Out & AboutOut & About: December 15-21, 2017

Out & About: December 15-21, 2017

Out & About: December 15-21, 2017

“A Canadian Christmas” – Stairwell Carollers Christmas concert at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dec 15

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of singing in the National Capital Region, with a nod to Canada’s 150th too! A gala concert of beautiful Christmas carols, all composed or arranged by Canadian musicians. Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Lisgar at Elgin.

The School of Dance presents Traces at Arts Court Theatre, Dec 15-16

A dynamic performance of dance works created by some of Canada’s leading contemporary choreographers, including Sylvie Desrosiers, Darryl Tracy, Jocelyn Todd, and Apolonia Velasquez performed by students in The School’s Contemporary Dance Diploma Program.

Unholy Night at Mayfair Theatre, Dec 16

The locally produced horror comedy, “Unholy Night”, is the heart warming racing story of a nurse working the night shift on Christmas Eve, as she befriends an elderly patient who weaves a wicked set of tales about the most wonderful time of the year. The film features three stories by award-winning local directors Kristian Lariviere, Chris Chitaroni & Randy Smith that explore different aspects of Christmas` darker side, which will leave you with the warm and fuzzies; or, rather, chilled to the bone. “The goal was to make a Christmas movie that`s creepy, scary but also really fun,” says co-director Kristian Lariviere “We really wanted to take familiar Christmas iconography and put a horror twist on it. We`re all very proud of the finished product.” Of the film`s many locations, the most unique is an abandoned medical building in Smiths Falls, which is part of the functioning Gallipeau Centre.

Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish at NAC, Dec. 14-16

“When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Let It Go”, “Hakuna Matata”, can you name where all these songs are from? Of course you can because what’s a Disney flick without the music. You don’t have to go all the way to Magic Kingdom this week to experience it all because Disney is coming to the National Arts Centre. The show will be filled with favorites and new hits from the funny to the romantic. All are certain to have you remembering your favorite Disney moments.

Ottawa Little Theatre presents Peter Pan and Wendy at Ottawa Little Theatre, until Dec 16

When Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, lands in the Darling family nursery, Wendy and her little brothers are persuaded by promises of adventure to fly away with him to the magical Neverland. Soon the children are swept into Peter’s world of motherless Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his mostly fearless pirate crew. With so much excitement, why ever go home again…? Come rediscover the joyous fun and darker corners of J.M. Barrie’s original novel.

Ballet Jörgen's The Nutcracker A Canadian Tradition at Centrepointe Theatre, Dec 16

Step into Klara’s magical dream journey as she experiences the Canadian winter landscape for the first time in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition. Created by acclaimed choreographer Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, the show is a holiday favourite for families across Ontario. Born from a collaboration with Kleinburg’s world renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the ballet features 30 foot backdrops inspired by the Group of Seven, well over 100 costumes in richly coloured fabrics, and stars snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties, and creatures of the woods, in a timeless story that highlights the magic of Canada. Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker is destined to become a national treasure that will warm the hearts of young and old alike!

Christmas in Kanata at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Dec 16

Are you thirsty for some classics to celebrate the season? This Saturday, St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kanata is holding a concert that will get every Grinch in the spirit! Enjoy all the Christmas favourites: popular and timeless, sacred and secular! The show even includes Bach’s Cantata 142. Raise your voice in some carols or partake in a silent auction!  The fun goes from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Voices on the Winter Wind - Harmonic Generation & Safer Sax at Saint Paul University, Dec 16

Why not shake up your winter playlist and go a cappella? On Saturday  at 7pm, Ottawa’s vocal group, Harmonic Generation, will be performing all the Christmas favourites! Contemporary and classic, a cappella and instrumental, this show has a bit of everything. Harmonic Generation will be teaming up with special guests "Safer Sax", the talented senior woodwind ensemble from Canterbury High School! Head to the Amphitheatre at Saint Paul University (223 Main Street). The proceeds will be shared with GleeCeptional, a glee club program for children and young adults with exceptionalities — so don’t miss it!

Canto Sentimento String Quartet - Music for the Season at Centrepointe Theatre, Dec 17

If you’re near the Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa this Sunday, you should check out the Canto Sentimento String Quartet’s Christmas concert! The show has an abundance of new and interesting interpretations of all the classics — ranging from Baroque to Modern! Musicians, conductors, and composers all come together to bring you the artistic amalgamation of the season! Check out the 7 pm show and enjoy a complimentary drink and crudités. You’ll even get the opportunity to mingle with emerging artists! 

