Ruvini Godakandae from Ottawa Festivals:
MUSIC: Juno award-winning jazz singer Kellylee Evans will be performing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s annual fundraiser on Thursday, December 8, and it'll be a performance you won’t want to miss. Her voice is captivating and she puts everything she has into each performance. Her latest album, ‘Nina,’ is a tribute to the late Nina Simone and will have you doing a double take since her rendition to the legend is so similar. As a bonus, you’ll be catching a great performance and helping out a local arts organization at the same time. Tickets available via the Jazz Festival’s website.
Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:
HUMAN RIGHTS: On Thursday, Dec. 8, help celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th birthday and write letters in support of people around the world whose rights are at risk. There’ll be music, cake and more, so drop by the Canadian Museum of Nature between 5pm-8pm. Or check out other Write for Rights events in town this weekend.
Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
MUSIC: This Friday, you should check out C.R. Avery at The Black Sheep Inn. The first time I saw him, I was at a slam poetry event. One of the performers got on stage and asked a guy who looked like Kramer from Seinfeld to join her on stage. He looked totally out of place until he opened his mouth. He started beatboxing and then rhyming and he completely blew my mind.
Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:
POETRY: Friday, December 9 - the D'bi Young Anitafrika, Urban Legends Poetry Slam at
Unicenter 282 - Carleton University. $7 @ door. 12 slam spots. 4 open mics. Show will start @ 7:17pm.
$100 to the winner.
Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:
MOVIES: Every December, Rainbow Cinemas at St. Laurent Shopping Centre offers Free Morning Movies. This Saturday at 11am you can watch The Smurfs for free. Admission is on a first come first serve basis, so come early to be sure to get a good seat.
Jean Labelle, Photographer:
CHRISTMAS: The Mayor’s 11th Annual Christmas Celebration takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 2pm-6pm in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park (1015 Bank Street). This fun-filled celebration will include a visit with Santa, treats in Mrs. Claus’ Candy Shoppe, crafts in Santa’s workshop, carousel and train rides, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, plus some tasty treats sponsored by BeaverTails and Papa Jack popcorn.
Don from foodieprints:
FOOD: This Saturday, December 10 (10am-4pm), drop by the New Crichton Cultural Community Centre (39 Dufferin Road) for the Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair. Stock up on Christmas gifts of all things food from cookies to pies, breads, teas, coffee, jams, chutneys, granola, cheeses, soups, chocolates, and ice cream. Everything, produced by local food artisans like michaelsdolce, Happy Goat Coffee and Siren Bakery. There will be a silent with products donated by vendors to benefit the School Breakfast Program.
Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:
CRAFTS & MORE: A chance to find gifts and yummy treats in the same place? I'm there! This Saturday from 10am-5pm Craftalicious - Crafts & Treats from Local Crafters takes place at St. Matthew's Anglican Church (217 First Ave.) A great way to get your holiday shopping done and support local crafters!
Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
SONGS OF THE SEASON: Join me at the Community Concert and Carol Sing at St. Timothy's Presbyterian Church (2400 Alta Vista Drive), on Sunday at 2:30pm. Retired RCMP officer Garth Hampson is among the performers, which includes bell ringers and even an Afro-Caribeean group. All being taped for Rogers TV! There is a free will offering for the Heron Road Food Centre.
Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps:
CHRISTMAS MARKET: The Canadian Museum of Civilization is once again hosting its Christmas Market in the Marius Barbeau Salon this Friday (11am to 7pm), Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (10am to 5pm). The Christmas Market features breads, cheeses, confectioneries, local food products, organic produce, artisanal spirits, unique handcrafted objects, original jewellery, handbags and fashion accessories produced by artisans from the Outaouais. Admission is free.
Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:
REMEMBERING DARON: The Kanata Kiwanis Club has a Christmas Party on Sunday at the Villa Lucia Supper Club, 3430 Carling Avenue. Eight Kiwanis Idols and a backup band will be performing. Dinner is at six, showtime at seven. Tickets are $40 at 613-596-1346 - the proceeds going to the Do It For Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I'm thrilled to be hosting.
Stephan Telka, public engagement consultant:
OPEN HOUSE: I'm hoping to hit up Blumenstudio, my favourite Café-Flower Shop this Sunday December 11 at 3pm for an Advent Open House. It's a beautiful space, the owners are cool, they make mean lattes, and they'll be serving Glühwein (mulled wine) and shortbread (one of the owners is originally from Germany).
Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
COMEDY: Crush Improv is hosting a special improv night at the Elmdale Tavern on Monday, December 12. It should be funny. $5 suggested donation. Show starts at 8pm.
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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