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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.

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

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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Spatial Redefinition: Installation at the Carleton University Art Gallery

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

 

Not a New World, Just a New Trick questions the conceptual and physical definition of space. The centrepiece — a large-scale wood model of an imaginary building — functions as both art and furniture, allowing visitors to climb inside of it. Within, artist Samuel Roy-Bois will install a number of works selected from the Carleton University Art Gallery’spermanent collection. On display from Sept. 29 to Dec. 14. —Amy Allen
•Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120. cuag.carleton.ca
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Modern Moves With Louise Lecavalier

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

OCT. 8 AND 9 One of Canada’s most beloved icons of contemporary dance, Louise Lecavalier takes to the stage to perform her first self-choreographed routine, So Blue. Set to music by Turkish composer Mercan Dede, Lecavalier performs a solo routine in the first half and is joined by her partner, Frédéric Tavernini, in the second. –Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Canadian Comedy: Russell Peters in Ottawa

Canada's own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Canada’s own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

OCT. 4 Get ready to laugh, Ottawa! Toronto’s own record-breaking funnyman Russell Peters is bringing his brand of lightning-fast, improvisational comedy to Ottawa as part of his Almost Famous World Tour. He is joined by his official tour DJs, Toronto’s DJ Starting From Scratch and DJ Spinbad from New York. The show features all new material and is guaranteed to generate hilarious interactions with the audience. —Amy Allen
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com

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.

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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