Walkley Bowling Lanes (2092 Walkley Ave)
Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation-Ottawa Chapter presents a night of bowling with the Ottawa Future Leaders. Cost: $12. Funds raised will assist those going to the Biennial Diaspora conference in Jamaica from June 15-18, 2011. For more info: Debbie at (613)282-1528 or Donette at (613)291-4483.
Thursday, May 5
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Heartwood House, 153 Chapel St, Ottawa
Vernissage - 2 EYES: Two photographers seeing the world around them in two excitingly different ways, with a unique dialogue between DJ and drummer. Exhibit runs May 5-26, 2011. Chikonzero Chazunguza is a Zimbabwean-born artist, drummer and art educator who relocated to Ottawa from Zimbabwe in 2009. In this show 2 EYES, Chiko shares his perspective on everyday objects through a newcomer’s eyes. www.chikochazunguza.com / Ron Lavoie is a literacy educator, DJ and emerging photographer who moved to Ottawa from Toronto in 1999. Ron explores found art in the urban landscape in this show, 2 EYES.
Friday, May 6
Auditorium École Samuel Genest, 704 Carson Rd, Ottawa
CONCERT: Up Close & Personal with BEETHOVA OBAS. This great ambassador of Haitian music and culture is back in Ottawa after a 9-year absence! While in our Nation's Capital to receive the Lumane Casimir 2011 Award, presented to him by l’Union des Haitiens d’Ottawa-Gatineau (UNHO), Beethova Obas will perform selected songs from his repertoire, including those of his latest album entitled "Futur". Son of a Haitian painter who fell victim of the Duvalier regime, Beethova Obas began his musical career in Haiti during the '80s. Since 1988, he has traveled the world with his distinctive CubHaBra, a marriage of Caribbean blues from Cuba and Haiti with Brazilian harmonies on which he delivers a message of hope for all the wretched of the earth. Tickets: $10 at the door. For more info: Darlène Lozis 613-482-2549, UNHO: 613-744-0876 email@example.com / www.unho-iano.ca
Friday, May 6
6pm - 10pm
Aberdeen Pavillion, Landsdown Park, Ottawa
Watercan's 17th Annual Embassy Gala Dinner & Fundraiser. Includes: Buffet of Nations- International dishes prepared by over 35 of Ottawa's Embassies and High Commissions. Live and Silent Auctions. Entertainment. Parade of Nations. Tickets: $150/person ($100 tax receipt). Since 1994, the Embassy Dinner has been a major funding source for WaterCan projects in Africa where the water and sanitation challenges are huge and so are the opportunities. For more info: Tel.: 613-230-5182 or Toll-Free at 1.800.370.5658. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.watercan.com
Friday, May 6
35 George Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8W5
ART EXHIBIT VERNISSAGE: Remembering Leonard Gerbrandt 1941-2010. The Ottawa School of Art is proud to present: Remembering Leonard Gerbrandt (1941-2010): Watercolours, Prints and Photographs a memorial exhibition featuring works by Leonard Gerbrandt at the OSA Main Gallery in the ByWard Market on Friday May 6, 2011 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free for this exhibit. This exhibition will explore Leonard’s life, his passions and his travels.
