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Scotiabank Place

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 19 to 21

Friday, October 19

Bruce Springsteen brings his Wrecking Ball tour to town

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will rock the stage of Scotiabank Place this evening as part of their North American Wrecking Ball tour. The Boss, who made a name for himself in the mid-70s with hits such as “Born to Run,” is known for putting on electrifying live shows. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of America’s musical greats.

Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? Put your know-how to use this Friday at the city’s first ever taste-and-buy. Hosted by the sommeliers over at Savvy Company, the Outstanding in their Fields event will showcase wineries from Niagara’s renowned Twenty Valley region. Guests can sample (and ideally purchase!) goods from nearly 25 large and boutique wineries, including Peninsula Ridge Estates, The Good Earth Food and Wine Company and Flat Rock Cellars.

Houston Ballet captures the fascinating, albeit controversial, life of French Queen Marie Antoinette in the Canadian premiere of Marie at the National Arts Centre. Choreographed by Stanton Welch and set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the performance boasts beautifully crafted period costumes, talented actors and a riveting storyline.

Saturday, October 20

Matthew Barber plays two nights at the National Arts Centre

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Matthew Barber concludes his Tour for the Haunted Hillbilly at the National Arts Centre this weekend. Featuring songs off his newly released self-titled album, the two-night engagement will highlight the young musician’s 60s- and 70s-inspired folk-rock sound.

If you’ve ever had an interest in dance – or you’re just looking for a more creative way to exercise — Saturday Salsa at the Ottawa Arts Court may be just the thing you’re looking for. Created by ComeSalsa.ca, this monthly event offers beginners the chance to sharpen their Salsa skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Though classes are typically $5, first-timers are invited to test the waters this evening with a free workshop.

The Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Show is perfect for those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Located at Library and Archives Canada, the event will feature a wide selection of fine art, books, home décor, beauty products, culinary giftware, and antiques.

Sunday, October 21

Hog’s Back Park is one of the sites for this year’s Explore Geoheritage Day

In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Carleton’s Earth Sciences department is teaming up with the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project for Explore Geoheritage Day 2012. Guests are invited to join the volunteer guides at Champlain Lookout, Brebeuf Park, Hog’s Back Park and Cardinal Creek Karst to discover how geological processes have shaped the region’s landscape.

Enriched Bread Artists’ Open Studio is celebrating its 20th anniversary – and you’re invited to join in on the fun. The cooperatively run studio space, which at any given time houses the work of roughly 20 contemporary artists, will be opening its doors to the public throughout the month of October. Stop in today for an artist talk with EBA member Sally Sheeks, or visit their website for a full list of events.

The biannual Antiquing in the Fieldhouse sale returns this weekend to Carleton University with 40,000 square feet of unique vintage finds. On offer will be retro handbags by Gucci, Prada and Fendi; vintage Tiffany’s, Cartier and David Yurman jewelry; and works of art by 20th century artists such as George Barbier and Georges Lepape. Tickets are $10 per person, and re-admission is free.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 18 to 20

Friday, May 18

Dutch DJ Nicky Romero plays Elektrik Tulipe on Friday.

The end of The Canadian Tulip Festival this weekend brings electronic music event Electrik Tulipe. In collaboration with the festival, world famous DJs will set the stage this Friday with performances by Steve Angello of the famed Swedish House Mafia, Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero, and Size Records DJ Third Party.

Nightwalking is an exhibit by artist Julie Berthelot that explores Canadian landscapes through large-scale abstract paintings of trees, fields and forests. The exhibit runs through June 3. Artist vernissage will take place this Thursday at Orange Art Gallery.

The 40th annual MusicFest Canada is a five-day event that celebrates over 10,000 young Canadian musicians through performance. Friday’s lineup features the 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert with performances from Canadian artist David Clayton-Thomas from the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, jazz vocalist Ranee Lee, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez from Santana, and Yamaha pianist Oliver Jones.

Saturday, May 19

The four-day-long Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture Museum teaches children (and adults alike) about the many uses of sheep’s wool. Activities include sheep shearing and herding, sheepdog agility, wool carding, and felt making. Children will also be able to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Best for May 4 to 6

Friday, May 4
The 2012 3i Summit on Sustainability is a two-day event aimed at creating change to transform Ottawa into an environmentally sustainable city. The event, which is partnered with the City of Ottawa (among others), has also teamed up with businesses and community members to create an action plan for Ottawa’s future. Moe Garahan, Executive Director at Just Food in Ottawa will be one of several speakers as part of a panel.

Tulip Festival

The 60th annual Canadian Tulip Festival kicks off this Friday.

This Friday kicks off the first weekend of the 60th Commemorative Edition of The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. To celebrate this milestone, the festival will begin with an opening party in the ByWard Market. Join half a million visitors during this month-long event, and tour some of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods.

Join Bryan Adams on his first Canada-wide tour since 1992, this Friday at Scotiabank Place. Expect to hear great hits like “Open Road” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” as Adams rocks out alongside his longtime band members.

Saturday, May 5
Death and the Maiden, directed by Craig Walker, is a live performance that tells the story of fear and paranoia in a now defunct dystopian society. This three-week event begins May 1 at The Gladstone.

