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For more than 50 years, in what Rolling Stone lists as one of the ‘top ten most essential Christmas albums of all time’, and the ideal jazz holiday tradition for music lovers of all ages, the Ottawa Jazz Festival is delighted to present Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas with Jerry Granelli. The original drummer of the classic animation will pass on his vast musical insights and Charlie Brown knowledge, with his band (featuring prominent jazz artists Simon Fisk on bass and Chris Gestrin on piano) on Thursday, Dec. 5, 7pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper St., corner of O’Connor and Lisgar). Don’t delay, tickets sell out fast!
December 05, 2019
Interested in bringing your gingerbread house to the next level? Join gingerbread mastermind Catherine Beddall in our demo kitchen — and watch as she demonstrates how to create a one-of-a-kind, designer gingerbread creation! Catherine is an award-winning pastry artist, and author of The Magic of Gingerbread. This workshop will be given in English, followed by a bilingual question-and-answer period. Visit our website to register and for the full list of event details!
December 05, 2019
Biomarkers Congress 2019 welcomes all the participants from all across the globe to attend the “ 2nd Annual Biomarkers Congress” which is slated on December 06-07, 2019 at Berlin, Germany with the theme ''Biomarkers: a new era of detection and clinical exploration''. Biomarkers in the hands of the clinical inspector offers a powerful and effective approach in understanding the opportunity of diseases with distinct applications in analytic epidemiology, biomarkers and clinical research in disease prevention, detection and disease management. Biomarkers have the possible supplementary to find each susceptible to particular diseases.
December 06, 2019
West Ottawa Ladies Chorus presents their annual Christmas concert at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Kanata. Forty-voice choir sings a selection of beautiful carols and seasonal songs with a Celtic twist. Conducted by Robert Dueck and accompanied by Peter Brown. Ticket information, time and venue available on website.
December 06 -  07, 2019
Making Spirits Bright Come to our Sip & Shop on Friday, December 6 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Enjoy sparkling wine and light refreshments. Local artisans and vendors will be on hand with some unique gift ideas for purchase. Spread the joy! Donate something to the local food banks and enter to win a door prize. We will also be accepting donations. Location Wellings of Stittsville, NOW OPEN! 2500 Wellings Private (at the corner of Fringewood & Hazeldean Road)
December 06, 2019
Hey, Wow is Jean-Marc Lalonde’s newest musical project. Best known as the accordionist for the traditional group La Ligue du Bonheur, as well as the folk-rock band Deux Saisons, Jean-Marc has abandoned his checkered and flannel shirts for a rawer sound. There’s accordion in it, but as you’ve never heard it before; amplified, distorted, wah-wah’ed… in short, unrecognizable at times.
December 07, 2019
Saturday Dec 7 - 10AM - 2PM @ 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 4R7 (James Bartleman Centre) The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) invite you to their monthly Mammoth Sale! Hundreds of used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records for sale at unbeatable prices, including as low as for $1. Browse a variety of genres including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Lifestyle, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Biography, Children's and more. This month all CD’s are $1 and all Holiday related books (fiction and non-fiction) and audio-visuals are 2 for the price of 1. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa Public Library.
December 07, 2019
One Hundred Lanterns is not your average candlelight concert. An elaborate decor of well over one hundred handmade lanterns extends out from the stage and into the audience, enveloping listeners in a warm glow of light. The Consort performs in chamber music formation, which is a rarer chance to showcase individual players. The program includes a combination of trios, quartets and solo performances on period instruments. Alexa Raine-Wright, baroque flute David Jacques, theorbo and baroque guitar Marie Bouchard, harpsichord Olivier Henchiri, baroque cello SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 | 7:30 PM Glebe-St. James United Church 650 Lyon Street South, Ottawa Tickets: $30 General Admission ($27 online) | $25 with subscription | $15 Students
December 07, 2019
The Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe will be held Sunday, Dec. 8th 2019. There are two shows at 3 pm and 7 pm. This annual event brings together community members and supporters of The Salvation Army to celebrate the Christmas season through the sounds of choir and brass and will feature Vocal Soloist, Justin Ralph and local Bass Trombone Soloist, Bram Dean. Free tickets available through the Box office 613-580-2700 or online at meridiancentrepointe.com
December 08, 2019
Save the date! Sunday December 8th in Chelsea Quebec. Enjoy an afternoon of wine and cheese, and exclusive shopping for you and your dog. Fabulous local vendors. For more information please visit: flyinghound.ca
December 08, 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
For ONLY $5 get a piece of pizza or hot dog and a drink plus 2.5 hrs of awesome live music. Music performed by musicians of all ages and genres it's family friendly and a dry event - NO alcohol is served. Hosted by Capitol City Briker's Church all welcome with or without a bike! Every Saturday - 155 Carillon St, Ottawa 8pm - 10:30pm.
