OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Halloween weekend and beyond


This week’s round-up features a lot of Halloween suggestions, plus a few other non-spooky events mixed in for good measure.  Thanks to all of our contributors for the great ideas, including our newest contributor Rachelle who leads off this week’s list…

Rachelle Todd, comedian & actor:
This Thursday, October 27  at the Bronson Centre is the Creepy Queer Comedy Show – a Night of Undead Laughter. Featuring Trevor Boris and Darcy Michael.

Jean Labelle, photographer:
WRITERS FEST: As part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Ottawa Book Awards and Archibald Lampman Prize for Poetry will be awarded this year on Thursdsay, October 29 at the Library and Archives Canada. Hosted by Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld of CBC TV and Isabelle Brisebois of Radio-Canada.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:  
FOOD: For an upbeat look at the people creating sustainable food systems, you can see Fresh: The Movie at the Reel Food Film Festival on Thursday October 27, 6:30 p.m. But if you’re hankering to get involved directly in building Ottawa’s local food system, then roll up your sleeves, bring a shovel and help prepare the ground for Just Food’s incubator farm – a place where anyone will be able to rent land and learn farming skills. Volunteers welcome Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 2389 Pepin Court (off Innes just west of Blackburn Hamlet); contact for information.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me:
RADIO: CKCU 93.1 FM’s funding drive is in full swing. In between begging for your donations, I’ll be interviewing local songstress Ana Miura about the Babes 4 Breasts benefit concert Thursday night at St. Brigid’s. I’ll also be interviewing West coast rap legend Murs. Tune in Thursday from 9:30-noon on 93.1 FM. I’ll play some great music, have some interesting interviews and try my hardest to convince you to make a donation in exchange for a tax receipt.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa
PUMPKINS: Have fun and support a good cause by visiting the Boys and Girls Club Fiery Faces Fundraiser this weekend. Pumpkins will be lit from 6 to 10 pm from October 28 to 31.  There will also be a family fun day on Saturday between 12 and 5 pm. Events take place at the Britannia Clubhouse at 2825 Dumaurier Avenue – admission is free but donations are welcome!

Andrea, from a peek inside the fishbowl: 
COMMUNITY: “We’re sticking close to home this weekend and will be checking out Wickedly Westboro on Saturday October 29. You can’t go wrong with a family zombie walk, pumpkin carving, street performers and other assorted tricks and treats!”
(Also recommended by Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.)

Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:
TRICK OR TREAT: Join the Mayor on Saturday, October 29, (5:00pm-7:30pm) at Ottawa City Hall – Heritage Building for some Hallowe’en festivities. The best part of this event (apart from all the kiddos in costumes) is that admission costs you a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Supply Cupboard (formula, diapers, baby food, etc). Love that.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
On October 29, real ghostbusters will investigate the picturesque Watson’s Mill to find out what happens there after dark. Is it really haunted? I guess there is only one way to find out! The event is from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
MYSTERY: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2pm: Maureen Jennings, author of the excellent Inspector Murdoch series set in Victorian Toronto makes a rare appearance at the Ottawa Public Library, Alta Vista Branch, 2516 Alta Vista.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:  
ROCK: The Brothers Dube have done a tour of Ireland since you last saw them at Bluesfest this summer. They begin the new season Saturday night at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street, at 9:30p (“way past out bedtime”). They’re also booked to perform at Scotiabank Place next month for the United Way leadership givers’ skate.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:   
KIDS & ART: This combines two of my favourite things – Halloween and art! Visit your favourite arts studio and enjoy some tricks and treats. Make some cool Halloween art and come in costume. Saturday, October 29 – 4Cats Halloween Party Fun for all 5:30pm-7:30pm at 4Cats Arts Studio, 1107 Wellington.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:  
OUTDOORS: The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-Ottawa Valley is holding a Nature Hike on Sunday, October 30, at Forêt La Blanche, one of southern Quebec’s last remaining old-growth forests. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the interpretation centre, Forêt La Blanche ecological reserve, 300 chemin Saddler, Mayo, Quebec (about 10 minutes north-east of Buckingham on route 315). The easy 3 km hike is happening rain or shine and will take about 2 hours including stops. A portion of the fee ($5 adults, $3 children) will be donated to CPAWS-OV, which has been working to protect the La Blanche Forest. Contact ov-outreach (at) or call 613-232-7297 to arrange car-pooling if you need or can offer a ride.

Brett Delmage,
JAZZ: A big jazz band in an authentic period setting. A scenic fall afternoon drive. And dancing! Standing Room Only kicks off their 6th season of popular “tea dances” on Sunday. Listeners are welcome too. Sunday, October 30 – 1 to 4 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) Admission: $12 at the door (cash only). Almonte Old Town Hall.

Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog:  
MOVIES: On Halloween night, since you’re already ghoulishly dressed, send the kids home with a sitter and take in the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Mayfair Theatre. Screenings on October 28, 29 and 31.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:  
NIGHTLIFE: There’s a definite east coast flavour at the newest eatery in Ottawa. LUNENBURG, at 14 Waller Street at Rideau,  is having its Grand Opening on Halowe’en weekend. Bands booked for the three nights, Hot Jupiter Band on Thursday, Silver Creek Band on Friday and Saturday; there are also dj’s each night. You may remember the heritage building as Minglewoods. Recommend the fish and chips!

Sterling Lynch, editor of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter: 
THEATRE: Jamie Mac delivers a strong performance in the National Art Centre’s satisfying production of David French’s Salt Water Moon. You are sure to enjoy itSalt Water Moon runs until November 5 at the National Arts Centre

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
MISCELLANY: Even more local Halloween events are listed on the OttawaStart Halloween Guide … The Sens play the Maple Leafs on Sunday, October 30 … Piano for Prostate – a fundraising concert featuring the songs of Billy Joel & Elton John.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Halloween Guide
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OttawaStart Staff


1 Response

  1. Mary-Anne says:

    I heard on CBC Radio there was a flashmob performing MJ's "Thriller" tonight around 10pm, by the "Mama" spider, but I can't find any details about that. Do you know if it is happening for sure?

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