Thursday, Feb. 11

Glebe Collegiate Institute alumni (*ahem*) and curious neighbours can step back into the past at a historical, fundraising Taste and Tour of the almost-100 year-old school, featuring students in period costume sharing secrets of the building, live music in the hallways, and a chance to mingle with refreshments, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, with partial tax refund, to aid in the renovation of the library. (This alumnus recommends learning about the different flooring, the “dungeon” pool and hails all other Door 9ers.)

Try to imitate this Katerina Mertikas painting at her Learn to Paint event at Koyman Galleries.

Copying this Mertikas painting is the goal. supplied

Due to much demand, a third Learn to Paint event with artist Katerina Mertikas — known for her heart-warming paintings of children in Canadian scenes, is on from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Koyman Galleries. The class is open to complete novices, and includes all materials, including a 12″x16″ canvas, paints and a glass of wine and nibbles — perfect for that “look what I made you, Valentine!”gift. The next event, looking at light and perspective, is with artist Shannon Craig on Feb. 17. Cost: $75.

There’s another painting option in Orléans, where guidance will be given in creating an image of a famous Paris attraction, 7 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre. Cost: $50.85.

A screengrab from the short movie The Lion being showcased at SAW Video's 35th anniversary screen of members' works.

A screengrab from the short movie The Lion, a visually-striking short movie being shown at SAW Video’s Resolution 2016.  supplied

The best short movies by SAW Video’s members will be shown at their 35th annual Resolution screening, featuring experimental (very short) shorts, dramas, a comedy and even a music video, 6:45 p.m., ByTowne Cinema. The event will be followed by a QA with all (but one) of the directors and a party at SAW Video. Tickets: $5-$10. 

Friday, Feb. 12

Yy! There's another Craft beer event on this weekend.

Yay! There’s another Craft beer event on this weekend.

Because we simply cannot handle a weekend without a craft beer extravaganza, Winter Brewfest offers over 100 brews from 35 different local breweries, at two sessions each day over two days: 2 to 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., so buy tickets carefully. NB: Advance tickets include free transport on OC Transpo, starting 3 hours before the event. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $10/10 sample tokens, cash only.

Preschool playdates are on each Friday through March at the Billings Estate, with baking the topic today, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The theme changes weekly, but always includes a picnic lunch, for ages 3 to 5 years. Cost: $8.15. 

There are two Valentine events today to benefit CHEO: family-friendly Ottawa Children’s Gala lets all ages walk the red carpet, have their face painted (or, if appropriate, enjoy cocktail) with live music and hosts CTV’s Lianne Laing and Majic 100s Angie Poirier w(4 p.m., Shaw Centre); Sophe Grégoire-Trudeau will be the honourary speaker at the the Valentine’s Gala at the Museum of History, including an art auction, four-course dinner, live music, dancing and other entertainment, 7 p.m. Tickets: $200.  

For music options:

The Hilotrons play a free outdoor concert at Winterlude on Feb. 12.

The Hilotrons play a free outdoor concert at Winterlude. supplied

The second-to-last free, Winterlude concert features Ottawa favourites, indie pop group The Hilotrons, followed by some spins and visuals to keep the party going, 7:30 p.m., Confederation Park. (Saturday, see folk duo Whitehorse, who regularly sell out venues — but this time, no tickets required.)

Classical music powerhouses (cellist Peter Rapson, harpist Caroline Leonardelli, soprano Carolyn Beaudoin, to name a few) will perform with the Cathedral’s choir in a concert to benefit Syrian refugees, 7:30 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets: $20, with proceeds going to the cathedral’s sponsorship group, Save the Children Canada and Ottawa United for Refugees.

The  DéVah Quartet play no pretty chamber music: this is loud and eclectic while still pleasing music, best described as metal-informed, prog-rock, created by this mostly-string, five-person, all-woman group — who have been busy making noise and taking names from their Toronto base over the past few years, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $6 before 10 p.m., $8 after.

Toronto’s Marcus Visionary, who just won best producer in North American DnB Awards hot off the heels of his first European tour, brings a jungle Valentine’s show to Laurier Social House, 10 p.m. Door: $8 before 11 p.m.  