May 18 -  28, 2022
An exhibition of bright and colourful paintings inspired by our natural surroundings. Gallery 112 Central Archives - James K. Bartleman Centre 100 Tallwood Drive 613-580-2857 archives@ottawa.ca Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
October 02 - January 08, 2020
Pack your PJs and flashlight and be ready for some wild discoveries: sleep overnight in a gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature—the "castle" in the city! Spend the evening after hours exploring galleries with the guidance of an interpreter, and watch a 3D movie. The sleepover also includes an evening snack and morning breakfast, overnight parking (until 9 am) and next-day museum admission. Children must be at least 5 years old, up to age 12.| Dates for FAMILY sleepovers: Fri, Oct 11; Sat, Dec 21; Fri, Feb 21; Sat, Apr 4; Fri, May 1; Sat, June 13. Book your family sleepover at sleepovers@nature.ca | Dates for GROUP sleepovers: Fri, Nov 15; Sat Jan 4; Sat, Jan 18; Sat, Feb 8; Fri, March 6; Fri, March 20; Fri, April 17; Sat, May 9. Book your group sleepover at reservations@nature.ca
October 11 - June 13, 2020
Conversations, in community, exploring ways to experience and understand our environment not as "out there" but ourselves as insiders, participating in Earth's ecosphere. With such a glimpse of broadened new perspectives and possiblilities, a pleasantly accelerated response to climate change might, it is hoped, also emerge. Every Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Ottawa Public Library, Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Bank St. Drop-in.
October 15 - December 12, 2019
When you toss a quarter in a fountain, lift a penny off the sidewalk or bake a nickel into a cake, you are taking part in rituals dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Explore the spiritual, the ceremonial, the seemingly impractical uses we have for money. Learn the surprising stories behind some of the transformed money, the replica money and the real money we’ve used for millennia to bring good fortune to ourselves and others FREE ADMISSION Bank of Canada Museum 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington Street) 613 782-8914 https://www.bankofcanadamuseum.ca/explore/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/luck-and-lore/ @BoCMuseum
October 25 - November 01, 2020
Textile art in 2D and 3D exhibition by Zivana Djukic-Kostic. Exhibition follows the journey of an umbrella's view of Ottawa. Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa ON November 22nd 2019 to January 8th 2020. Excluding Statutory Holidays. Vernisage on November 26th, from 6pm to 8pm.
November 22 - January 08, 2020
Glow is a seasonal community festival, bringing together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of half a million lights. Our playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while Glow’s illuminated sculptures and backdrops are perfect for snapping selfies and family photos. We also invite you to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, take home fresh produce, and sample seasonal goodies and beverages. It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue.
November 30 - January 05, 2030
The Foyer Gallery presents “The Joy of Art”, a three-week group show featuring the works of the gallery artists. The show, which starts on December 3rd, can be seen until January 5th.  Bring the joy home this holiday season with the vibrant and festive works of the Foyer Gallery artists.
