Ottawa Events Guide
With the listings and directories in our Events Guide, there really is no excuse for sitting at home with nothing to do. Here are some listings and links showing what's on in Ottawa.
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- The Ottawa Acting Company
The Ottawa Acting Company is Ottawa's newest centre for theatre education and performance. Located on Bank Street in the heart of the Glebe, the Ottawa Acting Company offers weekly adult and youth acting classes in the evenings and weekends, while our "Studio 55" offers afternoon classes for seniors. We will get you up on your feet and acting from the beginning!
- Soul Kisser
Soul Kisser is one of Ottawa's up and coming experimental acts, bringing post rock/shoegazer music to Ottawa's masses, and hopefully beyond, with energy and original songwriting. The result is a medley of effects, rumbling bass/guitar licks, infectious keys and all manner of instrumentation. Soul Kisser songs will capture the imagination and sooth the soul. Featuring Jayson (Bassist/Guitarist/Vocalist) & Adriana (Keyboardist). Otto (Drummer) Roland Juno Di/Line 6 JM4 Looper.
- Amanda Cottreau - Almost Christmas Single
Need a break from the cookie cutter Christmas carols!? Westboro songstress Amanda Cottreau just released a new single - Almost Christmas. The ambient guitar soundscapes coupled with soothing vocals and comically candid lyrics are sure to take the edge off this "holiday" season. Get it today!
- Christmas Craft Shows
A list of upcoming Christmas craft shows and bazaars in the Ottawa area. Good luck with your gift shopping!
- Christmas Light Displays
A big list of dozens of Chirstmas light displays in and around Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, Upper Canada Village, and Taffy Lane in Orleans.
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OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: December 12-18, 2013
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday, December 12: MusicOntario Presents: Money!! Making a Living Making Music
Are you a musician? Do you want to learn how you can actually make a few bucks? Zaphod's is hosting an event by MusicOntario that will go over the many options musicians have to get their music heard while getting paid at the same time. You'll hear from both musicians and industry professionals.
-- Ryan Bresee
Friday, December 13: The Frantics: Older, but Much Wider
You might remember The Frantics from their CBC radio comedy show in the ‘80’s, or their appearances at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, but even if not, you’re likely to enjoy their live show. The quirky Canadian comedy quartet that created Mr. Canoehead and other cultural icons appears at 8 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
-- Denise Deby
Friday-Sunday, December 13-December 15: The Canadian Museum of Civilization's Christmas Market
The Museum of Civilization’s 3rd annual Christmas Market continues this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With 50 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the area.
-- Eliane Laberge
Saturday, December 14: How the Grinch Spied on Christmas
Learn how to be a spy by examining the spy of all Christmas spies, the Grinch! Children will participate in story time and arts and crafts, while learning about spy skills and the Diefenbunker! Cookies and hot chocolate will follow for all to enjoy! 1:00pm at the Diefenbunker Museum.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine
Saturday, December 14: AB Series 3rd Annual Xmas Party
With poets bill bissett, Adeena Karasick and musician Glenn Nuotio
Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. at 8pm. This will be a fun evening of music & poetry by three accomplished folk. bissett has been referred to as an "energetic man-child mystic." Karasick's writing has been described as "electricity in language." Nuotio's mix of pop & chamber music with a nod to the cabaret is charming. Tickets $16
-- Amanda Earl
-- Eliane Laberge
Saturday, December 14: A Very Be Bop Christmas at the Hanoi Pho
Sappy strings and unctuous vocals? Christmas music doesn't have to be like that, as you'll hear when saxophonist Bernard Stepien and guitarist Nathan Corr play Saturday evening. They're taking their inspiration from bebop pioneer Charlie Parker, who turned "White Christmas" into arresting jazz back in 1948. This gig will be particularly convenient for east-enders who need a break from Christmas shopping, as this Vietnamese restaurant is on Innes Road in the south-east end of Orleans (and for the rest of you, it's on the cross-city OC Transpo route 94).
