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.
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.