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This Week

Join Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canada Science and Technology Museum for an evening of thought-provoking discussion about the exploration and conservation of our oceans. Invited speakers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Oceans North, and the Canadian Wildlife Service will explore the growing fields of ocean exploration and resource exploitation, their impact on our planet and their implications for marine conservation. The session will end with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.
March 20, 2019
Halla has just learned she's been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers. Trouble is, she's an eco-terrorist, deeply engaged in opposing the proliferation of heavy industry that has been ruining Iceland's rugged landscape. See how she manages in Woman At War, the second feature film from director Benedikt Erlingsson. Part of the 9th annual Bright Nights Film Festival, presented by the Canadian Film Institute. Screening starts at 7PM.
March 20, 2019
Spring is just around the corner, which means it's time to get sowing! Join Jean and Nicolas Laporte, co-owners of J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery, to explore how to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables. During this presentation, you’ll learn the importance of site selection, soil preparation, and planting plans when it comes to growing high quality fruits and vegetables. Find out how to plant vegetable seeds indoors, plus tips and tricks for successful transplanting — in order to guarantee successful establishment and production. In addition, you’ll learn techniques for pruning, fertilizing, and pollenating fruit trees and bushes. As a bonus, all attendees will be given a little gift at the end of the presentation. This presentation will be given in French, followed by a bilingual question-and-answer period. Register today!
March 21, 2019
When the Germans retreated from Latvia in 1944, they took with them 700 boxes of art works and ancient manuscripts from the nation’s museums. Were it not for Merija Grinberga, they would never have made it back. Learn the whole story in "Merija’s Journey," a 2018 documentary directed by Kristine Zelve. Part of the 9th annual Bright Nights Film Festival, presented by the Canadian Film Institute. Screening starts at 7PM.
March 21, 2019
 
