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November 16, 2011

Weekly Event Update: Trivia, stargazing, gingerbread, burgers and much more...

You might think that on a chilly week in mid-November, Ottawa would be a quiet place. You would be wrong. Here are nearly 20 great event suggestions from our contributors.  You can add your event suggestions to the comments below.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa
FOOD: Just Food and Transition Ottawa are inviting “everybody who eats” to Food for All, a discussion about making Ottawa’s food healthy, sustainable and accessible. It’s on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at Ecclesiax Sanctuary (2 Monk St. in the Glebe).

Sterling Lynch, editor of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter:  
THEATRE: And Slowly Beauty is an artfully executed production, with fine set, lighting, and sound design. Dennis Fitzgerald delivers a strong performance and he’s supported by a solid ensemble. Easily, this is one of the most satisfying productions I’ve seen at NAC English Theatre in a long time. At the NAC until November 19.

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps:
TRIVIA: November 18 is World Trivia Night presented by Scotiabank Group. Taking place at the Aberdeen Pavillion starting at 7pm (doors open at 5pm), World Trivia Night sees over 150 teams of ten people each competing against each other in this huge trivia event. While the event has been sold out for some time now, it is a fundraising event for the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa so even if you can't play, perhaps you'll consider sponsoring one of the players or teams. (My favourite team is Team VI, but it doesn't matter who you sponsor because the money's going to a good cause.)

Marilou from Twenty York Street:
STYLE: FLAUNT Ottawa – Hosted by Stacey Bafi-Yeboa of KANIA Couture on Friday night. Biggest shopping night in Ottawa – Fashion, Beauty, Skincare - to be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Not only is there will it be a night of great fun but we are also raising money in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada in honour of a dear friend winning her battle with the disease.
ALSO: On Thursday night, join me at the THANN Skincare Family and Friend’s Event, in support of Local 613 and the Bank Street re-opening. 6pm-9pm, wine and sushi will be served, and THANN will unveil their #NOMOREBULLIES poster.


Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:   
ASTRONOMY: Friday, November 18 - Stargazing View the night sky from the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory Show up and enjoy the night sky. Who: Astronomers in training When: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Where: Hellen Sayer Hogg Observatory Cost: Free. More info.


Lisa from couchassassin.com:
PARTY: Timekode, Ottawa's legendary soul shake down party is celebrating it's 6th anniversay this Friday! If you haven't been dancing in a while.  It's time (kode).

Jean Labelle, Photographer:   
FUNDRAISER: Breast Cancer Action Gala on Friday, November 18. Benefits programs of education, support and fitness for breast cancer patients and survivors in Ottawa. At Sala San Marco, 215 Preston. Cocktails at 6pm with dinner at 7pm

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:   
YOGA: Come get your groove on for a great cause! This edition of the regular Madonna Yoga Flow Party takes place on Friday, November 18 from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. at Rama Lotus Yoga Centre in support of Movember. There have been rumours of the ladies wearing fake mustaches for the class!

Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps:
GINGERBREAD: The other event is the 10th Annual Gingerbread House Competition taking place November 18, 9:30 a.m. to November 20, 6:00 p.m on the 3rd level of the Rideau Centre near Grand & Toy. You can visit the exhibits and even bid on the gingerbread houses in a silent auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

Andrew King, artist:  
BURGERS: Join the famous meatarians of Hintonburger as they unveil their plans of a new location at the old KFC in the heart of the Hintonburg community. The unveiling and information event takes place Saturday November 19th from 4-7pm at the Elmdale Tavern, which is right next door to their new location. Concept drawings , samples and live music will all be a part of this exciting burgermania.


Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
MUSIC: Jazz standards are changing! They're not just the Great American Songbook anymore. On Saturday, the Capital Vox Jazz Choir will prove that by singing the Beatles. It will be an impressive event with almost 75 musicians filling the stage at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:    
KIDS: Sunday, November 20 is National Child Day, and you can celebrate with your child at the Nepean Museum (16 Rowley Avenue). The museum is hosting a National Child Day celebration titled "Why I'm Special", and for a donation of as little as $1 you and your child can play Victorian games, make themed crafts, and see how the lives of children have changed over the past 200 years.


Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: For the first time, Ottawa Farmers' Market vendors at Lansdowne move indoors to offer four special Christmas Markets (Sundays November 20th and 27th and December 4th and 18th). Held inside the Aberdeen Pavilion (1015 Bank Street), many familiar faces will return, farmers and artisan food makers from the warmer months. Some new vendors will participate. Start your Christmas shopping early this year this Sunday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Ming Wu from Photogmusic:  
MUSIC: JF Robitaille with The Llynn & Jane Show + Clementine at Raw Sugar Cafe on November 20.
Montreal's JF released his debut album Calendar this past summer.
If you like indie folk pop singer-songwriters similar to Leonard Cohen, why not check out his music
It's going to be a nice Sunday evening of intimate live music.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher: 
LITERARY: The Dusty Owl Reading Series featuring Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sunday, November 20, 2011, 3pm Elmdale House Tavern, 1084 Wellington W.
Kateri is an Anishnaabe writer, collaborator, publisher, Indigenous arts advocate, and communications consultant from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation on the Bruce Peninsula and the poet laureate of Owen Sound.


Stephan Telka, public engagement consultant:  
BOOKS: I'm particularly looking forward to hearing my friend, Ottawa-based author (and 2011 Ottawa Book Award winner) Eric Enno Tamm speak about his adventures re-tracing the route of the last Imperial Russian spy, Gutaf Mannerheim, through Imperial Russia, Central Asia and China. Enno Tamm's book, The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China, draws parallels between modern China and China at the start of the 20th century. The presentation, sponsored by the Canada-China Friendship Society, takes place at Library and Archives Canada on Monday November 21 at 7:30pm. Entrance is $5 for non-members. More details here.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
MUSIC: Rich Aucoin will be in town on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Bronson Centre. This is a guy who once did an album that was meant to sync up with the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was amazing! You would turn off the volume of the TV special and watch the video while listening to Aucoin's music. His tunes are great and his shows are stellar.


Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:
CINEMA: This week, I’m planning to catch up with some movies from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean at the European Union Film Festival at the Canadian Film Institute. I recommend Les Barons, a Belgian movie, on November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for non-members and the program can be found here.


Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa:
CLASSICAL: Lots of great classical music on tap this week -- organ music, The Messiah, symphonic music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius; piano music of Brahms, Liszt , and Rachmaninov; and a brand-new opera by a local composer.  Of special note is a performance by rising star, soprano Marie-Josée Lord, at the Almonte venue.  Ottawa has so much to offer the music lover.

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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1 comment:

  1. Consider checking out the Danish Bazaar on Saturday, November 19. Their lunch offering is open-faced sandwiches and Danish pastries. The Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre near Britannia. 11 am to 2 pm. No price for admission. Is a club fundraiser for the Danish Club of Ottawa. http://danishclubottawa.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/bazaarflyer2011.pdf

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