Lots of fun events this week in Ottawa: There’s a beer festival in Gatineau on Friday and Saturday with a very fancy name: Festibière de Gatineau … on Saturday night, there’s a night of apocalyptic poetry celebrating the end of the world … there’s a giant lululemon warehouse sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the CE Centre … the Home Renovations Show runs this weekend too … on Wednesday there’s a Robbie Burns Scotch Whisky tasting … also on Wednesday, hear the stories of two Ottawa moms who blog … and here are more suggestions from our contributors.
Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
THEATRE: There was bad news for GCTC goers recently – the scheduled play had to be cancelled due to illness. However, when one door closes another opens – and so the wonderfully talented Pierre Brault agreed to put on his highly acclaimed Blood on the Moon one-man show instead. The play examines the infamous assassination of D’Arcy McGee and whether or not the right man was punished for the crime. Runs until February 5.
FOOD: It may be chilly outdoors but there’s no reason to hibernate with an event like Ottawa Magazine’s WinterBites. From Jan. 12-28, you can sample lunches and three-course dinners from the crème de la crème of Ottawa restaurants such as Absinthe, Divino Wine Studio, Petit Bills and ZenKitchen for a fixed priced. Lunches and dinners are pretty affordable and this gives you an opportunity to sample that restaurant you’ve always wanted to check out.
Andrew King, artist:
BOND, OTTAWA BOND: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the the world’s most famous super-spy as James Bond takes Ottawa by storm over the next few days at both the National Arts Centre (January 19-21) and the historic Mayfair theatre (ongoing/all month). The NAC Orchestra salutes the notorious secret agent as well as other famous and infamous spies, detectives, and men-to-the-rescue. In this fabulous concert of movie and TV music, you’ll be thrilled as the orchestra performs favourite themes from 007 films Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and From Russia with Love, as well as music from The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, and Mission: Impossible. The Mayfair Theatre renews its license to thrill with its fourth annual screening of original 35mm prints of James Bond classics.
Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
POETRY: Air Out/In Air: 21 Poets for the Guatemalan Stove Project, featuring Allison Armstrong, Mike Montreuil, rob mclennan, Luminita Suse, and Amanda Earl. January 19 at 7:00 pm. Collected Works, 1242 Wellington Street W. This event launches a beautiful collection of poetry edited by brilliant poet Pearl Pirie for a very worthy cause.
Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
MINIATURE TRAINS: Model train and miniature enthusiasts will enjoy the Mont Bleu Hobby and Miniature Festival taking place this weekend (Saturday & Sunday) at Mont Bleu Ford in Gatineau (375 Boul. Maloney West). Displays will include model train layouts, die cast models and RC models of planes, helicopters and cars. Parking and admission are free!
Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:
CULTURE: Although I won’t be able to attend, this week Lohri Mela, organized by Sikh Community Services will be a great event. There will be music and dancing, as well as food, jewelry and clothing stalls. It is being held on Saturday, January 21 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Britannia Park) from 4pm until 8pm.
Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: This Saturday, January 21 come visit St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1211 South Russell Rd) for the annual Living Locally Fair in Russell, Ontario. Meet artisans and producers and learn what is available locally. There will be at least 78 vendors, including 32 food-related ones like Castor River Farm, Manotick Village Blucher, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, Upper Canada Cranberries, and our favourite purveyor of things sweet and cold, Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream. Admission is free. Donations are being accepted for the local food bank.
Jean Labelle, photographer:
HEALTH: The Orleans Health & Wellness Expo is on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Top local Health and Wellness Experts will be sharing their knowledge in the Be Fit – Eat Right – Think Well and Go Green categories. View the thought provoking movie Forks over Knives and attend the new and exciting Leadership in Health Awards.
Stuntman Stu from Majic 100:
FUNDRAISER: Most galas in the city are not kid friendly, but this one is. The 2nd annua Ottawa Children’s Gala is perfect for kids and benefits “Ottawa Think First”. Doors open at 4pm at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre.
Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
CYCLING: Ottawa’s first Winter Bike Parade happens on Sunday, January 22 starting at noon at Laurier and Percy. The organizers, Citizens for Safe Cycling, suggest that along with your bike you “Bring your friends, your family, your noisemakers, your funky accessories and your mittens.” Promote safe winter cycling AND wear funky accessories—how could it not be fun?
Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:
FUNDS FOR FASHION: Support 13 year old Kate Reeve’s passion to help sick kids. The grade 8 student is organizing a fashion show for Sunday at the Glebe Community Centre at 1pm. Four local designers are showing. Last year, Kate’s presentation – before an overflow audience – raised $8,700 for Roger’s House. Info and tickets here…
Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
JAZZ: On Sunday, for only $5 you can hear one of Canada’s best jazz trumpeters, Lina Allemano, play with Ottawa expat drummer Nick Fraser and bassist Rob Clutton, in a show that is guaranteed to never be the same twice. It’s part of the IMOO series at the Umi Cafe in Chinatown. Show details and interview…
Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me:
MUSIC: Ottawa’s best new band has to be Fevers. It’s dance meets indie rock and they’ve just released one heck of an album that’s getting attention around the world. They’re playing at Café Dekcuf on Tuesday night. I’ll be interviewing them this Thursday at 11 a.m. on 93.1 FM or www.ckcufm.com if you want to hear more.
Stephan Telka, public engagement consultant:
URBAN DEBATE: I’m very excited about this event on Wednesday January 25, which I came across in the Globe and Mail on the weekend – a documentary screening and panel discussion on urbanization and the future of Ottawa. As part of Galerie SAW Gallery’s first City Debate, they will be presenting the Ottawa premiere of Urbanized by Gary Hustwit (director of Helvetica and Objectified), which will be followed by a no-holds-barred debate with invited guests Deborah Margo (University of Ottawa), Andrew Cohen (Ottawa Citizen / Carleton University) and Barrie McKenna (The Globe and Mail). They will discuss ideas for the future of Ottawa. Screening & Panel: $5, Students/Seniors: $3, Gallery members: FREE.
Have a great week!