 
Seventeen Voyces, directed by Kevin Reeves presents an Ottawa Premiere. Commissions by Andrew Ager and Mark Duggan. Music inspired by paintings from the National Gallery of Canada - including Tom Thomson, Marc Chagall, William Blake and Gustave Moreau. Guest artists:  Yolanda Bruno, violin; Carmen Bruno, cello; Zac Pulak, percussion. Tickets ($15-$25) www.seventeenvoyces.ca or at Compact Music, Leading Note, Book Bazaar or Herb & Spice Wellington. At 7:30 pm, Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank St.
March 22, 2019
Algonquin Students’ Association and Cracking Up The Capital present Jay and Dan Live Podcast Recording.
March 22, 2019
Ottawa’s Premiere Chamber Orchestra Thirteen Strings presents “Les folies de Versailles” Featuring Baroque Dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière Welcome to the world of Lully and dance-loving King Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil. The concert will explore the various dance forms of 17th century France including Les Caractères de la danse by Jean-Ferry Rebel and Stravinsky’s French-inspired Apollon musgète. 7:30 pm Friday, March 22, 2019 Dominion-Chalmers Church, Ottawa Concert tickets for “Les folies de Versailles” are available at Leading Note, Books on Beechwood, Compact Music and at www.thirteenstrings.ca. For more information email info@thirteenstrings.ca
March 22, 2019
Break out your Hawaiian shirts - we're having a beach party! Strap on a pair of skates and roll away those winter blahs to some sun shiny tunes provided by Black Swan Entertainment. The floor opens at 7! Entry: $5 Skate rental: $10 adult, $5 kids Skate rental is first come first serve, with limited pairs. Entry limited to space restrictions. Children under 13 required to wear a helmet.
March 22, 2019
Billings Estate National Historic Site 2100 Cabot Street Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1 613-580-2088 Fax: 613-247-4832 museums@ottawa.ca www.ottawa.ca/museums www.ottawa.ca/billingsestate Email: museums@ottawa.ca Water: A Journey to the Source is a special exhibition exploring how Ottawans have obtained, used, abused, and conserved this precious resource. It takes visitors from the frigid depths of the ancient Champlain Sea to the warm baths of Victorian spas and through the inner workings of our modern water treatment plants. Stories of whales and well diggers, water witches and waterworks engineers join never-before-seen artefacts to tell the cultural and social history of water in our city and region. Sneak previews open at the Atrium Gallery (Ben Franklin Place) on March 22 and at Ottawa City Hall on May 1. The full exhibition opens on May 12 at Billings Estate National Historic Site, Nepean Museum, and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site.
March 22, 2019
The Canadian Film Institute presents The King's Choice from Norweigan director, Erik Poppe, about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. Part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 7PM.
March 22, 2019
Our speaker is Dr. Frances Henry who is an Emeritus Prof. at York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the lead author of the "Women and Water" chapter in the "Water Quality in the Americas: Risks and Opportunities" book that is going to be released on the World Water Day (March 22). Gender and Water Quality: Women do Most of the Work! An important often overlooked component of water quality is its relationship to gender because women are most often charged with the responsibilities of water gathering, production and usage in the home and in agricultural production. Two thirds of the world’s poor populations lack access to safe and reliable water. One of the key recommendations that emerges from this and other studies is that more women must be included in the managerial and decision making institutions especially in developing countries. RSVP: banu.ormeci@carleton.ca
March 22, 2019
March 23 and 24 2019 Odawa Native Friendship Centre 815 St Laurent Blvd Grand Entry 1130am both days Dancer Registration closes at 11am Admission by Donation For more information call Odawa at 613-722--3811
March 23 -  24, 2019
Annual fundraising event hosted by the Ottawa Guild of Potters for the Ottawa Food Bank. Tickets are $45 and include handmade bowl, soup, bread, entertainment, auction and more. Evening hosted by Derick Fage of Breakfast Television Montreal, entertainment by Bob at the Piano. Tickets available at Life of Pie, Thyme & Again and Capital Pottery Supplies. 5pm-8pm
March 23, 2019
Annual fundraising event hosted by the Ottawa Guild of Potters for the Ottawa Food Bank. Tickets are $45 and include handmade bowl, selection of soups and baked goods from some of Ottawa’s finest restaurants and bakeries, entertainment, auction and more. Evening hosted by Derick Fage of Breakfast Television Montreal, entertainment by Bob at the Piano. Come and support this worthy cause! March 23rd, 5pm to 8pm, Glebe Community Centre. 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa.
March 23, 2019
Experience the depth and intensity of early German Baroque music with cantatas by composers such as Buxtehude, Schütz and Bruhns. Featuring rising star soprano Bronwyn Thies-Thompson, an Ottawa native whose inspired and highly praised musicianship is sought after throughout the Canadian early music scene.
March 23, 2019
Over the past ten years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon and a way of life for thousands of young people. Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny, moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of community. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 4:30 PM.
March 23, 2019
Darling is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a courageous woman facing life-altering circumstances. Darling must face the greatest trial of her life, both professional and personal. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 6:30PM.
March 23, 2019
Set in the 1970s, Ravens is the tangled tale of Agne, a salt-of-the-earth dedicated and diligent farmer who fights tooth and nail to save his farm from the owner’s profit-driven aspirations and the overall societal trends toward “modernization.” Presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 8:30PM.
March 23, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation. While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
March 23, 2019
10:30: Welcome to Genealogy: Back To Basics! Genealogy B2B is a short lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Q & A session with Ottawa Branch members. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us! Sessions are free and open to all. Held at City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115). Romaine Honey will introduce us to the genealogical resources at the Ottawa Public Library. All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge. *Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning. Meeting runs to 12:00. Hope to see you there!
March 23, 2019
The Museum is more than just aircraft. The world-renowned collection also provides the backdrop for incredible concerts. Be sure to check out this fabulous performance by the Centralaires Concert Band.
March 24, 2019
For months, independent vintage clothing vendors have been reporting that it's been a very fruitful buying season. Rarely seen vintage clothing items have been found in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. All of them will be on display (and up for grabs) at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show (Sun. March 24th from 10am-5pm at The Fieldhouse at Carleton University, Bronson Ave. & Sunnyside Ave., Ottawa K1S 5B6). www.OttawaVintageClothingShow.ca
March 24, 2019
This riveting documentary offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of the legendary, internationally renowned contemporary Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, revealing the maestro’s philosophy of life and his creative process, as well as presenting his playful, humorous side in ordinary life in scenes with his family and friends. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 4:30PM.
March 24, 2019
Owl Mountain is sweeping a historical drama set in the turbulent immediate post-WWII period in Lithuania. Radio Free Europe, BBC, and Voice of America only rarely get through the Soviet imposed Iron Curtain in Lithuania, a country now torn by a war between the local resistance movement and the occupying Soviet regime. Tedas is one of the local high-school students who witness the local armed resistance to the Soviet occupation and decides to join by taking up arms. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute as part of this year’s Bright Nights Film Festival. Screening starts at 6:30PM.
March 24, 2019