The Chris Timms Comedy Cabaret at NAC, Dec 17

Add a chuckle to your Christmas this year by checking out the Chris Timms Comedy Cabaret! The show features both live music & stand-up comedy! Come see some of Canada’s brightest rising stars! Hosted by comedian Chris Timms the Cabaret also features comedians Tim Riel, Ashley Krawchenko, Matt Watson and headliner… Pierre Brault! With special musical guest, Ben Cooper! Jason Colsen will be the evening’s pianist. It’s the perfect evening of fun, uncensored live entertainment! The longest running independent comedy show in Ottawa; 7 years and counting! The show stars at 8:00 p.m. 

Christmas Impressions at the National Gallery of Canada, Dec 17

Where better to see a Christmas concert than the gorgeous and iconic National Gallery of Canada?! The National Capital Concert Band is presenting you the Christmas concert of the year in the Great Hall of the Gallery this Sunday! The show starts at 1:30 pm, so don’t miss out! The 50 piece brass and wind ensemble is directed by Maestro Rocco Romeo. They’ll be playing traditional carols, classical songs, and popular hits — with some vocals for good measure! The concert is included in general admission to the Gallery! Bring your whole family!

Remigio in Concert at Shenkman Hall, Dec 18

On Monday, Ottawa will have the chance to see the famous, Juno Award winning recording artist Remigio live in concert! This amazing singer and wicket guitarist has shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Sting and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the famous surprise performance with Celine Dion. He’s performed before The Queen of England, and The Dalai Lama, and now he’s coming to Shenkman Hall! Don’t miss Remigio’s return performance in his hometown! 

Ciné-club - Le roi et l'oiseau at Lycée Claudel, Dec 18

In the mood for some French cinema? How about some animated French cinema? On Monday, check out Cine-club’s screening of Le roi et l’oiseau at Lycée Claudel. The movie starts at 1:30 and goes until 3:30 p.m. The show is free! So take your whole family

The Next Generation Leahy Christmas Concert at NAC, Dec 18-19

The Leahy Family tree has grown a few new branches and, as expected, the fruit is just as ripe with talent as the rest. Following in step-dancing feet of the musical collective, the next generation of Leahy show they are accomplished multi-instrumentalists with a high-energy stage presence even if all under the age of 16.  The National Arts Centre Stage will be home to a Celtic Christmas featuring much fiddle, French accordion and, of course, the dancing we’ve come to associate with a Leahy performance. This show is sure to delight while insuring that the Leahy Family will be bringing us more of the same for many generations to come!

OrKidstra Holiday Concert – Centretown Hub at Bronson Centre, Dec 19

When I think Christmas I think of happy kids and music. OrKidstra brings both together for a night of holiday songs sure to fill you with enough joy that you may not have room for Aunt Viv’s fruit cake! Singing along is much encouraged.

Joshua Bell’s Christmas with the NAC Orchestra at the NAC, Dec 20

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell’s Christmas show with the NAC Orchestra is not just a concert but an experience. Bell gained much prominence when a video of him busking in a Washington, D.C. subway station went viral. This performance sets to recreate some of that magic, reliving the moment through the eyes of a curious child set to music composed by Anne Dudley and bringing to life the award-winning picture book by Kathy Stinson and Dušan Petri?i?. Arrive early as the NAC will be a busttle with hidden musicians sharing their music and hearts with all who will listen.

The Maid at Centrepointe Theatre, Dec 20

Straitlaced clothing shames and covers the body in this dance-drama set at the end of the 19th century, and a rigid class structure hides unacknowledged longings and jealousy. Emotions erupt in betrayal and a compassionless, careless cruelty.

URINETOWN The Musical at Centrepointe Theatre, Dec 20 - 21

Don’t hold it in. You know you are gushing to see this one. Yeah, Unrinetown may be Broadway’s most unlikely smash hit but this satirical comedy will have you laughing out loud as our hero Bobby Strong leads a revolution to fight for people’s right to pee. Find out why fans and critics alike have said this show is “golden”.

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, until 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!

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.

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