The Weekender: A soulful singer and a couple funky craft sales, plus four other awesome outings
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The Weekender: A soulful singer and a couple funky craft sales, plus four other awesome outings

Singer-songwriter Royal Wood plays at the NAC on Nov. 20. Photo credit: Ivan Otis.

You might have heard singer-songwriter Royal Wood when he opened for national tours with Serena Ryder, Sarah Slean, and David Gray. If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, you’ve encountered his mellow, velvet-smooth voice on the soundtrack. Here’s your chance to hear him on his own well-deserved tour to promote his latest album The Waiting. Those in the know have even gone so far as to put his talents in the same league as Sexsmith and Wainwright. Saturday, Nov. 2o, 8 p.m. $25. National Arts Centre, Studio, 53 Elgin St., 613-755-1111.

For those keeners (you know who your are!) who like to start their Christmas shopping in November, the One & Only Arts and Craft Fair is the place to be this Sunday. For one day only, the Sandy Hill Community Centre plays host to an eclectic group of vendors displaying funky jewellery, stuffed toys, purses, artwork, and knitted items. But what really sets this craft show apart is the free buffet of comfort foods and sweets. Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. E.

Storytellers from Canada, the US, and Europe converge on the capital for four days of dynamic storytelling. The festival begins at the Mayfair Theatre with storyteller and author Ivan E. Coyote and blues guitarist Rae Spoon. You Are Here captures the wild magic of a little town in the Yukon and laments the corporate colonization that has crept into even the farthest corners we call home. Three more nights of storytelling concerts follow at Saint Brigid’s Centre, as Choctaw teller Tim Tingle shares the story of the youngest inmate to ever be incarcerated in Alcatraz Federal Prison, British performer Ben Haggarty presents the classic story of Frankenstein with a steampunk twist, and singer and folklorist Anita Best performs stories and songs of Newfoundland. Each night also features late-night concerts. Friday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets: Feature concerts $20, late-night concerts $10, weekend package $75, workshops $30. Venues: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. and Saint Brigid’s Centre, 302 Saint Patrick St. 1-888-222-6608.

And now for something completely different (unless, of course, you happen to be of German heritage). Accordion music shares the stage with arts and crafts and Christmas baking in an authentic Euro Christmas market hosted by the Maple Leaf – Almrausch Club. Handicrafts are upstairs; beer, gluhwein, schnitzel, sausage, and sauerkraut in the basement. Friday, Nov.19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2. 3928 Farmers Way, Gloucester.

You don’t need to hail from Eastern Europe to come out and enjoy an evening of Slavic culture. A three-course traditional Ukrainian dinner will be followed by performances by the Ukrainian ensemble Svitanok. Live music by Zirka will be sure to get everyone on the dance floor later. It is a fundraising event for the Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society. Full evening adult $55, 17 and under $35 (dance only $35). Nov. 20, 6 p.m. Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 1000 Byron Ave, 613-831-5822 or Facebook page: Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Society.

The hit musical number and 2010 Olympic theme song “I believe” recently reached 5X platinum. Stephan Moccio, the songwriter who penned the iconic song, will be playing in Ottawa this weekend. The famed arranger/composer/songwriter/producer started playing piano at the age of four and has since gone on to work with such musical superstars as Celine Dion and Josh Groban, garnering 25 international platinum record awards. $25. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St. 613-755-1111.