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  • Asian heritage month with picture of Chef Joe

    Tuesday May 28, 2024 at 6:30pm
     minutes

    Learn all about Indian cuisine and culture with Chef Joe Thottungal. In this online event presented by Ottawa Public Library, Joe will explore Indian recipes, spices, and other ingredients through a cooking demo in his very own restaurant, Coconut Lagoon. Please register to receive a list of ingredients prior to the event so you can cook along with Chef Joe.

    To explore Joe’s cookbooks from OPL’s catalogue, follow this link

  • Monday May 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
     minutes

    Kim Thúy a quitté le Vietnam avec les boat people à l’âge de dix ans et s’est installée avec sa famille au Québec. Diplômée en traduction et en droit, l’écrivaine a travaillé comme couturière, interprète, avocate et propriétaire de restaurant. Ses livres sont traduits en 31 langues dans 43 pays et territoires. À l’occasion du Mois du patrimoine asiatique, BPO vous invite à venir à la rencontre de l’écrivaine, dont l'histoire a été traduite au grand écran en novembre 2023 avec le film RU, à travers un échange avec la journaliste et animatrice Evelyne Charuest.

    18 ans et plus.

  • Cover book Animal Farm, Crows and pig mask

    Tuesday May 28, 2024 at 1:30pm
    120 minutes

    This event will be rescheduled for the fall of 2024.  There was a lot of interest, but not enough registration at this time.

    Stay tuned for it in our fall line up!

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    Join us at Rockcliffe Park for a new program and unique opportunity to experience George Orwell's classic book "Animal Farm".

    In a group setting moderated by playwright and teacher Maeve Damico, participants will select one of 16 characters from Animal Farm.  Together the group will read their lines to experience the story in a new way.  The script will be sent in advance after registration.

    This is not about acting or public speaking. In fact, no experience or rehearsals are necessary.  It is a 2 hour event, including a break. 

    Adult.  English. Registration is required as there is limited space.

  • Manotick United Church

    Thursday Jun 06, 2024 at 2:00pm
     minutes

    A powwow is a gathering to celebrate First Nations culture through dance, songs, food and crafts, and is open to all.

    This workout will incorporate powwow dance steps from different styles of powwow dance and the sounds of contemporary and traditional powwow music into a simple, follow-along workout.

    Amanda Fox is Ojibwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Amanda is a jingle dress dancer, singer, beadwork artist, sewing artist, powwow workout instructor, and workshop facilitator. She started dancing as soon as she could walk and has a profound knowledge in powwow dance and protocols.

  • Monday Jun 10, 2024 at 11:30am
     minutes

    For this National Indigenous History Month virtual concert with the Ottawa Public Library, Mali is joined by two steadfast collaborators, Magdalena Abrego (guitar) and Allison Burik (woodwinds), who will perform intimate arrangements from Sweet Tooth in addition to new explorations of this sonic landscape.

    A suite for Indigenous resistance, the debut album from Wabanaki bassist, composer, and songwriter Mali Obomsawin flies in the face of Western tropes that insist Indigenous cultures are monolithic, trapped in time. Sweet Tooth blends Wabanaki stories and songs passed down in Obomsawin’s own family with original compositions for a performance that is at once intimately personal and globally pertinent. Highlighting centuries of clever adaptation and resistance in her own community, Obomsawin points toward abundant horizons for Indigenous peoples.

    Zoom link to be sent out via email from Eventbrite. 

    Program is live and not recorded.

    About

    Mali Obomsawin is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and a citizen of Odanak First Nation (W8banaki). She is a bassist, composer, and vocalist whose work spans from jazz and roots music to film scoring, teaching, and indie-shoegaze. Mali is an international touring artist with her own projects and as an accompanist.

    Her current projects include the shoegaze duo Deerlady, now supporting their latest release “Greatest Hits” (2024); the free-jazz band she leads under her own name, and the Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band. Mali’s film score on the highly anticipated documentary Sugarcane (Nat Geo) directed by Julian Brave Noisecat and Emily Kassie is also featuring at film festivals across the world throughout 2024.

    Over the years Mali has been lucky to work with notable musicians including Esperanza Spalding, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Apfelbaum, Craig Harris, Bill Cole, Althea Sully-Cole, Susan Hagen, Tomas Fujiwara, Mike Formanek, among others…

  • Turtle colored to resemble a Medicine Wheel and bearing the Library's logo.

    Saturday Jun 15, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Participants will learn about the Mohawk language and the history behind it. They will learn this by looking at the Mohawk alphabet and using it to pronounce the words correctly. By doing this we are able to teach the uniqueness of indigenous languages. 

    Register to ensure a spot. Drop-ins will be welcome on the day as space allows. 

  • National Indigenous History Month

    Tuesday Jun 18, 2024 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the Mohawk language and the history behind it. They will learn this by looking at the Mohawk alphabet and using it to pronounce the words correctly. By doing this we are able to teach the uniqueness of indigenous languages

  • Manotick United Church

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 2:00pm
     minutes

    A powwow is a gathering to celebrate First Nations culture through dance, songs, food and crafts, and is open to all.

    This workout will incorporate powwow dance steps from different styles of powwow dance and the sounds of contemporary and traditional powwow music into a simple, follow-along workout.

    Amanda Fox is Ojibwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Amanda is a jingle dress dancer, singer, beadwork artist, sewing artist, powwow workout instructor, and workshop facilitator. She started dancing as soon as she could walk and has a profound knowledge in powwow dance and protocols.

  • National Indigenous History Month Mois national de l'histoire autochtone

    Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Explore the woodland art work of Rhonda Snow and uncover the oral history of the sacred Ojibwe Spirit Horses through the art. 

  • National Indigenous History Month

    Saturday Jun 29, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Participants of all ages will learn the story behind one of history's oldest toys, the corn husk doll. They will learn the importance of community through these dolls. After talking about the traditional story students will be able to make their own corn husk doll.