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Weekend picks: Photography, Vimy events and Tevet Sela

Two major new exhibitions, a musical commemoration and a taste of jazz are on the list for the weekend.

Battle of Vimy Ridge remembered

Ottawa composer Andrew Ager's grandfather fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge and encouraged him to become a musician. On Sunday, on the 100th anniversary of the battle, the museum will be hosting an event to mark the occasion called Vimy - A Commemoration in Words and Music.

Ager will conduct his orchestral and choral work, Unknown Soldier, against the backdrop of the tanks and fighter aircrafts at the Canadian War Museum's LeBreton Gallery.

Ager has blended his music with the words, thoughts and fears of Canadian, French, German and British soldiers, expressed through letters they wrote home to family and sweethearts. 

The evening also includes an appearance by historian Margaret MacMillan. The renowned author and war historian will speak about the lasting significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The CBC's Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld will host the event. 

  • WHERE: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.
  • COST: Adults $30, students $20 and children 12 and under are one dollar and can be purchased here.

NOTE:  In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, admission to the Canadian War Museum is free to the public on Sunday. Admission includes the new temporary exhibition Vimy- Beyond the Battle which explores how the conflict and the sacrifice of Canadian lives on foreign soil was remembered by those back home.

Edward Burtynsky, Nickel Tailings

Edward Burtynsky, Nickel Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, from the series Nickel Tailings, 1996. National Gallery of Canada. (Edward Burtynsky)

At last a huge, comprehensive survey of Canadian photography at the National Gallery of Canada.

The exhibition includes 40 years of iconic snapshots of historic events and memorable images from some of the country's finest artists who have employed their cameras to create lasting works of art.

The exhibition ranges from the enormous light boxes of Jeff Wall to Ed Burtynsky's monstrously beautiful depictions of environmental degradation caused by mining and industry to portraits of famous Canadians of the past.

Ted Grant, Ben Johnson, Seoul Olympics, 1988

Legendary Canadian photographer Ted Grant captured sprinter Ben Johnson's moment of victory at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Shortly after, Johnson failed a drug test and was stripped of his gold medal. (Ted Grant/National Gallery of Canada)


One hundred images have been chosen for the exhibition, arranged thematically as relating to nature, identity, gender and sexuality.

  • WHERE: National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr.
  • WHEN: On view until Sept. 17, 2017.
  • COST: Admission for adults is $12, $10 for students and seniors, and six dollars for ages 12-19. Children 11 and under are free. The gallery is free on Thursday evenings after five. 

Jazz on the menu

Jazz saxophonist and composer Tevet Sela6:25

Montreal sax man Tevet Sela grew up in Israel and soaked up the musical influences of his surroundings.

Tevet brings his blend of bebop jazz infused with klezmer, Middle-Eastern and North African rhythms to the intimate GigSpace on Saturday night.

He'll be accompanied by the versatile John Roney on piano.

  • WHERE: GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave.
  • WHEN: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
  • COST: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.  Note the space is very small, with only 46 seats, so it's a good idea to book ahead.

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