OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Remembrance Day, The Great Race, Tribute to Gershwin, Space Robots, more…


Nested dolls in the Glebe
Nested dolls in the Glebe. Photo by Glen Gower, from the OttawaStart Flickr Pool.

Here are our contributors’ picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access:

Sunday, November 11: Remembrance Day at the Canadian War Museum
Lest we forget that it’s Remembrance Day this Sunday, November 11 and to pay tribute to our veterans’ sacrifices and to the lives lost overseas, be sure to partake in some of the Remembrance Week activities taking place at the Canadian War Museum over the coming days. Free admission on November 11 and special activities all week.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 
More about Ottawa’s Remembrance Day ceremonies here…

Until December 11: YOGA – to know it is to live it
Is there nothing in our culture today that comes close to holding as much wisdom into how to lead a happier, healthier life as yogic teaching does? Learn more about traditional yoga through a six-week workshop, Living Yoga: Exploring Yoga Philosophy the Yoga Sutras. With Jamine Ackert as your Guide, read about the teachings from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as well as take a look at a brief history of yoga and how it ended up in North America. Course is on Tuesday nights, starting November 6, 7-9:00 pm at the Makata Living Room in Old Ottawa South. Cost: $240. Credits for yoga teachers. Speaking of Jamine, you can catch her at Rama Lotus. She is the place to start if you’re new to, or even experienced with yoga. Approachable and friendly! If you can’t make it to a class, get her Yoga DVD for yourself, or a Christmas treat for someone you like/love! 
— Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator

Thursday, November 8: Comedy Social
A Comedy Night at the Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop (135 ½ Besserer St.) at 8:00 pm Suggested minimum donation of $2. Highlighting alternative comedy and performance art.
Rachelle Todd, comedian & actor:

Thursday, November 8, 2012: Ottawa Historical Association – Lecture: Nudism in Postwar CanadaFree event at 7:30pm in Room 2017 – Dunton Tower – Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive). I’m sure it will be a *very* serious event, and given that it is being held at an institute of higher learning, I’m also positive the audience will be full of serious-minded, fully clothed (if slightly red-faced), historical enthusiasts. Perhaps many of them undergraduates. Young. Eager to learn. Wondering if they should have worn that tie…
— Dennis Van Staalduinen, blogger & community activist

Friday, November 9: The Great Race
Enjoy an evening of 1920s themed revelry as over 30 model cars compete in this Great Gatsby inspired benefit party. Music, cocktails and a variety of door prizes, silent auction items and The Great Race of model cars set the stage for this roaring 20s style fundraiser that helps raise funds to buy art supplies for schools in need. Held at the 1920s era Westboro Masonic Hall, bid to win original art work from Alison Fowler, Andrew King as well as a line of donated items from businesses in the Wellington West, Westboro area. Dress the part, cheer on your favourite car and help inspire young artists all at the same time. 430 Churchill Ave. Doors open at 7pm. Cash bar. 19+ Tickets $10 online or at the door.
— Andrew King, artist

Friday, November 9: The Luyas
The Luyas, featuring members of Arcade Fire, Belle Orchestre, and Miracle Fortress, will be in Ottawa on Friday with a brand new album in tow. I’ve been listening to it all day on repeat. Here’s a tune from their new album.
— Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Saturday, November 10 – Neighborhood Toy Store Day
At Tag Along Toys in Kanata (499 Terry Fox Drive). Get a jump on holiday shopping and support local merchants and shopping local. Great fun for kids with on-site visits from Spiderman and Rapunzel from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., giveaways with every purchase and great store discounts!
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid

Saturday, November 10: Capital City Garrison at the new Toys R Us
Capital City Garrison is bringing some of our favourite Star Wars characters to the grand opening of Toys R Us in Kanata/Stittsville. The Garrison can usually be found dressed up in authentic Star Wars costumes at fundraisers around Ottawa and events like ComicCon. This time, they’re bringing Stormtroopers, Jedis, Princess Leia, Obi-wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Darth Vader to meet little (or big) fans. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to have your picture taken with a life-size working R2D2!
— Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl

