Friday, September 23
Local singers Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott take the stage as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris in Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons. Inspired by an interview with the singer prior to his death in 1973 (the bizarre aftermath of which spawned a rock legend), this theatrical concert explores the life and times of a musician who’s hailed by many as the patron saint of alt-country and Americana. Two performances on Sept. 23 and 24.
Culinary creations and animation in hip-hop are two of the fun themes at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival. Film buffs and cartoon fans flock to the annual event (the largest of its kind in North America), and with good reason. With cutting edge film screenings and competitions (including one with a kids’ jury), this is the place to be if you love being in the know about must-see movies. The festival runs Sept. 21 to 25.
La Vendemmia, Little Italy’s annual celebration of food, wine, and culture is back, so whether you’re a oenophile, a foodie, or an arts lover, there’s something for you. The event kicks off with a Moveable Feast on Thursday, where groups explore the culinary diversity in this neighbourhood and try gourmet dishes. There will also be a charity wine auction (Friday), a farmers’ market (Saturday), an outdoor art sale (Saturday and Sunday), and a food and wine show (Sunday). On Sunday there’s also the Sakto Corporation’s Grape Stomp, which features a timed relay race that’s unlike any other (obstacles include pizza dough tossing, pasta cooking, table setting, and grape stomping). This portion raises funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. The event runs Sept. 22 to 25. Price varies by activity, some activities free.
Billed as a “sweaty night of criss-cross tropical funk rhythms that explode with badass,” the Souljazz Orchestra show at Babylon Nightclub won’t disappoint. The Ottawa standby offers an exuberant and spiritual experience that transcends genres and warms from the inside out, so arrive early and well-hydrated for hours of dance floor revelry.
Saturday, September 24
Fashionistas, the time is now! Workshop Boutique is hosting its annual trunk sale, but instead of a one-day event, this sale is now a four-day affair. Running Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, the shop will have tons of designers and Canadian-made goods. For those who’ve never experienced the madness that is the trunk sale, it’s when Workshop invites a few of its favourite desginers to participate. They ship tons of great clothes, accessories, and jewellery from past seasons’ collections, along with slightly damaged items, weird sizes, samples, and more. Designers get to clear out some studio space and customers can go home with some great deals at up to 70% off. Truly the definition of a win-win situation.
What would William Shakespeare think about a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that fuses comedy and dance? Well that’s exactly what’s happened with Caithream Celtic Dance Fusion’s version, titled A MacSummer Night’s Dream, on at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Set in Scotland, this contemporary take on the play adds a Celtic twist, where you’ll laugh out laugh one minute and watch the dancers in awe the next.
Sunday, September 25
Become a Youtube sensation at Ottawa’s First Official Flash Mob (the mayor will be there, so it really is official). Organized by Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy for their 25th anniversary, this flash mob is a fun opportunity for people of all ages to dance their pants off. The organizers are hoping to draw 300 to 500 people who want to learn some cool moves (it will be a big crowd, so don’t worry if your dancing isn’t top notch!) before breaking it down for the big performance. RSVP on their Facebook page, where you can watch videos of last week’s rehearsal and learn the steps. Takes place at 11am in Kanata.