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What to See Ottawa

Gordon Lightfoot at the National Arts Centre

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

Gordon Lightfoot is one of the most influential folk artists of all time. He performs at the National Arts Centre.

NOV. 22 As one of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot hardly needs an introduction. With a career spanning five decades, he’s inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimmy Buffett, and his songs have been covered by dozens of musicians. The legendary, 15-time Juno-winning artist brings his 2014 Canadian Tour to the capital for what’s sure to be an entertaining night. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Nov. 21 to 23

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Friday, Nov. 21

Is the cold weather getting you down? No need to despair. Ottawa Bourbon Week kicks off on Friday night, with enough bourbon-inspired food and drink to put a fire in your belly. On Friday night, head over to Two Six {Ate} for some old-school bourbon cocktails with a modern twist. Admission is free. See website for other events throughout the week.

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Out of This World: Chris Hadfield at the National Arts Centre

 

Chris Hadfield, Canada's most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most famous astronaut, talks about his experiences at the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Victor Zelentsov)

NOV. 21 Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most famous astronauts. While serving as commander of the International Space Station, he used social media to show us what our planet looks like from orbit. He was also the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space and even lived briefly on the ocean floor while training for a mission. For one night only, he talks about his life on earth — and beyond — at the National Arts Centre. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Kira Isabella at the Algonquin Commons Theatre

Ottawa's very own country music star headlines the Shake It If You Got It tour at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.

Ottawa’s very own country music star headlines the Shake It If You Got It tour at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.

NOV. 17 In just three short years, Ottawa’s Kira Isabella has made quite the name for herself. The Juno-nominated country music star toured with Carrie Underwood on her Blown Away Tour, and in 2013, she headlined the Calabogie Country Music Fest. Through her music is infectious, she’s not afraid to tackle some serious social issues with her lyrics. She performs songs from her latest album, Caffeine & Big Dream, along with some older favourites.
•Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-4723 ext. 6442. algonquinsa.com

Tom Thomson at the National Gallery of Canada

Tom Thomson's iconic paintings of Canadian landscapes are on display at the National Gallery of Canada. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Tom Thomson’s iconic paintings of Canadian landscapes are on display at the National Gallery of Canada. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Tom Thomson died under mysterious circumstances before his potential as an artist could be realized, but his influence on Canadian art is undeniable. His paintings The Jack Pine and The West Wind are among the most iconic works in the country’s history. These two pieces of art — along with the sketches that inspired them — are a testament to his relationship with nature and his undying passion for Ontario’s north. On display at the National Gallery of Canada until March 1, 2015. —Amy Allen
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Day of Remembrance at the National War Memorial

The National War Memorial pays tribute to veterans who fought and soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

The National War Memorial pays tribute to veterans who fought and soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Soaring high above Confederation Square, the National War Memorial is a tribute to Canadian soldiers and veterans who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Designed by Vernon March, it depicts a group of soldiers struggling through a massive granite arch, which is crowned by symbols of peace and freedom holding a wreath. At the base, a granite sarcophagus marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Each year, on November 11, it’s the site of a national Remembrance Day ceremony. —Amy Allen
•Corner of Elgin and Wellington Streets
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A Craigslist Cantata at the National Arts Centre

Do You Want What I Have Got? is a collection of Craigslist ads set to music. (Photo: Joanna Akyol)

Do You Want What I Have Got? is a collection of Craigslist ads set to music. (Photo: Joanna Akyol)

NOV. 12 TO 22 What do decapitated dolls, hundreds of stuffed penguins, and a child-sized guillotine have in common? They’re all Craigslist ads that have been collected and set to music by singer-songwriter Veda Hille and former CBC broadcaster Bill Richardson. A show that is simultaneously touching, quirky, and funny, it explores how we, as a species, can be so disconnected in a hyperconnected world. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Studio, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Light Show at the Foyer Gallery

Luminita Serbanescu makes light the central element of her paintings in a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery.

Luminita Serbanescu makes light the central element of her paintings in a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery.

It’s fitting that an artist whose name is Luminita — the Romanian word for “little light” — is so dedicated to making illumination an integral part of her art. In a new exhibition at the Foyer Gallery, appropriately titled Let There Be Light, Serbanescu’s vibrant, luminous paintings depict scenes from nature, the urban jungle, and the backyard. On display until Nov. 30. —Amy Allen
•Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave., 613-580-2424 ext. 42226. foyergallery.com
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Changing Tides: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The dance company founded by the late Pina Bausch brings her celebrated work, Vollmond, to the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Laszlo Szito)

The dance company founded by the late Pina Bausch brings her celebrated work, Vollmond, to the National Arts Centre. (Photo: Laszlo Szito)

NOV. 7 AND 8 The late Pina Bausch was well known as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. In her long career, she established her own dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and choreographed over 40 dance routines. Vollmond, which means “full moon”, is one of her most cherished works. It explores the effects of the full moon on human emotion and sees the stage transformed by arcs and currents of water. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Open Studio with the Enriched Bread Artists

This installation by Joyce Westrop is just one of many on display at the Enriched Bread Artists Open Studio. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

This installation by Joyce Westrop is just one of many on display at the Enriched Bread Artists Open Studio. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

NOV. 7 TO 9 Since 1994, the Enriched Bread Artists have been working out of their headquarters on Gladstone Avenue. The building, once a factory for the Standard Bread Company, only opens to the public once every year. There, visitors can view installation, conceptual work, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, film, and video — all works that the collective’s 22 artists have been working on over the past year. —Amy Allen
•Enriched Bread Artists, 951 Gladstone Ave., 613-729-7632. enrichedbreadartists.com

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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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