PETER HUM Updated: November 5, 2019
Canadian figure skating greats Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are joined by Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond and Elvis Stojko, along with skating talent from Europe and the U.S., in the Rock The Rink tour, which hits TD Place on Nov. 7. This year’s edition of the multi-disciplinary show, a follow-up to their Thank You Canada tour, features upgrades to lighting and video, as well as interactive technology and a live musical performance by Birds of Bellwoods. Remaining tickets start at about $60, including fees, available at tdplace.ca and rocktherink.com. Doors open at 6 p.m.; showtime is 7 p.m.
Toronto-born comedian Howie Mandel will get you laughing out loud when he returns to Ottawa on Nov. 7 for a show at Meridian’s Centrepointe Theatre. A judge on America’s Got Talent and host of Deal or No Deal, the 63-year-old describes stand-up comedy as his first love because there’s no script, giving him the freedom to be improvisational, interactive and in the moment, although some of the jokes may not be appropriate for children. Tickets are $84, available at meridiancentrepointe.com.
Whether she’s digging into a retro soul vibe or unfurling a slick RnB groove, Canadian singer-songwriter Erin Costelo has the ability to create goosebumps with her music. Her latest, self-produced album, Sweet Marie, is no exception, showcasing her powerful voice, sophisticated arrangements and top-notch band. She’s also a noted producer of other artists, including the recent Polaris Prize-nominated recording by Kaia Kater. Costelo brings her band to the National Arts Centre’s Azrieli Studio on Saturday, with an 8 p.m. opening set by Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Jerry Leger. Tickets are $36, available at ticketmaster.ca and nac-cna.ca.
Brookstreet Hotel and Calabogie Brewing, both in Kanata, are teaming up to offer a seven-course dinner with beer pairings on Friday. Diners will take a shuttle at 5 p.m. from Brookstreet to the brewery to have two paired courses and a tour of the brewery. After the shuttle back to the hotel, there will be five more courses and pairings in the hotel’s Perspectives restaurant. On the menu are poached pear, a Thai-style seafood chowder, blue crab, pan-seared duck magret with foie gras, striped bass with sweet potato gnocchi, cocoa- and pistachio-crusted lamb loin and a pavlova for dessert, each with a three- or five-ounce beer pairing. The cost is $175 per person, and discounted guestrooms at the hotel are available. To reserve, call 613-271-1800. More info: brookstreethotel.com/promotions/dinner-series-nov-8.
JazzThe Ottawa quartet Safe Low Limit, which owes its name to its quirky, bass-clef-only instrumentation of trombone, tuba, cello and drums, launches its debut album at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Trombonist/vocalist Steve Berndt, cellist Ken Kanwisher, tuba virtuoso Keith Walton-Hartshorn and drummer Michel Delage perform originals, obscure covers and even funk hits. Admission, which includes a download of the album, is $20 plus $2 fees and taxes at nac-cna.ca or the NAC box office.ClassicalThe embassies of the Federal Republic of Germany and Israel are joining forces to stage a concert Sunday night at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre to commemorate the Holocaust. McGill University’s Schulich Singers, German pianist Constanze Beckmann, Israeli violinist Ittai Shapira and singer Ramona Carmelly will be performers involved in a program that includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Chatman, Jake Runestad and others. Shapira’s work The Ethics, which is a musical portrait of the memories of Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, will be performed. The event will also include readings of poems and reminiscences by the late Holocaust survivor George Brady, who died in Toronto in January this year at the age of 90. The event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., is free, but attendees should register at remembering-terezin.eventbrite.com.