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Centrepointe Theatre

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 26 to 28

Friday, October 26

Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo present two Ottawa premieres Friday at the National Arts Centre

Contemporary Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo return to the National Arts Centre this weekend with a double-bill of Ottawa premieres. First is Sem Mim, an ebbing and flowing ballet set to music inspired by a medieval Galician-Portuguese songbook. Following that is Ímã, a high energy exploration of attraction and repulsion, featuring music by Brazilian trio +2.

The Ottawa Shakespeare Company stages Julius Caesar, the epic tale of power and politics, at Centrepointe Theatre from October 24 to November 3. Actor Eugene Clark (of Toronto’s The Lion King) makes his Ottawa debut in the leading role, while Stratford Festival alumni Mac Fyfe and Ottawa’s Sarah McVie add to the strong cast.

CTV’s Lloyd Robertson will present The Kind of Life It’s Been as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. The longest serving TV news anchor in Canadian history, Robertson has covered everything from royal weddings, to the moon landing, and the Montreal Massacre. Stop by Knox Presbyterian Church for a night of storytelling with one of our nation’s finest.

Saturday, October 27

Rose Cousins plays the NAC on Saturday evening.

PEI native Rose Cousins will grace the stage of the National Arts Centre this evening in support of her latest album, We Have Made a Spark. Since debuting in 2006, the multi-award-winning singer/songwriter has captivated audiences with her piano-driven folk-pop sound.

Looking for something completely different (and totally spooky) this Halloween weekend? Watson’s Mill in Manotick is hosting its very own Paranormal Investigation on Saturday night. Join Daniel Touchette, president of the Ottawa Haunting and Paranormal Group, as he reveals the secrets of this creepy craft. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going toward general upkeep of the Mill.

Canadian-music fans will feel right at home this Saturday night at Zaphod’s. The Indie Rock Halloween Party features an exciting lineup of Canadian up-and-comers, including PEI’s Paper Lions, Montreal’s Danielle Duval and local boys Ashleys. Costumes are encouraged, so don’t forget to dress up!

Sunday, October 28

Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC’s Wiretap, speaks at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Sunday

Jonathan Goldstein — host of CBC’s Wiretap and contributor to GQ, The Walrus, The New York Times and The National Post — will take part in a special one on one chat as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Join the bestselling author as he humourously recounts his last year in his 30s.

Today is your last chance to experience Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World at the Museum of Civilization! Learn all about the Mayan’s writing and counting systems; explore the roles of their divine rulers; and, most importantly, discover the truth behind that pesky end-of-days legend.

The Canada Agriculture Museum will host its family-friendly Barnyard Halloween event this Sunday. From 10 am to 2 pm, the general public is invited to explore the grounds and try their hand at a variety of fall-themed activities. Choose from pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, and a variety of animal-care demonstrations. 

Hot Date: Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser perform tonight at Centrepointe Theatre

May 17
Get ready to swoon when you see Straight No Chaser live in concert. This male a cappella group brings an age-old singing tradition into the modern era by tackling pop songs such as Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” Coldplay’s “Fix You,” and even a “Billie Jean” and “Poison” mash-up that will have you wanting to hit the dance floor when these 10 guys take the stage.

Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr., 613-580-2705, www.centrepointetheatre.com

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 20 to 22

Friday, April 20
The Ottawa Shakespeare Company stages the most famous assassination story of all time. Julius Caesar, a classic Shakespearean tragedy, tells a story of betrayal and the death of the world’s leader. Experienced actors bring Shakespeare’s timeless story to life at the Centrepointe Theatre.

[boxhead]Evolution Theatre is offering two plays for a single ticket! [boxhead] is about a young geneticist who one day discovers a cardboard box stuck on his head and undergoes many revelations in his quest to remove it. Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety tells the story of a woman who has spent 2000 years homeless, and discovers spirituality and passion after literally crashing into an AA meeting.

Bring your kids to celebrate Earth Day at the Canadian Children’s Museum. Kids can get their hands dirty with clay, build the city of the future with MEGABloks®, and learn how to make music using everyday items. Activities are available for ages five and under. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 13 to 15

Friday, April 13
Gallery 101 presents the work of John Saski in the solo exhibition “I’ll Try to Move It.” Saski’s canvas is the world around him, as he uses everyday objects to comment on the struggles of everyday life. Saski can transform a pile of ladders or a box fireworks into art.

Kids will love the upbeat tunes of Imagination Movers at Centrepointe Theatre. The Movers dance around onstage to their friendly music, and the bright costumes and colourful lights will keep kids enthralled until the end.

New Country Rehab

New Country Rehab plays at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, April 14.

Saturday, April 14
One of Canada’s most exciting new bands, New Country Rehab, is coming to the Black Sheep Inn this weekend. New Country Rehab blends indie, bluegrass, and roots rock—a perfect sound to go with sipping a cool beer on a long weekend evening. Each member has had an extensive musical career, and their different skills form a complex combination of sounds.

For one day only, Shop Your Local Talent by the Old Ottawa South Community Association offers handmade crafts from the Ottawa area. Peruse pottery, jewellery, handmade cards, painting, baking, and more from 20 of Ottawa’s artisans.This is a great opportunity to brighten your home or get a head start on Mother’s Day.

World-renowned mentalist The Amazing Kreskin is appearing at Casino du Lac Leamy. Kreskin astounds audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to reveal their thoughts and tap into the power of the human mind.

Sunday, April 15
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s tragic disaster with Titanic Remembered at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Listen to stories of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, see a six metre long replica of the ship, and learn about the technology surrounding it. There is also underwater footage of the ship’s remains and an opportunity to build your own ship!

Travel back in time to one of the most romantic moments of the last century. Casino du Lac Leamy is recreating the setting of the last dinner served to first class travellers aboard the Titanic,which sank on April 15, 100 years ago. Titanic Evening is a seven-course surf and turf gourmet meal inspired by the flavours of the early 1900s.


Hot Date: The Music of Woodstock

Relive the era with Classic Albums Live: Woodstock.

Dec. 14. Peace, love, and Woodstock. It was an event that brought people together to enjoy great music. If you experience a pang of nostalgia when you hear melodies by Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, or Janis Joplin, then this show is for you. Classic Albums Live: Woodstock is a tribute event showcasing hand-picked artists who perform the classics. This concert will give people the opportunity to relive a moment that defined a generation and enjoy the timeless tracks that only get better with age.

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). (more…)