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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 11 to 13

Friday, Nov. 11
Pay your respects to Canadian veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and recent wars in Afghanistan and beyond at the annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the National War Memorial. The commemoration begins at 11am, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — of this 11th year of the 21st century — reminding us about the people and sacrifices that have contributed to this country’s history.

The new exhibition at Le Centre d’exposition Art-image in Gatineau will have you thinking about your clothes in a whole new way. The show “Emergence! My clothing, my shelter…” features five up-and-coming artists from Ottawa and Gatineau, each reflecting on the roles of clothing and shelter in a personal way. The show opens Friday night, featuring a free musical performance, and runs until Dec. 18.

260 Fingers. Photo credit: Diane Black.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Head to the Glebe Community Centre this weekend to view some beautiful ceramics at the 260 Fingers Pottery Show. This free exhibition, featuring the varied work of 25 ceramic artists, is sure to impress. Whether you want to make a purchase or just want to admire, you can chat with the talented artists who have come from all over Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Show runs Friday to Sunday.

If you like wine and food — and really, who doesn’t — make your way to the Ottawa Convention Centre for the annual Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. With a day pass, you can hit up the tasting floor and sample wines, beers, spirits, and food from all over the world. Then, you can head to the show floor for the “Festival Kitchen” series to watch some free “how-to” seminars and learn how to become a top chef yourself! There are also many more demonstrations and lessons if you’re willing to shell out a bit extra. Festival runs from Wednesday to Sunday (tasting floor Friday to Sunday only).

Hop in the car when you’re downtown and about 20 minutes later you’ll reach the Black Sheep Inn concert venue in Wakefield, Quebec. Saturday night’s line-up features Toronto-based singer-songwriter Matthew Barber as well as Polaris nominee Louise Burns, a bassist who founded the twice-Juno nominated girl band Lillix when she was just 11 years old. The performances of these talented artists in this unique venue — an old logger’s tavern and roadhouse — is a show not to be missed.

Sunday, Nov. 13
You better hurry, because this Sunday is the last day to see photographs by the winners of the third edition of the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year contest! This exhibition, run by Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Museum of Nature, offers 30 beautiful photographs featuring all different kinds of animals and wildlife. While you’re there, take a look at some of the other exhibitions that the museum has to offer.

You may be dreading the impending snow, but this performance will help you start dreaming of a White Christmas. The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is kicking off the Christmas season with the classic Irving Berlin show that made Bing Crosby’s crooning voice so recognizable. Settle into the seats at Centrepointe Theatre as you visit a ski inn in Vermont over the holidays. Show runs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 20, with shows almost every evening, and Sunday afternoon matinees.

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