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
- The Ottawa Acting Company
The Ottawa Acting Company is Ottawa's newest centre for theatre education and performance. Located on Bank Street in the heart of the Glebe, the Ottawa Acting Company offers weekly adult and youth acting classes in the evenings and weekends, while our "Studio 55" offers afternoon classes for seniors. We will get you up on your feet and acting from the beginning!
- 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.
- Amanda Cottreau - Almost Christmas Single
Need a break from the cookie cutter Christmas carols!? Westboro songstress Amanda Cottreau just released a new single - Almost Christmas. The ambient guitar soundscapes coupled with soothing vocals and comically candid lyrics are sure to take the edge off this "holiday" season. Get it today!
- Christmas Craft Shows
A list of upcoming Christmas craft shows and bazaars in the Ottawa area. Good luck with your gift shopping!
- Christmas Light Displays
A big list of dozens of Chirstmas light displays in and around Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, Upper Canada Village, and Taffy Lane in Orleans.
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OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: December 5-11, 2013
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.Thursday, December 5: Your city. Your country. Your wall.
This is Steph Willems first photo exhibit which includes pieces that captures his adventures across the city and country. Mr.Willem's keen eye through a lens is a very unique, almost cinematic experience. His work as a local journalist and photographer provides a solid background to what is sure to be a stellar exhibit of his photo talents. 65 Glen Ave. Ottawa 5-9pm
-- Andrew King
Friday, December 6: Yuk Yuk's Featuring Mike MacDonald
He is fast, funny and probably the best veteran of the North American funnyman circuit. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike MacDonald has appeared in such TV shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show. As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald learned at an early age that humour would make him popular. With special guests John Hastings and Greg Schroder.
-- Jean Labelle
Friday, December 6: Snow Exhibition Opening
The Canadian Museum of Civilization is holding the official opening of the Snow exhibition set to open to the general public on December 6. This new special exhibition, developed in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, will present how snow has shaped the Canadian identity and will feature 300 artifacts that demonstrate snow’s influence on the way we live and on our ability to adapt.
-- Eliane Laberge
Friday, December 6: Capital Vox Presents: Remembering Dave Brubeck in Almonte
The late Dave Brubeck may have been best known as a pianist and composer of renowned jazz instrumentals, but he wrote many pieces for singers as well. To commemorate the first anniversary of his death, Capital Vox, Ottawa's jazz choir, presents a selection of his choral music -- some thoughtful, some humorous, and with a few seasonal selections in too. Well-known Ottawa pianist Brian Browne will also perform some instrumental Brubeck to round out the show. After presenting this show last week in Ottawa, Capital Vox is bringing it to Almonte, in conjunction with the local jazz series JazzN.ca.
-- Brett Delmage
Friday, December 6: Crush Sixth Anniversary Special
I'll be playing piano with my friends from Crush Improv at a big Sixth Anniversary special, 8pm at Academic Hall (uOttawa campus). "Surprise guests, special effects, video, live music, and probably dancing robots - if you go to one live comedy show this year, it should be this one."
-- Glen Gower
Saturday, December 7: SMAKK Presents Hub Market
Come to shop, stay to learn about and meet the incredible artists, start ups and social entrepreneurs that are at the forefront of the impact economy and integrate the triple bottom line into their business.
-- Laura Gauthier
Saturday, December 7: Launch of "Ground Rules, the best of the second decade of above/ground press"
5pm at The Manx Pub, 370 Elgin. free admission. With readings by Toronto poet Sharon Harris & local poets Stephen Brockwell & Marilyn Irwin
come celebrate 20 years of rob mclennan's above/ground press. rob has his finger on the pulse of contemporary poetry & is a tireless promoter of local poets . for potent beer & potent poems, this is the place to be on Saturday afternoon. there will be a fine collection of local poets on hand to buy beer for as well. present company included.
-- Amanda Earl
Saturday, December 7: A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert
Jerry Granelli, as one third of the legendary San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio recorded what is arguably the greatest Christmas album of all time in 1965 – the soundtrack to the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Today Granelli is the only remaining member of the famed trio and this Christmas season he’s on the road to share the story of the band that recorded the famous soundtrack.
-- Laura Gauthier
Saturday, December 7: A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert
The legendary San Fran-based Vince Guaraldi Trio recorded the greatest Christmas album of all time – the soundtrack to the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Today Granelli is the only remaining member of the trio and this Christmas season he’s on the road to share his story. Part oral history, part concert, and part screening of the Christmas Classic with musical accompaniment provided by the Jerry Granelli Trio. At the Ottawa Little Theatre, 12:30pm and second show at 3pm
-- Sara-Lynne Levine
Sunday, December 8: 4in1 Music Sessions
The 4in1 Music Sessions are back with a Holiday Edition taking place this coming Sunday afternoon. The December 8 instalment, being held at Cafe Alternatif inside the University of Ottawa, will feature live performances by Farewell Davidson, Peas&Carrots, Dave Taggart of The Strain and more to be announced. Check out Eventful Capital’s review of the August 4in1 Music Sessions for a better idea of what to expect.
-- Eliane Laberge
Sunday, December 8: Trailer Park Bingo
For the past four years, Zaphods has been hosting a weekly bingo unlike all others. To celebrate four years, they are giving away a car this weekend! It's not a BMW, but folks, it's a free car! Even if you don't win, you're going to have a lot of fun.
-- Ryan Bresee
Monday, December 9: Ladies Who Lunch @ NAC
Ottawa's Premiere Luncheon for fabulous business women. In the style of the grand hotels and Salons around the world, LADIES WHO LUNCH is a sophisticated and glamorous gathering celebrating bubbles, sparkles, bites, sip s and networking excitement! Jaw dropping amuses bouches and reception cocktails are the welcome to this grand afternoon which features a uniquely prepared 3 course menu.
-- Laura Gauthier
Tuesday, December 10: Write for Rights on International Human Rights Day
On December 10, I’ll be writing letters, along with thousands of other people around the world who’ll be asking governments to address human rights violations. Amnesty International says the Write for Rights campaign leads to positive outcomes in about one-third of cases, so it's worth the effort. You can write on your own, join up with friends or check out one of several letter-writing events around town; there’s one at Amnesty International, 312 Laurier Ave. E., 4-8 p.m.
-- Denise Deby
Have a great week!
OttawaStart Event Listings
The most recent event announcements added to our site.
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- Caf� Ex Welcomes Monique Moumblow: Featuring Playful and Cerebral Experimental Films
- Osgoode Township High School Christmas Concert
- Discounted ticket offers
- Canadian War Museum acquires Victoria Cross from the last days of the First World War
- A Festive Christmas with the National Capital Concert Band, Dec. 15, 2013
- December Wine Auction Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- R5 visit Canadian Tire Centre on April 3, 2014
- This Week's Festivals and Events
- Clive Doucet Speaks on his Commitment to Sustainability.
- UUZen Meditation - One Day Workshop - Dec. 14
- Grand Finale Indie Night at AlphaSoul on Saturday, December 14, 2013
- The Canadian Centennial Choir Sings Magnificat! December 17, 2013
- In the Stillness of the Night, with the Ottawa Bach Choir
- Kanata Theatre presents "Yo Vikings!", December 27-30
- Antique Appraisal Clinic with Janet Carlile December 14, 2013
- Dec 01: Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar
- Nov 30: Scottish Tea & Christmas Bazaar
- Dec 01: Oodles of free old-fashioned family fun at Goulbourn Museum
- Dec 01: Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage Sale: Holiday Edition 2013
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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
More local web sites with event listings
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.
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.
Ottawa's restaurants, events and entertainment guide
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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