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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for December 7 to 9

Friday, December 7

Leonard Cohen returns to Ottawa, performing at Scotiabank Place in support of this latest album Old Ideas.

Renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen returns to Ottawa this weekend, performing at Scotiabank Place. Presented by CBCMusic.ca, the show will honour Cohen’s 12th studio album, Old Ideas, which recently debuted at No. 1. Known for his poetic lyricism and baritone vocals, Cohen is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the recipient of a 2010 Grammy for lifetime achievement. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of Canada’s musical greats.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here in the nation’s capital: holiday tunes on the radio, festive décor in the shops. We even had some snow, albeit briefly. But the city will be stepping things up a notch this week as Confederation Boulevard is lit by roughly 300,000 lights. National museums, monuments, embassies and more will remain illuminated until Jan. 7. Come celebrate the Christmas season in style!

The 25th Annual Contemporary Canadian Jewellery Exhibition kicks off at L.A. Pai Gallery this week. The longest-running show of its kind in the area, this year’s event will feature work from both new and established artists. Also debuting at the gallery will be work recently exhibited at the International Art Fair SOFA Chicago 2012.

Saturday, December 8

The Alberta Ballet presents The Nutcracker this weekend at the National Arts Centre.

It’s a tradition unlike any other. Holiday favourite The Nutcracker returns to the National Arts Centre for a spectacular five-night engagement, Dec. 5 to 9. Danced by the Alberta Ballet and set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, this is a show you won’t want to miss.


Country music superstar Carrie Underwood graces the stage of Scotiabank Place. The American Idol winner (and wife of former Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher) is currently on tour promoting her latest album Blown Away. Underwood will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to support Red Cross disaster relief.

This weekend is your last chance to view November, a quirky political comedy now on stage at The Gladstone. Directed by John P. Kelly, the play is a no-holds barred take on the state of America and the lengths to which people will go to win. Please be warned: this performance is for adults only.

Sunday, December 9

The Story of Holly and Ivy – a great holiday production for the whole family.

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre presents a holiday performance for the whole family. Based on the book by Rumer Godden, The Story of Holly and Ivy tells the tale of a doll who wishes for a child; a couple who wish for a daughter; and an orphan who wishes for a doll, a grandmother and a place to go for Christmas. On stage this Friday through Sunday at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Today was set to be the final showing of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the National Arts Centre. However, with tickets in high demand, the NAC has arranged a handful of extra performances (a matinee and two evening showings) for early next week. Experience the courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in this classic tale of life, love, and the politics of marriage.

Love the holidays but hate the stress that comes along with big box-store shopping? The Museum of Civilization has the cure: Its annual Christmas Market returns this weekend with nearly 40 vendors! Mingle with local artisans, be wowed by the incredible assortment of homemade goodies, and, most importantly, cross a few names off your holiday shopping list.

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