Here’s our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
Until Monday, October 13: Carleton University Biology Butterfly Show
1,300 real live butterflies and 41 different species from around the world. Open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free, donations welcome.
— Glen Gower
Thursday, October 9: Surfacing II Vernissage
Studio Sixty Six presents the opening of Surfacing II, a University of Ottawa Group Exhibition curated by Michael Orsini this Thursday at 6 pm. This exhibition, which runs until November 16, will feature works that challenge us to think with and beyond the surface: art as the practice of working with surfaces, and art as a process of meaning-making.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Thursday, October 9: CPEP Open House and Documentary Screening
CPEP is a collective of students, researchers, community activists, and individuals affected by criminalization and punishment who work together on public education initiatives. Join this event to find out more and see a screening of the season premiere of CBC-TV’s DocZone, entitled “State of Incarceration.” Starting at 9:00pm, this documentary examines the recent changes to and controversial future of Canada’s criminal justice system.
— Laura Gauthier
Friday, October 10: D.O.A. at Zaphods
These Canadian punk legends have been touring the country since the late 70s. Not only are they bringing the rock to Zaphods on Friday, but they will be launching the D.O.A.-inspired Hardcore 8.1 beer. Booze and tunes! What could go wrong?
— Ryan Bresee, CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me
Friday, October 10: The Rob Frayne Quartet at GigSpace
Rob Frayne has been a powerhouse in Ottawa’s jazz scene for more than two decades: composer, arranger, teacher, and instrumentalist. But a nasty collision with a truck 10 years had robbed him of his ability to play the tenor sax. Until now – after a lot of thought and practice, he’s figured out how to play the sax again. Friday at GigSpace will be the first public concert in which he shows off his new horn and his restored playing. The show will also feature his longtime musical friends Roddy Ellias on guitar and Garry Elliott and Alvaro de Minaya on percussion. Rob says to expect fun music with lots of groove.
— Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12: Ottawa African Festival
The Ottawa African Festival is being held this coming weekend at St. Anthony’s Hall. Offering free admission, the 2-day event will feature live performances by artists such as Rita Carter, drummers, and include a Namibian fashion show, african food and more.
— Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital
Friday-Monday, October 10-13: Thanksgiving Weekend at the Farm
To celebrate the harvest, visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to learn how simple and easy it is to prepare cranberry sauce and make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers. Participate in special demonstrations and activities, and make apple cider! At the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa
Tuesday, October 14: Tree Ottawa Launch
Tree Ottawa is an ambitious new program created by community volunteers and Ecology Ottawa to protect, plant and promote Ottawa’s trees and their habitats. It includes an Adopt-A-Tree initiative, guides to tree care and native species, and a plan to plant 1 million trees by 2017. Fittingly, the program launches 9:30-10:30 a.m. with the planting of a bur oak sapling in Champlain Park, where a group of residents has been working to preserve the neighbourhood’s 150-year-old bur oaks.
— Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Have a great week!