BY AMY ALLEN & NICOLINA LEONE
Nicknamed “Indie Lindi” by the music scene in her hometown of Toronto, Ortega’s music is an eclectic blend of country, jazz, rock, and folk. She’s just released her latest album, Faded Gloryville, and she performs in support of it on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the National Arts Centre with special guest Sam Cash. $30. National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
After Funk at the Rainbow Bistro
After Funk, a Toronto-based power funk group, are known for putting on a fun show. With their progressive funk and soul sound, they’ve opened for the likes of Walk Off the Earth and Kung Fu, and they’ve played on festival stages alongside Lauryn Hill, Zeds Dead, and Flying Lotus. The four core members provide vocals, keyboard, bass, guitar, and drums, but often bring in other elements such as a horn section. Catch them at the Rainbow Bistro on Thursday, Oct. 29 with special guests Guru Jambalaya and LOVEGOOD. The show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info, see Facebook. The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St., 613-241-5123, therainbow.ca.
The destruction of war goes well beyond blasted buildings and ravaged countryside. It also leaves scars on the psyche, and Jake’s Gift, a one-woman play by Julia Mackey, is the story of a veteran who finally comes to terms with his demons when he befriends a 10-year-old girl on the shores of Juno Beach. The play opens on Thursday, Oct. 29 and continues until Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets from $31. See website for info. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W., 613-236-5196, gctc.ca.
Wine and Food Show
The Food and Wine Show marks its 30th anniversary this year, and it’s still touted as one of the city’s most appetizing events. From Friday, Oct. 30 until Sunday, Nov. 1, you can drop in, socialize, and sample some of the yummiest food and drink this city has to offer. If you stop by after 5.30pm on Halloween, come in costume because they will be having a Haute Halloween party complete with cocktails, dancing, and prizes. Tickets from $20, which can be purchased here. See website for info and complete schedule of events. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., 613-563-1984, ottawawineandfoodfestival.com.
Taiwan Film Night
In a Taiwan village, a woman’s life is swept away by a typhoon. She loses her husband, and her business is on the verge of collapse, too, when she receives a message that makes her doubt whether her husband is really dead. The Boar King, the second film by Taiwanese director Chen-ti Kuo, is a gripping mystery, but it’s also about loss, second chances, and finding the courage to make a fresh start. The film screens on Friday, Oct. 30 as part of the Canadian Film Institute’s Taiwan Film Nights. Admission is free. See website for info. Carleton University, River Building Theatre, 1125 Colonel By Dr., cfi-icf.ca.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and perennial Halloween favourite — at least around these parts. Each year, the Mayfair Theatre holds a Rocky Horror viewing party that includes shadow casts (a group of costumed fans who act out the movie while it’s playing), call backs (live commentary by audience members), and bubbles. Costumes are encouraged. And remember, they use real butter on their popcorn! Screenings take place on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9.15pm and 11.55pm, with further screenings on Saturday, Oct. 31. See website for full schedule. Tickets are $15. The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., 613-730-6552, mayfairtheatre.ca.
Ottawa’s very own PepTides have the distinction of being voted best live performance in the city. Their upbeat, avant-garde pop, characterized by exciting choreography, layered vocal harmonies, and colourful performances, is often juxtaposed with more serious, thoughtful lyrics. This Saturday, Oct. 31, they play a Halloween show, Disco Apocalypse, at St. Alban’s Church. Tickets are $12 in advance on their website and $15 at the door. St. Alban’s Church, 454 King Edward Ave., 613-235-4351.
Owning with the Gaze
We live in a photo-obsessed world, where people often whip out their phones and take a snap of whatever they want with little thought to what they’re doing. Owning with the Gaze, a curated exhibition by Cree/Métis artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle, features the work of seven indigenous and non-indigenous artists as they tackle questions surrounding this issue — particularly with regards to technology use and our responsibility to the land. The vernissage, which includes live tattooing by artist Dion Kaszas, is on Saturday, Oct. 31. The exhibition continues until Saturday, Nov. 28. Admission is free. See website for info. Gallery 101, 51B Young St., 613-230-2799, g101.ca.