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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
See also: OttawaStart’s Halloween Event Guide
Thursday, October 31: All Hallows Eve with The Hornettes and the Mackenzie Rhythm Section
For Halloween, Ottawa soulsters The Hornettes are joining forces with the Mackenzie Rhythm Section to bring you a night of funk, soul, rock n’ roll and mayhem at Wakefield’s Blacksheep Inn. For those who don’t want to drive, bus transportation will be provided from the Nature Museum for $10 round-trip.
— Eliane Laberge
Friday, November 1: No-Nonsense Guide to World Food Book launch
Food policy expert Wayne Roberts launches a new edition of his No-Nonsense Guide to World Food at Mercury Lounge, with support of USC Canada. The book is a “highly readable” examination of the global food system, the effects of climate change and industrial agriculture on food, and sustainable alternatives. Doors open at 5:30, author presentation at 6:30 and cash bar until 8:30 p.m.
— Denise Deby
Friday, November 1: CKCU Fundraiser with The Whiskey Standards, Jack Pine and Single Bed Carrousel
CKCU FM’s annual funding drive is happening right now and many events have been organized across the city to raise funds for the local community radio station. This Friday, November 1 at the Clocktower Brew Pub, check out The Whiskey Standards, Jack Pine and Single Bed Carrousel and support local.
— Eliane Laberge
Friday, November 1: Phil Nimmons and David Braid at the NAC Fourth Stage
Clarinetist Phil Nimmons celebrated his 90th birthday this year, and can look back at a lifetime of big bands, quartets, CBC radio shows, and composing. He’s had a huge influence in building jazz in Canada. But for the last nine years, he’s been doing something different: duets with pianist David Braid, where they retain their mutual love of melody and jazz form, but improvise rather than playing predetermined songs. This Friday, they’ll be adding something new: San Francisco photographer Nathan Wirth will project images inspired by their music on a screen behind them as they play.
— Brett Delmage
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3: Enriched Bread Artists Open Studios
This is an annual open house event at the EBA studios on Gladstone Avenue, just west of Preston Street. EBA is brimming with creativity, full of artist studios in an old converted bread factory.
— Glen Gower
Saturday, November 2: Kick It – A Dance Club for Kids
Why should grown-ups get to have all the fun? Kids wanna dance too. Centrepointe Theatres Presents “Kick IT,” A Dance Club for Kids!This fall and spring the Centrepointe Studio Theatre will be converted into a hoppin’ club for four to ten year olds. It’s a place where kids can show off their moves or learn new ones from our in-house dance crew. But don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the adults in the room, while the kids are groovin’ visit the Big Kids Coffee Bar or join them on the dance floor. It’s up to you! 2pm at Centrepointe Theatre.
— Sara-Lynne Levine
Sunday November 3: Wife Carrying Race at Camp Fortune
Wife carrying is based in Finnish history. Legend is that in the 1800’s a man named Herkko Rovo-Ronkainen and his band of thieves would steal sacks of food and women from villages, slinging them over their shoulders and running away. It is thought this is how the sport of Wife Carrying evolved. Sounds barbaric, but it also sounds like a ridiculously good time! The Grand Prize is your wife’s weight in beer!
— Jean Labelle
Sunday, November 3: City Biking
Want to get more confident on your bike? EnviroCentre, Citizens for Safe Cycling and Maison Tucker House are hosting this event to encourage people, particularly those uncomfortable with cycling, to bike more often. It’s 3-5 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre, and includes a screening of the documentary Bike City, Great City, a panel discussion about all-weather, all-ages biking, and door prizes.
— Denise Deby
Tuesday, November 5: Jerome Rothenberg, A B Series
Rothenberg is a well-respected American poet and poetic theorist with a career that has spanned half a century. 8pm at Arts Court Library.
— Amanda Earl
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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