BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Basia Bulat at the Ottawa Jazz Fest’s Benefit Concert
Basia Bulat is a rising star in the Canadian folk scene. She has been nominated for two Juno Awards — in 2011 for New Artist of the Year and again in 2014 for her album Tall Tall Shadow. On Thursday, Nov. 19, she performs songs from her upcoming album, Good Advice, at the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s annual benefit concert and live auction. Prizes at the live auction include vacations, spa packages, gift cards, concert tickets, shopping trips, and more. Tickets $50. See website for more info. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., ottawajazzfestival.com.
European Union Film Festival
The European Union Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. On opening night, Friday, Nov. 20, the festival screens Baby(a)lone, a Luxembourg film that tells the coming-of-age story of X and Shirley, two troubled teens who embark on a journey of self-discovery that is as dangerous as it is fulfilling. The festival runs until Thursday, Dec. 10, with more than two dozen award-winning and acclaimed European films to see. General admission is $13 per film; $9 for students and seniors. See website for full film schedule. ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St., cfi-icf.ca.
Ottawa Pop Expo
Dust off your lightsaber, get out your Star Trek paraphernalia, and mingle with like-minded minions at Ottawa Pop Expo from Saturday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 22. William Shatner will be on site Friday evening and Saturday morning, along with other familiar faces from TV and movies. Discover how to control your mind at the Jedi Academy, learn how to play a selection of board games and compete in tournaments, get autographs, attend Q&A’s and photo ops, and participate in a costume contest. There are kids’ activities, including a costume contest just for them. See website for full schedule. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., ottawapopexpo.ca.
The 2002 single “A Thousand Miles” has long been — and probably always will be — Vanessa Carlton’s most popular song. And it seems she’s okay with that. In the years since, she’s experimented with her sound, releasing songs with progressively darker themes and more mature lyrics. They’re the songs, in short, that she wanted to write. Her new record, Liberman, continues in that vein, blended with a dash of dream pop. She performs at Mavericks on Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets $27. Mavericks, 221 Rideau St., 613-562-3941, mavericksbar.com.
Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show – Celebrate the Makers
It’s the season of giving and getting, and at Capital Pop Up this Saturday, Nov. 21, you can do both. Makerspace North will host the artisan sale from noon to 5pm. There is a $2 admission fee that goes to the Shepherds of Good Hope (the giving). Once inside, peruse the vendors, the bakers, and the candlestick-makers for things to add to your home, your kitchen, or wardrobe (the getting). There will also be an ornament-making workshop for kids and adults. Follow them on Facebook; new vendors are signing on daily. Makerspace North, 250 City Centre, Bay 216, capitalpopup.ca.
When St. John’s septet Hey Rosetta! write a song, they set down a foundation of warm acoustic melodies. Then they layer it with a panoply of instruments — cellos, violins, and French horns. Their folk rock music has been described as mysterious, resonant, and unmistakable, and in their new album Second Sight, they push their songwriting to the next level. They perform at the National Arts Centre on Sunday, Nov. 22 alongside special guests Yukon Blonde, with whom they wrote the protest song “Land You Love”. Tickets from $29. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.