Ongoing Events

Join us for our Grand Opening! "Unwind. Relax. Breathe" Touch Therapy Spa is a brand new luxurious spa conveniently located in the downtown core. We are committed to excellence and exceeding client care. The spa provides exceptional standards of the ultimate relaxation experience. Services- We will make your experience the best it can be : Massage therapy: Therapeutic Hot stone Deep tissue Trigger point Sport injury Relaxation Address 133 besserer 6135628266
October 13 -  15, 2020
This exhibition exploring the theme and imagery on Canada’s new $10 bank note highlights the life and work of Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman on a regular bank note.Exhibition runs from November 30, 2018 to May 12, 2019. FREE ADMISSION. Hours Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Bank of Canada Museum 30 Bank Street Ottawa, ON 613-782-8914 @BoCMuseum
November 30 - May 12, 2019
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December 31 - January 01, 2021
Join us for our Grand Opening! "Unwind. Relax. Breathe" Touch Therapy Spa is a brand new luxurious spa conveniently located in the downtown core. We are committed to excellence and exceeding client care. The spa provides exceptional standards of the ultimate relaxation experience. Services- Swedish Massage, Relaxation, Head Neck NOW OPEN 9am- 2am 838 Somerset Ottawa Ottawa Massage 613 233 1361
January 31 -  28, 2022
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February 25 - April 30, 2019

Upcoming Events

A free screening of selected films by Ali Kazimi and Andrew J. Paterson, the 2019 media arts winners of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts at Knot Project Space. Screening starts at 7PM and both filmmakers will be in attendance. Organized by the Canadian Film Institute in collaboration with Canada Council for the Arts.
March 26, 2019
Signature Series: From the Mountains to the Sea: Family stories from Palestine spanning 150 years Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30pm 9:30pm Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9M7 $18 Students/Seniors, $22 Regular, tickets available at online (Eventbrite), or at the door https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-the-mountains-to-the-sea-family-stories-from-palestine-spanning-150-years-tickets-49903504726 https://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/all-ost-events/2019/03/28/from-the-mountains-to-the-sea-family-stories-from-palestine-spanning-150-years The story of an honour killing of a sixteen-year old shepherdess in the Hebron Hills spans 70 years and finds a connection with a four-year-old boy (father of the storyteller Sarah Abusarar).
March 28, 2019
A timely bootcamp for users of democracy and defenders of press freedom. Join us March 30 at the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication for frank talk and urgent collaboration as we ready ourselves for the 2019 campaign. We'll hear from Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News, Rosemary Barton of the CBC, Susan Delacourt (Toronto Star), Mike De Souza (National Observer), Murad Hemmadi (The Logic), Michelle Richardson (Ottawa Citizen) and Lindsay Sample (The Discourse). And we'll want to hear from you!
March 30, 2019
Book Launch Ngaro's Sojourney 3 Brewers Kanata 565 Kanata Ave., Centrum Centre 4pm - 7pm
March 30, 2019
The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, March 31, 2019. You and your kids are going to have a blast at this basketball extravaganza! This is the perfect event for adults and kids of all ages to go together. Tickets for this Ottawa event are on sale now online at ClickitTicket.com.
March 31, 2019
The Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra is thrilled to invite you to their annual performance on March 31 at 14:30. The program includes works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Bizet and Vaughan Williams, and is led by the OJYO's new conductor, David Thies-Thompson. Don't miss the chance to see these talented young musicians in action! Tickets are available at: https://oyoa-aojo.ca/public/eng/index.php?p=tickets
March 31, 2019
 