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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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JUNO Mania: The JUNO Awards Come to Ottawa

It's all about glitz and glamour on awards night. Photo credit: CARAS/iPhoto).

The JUNO Awards celebrate the best of the best in Canadian music, and after eight years away the celebrations are back in Ottawa with a week of events that run March 26 to April 1. As musicians from around the country descend on the city, we highlight some of the hip happenings taking place around town. By Misa Kobayashi.

AWARDS SHOW
Roll out the red carpet! Taking place on April 1 at Scotiabank Place, the awards show will be broadcast live on CTV. With William Shatner hosting and big name nominees such as Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Arcade Fire, Hedley, Avril Lavigne, and The Sheepdogs vying for top honours, it’s certain to be a night of glitz and glamour for the Canadian music industry. Also on the bill are performances by JUNO Award winners City and Colour, Deadmau5, and Feist. Blue Rodeo will also take the stage and are being honoured as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees.

Singers, such as Michael Bublé, vie for top honours at the 2012 JUNO Awards, which will be hosted by William Shatner.

JUNO WEEK
Can’t make it to the awards show? There’s still lots to see and do at these signature JUNO Week events. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 7 to 9

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. Photo credit: ©2010 Cirque du Soleil inc.

Friday, Oct.7
Two fantastical worlds collide at Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. On one hand you’ve got the incredible music of a pop legend, and on the other the bizarre, otherworldly acts of modern circus performers. When the two meet, it can only be magic. The show hits Scotiabank Place tonight and runs until Sunday.

Discover your connection to animals through Anna Williams’ sculptural mixed-media installation Dark Timber, on view at Karsh-Masson Gallery from today until Nov. 20. The young Canadian artist is quickly gaining notoriety for her skilled craftsmanship with metals, along with her cultural insights. Williams’ life-like creations make us think about what we’ve lost in our transition from nature to modern culture, and also about what we can learn from these creatures.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Take a drive to the oh-so-charming town of Perth for the annual Perth Autumn Studio Tour, which showcases a selection of contemporary fine arts and crafts. This year’s event features 20 artists in eight rural studios, and part of the fun is checking out the local scenery as you travel from place to place. Beautiful craftsmanship abounds with works that include jewellery, etchings, canoes, pottery, furniture, stone sculpture, wood carvings, and more.

On this weekend that’s all about family, your kids will love the kooky adventures of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon. This live production follows two fun-loving characters with out-of-this-world imaginations and tells their stories through music, theatre, dance, puppetry, and multimedia. (more…)

Hot Date: Getting down with the Moody Blues

The Moody Blues. Photo credit: Mark Owens.

Sept. 22. Be prepared for a wave of nostalgia to hit when this English rock band takes the stage at Scotiabank Place. The Moody Blues have been musical mainstays for over thirty years, ever since their classically-infused album Days of Future Passed was released in 1967. With over 70 million albums sold and hit singles such as “Nights in White Satin,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” they created a standard for classic rock music that garnered them numerous awards, platinum records, and a place in rock history, as well as the highest of accolades, a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Head to The Bank to see these guys rock out as they take on their first-cross Canada tour.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 1 to 3

Photo credit: Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.

Friday, April 1
Your whole family can enjoy the special brand of basketball served up by the Harlem Globetrotters in their “4 Times the Fun” world tour at Scotiabank Place. Known for their hilarious hijinks, this teams combines athleticism with comedy and theatre, putting on a show that’s rife with fun and, of course, mad skills.

Saturday, April 2
Couples looking to get hitched — or those who can’t resist a good gathering of gowns and flowers — will find an endless list of ideas for their nuptials at the Ottawa Wedding Show at Lansdowne Park. At this free event, experts provide advice on checking out reception venues, how to avoid costly mistakes, deciding on whom to invite, and other concerns of the newly-engaged. There are also fashion shows, seminars, a wedding gown sale, and more.

Coppélia by Ballet Jörgen. Photo credit: Linda Schettle.

A lonely toymaker longs for a wife, so he creates a life-sized doll. But unbeknownst to him, a local villager falls in love with the beautiful creation, causing the young man’s spurned sweetheart to cloak herself in the doll’s clothes and trick him into thinking she’s come to life. This is the exquisite world of Coppélia, a dreamy retelling of the comic love story as imagined by the contemporary Ballet Jörgen. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 4 to 6

Friday, March 4

"Naked Naked Naked" is on view at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Photo credit: “She is Sunshine... She is Love. Oil on canvas.”

Artists bare their souls in “Naked Naked Naked,” on view at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery until March 26. This group exhibition of paintings explores the theme of the word “naked,” from the literal meaning to more metaphorical interpretations about the soul, truth, and pure expression. Stop by the exhibition grand opening on Thursday, March 3, and catch a sultry burlesque show by The Sin Sisters. Visit the Facebook page to add your name to the guest list for the vernissage.

Enjoy a Vegas themed evening at “Drag for a Wish” that includes casino-themed games, a drag show by some of Ottawa’s top performers, and silent auction. Presented by Algonquin College’s Event Management program, which is raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. (more…)