OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: October 29-November 4


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.

See also: Ottawa Halloween Event List


Thursday, October 29: CKCU Live Music Fundraising Concert & Live Broadcast
CKCU FM’s annual funding drive is in full swing and as part of this year’s campaign, there are several shows being organized to support Carleton University’s community radio station. One of these events is happening this Thursday night at the Dominion Tavern and it’ll feature local bands Muffler Crunch, The Tenenbaums, Hawk Man and opening group The Minor 9s.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, October 29: Pauls, Pillow and Debris Tour: The Ottawa Edition
Time and Place: October 29 at 7:00 pm. Octopus Books Centretown, 251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Jess Taylor (Pauls), Andrew Battershill (Pillow) and Kevin Hardcastle (Debris)
– Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday, October 30: Art Battle Ottawa
Those of you who enjoy visual arts should check out the monthly Ottawa Art Battle, a unique concept organized across Canadian cities, which brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The event is taking place this Friday evening at Arts Court and an annual National Championship will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year.
– Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, October 30: Music on a Mission – Family Services Ottawa’s Music Trivia Fundraiser
Music on a Mission – Family Services Ottawa’s Music Trivia Fundraiser, formerly known as Juke Box Mania, is taking place on Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Soccer Club, from 6:00 – 11:00 PM. This spectacular game night is also a part of Family Services Ottawa’s milestone 100th Anniversary celebrations. Visit the event website at

Friday, October 30: United Way Schmoozefest 2015
Schmoozefest is Ottawa’s exclusive networking event for the city’s next generation of philanthropists, passionate networkers and everyday heroes hosted by United Way Ottawa’s GenNEXT Cabinet.

Until October 31: Wickedly Westboro
Join the Westboro Business Association for wickedly wonderful Hallowe’en treats and pumpkins that will tickle your funny bone and make your spine tingle! On Saturday, October 24th from 10:00am-4:00pm be a part of the Wickedly Westboro Scavenger Hunt.  From October 24th to October 31st take a stroll up and down Richmond Road between Island Park Drive and Golden Avenue to be delighted by all of the ghoulish and just plain silly carved pumpkins in merchants’ windows and/or their entry ways.

Saturday, October 31: OC Transpo Sale
It’s that time of year again – you know the time where you get to reap the benefits of forgetful bus riders who never came back to claim their stuff! All proceeds go to charity. Arrive early as there tends to be a line up!
– Laura Gauthier

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1: Ottawa Cat Show 2015
Come and see stunning purebred cats like the Maine Coon, Siamese, Cornish Rex, and Bengals as well as the beautiful household pets. Sit in on a variety of special presentations or shop at our vendors featuring special products and services for cats and their owners. At the Nepean Sportsplex.

Saturday, October 31: Lansdowne Park Pumpkin Derby
A super silly, crazy fun event for all ages! Transform an ordinary pumpkin into an extraordinary race car by adding wheels and a whole lot of personality. People can enter their pumpkin racer at for $5 and then compete for prizes and bragging rights. The registration deadline is Oct. 26. Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 10am-2pm. $5.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, October 31: Halloween at Rideau Hall
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages step right up and see the greatest show on earth! Rideau Hall invites you to attend its spooky circus on Halloween night, if you dare… 5:00pm-8:00pm, free.
– Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Monday, November 2: Crush Improv’s ‘Bout Time at the Heart & Crown
‘Bout Time! happens the first Monday of every month. The show is hosted by Crush Improv and features different local improvisers each month. A staple of the Ottawa improv scene since 2010, ‘Bout Time! is popular with audiences and performers alike; and is a unique combination of short and long form improvisation.

Wednesday, November 4: History of Ottawa River Watershed
Interested in Ottawa’s history? Find out more about the significance of the river and the land—unceded Algonquin territory—on which Canada’s national capital has been built. The speaker at this Community Classroom, organized by Octopus Books, is Peter Di Gangi, research director at Algonquin Nations Secretariat.
– Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa


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Tuesday, November 10: The MBA Tour
The MBA Tour is an independent and high quality information source regarding MBA admissions. Our events emphasize personal interaction between prospective MBA students, business school admissions representatives, alumni and other like-minded education enthusiasts.

Thursday, November 19: TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Auction featuring Basia Bulat
The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival’s popular annual benefit concert returns for an 18thyear to Library and Archives Canada November 19 for an evening of music and fun, highlighted by the rousing, emotional music of Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

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.


Until December 31: Mary Pratt: This Little Painting
What’s the story behind Red Currant Jelly (1972), which the artist Mary Pratt affectionately calls “this little painting”? See how Pratt developed her technique, which today stands as a defining example of painterly realism in Canada, a style strongly associated with the country’s Atlantic provinces.

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