The year ends on a high note on Sunday, when Ottawa’s
Tim Bedner joins forces with Vancouverite and fellow guitarist
Bill Coon to play duets at the acclaimed vegan restaurant ZenKitchen, 634 Somerset St. W. Bedner, who recently released one of Ottawa’s best jazz discs of 2012, and Coon are contrasting but compatible peers who should hit it off just fine. The music runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cover, but a $15 minimum for brunch applies. Call 613-233-6404 to reserve.
What better way to start the new year than with an inspirational story about overcoming odds to achieve your dream? Billy Elliot
the Musical, at the National Arts Centre Jan. 1-6, finds a young lad from a tough mining town dreaming of being — and finally becoming — a ballet dancer. The NAC production features the touring company Broadway Across Canada. Tickets: NAC box office, 1-888991-2787, ticketmaster.ca.
There’s still time to see the movie Postmedia critic Jay Stone named the best film of 2012: Argo. The thriller, starring Ben Affleck, is based on the true story of the CIA operative who carried out a crazy scheme to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980. Catch Argo at The Rainbow Cinema, in the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, at the Mayfair Theatre Orléans from Dec. 27-Jan. 3, and at the ByTowne Cinema Jan. 4-6. (Read Jay Stone’s list of the year’s top movies in Friday’s paper or online at ottawacitizen.com/arts.)
pop &hip hop
Babylon Nightclub (317 Bank) promises an “excessively epic” New Year’s Eve, led by the band Silkken Laumann, the latest outfit of Ottawa’s multitalented Rolf Klausener. Also on the bill is Kitchen Party, and together they promise a night of everything from hip hop to house punk. 10 p.m., tickets $15/$20 at Antique Skate Shop (9 Florence St.) or at the door. See Silkken Laumann videos at ottawacitizen.com/bigbeat.