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Things to Do in Ottawa

Eight things to do the weekend of Oct. 29 to Nov. 1

BY AMY ALLEN & NICOLINA LEONE

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega brings songs from her new alt country album, Faded Gloryville, to the National Arts Centre on Oct. 29.

Lindi Ortega
Nicknamed “Indie Lindi” by the music scene in her hometown of Toronto, Ortega’s music is an eclectic blend of country, jazz, rock, and folk. She’s just released her latest album, Faded Gloryville, and she performs in support of it on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the National Arts Centre with special guest Sam Cash. $30. National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.

After Funk

Toronto funk band, aptly named After Funk, performs at the Rainbow Bistro on Oct. 29.

After Funk at the Rainbow Bistro
After Funk, a Toronto-based power funk group, are known for putting on a fun show. With their progressive funk and soul sound, they’ve opened for the likes of Walk Off the Earth and Kung Fu, and they’ve played on festival stages alongside Lauryn Hill, Zeds Dead, and Flying Lotus. The four core members provide vocals, keyboard, bass, guitar, and drums, but often bring in other elements such as a horn section. Catch them at the Rainbow Bistro on Thursday, Oct. 29 with special guests Guru Jambalaya and LOVEGOOD. The show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info, see Facebook. The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St., 613-241-5123, therainbow.ca.

(Photo: Tim Matheson)

Playwright and performer Julia Mackey portrays four characters in Jake’s Gift. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Jake’s Gift 
The destruction of war goes well beyond blasted buildings and ravaged countryside. It also leaves scars on the psyche, and Jake’s Gift, a one-woman play by Julia Mackey, is the story of a veteran who finally comes to terms with his demons when he befriends a 10-year-old girl on the shores of Juno Beach. The play opens on Thursday, Oct. 29 and continues until Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets from $31. See website for info. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W., 613-236-5196, gctc.ca.

Wine and Food Show
The Food and Wine Show marks its 30th anniversary this year, and it’s still touted as one of the city’s most appetizing events. From Friday, Oct. 30 until Sunday, Nov. 1, you can drop in, socialize, and sample some of the yummiest food and drink this city has to offer. If you stop by after 5.30pm on Halloween, come in costume because they will be having a Haute Halloween party complete with cocktails, dancing, and prizes. Tickets from $20, which can be purchased here. See website for info and complete schedule of events. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., 613-563-1984, ottawawineandfoodfestival.com.

The Boar King

The Boar King chronicles a woman’s search for answers after she loses her husband in a typhoon.

Taiwan Film Night
In a Taiwan village, a woman’s life is swept away by a typhoon. She loses her husband, and her business is on the verge of collapse, too, when she receives a message that makes her doubt whether her husband is really dead. The Boar King, the second film by Taiwanese director Chen-ti Kuo, is a gripping mystery, but it’s also about loss, second chances, and finding the courage to make a fresh start. The film screens on Friday, Oct. 30 as part of the Canadian Film Institute’s Taiwan Film Nights. Admission is free. See website for info. Carleton University, River Building Theatre, 1125 Colonel By Dr., cfi-icf.ca.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and perennial Halloween favourite — at least around these parts. Each year, the Mayfair Theatre holds a Rocky Horror viewing party that includes shadow casts (a group of costumed fans who act out the movie while it’s playing), call backs (live commentary by audience members), and bubbles. Costumes are encouraged. And remember, they use real butter on their popcorn! Screenings take place on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9.15pm and 11.55pm, with further screenings on Saturday, Oct. 31. See website for full schedule. Tickets are $15. The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., 613-730-6552, mayfairtheatre.ca.

(Photo: Marc Labreque)

Ottawa pop band The PepTides performs at St. Alban’s Church for Halloween. (Photo: Marc Labreque)

PepTides
Ottawa’s very own PepTides have the distinction of being voted best live performance in the city. Their upbeat, avant-garde pop, characterized by exciting choreography, layered vocal harmonies, and colourful performances, is often juxtaposed with more serious, thoughtful lyrics. This Saturday, Oct. 31, they play a Halloween show, Disco Apocalypse, at St. Alban’s Church. Tickets are $12 in advance on their website and $15 at the door. St. Alban’s Church, 454 King Edward Ave., 613-235-4351.

Owning with the Gaze explores our relationship with technology and land. (Ayumi Goto, in sonorous shadow of Nishiyuu, Photo: Ashok Mathur)

Owning with the Gaze explores our relationship with technology and land. (Ayumi Goto, in sonorous shadow of Nishiyuu, Photo: Ashok Mathur)

Owning with the Gaze 
We live in a photo-obsessed world, where people often whip out their phones and take a snap of whatever they want with little thought to what they’re doing. Owning with the Gaze, a curated exhibition by Cree/Métis artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle, features the work of seven indigenous and non-indigenous artists as they tackle questions surrounding this issue — particularly with regards to technology use and our responsibility to the land. The vernissage, which includes live tattooing by artist Dion Kaszas, is on Saturday, Oct. 31. The exhibition continues until Saturday, Nov. 28. Admission is free. See website for info. Gallery 101, 51B Young St., 613-230-2799, g101.ca.

10 Amazingly Unconventional Canadian Tours

By BRITTANY HENDRY

(Photo courtesy of Banff Activities and Tourism)

The Grotto Canyon tour in Banff (Photo courtesy of Banff Activities and Tourism)

Canada attracts over 35 million visitors per year thanks to its natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities and amazing attractions scattered throughout the country. With so many options for those visiting the Great White North—and for Canadians just checking out a new part of their own country—it can be hard to pick options that will let you get the most out of your itinerary. Here, we profile 10 of the best unconventional tours that will be sure to leave a long lasting impression.

The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »