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.

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: October 16-22, 2014

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19: Merrickville's Jazz Fest
It's the fourth year for the little-jazz-festival-that-could, which showcases a wide variety of local and imported jazz groups. New this year is long-time bebop drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve and his Jazz Message from Montreal, and swing and gypsy jazz vocalist Denielle Bassels from Toronto. And, for the first time, acclaimed Ottawa pianist Brian Browne will be artist-in-residence, appearing three times on the Sunday. The festival will close with a revival of A Tribute to Blossom Dearie, which was enthusiastically received at the NAC in 2010. Merrickville is less than an hour from Ottawa by car: passes are available for the whole festival, for individual days, and for individual concerts. Advance reservations are needed for some shows in local restaurants.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18: The Ottawa Implosion Weekend
Ottawa Explosion organizers are bringing you the first ever Ottawa Implosion Weekend, 3 days of the best contemporary underground post-punk, psych, and dark disco from North America and Europe here in the Nation’s Capital. 
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, October 16: An Evening of Food and Discussion
Hear about local food initiatives and enjoy soup and bannock at this event marking World Food Day. Organized by the Ottawa Good Food Box, a very cool program that provides monthly orders of fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices. The evening includes speakers from FoodShare Toronto and local farm Roots and Shoots, and takes place at the impressive Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 7-9 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday, October 17: Fevers at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Sometimes it's easy to forget how good some Ottawa bands are because it's easier to catch them live. Fevers is one of those bands. If you haven't seen them live, now's your cvhance. If it's been a while, you should see how tight they've become. Head out to the Shenkman Arts Centre on Friday and they will surely be playing this fine ditty:http://youtu.be/TbM1K2or8pU
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Friday-Saturday, October 17-18: Theatre Wakefield presents Infinitheatre’s Kafka's Ape
Captured in Africa, the ape Redpeter's only escape route is to become a walking, talking, hard-drinking member of the war-making, mercenary Peace Industry. Adapted/directed by: Guy Sprung, starring Howard Rosenstein, with Alex Montagnese. Wakefield Community Centre, October 17/18 ... Tickets $20. “Disastrously entertaining!”
(Sponsored event)

Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19: The Ottawa Wedding Show
The {Fall} Ottawa Wedding show, veiled in "Vintage Chic", will exude romance and whimsical elegance. Attend and immerse yourself in a unique experience while discovering solutions for every element of your celebration. At EY Centre.
(Sponsored event)

Saturday, October 18: Ottawa Fury vs Edmonton FC
If you haven't had a chance to catch the new Ottawa professional soccer team you should definitely check it out this weekend - battle against another Canadian team with lots of fun rivalry! Great event for families, or if you're looking to take your experience up a notch, contact one of the Supporters Groups (Stony Monday RiotBytown Boys) for cheap seats in the Supporters Section for some chanting, drumming, and taunting of the Eddies! 
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, October 18: Fall Family Sale in support of Ottawa Fur Kids
A sale for items from local businesses that go in support of neglected pets.
-- Nick Bachusky

Saturday, October 18: The Souljazz Orchestra
These Ottawa favourites will be giving a homecoming show at Babylon this Saturday night and for the occasion they'll be celebrating the reissue of their early catalogue on Do Right! Music, specially remastered for 180g high quality vinyl. A guaranteed good time! 
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

October 18-November 1: Montreal Artist Presents Exciting New Work in Ottawa
Danièle Lemieux will present a collection of recent paintings in a solo show Food for Thought, at Wallack Galleries, 203 Bank Street, October 18th to November 1. In this exhibition, Lemieux explores the duality concept of sustenance; the feeding of the body and, through art, the feeding of the soul.
(Sponsored event)

Saturday, October 18: Inner Peace is the Key for World Peace - Public talk by world-renowned humanitarian & peace-advocate, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. At the Canadian Museum of History, Grand Hall
Sunday, October 19: Meditation with the Master - Practical workshop with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. At Tudor Hall
(Sponsored event)

Sunday, October 19: YOW: Ottawa Writers Write About Ottawa
October 19 at 7:00 pm. Pressed, 750 Gladstone. zine launch-free admission; zines $3-5; surprise musical guest
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

October 20-31: The Bat Hunt 
There are bats hiding everywhere in the Children's Museum. Keep your eyes open, and see how many you can spot. Find them all to win a special Halloween treat!
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Tuesday, October 21: Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness Fundraiser
Come support the Causeway Work Centre’s employment programs at this annual event, which features a silent auction and the launch of Causeway’s holiday card program. Expect expert hosting by CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld. At the Orange Art Gallery, 7-10 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


Have a great week!

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More local web sites with event listings

  • Betidings
    A new-ish user-driven local events listing "created as a way for friends to discover and share events". Check out specific lists for local food, running, arts, and business.
  • Bywords.ca
    Literary / spoken word / poetry events.
  • Fundraising Events
    OttawaStart's listing of annual fundraising events in Ottawa.
  • Frugal Fun Ottawa
    Lists free and frugal events and activities happening in the National Capital Region, geared towards families and kids.
  • Ottawa Concerts Guide
    A listing of upcoming music concerts in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa Festivals Guide
    A big list of annual festivals in Ottawa.
  • OttawaFocus.com
    Ottawa's restaurants, events and entertainment guide
  • Ottawa Meetups
    Get-togethers for people with a common interest in hobbies, activities, politics, etc.
  • OttawaStart Community News
    Our free news & event listing service, featuring Ottawa entertainment events, community events, and other activities.
  • For even more arts & entertainment listings, please visit our Entertainment Guide

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