December 03 - January 05, 2020
Advent 2019 Embracing Possibilities, Refraining Expectations December 8 – The Candle of Peace (Sock Sunday) From the Prophets: Possibilities in Desert Lands From the Gospels: An Angel Reframes Expectations (Alternative Christmas Bazaar following the service) December 15 – The Candle of Joy (Choral Sunday) From the Prophets: Possibilities in Lion and Lamb From the Gospels: Grace and Truth Reframed December 22 – The Candle of Love (Christmas Pageant) From our Children and Youth: Christmas Counts December 24- 5:45 p.m. Storytelling (children’s) Candlelight Service with Holy Communion (Tuesday) 8:00 p.m. Choral Candlelight Service with Holy Communion December 29- 11:15 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
December 08 -  29, 2019

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 Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm and Thursday, December 12 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm http://www.shenkmanarts.ca Box Office: #613-580-2700 Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7 Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm http://www.meridiancentrepointe.com Box Office: #613-580-2700 P.S. Ottawa Nutcracker Auditions are being held at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre (35 Stafford Rd. in Bells Corners) on Sat. October 19 from 12:45 pm to 4:45 pm. Visit www.balletjorgen.ca
December 11 -  14, 2019
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 28-43. 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: https://www.25dates.com/speed_dating/grace-omalleys-10801/na
December 11, 2019
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host its 10th annual Holiday Bake Sale on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Stop by to purchase some homemade baked treats and other unique items. Indulge on the day or stock up on baked goods to serve guests over the holidays. Other items include Christmas cards, TY Beanie Babies, doggy bone Christmas wreaths, dog toys, and exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind swag. 100% of the sales proceeds support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is located at 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick (between Barrhaven and Manotick, off Prince of Wales Drive). For further information about the Holiday Bake Sale please contact (613) 692-7777 or email events@guidedogs.ca. Please note there will be no outside vendors at the event.
December 14, 2019
This group of four Ottawa musicians are back for another year to entertain classical music fans. This intimate show gives the audience a chance to enjoy new interpretations of some of their favourite songs from ballet classics, to festive tunes, and movie toe tappers. The Tea With series sells quickly, so buy your tickets soon. Seating is limited! Included in the price of tickets is tea/coffee and home baked goodies following the performance. Tickets only available by phone at 613-580-2700 or in person at the box office.
December 15, 2019
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, a cappella vocal group Harmonic Generation is pleased to celebrate "A Harmonic Christmas with Friends" along with multi-talented, singer-songwriter/pianist Tyler Kealey, as well as world-renowned beatboxer Julia Dales. Come and join us for a fun evening of eclectic music, featuring some of your favourite pop, contemporary, and Christmas classics! The show starts at 7:00 pm at Ottawa's First Baptist Church on the corner of Laurier & Elgin Street (140 Laurier Street). Proceeds from this concert will be shared with the Montfort Foundation, which seeks to promote the well-being of the Eastern Ontario community by supporting innovation and the development of integrated care and services for the benefit of patients and their loved ones.
December 15, 2019
Join First United Church, Ottawa,in the chapel at 7:15 pm for a short time of quietness and prayer in a candlelight setting with music. This is a time to acknowledge losses and sadness in a season where there is emphasis on celebration and good cheer. This is a chance to provide balance and grounding in the wonder of the advent and Christmas season. 347 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
December 18, 2019
Music fans can’t miss out on this high-energy live experience! One of the top blues artists in the country, the multi-award winning JW Jones is a Billboard Top 10 Blues artist, having released nine albums and performed in 23 countries across four continents. The featured Ottawa artists joining JW on stage are handpicked by the man himself. JW Jones and his band will back these amazing local performers and play crowd favourites from their own repertoire. Get ready for a sizzling show to melt the snow this December!
December 19, 2019
Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world!
December 19, 2019
Event party Location: St. Joseph's Parish Hall 174 Wilbrod St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8 (University of Ottawa). Corner of Cumberland street and Laurier Avenue. -Cost: $35 -Doors open at 6.00 pm -Snacks will be served -Buffet will be served at 8.00 pm -Alcohol and soft drink are extra -Music by DJ Fulgence For more details: Email: ottawaevent10@gmail.com Phone number: 613-7108745
December 21, 2019
Led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna brings the music of Johann Strauss to life with European singers, ballroom dancers, and ballet. Backed by the Strauss Symphony of Canada, featuring the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful Blue Danube Waltz. Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, delighting audiences in North America for 25 years. VIP ticket holders experience the concert from the best seats in the house, and are invited to a private post-concert event with the artists for autograph signing. Don’t forget your camera!
December 29, 2019
See in the New Year with this annual event that brings top-notch Canadian comedians to laugh away the last hours of the 2019 with you! 
December 31, 2019
Charles Cleyn, Canadian singer songwriter, is returning to his home town after spending two years in Europe writing with award winning songwriters. He is expected to play a fresh set of songs that will have you wanting more. If you wish to attend, please purchase your tickets in advance. Space is limited and this event usually sells out.
January 03, 2020

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