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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on November 29, 2012

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays.

Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little down-home blues with Spencer Scharf. Down at Raw Sugar, Jenna Tenn-Yuk and Jerusha Wright put their talents to good use raising money for survivors of human trafficking. Mercury Lounge wraps up their 16th anniversary celebrations with Aline Morales and her samba/reggae sound, while Pony Girl, Silver Dapple and The Yips play Cafe Alt. GOOD2Go is throwing a fundraiser on Friday night down at Zaphods, doing a bit of rocking out to raise money for Children at Risk. Also at Zaphods, Neverending White Lights will bring their indie rock all the way from Windsor on Saturday. There’s a trio of East Coast girls headed to @TheSpace on Saturday night for a special Christmas concert. Gentleman Reg is also here that evening (you could still win tickets!), while Jeremy Fisher stops by the Black Sheep twice this weekend. Wrapping up the weekend is Dumb Angel with Sunbear and Tessa Kautzman at the Elmdale.

Now for movies! Bundle up and channel your inner (terrified) eight-year-old with Home Alone down at McNabb Park, or catch the EU Film Festival while it’s still on. GigSpace is hosting Theatre Nights again – no, not movies, but local artists sharing their recent work.

Vanier keeps getting hipper (happy 1st birthday to VanierNow!) with C’est Chill, a festive party taking over Beechwood to Montreal Road. In another oh-so-cool ‘hood, we’ve got beer and bingo, because you know you love both! Head down to Britannia Park for storytelling and music on Thursday night. Or, get your holi-DIY on Friday night!

Get out to do some extra good this weekend: in addition to the fundraisers already mentioned, we’ve got a roaring twenties evening raising funds for a daycare in South Africa, a benefit concert for Ottawa’s homeless men, a dinner and silent auction organized by Ethiopiaid, and a night at the art gallery hosted by CIDA. Also, a charity auction, a craft sale, and a luncheon/fashion show combination.

What else is happening around town?