Things to do in Ottawa: Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2023

Citizen arts writers Lynn Saxberg and Peter Hum share their best bets for the last week of January 2023

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FILM

Don’t miss the premiere of Enter the Drag Dragon, a campy new movie made in the Ottawa-Gatineau area during the course of the pandemic. Producer-director Lee Gordon Demarbre describes the indie project as “the world’s first drag-fu action-horror-comedy,” and a “non-stop thrill ride of adventure, laughs, screams and romance.” You’ll spot plenty of local talent in the cast of drag queens, kings, villains and bystanders, not to mention a cameo by Johnny Vegas and a soundtrack by John Carroll and Dave Bignell. It screens at the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. this weekend, Jan. 27-28, and next, Feb. 1-2, followed by a three-night run at the ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St., starting Feb. 3. Visit the theatres’ websites for tickets and times, mayfairtheatre.ca or bytowne.ca.

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Promo pic from Lee Demarbre’s Enter the Drag Dragon. (L-R): Sam Kellerman, Phil Caracas, Beatrice Beres and director Lee Gordon Demarbre. Photo: Petr Maur
Promo pic from Lee Demarbre’s Enter the Drag Dragon. (L-R): Sam Kellerman, Phil Caracas, Beatrice Beres and director Lee Gordon Demarbre. Photo: Petr Maur jpg

ROCK

When the Sheepdogs pull into the National Arts Centre on Jan. 28, it will be the final show of a 100-date tour to celebrate the release of last year’s Outta Sight, an album they describe as a “cure-all for the COVID blues.” The show also marks the homecoming of their new guitarist, Ricky Paquette, the Gatineau-raised bluesman who’s been playing guitar since he was a young lad. He was called up by the Sheepdogs last summer when their former guitarist, Jimmy Bowskill, made the decision to pursue his own projects. See the new lineup, with an opening set by Boy Golden, rock Southam Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ticket prices start around $50, plus fees, available at ticketmaster.ca.

SASKATOON, SK– August 8/2021 – 0809 news jazz fest – The Sheepdogs perform on opening night of the SaskTel Jazz Festival at the Bessborough Gardens. Photo taken in Saskatoon, Sask. on Saturday, August 8, 2021.
SASKATOON, SK– August 8/2021 – 0809 news jazz fest – The Sheepdogs perform on opening night of the SaskTel Jazz Festival at the Bessborough Gardens. Photo taken in Saskatoon, Sask. on Saturday, August 8, 2021. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

FAMILY

Join the Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher as he brings alive the music of his animated TV show for children, Jeremy and Jazzy. Inspired by his own parenting experience, the catchy songs are intended to help kids cope with big emotions and celebrate community spirit, with nods to mental health and self-assurance along the way. The concert takes place at 1:30 p.m. at Orleans’ Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets are $20, available at shenkmanarts.ca

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COUNTRY

Old Dominion, one of Nashville’s most popular live acts, lands at Canadian Tire Centre on Jan. 27 to spread the sentiment of their No Bad Vibes tour. A contemporary-country band made up of experienced songwriters, they write and play all their own music, resulting in easygoing, soft-rock hits like Break Up With Him, Hotel Key and I Was on a Boat That Day, a song from their last full-length, Time, Tequila and Therapy. Bursting with music after the pandemic, the prolific crew just came out with a four-song EP, titled Memory Lane, this month. Friday’s show features opening sets by a fellow American, Frank Ray, and two Canadian country artists, Steven Lee Olsen and Shawn Austin. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $80, available at ticketmaster.ca

lsaxberg@postmedia.com

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