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WEEKENDER: Tasting tea, talking C.S Lewis, Christmas craft shows, a duo of inspiring fundraisers plus The Balconies at Canterbury



The Tea Festival . Photo by Richard Tardiff.
The Tea Festival . Photo by Richard Tardiff.

Brew me up Scottie!
Take a break from the hectic day-to-day and sip your way through Japan, India, Sri Lanka, and more at the third annual Ottawa Tea Festival. Presented by Ottawa-based Kimicha Tea, this year the event will include tea ceremonies, traditional dances, and tons of tasting booths, as well as workshops on tea pairing and blending. Saturday, November 23. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15. Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.

Songwriters for the Community
Join a talented group of musicians for a memorable evening of songs and stories in support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. International singer-songwriter John Allaire credits the Heart Institute for saving his life after he suffered a heart attack in 2010. Allaire, along with several other musicians, have written and recorded songs specifically for the event dedicated to giving back to the community. Thursday, November 21. 9 p.m. $25. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

9th Hour Theatre presents Into the Wardrobe, an exploration of the legacy of C.S. Lewis.
9th Hour Theatre presents Into the Wardrobe, an exploration of the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

A Talking Lion, the White Witch, and a Wardrobe
9th Hour Theatre Company will host Into the Wardrobe, a gala in support of their newest season and dedicated to the life and legacy of C.S Lewis. Held on the anniversary of his death, the evening will be packed with themed activities from the beloved children’s story, and will include food, drinks, and some sneak-peek presentations from the 2014 season. Friday, November 22. 7:30 p.m. $25. Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, 1233 Wellington Street W.


Song Keeper
Join the Baobab Youth Performers for a musical coffeehouse dedicated to raising funds for the India Buxton Taylor Singing Fund. The afternoon will feature the Nepean High School Choir as well as West African drumming and dances by Baobab Youth. India Buxton Taylor was a musical 16-year-old girl who recently passed away from a degenerative nervous system disorder; her story garnered lots of attention and calls to action. Sunday, November 24. 2 p.m. Admission by donation. St. George’s Church, 415 Piccadilly Ave.

Dianne Rodger makes beautiful jewellery that's perfect for gift-giving. She will be at
Dianne Rodger makes beautiful jewellery that’s perfect for gift-giving. She will be at the annual Artisans @ the Archives show.

Christmas Market (Free!)
The annual Artisans @ the Archives show is back for its fifth season of arts, crafts and food. Hosted by the Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectible Guild, over 80 Ottawa Valley designers, artisans, and artists will feature pieces suitable for gifting in the holiday season. Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.

Live at Canterbury!
Ottawa-based band, The Balconies will return home for a special benefit concert to raise funds for Canterbury High’s music program. Since opening its doors in the late 1960s, the school has cultivated many young Canadian artists, including both The Balconies’ front-woman and bassist. With special guest Dear Rouge and The Capitol Beat. Friday, November 22. $10. 7 p.m. Canterbury High School, 900 Canterbury Ave.