Saturday, Feb. 13

This Annas Hummingbird was caught on camera during last year's bird count.

This Annas Hummingbird was caught on camera during last year’s bird count. supplied

The Great Backyard Bird Count scientists need your help counting what is expected to be a surge in the numbers of feathered friends, given the mild winter until Feb. 15. All ages can participate: register at

Cut+ Paste indie craft show features 40 local makers, with swag bags to the first 25 guests and a raffle in support of The Well (10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 154 Somerset St.W.), while The Bizarre Bazaar promises finds not available in any mall, from taxidermy to vintage pop culture and locally-made products (noon to 5 p.m., Zaphod Beeblebrox. No cover at either.

Romancing the Canoe brings writers Roy MacGregor, Wally Shraber and host, canoeist Becky Mason, together to share stories, histories and photos of their favourite mode of transport — their new books, respectively Canoe Country and Last of the Wild Rivers, 7 p.m., Chelsea United Church, 8 Mill St. Chelsea. Tickets: 410 in advance, $15 at the door, to benefit La Fab cultural centre.

Junior American Record holder, American World Team Member, and 2013, 2014 USA Weightlifting Champion, Spencer Moorman is offering tips at a seminar on Feb. 13.

Weightlifting Spencer Moorman is offering individual tips. supplied

Weightlifting record holder Spencer Moorman will be offering tips and the fundamentals of the “snatch, clean and jerk” to each participant in a seminar for novices and experts, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., JustLift, 895 Churchill Ave. S. Cost: $159.60.

Popular and charming local The eeperforms three shows this weekend: one at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, and 4 p.m. tomorrow, at The Black Sheep Inn. The family-friendly performer’s matinées are both all-ages shows, with special rates for children.

There will be wine and cheese (and craft beer) to eat at the Diefenbunker Museum at a Top Secret Valentine blind tasting, run by Savvy Events, 7 to 9 p.m, with an optional tour of the Cold War museum at 6 p.m. Tickets: $60, $150/couple ($60 for the designated driver).

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Also at the NAC, intentionally miserable comedian Jeremy Hotz brings his complaints about everything, and surely our weather, in his new stand-up show International Man of Misery,  7 p.m. Tickets: from $41.50.

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Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Festival screens Louder than Bombs in its ongoing schedule (to Feb.21), a movie about a father (Gabriel Byrne) trying to connect with his younger and adult son after the death of their mother, 7 p.m., River Theatre, Carleton University. Cost: 45 in advance, $8 at the door.

Sunday, Feb. 14

Here are some varied Valentine’s Day offering:

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The city’s  most-loved band, Blue Rodeo, returns for their traditional Valentine’s Day show, 8 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets: $32-$85.50+, including a download of ANY of their studio albums, including their most-recent release, Live at Massey Hall (Oct. 2015), recorded while on this tour. (Read an interview here.)

Why not try ice fishing with the family this Valentine's Day.

Why not try ice fishing with the family this Valentine’s Day. supplied

Most unusual, is the first Valentine’s Day Ice Fishing Extravaganza at the Nepean Sailing Club, with family-friendly activities, on and off the ice, outfitted tents and more, with proceeds to Refugee613, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,Cost: from $11.2. (No fishing license required.)

Parents are encouraged to bring their high-tea friendly kids (with or without crowns and tutus) to the Fleur Tea House for a Family Love Menu (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,, or join the Ottawa South Community Association for a skate at Windsor Park, with free hot chocolate, 5 to 8 p.m.  

Children will enjoy Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre‘s tale of friendship,  The Emperor and The Nightingale, with two shows at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets: $10, $32/4.

Or, take in today’s My First NAC show, today featuring the first performance by flutist Lindsay Bryden with pianist Jean Desmarais in the lobby of the NAC. Cost: Free.

Engage Ottawa is billed as a luxury bridal show on Feb. 14.

