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October 03, 2012

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: Lee Fields, IMOOfest, Thanksgiving at the Expermental Farm, more...

Early Morning in the City-05
Early morning on Sparks Street.  Photo by Marcel Regimbald,
shared on the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Here are our contributors' picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list published every Wednesday night in this space, and you can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly

SEE ALSO: What's open and closed on Thanksgiving Monday in Ottawa...

Thursday, October 4: Lee Fields and The Expressions
If you enjoy soul and funk music, you should definitely check out Lee Fields and The Expressions performing live at Ritual this Thursday, October 4. The veteran singer from North Carolina with an old-sound soul vibe will be presenting songs from his latest album Faithful Man along with some classics. A must-attend feel-good event for music lovers!
-- Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Thursday, October 4: A B Series
American visual poet Geof Huth will give a free multi-media presentation. 8:00pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Free!
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6: IMOOfest 2012 at Club SAW
Open your eyes! Engage your mind! Hear music that won't be repeated, at the first IMOOfest improvised music festival Friday and Saturday evenings at Club SAW. Four different acts will perform each night, coming from Ottawa, NYC, and points in between. They'll range from solo shows to the very large IMOO Orchestra.
-- Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca

Saturday-Monday, October 6-8: Thanksgiving at the Experimental Farm / Agricultural Museum
Our kids have always loved holidays like Easter and Halloween at the Agricultural Museum - or as most parents still call it: "The Farm". We've never done Thanksgiving, but this year, it looks like there'll be a green twist. In addition to the usual holiday crafts, hay wagon rides, and "many corn-themed activities" (I'm not making that up), the Web site is highlighting a new exhibit, called "Energy Park: Nature at Work." I can't promise anything exciting - as the Web page is full of ribbon-cutting ceremony photos (ahem), but if the weather's nice, the kids always have fun at the Farm.
--Dennis Van Staalduinen, blogger & community activist

Thanksgiving is about celebrating a bountiful harvest, so why not head to the Experimental Farm? The Museum of Agriculture has special demonstrations, activities and programming that weekend. Plus the farm is a great spot to take fall pictures!
-- Juliette Giannesini, photographer

They're harvesting energy at the Canada Agriculture Museum this weekend! There are lots of activities and demonstrations taking place, including apple cider making and tasting, grain elevator demonstrations, grain grinding and bread making. Weather permitting, you can also take a tour of the fields of the Central Experimental Farm in a horse-drawn wagon for an additional fee. More info about the event is here.
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps 

Celebrate the harvest—of energy! This Thanksgiving weekend, the Canadian Agriculture Museum’s outdoor Energy Park and special exhibits will demonstrate how farms produce solar, wind, and biofuel energy. (If helping press the fresh apple cider tires you out, look for food and drink for sale at the Hot Potato Company onsite.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Monday, October 8: Crush Thanksgiving
A special holiday Monday improv comedy show featuring special guest Dave Morris at the Elmdale Tavern, 8:00pm.. Dave is currently based in Vancouver and has performed at improv festivals around the world. He's making a short stopover in Ottawa en route to the Montreal Improv Festival. Dave's also leading an improv workshop the next day. I'll be playing piano in the show.  Laugh off the turkey.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com 

Wednesday, October 10: Two Nova Scotia bands: THE STANFIELDS + GLORYHOUND
Highly recommended. Heard before the herd. CBC's Bob Merserau says:  "Too many of these bands sound like Pogues wannabes, but that’s not where The Stanfields are coming from. They want to rock very hard, honour traditional East Coast music, and sing about being from a place with hard-working people, the ones they grew up with, and the ones in their audience."
-- Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner 

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Guide
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