BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, Dec. 12
The tale of Aslan and the four Pevensie children, who join forces to eliminate the perpetual winter brought on by the evil White Witch, is as beloved as it is fantastic. Catch Narnia, the musical version of C.S. Lewis’s timeless novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, at Centrepointe Theatre. It runs until December 21. Tickets start at $33.
In Traces, students from the Ottawa School of Dance tackle works by internationally renowned contemporary dance choreographers, including Darryl Tracy, Serge Bennathan, Yvonne Coutts, and Sylvie Desrosiers. On at the Arts Court Theatre. Tickets are $25.
Indie rock band The Strumbellas, whose music has often been referred to as “folk popgrass”, has only been around for six years. But that hasn’t stopped them from being wildly successful — their debut album, My Father and the Hunter, was nominated for a Juno. Their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, was a Juno winner. They perform at Mavericks on Friday night. Tickets are $13.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Foodies won’t want to miss the Flavours of Ottawa: Westboro Holiday Market. Local food artisans — including newcomers Nat’s Bread, Texas Heat, Meow! That’s Hot, The Sweet Shot, and Spread the Love Jams — are selling their homemade gourmet products. Pies, cake pops, macarons, teas, chutneys, chocolate, salad dressings, and gluten free baked goods are just a few of the items you’ll be able to pick up for yourself or a loved one. Admission is free.
Bring the family and learn more about how spies operate at How the Grinch Spied on Christmas. Activities include spy-related problem solving and crafts; afterwards, treat yourself to some hot chocolate and take a tour around Ottawa’s Cold War museum. Free with admission to the Diefenbunker.
Country singer-songwriter Mike Plume comes to the capital with his namesake band, performing songs from his extensive, roots-heavy discography. He takes the stage at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night. Tickets start at $20.
Sunday, Dec. 14
A beloved Ottawa antique shop and social enterprise, Highjinx recently moved to its new location on Catherine Street. In celebration, the owners are holding a vernissage and kitchen party in support of local artists. The art show features eight artists, and visitors are invited to bring their own instruments for an informal jam session. Admission is free, but proceeds from artworks purchased go towards helping the vulnerable in the community.
The Radio Show, always a popular event at The Gladstone, is back for its Christmas Classics edition. A song and story spectacular, it includes live renditions of The Gift of the Magi, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Little Prince, and more. Tickets start at $34.