The five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers

Scene and be seen around Parliament

The five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers:

Politics and the Pen

The Château Laurier ballroom is packed with famous writers and politicians, especially for the reception—a can’t-miss gathering where you’ll spot Margaret Atwood chatting with Laureen Harper.

Press Gallery Dinner

Each press gallery member is allowed to bring a limited number of guests, and MPs jockey for an invite. It’s also a chance for MPs to redeem themselves for past mistakes through self-mockery.

National Arts Centre Gala

Laureen Harper chairs this arts/corporate/political elite event, which raises funds for young artists. Sarah McLachlan and Chinese pianist Lang Lang have performed, as has Laureen’s other half, on piano.

Minister Moore’s Movie Night

Held in various museums, galleries and at the NAC, MPs line up to have their photos taken with the stars at Heritage Minister James Moore’s movie and music nights, highlighting the best in Canadian culture.

Hope Live

Held in a 262-seat theatre, this fundraiser to help young cancer patients learn about fertility options has become one of Ottawa’s hottest intimate tickets. Rick Mercer hosts; Jann Arden’s performed twice.

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