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Canadian Events in the Washington, D.C. Area – October

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October 1, 2019

The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston Exhibition
Through January 2020, weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Embassy of Canada Art Gallery
501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20001

The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston exhibition contains artefacts and drawings which show Lynn’s influences and early illustrations, and the surprising, real-life inspirations behind her beloved characters and storylines. The event is free of charge.

Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages
Through September 2020, Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540

The 120 Years of Panel and Pages exhibition at the Library of Congress features illustrations from some Canada’s most famous comic artists, notably Joe Shuster (Superman) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse). Their pieces will remain on display for a year and is free of charge.

Saturday October 5, 8:30 PM
Vinyl Lounge at Songbyrd
2477 18th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20009

From their hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba, the indie rock band Tunic will be performing this early October. They will be performing with the DC-based noise punk rock band Taciturn. Donations are accepted.

Toxic Beauty Premier
Sunday October 6, 6:30 PM
Burke Theater at the Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20004

The CBC Documentary, Toxic Beauty, will have its American debut at Meet the Press Film Festival this October. In this film, the award-winning filmmaker, Phyllis Ellis, captures the reality behind the beauty, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industry. He primarily focuses on the lack of regulation in these three industries, and the problem that occur as a result. While the screening is currently sold out, guests can wait in a standby line at the theater. Any unoccupied seats prior to show time will be filled by these guests.

Avril Lavigne
Wednesday October 9, 8:00 pm
Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave,
National Harbor, MD 20745

The Bellville, Ontario singer will be bringing her “Head above Water” tour to the DMV area this October. Tickets start at $50.50 each.

All Things Go Fall Classic
Saturday October 12 – Sunday October 13
Union Market
1309 5th St NE,
Washington, DC 20002

The Juno-award winning group from Hamilton, Ontario, Arkells, will help kick-off day 1 of the All Things Go Fall festival. They will be followed by another Canadian artist, Allie X, on the final day of the festival. General admission tickets start at $69 for one day, and $99 for the entire weekend.

Canadian Thanksgiving
Monday October 14, 2019
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
3207 Washington Blvd
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Monday October 14th is Canadian Thanksgiving, and O’Sullivan’s will be hosting an ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet from 11am – 3pm, featuring all your favorite foods and drinks, including Poutine Fries and Bloody Caesars! They will also be raising funds for the United Way of the National Capital Area.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Capitals
Wednesday October 16, 7:00 PM
Capitol One Arena
601 F Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

The Washington Capitals will be hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs for an early season game. Ticket prices begin at $40 each.

Jesse Cook
Wednesday October 23, 8:00 PM
Rams Head on Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Juno winning master guitarist Jesse Cook will be performing his modern sound this late October. The event is 21+, so identification will be required to enter. Tickets are $45 each.

Theory – A Play by Norman Yeung, Directed by Victoria Murray Baatin
October 23 – November 17, 2019
Mosaic Theatre
At Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Mosaic Theatre presents “Theory” – a play about testing the limits of free speech by Canadian playwright Norman Yeung. Mosaic is offering discounted tickets for friends of Connect 2 Canada for the October 31 8:00 pm performance. You can purchase tickets for $10.00 USD here and use the code: CANADA at checkout.

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM
The Public Option
1601 Rhode Island Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20018

Rosier, a bilingual Montreal-based indie rock band, will be performing at the Hamlin St. Diner. Attendees should expect the band to play songs from their recently released self-titled EP, Rosier. Tickets range between $10 and $20.

Alessia Cara
Saturday October 26, 7:30 PM
The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW,
Washington, DC 20024

Shortly after touring the United-States as Shawn Mendes’ opening act, Alessia Cara will be returning to Washington, DC for her first headline tour. The Brampton, Ontario singer will be performing some of her greatest hits including “Scars to Your Beautiful”, “Here”, and “Stay”, as well as newer tunes from her recently released EP This Summer. Tickets begin at $40.

Sunday October 27, 8:30 PM
Vinyl Lounge at Songbyrd
2477 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award winner James Samimi Farr and the Daguerrotypes will be performing in the District of Columbia this October. The band will perform Samimi’s folkloric, musical compositions on spirituality and selfhood. Entry is free of charge.

Wine Lips
Tuesday October 29, 7:00 PM
The Camel
1621 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

From Toronto, Ontario, the garage/punk/psychedelic band Wine Lips will be performing late October, with their vocalist/lead guitarist Cameron Hilbom, bassist Richard Stewart, and drummer Aurora Evans. Tickets are $10 each.


Author, Marie-Célie Agnant
Wednesday October 30 – Friday November 1
Various locations

Haïtian-Québécois author and storyteller, Marie-Célie Agnant, will be visiting the DMV area at the end of October. She is recognized for her literary work, which includes poems, novels, novellas, as well as children literature. In 1998, her novel Silence Like Blood was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. While in the DMV, she will be presenting at:
The University of Maryland (College Park) – Wednesday October 30, 4:30 PM
Georgetown University – Thursday October 31, 2:oo PM
Howard University – Friday November 1