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- Today is Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. The City of Ottawa recommends that we all check our smoke alarms once per month, and replace the batteries each year. Further, you should replace your alarm every 10 years.
- Did you know that the Metcalfe Fair, which opens today, moved to its current home in 1861? Now you do. The 167th edition of the Fair begins the day with judging of categories like Grains, 4-H Field Crops, Homecrafts, and Eggs. At 4:00 pm the gates and midway open, and the Demolition Derby gets underway at 7:00 pm. Day tickets and weekend passes are available.
- In Kemptville, Harvest for Hospice - a Night Market Event will raise funds for the Beth Donovan Hospice. Food vendors will take care of dinner, and there will be lots to keep the kids busy. 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse
- Jango: Uncharged screens at Night Three of the Ottawa Korean Film Festival. At the Mayfair Theatre. Free, but you must reserve a ticket.
- Danielle Allard, Melissa Lamm, and Jasen Colson. City Sounds Live, Minto Park
- Rachelle Behrens Sings Latin and Jazz. Marzitelli
- Open Mic. Stray Dog Brewing
- Josephine Leone. CF Rideau Centre
- Pumpkins After Dark celebrates Halloween in a big way, with its walk through a pathway of lit, hand carved pumpkins synchronised music and special effects. Photo ops, wandering performers, and live pumpkin carving demos round out the experience, which is designed to be enjoyed by the entire family. Until October 31 at Wesley Clover Parks. Timed entry tickets must be booked in advance.
- Gladstone Theatre raises the curtain on the Company of Adventurers production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. It’s a fundraiser for the theatre and tickets are free, but a donation hat will be passed around the audience after each show. Tonight and two shows tomorrow at 910 Gladstone Ave (at Preston).
- Stittsville Haunted Heritage Tours is back for the fifth time with scary wanders throughout the old Ottawa neighbourhood. Tickets from $24.96
- Tonight’s screening at the 6th Ottawa Korean Film Festival is actor-turned-filmmaker Jung Woo-sung’s action movie A Man of Reason.
- Ottawa Artisans’ Pick of the Patch Online Shopping Event gives you access to 200 vendors and easy pickup (at your choice of six Ottawa locations). It runs this weekend from 7:00 pm tonight to 9:00 pm on Monday.
- The annual Ottawa Wine Auction in support of Music and Beyond returns to Carlton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
- Metcalfe Fair continues with the Open Sheep Show, the Holstein Show, Heavy Horse Hitch, the Heavy Horse Pull, and live entertainment on the stage.
- Annie Martel, Adeline. City Sounds Live, Wedel, Westboro Village
- Angela Hunter Trio vinyl release party with Jesse Green Band. Overflow Brewing
- Wolf Castle. National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
- John Kofi Dapaah (Piano), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (Cello). Piano Place Studio
- A Night at the Noise Hotel. SAW
- Gerry Wall, Jerome Jeffrey, Matt Chaffee. Red Bird
- The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster
- Horojo Trio. Rainbow Bistro
- James Blonde. LIVE on Elgin
- Friday I’m in Love. 27 Club
Just Announced / Now Booking
- The Greek International Film Festival stops in Ottawa this Saturday and Sunday September 30 and October 1. A Golden Pass ($50) gives you access to all Ottawa screenings, which are scheduled at the ByTowne and the Mayfair theatres.
- The revival of The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is an opportunity to witness the final chapter of Walter Borden’s long-running one man show that reflects upon the life of a Black homosexual man. November 1 - 11 at the Azrieli Studio, the National Arts Centre.
- November sewing classes at the Green Needle are now available for registrations.
- Tickets to the 2023 Festival of Small Halls (October 5-22) are on sale for concerts in October, November and December. This is a rare chance to see bands in intimate smaller venues. Stephen Fearing, Spoons, East Coast Experience, Ron Sexsmith, Arrogant Worms, and The Irish Descendants are just a few of the artists on the programme.
- The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Geographica Dinner, which raises funds for the Society’s programming, will honour nature photographer Paul Nicklen, during an evening which will also feature singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt and Evan Solomon in conversation with RBC President and CEO Dave McKay. November 15 at the Canadian War Museum.
- Spinning Yarns: The Millworker’s Musical, tells the tale of Almonte, Ontario’s former textile industry. Proceeds of the amateur production, which runs November 17-26 at Almonte Old Town Hall, will be donated to the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum.
- Country superstar Tim McGraw will perform at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, May 3, 2024.