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This Weekend

Linda Jamieson Dance Company of Ottawa, in association with the Algonquin Commons Theatre, presents The Nutcracker. This two act Ballet is not only a classic Christmas story, but is also a favourite amongst Linda Jamieson Dance Company audiences; new and old. Don’t miss out on this beloved performance this holiday season. TICKETS $28.50 Tickets available in person at the Algonquin Commons Theatre Box Office or online through Ticketfly here: www.algonquinsa.ticketfly.com DATE, TIME & LOCATION December 9th, 2016 – December 11th, 2016 Algonquin Commons Theatre 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8, Canada
December 09 -  11, 2016
Join Coro Vivo Ottawa in a festive celebration of spirit featuring the work of John Rutter in an arrangement of African-American spiritual music centred on seven spirituals arranged for choir and mezzo-soprano soloist. ‘Feel the Spirit’ received its concert première at Carnegie Hall in June 2001. Rutter is one of England's best-known composers and foremost music scholars of the late 20th century. Presented under the skillful baton of Antonio Llaca, each piece is familiar and well-known, but Rutter’s interpretation makes them fresh and new. Other seasonal, renowned and favourite spirituals are included in a program to welcome the holiday season. December 9th and 10th, 2016 Orleans United Church 1111 Orleans Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $20 (free for children under 14)
December 09 -  10, 2016
On a mission to free holiday joy across the country, Cadbury is adding new magic to one of Ottawa’s first outdoor skates of the season. On Sunday, December 11th, Ottawa residents are invited to lace-up their skates and join Cadbury at the Sens Rink of Dreams for a day and night of festive fun, on and off the rink. Attendees will be treated to a one-of-a-kind performance from six-time Canadian champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist Joannie Rochette and she’ll even be welcoming skaters on ice for a chance to glide by her side! A cozy Cadbury rink-side lounge will also host guests and offer sweet treats to warm skaters’ hearts and toes.
December 09, 2016
On a mission to free holiday joy across the country, Cadbury is adding new magic to one of Ottawa’s first outdoor skates of the season. On Sunday, December 11th, Ottawa residents are invited to lace-up their skates and join Cadbury at the Sens Rink of Dreams for a day and night of festive fun, on and off the rink. Attendees will be treated to a one-of-a-kind performance from six-time Canadian champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist Joannie Rochette and she’ll even be welcoming skaters on ice for a chance to glide by her side! A cozy Cadbury rink-side lounge will also host guests and offer sweet treats to warm skaters’ hearts and toes. What: Meet and greet with Canadian Olympic figure skater Joannie Rochette When: Sunday, December 11, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.: Joannie Rochette will perform on ice 2:40 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Fan meet and greet and photo opportunities Where: Sens Rink of Dreams 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
December 09, 2016
 
 
Have some good fun with live music, cheap drinks, and friendly faces. No partner and no experience necessary. Intermission features local artistic talent. Snacks are included. One céilí every month. Bring the family to enjoy the music and the atmosphere. $10 members; $15 guests; $5 students; children under 12 free. Blessed Sacrament Hall (194 Fourth Avenue) 7pm. Brought to you by local Irish-cultural non-profit: Comhaltas.
December 10, 2016
1. Pre-Meeting Education Talk: “Copyright for Family History ”, by Marnie McCall. Time: 9:00 am to 9:30 am; and 2. Main Talk: “Great Moments in Genealogy”. Four speakers share their great discoveries in family history research. Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Where: The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario For more info: http://www.bifhsgo.ca/eventListings.php?nm=127
December 10, 2016
Fan of H.P. Lovecraft? Wanna see a new take on Lovecraftian-mythos? Looking to pick-up autographed copies? Saturday, December 10th, between 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, drop by and check out The Yule Craft & Psychic Fair! The Lovecraftian Horror series, The Symbiot will be available! "In the Symbiot, Weatherall has created a spine chilling tale reminiscent of the style of Stephen King" TDC Book Reviews ​ “Lovecraftian atmosphere and themes at their best. Michel Weatherall is a master of this style of horror - he’ll keep you up all night reading, then for days just thinking about it.” Apt 613's Laurie Stewart, Author
December 10, 2016
Traditional Romanian Christmas Carols Concert by Incognito Choir of Ottawa - Saint Elias Antiochian Cathedral, 2975 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1V 6N1 Free entrance, Contact : taniadinu@yahoo.fr http://www.bor-sfmatei-ottawa.ca/en/
December 10, 2016
Don’t miss the 3rd annual Last Minute Christmas Craft Show, presented by the Capital Artisans Guild. The event features 40 of the area’s best artisans offering juried hand-made items that are sure to please. There will be free swag bags filled with goodies for the first 100 visitors each day. The show takes place on December 10 and 11 at St. Patrick’s High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Parking and admission are free, but visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or make a donation for the Ottawa Food Bank.
December 10 -  11, 2016
Join us at our annual pancake breakfast! Learn about how you can step aboard the tall ship Fair Jeanne and sail RDV2017, the 30+ tall ship festival being held in Quebec City in celebration of Canada 150. Bytown Brigantine 2700 Queensview Drive 9:30 -11:30 $8.00 pp. All proceeds to the Thomas G Fuller bursary fund, ensuring that no youth who wants to go aloft is left ashore for lack of funds.
December 10, 2016
Get into the Christmas spirit with The Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols at Centrepointe Theatre on Sunday December 11th, 2016. Come and enjoy your favourite Christmas carols featuring Melissa Simard, Rick Szabo, Bill Blundell, Sean van Gulik and The Salvation Army Mass Bands and Chorus. The annual Festival of Carols is a thank you for your support through the year. There are two performances 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at no cost to you. Reserve your tickets by contacting the Centrepointe Theatre Box office at 613-580-2700.
December 11, 2016
Queenswood United Church is hosting it’s 2nd annual Victorian Christmas Tea on Sunday December 11. First seating is at 1:30pm. Second seating is at 3:00pm. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. $15.00 each. For tickets call Barb at 613-837-6784 or Pat at 613-834-9559.
December 11, 2016
Welcome Christmas and support a worthy cause. Bring your friends and family to a Dramatic Reading, with musical interludes, of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at Knox Church (Elgin at Lisgar) on Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm. The Reading features Mayor Jim Watson, CBC's Rita Celli and Alan Neal, environment minister Catherine McKenna and GCTC's Eric Coates, directed by Janet Irwin . Tickets $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under available on the website or at the door. All funds go to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.
December 11, 2016

Ongoing Events

The Bank of Canada Museum presents Mining the Miners, an exhibition about a booming economy of sky-high prices and staggering profits, broken dreams and some very unorthodox banking. Presented in a beautifully detailed diorama of original Dawson buildings, see how the profits were really made in this wild and wooly frontier metropolis. Along the way, you’ll also see some bank notes specific to the gold rush, tokens good for a variety of human vices and of course, a real nugget of the stuff dreams are made of. Mining the Miners opens on 24 June 2016 and will run until the end of 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec. Located on the lower level, next to the Canadian Stamp Collection.
June 24 - December 29, 2017
A Leadership "Mastermind" is an innovative peer-to-peer professional development and support group comprised of a small group from different industries and regions who help each other problem-solve, strategize and grow. It's cost-efficient, collaborative and suitable for all levels of leaders, including entrepreneurs, project leaders, mid-managers and executives. Participants are screened through an application process, and sessions are moderated by a Ubiquity Executive Coach. Selected Members join a 1-hour video conference twice monthly. Participants challenge each other to set powerful goals, and to accomplish them. It requires commitment, confidentiality and willingness to give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth and to support colleagues. There is no cost to Apply for Membership, however, Membership Fees will be applicable to each Applicant who is selected to participate as a Member.
September 06 - August 29, 2017
Elevate and refresh your spirit during these 45-minute mid-week presentations. Admission by freewill offering ($5, $10 or $20 is suggested) For more information on concerts and artists please visit www.SouthminsterUnitedChurch.com and click on the 'music' tab.
September 07 - December 14, 2016
Every Monday morning, the Cumberland Branch hosts a mandarin-language social chat for Chinese seniors/ newcomers, in partnership with volunteers from the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Center. The topics will include learning practical English; basic Computer skills; information sessions on resources, services and programs on living in Canada.
September 12 - December 19, 2016
Y12SR classes are open to people with all levels of yoga experience and at all stages of recovery (minimum 24 hours clean time required). Yoga of 12-Step Recovery is a twelve step based discussion and yoga practice open to anyone and everyone affected by the addictive behavior of others or dealing with their own addictive behavior. Mondays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Overbook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street http://facebook.com/kimberleedharsan
October 17 - December 26, 2016
Get ready fellow Detectives! Because this holiday season you are going to have to outwit, outsmart, and stay alive in our new Slasher thriller "Have Yourself a SCARY Little Christmas" an original show based on the Slasher movies of the 90s. Starts November 19th through New Year's Eve. Don't miss a spot in this mystery game. Book now for public shows or private shows at your place our ours. Two locations to choose from 62 York Street in the Byward Market, or our new location 625 Kanata Avenue in the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre Contact: 613-850-9700 murder@eddiemay.com
November 19 - December 31, 2016
Christmas Exhibition - work by gallery artists at ORANGE ART GALLERY - 290 City Centre
December 02 -  29, 2016

Upcoming Events

Featuring choreography by Bengt Jörgen and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this holiday favourite continues to delight audiences of all ages. Jörgen’s vision is a distinctly Canadian Nutcracker set in Algonquin Park – where Klara meets lumberjacks, Mounties and woodland creatures in her dream journey. Return to The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition to experience the magic of the holidays! Shenkman Arts Centre 245 Centrum Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1 (613) 580-2787 December 14 at 7 pm and December 15 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm Adult $48.75; Student/Child $38; Senior $43; Group4+ $35 IGO $5 http://www.shenkmanarts.ca Box Office: #613-580-2700 Centrepointe Theatre 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7 (613) 580-2700 December 17 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Adult $49; Student/Child $38; Senior $43; Family Early Bird 4pack $35 IGO $5 http://www.centrepointetheatre.ca Box Office: #613-580-2700 Contact: Kita Szpak, KS Communications, kita@sympatico.ca #613-725-3063
December 14 -  15, 2016
The Library and Archives Canada Choir invites everyone to its 2016 Holiday Concert Wednesday, December 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m. In the lobby of 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa Bring family and friends! Admission is free.
December 14, 2016
La chorale de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada vous invite à son concert du temps des Fêtes 2016 Le mercredi 14 décembre de midi à treize heures Dans le hall du 395, rue Wellington, à Ottawa Invitez parents et amis! L’entrée est libre.
December 14, 2016
Meet 12 singles in one night! Hosted by the premier speed dating company; 25Dates.com (as featured on CNN Headline News). This event is for Men and Women ages 25-35. Come out for this fabulous night which includes hors d'oeuvres and your chance to meet up to 12 singles. If you don't get a match, you get to come back for free! 25Dates.com; your chance to find love! Sign up for this and other singles events at: http://www.25dates.com
December 15, 2016
Ottawa StoryTellers invites you to enjoy a fine evening of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, on Thursday, December 15. Only seventeen days till Hogmanay and the start of Canada’s 150th birthday so you won’t want to miss this bonnie chance to gather round our virtual fire to hear some grand tales. Come celebrate the Scottish settlers, who braved the wild Atlantic in search of a better life. They had few material goods but many brought stories with them, stories from the Highlands, the Lowlands, the Orkneys and the Outer Hebrides, stories that helped sustain them in their, often lonely, struggle to build a new life in Canada. This is a family show suitable for children ten years of age and older. Not to be missed! Thursday, December 15th @ 7:30 pm Academic Hall, University of Ottawa Adults: $20, Seniors: $15, Students: $12
December 15, 2016
Join one of Ottawa’s finest a cappella ensembles for an evening of beautiful Christmas carols, both old and new. Featuring many new arrangements by director Pierre Massie. All proceeds to local charities. Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Lisgar at Elgin. Advance tickets ($15) available at stairwellcarollers.com or from The Leading Note, Books on Beechwood, and Compact Music’s Bank St locations. Tickets are $20 at the door. Never heard us before? Check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/stairwellcarollers.
December 16, 2016
 
 
The Behemoths have Come to Comet Comics! ​​ It's been a year since Comet Comics burst onto the Ottawa scene! Now that Heather MacDonald's Comet Comics has cut its teeth, it's more than ready to host its first local author's event. And what an event it promises to be! ​​From contemplative thoughts to screaming Lovecraftian madness, local literary behemoths Liam Gibbs and Michel Weatherall bring it all! These two Ottawan Literary behemoths will be at Comet Comics 1167 Bank Street, Saturday, Dec. 17th, between 11 am - 4 pm Available will be Weatherall's Lovecraftian-horror "The Symbiot-Series"! Also available will be Gibbs' "In A Galaxy Far, Far Awry" - a Superhero/Space-opera comedy series. Sit down and talk with these two local authors! Chit-chat! Sit-back!  Get your books signed by the author. Get your last minute Christmas shopping started!
December 17, 2016
Handel’s Messiah For the first time, Thirteen Strings presents Handel’s masterpiece. The holidays would not be the same without it! Rejoice! Le Messie d’Händel Ce sera la première fois que les Thirteen Strings présenteront le chef-d’œuvre d’Händel. Des fêtes sans cette œuvre ne seraient pas les mêmes. Réjouissez-vous! 7:30 pm Saturday, December 17 / Samedi 17 décembre à 19 h 30 Knox Presbyterian Church / église presbytérienne Knox 120 rue Lisgar St.
December 17 -  18, 2016
Join Ottawa's own gospel and groove choir, Big Soul Project and our house band, Deep Groove for our annual Christmas Concert at Dominion Chalmers United Church. Sing along with us, dance in the aisles, get into the Christmas spirit. Tickets, $20, available at: https://www.bigsoulproject.com/ Or, join us December 12th, for our Dress Rehearsal Concert at Fourth Avenue Baptist Church. All the fun, half the price. Call: 613 236-1804
December 17, 2016
St. Joseph's Church, 174 Wilbrod St., Ottawa 2:30 PM Cantata Singers of Ottawa present a family-friendly, sing-along Christmas concert with special guests: Cathedral Brass, Caroline Leonardelli, and the Ottawa Children’s Choir. This bilingual event will feature high-quality Christmas favourites and interactive elements. Des favoris du temps des fêtes d’antan comme d’aujourd’hui, y compris fanfares, participation du public et plus encore! Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir plusieurs artistes invités, y compris Cathedral Brass, Caroline Leonardelli, et Ottawa Children’s Choir. Une fête bilingue pour toute la famille! Tickets/Billets: Children 12 and under welcome at no charge / Enfants de 12 ans et moins admis gratuitement Adultes 30 $, Aînés 25 $, rabais de 5 $ en prévente Étudiants 10 $ Adult $30, Senior $25, early purchase discount $5 Student $10 Compact Music, the Leading Note, online / en ligne
December 18, 2016
Please email exoticdancersofcanada@live.com or Call 1844 347 2789 for your special invitation to the Hottest Exotic Dancer Party in The Country. Events take place in Ottawa & Montreal. RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW. Also contact us for all your stags and Bachelor party needs!
December 31 -  30, 2017


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