OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Winter hiking, Christmas Lights, Twelfth Night, more…


Sleigh Ride. Photo by Dan Gamache, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

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

All week: Winter hiking in the Greenbelt 
The weather is perfect for a walk in the woods—and a little outdoor recreation is a great way to start off the new year. Try one of the Greenbelt Trails at Mer Bleue or Stony Swamp that are open for walking as well as snowshoeing. Stay on the trail and dress warmly. And take a camera—the snowy scenery is amazing.
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Until January 7: Christmas Lights Across Canada
This is the last weekend to check out the Christmas lights downtown. 350,000 lights on Parliament Hill and Confederation Boulevard are on from 4:30pm to 2:00am until January 7.  Also the last weekend for the big display at Upper Canada Village.
— Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of  

Wednesday-Friday, January 2-4: Holiday Spy Camp at the Diefenbunker
Tired of your kids sneaking around the house? Send them to Spy Camp! This holiday season, the Diefenbunker is offering Spy Camp on January 2, 3 and 4. “The Art of Espionage” will give kids an introduction to Making and Breaking Codes, Master of Disguise and the Science Behind Spying. Come for one day or all three!
Laura Gauthier

Saturday, January 5: A Company of Fools presents Twelfth Night
At the NAC Fourth Stage. “Join the Fool’s at this fantastic evening of feasting, fun and fundraising and prizes. We’ll crown the new King (or Queen) of the Fools, entertain you with snippetts from past cast and fan favourites AND announce the coming season including our 10th anniversary Torchlight Shakespeare Tour.”
— GG

Saturday, January 5: Kenji Omae, Peter Hum, Alec Walkington and Jeff Asselin 
The lyrical Ottawa-raised, Korea-based saxophonist Kenji Omae is back in his hometown for the holidays and annual concert. He’s joined by a fine combination of Montreal and Ottawa musicians, including highly talented Jeff Asselin on drums.
— Brett Delmage,

Sunday, January 6: Jazz Vespers with Mike Tremblay and Mark Ferguson
All Saints Anglican/First United Church (347 Richmond Road), 4:30pm. “Jazz Vespers is a very present form of a very ancient tradition. From the earliest days of the Christian church, there has been some sort of reverence made to mark the end of the day.”
— GG

Monday, January 7: Crush Improv at Cafe Dekcuf
The monthly Crush Improv ‘Bout Time show is temporarly out of a home with renovations happening at the Elmdale Tavern. The group will be trying out different venues for the first few months of 2013, starting with Cafe Dekcuf on Rideau Street. Starts at 8:00pm. I’ll be playing piano.
— GG

Tuesday, January 8: Tree Reading Series
At Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.). Jennifer Pederson on Sound Techniques: Voice and Mics, Part 1 at 6:45. Taylor at 8pm. A free workshop to help performers & readers of poetry & prose followed by an open mic for poetry and Wakefield Poet Bruce Taylor. Start your new year off with learning & fine poetry.
— Amanda Earl, poet & publisher 

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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1 Response

  1. Denise says:

    One further suggestion: Music and comedy with Derek Miller, Melody McIvor, Jasper, Digging Roots, Ryan McMahon and Don Kelly at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Saturday, January 5, 8 p.m. It&#39;s a benefit for Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More Camp on Victoria Island. Tickets are $20.<br />- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa

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