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Section title: What's On

September and October 2006

For previous editions of What's On please visit Archived Calendars.

All activities take place at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, unless otherwise indicated.


Until September 5, 2006 The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana Early Impressions of Quebec
October 1-27, 2006 "To be a poet is to see-Ibsen in our time"
Until March 4, 2007 Promoting Canadian Authors
100 Years of McClelland & Stewart
Until March 26, 2007 Many Lives, Many Stories: A Tribute to Asian-Canadian Women
October 5-22, 2006 Canada and the Hungarian Revolution
Presented at the National Arts Centre

September Events

7, 18 Thursday, Monday Story Swaps
20 Wednesday Reading: Alan Cumyn
22-24 Friday-Sunday Conference: Celebrate Your Anglo-Celtic Roots!
23 Saturday Native Music: Its History and Its Contribution to the World
26 Tuesday Illustrated Lecture on Ancient Phoenicians
29-1 Friday–Sunday 12th Annual Giant Used Book Sale

October Events

1-8 Sunday-Sunday 10th Annual Ottawa International Writers Festival, Fall Edition
5, 16 Thursday, Monday Story Swaps
16 Monday The 2006 MASC Arts Awards
24 Tuesday Lecture by Norman Horrocks, O.C.
25-28 Wednesday-Saturday Ottawa International Silent Film Festival

November Events

19 Sunday When the Spirits Dance / Read Up On It

Banner: Exhibitions

Until September 5, 2006
The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Early Impressions of Quebec

From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Exhibition Room C
Free admission

This travelling exhibition presents visual works from Quebec with a focus on developments in Canadian history as they relate to conflict and commerce, the geography of the land and the nature of its inhabitants, and the evolution of Canadian society.

A virtual exhibition of part of the Peter Winkworth Collection is also available for viewing online at www.collectionscanada.ca/art/050602_e.html

October 1-27
"To be a poet is to see-Ibsen in our time"
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
West Corridor

An exhibition highlighting the universal themes explored in the dramas of Norwegian poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen is currently touring the world. A number of socially dedicated people have been invited to present their reflections on these politically relevant themes. Their opinions and thoughts are presented in showcases or on posters together with excerpts of Ibsen's work.


Until March 4, 2007
Promoting Canadian Authors
100 Years of McClelland & Stewart

From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Exhibition Room D
Free admission

McClelland & Stewart Ltd., Canada's premier English publisher is currently celebrating its centenary. The company's contribution to Canadian society has been enormous and pervasive; it has also marketed and distributed thousands of other titles from foreign publishers. The story of McClelland & Stewart parallels the infancy, growth, and establishment of Canadian literature. Visitors will discover manuscripts, photos, books, and documentary art illustrating the history of the company and its impact on the development of Canadian literature.

Until March 26, 2007
Many Lives, Many Stories: A Tribute to Asian-Canadian Women
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
West Corridor
Free admission

Library and Archives Canada is proud to present this selection of photographs, which depicts a few of the many women of Asian descent who call Canada home. Women from three cultural communities Japanese Canadians, Indian Canadians and Chinese Canadians are represented. The images offer a glimpse into the varied experiences and rich contributions of Asian-Canadian women to Canada's cultural heritage and multicultural society.

October 5-22, 2006
Canada and the Hungarian Revolution
Presented at the National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street
Southam Hall Mezzanine

Library and Archives Canada, in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, presents Canada and the Hungarian Revolution, an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Using archival documents and photos, as well as contemporary reportage, the exhibition will explore Canada's reaction to the uprising that erupted in Budapest on October 23, 1956, when rioting students and workers rebelled against the Soviet-backed Communist government. After briefly retreating from the Hungarian capital, Soviet troops returned in November, crushing the revolt and driving thousands of Hungarians into exile. The exhibition reflects popular outrage in Canada at the Soviet Union's determination to extinguish Hungarian aspirations for freedom, and traces the efforts of the federal government to respond to the crisis by relaxing immigration requirements and finding a way to accept the Hungarian refugees.

Banner: Readings and Storytelling

September 7, 18 and October 5, 16
Story Swaps
7:30 p.m.
Room 156

The Story Swaps are organized by the Ottawa Storytellers for both members and the general public. Storytellers of all levels, from beginner to expert, share and enjoy stories in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

In English.


Wednesday, September 20
Alan Cumyn
7:30 p.m.
Room A

In Alan Cumyn's latest novel, The Famished Lover, Ramsay Crome has emerged from the prisoner-of-war camps of the First World War barely alive and desperately hungry for life and love. While struggling to provide for his family, a visit from his idealized wartime sweetheart shatters Ramsay's sense of himself.

