Ottawa Events Guide
With the listings and directories in our Events Guide, there really is no excuse for sitting at home with nothing to do. Here are some listings and links showing what's on in Ottawa.
Do you love jazz and improvised music? Or would you like to expand what you're listening to now to include the variety of great live jazz in Ottawa-Gatineau? Not sure where to start? Extensive event and club listings, interviews, musician links, news, and photos are updated daily by jazz fans with 20+ years experience. If you like live music, whether it's vocal, instrumental, avant-garde, smooth, or standards, check out OttawaJazzScene.ca
- Soul Kisser
Soul Kisser is one of Ottawa's up and coming experimental acts, bringing post rock/shoegazer music to Ottawa's masses, and hopefully beyond, with energy and original songwriting. The result is a medley of effects, rumbling bass/guitar licks, infectious keys and all manner of instrumentation. Soul Kisser songs will capture the imagination and sooth the soul. Featuring Jayson (Bassist/Guitarist/Vocalist) & Adriana (Keyboardist). Otto (Drummer) Roland Juno Di/Line 6 JM4 Looper.
- March 15-16, 2014: The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show
Get pumped for Spring! Buy gear. Plan your cycling or camping trip. Get splashed at the paddlesports pool! Get fit with Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod! Meet the star of Angry Planet! Kids get in FREE! They’ll flip out for the BMX Stunt show, zipline, and rockwalls! March 15-16 at the EY Centre. 2-for-1 tickets available online at www.adventureottawa.ca.
- March 23, 2014: The Passage to Easter: A Choral Journey
A unique concert highlighting Russian Orthodox liturgical music journeying from Great Lent to Easter. The stirring a capella program will be performed by the St. Xenia of Petersburg Choir with the Slava Chamber Choir of Sherbrooke. A complimentary reception with choristers to follow. Tickets: $20 online: easterconcertstxenia.eventbrite.ca
- Sunday, March 30, 2014: Coronation St. Gary & Owen: Men at Work Tour
Truly a rare treat for Coronation Street fans, a chance to see and hear from Gary & Owen the new generation of Corrie Stars who are behind some of the latest exciting stories. Join them for a hosted interview & Q&A. Tickets at Shenkman Theatre, 613.580.2700
May 10, 2014: BLOOM: Mother's Day Edition (call for artisans)
MAC FAIR proudly presents "BLOOM: Mother's Day Edition" on Saturday May 10 at Immaculata High School, 140 Main St. Looking for local artisans of QUALITY, DISTINCTIVE, HAND MADE (by you!) items. This is a juried event and we are looking for the cream of the crop! If you are looking for a large, well-organized, well-promoted event at a great location, with a loyal following of customers, check us out! Find everything you need to know, and get to the online application, at MACFAIRCrafts.com. You can also check us out on Facebook. Application deadline is February 1.
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OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: March 6-12, 2014
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Friday, March 7: Talk Purple To Me
A city wide fundraiser Friday night, to help break the silence on mental health. 100% of door & ticket receipts, raffles and donations will go to D.I.F.D. The focus is to engage college and university students on anti bullying and mental health wellness. Tequila Jacks, Dodge City, Flybar, and The Lodge. (Joined by one bar in Toronto where U of YT students have formed a DIFD Club.)
-- Max Keeping
Friday, March 7: The Lucas Haneman Trio at the National Arts Centre
This season, the National Arts Centre Orchestra is introducing classical music audiences to jazz at three "Casual Fridays" concerts. Listeners can hear an hour-long jazz show at 5:45 p.m. in the NAC foyer featuring a local jazz group, followed by the orchestra at 7. On Friday, versatile and creative guitarist Lucas Haneman will bring in his trio. Lucas has developed a voice on the guitar that combines many influences with the free spirit and language of the jazz tradition. Afterwards, the Orchestra will perform Forsyth's Double Concerto for viola and cello, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4.
-- Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Friday-Sunday, March 7-16: DiverCiné Film Festival
The 12th annual DiverCiné Film Festival at the Bytowne Cinema. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute, the Embassy of France, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, the festival will feature 12 films from 10 Francophone countries including France, Senegal, Morocco, Canada, and Cambodia.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Saturday, March 8: Great Bowls of Fire
The Ottawa Guild of Potters hosts this heart- and stomach-warming fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank. A dozen local restaurants cook up an array of soups and breads, served to you in a handcrafted pottery bowl of your choosing that you get to take home. There’ll be music and an auction, too. 5-8:30 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre; $45 tickets in advance from Il Primo Ristorante.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Over in Wakefield this Saturday, The Hilotrons will be releasing their new record. Held at the Blacksheep Inn, the night of music will feature live performances by Linsey Wellman, David O’Meara, Mike Dubue, Adam Saikaley, and George Crumb’s Black Angels performed by Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble with visuals by Hard Science.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Saturday, March 8: ByTowne Cinema
I bet 95% of you are done with the snow. I'm 95% sure there will still be lots of snow on the ground on Saturday. So, I think you should head to the ByTowne Cinema to spend an afternoon at the movies. At 1:30, they are showing Her, the most excellent Spike Jonze movie about a man who falls in love with his operating system. Seriously, it's a wonderful movie. At 4:10, they will have Oscar nominated animated shorts. Mix in some of their world famous popcorn and you have yourself a mighty fine afternoon.
-- Ryan Bresee, CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
Two award-winning films about people and the environment are the focus of this last weekend of the Festival: Watermark, a film by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky that looks at the earth’s water, and People of a Feather, a documentary by Joel Heath about an Inuit community facing ecological change. A third, short film—Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, about Inuit and Cree neighbours—is on Saturday.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Monday, March 10: Poetry readings on the work of artist/poet Dennis Tourbin
Readings by Michael Dennis, Catherine Jenkins, rob mclennan. 7pm, Carleton University Art Gallery St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords
Potted Potter - The Unauthorized Harry Experience is a parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real live game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. At the National Arts Centre.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Have a great week!
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- November/December: Christmas Craft Shows
- November: Santa Claus Parade
- December: Christmas Lights
- December: New Year's Eve
- January 1: Polar Bear Dip
- February: Winterlude
- February: Family Day
- March: St. Patrick's Day Parade
- March: March Break
- May: Tulip Festival
- May: Victoria Day Fireworks
- May: Great Glebe Garage Sale
- May: Ottawa Race Weekend
- June-July-August: Changing of the Guard
- June-August: Mosaika - Sound
and Light Show on Parliament Hill
- June/July: Ottawa International Jazz Festival
- July 1: Canada Day
- July: Bluesfest
- August long weekend: Busker Festival
- August: Casino du Lac Leamy Fireworks - Sound of Light
- October: Halloween
- November: Remembrance Day
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