Monday, May 9
10am - 12:30pm
Desmarais Hall, room 12120, University of Ottawa
Workshop on ‘Migration and New African Diasporas’, presented by The African Studies and Research Laboratory (ASRL), University of Ottawa. Diasporas are defined as a collective dispersed throughout the world whose members maintain relations with one another and who are involved in one or a number of projects concerning their home country. To what extent do these criteria apply to contemporary African migrants scattered outside of their continent? In order to better capture the complexity of African migration and diasporas the discussion will focus on the three following issues: (1) identity: should we talk of the African diasporas as a single entity or are there a variety of African diasporas? (2) The role of national and international institutions in making diasporas ‘actors of development’ in their countries of origin; and (3) existing local initiatives, made possible as a result of transnational dynamics rather than the institutionalisation of diasporas. Six panellists will discuss these questions and debate, based on their expertise, what are the main issues related to African migration and diasporas. This event is bilingual, free of charge and open to the public. For more info: write to: email@example.com, or contact Nathalie Mondain (Nathalie.Mondain@uottawa.ca) or Marie-Eve Desrosiers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, May 11-Saturday, May 28
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa
DANCE: I Think I Can: Tap dance Meets Hip Hop! Co-created by Florence Gibson & Shawn Byfield. Directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz. Tickets from $22
Friday May 13
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Richelieu Community Centre-300 Peres Blancs Ave, Ottawa
Island Life: A Caribbean Dinner -Theatre! Presented by Ottawa’s Hilarious and Senstional Afro-Caribbean Group Ni We We Tu. “Island Life” is a light-hearted look at life in the Caribbean through the eyes of a Grandma (the narrator), who is telling her grand children about life in the village when she was a child. The scenes feature childhood games, village people including (the hairdresser, the washer women and of course the village gossip) and Well-known folk songs. Island Life is written by Fay Jarrett; narrated by Margaret Tucker; directed by Fay Jarrett and Eleanor Savoury; produced by Trevor Turner. Tickets: Advanced Sales Only - UNTIL MONDAY MAY 9, 2011 Adults: $ 20; children: 6 - 12 years: $10:00; 5 years and under free. Tickets & Information: 613-862-9827; 613-274-7212; 613-834-1718. Meal follows the performance.
Friday, May 13
Doors open: 7:30pm, Showtime: 8pm
Rideau High School Auditorium (815, St Laurent Blvd., Ottawa)
PLAY: Midnight at Puss Creek, by Patrick Brown. feat. Oliver Samuels, Glen "Titus" Campbell, Camille Davis, Courtney Wilson, Sharee McDonald-Russell, Teisha Duncan. A hillariously scray "whodunit"! Jamaican theatre at its funniest! presented by CARIVIBE. ADMISSION: Limited "early bird": $25 advance tickets. $35 at teh door. $30 also available at: L&F Montego Place (613-830-8377); Island Flava (613-321-4198), Fades (613-737-3633 /230-3233), Tropical garden (613-746-5600), Mugena (613-722-8228), Mama Cee's (613-668-6524), Carivibe Ltd. (613-590-1588).
Friday, May 13
10:00pm - 2:00am
The Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank St.,Ottawa, ON
CARIVIBE Warm Up Party! Male and female models will be showcasing "Rhythm of the Islands" and costumes representing the most popular caribbean musical genres in 4 sections: Chutney, Kaiso, Reggae, Zouk. Come jam to Caribbean Rhythms by DJ Kendall, hosted by Lay-D Shelz, see our fabulous costumes and sign up with the band. Admission: Donation $10. More info at: www.lucianmas.com or email@example.com
Sunday May 15
From 1:00pm- 2:00pm
Sankofa Bookstore, 430 Rideau St.
Cost: Free (Donations welcome)
Lecture and book signing by Dawn James. In this talk, Dawn will guide you through the connections between vibrational frequency, health, vitality, and life experiences. You will also learn one of the laws of vibration,and how this law is being applied to reverse disease in the body. About Dawn James: Dawn James is a vibrational healer, writer, speaker, and author of the highly acclaimed book 'Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life". Her book introduces you to the laws of vibration and how to apply these laws to improve your health, increase vitality and cultivate inner peace. Dawn teaches by way of workshops, public speaking, writing and a one on one coaching program called “ESP”. She resides in Ontario and travels throughout North America. Website: www.raiseyourvibration.ca
Sunday, May 15
De La Salle High School Auditorium, 501 Old St.-Patrick, Ottawa, ON
The Cultural Arts Studio School of Afro-Caribbean Dance presents: “BALLET TROPICAL”, Celebrating 16 years of Dance. Admission $15.00 /adult, Children 10 yrs. & under: $5.00. Advance ticket sales only! No tickets at the door! Free parking. Snack Concession on site. For tickets, info, or to be a vendor in our Community Market Space, call: 613-863-3493 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.afrocaribdance.webs.com
Thursday, May 19
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Ottawa Convention Centre (Canada Hall), 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala. In the company of some of our city’s best and brightest, including local community leaders, politicians and celebrities, United Way will honour those who are working to help make change happen in our community. Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebrating philanthropic leadership in our community. Find out where to purchase tickets: www.unitedwayottawa.ca If you cannot attend because of financial limitations or wish to purchase a ticket and donate it to someone else, and for all other special requests, please call 613-228-6721 or e-mail email@example.com. To learn more about sponsoring this event or to purchase a corporate table, please contact Jeff Turner at 613-228-6899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 20
6pm – 8.45pm
Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave.
