Out & About: December 1-7, 2017

Out & About: December 1-7, 2017

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village – Parks Of The St. Lawrence, Dec 1 – January 6

Looking for somewhere merry and bright to get you in the festive spirit? The historic, postcard setting of Upper Canada Village is now dripping with almost a million lights for this holiday season! Dress warmly for a cozy outdoor walk through this magical, historic scene! Take a horse drawn wagon ride, shop at the Village Store, and enjoy the best winter wonderland around!

An Old Fashioned Christmas at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Dec 1

In the mood for something classically festive? The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus is holding a concert to celebrate the winter season and bring Christmas cheer! The 'Old Fashioned Christmas' concert features their famously precise blend of voices in 4-part harmony. Hear all your favourite Christmas songs and choral numbers! They’re also featuring their friends, the Manotick Brass Ensemble! Tickets available on line at www.westottawaladieschorus, as well as at Gaia Java, 1300 Main St. Stittsville, Kanata Barbershop, 2 Beaverbrook, and Kanata Cleaners, 1029 Teron Rd. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The show starts at 7:00 p.m, don’t miss out!

Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet Tour at NAC, Dec 2

What’s that? Diana Krall is coming to the NAC in December?! This multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer is coming to Ottawa this Saturday to show off her new album, Turn Up The Quiet! This album marks the exciting reunion of Diana with Tommy LiPuma, the Grammy® Award-winning producer of many of Krall’s acclaimed albums, including All For You, The Look Of Love and Live In Paris. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind chance to see a spectacular show right here in the Capital city! Tickets are on sale for $70.50 – $160.50. The show starts at 8:00pm!

Winter Wonderland at the School of Dance, Celia Franca Studio, Dec 2

’Tis the season for twinkle toes! Ottawa’s prestigious School of Dance is holding their Winter Wonderland concert this Saturday, December 2nd. Featuring some of Ottawa’s best student talent! Come experience the merry and bright winter show of the year! The show starts at 4:00pm, and tickets are on sale now at The School of Dance! General Admission is $10, and Children under 12 years are free!

Beauty and the Beast at Centrepointe Theatre, Dec 2

It’s the perfect time of year for fairytale romance and holiday cheer! Les Petits Ballets, together with professional guest dancers, will be putting the story of Beauty & the Beast on stage this Saturday! Check out this unique interpretation of the original classic. Bring the whole family and enjoy this all-ages show with the people you love! Tickets are $23 for Adults and $17 Children. Saturday features 2 shows, a matinee at 1pm & and evening show at 7pm.

Christmas Bazaar at First Baptist Church, Dec 2

We’re officially snowballing towards the 25th and people are rushing to ensure all those on their gift giving list are not missed. The Christmas Bazaar may be your one stop shop for everybody with treats, jewellery and one-of-a-kind collectibles!

A Christmas Ceili at Metcalfe United Church, Dec 3

Metcalfe St. Andrews United Church is hosting a Celtic concert to celebrate Christmas this Sunday! Check out the beautiful and picturesque church and get in the holiday spirit. The Ottawa Celtic Choir will be showing off their best, so don’t miss out on an evening of Celtic song, music and fun!

15th Annual Christmas GOOSE Concert at NAC, Dec 3

Local Singer Songwriters will entertain listeners with both original and traditional wintery tunes “in the round” to honour 13 years of Christmas GOOSE and kick off this year’s holiday season. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. and the line-up is soon to be announced. Tickets start at $24 with proceeds benefitting the Ottawa Food Bank.

Christmas in Canada at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Dec 3

Get festive with the Ottawa Brahms Choir at their annual Christmas concert this Sunday at 3 pm followed by a reception. The concert will feature a mash up of works by both local Canadian composers and classical European composers. Tickets are $20 at door and free parking will be available on the church grounds.

The Ennis Sisters Christmas Concert, Algonquin Commons Theatre, Dec 4

The beautiful harmonies of Newfoundland’s Ennis Sisters is sure to put even the staunchest of Scrooges in the holiday spirit. The event is hosted by Hands For Hope in support of their Hope Living facility in Kanata.

