extended tours are offered during the Halloween season (Oct. 10 to Nov. 1). Tickets can be purchased at the Haunted Walks office on the corner of Sparks Street at Elgin Street, although reservations are recommended.

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Exploring the Berlin Wall at the Diefenbunker

At the Diefenbunker's Breaking Barriers exhibition, visual art by schoolchildren is on display.

Visual art by schoolchildren is on display at the Diefenbunker’s Breaking Barriers exhibition.

The Berlin Wall is one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War: it separated communist East Berlin from capitalist West Berlin and created deep divisions in the country, the city, and the world. Twenty-five years after its fall, the Diefenbunker explores the symbols of the Berlin Wall in a new exhibit called Breaking Barriers. The exhibit features visual art interpretations, expressions, and lessons about breaking barriers in a search for peace. On display from Sept. 21. —Amy Allen
•Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Rd., Carp, 613-839-0007. diefenbunker.ca
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Frights and Festivals at Upper Canada Village

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

Fancy a trip back in time? At Upper Canada Village, constructed entirely from 1860s-era buildings relocated from surrounding villages, costumed interpreters tell visitors about life in the 19th century and tradesmen give demonstrations in yarn spinning, iron forging, cabinet-making, and more. The Fall Fair Weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) recreates an 1860s fall fair, with music and magic shows, livestock, agricultural and dairy products, seasonal produce and flowers, and fine arts. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more spooky, try Pumpkinferno (every weekend in October), where visitors can take a nighttime stroll among thousands of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins. —Amy Allen
•Morrisburg, 613-543-3704. uppercanadavillage.com
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Ottawa and the First World War

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

What was Ottawa’s role in World War I? Men enlisted, women volunteered as nurses, and ordinary citizens did their part in factories to develop the country’s national consciousness and promote its status on the world stage. The Bytown Museum’s Ottawa Answers the Call exhibit features several rare artifacts, including uniforms, trench art, historic documents, photographs, and a commemoration wall, as it tells the story of Ottawa’s contribution to the Great War. —Amy Allen
•1 Canal Lane, 613-234-4570. bytownmuseum.com
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Ottawa’s Best Fall Walks

BY AMY ALLEN

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Any local will tell you that Ottawa in the fall is a sight to behold. The city’s vast swaths of greenery turn brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come October, and the region has an assortment of walking paths and nature trails where you can take it all in. Here are a few of our suggestions for the region’s best fall walks.

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A Tale of Two Faces: Jo-Ann Zorzi at Trinity Art Gallery

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi explores the facial expressions we wear to hide our true feelings in Emote, her new exhibition at Trinity Art Gallery.

Artist Jo-Ann Zorzi uses fibers such as silk, hemp, linen, and wool to convey her ideas about the human condition, and Emote, her latest exhibit at Trinity Art Gallery, is a stark commentary on the epidemic of dishonesty that plagues the human race. The exhibit explores the facial expressions and masks we each wear to hide our true feelings. It also represents the movements and emotional struggles that go hand-in-hand with neurological disorders. On at Trinity Art Gallery until Sept. 23. —Amy Allen
•Trinity Art Gallery, 245 Centrum Blvd., 613-580-2787. ottawa.ca/arts
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The Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Hills

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a great place to take in the fall colours.

When he died in 1950, former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King left his vast estate in the Gatineau Hills as a gift to Canadians. It’s been an ideal place to take in the fall colours ever since. Visitors can roam the Moorside manor and the cottages at Kingswood, stop in for tea at the Mackenzie King Tearoom, or retreat to the Abbey Ruins for some quiet reflection. Events run year-round here, and guided tours are available. —Amy Allen
•Gatineau Park, 800-465-1867. gatineaupark.ca
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Gustave Doré’s Dark Imagery

Gustave Dore's fantastical images are on display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 14. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Gustave Doré’s fantastical images are on display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 14. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Frequently hailed as one of the best illustrators of all time, Gustave Doré was a talented artist who applied his skills to a number of mediums. His work has been a source of inspiration for many 20th and 21st-century artists and filmmakers. Master of Imagination features his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. On until Sept. 14 at the National Gallery of Canada. —Amy Allen
•380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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