OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Rock ‘n’ roll speed dating, an all-girl Weezer cover band, a tea festival and more…


Clocks turn back one hour early on Sunday morning, which means one more hour to catch up on sleep so that you can enjoy all the great events happening in Ottawa this week.  Thanks to all of our contributors for the great suggestions.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me:
SINGLES: Here’s a great event for all the single guys and gals out there. It’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Speed Dating at the Shanghai restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 3. You get 20 dates for $20. It will be hosted by the always fun China Doll and music will be provided by DJ Sweetcheeks. There are a couple of spots left, so contact Lisa Corkery at to register. Proceeds go to CKCU’s funding drive!

Brett Delmage,
JAZZ: This is the third November in which a cafe in Buckingham, Quebec has run its own jazz festival. For the next three Fridays, the Cafe des Artists de la Lièvre is sponsoring Buckingham Buzz Jazz. Each night features two local jazz acts, ranging from vocalists to quartets. November 4 opens with the Tim Bedner Trio, whose jazz chops are impeccable, but whose music is highly accessible.

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod’s Owner:
COVER BAND: All-girl Weezer cover band Sheezer (with guests Camp Radio) play Zaphod’s on Saturday, November 5. “Since they’ve got rivers cuomo’s seal of approval, shouldn’t they have yours?” – Toronto Star.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador:  
SOUNDS FOR THE SILENT: An acoustic showcase Saturday at 7:30pm at the Shenkman Centre in Orleans . Four performing acts using music to promote social action. Tickets are $20. The creation of a group of youth activists in the east end, this concert sold out last year. A portion of the proceeds of this year’s event will be directed to Sudan.
(also recommended by Laura Nicol)

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:  
COMMUNITY: The creative people at Apartment613 have declared November Support Local month, featuring local food and drink, musicians, artists and businesses. This week includes a book launch and solo show by musician and author Dave Bidini on Friday, Nov. 4 at Irene’s Pub, an Urban Craft Market and Craft Crawl starting Saturday, November 5 at the GCTC, and more.

Jean Labelle and Stephan Telka:
FESTIVALS: Jean says: The Ottawa Tea Festival is on Saturday, November 5 from 11am-6pm. You will have the unique opportunity to try a wide selection of teas from different regions in the world and to learn about their culture. Stephan says: The Festival includes Japanese and Korean tea ceremonies, Sri Lankan and Indian dance presentations, speakers and lots of free samples.
 (also recommended by Juliette Giannesini)

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:    
KIDS: The Children’s Storytelling Festival takes place on Saturday at Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington Street). The Festival includes free programming from noon to 4 pm. There will be crafts, Baobab dance and drumming, and plenty of storytelling. My daughter and I participated a few years ago and she loved every minute of it!

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
KIDS: On Saturday, November 5 – the Children’s Reading Series @ the Canadian Children’s Museum, in conjunction with the fun Much More Munsch exhibition, learn about more about Munsch and meet Marie-Louise Gay, author/illustrator of more than 60 books, including the wildly popular Stella series. She’ll give a hands-on workshop for kids and families featuring her latest book, Caramba and Henry. 2:30pm.

Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: Want to participate in a food festival that spans more than one Canadian city? Consider Feast of Flavour: Canada’s Holistic Food Experience. Organized by the Canadian Association of Holisitic Nutrition Professionals. The festival celebrates the therapeutic and healing properties of food. Ottawa Chef Michael Blackie and Toronto Chef Lynn Crawford will be the headlining guests at the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin Street) on Saturday, November 5. $87 per person, or 20% off with the discount code “FOODIEPRINTS”.

Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog:  
BLUES: Has eating all of those Hallowe’en candy given you the blues? Head down to the Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue North, on Saturday, November 5, for the CD release party for Michael Jerome Browne and get down with blues. This Montreal-based musician is a multi-Juno Award nominee, a winner of the Maple Blues Acoustic Artist of the Year, and winner of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Artist of the Year. Tickets for Saturday’s event are just $20.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre: 
GALA: This weekend, I’m is really looking forward to attending the Ottawa Hospital Gala on Saturday evening at the Westin Hotel. It’s an evening of great food and entertainment, all in support of the great team at the Ottawa Hospital.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:

FASHION: The Vintage Clothing Sale is Sunday at the Chateau Laurier in support of the Ottawa Food Bank! Awesome chance to get one of a kind items and support a great cause! 

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
POETRY: Sunday, November 6, 2pm at Collected Works, 1242 Wellington St. W. Launch of the fall issue of the Bywords Quarterly Journal with music by Marie-Josee Houle & poetry by Daniel Boland, Brigette de Pape, Ryan Pratt, Carol Stephen & Jean Van Loon.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:  
HEALTH: Almost 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over 50 in Canada have osteoporosis, but prevention starts early – so to raise awareness and support, Osteoporosis Canada’s Ottawa Chapter is holding a “Bone China Tea” luncheon on Sunday, November 6, noon-3:00 p.m. at Tudor Hall, 3750 North Bowesville Road. A special treat is guest speaker Michael Dunn, former Chef to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Admission $50 (with partial tax receipt).

Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:
CLASSICAL: This week the Strings of St. John’s will be featuring Gelena Nekrasova, violin, and Rick Tersteeg, cello in Solos for Strings.  At Woodroffe United Church Catherine Donkin and Amélie Langlois perform piano duets.   As Remembrance Day nears, there is a special tribute concert with mutiple forces at Dominion-Chalmers.  The Ottawa Choral Society sings at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.  And the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra plays at the NAC.  Plenty of opportunities for the classical music fan.  Find out about all these and more at Classical Music Ottawa.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of
MISCELLANY: Crush Improv’s monthly Monday night improv show is on Nov. 7 at the Elmdale Tavern … Handmade Harvest Holiday Craft Show is in Almonte on Friday and Saturday … Reel Thursdays at the Mercury Lounge … The Ottawa Small Press Fair is at Jack Purcell on Saturday… the 38th annual Craft Christmas Gift Sale is at the Nepean Sportsplex all weekend … Savour Ottawa is holding a networking summit on Monday … and the School of the Photographic Arts is holding an open house on Friday.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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