• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Ottawa Fashion Week

WINTERLUDE: New and Returning Events During the 35th Winterlude Festival

BY TRAVIS PERSAUD

Confederation Park will become the brightest spot in the city with a beautiful outdoor lantern tunnel, similar to this one from the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Lantern Festival, in South Korea.

Ottawa knows how to embrace winter. Instead of retreating indoors, the city throws a massive outdoor party — one of the best you’ll find nationwide. Celebrating its 35th year, Winterlude, which takes place Feb. 1 to 18, transforms Ottawa into a literal winter wonderland with activities for all ages. Taken from WHERE Ottawa’s January/February issue, we highlight some of this year’s new must-see additions, as well as a few well-known favourites that can’t be missed. Enjoy!

(more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 12 to 14

Friday, October 12

Comedian Gerry Dee performs at Centrepointe Theatre on Friday.

Though Canadian comic Gerry Dee is well known for his starring role on the hit CBC show Mr. D, his career in comedy didn’t happen overnight. Instead, the high-school-teacher-turned-comedian had to work his way up, and it wasn’t until 2007 (when Dee placed third on the American reality series Last Comic Standing) that he became a household name. You can experience Dee’s inimitable sense of humour tonight at Centrepointe Theatre as part of his Life After Teaching Tour.

The One World Film Festival is an annual collaborative project that sees local filmmakers, activists, and students coming together in support of human rights and environmental sustainability. The 23rd installment, which runs from October 11 to 14 at Library and Archives Canada, will feature documentary film screenings (including the Canadian premieres of The Eyes of Thailand and Words of Witness), panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and presentations from NGOs.

Billing itself as “the best food, wine and spirit show in town,” Le rendez-vous des saveurs invites guests to experience the incomparable tastes of the Gatineau region. Now in its 16th year, the event is bringing in some big-name exhibitors to please even the most distinguished diners. Vendors include Restaurant l’Orée du Bois, Le Tartuffe and Chelsea Pub, as well as Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, Fromagerie Montebello and Érabeille Artisan. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

Orpheus House, a musical theatre society, is one of the stops you can make during Culture Days. Photo credit: Alan Dean Photography.

Friday, Sept. 30
Circus workshops, Victorian photo collage mash-ups, and cabaret performances are just a few of the local activities being served up as part of Culture Days, a cross-Canada initiative that aims to put the spotlight on the country’s cultural institutions. More than 50 free events in Ottawa alone offer a range of opportunities to fuel your inner artist, from getting down and dirty in pottery class to going behind the scenes at theatre workshops. From Friday to Sunday (see website for full schedule).

Beau’s Oktoberfest, the party that beer lovers look forward to all year, is back for another rip roaring weekend. This annual event, put on by a local brewery, serves up Bavarian inspired food and seven different Beau’s beers to wash it down, as well as music by Cuff the Duke and Jim Bryson. Activities taking place include Bavarian dancing, world class beer speakers, brewery tours, a kids’ zone with 1,000 lbs. of Playdough, a sauerkraut cook-off, a keg toss, and a variety of other kooky competitions (spouse carrying race, anyone?) — no lederhosen required. The event runs Friday to Sunday, but don’t wait long to get tickets: Saturday’s already sold out.

It’s got a stronghold on the Internet and has also become a verb, now Google is the star in Mexican artist Emilio Chapela‘s first major solo exhibition in Canada. Ask Google, on at SAW Gallery from Sept. 30 to Nov. 12, presents image and text-based works generated from search engines and transformed into poetic statements about race, language, and translation. The show kicks off tonight with a reception and party at 8pm with food and tequila donated by the Embassy of Mexico.

Saturday, Oct. 1
Love the look of handmade goods, but lack the artistic talent? Then Urban Craft is just the ticket. This monthly craft sale, which debuted in September, offers up new and returning artisans, so there will be an ever-changing selection of goods to choose from, including screen-printed tees, local and organic body products, trendy fascinators, and even toys for modern tots. (more…)