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Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday, November 21: Evening Hymns
Evening Hymns are performing Thursday at The Blacksheep Inn. His last Ottawa show at the NAC was one of the best shows I've seen in a very long time. My wife had tears in her eyes after every song; it was that beautiful. Any secretions from my eyes were just allergies, I swear. Don't miss this show. They've been recording a new album and will be playing some of the new songs at the concert. Check this beauty of a tune: http://youtu.be/u20inA6rsgg-- Ryan Bresee
Thursday, November 21: Paul Langlois (from The Tragically Hip) + Greg Ball + Pete Murray
At Zaphod Beeblebrox, 8pm. With millions of records sold worldwide, a total of 14 JUNO Awards, an induction into Canada's Hall of Fame and over 12 albums recorded with The Tragically Hip; Paul Langlois returns to the road in support of the release of his sophomore album Not Guilty (November 5, 2013).
-- Eugene Haslam
Thursday, November 21: Factory Reading Series Lectures
Talks by Amanda Earl, Brecken Hancock & David O'Meara-a VERSeFest Fundrasier, Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W., $8, , 7pm. An opportunity to support VERSeFest, the annual poetry festival that takes place in March. Talks on poetry by me & two excellent poets. Good eats & drinks at the Raw.
-- Amanda Earl
Friday, November 22: The Balconies Live at Canterbury
Live 88.5 FM presents The Balconies live at Canterbury High School this Friday. Why is the group performing at a high school? Because two musicians from this rock n roll 4-piece are graduates of Canterbury’s music program. On November 22, they’re going back to their old high school for a night of rock and roll with musical guests Dear Rouge and The Capitol Beat. All proceeds from this special concert will go to Canterbury’s music program
-- Eliane Laberge
Friday, November 22: Roberto López and the Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra at Jean-Despréz Hall
Guitarist Roberto López now lives in Montreal, but his music combines the diverse rhythms and traditions of his native Colombia with modern jazz. Think Afro-Cuban, but even hotter and with greater range. He'll be bringing a troupe of Montreal jazz greats with him to play an evening of fiery music which should waft away the November chills. We heard him play at the Montreal and Ottawa jazz festivals -- and interviewed him about his music -- and were highly impressed. In Montreal, he had almost the whole audience dancing. (Salle Jean-Despréz is in Gatineau City Hall, just a block west of the Museum of Civilization in downtown Gatineau.)
-- Brett Delmage
Saturday, November 23: Annual Help Santa Toy Parade
Ottawa's downtown parade starts at 11:00am in front of National Archives / Garden of the Provinces on Wellington Street, on the western edge of downtown. It continues east on Wellington and takes a right turn on Bank Street. South on Bank Street until Laurier, then east on Laurier to City Hall at Laurier & Elgin. Bring a new toy donation to give to the firefighters. There are also parades this weekend in Smith Falls, Russell Village and Clarence-Rockland.
-- Glen Gower
Saturday, November 23: Ottawa Tea Festival
Tea lovers will want to attend the 2013 Ottawa Tea Festival taking place this Saturday at the Convention Centre. The event will feature tastings, workshops, cultural performances and expert presentations on a variety of tea-related subjects. This is the perfect place to meet other tea lovers and to learn more about this beneficial aromatic beverage.
-- Eliane Laberge
Saturday, November 23: Support Local Book Sale and Signing
Meet local authors and pick up their books at Apt613’s Support Local book event, which will have everything from mystery to poetry to parenting to young adult fiction to comics. It’s 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library’s Main branch, organized as part of Apt613’s Support Local month with help from the Ottawa International Writers Festival and several local bookstores.
-- Denise Deby
Saturday, November 23: Hintonburg Annual Artisan Craft Fair
Local artisan support and holiday shopping in one?! I'm there!
-- Laura Gauthier
(More craft shows listed here.)
Saturday, November 23: 6th Ottawa Timeraiser Silent Art Auction and Volunteer Fair
What’s Timeraiser, you ask? It’s an evening out where you can bid on works of art by emerging Canadian artists—except that rather than bidding money, you bid your volunteer time, which goes to one of over 30 participating non-profit agencies that can benefit from your skills. 7-10 p.m.
-- Denise Deby
Saturday, November 23: The Bushpilots & Friends present The Band's Last Waltz
In support of the Ottawa Foodbank, The Bushpilots will be performing The Band’s Last Waltz with a whole truckload of their friends. They’ll be recreating the music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and other stars who were featured in the Martin Scorsese documentary.
-- Jean Labelle
Sunday, November 24: Science Play Day
Enjoy exciting games, experiments, stories and crafts. Bring the kids and be a kid as you have fun exploring science and technology. At the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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