 
The effects of Canada’s legacy of colonization are still felt today. The films in this program, all of which were made by Indigenous filmmakers, look back on Canada’s ugly history of racism, abuse, and the cultural genocide of Indigenous groups. They reflect upon the experiences of Indigenous peoples across Canada today, celebrating and reclaiming their cultures, traditions, and spiritual practices. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute and SAW Video Media Centre. This event is FREE. Time: 7pm Location: Knot Project Space (Ottawa Arts Court), 2 Daly Avenue
April 02, 2019
The Canadian Film Institute’s Canadian Masters series is an annual celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring extensive onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history. On April 3rd, we will conduct an onstage interview with Canadian master of moving image, Nettie Wild. Time: 7pm Location: Knot Project Space (Ottawa Arts Court), 2 Daly Ave. Tickets online or at the door: GA- $14, Senior/Student/Child/CFI-OAG Member - $10
April 03, 2019
The Canadian Film Institute’s Canadian Masters series is an annual celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring extensive onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history. On April 4th, Wild will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film. Time: 7pm Location: Alma Duncan Salon (Ottawa Art Gallery), 10 Daly Ave. Tickets online or at the door: GA- $14, Senior/Student/Child/CFI-OAG Member - $10
April 04, 2019
Dance to the big band sounds of the Ottawa New Horizons “Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band”, in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. “You can dance if you want to” or just sit and enjoy the music The concert takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Orchard View Wedding & Event Centre, 6346 Deermeadow Drive. Doors open at 7:30pm, with your chance to meet some guide dogs in training. The music starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for $20 in advance ($10 for children 9 and younger). Tickets can be purchased at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick or Manotick Veterinary Hospital. You can also order by phone at 613-692-7777. Tickets at the door will be $25.
April 06, 2019
Browse through stalls on the 40,000 sq./ft show floor at Ottawa's largest sale of vintage and antiques! Find everything from hand-picked Bohemian and Industrial style furnishings to vintage farmhouse home-wares to classic cottage and lodge furniture. Decorator finds, one-of-a-kinds and all the usual unusual! Saturday, April 6, 10-5 and Sunday, April 7, 10am-4pm. The Fieldhouse, Carleton University, Bronson Ave. & Sunnyside Ave. www.OttawaAntiqueAndVintageMarket.ca
April 06 -  07, 2019
Directed by Kirkland Adsett, St. Matthew's Choir will present "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by French composer Théodore Dubois on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm. Seldom performed in Ottawa, the poignant Lenten concert will feature soloists Cara Gilbertson-Boese (soprano), Alain Paquette (tenor) and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy (baritone). It will also include Lucile Brais-Hildesheim on harp, Wesley Warren on organ and Dominique Moreau on tympani. The short concert will be presented on a freewill donation basis. St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 130 Glebe Ave., near Bank St. tel: 613-234-4024.
April 07, 2019
How many people have slept next to a dinosaur, a grizzly bear or hissing cockroaches? The museum's new sleepover program includes a Fossil Gallery flashlight tour, scavenger hunt in the Mammal Gallery and insect-handling in Nature Live; then it’s off to enjoy a 3D movie in the Theatre, with lights out at 11 pm. The event includes evening snack and morning breakfast, overnight parking (until 9 am) and next-day museum admission. Children must be aged 5 to 12 and be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $68 per person. For more info and to register, visit nature.ca/sleepovers or phone 613-566-4700. 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. NOTE: Separate dates and rates area available for groups.
April 12, 2019
Authentic Pysanky Workshop Friday, April 12 from 5 pm to 8 pm Ages: 16 and up Cost: $35 (re is required) Join us at Fairfields Heritage House as we prepare for Easter with an authentic Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg) workshop led by artist Bozena Hrycyna. We’ll be using natural materials to decorate our pysanky including locally-sourced free range eggs, beeswax candles, and natural dyes (plant and animal based dyes). Note: All supplies are included in the cost of registration. Tour of Fairfields Heritage House and light refreshments will be served. Registration The registration deadline is Friday, April 5. Barcode: 1477947 Please use the barcode to register using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. Fairfields Heritage House 3080 Richmond Road Nepean, ON K2B 7J5 613-726-2652 museums@ottawa.ca http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/fairfields-heritage-house www.facebook.com/nepeanmuseum
April 12, 2019
9:00 am to 9:30 am. "What’s in the BIFHSGO/OGS library for you?" Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO and Grace Lewis of OGS will describe what the holdings in the BIFHSGO/OGS Ottawa Branch library offer to genealogists. 10:00 am to 11:30 am "All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children" - Maggie Wheeler will talk about what she discovered about Home Children while researching her latest novel, the newest addition to her popular series of murder mysteries set in the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive. Free admission and parking. Memberships available.
April 13, 2019
Join CAMMAC in welcoming the Cheng2 Duo back to Ottawa in a Benefit Concert on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 125 MacKay St., Ottawa. The Cheng2 Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) continues to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike for its artistic excellence, generous spirit, and compelling vibrancy. The brother-and-sister duo, formed by 21-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng and pianist Silvie Cheng, has been named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”. The Benefit Concert will be followed by a reception—an opportunity to meet the artists and fellow music lovers from Ottawa and beyond over a glass of wine. Tickets are $75 ($35 tax receipt).
April 14, 2019
“Seven Last Words” Thirteen Strings presents its traditional Concert on Good Friday April 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm Dominion Chalmers Church, Ottawa The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross is an orchestral work by Joseph Haydn initially performed in Spain in 1786 then adapted by the composer in 1787 for string quartet. The seven main meditative sections, labelled "sonatas" and all slow, are framed by a slow Introduction and a fast "Earthquake" conclusion, for a total of nine movements. This reflective yet powerful concert - evocative of the events on Good Friday – with reading of poems in English and French, showcases Ottawa’s premier orchestra ensemble at its best. Concert tickets for “Seven Last Words” are available at Leading Note, Books on Beechwood, Compact Music and at www.thirteenstrings.ca. For more information, email info@thirteenstrings.ca or call 613-738-7888.
April 19, 2019


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