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October 05, 2011

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: 20+ great event suggestions for this week

Each week we ask some of our favourite Ottawa people to  recommend a great Ottawa event happening this week.  They send in their picks, and we compile them into this handy list of awesome local events. (You can add your suggestions to the comments below.)

Bryony Etherington, aka @ladylovewell:
ARTS: If you haven't already checked out First Thursday Art Walks this would be a great time to do so. Self-guided tours run from 5-9pm on, you guessed it, the 1st Thursday of the month or you can join the professionally guided tour at 7pm at the Fritzi Gallery (second floor of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company). The galleries are all located in lovely Wellington West which is also home to dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques you can enjoy before or after your walk. Make a night of it; enjoy the fall weather and local art before the s**w comes!

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
The Annual Butterfly Show at Carleton continues this week and ends on Thanksgiving Monday. The biology department's greenhouses are open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm in the Nesbitt Biology Building, and admission is free. Bring orange sections to tempt the butterflies, and wear red - I'm told that they're attracted to that color!

Lisa from couchassassin.com:
MUSIC: Brooklyn DJ Diwon arrives for a one night only set at Babylon this thursday. His electic set features middle eastern rhythms with contemparay hip hop and electronic beats. Your best bet for a thursday night on the dancefloor

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
LITERARY: Get lost in a world of hallucinatory madness, big dreams, and suitable precautions on Thursday, October 6 at Collected Works at 7pm. Cathy Stonehouse, Laura Boudreau, Rebecca Rosenblum are features at the WOSS Behind Your Ears tour - short fiction by the women of Biblioasis. Collected Works, 1242 Wellington.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
MUSIC: Ohbijou will be playing Thursday night at Ritual nightclub. The brand new album is beautiful from start to finish and their live show is getting rave reviews. You can hear a couple of tunes from the new CD here.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador: 
NIGHTLIFE: They're billing it Celebrate With Love. The Lucky 13 anniversary of Urban Male Magazine begins a 4-city party in Ottawa on Friday night, at Mansion Nightclub, 400A Dalhousie (at Rideau). UMM cover girl Mia Martina (Latin Moon, Stereo Love) is performing; other celebrity guests promised. 10pm to 2:30am. Dress is "stylish and sophisticated".

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
KIDS: On Saturday - The Much More Munsch Parade & Book Exchange. Head over to the Canadian Children's Museum at the Museum of Civilization to celebrate the new exhibition about Robert Munsch’s stories. To prepare for the parade, visit their drop-in workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and then show off your creations to all. To add to the fun, you can bring your gently used Munsch books to exchange with others. 11:00am and 3:00pm.

Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner:
MUSIC: No one celebrates the vibrant Celtic spirit quite like The Mahones. They're playing Saturday at Zaphod's at 8:00pm. The band’s Celtic brand of infectious, raucous punk music combines the raw energy of iconic bands like The Clash, The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Replacements and The Waterboys and throws in a dash of Social Distortion for good measure.

Don from foodieprints: 
FOOD: Local chef/owner Jason Laurin of Essence Catering will be teaching a course on tailgate food at the Rideau Street LCBO (275 Rideau Street). A Cordon Bleu graduate, he creates some of the more innovative fine food dishes in Ottawa, excelling particularly at cocktail bites. On Tuesday, October 11 (6:00pm), the menu will include much man food: Meatball Sliders with Chipotle=spiked Tomato Sauce; Top Flight Chicken Wings with a variety of sauces; and Smokeless Smoked Ribs. The cost is $60/pp. Reserve by calling (613)789-5226

Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl:  
RUNNING: Ottawa Fall Colours Run on Sunday. The prettiest Ottawa race, the Fall colours run takes place through the changing leaves in Cumberland. This family-friendly event offers distances for all ages and types of runners: from a 1k Turkey Trot for the kids to a full marathon, even a wheelchair marathon.

Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:  
CLASSICAL: This week there's a very interesting concert on at the University of Ottawa:  Tim Brady, will be performing his own work, 24 Frames, music for guitar, electronics and video along with similar works for the same combination, on Wednesday at Tabaret Hall.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa: 
SONGS & STORIES: On Wednesday, October 12, Collected Works hosts singer-songwriter and author Carla Ulbrich. After being diagnosed with serious illnesses, Ulbrich began performing humorous songs and stories, collected into a book called How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This? Should be fun, and inspiring – Ulbrich entertains while encouraging people to celebrate life and reclaim their health. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Jean Labelle, Photographer:  
PHOTOGRAPHY: The magical colours of Fall are back at Gatineau Park. Fall Rhapsody continues until October 16.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:   
FALL: October brought much cooler temperatures and this weekend should be a good time to start taking pictures of Fall colours. My favourite spots outside Gatineau Park include Vincent Massey Park (at Heron and Riverside), Rideau Hall and Bate Island.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
MISCELLANY: Crash an election party somewhere on Thursday night... Carp Farmers' Market Harvest Celebration on Saturday morning... Forest Festival in Gatineau Park on Saturday... Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour at Scotiabank Place this weekend... Spooky Wagon Rides at Cannamore Orchard... Friends of the Farm fine arts exhibition and sale... a vigil to end animal cruelty on Saturday night at Bruce Pit... Sens home opener vs. Minnesota on Tuesday.

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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  1. How about some theatre? I noticed there isn't any listed here! Perhaps take in the show that critics are raving about this weekend: Speed-The-Plow at The Gladstone. Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM and 8PM.
    Various prices. Go to www.thegladstone.ca or call 613-233-4523

  2. Thanks for all the other suggestions Ottawa Start!


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