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FOLK

Nova Sco­tia’s five Mac­Neil sib­lings — Lucy, Boyd, Ste­wart, Kyle and Sheumas — bring their Christmas show back to Cen­tre­pointe Theatre to­day at 7:30 p.m. With an ar­ray of in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing ac­cor­dion, banjo, man­dolin, harp and more, the Barra MacNeils in­ject their Celtic roots into ev­ery song, whether or not it’s a Christmas carol, and of­ten break out into step-dancing at the same time. See them rock their hol­i­day tra­di­tions at Cen­tre­pointe Theatre. Tick­ets are $57.50, avail­able cen­tre­pointeth­e­atres.com.

ROOTS

Anishi­naabe MC/singer-song­writer Leonard Sum­ner, who hails from the Lit­tle Saskatchewan First Na­tion, blurs the lines be­tween hip hop, coun­try, roots and rhythm ’n’ blues as a back­drop for what he calls his “rez” po­etry. It’s made him an im­por­tant new voice in Canada’s roots scene, as you’ll see when he plays the NAC’s Fourth Stage tonight as part of the NAC Presents se­ries. Tick­ets are $25, avail­able at nac­cna.ca

TREE LIGHT­ING

The Na­tional Gallery of Canada launches the hol­i­day sea­son to­day with mu­sic, crafts, treats and the light­ing of the gi­ant Christmas tree. The spruce tree, mea­sur­ing more than 11 me­tres high and al­most eight me­tres wide, is dec­o­rated with hun­dreds of or­na­ments and some 10,000 lights. Sev­eral events lead­ing up to the tree light­ing are planned, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance by the Stel­lae Bo­re­alis vi­o­lin en­sem­ble and the mak­ing of tree or­na­ments. New this year are free rides for chil­dren on a minia­ture Christmas train. Fes­tiv­i­ties get un­der­way at 5 p.m. and the tree light­ing takes place at 6:30. Fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue un­til 8 p.m.

THEATRE

Bri­tish-Cana­dian author Tom Rach­man gives us five funny-scary sto­ries about nasty women and men. Witty, cut­ting tales of Trump times, por­tray­ing Democrats and Repub­li­cans in a di­vided Amer­ica, Bas­ket of De­plorables is a timely take on the crazi­ness of to­day. Each story is told by a dif­fer­ent nar­ra­tor shar­ing their unique view of our De­plorable New World. Orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned to be an au­dio­book, Bas­ket is meant to be heard, not read. For this first-ever live pre­sen­ta­tion of Rach­man’s work, The Glad­stone Theatre has lined up an all-star bas­ket of Ot­tawa nar­ra­tors: Teri Loretto-Valen­tik (Vanya & So­nia & Masha & Spike), Paul Rainville (Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf), David White­ley (The Nor­man Con­quests), Brad Long (The End of Civ­i­liza­tion) and Rachelle Casseus (The Grav­i­ta­tional Pull of Ber­nice Trim­ble, GCTC). Pre­sented in two parts on to­day and Fri­day: Part One at 6 p.m. | Part Two at 9 p.m. At­tend ei­ther part on its own, or buy tick­ets for both parts to­gether as a sin­gle pack­age. All Tick­ets: $19 + $1 fa­cil­ity fee = $20

FOOD

Each af­ter­noon this Satur­day and Sun­day, Par­lia­ment Hill will host Flavours of the North, a free north­ern food-tast­ing event as part of the Canada 150 clos­ing cel­e­bra­tions. The event will bring to­gether top Cana­dian chefs, Indige­nous chefs and Ot­tawa food trucks, with sam­ples of­fered of “tuktu” stew and smoked Arc­tic char chow­der as well as tra­di­tional Inuit (Labrador) tea and ban­nock cooked over a fire pit. Cook­ing demon­stra­tions hosted by Mon­treal celebrity chef Chuck Hughes will fea­ture par­lia­men­tary chef Jud­son Simp­son with Christina Robert­son (Satur­day, 1 p.m.), Top Chef Canada fi­nal­ist Rich Fran­cis (Satur­day, 3 p.m.) Vikram Vij with Trudy Met­calfe (Sun­day, 1 p.m.) and Susur Lee with Cezin Not­t­away (Sun­day, 3 p.m.).

The five sib­lings of the Barra MacNeils — Lucy, Boyd, Ste­wart, Kyle and Sheumas.

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