BY AMY ALLEN AND NICOLINA LEONE
Ottawa International Writers Festival
Joseph Boyden, Terry Fallis, and Anakana Schofield — these are some of the most exciting voices in Canadian literature today. And they’re just three among dozens that are speaking at the Fall 2015 Ottawa International Writers Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and continues until Wednesday, Oct. 28. The festival covers a variety of topics, such as indigenous stories, the impact of war, and the consequences of freedom. Tickets start at $15. See website for info, full schedule, and venues. writersfestival.org.
Flemish choreographer Jan Martens brings two energetic performances to the National Arts Centre starting on Thursday, October 22. Martens opens the program with an introspective collage based on his life. Called Ode to the Attempt, this work on the theme of individualism is a new solo that challenges his creative process and his way of working and living. (Note: this segment contains full-frontal male nudity.) Afterwards, he pushes the human body to the limit in The Dog Days are Over, a choreographic work in which a group of eight dancers jump and bounce around the stage for 70 minutes. Performances continue until Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $31. National Arts Centre, Studio, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Ottawa LGBT Film Festival
Ottawa’s October film festival season continues with Inside Out’s Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, a celebration of cinema made for, by, and about the LGBTQ community. The festival begins on Thursday, Oct. 22 with an opening reception, followed by a screening of The Girl King — it’s a fictionalized biography of Queen Kristina of Sweden, who struggled to balance her political life with her feelings for her lady-in-waiting, the “beautiful countess” Ebba Sparre. The festival continues until Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets start at $10. See website for details. ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St., 613-789-3456, insideout.ca.
Debra DiGiovanni and Darcy Michael
They may be great pals, but only time will tell whether Debra DiGiovanni and Darcy Michael will still be on speaking terms by the end of their Best Friends (For Now?!) Tour. Both comedians have graced television screens across North America —DiGiovanni on Last Comic Standing and Video on Trial, Michael on CTV’s Spun Out — and on Saturday, Oct. 24 they hit the stage together for a rare dual show. Tickets are $30. See website for more info. Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, ottawalittletheatre.com.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, pop down to the Rainbow Bistro — one of Ottawa’s oldest and most esteemed music venues — to see Saskatoon alternative rock band Autopilot. The group, now touring their latest album, Desert Dreams, are known for their infectious pop hooks and progressive style. Admission is $5 at the door. Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St., 613-241-5123, therainbow.ca.
The Brunch Bunch
Wellington West is a great destination for shopping — but you know what makes a shopping day even better? When your favourite shops are serving locally made brunch treats while you browse! On Sunday, Oct 25 from 11am to 2pm, join the Brunch Bunch at Allegro Clothing, Muriel Dombret, Flock Boutique, JV Studios & Boutique, Twiss & Weber, Victoire, and viens avec moi. Participation is free. Wellington St. W., wellingtonwest.ca.