BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Cellar Door Film Festival
Speculative film fest Cellar Door ventures into the fantastic, the futuristic, and the downright frightening. On opening night, Thursday, Nov. 5, catch Liza, the Fox-Fairy, a Hungarian black comedy about a 30-something woman who gets turned into a fox demon by her imaginary friend — the ghost of a Japanese pop star, who is jealous of her love life. Soon, all the men she dates start to die in bizarre and mysterious ways… The festival runs until Saturday, Nov. 7. Advance admission $9; on-site admission $12 (cash only); festival passes $40. See website for complete schedule and venue info. cdff.ca.
Fifteen years ago, many Afghan citizens who wanted to make a phone call had to walk to neighbouring Pakistan to do it. Today, the country’s youth are using cell phones to communicate on social media. On Thursday, Nov. 5, Karim Khoja, the Canadian CEO of telecommunications firm Roshan, talks about how his company has been instrumental to the digital revolution in Afghanistan — how it has connected Afghan citizens with each other, helped doctors in remote locations perform surgery, even provided access to financial services in the absence of banks. Founded by the Literary Review of Canada, Spur Festival tackles some of the toughest questions facing not just Canadians, but the world at large. The festival continues until Sunday, Nov. 8. Admission from $5, though prices vary by event.See website for complete schedule and venue info. spurfestival.ca.
Performance Voyage 5
Free admission AND a complimentary Finlandia cocktail, courtesy of the Embassy of Finland?! Count us in. Performance Voyage 5, the fifth installment of a performance-based video show that incorporates the work of 13 national artists, focuses on issues surrounding nationality, family, homelessness, immigration, and national and political views. The show takes place on Thursday, Nov. 5 at SAW Gallery. See their Facebook event for more details. SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St., 613-236-6181, galeriesawgallery.com.
Privé Night Market
Many of Ottawa’s favourite restaurateurs (Occo Kitchen! Nacho Cartel!) and makers (Dragonfly Studio! Ode to August!) will all be in one place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Privé Night Market, a street food and shopping festival that’s also a contemporary night market. DJs and drinks will keep you entertained while you shop. Get a head start on Christmas, or just find something cool for yourself! Advance tickets are only $10; $15 at the door starting at 7pm. Food vendors and the bar accept cash only, and all food is priced between $4 and $5. Vegan and gluten-free options available. ATMs on site. 4pm to 11pm. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., itsprive.ca.
Something New Edinburgh
New Edinburgh, a neighbourhood just east of downtown Ottawa, is getting in on the craft fair craze. On this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am to 3pm, Something New Edinburgh showcases some of the ‘hood’s top treats and handmade goods. Tote bags will be sold for $5, with all proceeds going to fundraising initiative You Caring, which helps disadvantaged rural kids access education and nutrition. Tote bags are limited and filled with some samples, goodies, and local deals. Check out the event on Facebook. Admission is free, but bring some cash if you’re planning on buying. Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Rd.
Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show
Victorian corsets, elaborate feathered fascinators, and beaded flapper dresses straight out of the 1920s — if these are a few of your favourite things, then you’re in luck! On Sunday, Nov. 8, the Fashion History Museum is selling some of its excess inventory at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. The show also features dozens of other vendors selling vintage and retro clothing, jewellery, handbags, footwear, and more. Some notable exhibitors include Vintage Soul Geek, one of Canada’s most popular vintage shops, and the Ian Drummond Collection, known as a wardrobe supplier for the television and film industry. 10am to 5pm. Admission $10; tickets available at the door only. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., ottawavintageclothingshow.ca.