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An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, telling her story backwards while Jamie, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show Performances run September 19-23, 2018 at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre (Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm). Tickets are $24.50 to $46.50 in advance or through new rush seating, $40.50 (one hour before curtain, in person at the box office only).
September 19 -  23, 2018
EXPERIENCE EASTERN ONTARIO’s LARGEST SUSTAINABILITY EVENT at Green Energy Doors Open – Ottawa (http://www.ottawagedo.org/). This FREE event will take place September 21st, 22nd, 23rd. This event will make you a sustainability whiz and give you the jump start and next steps needed to act on what you’ve always cared about: Energy Showcase, Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10am-4pm) Lansdowne Park (http://www.ottawagedo.org/energy-showcase.html) Electrive Vehicle Exhibition, Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10am-4pm) Lansdowne Park (http://www.ottawagedo.org/ev-showcase.html) Experience the look and feel of Green Technologies and Projects at our host sites (various locations from Sept 21-23) (http://www.ottawagedo.org/host-locations.html) REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2Mjp0T5
September 21 -  23, 2018
Pellegrini Opera proudly presents Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly presented semi-staged in concert, with chamber orchestra sung in Italian, with surtitles in English and French Artistic Director, Vincent Thomas Music Director, Andrew Ager Starring Maria Knapik - Cio Cio San Corey Arnold - Lt. B.F. Pinkerton Danielle Vailliancourt - Suzuki James Levesque - Sharpless Grayson Nesbitt - Goro Ryan Hofman - Zio Bonze Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) The Ukrainian Banquet Hall - 1000 Byron Ave., Ottawa Catered event - cash bar - Door prizes Tickets: $60 VIP, $50 General, $40 Seniors/Students Visit: https://www.pellegriniopera.org Media contact: Kita Szpak, KS Communications, kita@sympatico.ca #613-725-3063
September 22, 2018
The Cats Are Back and Once Again Invading the Nepean Sportsplex The Ottawa Valley Cat Club will be holding their annual Cat Show on September 22nd and 23rd, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Come and see stunning purebred cats like the Maine Coons, Siberians, Cornish Rexs, and Bengals as well as the beautiful household pets. Sit in on a variety of special presentations or shop at our vendors featuring special products and services for cats and their owners. Come and vote for your favourite cat in costume (Sat 9am) as well as your favourite cat in show. Bring a donation of cat food for our local rescues and get a ballot for a special draw Entrance is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors (60+) + children (5-12yrs accompanied by an adult) Cash Only For further information and a discount coupon visit www.ottawavalleycatclub.com Please note visitors may not bring in pets. Only cats entered into the show may be in the show hall.
September 22 -  23, 2018
Calling all singers! Harmonic Generation is holding auditions on Saturday, September 22, 2018 (9am to 12:30pm) at the main downtown branch of the Ottawa Public Library (Rm B125). We are a 16-voice, mixed a cappella group looking for new, dynamic voices to round out our contemporary sound. All vocal parts are welcome, but we're particularly interested in male voices, especially basses! If you're interested, contact Paul at 613-836-6073 or auditions@harmonicgeneration.ca to book your audition. More details at www.harmonicgeneration.ca
September 22, 2018
WHAT: Scouts Canada is inviting members of the community to attend the inaugural Scout Popcorn Pop-A-Thon on Saturday, September 22. Local Scouts across the country will be popping fresh popcorn in return for donations. All funds raised will help support local group adventures for the year and a percentage of donations will go directly back into Scouts Canada’s No One Left Behind program, which helps families with financial barriers experience the adventure and fun of Scouting. Since 1989, Scouts Canada’s annual Scout Popcorn fundraiser has helped youth discover a world of adventure they wouldn’t have elsewhere. From learning how to plan and lead a camping expedition, to rock climbing and rappelling, international travel and experiments in STEM, Scouts Canada opens up a world of opportunity for boys, girls and young adults ages 5-26. WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. AND 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Cabela’s Ottawa 3065 Palladium Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
September 22, 2018
613flea is returning to Lansdowne Park with over 110 vendors! 613flea has an ever-changing inventory of eclectic goods, hand made treasures, vintage finds and one-of-a-kinds. Makers and bakers, antiques and vintage clothing (records and comics too)! Cool huh? Free admission. Very limited onsite parking - this day only. Aberdeen Pavilion, 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa K1S 3W7 Sat. Sept. 22, 2018 10am-4pm www.613flea.ca
