In less than four years, Toronto dream pop darlings Alvvays have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the indie music scene. Since the release of their debut, eponymous album in 2014, they’ve raked in nominations from the Polaris, Juno, and Independent Music Awards, to name just a few. One thing’s for sure — their songs about unrequited love will probably be the catchiest you’ve ever heard. They perform on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets from $20. Purchase tickets here. Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-4723 ext. 6442, algonquinsa.com.
Ottawa International Film Festival
OIFF screens more than 30 short and feature length films from Canada and around the world. Some notable entries in the lineup: My Enemy, My Brother, a documentary about two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who become friends; The Sandwich Nazi, which tells the real-life story of a former male escort who makes sandwiches for Vancouver’s homeless; and Kurayami No Wa, a short horror film directed by an Ottawa high school student. The festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 16 and continues until Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets from $12. See website for more info and showtimes. Cineplex Theatres, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., oiff.ca.
African Film Festival of Ottawa
The first of the its kind in Ottawa, the African Film Festival highlights award winning cinema from Africa. On opening night, check out Africa Paradis, a satire that reverses the immigration narrative and shows Europeans fleeing their collapsing economies for an Africa in full bloom. The festival begins on Friday, Oct. 16 and continues until Sunday, Oct. 25. General admission $13 per film. All tickets are available at the door by cash purchase only. River Building Theatre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-232-6727, cfi-icf.ca.
He’s appeared in dozens of Hollywood comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Death at a Funeral, and the later entries in the Scary Movie franchise, but Kevin Hart got his start on stage as a stand-up comic. Now’s your chance to see his latest act, the What Now Tour, at the Canadian Tire Centre this Friday, Oct. 16. Tickets from $50. Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100, canadiantirecentre.com.
The Freewheeling Curator
On Saturday, Oct. 17, artisans and vendors from the Ottawa region come together to share their unique products at The Freewheeling Curator. Browse jewellery, gourmet foods, apparel, skin care, pottery and art, home décor, and more. Participating vendors, among many others, include Strut Jewelry, Winged Beast Outfitters, Scrub Inspired, Moo Shu Ice Cream, and N-Product. Admission is $5, but parking is free. 10am to 5pm. Maker Space North, 250 City Centre Ave., thefreewhelingcurator.com.