Engage Ottawa is billed as a luxury bridal show. Engage Ottawa

Those already affianced — or thinking about it — can attend Engage Ottawa, billed as a luxury wedding shoe for the “sophisticated” bride, with juried vendors offering interactive booths (think samples and manicures) and panels with industry insiders, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairmont Château Laurier. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Simpsons go burlesque at the I Choo Choo Choose Burlesque show, with over 13 different performers — including Cinnamon Sage, Scarlett LaFlamme and Master Cameron Eric Leon — at this a queer-friendly, body-positive event,  9 p.m., SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St. 

Or, be your own valentine at a two-hour, gentle yoga class for “curvy bodies,” or those who have been intimidated to try classes, 2 to 4 p.m.,  Upward Dog Yoga Centre, 151 Dalhousie St. Cost: $20.

Those feeling blue will enjoy Haligonians Vulva Culture, who promise to play experimental sad pop, perfect for slow dancing or finding beauty in your tears (think garage Mazzy Star), alongside Kurt Inder, Trails and Pet Detective, 8 p.m., Happy Goat Coffee Co. Tickets: $8 in advance. 

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2Cellos are behind that much-shared video of rather-handsome cellists covering Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal (and ACDC, as above), otherwise known as Croatian musicians Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, who will be live at the NAC, 8 p.m. Tickets: From: $53. 

Even if the canal is slushy today (and we hope it is not), end Winterlude with a bang or at least some dance floor noise at The Heat is On club event, featuring music from DJs Illo and Psychology, 8 p.m., Aberdeen Pavilion. Tickets: $10. 

Monday, Feb. 15

80s sitcoms will be played all day alongside pinball and arcade play as part of Family Day fun at The House of Targ.

80s sitcoms will be played all day alongside pinball and arcade play as part of Family Day fun at The House of Targ.

The week continues on a retro theme this Family Day: 

Take the kids back to your childhood; First, catch a free screening of Back to the Future at The Mayfair, including small popcorn and drink (10 a.m.), though donations will be accepted for Hospice Care Ottawa. Then, play over 100 arcade and pinball games at the all-ages event at House of Targ, where 80s TV shows will also be screened all day, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. /

Bring your sleds, cross-country skis or snowshoes to the Fulton Sugar Bush and make use of their trails, then enjoy some maple syrup as taffy, cotton candy, on bannock or pancakes — possibly on a horse sleigh ride?, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 399 Sugar Bush Rd., Pakenham.

Track some animals on snowshoes in the Gatineau Park on a free guided tour, open to all agesand including snowshoes, though spaces are limited, 1:30 p.m. on English and 10:30 a.m. in French.

The historic Rideau Hall skating rink, usually only open on weekends, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., weather permitting, with free, guided tours of the residence offered hourly from 1 to 4 p.m. , no reservations required.

Thomas the Tank Engine ¤¤¤ Sat. - Mon. @ Portage Place

Thomas the Tank Engine is at the Museum starting today. 

Kids can make their own personalized locomotive at a special Thomas Friends exhibit at the Children’s Museum, starting at 10 a.m. today, until Feb. 29.

Apparently, it is also National Flag of Canada Day and there will be celebratory cake to eat, anthem to sing with a choir and a “citizenship affirmation ceremony” with Winterlude and Canadian Heritage, 11 a.m., Confederation Park. 

There are free hot dogs and hot chocolate at a screening of animated children’s movie Hotel Transylvania 2 (2 p.m.), after open skating at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (noon), courtesy of the Kemptville Kinsmen. Space is limited at this free event, so tickets are required.

The originator of the term “swavey” to describe multi-talented, fusion cool, Toronto-based rapper Tory Lanez is joined on his Swavenation Tour by NYC’s Bas — who has been working with J.Cole, one of the hottest acts going, 9 p.m., Ritual. Tickets: $25. 

And, because love stinks so much it hangs over another day, there is an anti-Valentine’s Karaoke night at Atomic Rooster, 10 p.m., 303 Bank St. No cover.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

What are the benefits of urban trees?

What are the benefits of urban trees? Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen

Have your say this Tuesday, as experts weight in followed by QAs. 

