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Hot Date: The Beach Boys at the Calgary Stampede

The Beach Boys playing the Scotiabank Saddledome for their 50th Anniversary Tour

“Do You Wanna Dance” and experience some “Good Vibrations”? “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” if you could get a ticket for tonight’s Beach Boys concert at the Scotiabank Saddledome? Well you can! Ticketmaster still has some available, but you “Can’t Wait Too Long.”

Sorry about those puns. The legendary 1960s pop music icons have reunited for their 50th anniversary tour (more…)

Hot Date: Canada Day

Ottawa has a reputation for hosting the best Canada Day party in the country, and this year’s celebrations do nothing to dispel those sentiments. Check out free performances by Feist, Simple Plan and Roch Voisine (to name a few); look to the skies over Jacques Cartier Park to see the SkyHawks perform a daring parachute demo; learn the ropes (literally) with a lasso demonstration at Major’s Hill Park, get up close and personal with the Grey Cup in Jacques Cartier Park; or just wander around downtown and revel in the high-energy atmosphere. As usual, the day’s festivities are capped off with a spectacular fireworks display at night.

Canada Day fireworks on Parliament Hill. Photo: NCC

Hot Dates: Jazz, Art and Exclusive Tours

By Lindsay Shapka

Summer is officially here, which means that it is time for non-stop festivities in Churchill Square, lounging in the lush green river valley, or finding a patio to kick back with friends and a cold drink. Ready to get your summer started? Check out one of these hot events happening in the city this weekend.

Chris Botti was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People

1. Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 21-July 2

Enjoy the smooth sound of Platinum Recording Artist Chris Botti, the multi-talented Brazilian artist Eliane Elias, the improvisational genius of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, and more at this festival that draws artists from all over the world. Tickets and concerts are at multiple locations around the city, check the website for details.

2. The Works Art and Design Festival June 21-July 3

Boosting the imagination and energy of downtown Edmonton, artists from all over the world gather in the city’s core to participate in over 200 exciting exhibits and special events. Concerts, beer gardens, and unique local artisans are set up in Churchill Square. Check the website for further information and a map of the various downtown exhibitions.

3. The 2012 Alberta Ballet House and Garden Tour June 23-June 24

Image courtesy The City of Edmonton

Have you always wondered what lies behind the doors of Edmonton’s most exclusive private residences?  This weekend only, 6 stunning Edmonton homes and their gardens will be open to the public. Call 780-428-6839 for tickets or check the website for more details.

Hot Dates: One Night of Tango Pasión

Dancers bring Buenos Aires to Ottawa with Tango Pasión. Photo credit: Jimv McCann.

Feb. 21. If you love powerful music, mesmerizing dances, and beautiful people, you’ll love a performance by the Argentine dance company Tango Pasión. For just one night, the music and dancing of Buenos Aires will take over Ottawa, so you can experience the fancy footwork and sexy beats for yourself in this sizzling spectacle. (Fun fact: 2o12 is the company’s 20th anniversary, and the show returns to Canada for a handful of performances in select cities.) The show weaves together multiple tango stories and features dancers who represent the full range of Argentine society. Don’t miss your chance to see the dance moves that everyone will be talking about when the performers heat up the stage at the National Arts Centre.

Hot Date: Disney Characters Come to Life – on Ice!

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove gathers the gang from your favourite movies into one rockin' show.

Feb. 15 to 20. Take a journey with Snow White, Peter Pan, The Lion King, and more, as characters from your favourite movies come to life — on ice! Disney on Ice Treasure Trove combines the best of some Disney classics for nine shows at Scotiabank Place this February. The graceful movements of the skaters will add an extra element of awe to the medley, which will delight children and remind adults why they always loved these classic stories.

Hot Dates: The NHL All-Star Game Comes to Ottawa

Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images.

After months of waiting, the stars are finally coming to town…the NHL All-Stars, that is! Just in time to celebrate the Ottawa Senators‘ 20th season, Scotiabank Place will be the battleground for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29, which sees some of the best players in the league face off (and our Captain, Daniel Alfredsson, lead one of the teams). But the game itself is not the only event taking place. On Jan. 28, check out the NHL Skills Competition, and from Jan. 26 to 28 the NHL Fan Fair will offer interactive games and attractions, plus special appearances, entertainment, and more. It will definitely be a weekend to celebrate Ottawa, hockey, and the National Hockey League.

Hot Date: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

A still from the film "Sfinga."

Jan. 23 and 24. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour travels across the world, hitting 32 different countries and presenting audiences with films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and winter sports. Programming for each stop on the tour is tailored to suit each and every locale, meaning the experience is never the same. Besides the beautiful cinematography, the joy of this yearly film fest is that you get the experience of climbing a mountain without having to leave your seat!

Hot Dates: Get Lucky at the Casino

The gaming floor is a hot spot at the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Revel in the energy and excitement at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, where there’s more to do than gamble (although there’s plenty of that, too!). In February, take in one of the shows that are on the bill (ABBA Memories, Dance into the Light, or The British Invasion: Beatles Story). Enjoy dinner at the gourmet Le Baccara or one of the other restaurants, have drinks at one of four bars (including a lounge for cigar aficionados), and then hit the large collection of slots and try your luck on the gaming floor, where someone won $1.86 million in November.

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.

Hot Date: Feist Comes to Ottawa

Feist rocks the National Arts Centre on Dec. 5.

Dec. 5. Canadian-born, indie-rocking, Juno-winning Feist has got it all — the voice, the passion, and the star presence. Ever since her days with Broken Social Scene, Feist has had that certain je ne sais quoi, but whatever it is, it’s taken her to big places and made her a household name (her songs have played in everything from an Apple iPod nano commercial, to Sesame Street, to the indie film 500 Days of Summer). There’s been a ton of buzz about her most recent album, Metals, and her live shows are said to be electric (her last tour sold out in many cities, including O-town). This December she’s back on stage, so snag tickets while you still can.

Hot Date: One Night Only Extreme Sports Film

Chris Davenport shredding Portillo in Chile. Photo credit: Mike Arzt.

Oct. 27. Fresh powder, crystal blue skies, and not a soul in sight. This is the magical, adrenalin-fuelled world of Warren Miller‘s 62nd annual winter sports film Like There’s No Tomorrow (see trailer here). Follow world-class athletes Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Colby West, and Seth Wescott as they hit the slopes in five continents, from Squaw Valley in the U.S. to the Himalayas in Gulmarg, India. This is high-def sports cinema at its finest, narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist skier Jonny Moseley. The film is making its way across the country as part of the 2011 Canadian tour, which offers a jaw-dropping look at some of the world’s most legendary winter landscapes, and the people who dream of conquering this beautiful terrain. The film will be screened on Thursday night only at Centrepointe Theatre.

Hot Date: Sens and the City

The crowd comes alive at Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC.

Tuesday, Oct. 11. With a new season comes new hope as the Ottawa Senators introduce a batch of fresh young faces to the line-up, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the modern franchise. Led by captain Daniel Alfredsson and superstar Jason Spezza, the team will be looking to make their mark this year. With new coach Paul MacLean behind the bench, goalie Craig Anderson between the posts, and All-Star Erik Karlsson on the ice, you’re definitely going to want to catch a game this season. We suggest their first regular season home game, which sees the Sens face off against the Minnesota Wild (also know as Dany Heatley’s new team), meaning it’s going to be one that really gets the fans going. All together now: Go Sens go!