CFA SPRINGFEST 2011, a fundraising event for Canadian Future Achievers Scholarship fund. Featuring: a light supper;the warmth of Caribbean music with Merivale High School Steel Pan Ensemble; a taste of Inuit culture with world-travelled acoustic singer May-June Li. Also, meet our local Future Achievers; re-live and be inspired by the spirit of Olympians with Carolyn Waldo. Tickets: $30 with $20 tax credit receipt*. Students $5.00. Available at: Church Office (613.728.8656) or mail cheque to Canadian Future Achievers; or contact one of tel. # Info. or online, PLEASE USE PAYPAL BUTTON TO PAY FOR TICKET. Tickets may be picked up at the door. For TAX CREDIT RECEIPT please mail, email, or fax (613.749.8651) name for receipt, address, & telephone #. (INFO : Tel: (613) 749.9616 or 562.9677 Email: email@example.com Canada Post: Canadian Future Achievers, Box 74196 – 5 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa K1M 2H9 Canadian Future Achievers is a registered charity, reinforces positive motivation among minority youth. offers encouragement packages & scholarships to Future Achievers graduating from high school. Current focus: First Nations, Inuit & youth of Caribbean heritage. *Consider an additional donation to CFA scholarships.
Saturday, May 21
6:00pm - 01:00am
330 Kent Street, Ottawa, K2P 2H3
South African Musician Lizzy Mahashe, Gumboot dance + Indlamu present a Concert in support of Disadvantaged children in South Africa. Lizzy Mahashe is a singer, dancer, teacher and composer, the winner of the Black Label Artist Coalition Award for her contributions to the African music scene, as well as the Toronto African Music Award for Best Female Performer. Ms. Mahashe has also won the Toronto African Music Award Certificate for Best Band of the year (Siyakha band, South Africa). Admission: $25 (includes food). Contact: Victoria @ 613-890-2435 for tickets.
Sunday, May 22
From 10.00 pm Till
ATOMIC ROOSTER- 303 Bank St., Ottawa ON
CLUB S.O.C.C.A. & FRIENDS present: PYJAMA PARTY "No sleeping Tonight". Music By: David SuperSound, Mace: of Ebony & Ivory, Sunshine Int. Tickets: $10.00 advance & $15,00 at the door. Available at: Atomic Rooster - 613-596-1000 <> Fades - 613-230-3233 Mugena - 613 - 722-8228 <> Fish"s - 613-746-5600 Prizes for the best PJs Info: 613-862-9324 <> 613-739-0070 <>
Sunday, May 22
10pm - 3am
MANSION-400 Dalhousie St.
$15.00 before 11:30pm, $20 After, First Come – First Served
JET CITY & MODERN TRENDZ present: DO NOT DISTURB- Victoria Long Weekend Edition –Music by T-DOT . CRITIK D-TRAIN & MENDEZ. Strict upscale style code – ZERO TOLERANCE. Red Carpet Entrance. I.D. Required. Info: 613-590-1588 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 25 May (African Liberation Day)
Arts Lounge, 1025 Dunton Tower, Carleton University ("DT" on campus map, http://www2.carleton.ca/campus/)
Pambazuka and the Institute of African Studies invite you to a talk to celebrate Africa Liberation Day “African Awakenings and New Visions of Solidarity” with Firoze Manji and Molly Kane, Pambazuka News.
Firoze Manji, a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years experience in international development, health and human rights, is founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice, a pan African organisation with bases in Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and the UK (www.fahamu.org). He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the prize-winning pan African social justice newsletter and website Pambazuka News, produced by a pan-African community of more than 2600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators, with a readership estimated at around 660,000 (www.pambazuka.org). He is also founder and editor-in-chief of Pambazuka Press (www.pambazukapress.org), the progressive pan-African publisher of voices from Africa and the global south.