First, the benefits of the Urban Forest will be explored at the next NCC Capital Urbanism Lab lecture, with Dr. Tom Smiley, Dr. Jérôme Dupras and Diana Beresford-Krœger, 6 to 8 p.m., 10 Sparks St. Cost: Free, but registration required at

Is classical music really dead? Chime in after a discussion between Alexander Shelley, the NAC Orchestra music director, special guest violist Nadia Sirota (who performs with the NACO on Feb. 17 and 18), and Ottawa Citizen editor Andrew Potter. after some mingling with drinks, 7:30 p.m., NAC. Tickets: $10. 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

A Man Walks into the Bar was the best selling Toronto fringe fetival show, of all time. It's at undercurrents festival in Ottawa this winter. credit Tanja Tiziana. handout for endemann

A Man Walks into the Bar makes its Ottawa premiere at the undercurrents festival, opening tonight.  Tanja Tiziana / supplied

A Man Walks into a Bar, a wry, comedic look at the politics of the gender-divide and the top-selling show in Toronto Fringe Fest history, makes its Ottawa premiere at 7 p.m. as part of the Undercurrents Festival featuring the best, original contemporary theatre until Feb. 20, Arts Court. Tickets: $18. Full schedule at

Girls Only Skateboard sessions are on all summer on Thursdays at McNabb Park. Handout for endemann

Girls Only Skateboarding Session has the entirety of pop-up, large-scale, indoor park Skateboard Project park to itself and are inviting you — that’s novices, experts, young, old(er) — to join them,  4 to 9 p.m., 105 Slack Rd. The organizers have extra boards for those who want to give it a try, helmets required. (The park is also open Feb. 15 to 19.) Cost: $10. /

Poets Sandra Ridley and Suzanne Derewicz will both read at the latest Sawdust Reading Series event, followed by an open mic, 7 p.m., Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St. W. 

Thursday, Feb. 18

Wine has health benefits, we are told.

Wine has health benefits, we are told. Fotolia

It’s National Drink Wine Day in the United States and, in friendship and solidarity, would it not behoove us to embrace it, too, with deep respect? (Albeit, not to excess, of course.) Click here for some wine drinking suggestions — and donate your empty bottles to the Empties for Paws weekend on Feb. 20-21, to bnefit 50 animal rescues in the Ottawa Valley. 

Bring your own telescope or use those set up at the next edition of the Ottawa PopScope Public Astronomy Night, inside for the winter at the National Gallery of Canada, 5 to 8 p.m. Enthusiasts will be on hand to help point out celestial bodies in the sky. Admission: Free — also to the exhibits.

Golden Age of Hollywood actress Ingrid Bergman is on screen In Her On Words (Jag är Ingrid), a documentary  film about the woman behind the star, taken from her personal letters and diaries, stories from her children and close friends as part of the Bright Lights Baltic-Nordic film festival, 7 p.m., River Building Theatre, Carleton University. (There’s lots of gripping modern cinema to see at this fest, as well.)  

For those wondering why it hasn’t yet been mentioned here, the Jim Bryson record release shows at Quitters Coffee in Stittsville tonight, tomorrow and Saturday are all sold out.

Friday, Feb. 19

Freelance: Check with National Post for rights information regarding this image Toronto-01/07/02-Sunday nights at Toronto's Kool Haus is the place to be if you're into disco roller skating complete with music, lights and oval track. Photo by Yvonne Berg/National Post (For Toronto-Weekend story by Brad Mackay)

It’s hot pants time.  Yvonne Berg / National Post

There’s a lot of retro going on this week, and now we head back to the Roller Disco at a family event (from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.), and adult skate (8:30 to 10 p.m.), CentreMultisport de Gatineau, 211 Montcalm St., Gatineau. Cost: $5, rentals: $10, $2 for children. (Have roller blades? bring those.)

Corb Lund and The Hurtin’Albertans add to the throwback feel of the week, bringing his modern country infused with the spirit of the 60s and 70s  to the National Arts Centre, though we wonder how the ushers will like us stomping in the aisles of the NAC Theatre, 7:30 p.m, Tickets: From $29.

