The bad news: November has arrived. The warmth of summer has fallen away with the leaves on the trees and November’s chill and rain are setting in like damp socks on cold feet. The good news: the weekend has arrived. The weather may be less than favourable, but there is still a ton to enjoy on this wonderful break from the work week.
Those of you not ready to give up on Halloween just yet, check out one of Ottawa’s special Halloween edition Haunted Walks. Step inside some of Ottawa’s most haunted places, including the Bytowne Museum and the old Carleton County Jail (HI Ottawa Jail Hostel). Or head down to the Diefenbunker – but a word of caution: it has been overrun by zombies and you may not make it out alive.
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Vespers at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall this weekend. Immerse yourself in the mythical world “where dancers in larger-than-life masks explore humankind’s relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds.” If that isn’t enough to entice you, this full-length ballet will also be accompanied by a live choir, the NAC Orchestra, and prima ballerina Evelyn Hart.
After such a warm welcome from Ottawa the last time she was here, Toronto artist Marijke Bouchier returns with her Pop Up Sexual Fruit Art & Illustration at Venus Envy this Thursday. This series of work highlights the eroticism that can be found in everyday life, such as that in fruit, in a fun and light-hearted way.
CKCU listeners, lovers, and supporters, head to Pressed this Thursday for a CKCU Benefit Show with Sparklesaurus, leMeow, and Death Metal Witch. All proceeds from the event will go towards keeping the airwaves open at one of our favourite campus-community radio stations.
Football fans will want to don their warmest plaid and head down to TD Place this Friday night, to watch the Ottawa Redblacks take on the Toronto Argonauts, in the final game of the regular season. Dominating the top spot in the CFL’s East Division, our team will go on to compete in the Eastern Finals, for their chance at a shot at this year’s Grey Cup.
If you’d trade football for fine art any day, your best bet is to head over to SPAO’s Open House featuring Ontogeny by Whitney Lewis-Smith. Their annual open house is a chance to tour SPAO’s new digs; including the gallery, studio, and darkroom, as well as take a sneak peek at their newest addition, soon to be the Media Lab and Library. It is also a great opportunity to chat with the artists about their work and meet with members of the faculty. In addition to a feast for the eyes, your ears will also indulge in some great beats by DJ Sweetcheeks.
The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival takes place at Arts Court this Saturday. The festival, which celebrates the best in Canadian Indie Film, has three sets of screenings; at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. The films range from 5 minutes in length, to a full length film, and the festival culminates with the world premier of Pur Laine by Ottawa artist Alexander Cruz.
Festival Latino Ottawa is celebrating Day of the Dead with a Fiesta & Parade at Lansdowne this Saturday. Come learn about this Mexican holiday, in which they honour those who have passed, and view the traditional altars, el catrin and la catrina, and feast on traditional Mexican dishes.
Also taking place this Saturday at Lansdowne, in the Aberdeen Pavilion, is the Ottawa Vegan Market. Head to the dining hall first, to fill your bellies with delicious vegan treats, including kimchi and bulgogi grilled cheese, porcini mushroom and bacon alfredo, and sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches. Then fill your bags at the marketplace and head home to whip up some amazing vegan dishes for yourself.
This Sunday, Daylight Savings gifts you with a wonderful hour more sleep. Cherish that extra bit of sleep in, then spend the morning sketching the NAC with Urban Sketchers Ottawa. Practice those drawing skills on the beautiful details of the NAC and enjoy a delicious coffee from Equator Coffee, while getting to know others from the urban sketching community here in Ottawa.
The Feminist Twins are hosting their fifth annual Feminist Fair at Makerspace North this Sunday. This is one incredible craft fair with a social justice spin. Amongst the amazing vendors, selling everything from zines, to jewelry, to bath & beauty products, you will find Community Tables with various local non-profits. There will also be a free pizza lunch and donuts and coffee being sold at the event, to keep your stomachs satiated while you shop. Donations at the door help support the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.
As fall slowly creeps into winter and the seasons are changing, you’ll want to make sure you look smart during this chilly season with some great new pieces. For that incredible vintage find, look no further than the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, which returns to Carleton University this Sunday.
That’s all she wrote, of this fine weekend. With plenty to see and do, we hope you get out there and enjoy what this great city has to offer. Take lots of photos and let us know what you get up to, over at #apt613. We will feature some of our favourite photos on our feed.
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