-- Brett Delmage
Sunday, December 15: Healthy Living & Cooking Show
This event will showcase how to prepare delicious Gluten Free, Vegan HEART SMART gourmet recipes for you and guests to enjoy! Presented by Chef Justin Scott (Kudos Cuisine) and Manali Haridas, Lifestyle coach (Zen for You). Sure to be a yummy treat!
-- Laura Gauthier
Have a great week!
OttawaStart Event Listings
The most recent event announcements added to our site.
- December 28 - Come Celebrate Kwanzaa with Jaku Konbit!
- Fundraiser for Operation Red Nose
- Ottawa Senators Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa announce five-year partnership and the creation of the Sens Sports and Leadership League
- Canadian Tire Centre Upcoming Events
- Former CTV anchor Max Keeping conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra Players’ Association at Fanfair
- Senators to make Christmas visit to CHEO on Friday, Dec. 13
- TMR's Great Board GAme Gift Bash!
- Les Miserables Comes to Perth: February 6 to 16, 2014
- Dec 07: The Fisher Park Community Centre Christmas Craft Show & Sale
- Dec 01-08: Watson's Mill Christmas Market and Fine Art Sale
- Dec 07: Perth Nick of Time Show
- Dec 07: Caldwell Family Centre - Christmas Bazaar
- Dec 07: Christmas Bazaar/Craft Studio Sale at The Good Companions Seniors Centre
- Dec 07: Christmas Bazaar For a Cause!
- Dec 07: Craftalicious 2013
- Dec 07-08: Watson's Mill Festival of Trees
- Dec 06-08: It's back...The Museum’s Christmas Market
- fernandino takes over FlyBar for Charity
- Caf� Ex Welcomes Monique Moumblow: Featuring Playful and Cerebral Experimental Films
- Osgoode Township High School Christmas Concert
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- November/December: Christmas Craft Shows
- November: Santa Claus Parade
- December: Christmas Lights
- December: New Year's Eve
- January 1: Polar Bear Dip
- February: Winterlude
- February: Family Day
- March: St. Patrick's Day Parade
- March: March Break
- May: Tulip Festival
- May: Victoria Day Fireworks
- May: Great Glebe Garage Sale
- May: Ottawa Race Weekend
- June-July-August: Changing of the Guard
- June-August: Mosaika - Sound
and Light Show on Parliament Hill
- June/July: Ottawa International Jazz Festival
- July 1: Canada Day
- July: Bluesfest
- August long weekend: Busker Festival
- August: Casino du Lac Leamy Fireworks - Sound of Light
- October: Halloween
- November: Remembrance Day
More local web sites with event listings
A new-ish user-driven local events listing "created as a way for friends to discover and share events". Check out specific lists for local food, running, arts, and business.
Literary / spoken word / poetry events.
- Fundraising Events
OttawaStart's listing of annual fundraising events in Ottawa.
- Frugal Fun Ottawa
Lists free and frugal events and activities happening in the National Capital Region, geared towards families and kids.
- Ottawa Concerts Guide
A listing of upcoming music concerts in Ottawa.
- Ottawa Festivals Guide
A big list of annual festivals in Ottawa.
Ottawa's restaurants, events and entertainment guide
Get-togethers for people with a common interest in hobbies, activities, politics, etc.
- OttawaStart Community News
Our free news & event listing service, featuring Ottawa entertainment events, community events, and other activities.
- For even more arts & entertainment listings, please visit our Entertainment Guide
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- Capital Connection (event planning)
- Coverall Event Coordination
- Cummings Mitchell (trade show suppliers)
- Events As Planned
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- Forest Events
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- Legacy Event Planning
- Mastermind Events
- Meeting Professionals International
- Ottawa Special Events
- Plan Ahead Events - Central Ottawa
- Savvy Company
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- See also: Ottawa Wedding Guide: Wedding Planners ... many of Ottawa's wedding planners do much more than just weddings!
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