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EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

For years, European film has been synonymous with “quality.” Divorced from the hit-making machine of Hollywood, for decades European filmmakers have been out there making challenging works that delight, frustrate, amaze and inspire. Ottawa’s European Union Film Festival was established in 1984, and from day one tapped into that long legacy of film. This year, they’re presenting two weeks of utterly mind-blowing film from November 16 to December 2.

This year, we’re looking forward to The Nagano Tapes, a dramatization of the underdog victory of the Czech men’s hockey team at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan! Normally we wouldn’t celebrate another country winning the gold, but that year was the first that professional hockey players were allowed to play in Olympics and a team of homegrown amateurs was able to take the gold – that’s a great story no matter how you slice it! Of course, there will be dozens of films just as excellent; check out the full schedule here!
 

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS

One of the best things about Christmas is the music. Sure, it may not seem like it in November when all the grocery stores and malls start playing all the silly songs and you hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” for the thirteen-millionth time, but there’s a timeless beauty to Christmas carols that anyone can appreciate. On December 9 at Centrepointe Theatre, you can get into the spirit by listening to a band and choir perform classic songs like “Oh Holy Night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “Silent Night.” Even better, your tickets help to supply those in need with warmth, dignity, and Christmas meals this holiday season.

Looking to do some early Christmas shopping? Then book a room at the Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre and enjoy a central location right by Ottawa’s historic Byward Market, where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list while enjoying a comfortable and affordable stay in our nation’s capital!
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