BY AMY ALLEN
Hailing from British Columbia, Current Swell plays indie rock and folk music. They perform at Mavericks on Friday night.
Friday, Oct. 10
Members of Ottawa Storytellers have been bringing the art of the spoken word to the capital since the ‘80s. Recently, the group launched a new series called Tellers at the Well as part of the West End Well’s arts and culture community outreach. On Friday, join Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne as they tell tales of pirates and mermaids in Dangers of the Seas.
If you’d prefer a quieter activity, stop in at Wellington West’s Studio Café, grab a latte, and take in some art by talented local artists. In: Form, a group exhibition led by Hilde Lambrechts, is a precursor to Figureworks, an annual juried award show that recognizes the city’s best figure art in all mediums. The exhibition includes figure art by local artists such as Maya Hum, Crystal Beshara, and Barry Seguin.
Victoria’s indie rock and folk group Current Swell has rapidly gained popularity since its humble beginnings in 2005. Thanks to its online presence and Internet fan base, the band has gained a large following not just in Canada, but also in Brazil, and has headlined festivals in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The band plays at Mavericks on Friday night.
Saturday, Oct. 11
The Haunted Walk’s Halloween season kicks off this weekend, and its zombie adventure, Incident at the Bunker, has its first run on Saturday. Join other thrill-seekers at the Diefenbunker to learn a bit about the history of the museum, all while staying one step ahead of the undead hordes that lurk in the shadows.
Get into the fall spirit with the Harvest Festival at Watson’s Mill! Events include a pie eating contest, live music and theatre, old-fashioned games (such as tug of war and egg races), pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, and activities for families. The mill will also be baking buns with their own flour, using a clay oven made by local schoolchildren.
Roots rock band Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night.
Hailing from Newfoundland, Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case have been captivating audiences with their blend of roots rock, pop, and folk. In 2010, their debut album, Honey For Bees, was nominated for an Atlantis Music Prize, and they have performed in such far-flung places as Australia. They play the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night.
Sunday, Oct. 12
Don’t have a Thanksgiving meal planned for the big day? Then head on over to the Museum of Nature, where the museum’s chef is laying out a Thanksgiving-themed brunch, complete with meats, cheeses, pastries, and desserts. Afterwards, take a stroll through the museum’s various galleries — admission is included in the cost of the ticket.
Painter Anna House presents There and Back Again, her debut exhibition in Ottawa, at the Orange Art Gallery. Her work depicts some of the world’s most beautiful places, in ways that encourage the viewer to think about these places in different ways. On until Oct. 26.
Ryan McNally brings his banjo and his acoustic blues to Raw Sugar Cafe on Sunday night.
Ryan McNally is well versed in acoustic blues, jazz, and “old time” music. With his banjo in tow, he has toured much of Canada and the United States. He performs at Raw Sugar Café, alongside roots and country songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten, on Sunday evening.