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Ottawa Wine & Food Festival

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 9 to 11

Friday, November 9

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings bring along some of their friends for their Kings and Queens tour at the NAC Friday night.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ latest record saw the band joining forces with some of their favourite female musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. Now, the roots rockers from Hamilton, Ont. are taking the album on the road – and a few famous friends are coming along for the ride. Catch the Kings and Queens tour live at the National Arts Centre and be treated to special appearances by Matt Andersen, Amy Helm, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Harlan Pepper. Tickets range from $42.50 to $64.50.

Hosted by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFOTT), the annual World Trivia Night has quickly become the largest event of its kind in North America. Drawing more than 2,000 people a year, the evening sees teams of 10 facing off in an epic battle of wits — all in the name of charity, of course. Registration is $350 per team, with all proceeds going toward education and enrichment opportunities for youth in the care of the CAFOTT.

Rock-star-turned-choreographer Hofesh Shechter will present his first full-length work, the contemporary masterpiece Political Mother, this weekend at the NAC. Performed by 11 dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company in Brighton, England and accompanied by a seven-piece live band, the show is meant to challenge the viewer’s perception of what it means to be normal.

Saturday, November 10

Funnyman John Heffron hosts the annual Just For Laughs Comedy tour.

The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Tour hits Ottawa this weekend with its hilariously agonizing Relationship Edition. Featuring host John Heffron, Canadian girl Debra DiGiovanni, tour favourite Godfrey and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, these comedians prove that even the most embarrassing romantic mishaps have a silver lining — or can at least garner a few laughs. Tickets start at just $35.50.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the volunteer-run Ottawa Little Theatre presents 10 plays from the past 10 decades. Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery The Hollow, which was first produced for the OLT stage in 1960, was chosen this month to represent the 1950s. Be sure to act quickly: Saturday is your last chance to take in this infamous tale of jealousy and deception!

The Ottawa Wine & Food Festival returns for its 27th year with a five-day spread of unrivaled culinary expertise. Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, an exceptional lineup of sommeliers and celebrity chefs (including Montreal’s own Martin Picard), and the ever-popular “Taste and Discover Series,” there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s event.

Sunday, November 11

Famed Métis artist Bob Boyer presents His Life’s Work at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Bob Boyer — His Life’s Work is the first large-scale exhibition devoted entirely to the famed Métis artist. Known for using traditional motifs to explore contemporary Aboriginal life, Boyer often critiqued the harmful effects of colonialism through his work. Don’t miss out: This one of a kind show ends on Monday.

Aptly described as “a short, sweet show of really worthwhile clay art,” 260 Fingers features pieces by — you guessed it — 26 potters and clay artists from eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The exhibition showcases work from both new and established artists, including Bill Reddick, Michelle Bishop and Maggie Roddan, to name a few. The three-day showing starts this Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Homes for the Holidays tour continues to be the premiere fundraiser for The Hospice at May Court. For the event, Ottawa designers decorate six gorgeous area homes (located in Rockcliffe, Manotick and the Glebe) with flowers, Christmas ornaments and table settings. Then, over the course of a weekend, roughly 2,500 visitors are invited to wander through the various creations. Tickets are just $40 and can be purchased online from their website or at various retail outlets throughout the city.

Hot Date: Wine and Food in the Capital

The 27th Ottawa Wine & Food Festival begins Nov. 7.

Since its inception 27 years ago, the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival has grown into one of the city’s must-attend annual events for food and wine lovers of all kinds. The five-day event offers hundreds of exhibitors, demos and discussions by celebrity chefs and sommeliers, the Ottawa Wine Challenge (a competition that draws some of the best-known wine personalities from across Canada), unique suggestions for wine and food pairings, and lots more.


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…)