BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Ottawa Maker’s Market
Ottawa has a thriving artisan community, and Ottawa Maker’s Market is proof of that. On Thursday, Oct. 8, head over to Orange Art Gallery for After Hours, a special late night edition of the market. Peruse skin care products (Scrub Inspired), jewellery (Strut and Wildtree), pottery (Clay Pigeon Design), ice cream truffles (Moo Shu), preserves (Lowertown Canning Co.), and more, all while you chow down on gourmet Asian food by Angry Dragonz and delicious plantain chips by Plátanos. Admission is pay-what-you-can. See Facebook event page for more info. Orange Art Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave., 613-761-1500, orangeartgallery.ca.
Missed some of the shows you wanted to see at Ottawa Fringe? Don’t worry. Fringe Encore is here to give you a second chance. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, two acclaimed plays are returning to the stage at Arts Court for a double bill. In the first, I think my boyfriend should have an accent, playwright and performer Emily Pearlman tells stories that, among other things, caution against the romanticization of strangers. In the second, Moonlight After Midnight by Fringe darling Martin Dockery, a complex layering of scenes slowly unravels the mystery of a meeting between a man and a woman in a hotel room. The double bill continues until Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets are from $15. See website for more info. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., 613-765-5555, artscourts.ca.
Laura Demers’ work explores conundrums between surface and space in painting and how the medium can be a filter for our vision of the world. Demers enjoys working with painting and collage and combines both strengths for her latest exhibit, Unknown Destinations, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 8 and running to Sunday, Oct. 25. Landscapes become fragmented and unusual details are accentuated, creating a beautiful canvas of colour and texture. Admission is free. Studio Sixty Six, 202-66 Muriel St., 613-800-1641, studiosixtysix.ca.
In 2013, Séan McCann left Great Big Sea after 20 successful years as one of its founding members. When asked why, he told CBC’s Bob Mersereau, “the band was where [he] hid” from his problems with alcohol. In his latest solo album, Help Your Self, he faces down his demons and charts a path to a brighter future. He performs on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a second show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets from $25. See website for more info. The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com.
Watson’s Mill Harvest Festival
On Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10am to 5pm, join the celebration of all things fall at Watson’s Mill. Partake in everything from pumpkin decorating to children’s crafts to family friendly games, or hop on a free wagon ride around Manotick Village. Dickinson House, right across from the mill, hosts live music on the lawn from 11am to 3.30pm. Don’t forget to drop by the Carriage Shed Used Book Sale and the Manotick Farmer’s Market, too. Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick 613-692-6455, watsonsmill.com.
Thanksgiving Weekend at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the crops that will sustain us throughout the winter months. To celebrate the harvest, head to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Saturday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 12 and get the inside scoop on making delicious fall soups and apple spice caramel cake. You can also learn about a pumpkin’s life cycle and sample some apple cider. Included with admission to the museum: $10; $8 for seniors and students; $7 for children three to 12; free for children under three. See the website for more info. 901 Prince of Wales Dr., 613-991-3044 , cafmuseum.techno-science.ca.
Harvest Brunch at the Museum of Nature
Not your typical brunch option for your Thanksgiving Sunday (or any day for that matter), but a very unique opportunity nonetheless. Head to the Museum of Nature on Sunday, Oct. 11 for fall fare — going beyond just bacon and eggs, a sample of the buffet selection includes an omelette station, turkey with all the fixings, sour caramel-glazed ham, assorted harvest salads and soup, and desserts from the pumpkin and apple pantry. Once you’ve had your fill, walk off those calories and check out the museum’s permanent exhibits. Each brunch includes general admission to the museum, as well as the tip. Admission is $40. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4700, nature.ca.