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THE WEEKENDER: Soul, style, and plenty of pink on offer this New Year’s Eve

 

NO-STRESS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT ZAPHOD’S
For those sick of the drama and exhaustion that the New Years sometimes brings, Zaphods promises a night of stress-free run for the most reasonable rate in town.  The venue plans to ring in the new year by celebrating the way they do everyday: with good people, good music, and good cheer. Known for showcasing the best line-up of bands, this year’s musical talent includes performances by indie sextet Blazer, soulful rock group The Polymorphines, and others. Friday, Dec. 31. 7 p.m. $10. Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St. www.zaphodbeeblebrox.com

 

 

 

 

 

Souljazz Orchestra ~ photo by Ludovic Zeller

 

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA
Ring in the New Year with Ottawa musical sensation Souljazz Orchestra (left).  Known for their ability to fuse jazz, soul and latin rhythms, the six-member band will have you tapping your feet and grooving your bod up until the break of midnight (and likely beyond). To welcome 2011 properly, free champagne will be served at midnight, so you can toast the new year in style. (Tip: get your tickets soon — these gigs sell out fast!) Friday, Dec. 31. 9 p.m. $20 in advance. Mavericks, 221 Rideau St. www.mavericksbar.com


NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE CROWNE PLAZA
Don’t miss the party that WHERE Magazine declared one of the best places to kiss on New Year’s Eve.  Happening in the Penthouse of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the night features a Carnival theme and two different party rooms, each with its own exclusive DJ, signature drinks, appetizers, prizes, and more!  Countdown to 2011 at this party and make sure the last night of the year is one to remember.  Friday, Dec. 31. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $65. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Penthouse, 101 Lyon St. www.eventsbystarfish.com

PAINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PINK!
This may be the best “girl’s night out” New Year’s Eve party in the city.  Start your evening with a gourmet dinner and a performance of the smash broadway hit Legally Blonde, The Musical. The fun doesn’t stop there — the post-show party includes live music, champagne, and a late-night sweet table so you can indulge with the girlfriends right into next year. Friday, Dec. 31. 7 p.m. Pre-performance dinner and show $67.49, post-show party $32.31. National Arts Centre, Panorama Room, 53 Elgin St. www.nac-cna.ca

ESQUIRE SHOW BAR: CASINO du LAC-LEAMY
Join 15 of Quebec’s most popular soul music artists as they collaborate in a captivating performance that recreates the unique atmosphere of Montreal’s legendary Esquire Show Bar. Various packages are available to make the night your own and the evening promises to provide great fun for friends and colleagues alike.  Dinner and show packages starting at $208.76. Casino du Lac-Leamy, 1 Casino Blvd., Gatineau. www.casinoduquebec.com