October 19 to 25: Time for a little culture

October 19 2015

The fall colours are fading and the temperature is falling as fast as the leaves. Autumn is well and truly here, and what better way to enjoy it without freezing your unmentionables off than to visit a few exhibitions? Here are three to see this week!


World War Women

The First and Second World Wars altered the course of Canadian history, and brought enormous changes to the lives of Canadian women actively involved in the war effort. Opening October 23 at the Canadian War Museum, the exhibition World War Women delves into the personal stories of the women whose lives were affected by war. It is organized in stand-alone thematic zones, each devoted to an element of the wars that particularly involved and affected women—such as, for instance, the some 3,000 nurses who served with the Canadian armed forces in World War I. A landmark exhibition that offers new insights into the role of women during these pivotal moments in history.


Leather and steel at Espace Pierre-Debain

Housed in the Centre culturel du Vieux-Aylmer, the Espace Pierre-Debain gallery presents half a dozen free exhibitions each year, from arts and crafts to visual art and multidimensional works. Opening October 21, a first exhibition of work by local artist José Fontaine, showcasing his three passions: leatherwork, chain mail jewellery, and archery. Meet the artist at the exhibition opening, October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., and be among the first to view his creations with their echoes of historic armour and ornaments.


The heritage building is also home to Cabaret La Basoche, one of the region’s most beautiful performance venues. Double your pleasure with an art and music combo!


Bytown Museum

How much do you know about Ottawa’s past? Visit the Bytown Museum to learn about the rich history of this dynamic city and the colourful characters who have shaped it, from the ground-breaking for the Rideau Canal to the city’s designation as Canada’s capital and the transformational changes of recent decades.