BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, Nov. 14
Canada doesn’t have an action hero of its own, but Elliot “White Lightning” Scott is hell-bent on changing that. Documentary filmmakers Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau follow him in his harebrained quest to produce a low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight, despite the toll it takes on his personal relationships. The Ottawa premiere of Kung Fu Elliot screens at the Mayfair Theatre on Friday night. Tickets are $10.
Folk songstress Lynne Hanson launched her solo career in 2006, after performing alongside jazz guitarist Shane Simpson for five years. She celebrates the release of her fourth studio album, River of Sand, with a performance at the National Arts Centre. Tickets start at $25.
Saturday, Nov. 15
Artist Bill McCann’s paintings are instantly recognizable thanks his use of bright colours and his unique portrayal of human subjects. But his new exhibition at the Orange Art Gallery, titled Black, White, and Colour, marks a departure from his signature style — most of the works in the collection are entirely colourless, and focus not just on the subjects themselves, but also on the negative space they inhabit. On until November 23. Admission is free.
Hip hop artist Alex Silas has come a long way in his journey as a musician. He relocated from Moncton to Ottawa to pursue his career in music, choosing to rely on traditional instruments rather than samples when it came to creating his sound. Along with his band the Subterraneans and his various collaborators, he celebrates the release of his first full length album, Roots, at Ritual Nightclub. Tickets are $10.
With his camera in hand, photographer and blogger Ming Wu has captured hundreds of musical performances in Ottawa, including some of the city’s rising stars. This weekend, the Black Sheep Inn honours his contributions to the music scene with WuFest. The fest kicks off on Friday, but be sure to catch Little Scream on Saturday night. She takes to the stage alongside special guests Pony Girl and Giant Hand. Tickets start at $10. Two-day passes are $15 in advance.
Sunday, Nov. 16
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at Sandy Hill’s One and Only Craft Show. A variety of local artisans are there to sell their wares, which include clothing, art, bath and beauty products, gourmet goods, home décor, and jewellery. Admission is free, and includes a buffet.
Gypsophilia started as a Django Reinhardt tribute, but before long, they were composing their own music infused with a blend of klezmer, gypsy jazz, indie rock, bebop, and funk. They perform at the Black Sheep Inn on Sunday night. Tickets start at $10.