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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

By Amanda Armstrong on November 6, 2014

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This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans.

This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our city.

The love continues on Friday, with Ottawa’s School of Photographic Arts (SPAO) 10th Open House. Come check out the latest works and chat with the photographers. You can also have your picture taken by a professional at the event and buy a print, for only 5$!

Rolling through Saturday and Sunday, Enriched Bread Artists will be hosting their 22nd annual Open Studio tour, all weekend long. A hub for contemporary visual arts in the city, they mark 22 years with 22 artists! Featuring works from artists Sarah Anderson, Sayward Johnson, Jeannie Polisuk, and Svetlana Swinimer (to name a few of the twenty two) – come check out their studios in the old bread factory.

We’ve also got a lot of great music going on this weekend! Swing into the weekend this Thursday with Susie Arioli and the All the Way Trio, as Ottawa Jazz Festival celebrates 35 years at its 17th Annual Benefit Concert and Live Auction, at Library and Archives Canada. There will be a silent auction before the performance, with a whole lot of great getaways and adventures to bid on.

The HILOTRONS are playing at Blacksheep Friday night and they’ve got your travel covered! There will be a bus, departing from, and returning to, Chez Lucien in the market – so go enjoy one of their tasty burgers and catch the bus out to Wakefield for what is sure to be a wicked show! Erik Lind & The Orchard and Winchester Warm will also be playing Blacksheep on Saturday night. No bus ride out this time, sadly.

If you can’t make it out to Wakefield Saturday night, don’t worry, there is plenty of music right here in the city! Ottawa’s THE Yips are playing alongside Dirty Frigs and Wicked Witches, of Toronto, are putting on a night of psych/rock/blues at Pressed Cafe. A Tribe Called Red have returned and will be hosting Electric Pow Wow at Babylon, where they will be showcasing some of their new work! The Daily Grind is also hosting a night of musical performances from Flatrock, Joey McNitt, and Brandon Allan.

There’s also a very special birthday happening this Friday. Herd Magazine is celebrating their second birthday and the launch of their seventh issue at Gabba Hey. There will be b boys, live music, and live visual creations, from Dj Greg Reain & VJ Ina. Come on by City Centre and wish the lovely folks at Herd a very merry birthday!

Last, but certainly not least, this weekend marks the happening of the infamous Food and Wine Festival at the Ottawa Convention Centre. An event for all those who love great wine, beer, and food! Don’t miss your chance to sample over 1400 different wines, beers, and spirits from around the world and, while you’re at it, check out the Specialty Food Marketplace, where you can snatch up a ton of tasty artisan goodies (honey and chutney and chocolate – oh my!).

We’ve got a pair of tickets to the Food and Wine Festival for Sunday, November 9. Just tell us your favourite food / wine or beer pairing in the comments below and we’ll enter your name into a draw. The winner will be notified Friday afternoon.

A regular request of Ottawa’s Instagram folk: be sure to hashtag this weekend’s happenings #apt613weekend45.

Les suggestions @Basement819

Un weekend au Black Sheep Inn
Comme à chaque semaine, le Black Sheep Inn, situé au plein cœur du petit village champêtre de Wakefield, propose une série de concerts de qualité. Le weekend prochain est particulièrement prometteur, une belle occasion d’aller s’y pointer le bout du nez. Vendredi soir, déplacez-vous pour le groupe Hilotrons lui-même originaire de Wakefield! Hilotrons sera accompagné sur scène du duo montréalais Saxsyndrum.

Si vous ne pouvez pas être de la partie vendredi soir, ne sombrez pas dans la mélancolie puisque le Black Sheep Inn propose également un concert fabuleux ce samedi soir avec Erik Lind & The Orchard. Voilà donc deux belles occasions musicalement stimulantes de découvrir Wakefield et le mythique Black Sheep Inn.

Jesse Mac Cormack
Toujours dans nos suggestions concerts, le Petit Chicago situé au centre-ville de Gatineau, nous présente les soirées Trash ta Vie à tous les deux dimanches. Cette semaine, c’est au tour de l’artiste montréalais Jesse Mac Cormack de prendre la micro à l’assaut. Ça tombe bien, il vient tout juste de lancer un EP fantastique intitulé Crush!.  Sachez que Jesse Mac Cormack est un artiste qui a attiré des foules lors de la dernière édition du Festival Arboretum. C’est dit, c’est clairement un artiste à insérer dans votre palette si ce n’est déjà fait.

8e Festival de films francophones Objectif Cinéma d’Orléans
Objectif Cinéma est un festival qui vise à faire rayonner et vibrer le cinéma francophone dans notre coin de pays. C’est une belle idée et en plus, la programmation est très alléchante. Des exemples de bons films à ne pas manquer? (Entre autres) Tom à la ferme du prodigieux Xavier Dolan — Casse-tête chinois de Cédric Klapisch. Consultez la programmation. D’excellents courts-métrages seront aussi présentés. Parmi ceux-ci, La cité entre les murs du Québécois Alain Fournier présente un film d’animation touchant et BEAU. Foncez tout droit vers Orléans! Du 4 au 9 novembre au Cinéma Landmark d’Orléans. Billets 8$ / adultes et 4$ / étudiants. (Il y a même des soirées ping pong à l’horaire. N’est-ce pas excitant?).

Handmade Harvest Holiday 2014
Finalement, si vous êtes amateurs d’artisanat ne manquez pas le Handmade Harvest Holiday 2014 qui aura lieu samedi et dimanche dans le magnifique village d’Almonte situé tout juste à l’ouest d’Ottawa. C’est votre chance d’acheter de l’artisanat fait par des mains localement habiles juste à temps pour le temps des Fêtes qui arrive à grands pas.