• By: OLM Staff

Out&About: October 27-November 2, 2017

Ottawa REDBLACKS at TD Place at Lansdowne, October 27

Come out and cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS under the Friday night lights as they battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the must-see final home game of the regular season.

2nd Oskar Halecki Symposium: Polish Canadians Contribution to Canada at St. Paul University, October 27

Celebrate Polish Canadians’ immense and varied contributions to Canada at the 2nd Oskar Halecki Symposium. Featuring prominent speakers from both Poland and North America, the event will discuss the contribution of Polish Missionaries and Engineers, Canadian-Polish Military Cooperation, Cultural Aspects and the Future of Polonia in Canada.

Ottawa Parent & Child Expo 2017 at Nepean Sportsplex, October 28

There’s fun for the whole family at this year’s Ottawa Parent & Child Expo! Parents will find all their favourite local exhibitors with valuable parenting info. Kids can hang out with Dora and Boots, princesses and mascots, as well as get their faces painted, create some crafts or spend some quiet time in the Usborne Books reading corner.

The 11th Greath Pumpkin Charity Ball, Saint Brigids Haunted Castle, October 28

The 11th time's the charm (and other spells!) for one of the biggest Halloween bashes in O-town! Join over 700 costumed revelers in the spooked up Saint Brigids where all floors are open for frightful fun in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing – National Capital Region, St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Ottawa Food Bank. Few tricks but lots of treats by way of Audrey's Costume Castle & Dancewear, Malabar, Dynamix Productions, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity, St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Alison Wonderland, BCI: Light is Art and Chef Justin Scott.

Laurie Young – How is Now at NAC, until October 28

Looking to add some culture to your routine? Until Saturday, October 28, get avant-garde and existential at the NAC with the unbelievable choreographer, Laurie Young. Young’s show uses only a drummer, a dancer, and a light to explore the concept of time through sound and gesture. Co-Presented with Ottawa Dance Directive, Young is bringing her Berlin-based work to Ottawa to astonish and enlighten. Get your tickets at the NAC, with student discounts available!

Halloween on the Farm at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, October 28

Where are you and your family getting your spook on this Halloween? There’s no better destination for you and the kids this year than the Agriculture and Food Museum’s barnyard full of fall fun! Make some ghoulish treats including caramel popcorn, meet the Museum's Mad Scientist and discover interesting facts about bats! Don’t forget your costume! Kids even have the chance to decorate their own pumpkin to bring home. All are welcome to visit the Museum's Haunted House – enter if you dare! Ticket prices are added to museum admission.

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, October 29

Upper Canada Village is turning Halloween into a lights-show that’s putting Christmas lights to shame. On October 29, check out the spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 hand-carved, glowing pumpkins. Take a nighttime stroll along the kilometre-long path in a 19th century historic backdrop. This year’s theme is Canada 150! It’s a spooky event for all ages, and it’s not to be missed!

Halloween Hijinks at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, October 29

This Sunday, come show off your crazy costumes and collect some candy at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum! The Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Model Engineers will be operating their miniature steam trains and offering the last ride of the season! Check out the potions lab, get creative making a 1920s style Halloween craft, and make the most of the spooky season!

Table 4 Four Debut at Les Brasseurs du Temps, October 29
4 jazz singers + 4 styles = one eclectic showcase at Les Brasseurs du Temp. Some of Ottawa’s finest jazz vocalists (Nicole Ratté, Dominique Forest, Steve Berndt and Kieran Milne) will take the stage to croon out 4-party harmonies, duets and solos creating beautiful interpretations of standards with some pop, funk and French songs to sweeten your night.

Bring Food Home 2017 at University of Ottawa – Tabaret Hall, until October 29
Food and farming go hand in hand (or hand in field, for that matter) and both are the centerpiece of Bring Food Home 2017, a dynamic conference sharing experiences and expertise while building the capacity for collaboration and reconciliation within Ontario’s local food networks. Sustain Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference hope to  coordinate actions that will lead to sustainable transformations of food systems in Ontario and beyond.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the École secondaire publique De La Salle, auditorium, November 1
Hot on the heels of their epic performance at Jazz Fest (how hot? The grass is still sizzling!), the Lemon Bucket Orkestra return to set the Capital ablaze again with their unique blend of genre bursting styles. Really, how do you define a Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk super band? You just have to see to believe. The band’s energetic and often frantic sets are so to get the heart (and feet) racing!

Martini Madness at the Lago Bar Grill View, November 2
Sample, sip and smile your way to discovering why Martini Madness has become one the premier fall events in the city for the last 12 years. Grey Cup champ Moton Hopkins will be on hand with local business leaders and sports celebs for an evening in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Outside of the bevies, the event will feature a silent auction, raffle,art and various gourmet dinner stations all by the gorgeous setting at the Dows Lake Pavilion. An after party featuring a live DJ and casino gaming tables completes the fabulous evening!

Sir John A. Mcdonald: The Musial, Centrepointe Theatre, November 2-4

A history lesson has never been more musical as the life of Canada's first Prime Minister melodically takes the stage at Centrepointe. Penned by one of our most prolific writers, Gord Carruth, the production pulls no punches as it strives to tell all sides of the story. From the Canadian Pacific Railway Scandal to the murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee; from the trial of Louis Riel to the atrocities committed against our aboriginals, audiences will experience Canadian history for what it really is. With still two months left of our 150th birthday you still have plenty of time to brush up on Canada's past. Why not do it with a song or two?