Friday, Nov. 4
The Hills are Alive with the sound of… rock, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and country! If you’re a fan of the classic Julie Andrews movie, you’ll love the sounds of the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, playing at the Rainbow. The newly-formed group will be adapting 14 classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from The Sound of Music by blending genres and popular songs. This performance may just become one of your “favourite things.”
Looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping? Make your way to the Ten Thousand Villages Festival. This annual sale supports projects in developing countries and sells hand-crafted goods from around the world, including musical instruments, pottery, carvings, brassware, ornaments, toys, and jewellery. If you get hungry, enjoy lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea at the café that sells homemade goods. Sale runs Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 26.
Into film festivals? Indie movies? Or maybe just free entertainment? If so, you’re in for a treat as IFCO’s Indie Filmmaker Series presents the Experimental Documentary Short Films of Mike Rollo. The Montreal-based filmmaker’s work has been shown at festivals and galleries around the world, and his recent film, Ghosts and Gravel Roads, was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts of 2008 by the Toronto International Film Festival Group. You will have the unique opportunity to see six of his latest short films that experiment with “new approaches to documentary and sound space.”
Saturday, Nov. 5
No matter your age, everyone enjoys a good story. Celebrate this age-old art at the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival, which will feature an afternoon of free activities, live performances and, of course, storytelling. The tales told at this fest include a wide range of subjects (from the real to the fantastical) and cater to all ages, encouraging and cultivating young minds and teaching them the art and enjoyment of spinning a good yarn. (more…)