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January 29, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: January 30-February 5, 2014

Winterlude 2014. Photo by Luciana Nechita

Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.

Friday-Sunday, January 31-February 2: First Weekend of Winterlude
Ottawa's annual celebration of cold and snow begins this weekend. The big kick-off event is the "Great Winter Ball" and it happens at Confederation Park on Friday night and includes fireworks, ice carving and dj's. There are dozens more events at the official Winterlude sites and at other venues across Ottawa.

Thursday, January 30: John Wort Hannam
You might not have heard of this musician from out west, but you should start paying attention if you're a fan of rootsy folk. He's playing Thursday at the BlackSheep Inn. Check out a tune here: http://youtu.be/kIwB1aLXPFQ-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Thursday, January 30: Dave Currie & JM Francheteau, In/Words Reading Series
9pm at the Clocktower Pub, 575 Bank St., Downstairs. This is Ottawa's most fun reading series & with mischievous & entertaining former host Dave Currie as the feature & talented poet JM Francheteau adding to the hijinx, it's going to be a great night. i won't say that our feature once stripped to his briefs at one of these readings...but i won't deny it either. the open mic is usually packed with zany & fun participants as well. come out & see for yourself. & if you're after a pint, the Clocktower's got those too.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday, January 30: Up & Up Concert Series Presents Rommel Ribeiro
The Up & Up Concert Series invites you to experience Brazilian singer-songwriter Rommel Ribeiro live in concert at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday. The talented local artist will perform a tropical mash-up of Afro-Brazilian grooves, samba-reggae and original samba-funk. He’ll be joined by Montreal Pianist Paulo Bottas for the occasion.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1: Gatineau Beer Fest (Festibière)
The Gatineau Beer Fest (Festibiere d’hiver) is being held this weekend at the Canadian Museum of History. Happening on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, this beer-lovers festival will feature a variety of artisanal beers made by breweries from around the country. Food will be available for purchase and entertainment is also on the program.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, February 1: Supernova Showdown 
Get up close and personal with these spectacular star explosions and bring them to life with a take-home craft. These hands-on family workshops feature take-home crafts. Each workshop offers new discovery activities to encourage children’s exploration of the world of astronomy. 10:00am at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, Feb 1: Lucky Ron Anniversary Show
It's not just another Saturday at the Ole Chateau Lafayette. Every year, on February 1st, they honor Lucky Ron and celebrate the day he first stepped on stage. He has been performing his solo show in Ottawa for 28 years and he is still going strong.
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, February 1: 1001 Nights - Dance to the Tales of Arabia
The organizers who brought you Latin Sparks are back with a new concept. This Saturday February 1, the International presents 1001 Nights: Dance to the tales of Arabia at the Canadian War Museum. This Middle-Eastern inspired event will feature fortune-telling, henna, magicians, Middle Eastern treats, belly dancing performances, and Dabkeh dancing among other things.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, Feb. 1: Folly and the Hunter

This is one of those bands that I think everyone should hear. I don't think anyone does harmonies better right now. Their album, Tragic Care, was one of my favourites of 2013. You can listen to it in it's entirety here: http://follyandthehunter.bandcamp.com/-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Saturday, February 1: Still Swingin': the original Brian Browne Trio at GigSpace
Pianist Brian Browne has been an important part of Ottawa's jazz scene for decades, continually pleasing audiences with his mixture of old and new standards. His distinctive, bluesy piano style swings with traces of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner and Bill Evans, yet the sound is unmistakably his own. Saturday's concert at GigSpace is special: he's reuniting for one time only with the members of the original Brian Browne Trio: bassist Sol Gunner and drummer Glenn Robb. It will be an opportunity to remind us of Ottawa and Gatineau's jazz heritage, and hear some great living music.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

Tuesday, February 4: The Day After the Riot Pub Night
Have you heard of Ottawa's new NASL soccer team coming to the new Landsdowne this year? One of their supporter groups - The Stony Monday Riot Ottawa - are getting together for a meet and greet. Come on out and meet other Ottawa Fury and soccer fans in Ottawa and see what all the fuss is about!
-- Laura Gauthier

Wednesday, February 5: Laugh Out Loud Presents Cracking-Up the Capital
Just when it seems like Ottawa’s winter will never end, along comes some welcome comic relief. There’s a comedy event almost every day this week, but I wanted to highlight Cracking-Up the Capital. The four-day festival, in its tenth year, opens on Wednesday with Anna Gustafson, Martha Chaves, Derek Seguin, Howie Miller, Greg Schroder, Brendan McKeigan and host Ali Hassan. The festival supports mental health initiatives at the Royal Ottawa, Youth Services Bureau, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and the Royal’s Women for Mental Health Program. Sure to warm your heart.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Wednesday, February 5: Future of Snow and Skiing in a Warming World
For a glimpse into some of the ways that climate change is affecting us, come to this panel discussion on the future of skiing and other snow sports. Hear from former Olympian skiers, a permafrost and mountain environment specialist, ski resort representatives and other experts. 7:30-9 p.m. at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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1 comment:

  1. Did I say there was comedy almost every day this week? It’s true.
    - Brent Butt is at Centrepointe Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 30: http://centrepointetheatre.ca/
    - Crush Improv does Crush Does Detroit on Friday Jan. 31 at the Gladstone: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/crush-does-detroit-tickets-10022640989
    - Casey Corbin and Mike MacDonald are at the Barley Mow, 1060 Bank St. on Saturday, Feb. 1: http://app01.ottawa.ca/ArtsCalendar/eventDetails.jsf;jsessionid=F4D82065E48565D183FD45D0DE9B2606?lang=en&eventId=10228
    - Ron James is at Centrepointe on Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2: http://centrepointetheatre.ca/
    - Don't Quit Your Day Job Comedy Night (a benefit for mental health) is at the Brass Monkey on Greenbank Rd. on Monday, Feb. 3: http://www.crackingupthecapital.com/node/92
    That gives you a day or so to rest up for the Cracking-Up the Capital Festival Feb. 5-8.


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