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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
** ** Thursday, December 12:
[ MusicOntario Presents: Money!! Making a Living Making Music ](https://www.facebook.com/events/456041451180746/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming)
Are you a musician? Do you want to learn how you can actually make a few bucks? Zaphod’s is hosting an event by MusicOntario that will go over the many options musicians have to get their music heard while getting paid at the same time. You’ll hear from both musicians and industry professionals.
_ – Ryan Bresee _
** ** Friday, December 13: The Frantics: Older, but Much Wider **
You might remember The Frantics from their CBC radio comedy show in the ‘80’s, or their appearances at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, but even if not, you’re likely to enjoy their live show. The quirky Canadian comedy quartet that created Mr. Canoehead and other cultural icons appears at 8 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
_ – Denise Deby _
** ** Friday-Sunday, December 13-December 15: The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Christmas Market **
The Museum of Civilization’s 3rd annual Christmas Market continues this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With 50 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the area.
_ – Eliane Laberge _
** ** Saturday, December 14: How the Grinch Spied on Christmas **
Learn how to be a spy by examining the spy of all Christmas spies, the Grinch! Children will participate in story time and arts and crafts, while learning about spy skills and the Diefenbunker! Cookies and hot chocolate will follow for all to enjoy!
1:00pm at the Diefenbunker Museum.
_ – Sara-Lynne Levine _
** ** Saturday, December 14: AB Series 3rd Annual Xmas Party **
With poets bill bissett, Adeena Karasick and musician Glenn Nuotio. At Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. at 8pm. This will be a fun evening of music & poetry by three accomplished folk. bissett has been referred to as an “energetic man-child mystic.” Karasick’s writing has been described as “electricity in language.” Nuotio’s mix of pop & chamber music with a nod to the cabaret is charming. Tickets $16
_ – Amanda Earl _
** ** Saturday, December 14: Loon Choir, Pony Girl and Erik Lind and The Orchard **
Over in Wakefield, Loon Choir, Pony Girl and Erik Lind and the Orchard will be giving a live show this Saturday, December 14 at the Blacksheep Inn. For those who’d rather not drive from Ottawa, there will be a party bus leaving from the Museum of Nature at approximately 8:00 pm.
_ – Eliane Laberge _
** Saturday, December 14: A Very Be Bop Christmas at the Hanoi Pho **
Sappy strings and unctuous vocals? Christmas music doesn’t have to be like that, as you’ll hear when saxophonist Bernard Stepien and guitarist Nathan Corr play Saturday evening. They’re taking their inspiration from bebop pioneer Charlie Parker, who turned “White Christmas” into arresting jazz back in 1948. This gig will be particularly convenient for east-enders who need a break from Christmas shopping, as this Vietnamese restaurant is on Innes Road in the south-east end of Orleans (and for the rest of you, it’s on the cross-city OC Transpo route 94).
_ – Brett Delmage _
** Sunday, December 15 **
** : Healthy Living & Cooking Show **
This event will showcase how to prepare delicious Gluten Free, Vegan HEART SMART gourmet recipes for you and guests to enjoy! Presented by Chef Justin Scott (Kudos Cuisine) and Manali Haridas, Lifestyle coach (Zen for You). Sure to be a yummy treat!
_ – Laura Gauthier _
Have a great week! **
** See also: ** Ottawa Events Guide
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