September 22, 2018
Pellegrini Opera, Ottawa’s premiere opera company, proudly presents Puccini’s iconic work, Madama Butterfly on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm in a one-time performance at the Ukrainian Hall on 1000 Byron Avenue in Ottawa. The performance with acclaimed soprano Maria Knapik in the title role of Cio Cio San, and tenor Corey Arnold as Lt. B. F. Pinkerton, with Danielle Vaillancourt as Suzuki and James Levesque as Sharpless, will be presented semi-staged in concert with chamber orchestra led by Music Director Andrew Ager. Vincent Thomas who has been Artistic Director of Pellegrini Opera for four years, once again is spearheading this production – a significant undertaking to maintain and nurture opera and its up and coming artists in the nation’s Capital. Cost of tickets is $60 VIP, $50 General, and $40 Seniors/Students. Tickets can be purchased at The Leading Note, Books on Beechwood and Librairie du Soleil as well as online at https://www.pellegriniopera.org
September 22, 2018

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
Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists (OSBA), Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada is an impressive collection of modern, botanical art. Through more than 30 original artworks – in watercolour, graphite, and mixed media – the exhibition examines our native plants as seen through the eyes of artists. Many of the plant subjects are from the Ottawa region – including the Fletcher Wildlife Garden – and as far away as British Columbia. The exhibition includes a commissioned sculpture from celebrated local sculptor Rosemary Breault-Landry, and will feature tours and workshops. Throughout the summer, a group of OSBA members will be venturing out to two of Ottawa's foremost urban gardens – the Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm and the Civic Gardens at Lansdowne Park – to enjoy a morning of sketching. The public is welcome to attend and pose questions to the artists.
May 18 - October 31, 2018
Présentée en partenariat avec la Society of Botanical Artists d’Ottawa, Portraits de végétaux : plantes indigènes du Canada est une impressionnante collection d’œuvres d’art botanique moderne. À l’aide de plus de 30 œuvres originales (aquarelle, graphite, techniques mixtes), l’exposition examine nos plantes indigènes telles que vues par des artistes. De nombreux sujets proviennent de la région d’Ottawa, dont le Jardin écologique Fletcher et d’aussi loin que la Colombie-Britannique. L’exposition inclut aussi une sculpture commandée à une sculpteuse locale de renom, Rosemary Breault-Landry, et offrira des visites et des ateliers. Tout au long de l’été, des membres de l’OSBA se rendront dans deux des plus importants jardins urbains d’Ottawa pour une matinée de dessin. Ils se feront un plaisir de répondre à toutes vos questions! Créée en 2012, la Society of Botanical Artists d’Ottawa est une communauté d’artistes qui partagent une passion pour le monde végétal. Portraits de végétaux : plantes indigènes du Canada est l’une de cinq expositions régionales qui seront présentées par des sociétés d’art botanique canadiennes partout au pays cet été. Les expositions auront également lieu à St. John’s, Wolfville, Hamilton et Calgary et font partie de la contribution du Canada à une série inédite d’expositions dans 25 pays pour souligner l’importance des plantes indigènes de chaque lieu.
May 18 - October 31, 2018
An exhibition on the art of medal and coin design. Three pre-eminent Canadian artists are featured and their work, from coins to bronze sculpture are on display. Visit the pencil rubbing station to create your own souvenir. FREE ADMISSION Bank of Canada Museum Open 10:00 –17:00 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington Street) 613 782-8914 museum-musee@bankofcanada.ca @BoCMuseum https://www.facebook.com/BoCMuseum/
June 04 - November 25, 2018
Opening in July on Friday the 13th (from 6 to 9 pm) and running until September 23, 2018, the SPAO Centre Gallery (77 Pamilla St., Ottawa) is honored to present Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside, the first exhibition in Ottawa of work by the internationally acclaimed South Africa-based photographer. Known for his inspired use of black and white film, Roger Ballen has sparked controversy through his exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness. Developing a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction,’ he has collaborated with people living on the margins of South African society to create powerful psychodramas. Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside is the first in SPAO’s new series of annual exhibitions that feature an international artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
July 13 - September 23, 2018
Queen Juliana Hall, Rockcliffe Park Public School – 360 Springfield Rd. Nov. 2, 10am-9pm; Nov. 3, 10am-6pm; Nov. 4, 11am-5pm. FREE admission. Browse thousands of gently used books, vinyl, DVDs, CDs and games for all ages, all at great prices. Visit our café and kids’ craft table. Books restocked daily.