Lunch and Learn Talk with Alex Benay on Canadian Failures at Ottawa Public Library, Dec 4

Alex Benay, the Chief Information Office of the Government of Canada, will be discussing is new book Canadian Failures. The text brings together ten experts from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors who to share their stories of success and the times when things looked bleak. The lesson is we all must be willing to learn from our failures if we want to succeed.  

The Men of the Deeps - Christmas in the Mine at Centrepointe Theatres, Dec 5

A local legend, the Men of the Deeps have been captivating audiences for more than 50 years clad in hard hats and coveralls. The choir of working or retired coal miners from Cape Breton formed when the group banded together trying to preserve the heritage of Cape Breton’s mining communities in their music for the Nation’s centennial. This year, for the country’s next landmark birthday, they’ll be launching their first ever solo Christmas tour, promising a compilation of seasonal hits, folk tales and fan favourites. Show starts at 8pm and tickets are $57.

Candlelight Christmas at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Dec. 5

Ottawa’s leading chamber orchestra, Thirteen Strings, will perform their Candlelight Christmas concert this Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The show will feature repertoire holiday favourites from Corelli, Rutter and Schoenberg, as well as a new work by Canadian jazz composer John D. Geggie. The Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and their conductor, Jamie Loback, will make things merry and bright with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. Donations benefiting the local Centretown Emergency Food Centre will be collected during intermission. Tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors, $10 for students with ID and $75 for reserved seating.

Speaker Series: Indigenous Training & Employment - Environmental Sector at Delta Hotels by Marriott, Dec 5.

Learn more about Indigenous training and employment within the environmental sector at this networking event and workshop, featuring guest speakers and the opportunity to connect with environmental professionals and Indigenous organizations in the industry. Runs from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Tickets are $49.

A Christmas Carol , National Arts Centre, Dec. 5-24

It’s been over 170 years since the penny pinching yuletide grump quipped his first “humbug” in the timeless Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Bake by popular demand, Newfoundlander Andy Jones steps into the robes of the miser for multiple shows put on by the NAC English Theatre. Wander through snow-filled forests, smell the Christmas goose and figgy pudding, lift Marley’s ghostly chain… then take your seat for the NAC’s breathtaking production of the beloved classic.

MANY SKILLS, ONE CANADA,  Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Dec 5

Job-seekers and aspiring volunteers are invited out for an afternoon of networking and learning. This conference, put on by ProjectBe, is the perfect change to get off the fence and grow your professional network. Local artists will be on hand to keep the place groovin’ while your schmoozin'.Free!

Ottawa Life’s COVER ME! Contest, Fat Boys Southern Smokehouse, Dec 5

We know Ottawa’s got talent. You know Ottawa’s got talent. Now’s the time to see who will reign supreme in the ultimate musical showcase. Starting on December 5th, Ottawa Life Magazine wants to have local music covered. In COVER ME, a contest showcase of musicians from the National Capital Region, selected musicians will square off, performing short sets which must include one cover song. A panel of judges will vote upon who advances to the next round and stays in the running to claim the top prize: an Ottawa Life Cover, one year of free advertising on ottawalife.com and a headline performance at a future Ottawa Life event.

Christmas Lights Across Canada at Confederation Boulevard & Parliament Hill, Dec 7-January 7

Beavertails and hot chocolate await you for an illuminating evening on the Hill. The night is set to be lit up as the annual festive feast for the eyes casts the Parliament Buildings and Confederation Boulevard in a colourful glow. This year there is an added bonus with the opening of the new rink on the Hill so get your skates ready!

Senior’s Craft Sale, Ottawa City Hall, Dec 7

It’s another opportunity to snag the perfect gift this holiday season for a loved one or even yourself. There’s so much to choose from with tables selling homemade greeting cards, knitting, jewelry, beauty products and woodwork. A portion of proceeds go to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Cancer Research.

Ottawa Life Magazine Christmas Party, Alpha Art Gallery, Dec 7

Get festive and celebrate the holiday season with Ottawa Life at our annual Christmas Party! Join us at the Alpha Art Gallery for a night to remember featuring good food, Muskoka Brewery beer and special musical guest Malak Sound. Event is free of charge. Guests must RSVP by emailing info@ottawalife.com.

Skating on Parliament Hill, Dec 7-31

Lace up your skates and experience the magic of winter with free skating on the Canada 150 Rink with the backdrop of Parliament buildings illuminated by Christmas lights.