BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Signatures Show is one of the largest craft fairs in Ottawa, and more than 150 artisans come from the Ottawa region, Montreal, and Toronto to sell their stuff. Scented soaps and candles, upcycled clothes and accessories, whimsical art and stationery, tasty gourmet foods and cuddly children’s toys — Signatures has everything you need to find gifts made with love for everyone on your list. The show kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and continues until Sunday, Nov. 15. General admission is $10. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., signaturesottawa.ca.
Hollywood: The Epics
Music — it’s just one aspect of our emotional connection to film. Who can deny the dread conjured by John Williams’s iconic Imperial March (known to most as Darth Vader’s theme) or the sense of adventure stirred by The Fellowship, Howard Shore’s sweeping piece from The Lord of the Rings? In Hollywood: The Epics, Pops conductor Jack Everly leads the orchestra in some favourite selections from Ben-Hur, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Star Wars, and more. The first performance is on Thursday, Nov. 12, with two more on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Tickets from $25. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
“Not every urban resident has a telescope. Not every student has an equal chance at becoming an astronaut or astrophysicist.” PopScope is trying to change that — and to reconnect a variety of communities to the night sky — by hosting free pop-up astronomy nights in public spaces. On Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5pm to 8pm, head to the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Canada to take a peek through their telescopes. Bonus: you can also take advantage of the free admission offered on Thursdays to explore the gallery’s permanent exhibits. Follow #Popscope on Twitter or @ottawapopscope on Instagram and check the Facebook page for event updates and future dates. Admission is free. National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., popscope.org.
Hawksley Workman is many things. He’s worked alone, with a band (he’s the drummer for indie rock group Mounties), as a one-man performer in a self-developed cabaret theatre (The God that Comes), and as a songwriter for others. His latest album, Old Cheetah, is Workman’s return to solo work after a five-year hiatus. It contains a variety of music that can only be accurately described by his website: “a swirling nuclear fusion of cabaret theatricality, glam rock and wantonly pop musical elements comes this defiantly unbridled and exuberantly unclassifiable collection of songs.” He’ll touch down in Ottawa for his Winter Bird Tour on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Bronson Centre at 8pm. Tickets from $33. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., bronsoncentre.ca.
(Off) Balance and Feelers
Depression is an all-too-common affliction among youth, a fact Naomi Tessler found out the hard way during her first year of university. The experience led her to a spiritual awakening, and she channeled her new-found energy into writing a play about her journey — (Off) Balance, which reflects on the stigma around mental illness and the lack of effective medical care. She performs it in a double-bill alongside Amelia Griffin, whose dance-theatre production Feelers meditates on women’s experiences in society. The performances begin on Friday, Nov. 13 and continue until Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets from $20. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., 613-765-5555, artscourt.ca.
Shop vintage items and handmade gifts at the final 613flea craft show of the year! Antique furniture and appliances, retro kitchen gadgets, baked goods, oil paintings, art prints, upcycled clothing, vinyl records, handmade jewellery, organic skin care products, and items made from reclaimed wood are just a few things you’ll find on offer. 613flea takes place on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. See website for more info. Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1015 Bank St., 613flea.ca.
Blumenstudio Christmas Open House
Kat Kosks, a German flower aficionado and owner of cafe/flower shop Blumenstudio, is known to pull one of the best espressos in Ottawa. Her charming little shop, located on Parkdale Avenue, is also known for throwing a very festive holiday season welcoming party. Stop by on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 3pm to 8pm for her Christmas Open House. There will be, of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and glühwein (a mulled wine traditionally served in Germany at Christmas), as well as a few other jolly surprises. Admission is free. 465 Parkdale Ave., 613 680 8400, blumenstudio.ca.
Pascale Arpin’s Arctic inspired works
An Arctic resident for the past five years, Pascale Arpin will visit Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 15 with her illustrations and paintings of the northern setting that she now calls home. Her minimalist pieces explore the relationship between the land, wildlife, and survival, celebrating the harmony between humans and animals that has been crucial to the Inuit, who live in one of the world’s coldest regions. Enjoy them in the easy atmosphere of the Oz Kafe over a cup of tea or glass of wine (or straight vodka – we don’t judge here). Admission is free. 361 Elgin St., 613-234-0907, ozkafe.com.