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Top mu­sic, the­atre, and com­edy events

Where Ottawa - - FRONT PAGE - by joseph mathieu

Best mu­sic, the­atre, and com­edy shows

1 Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Per­form­ing Arts Awards

June 2 The best and bright­est Cana­dian artists are hon­oured at the city’s premier gala, the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Awards for Life­time Artis­tic Achieve­ment. Piano vir­tu­osa An­gela He­witt, dancer Ginette Lau­rin, and singer­song­writer Mur­ray McLauchlan are three of the six per­form­ing artists in­ducted this year. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

2 Lindi Or­tega

Matthew Good May 5 There’s fire in­side Lindi Or­tega. It was lit in Toronto and fu­elled by her Ir­ish-Mex­i­can roots and Latin Amer­i­can in­flu­ences. Her lat­est al­bum was recorded in Ten­nessee, and Lib­erty takes Or­tega’s ster­ling voice to new heights. This fire­brand will tour all over Canada and Europe this spring. The 27 Club, 27 York St.

3 Bon Jovi

May 7 Amer­i­can rock­ers Bon Jovi have sel­dom sat on their lau­rels in 35 years of al­bums and shows, and this year will be no dif­fer­ent. The quin­tet will be in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they con­tinue to tour the world. The boys are back in town, so get ready to rock out to “Bad Medicine” and “You Give Love a Bad Name”. Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre, 1000 Pal­la­dium Dr., cana­di­antire­cen­tre.com

4 Nana Mousk­ouri

May 14 This 83-year-old “girl from Greece” is as full of grace and en­ergy as she’s ever been. For more than 55 years, Nana Mousk­ouri has per­formed and recorded mu­sic in 10 dif­fer­ent lan­guages over dozens of stu­dio al­bums. Her lat­est LP is a se­ries of beloved and heart­felt cov­ers in­clud­ing “Hey Jude,” “In the Ghetto,” and Leonard Co­hen’s “Hal­lelu­jah.” Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

5 Mon­key Junk

May 3 It’s the 10th an­niver­sary tour of Ot­tawa’s mod­ern blues rock band, and they just won a sec­ond Juno! Har­mon­ica master and tal­ented blues singer Steve Mar­riner fronts the trio with Tony Di­teodoro on gui­tar and Matt Sobb on drums. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

6 Pen­ny­wise

May 25 In­spired by Stephen King’s Pen­ny­wise, the psy­chotic mon­ster-clown from It, this skate punk band from Her­mosa Beach, Cal­i­for­nia has been skank­ing, mosh­ing, and howl­ing for 30 years. The quar­tet is still set­ting a fran­tic and hard­core pace singing about pos­i­tiv­ity, de­spair, and cor­rup­tion. Bron­son Cen­tre, 211 Bron­son Ave., bron­son­cen­tre.ca

7 Stephen Fear­ing

June 3 A veteran singer, writer, and gui­tarist, Stephen Fear­ing is a long-serv­ing dis­ci­ple of roots and folk mu­sic also known as one third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. His 2017 solo al­bum Ev­ery Soul’s a Sailor earned him four nom­i­na­tions and a win as con­tem­po­rary singer of the year at the Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Awards in Ot­tawa. Black Sheep Inn, 753 River­side Dr., Wake­field, QC., the­black­sheepinn.com

8 Dy­lan Mo­ran

June 12 As a comic, Ir­ish­man Dy­lan Mo­ran is dark, acer­bic, and re­ally good at play­ing drunk. Don’t miss his dead­pan de­liv­ery, keen and bru­tal ob­ser­va­tions, and wine-soaked wit­ti­cisms on his new world tour called Grum­bling Mus­tard. 101 Cen­tre­pointe Dr., cen­tre­pointeth­e­atre.ca

Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox at the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Per­form­ing Arts Awards

Mon­keyJunk

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