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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday, September 26: The Bernie Worrell Orchestra
The Up & Up Revue, World Famous Music and House of PainT have teamed up to present the Bernie Worrell Orchestra live at Babylon this Thursday, September 26. The co-founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, synth pioneer of the Talking Heads and source of countless Dr Dre samples is bringing his new 9-piece orchestra to Ottawa and Phil Motion and the Easy Lo-Fi will open the night to get the crowd warmed up.
— Eliane Laberge
Thursday, September 26: Purplepalooza 2013
A live concert to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Cocktails, dinner, bands, auctions, prizes…and all for a good cause?! Why not come out and get your purple on!
— Laura Gauthier
Thursday, September 26: Vanishing of the Bees Film
As part of Organic Week in Canada, the Canadian Organic Growers–Ottawa-St. Lawrence-Outaouais are hosting a screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, about the importance of honeybees and how they’re disappearing around the world. Since it’s Organic Week, why not also check out a farmers’ market this weekend?
— Denise Deby
Thursday-Saturday, September 26-28: One World Film Festival
This annual festival offers up documentaries from around the world on social justice and the environment. Keep an eye out for the Thursday world premiere of Partners for Peace, about a Nobel Peace Laureate-led delegation to Israel and Palestine; one of the delegates and the Ottawa-based filmmaker will speak following the film. Other filmmakers attending screenings of their films are for Last Chance (about political refugees in Canada, on Friday) and Silence is Gold (about Canadian mining companies in Africa, on Saturday). Dear Mandela, an award-winning documentary about shack-dwellers in South Africa who call on their government to fulfill its post-apartheid promises to provide housing, runs Saturday.
— Denise Deby
Friday, September 27: Mayor’s Breakfast Series
The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce/Ottawa Business Journal Mayor’s Breakfast Series features guest speaker Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada. This series is an important forum for issues that are vital to Ottawa’s prosperity and quality of life. The breakfast is held at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Avenue West in the Jean Pigott Hall at 7:15am-9:00am. It includes a buffet breakfast followed by a presentation in the Andrew Haydon Council Chambers. At every breakfast, I provide an update for attendees on recent city hall issues and initiatives. Tickets are $35 for chamber members, $45 for non-chamber members.
— Jim Watson
Friday, September 27: Spotlight On… Robyn Bresnahan
CBC Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan is the special guest as part of Crush Improv’s Spotlight On… series. Robyn will tell real life stories and then the Crush cast will perform unscripted comedic scenes based on her stories. I’ll be playing along on piano. At Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 8pm.
— Glen Gower
Saturday, September 28: Plan 99 Reading Series
5:00pm at the Manx Pub, free. Local poet & editor of Carleton U’s In/Words Magazine, Chris Johnson opens for Elizabeth Bachinsky, the author of five poetry collections.
— Amanda Earl
Saturday, September 28: 2013 PunkOttawa.com Flea Market
The punkottawa.com flea market is back this Saturday, September 28 at Mac Hall inside the Bronson Centre. This is the place to go if you’re looking to buy and sell records, clothing, crafts, jewelry, vegan treats, toys, video games, trinkets and more with proceeds going to the Cat Rescue Network, the Wild Bird Care Centre and Westminster Pet Sanctuary.
— Eliane Laberge
Sunday, September 29: The Recoilers
This Sunday, as part of its 20th Music Series, The Manx is hosting a reunion of The Recoilers. Remember these guys? They were great. It’s a free show. You have to go. I said so.
— Ryan Bresee
Sunday, September 29: Nick Fraser Quartet featuring Tony Malaby at GigSpace
Jazz drummer Nick Fraser (ex-Ottawa, now Toronto) was recently inspired by renowned NYC saxophonist Tony Malaby to create an album full of fascinating textures and dynamic music. It got a great response when unveiled at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival in February, and now Fraser’s quartet is back for a repeat show — which, of course, won’t be the same because the tunes are improvised differently each time. Expect kinetic contemporary jazz, along with Malaby’s complex and intense tenor sax.
— Brett Delmage
Saturday, September 28 til Thursday, October 31: Saunders Farm Haunting Season Begins
Come and celebrate Canada’s Favourite Haunt featuring live original shows, Haunted Hayrides, a Barn of Terror, acres of pumpkins and lots of famous attractions. Located just west of Ottawa in Munster Hamlet.
— Sara-Lynne Levine
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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