|Fire in Her Eyes. Photo by Dan Dewan from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
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 ConcertThe 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!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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