September 11 - November 04, 2018
Who: Ligne Roset What: Annual Sale- 15% discount on entire collection When: September 14-25, 2018 Where: All Ligne Roset showrooms and dealers (visit https://www.ligne-roset.com/us/store-locator/ for a full list of retailers) and online at www.ligne-roset.com Ligne Roset, the renowned French furniture and lifestyle brand, is pleased to announce that from September 14-25, 2018, the company will be offering a 15% discount on the entire Ligne Roset collection. The annual sale will be available through Ligne Roset’s network of showrooms, dealers and online at www.ligne-roset.com. This is a great opportunity to own beautifully made high-end furnishings including sofas, dining tables, lighting, home accessories and more for below retail value. For a full list of retailers, please visit: https://www.ligne-roset.com/us/store-locator/.
September 14 -  25, 2018

Upcoming Events

Live Nation presents Scottish duo, The Proclaimers, and special guest Siobhan Wilson live in Ottawa at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this September!
September 25, 2018
Stories That Make Us Who We Are: Stories of identity, friends and family with Kim Kilpatrick and Leah Sander On September 25, 2018, join us for an evening of storytelling with Stories & Tea on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Bluebird Cafe, 261 Dalhousie Street in Ottawa's ByWard Market. Stories start at 7pm with a break in between for treats and chatting. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can (suggested $5 minimum). Stories & Tea is presented by the Ottawa StoryTellers.
September 25, 2018
Discover the Adventure of Scouting at a free open house and interactive drop-in event. Boys and girls of all ages can participate in a wide range of fun activities from crafts to building survival kits, and learning about tracking wildlife with a matching game, in a welcoming and fun environment. Parents and prospective volunteers will receive a plethora of Scouting knowledge through short presentations, information packages and one-on-one time with Scouters (current volunteers) to answer questions and share their experiences. Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, offering programming for children and youth aged 5-26. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures, discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. DATE: Tuesday, September 25 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (drop-in) LOCATION: Beaverbrook Community Centre 4 Beaverbrook Road Kanata, Ont.
September 25, 2018
Join us for a fun and informative evening with guest speaker, the amazing Janice McDonald, an award-winning serial entrepreneur, trusted advisor and founder of The Beacon Agency. We will share how to explore possibilities, make the big break happen and of course increase your ability to spot opportunities. As always we will have ice-breakers and radical collaboration activities. Not sure what radical collaboration means? Join us and find out.
September 25, 2018
From September 26-30, 2018 downtown Ottawa will once again be the stage where you can enjoy the world's most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with many of animation's most celebrated stars, studios and characters. The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the leading events of its kind in the world. It's an annual five-day event that has been bringing the animation community together in a vibrant hub since 1976. With a total attendance of 28,000, it attracts artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. Check out the 80+ screenings, talks, and exhibits presented in venues across downtown Ottawa.
September 26 -  30, 2018
Join Ottawa’s Movers and Shakers on September 27th as Emond Hardnen and Pinnacle present Broadway for Bruyère School of Rock Gala. This is Bruyère Foundation’s electrifying signature event built around the Thursday night performance of Broadway Across Canada’s smash hit – School of Rock the Musical at the NAC. VIP ticket holders will be dazzled by a multi-chef culinary experience as part of the Morguard VIP pre-show party at Performance Court(150 Elgin Street) . There’s also valet parking, classic rock and modern mixes tunes by DJ Andrew Carter, Bulgari make-up and fragrance stations PLUS the Schools Out After-Party with the cast in the City Room at the NAC. When someone you know needs care, Bruyere is there. Proceeds for this exclusive event go directly to the care of patients and families across all five Bruyere sites and Bruyere Research Insititute. For more info on ticket packages and to purchase tickets visit https://www.bruyere.org/en/Broadway.
September 27, 2018
Live Nation presents American Southern rock group The Cadillac Three live in Ottawa at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this September! TICKETS $38.25 - $46.50 Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/the-cadillac-three-ottawa-ontario-09-28-2018/event/310054B9B0AF148B
September 28, 2018
Join botany curator Jennifer Doubt and artist Pamela Stagg for a free presentation and discussion about their adventures with Canadian native plants, and their perspectives on botanical art and science. Free, but reserve in advance at nature.ca. 6:30 p.m. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa. 613-566-4700. Presentation followed by question-and-answer session. Arrive early to visit Art of the Plant, a national exhibition about botanica art, closing on October 14.
October 04, 2018
Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual edition of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest taking place in venues around Merrickville from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2018. We are excited to showcase a terrific lineup of 16 excellent performances again this year. For more information visit www.merrickvillesjazzfest.com.