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Gary Slim Moore and the New Soul Project bring a dancehall party to The Black Sheep Inn, in honour of Black History Month, 8:30 p.m.. Tickets: $10 in advance.

It’s Metal Nite for those who need it at House of Targ, with popular Montreal band Metalian, inspired by the likes of Iron Maiden,  Motörhead and Def Leppard, playing with OccultBurial and molten tunes from DJs Erin, Gen and Val into the night, 10 p.m. Cover: $5.

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Those seeking an elegant, romantic drama could do worse than 2 Nights Till Morning, a movie about two foreigners who become stranded together after a one night stand when a volcano prevents all flights from leaving (inspired by the news, mayhap?), 7 p.m., Bright Lights Film Festival, River Building, Carleton U. Tickets: $18.

Saturday, Feb. 20

High Tea at the Billings Estate.

High Tea at the Billings Estate.

Picky eaters may not love it, but children can explore High Tea, a new food, etiquette lessons and even bake a treat to take home at the Into the Kitchen event at the Billings Estate Museum, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cost: $6.15/child. 

Farm histories, daily routine from milking to barn-raising and photos from early settlement in Lanark County will be celebrated by author Claudia Smith at a presentation of her book Barns — A reflection of changing times, 2 p.m., 100 Bridge St., Almonte. Admission: $5, with proceeds to the Syrian Refugee committee of Mississippi Mills.

The Geek and Gaming Garage Sale is expecting double the attendance from its August show, with over 40 exhibitors offering their most ultimate prizes from comic books to LARP items, and everything gaming in between, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nepean Sportsplex. Admission: $2.

The 'edgy' wedding show Tie the Knot is on Feb. 20.

The ‘edgy’ wedding show Tie the Knot is on Feb. 20.

Buy tickets to Tie the Knot Urban Wedding Show before Feb. 14 for a chance to win your bridesmaids dresses, courtesy of The Handmade Bride, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Coventry Rd. Tickets: $12.89-$78.35.

Recorders on the Run is a concert suitable for children aged three to eight years  in partnership with the NAC and Jeunesses Musicales of Canada at two different locations across town today: 11 a.m. at Centrepointe Theatres and 4 p.m. at Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets: $12.50-$17.50. / (Then visit the eclectic Winter Market at the Shenkman Centre, featuring local vendors, 1- a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The elegant Viennese Winter Ball — that chance to break out the tiara and tails —  starts at 6:30 p.m. with a champagne reception,  debutantes and cavalier twirling about, lovely live music and a four-course meal, all in a nod to a time when string orchestras offered the hot new music, Westin Hotel. Tickets: $450.

Less expensive but including royal court dance lessons, there’s an Alice in Wonderland Costume Ball being thrown by the uOttawa Pop Orchestra (with a dress code from semi-formal to Mad Hatter), 6:30 p.m., Tabaret Hall. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 

Sunday, Feb. 21

Photo by Joan Kallio, part of the Creations Cumberland show.

Photo by Joan Kallio, part of the Creations Cumberland show.

It’s the last day of Créations Cumberland, where 14 Cumberland artists, working in paint to ceramics and stained glass, exhibit under one roof, 11 a.m to 4 p.m., Haddad’s Gallery, 2665 Old Montreal Rd., Cumberland.

Boxer Schiller Hyppolite

Boxer Schiller Hyppolite

The Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen show is in its last day at the EY Centre, with a casting pond, chainsaw artist (and maybe axe throwing?), wild animals for the children to meet and classic boats on display from the Manotick Boat Club — among the many vendors covering all outdoor activities, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15, free for children 10 and under. 

The #8 ranked supermiddleweight fighter, Canadian Schiller Hyppolite, will take on Croatian Ivan Jukic at the main event Fight CLub #18, featuring 10 bouts including 11 international boxers, 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the Hilton du Lac Leamy. The ticket also features: the first pro fight of area woman boxer Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse, former Canadian champion; Simon Kean, former Canadian Olympian and heavyweight champion; and Mian Hussain, who won Canada a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. Tickets: $49-$129, or $1,5000/table.

Submit event information to, by 8 a.m. Monday, three weeks before the event. Photos, video files are welcome.

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