Molly Kane, the former Executive Director of the Canadian social justice organization, Inter Pares, is an Ottawa-based activist with a background in international solidarity and social justice. Prior to joining the staff of Pambazuka News this year, she worked with ETC Group, an international NGO focusing on new technologies, corporate concentration, bio-diversity and human rights. She was an adjunct assistant professor in Global Development Studies at Queen's University in 2005-2006.
For more information, please contact African_studies@carleton.ca
Jeudi 26 mai
Galerie de l’Alliance française d'Ottawa, 352 rue MacLaren, Ottawa (ON), K2P 0M6
DOCUMENTAIRE : "Aimé Césaire : l'Île veilleuse " d'Euzhan Palcy, 2006, Durée: 55MIN, Version originale française sous-titrée en anglais. L'écrivain Aimé Césaire nous fait découvrir sa Martinique, au cours d'un voyage initiatique des flancs de la Montagne Pelée au nord, jusqu'aux rivages Caraïbes du sud, sur les traces d'André Breton et de Wilfredo Lam. Il nous dévoile les lieux familiers de son action politique et littéraire, la Mairie de Fort-de-France et les quartiers de la ville, le petit théâtre à l'italienne de l'ancienne mairie... une société antillaise profondément marquée par la plantation, système séculaire sédimenté sur une logique coloniale dont les structures sont bien vivantes. Ce film fait partie d'une trilogie de documentaires sur Aimé Césaire, intitulée "Aimé Césaire, une parole pour le 21ème siècle" d'Euzhan Palcy, célèbre réalisatrice martiniquaise (Films de fiction: Rue Cases-Nègres (1983) Une saison blanche et sèche (1994); Documentaire: Parcours de dissidents (2005). Entrée Libre. Pour plus d'info:
Tel: 613 234 9470 poste 226 Fax : (613) 233-1559
Jeudi 26 mai
17h à 21h
Bistro culturel Franco-Présence (447, Ave. McArthur, Ottawa)
Les Éditions du CIDIHCA présentent: Lancement du recueil de poésie "En attendant le jour", par Mme Yanick Dutelly. La soirée comprend, chant, lecture, poésie et séance de dédicace de livres).
Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Ottawa Church of God of Prophecy - 930 Merivale Road, Ottawa
CONCERT & WORKSHOPS feat. Phillip Carter, two-time U.S. Stellar Award-winning artist and choir director. Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning events will take place at the Ottawa Church of God of Prophecy 930 Merivale Road. Registrants for the workshop, mass choir and showcase may register online or onsite for $10.00 and $20.00 for the showcase. Saturday night’s event will be hosted by Rev. R.J. McEwan at Rhema Christian Ministries 1550 Chatelain Ave. at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15.00 available to the public online (www.coppercoatedent.com/Events.html) or at various ticket locations in Ottawa (Salem Storehouse West – Merivale Rd., Claudette’s Coiffures - on Croydon, L&F Montego Place - Orleans). Tickets purchased at the door will be $20.00 (children under 10 yrs are $5.00). For more information on Copperoated Entertainment, visit www.coppercoatedent.com/Events.html For more information on Be The Gem – Gems of Paradise Tour, to feature or to book Phillip Carter, contact Kathy Grant President, KGM Enterprises www.kathygrant.org, phone: 613-837-5998 email: Kathy@kathygrant.org
Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
The 2011 Ottawa Race Weekend. The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running event, combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are both sanctioned by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Last year's event welcomed 39,010 participants in seven races. See map of race routes and get more info at: http://ottawastart.com/marathon.php and at official website: http://ncm.ca/
Saturday, May 28
Parkdale Market on Hamilton St., Ottawa (OC Transpo bus #2)
Hintonburg ArtsPark 2011 - Please visit and support the following vendors: Chidima Dezigns (African-inspired clothing and accessories, 613-797-3031), Vilma Laryea (hand-made beaded jewelry), Hamdi Ayoub and Chiko (visual artists).
Tuesday, May 31
Awards ceremony starts at 7:00pm
National Arts Centre, Theatre
16th Y Women of Distinction Awards. Dessert reception and cash bar to follow awards ceremony. Tickets: $100 (Includes: award ceremony, dessert reception and tax receipt for a portion of ticket cost). Corporate packages also available.
For tickets or more information, email email@example.com or call 613.788.5043.