October 11 -  14, 2018
Thirteen Strings 2018-19 Season Opening Concert – October 12, 2018 “Oboefest” Dominion-Chalmers Church, Ottawa 7:30 pm Anna Petersen and Manuela Milani Program Anna Petersen - oboe Member National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as Second Oboe and English horn Manuela Milani - violin Member National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as violin Vivaldi - Concerto for 4 violins in D major Morlock - "Solace" Marcello - Oboe Concerto J.S. Bach - Concerto for oboe and violin Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings Tickets: Tickets are available on line at www.thirteenstrings.ca or by calling (613)738-7888.
October 12, 2018
Welcome to StoryTelling: 10 Things You Need to Know If you want to get people’s attention, tell them a story. A well-told story will draw listeners to you, whether your purpose is to entertain, educate, inform or sell a product or idea. You will have an opportunity to learn how to choose and present a story. You will hear stories from a variety of genres told by experienced tellers; learn and practice vocal warm-ups; try out memory exercises; and discover storytelling resources. In addition, you will have a chance to learn, practice, and present a short story to an audience at a concert on day two, one week after the initial session. You will be welcome to invite family and friends to hear you tell in a warm and supportive environment. And then you will be invited to tell your story again at OST’s monthly Story Swap on Monday, November 5. https://www.ottawastorytellers.ca/welcome-to-storytelling/ $100 for OST members, $115 for non-members
October 13 -  20, 2018
This will be a fun night of trivia with prizes, snacks, a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds go to Operation Come Home's Youth Drop-In Centre and our other on-going charity projects and programs. This is a pre-paid team event and is $25/per person. The fun starts at 7pm. For more info and tickets please email iodewbc@gmail.com.
October 13, 2018
Presented by Live Nation, Canadian singer-songwriting sensation, Shawn Hook has announced his highly anticipated 2018 cross-Canada tour. Joining Shawn on the 17 city Canadian tour will be guests Neon Dreams. Catch Shawn on his Ottawa stop of the tour at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 TICKETS $47.50 - $253.39 Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/shawn-hook-good-days-tour-ottawa-ontario-10-18-2018/event/310054A9EF80184E
October 18, 2018
Schmoozefest is Ottawa’s social event of the year. Bringing together the next generation of philanthropists and change makers, attendees support GenNext Giving Circles and drive local change for Youth Mental Health, Path to Pride and Social Enterprise initiatives. This exclusive networking experience takes the weird and work out of networking. After thirteen years—we must be doing something right! Join us to meet and connect with featured community leaders in social enterprise, business, government, media and more. What’s included in your ticket? *Network in a relaxed atmosphere with an excellent crowd *Local Love for your community: 100% of proceeds stay right here in Ottawa *Complimentary food from delectable sponsors across the city *A complimentary drink from either Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. or Top Shelf Distillers *Great prizes to be won *Tunes, mood and food, what more do you need?
October 18, 2018
Coppélia is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and is the best known and most performed comedic ballet. Toymaker Dr. Coppélius wishes he can bring a perfect doll to life and creates Coppélia, a stunning, life-sized dancing doll. The story’s beauty and hilarity develop quickly as Nathanael, one of the local villagers, falls madly in love with the doll. His sweetheart Klara is jealous, and exacts revenge by pretending to be Coppélia to punish Nathanael. Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen and set to the original score by Leo Delibes, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s (CBJ) production of Coppélia: A Comedy with Love originally premiered in 2001. Emotional and captivating, Coppélia: A Comedy with Love is one of the best balletic representations of fantastical storytelling the world over. All ages welcome. Tickets available at http://www.centrepointetheatres.com/ For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, you can purchase a 4-pack of tickets to Coppelia for $140. (That's only $35 per person!) Offer valid to August 31, 2018.
October 19, 2018
Nominated for the JUNO Awards, recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, and nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards along with Québec’s ADISQ awards, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity. Her songs are half instrumental, half written in French and English, of which all are accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. ​ Her body of work includes three albums (Diaspora, Turbo Folk Stories, and Wake), and numerous performances across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her unique sound is described as being delivered with a Turbo Folk edge, wrapped up in heavy Balkan & Moroccan grooves, all wrapped up with her wailing violin and sweet voice. She has been touring as a trio (violin, bass/accordion & percussion) her fourth CD came out in spring 2017.
October 19, 2018
Enjoy this unique family experience that is returning to the Canadian Museum of Nature - sleepovers in the galleries. Pack your PJs and flashlight, and be ready for some wild discoveries. Spend the evening exploring galleries with the guidance of an interpreter and watch a 3D movie. The sleepover 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 and accompanied by an adult. $68 per person (not incl. tax). The first event is Fri. Oct. 19. Other dates and full details including registration at nature.ca/sleepovers. 240 McLeod St. 613-566-4700.
October 19, 2018

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