Out & About OldOut & About: January 19-25, 2018

Out & About: January 19-25, 2018

Out & About: January 19-25, 2018

Jean-Michel Blais at First Baptist Church, January 20

Looking to relax to some piano jams this weekend? This Saturday at the First Baptist Church you can see an amazing Canadian pianist debut his experimental album live. Jean-Michel Blais is a young pianist from Montreal. His instrumental compositions mix melodic pop sensibilities with magnificent technical skill. His album, Il, of original compositions was released in 2016. After growing up in a rural French Catholic town, Blais moved to Berlin and then South America, taking the classical piano training with him. Finally settling in Montreal, he set out to finalize his album. Il is the culmination of two years of experimenting and improvising on the keys. The show starts at 7:45pm, tickets are $20.

Live Jazz at Festival Japan Restaurant, January 20

What’s better than dinner and live music? This Saturday from 7pm - 10pm, Festival Japan Restaurant (149 Kent) is hosting a live Jazz band, so book your table now! Featuring the amazing singer, BettyAnn Bryanton, and Pierre Monfils on guitar, they’ll be playing all you favourites from the Great American Songbook. What better way to celebrate Saturday? Enjoy delicious food and smooth tunes, with no cover charge!

Wikipedia Editing Workshop at the Ottawa Public Library, January 20

They say the internet never lies, but sometimes Wikipedia does — now is your chance to become an editor for the largest online encyclopedia! This workshop is a hands-on event for people looking to learn. From setting up an account, to learning how to structure a good article, participants will be given a window into one of the world's largest and most consulted online repositories of knowledge. You can choose between using lab computers, library Chromebooks (please bring your library card) or your own devices. There’s limited space so register now! Come to the Ottawa Public Library, (Main Branch 120 Metcalfe St.) in the Computer Training Room on the 3rd floor and expand your world!

January (un)told: Resolution Rethink at the ByWard Market Heart & Crown, January 21

New year new you! This month’s (un)told event at the Byward Market’s Heart & Crown is resolution-themed! We’ve all had that moment when we realize our plans won’t pan out. So share your story! Send your pitch to  untold.ottawa@gmail.com. No story? No problem — come for the humour and stay for the drinks. Sunday at 7:30pm — admission is free!

Pierre Kwenders at the National Arts Centre, January 20

Get ready for an amazing show! This Saturday, Afro-Canadian singer/songwriter Pierre Kwenders is coming to the NAC for a night you won’t forget. His genre-bending music ranges from R&B to futuristic hip-hop, and his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo. After releasing his new full-length album in September of last year, Kwenders is debuting his new music in Ottawa. This new album pivots from house music to something more instrumental. Tickets are only $25 so get yours now. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Gutter Demons at HOUSE of TARG, January 20

Saturday night’s getting demonic at House of Targ — Gutter Demons are bringing their unholy, raucous, red-blooded show to Ottawa ears, and it’s going to be insane. Blending rock n’ roll, Punk, and Heavy Metal, this three-piece band has been dropping jaws across Canada, the US, and Europe. Gutter Demons take great pride in releasing rich & well written albums. The show starts at 10pm, and tickets are only $10 - $19 so get yours soon! The devil may be in the details, but he’ll be at this show too.

Kc Roberts & the Live Revolution at The Rainbow, January 20

It’s the Rainbow Bistro’s birthday and you're invited for some Blues! 76 Murray St. in the Byward Market is Ottawa’s Legendary Home of the Blues, and this Saturday it’s turing 30. Helping them celebrate is the Montreal band, The Record Breakers. With music that spans country, rock, and pop, The Record Breakers will put on a show you won’t want to miss. Come for 8:30pm!

Arrowsmith Robb in concert at Rosemount Hall, January 21

Get your folk on this Sunday at Rosemount Hall! Canadian folk scene veteran, Ian Robb is teaming up with two of English folk’s Greats, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith for a concert of traditional English music. Powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, and lively tunes get audiences laughing, weeping, tapping their feet and joining in the choruses. Tickets range from $22-25, and the show starts at 8pm!

Ottawa women exhibition "ARTiculations", Studio Sixty Six, January 20

ARTiculations is a very well-timed creative exploration of what it’s like to be a female-identifying artist working in the National Capital Region right now, co-curated by Studio Sixty Six and artpace613’s Myka Burke. The exhibition features both artwork by and interviews with 39 local female artists. The though-provoking works of art range from oil on canvas to photography to sculpture and everything in between.

Music for a Sunday Afternoon at the NAC, January 21

What if you could hear the NAC Orchestra play in the amazing architecture of the National Gallery of Canada? This Sunday at 2:00pm you can! Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists! Tickets are on sale now so get yours soon!

Mélanie Myers – Ce qui touche au sol (What Touches the Ground) at Karsh-Masson Gallery, until January 21

Artist Mélanie Myers modifies the familiar urban environment making what we think we know look askew in a realistic but improbable way. Her new exhibit focuses on systems and incetive measures put in place in order to run a city.

RSVP to card class at Sara’s Stamping Spot, January 21

Birthday? Christmas? Valentines? What do these three things have in common? Cards, of course! Copious amounts of cards. Now you can design your own with Sara. This class will have students making 4 hand-stamped greeting cards. All supplies included!

Stories & Tea - Tales to Warm a Winter's Night at The Tea Party Café, January 23

A good cup of tea is paired best with a good story, wouldn’t you agree? Well so do the Ottawa StoryTellers and folks over at The Tea Party Café. Join them for a cup of warm goodness and Tales to Warm a Winter’s Night.

Guide to Computers and the Internet for Older Adults at the Ottawa Public Library, January 23

Let’s face it, the Net and computers in general aren’t for everybody. It seems new trends come and go with the blink of an eye. This seven week workshop, however, is designed to help those aged 50+ get a stronger grasp on the tech and make navigating the World Wide Web less intimidating. Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch 120 Metcalfe St. Tuesdays Jan. 23 - March, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Computer Training Room, 3rd floor.

Landlord-Tenant Law Clinic at Centre Francophone Vanier, January 24

Guest speaker Eric Cabana, Trail Attorney and Legal Aid Ontario Lawyer, will be discussing equality and justice for people with disabilities.

Restore and Tone-Up Yoga Class at Zen for You, January 25

New Year? New you! Time for some restoration and tone-ups with this Yoga Class from Zen for You. This popular class  combines active and passive stretching and toning up exercises to target both the muscles and the deeper connective tissues around the major joints of the body. All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged. 309 Cooper Street. $70. 7pm.

CLOSE TALKER + Language Arts + Nighttime In Kansas at House of TARG, January 25

Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world.

Ottawa Little Theatre Present An Inspector Calls, until January, 27

An Inspector is about to interrupt the dinner of the Birling family. The mysterious Mr. Goole brings with him not dessert but secrets ready to be revealed. What can the suicide of a young, working-class girl possibly have to do with this upper middle class gathering. Find out as this production at the Ottawa Little Theatre moves towards a terrifying climax. Tickets; $12 for Students, $24 for Seniors, $27 for adults.

Moments From 150 Years Ago at Canadian Museum of History, until January, 28

As Canada’s sesquicentennial draws to a close, travel back 150 years relive what shaped us. From an ambrotype featuring a honeymooning couple at Niagara Falls, to a popular carte de visite depicting a lacrosse team from Kahnawá:ke — this exhibition offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Canadians 150 years ago.

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