Saturday, November 10: A Tribute To George Gershwin at Knox Presbyterian Church George Gershwin died before he was 40, but the number of memorable songs and jazz compositions which he wrote in that time is extraordinary: Summertime, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, and ‘S Wonderful are just a few. You can enjoy them Saturday as five well-known Ottawa jazz musicians play a tribute to Gershwin’s music. 
— Alayne McGregor,

Saturday, November 10: Tits ‘N’ Stache
November is a reminder that it’s also Movember, a month during which men grow at-times-horrible facial hair in an effort to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. As a result, various fundraising events are taking place throughout the month to raise money for the cause. For example, this Saturday, November 10, Ritual is hosting Tits ‘N’ Stache, a benefit fashion show for both the Breast Cancer Society and Movember. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Saturday, November 10: CD release for Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins
Not to be confused with Canadian legend Ronnie Hawkins, you might remember this Ron Hawkins from early 90’s Canadian indie rockers the Lowest of the Low. Here’s what he sounds like now: But even if you don’t, just get out there and celebrate one of the few Saturday nights left at the Elmdale in Hintonburg. As one of Ottawa’s last remaining old-school taverns, it’s hosted a hipster renaissance lately under proprietors Natalie and Bruce. But as of January, it’s becoming something else. Maybe (hopefully) something cool and gritty around the edges. But there probably won’t be a coin-op pool table anymore, and there certainly won’t be a giant pickled cheese jar on the countertop. So if nothing else: do it for the cheese.
— Dennis Van Staalduinen, blogger & community activist

Saturday, November 10:  From astronauts to moon rockets!Mr. Where Is My Van Joseph Arthur (of the former Lonely Astronauts) joins up with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud in RNDM Band this Saturday night at Algonquin Commons Theatre (1385 Woodroffe Avenue), $25, 8:30 pm (Doors: 7:30 pm). It’s an early show, so after that’s done, grab Joseph Arthur and the #95 downtown to The Atomic Rooster (303 Bank St.) and check out local rock trio Glorious Moonrockets. They kickoff their self-titled EP with the Sick Sick Sicks and Plaster Babies. Says lead man, Chris Landry: “We recorded these songs by ourselves in a little shed out in the country. We were left alone to make as much noise as we wanted, drink as much as we wanted, and play what we wanted. Nobody told us what to do or how to sound. After putting the finishing touches at Yogi’s Meatlocker, Landry and band mates drummer David Di Maria and bass player Jamie Gordon are ready to launch! 
— Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator

Saturday, November 10: Rookers Present – Canadian Legion Benefit ShowFor the 8th year in a row, Ottawa Street Rock band, THE ROOKERS, are hosting a benefit concert for the Canadian Legion at the Dominion Tavern (33 York Street). $10 Suggested Donation, 9:00 pm. Veterans, Legionnaires, Punks and Rockers alike come out in droves to unite together to pay tribute to Canada’s Veterans. The Rookers will be joined on stage this year by Ottawa Celtic Punk Band The Scally Cap Brats, Ottawa Punk Band Four Stroke and Canada’s oldest civilian pipe band The Sons of Scotland
— Sylvie Hillwriter, performer & educator

Tuesday, November 13: Poets Oana Avasillichioaei & Glen DowniePart of the Tree Reading Series at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave), starts at 8:00pm. Plus a free workshop by Barbara Myers on provisional endings at 6:45pm & an open mic set by local poets. I’m particularly jazzed about Oana’s reading because she’s a fascinating experimental poet who has been involved in interesting projects, including a collaborative book with Erin Moure. it will be a creative & inspiring evening. 
— Amanda Earl, poet & publisher 

Tuesday, November 13: Double Major – Space Robots and Urban HackingWhat do you get when you bring two specialists from two different fields together for a single discussion? You get Double Major–Carleton University Art Gallery and Carleton University Alumni Association’s series of public talks—and probably some very cool creative ideas. This third Double Major brings Helia Sharif, an engineer and space expert, together with Janak Alford, the artist, inventor and entrepreneur who runs workshop/hacker space prototypeD. 7 p.m. 
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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