What to do in Ottawa this week: From Indigenous to bluegrass to opera


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Our arts writers share their suggestions on what to do within the Ottawa space the week of Sept. 15-21:

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Tenor Jeremy Dutcher, digital group The Halluci Nation and singer-songwriter William Worth are among the many excellent Indigenous musicians lined as much as pay tribute to the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie throughout a live performance on the Nationwide Arts Centre on Friday. Entitled Starwalker: A Celebration of the Songs, Music and Lifetime of Buffy Sainte-Marie, the present can be captured for a CBC broadcast on Sept. 30, the Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation. Different visitor performers embrace Crystal Shawanda, Leela Gilday, Logan Staats, Mary-Mai and Zoey Roy, with appearances by Tom Jackson, Alanis Obamsawin, Dr. Roberta Bondar and extra. Tickets begin at $45 plus charges, obtainable on the NAC field workplace and at ticketmaster.ca. Showtime is 8 p.m. 

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The Ottawa Worldwide Animation Pageant, North America’s oldest and largest animation pageant, kicks off on Sept. 21 and runs for 5 days, with screenings, reveals, workshops and leisure occurring in a number of downtown places, together with the Ottawa Artwork Gallery and Arts Courtroom. The opening-night gala takes place on the Bytowne Cinema on Wednesday, that includes a contest screening of the characteristic movie, Silver Hen and Rainbow Fish, by the Chinese language-born artist-filmmaker Lei Lei, adopted by a gap ceremony and the primary of the pageant’s short-film screenings. For full schedule info and ticket information, go to animationfestival.ca.


After a few years off due to the pandemic, the sixth version of the all-ages Black and Bluegrass pageant will happen for the primary time at Rideau Pines Farm, with a lineup that showcases nation, punk, bluegrass and the whole lot in between. Performers embrace the inimitable Ottawa chanteuse Riishi Von Rex, sci-fi rockers Vs The Borg, folk-punk outfit Bastards and the Buzzards, psychobilly fiends Screamin Sins, Montreal fingerstyle guitarist Lucas Choi Zimbal, swing-jazz duo Jordan & Watts and extra. The farm is at 5714 Fourth Line Highway, between North Gower and Richmond. The enjoyable begins at 3 p.m. and runs till midnight. Admission is $20 on the gate. 

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Montgomery Scotch Lounge at 750 Gladstone Ave. is ramping up its reside jazz choices this fall, and exhibits Friday and Saturday will characteristic a few of Ottawa’s main gamers. On Friday night time, Ottawa pianist Mark Ferguson will exhibit his skills on the organ when he leads a trio that features guitarist Roddy Ellias and drummer Scott Latham by way of two units of authentic compositions and jazz requirements. On Saturday night time, the trio referred to as Troika, which incorporates guitarist Tim Bedner, reedman Rene Lavoie and percussionist Rene Fortier, can pay two units throughout which Brazilian and Cuban music will prominently determine. The music begins every night time at 8 p.m.  The quilt cost each nights can be $15. Data and reservations: montgomeryscotchlounge.com

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Germany’s ambassador Sabine Sparwasser is internet hosting an opera-themed picnic on the grounds of her residence at 290 Coltrin Rd. in Rockcliffe Park on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. As in previous years, musicians from the Canadian Opera Firm’s Ensemble Studio will carry out within the backyard. Admission is free, however attendees are requested to register upfront at opera-picnic.eventbrite.com. Gentle drinks and snacks can be obtainable. A tent can be arrange and a few seating can be provided, however friends are welcome to carry blankets. Barring a thunderstorm, the occasion will happen. The occasion can be asking friends to donate in help of the Ukrainian NGO Tabletochki, which offers most cancers therapy for kids in instances of battle by way of a hyperlink at globalgiving.org

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Keep in mind Anvil? The veteran Canadian rock band just isn’t solely nonetheless hammering out traditional tracks like Metallic on Metallic and 666 but additionally has a brand-new album. Affect is Imminent got here out within the spring, together with a remastered model of their 13-year-old documentary, Anvil: The Story of Anvil! The movie traces the indie band’s roots within the steel scene of the Nineteen Eighties and their wrestle to make ends meet. Authentic members Steve Kudlow (aka Lips) and drummer Robb Reiner, who’ve been buddies since their teenagers, lead the band to Maverick’s Bar, 221 Rideau St., on Saturday (Sept. 17) for the ultimate present within the Canadian leg of a significant tour. Tickets are $25 plus charges, on sale at findlivemusic.ca


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