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Ottawa International Writers Festival

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. 

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 27 to 29

Friday, April 27
The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place this weekend and will feature world-renowned writers speaking about their experiences in the field of history, science, fiction, poetry, and more. Some of the big-name draws include Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam and CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

In an event that will showcase young Canadian performers, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare tells the story of seduction and politics. The semi-staged production, put on by Thirteen Strings, is the highlight of the orchestra’s season.

Ana Miura plays at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Saturday, April 28
Folk music takes centre stage at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The event features local talent and includes Ottawa artists such as The Bytown Ukulele Group and Ana Miura.

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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 21 to 23

Enriched Bread Artists Open Studio. Photo credit: Danny Hussey, "When Worlds Collide (1951)."

Friday, Oct. 21
Enriched Bread Artists throws open the doors of its bread-factory-turned-artists-space for the 19th edition of its annual Open Studio. Eighteen contemporary artists exhibit their work over two weekends and a variety of media is represented: sculpture, drawing, painting, multimedia. There’s no one theme, but this year recycling is a major element, with artists incorporating found and used objects (mourning lace, vintage library cards, audio cassettes).

Some of the painters also address environmental issues, meaning and history, and colour and beauty, while other artists work in printmaking, knitting, and sculpture to explore personal or political narratives. It’s a mixed bag event that shows off the diversity of the local talent. The exhibition opens Thursday night at 6pm, where DJ Michael Caffrey will be spinning tunes as you get your art on. (more…)