Autographing to follow. In English.
Sponsored by the Collected Works Bookstore.

Banner: Special Events

Sunday, October 1 to Sunday, October 8
10th Annual Ottawa International Writers Festival, Fall Edition
Admission charged

The festival showcases numerous Canadian and international writers with readings, discussions, screenings and onstage interviews. Since its inception in 1997, the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Fall Edition, has hosted hundreds of writers from around the world, including the finest voices in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, film and drama.

In English.


Monday, October 16
The 2006 MASC Arts Awards
7 p.m.

This year's MASC Arts Awards event honours one of Canada's most celebrated musicians and playwrights, Juno Award winner and MASC patron, Ian Tamblyn. The evening's ceremony, with Mr. Tamblyn as guest of honour, serves to encourage and recognize the passion and commitment of local young artists. The awards are given in the disciplines of dance, drama, literary arts, music and the visual arts. Ian Tamblyn will speak about his career and enchant the audience with a performance.



Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24
Celebrate Your Anglo-Celtic Roots!
Conference opens at 6 p.m.
Auditorium, Rooms 154 and 156
Registration fee

Plan to attend the 12th annual British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) conference. The keynote speaker is David Webster, a professional genealogical researcher and author, who specializes in Scottish and related records of Scottish emigrants.

In English.

Registration and information:

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
12th Annual Giant Used Book Sale
St. Laurent Centre, Centre Court
1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

A must-see event for book lovers. This three-day event will sell thousands of used books. Proceeds from this major fund-raising initiative enable The Friends of Library and Archives Canada to acquire rare and valuable archival and library materials for the collections of Library and Archives Canada.

613-992-8304 or 613-943-1544

November 19
When the Spirits Dance / Read Up On It
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

As part of the TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2006, First Nations writer Larry Loyie and his partner writer and editor Constance Brissenden will present their latest book, When the Spirits Dance, the second book in the Lawrence series. The event will also include the launch of Read Up On It, an annual Library and Archives Canada publication presenting a selection of Canadian books for young people; its theme this year is Aboriginal stories. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
In English.


Banner: Lectures

Saturday, September 23
Native Music: Its History and Its Contribution to the World
7 p.m.

Brian Wright-McLeod (Dakota-Anishinabe), an established Toronto-based music journalist and radio host, will speak on Native music. Since 1985, Brian has produced groundbreaking Native radio programming originating from CKLN 88.1 FM (www.ckln.fm) in Toronto. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Native Music: More Than a Century of Recordings from Wax Cylinder to the Internet from the University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

In English.


Tuesday, September 26
Illustrated Lecture on Ancient Phoenicians
7 p.m.
Exhibition Room A

Dr. Helen Sader is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology (of which she is also the Chair) and Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the American University in Beirut. The title of her lecture is From Tyre to Gadir: The Great Phoenician Adventure discussing the expansion of the Phoenicians through the Mediterranean in antiquity.

Sponsored by the Ottawa Chapter, Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, in collaboration with the Archaeological Institute of America (Ottawa) and the North American Alumni Association of the American University in Beirut.

In English.


Tuesday, October 24
Lecture by Norman Horrocks, O.C.
10 a.m.
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Norman Horrocks, O.C., Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, will give a lecture in celebration of Canadian Library Month.

Banner: Films

Wednesday, October 25 to Saturday, October 28
Ottawa International Silent Film Festival
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. screenings
Tickets $9 non-members / $6 members, seniors, children

The Canadian Film Institute presents its fourth annual festival of silent cinema classics. In addition to Canadian and international films from the silent era, the 2006 edition will present a tribute to "America's Sweetheart," Canadian-born silent screen superstar, Mary Pickford. All screenings feature piano accompaniment by acclaimed pianist, William O'Meara.

Tickets are available at the door only, starting 30 minutes before each screening.


Banner: General Information

Library and Archives Canada is a gathering place both real and virtual for everyone interested in Canada's heritage. Through an extensive collection, as well as exhibitions, special events, genealogical resources, and a dynamic website, Library and Archives Canada helps Canadians better understand how individuals, issues and events shape this country.

Events listed in this brochure are open to the public free of charge on a first-come, first-seated basis, unless otherwise noted. Tickets may be required for certain events.

All activities offered by Library and Archives Canada are presented in both official languages. However, our facilities are also used by other organizations who present their activities in the language(s) of their choice.

Events and exhibitions are held at
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