The Shenkman Arts centre has your ticket to Winterlude fun.
For the second year, Shenkman Arts Centre is a community partner for Winterlude.
The goal is to allow Orléans residents and families to experience a slice of Ottawa’s winter celebration without having to haul the entire family downtown, said Shenkman Arts Centre communications representative Karen Scott-Gagné.
The activities will focus on a variety of shows, with tickets ranging from $10 to $44, and the Fête Frissons, which roughly translated means shiverfest in English.
“It’s great to have these things going on right in your own backyard,” said Scott-Gagné. “Especially when they’re family events.”
The free Fête Frissons event will take place on Feb. 9 at the Shenkman Arts Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unlike last year, there will not be any skating, but lots of indoor activities.
There will be a pancake breakfast free for the first 400, and maple taffy and hot chocolate for sale.
Kids will be able to take part in different activities, including face painting and craft stations, and all will be able to take lessons to learn the popular Gagnam Style dance. There will also be pottery wheel demonstrations and storytellers.
Organizers are hoping to host last year’s 600 visitors or as many as 700 to 1,000 on Feb. 9.
This year has different shows on several nights, with the zydeco group Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo band coming on Feb. 16 for the dinner and show.
Tickets are $40 for the Mardi Gras celebration, which sold out last year.
“People had a wonderful time and there’s a great deal,” Scott-Gagné said.
The events are all organized and funded by Shenkman, and run in conjunction with Winterlude. Tickets for all events, minus the free Fête Frissons, are available online at www.shenkmanarts.ca.
Upcoming shows include:
* Mardi Gras dinner and show with Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
* The Flying Canoe show on Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
* Daniel Lavoie show on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.
* Small Potatoes with Chris Patterson of the Arrogant Worms on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. (Family Day)