OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: November 19-25


OttawaStart Weekly Round-Up

Our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
You can find even more events on our Ottawa Event Calendar.


Saturday, November 12: Help Santa Toy Parade (Ottawa Santa Claus Parade)
The parade starts on the west end of Wellington Street downtown (where it meets the Ottawa River Parkway, near the National Archives. It heads east to Bank Street, then Bank to Laurier, ending at City Hall. Every year since 1969, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association has been organizing the Help Santa Toy Parade and collecting toys along the parade route for distribution to the less fortunate children in Ottawa-Carleton.

Thursday, November 19: TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Auction featuring Basia Bulat
The Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding its 18th annual benefit concert this Thursday, November 19 at Library and Archives Canada in an effort to raise funds for the 2016 edition. As part of the popular event, there’s going to be a live auction animated by the CBC’s Alan Neal as well as a special performance by Toronto indie folk/pop/soul singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, November 21: Ottawa Chamber Orchestra Concert – Scandinavian Adventures
Conducted by Donnie Deacon with Jean Desmarais as piano soloist. The program will include Jean Sibelius, Finlandia, Op. 26, Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16, Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 and Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55.

Saturday, Nov 21: Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair
Beautiful handmade crafts, baked goods, delicious chilli lunch and an exciting silent auction. Support local for your holiday shopping!
– Laura Gauthier
Even more craft shows…

Saturday, November 21: Wolf Gang Sessions
This Saturday night, the Mercury Lounge and the NAC present the fourth instalment of Wolf Gang Sessions, a night of music with a wild side where classical meets funk. For this event, the NAC takes part of its orchestra out of its traditional space and puts a special spin on DJ Trevor Walker’s set. This promises to be a very special night of live music.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, November 21: Mackenzie Rhythm Section Album Release Show
This Saturday at the Gainsbourg Bistro in the Hull sector of Gatineau, local favourites the Mackenzie Rhythm Section will be having their album release show for “Brand New Dances”. For the occasion, the founders of the soul step and makers of the feel good are giving a free performance to thank their fans and supporters. If you haven’t seen these guys live, do yourself a favour and get out there, they’ll rock your socks off.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, November 21: TVOKids’ The Reading Rangers
The Reading Rangers Book Club Tour makes its last stop at Ottawa Public Library on Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm. During the visit, kids aged six to 11 and their families will participate in on-site activities and have the chance to get up close with Ranger Daniel, who will read a book from The Reading Rangers Book Club and Mr. Zinger’s Hat, by Cary Fagan. The tour encourages kids and families to share in the joy of reading together. Please visit the OPL website to register for one of two 15-minute reading sessions (1:15 pm or 1:30 pm). A meet-and-greet autograph session will be held after each reading.  Franklin Place (Chamber Room), Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Monday-Tuesday, November 23-24: Refugee 613 Neighbourhood Workshops
Interested in helping refugees to Ottawa, but not sure how? Refugee 613, the Coalition in Ottawa for Refugees and city councillors are hosting information sessions to answer questions about sponsoring refugees.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Tuesday, November 24: Breaking Bad as Literature: Why is Walter White so fascinating
7:00 pm at the Westboro Brainery, Festival House – The Lab, 450 Churchill Ave. Cathy Haley $10.
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

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Thursday, November 26: Monet: A Bridge to Modernity – Xavier Rey Lecture
At the National Gallery. Join us for an engaging lecture by Xavier Rey of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and an Impressionism specialist. Rey will highlight a particularly fertile period in the career of Claude Monet. Lecture presented in collaboration with the French Embassy in Canada.

Wednesday, December 2: Christmas Lights Across Canada – Official Illumination Ceremony
The official illumination ceremony for the 31st edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada takes place on Parliament Hill on December 2 at 7 p.m. This year’s ceremony features enhanced pyrotechnics, a performance by Measha Bruggergosman, and a large screen that will include a large screen that will air holiday wishes from all 13 Premiers during the Illumination Ceremony. Plus freeBeavertails and hot chocolate!

Thursday, December 3: A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Jerry Granelli Trio
His tunes have been a part of Christmas tradition for North American families for the past 45 years, close as an old friend, comfortable as an old blanket. As one third of the legendary San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jerry Granelli recorded what is arguably the greatest Christmas album of all time in 1965 – the soundtrack to the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.


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