Jesse Potter LIVE @ The Shanghai – Fri. March 23 – 7:30 to 11 pm – $5 Cover

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Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM11:00 PM EDT

Embarking from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jesse hits the road on March 8th for his 2018 “Sowing the Seeds Tour.”

Captivating audiences across Canada with a beautiful pairing of virtuoso guitar playing and a depth of original music, Jesse takes listeners on a journey of self discovery with thought provoking lyrics and intriguing melodies.

Playing a variety of musical styles ranging from pop and folk, to gypsy jazz and progressive acoustic instrumentals, Potter’s original songs feature lyrical depth and delicious diversity. He connects deeply with his audiences, offering up refreshingly honest words. Singing from the heart and soul with passion and fire. You never know what to expect from a Jesse Potter concert, yet he never ceases to amaze.

See for yourself on March 23rd at Shanghai Restaurant in Ottawa.



Shanghai Nights Quality Comedy & Karaoke -Totally Female Ed. Fri. Mar. 9 @ 8 pm followed by KARAOKE! $10


Shanghai Nights Quality Comedy & Karaoke

-Totally Female Edition

Join us Friday March the 9th of the 2018th year for a special edition of Shanghai Nights – International Women’s Day Edition – Celebrating Women in Ottawa Comedy! (Yes that is a Banned German Poster for International Women’s Day on the cover photo dated Mar. 8 1914 – not an early Star Wars promo with Princess Leia fighting the war)

50% of Proceeds go to the Amethyst Ottawa – Women’s Center for Addiction.

Showtime – 9 pm
Karaoke – 11ish post meridem
Cost – $10! + Dinner Special available

L’ineup – Host -> Kennedy Ryan – Comedic Acts -> Laura McLeanMariana CansinesJennifer Whiteford – Natalie Cranston -> SoundGal -> soundAnne -> Improv -> BLIE: the Badass Ladies of The Improv Embassy -> a 19+ (in Gregorian calendar years) surprise performance!

Hosted by Shanghai Nights Quality Comedy – Cookies and Karaoke

“Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” – Lily Tomlin


February Comic Jam, Come & DRAW With Us! Wed. Feb. 28 @ 7-9:30 pm FREE materials provided, too!

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Barring cataclysmic snow, the Comic Jam will kick-off this Wednesday! Come out and draw with other comic artists, enthusiasts, writers, poets, animators and creative folks in a fun, supportive arty atmosphere. Theme: mazes, labyrinths – or whatever you would like n_n

February Comic Jam
Wednesday Feb 28th, 2018, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset St W, Ottawa

Contact: Suzanne
ottawacomicjam (at) gmail (dot) com

Event cost: free. Materials provided. Artwork is collected at the end of the evening and posted irregularly to the Jam site for all to enjoy.

Please note: sometimes there are adult themes and the jam is not generally suitable for minors. Please respect your fellow jammers.

The Ottawa Comic Jam is supported by DragonHead Studio and repeats the last Wednesday of the month (except December).


Pickets & Protests – the signs you’ve made ART show, Thu. Feb. 8 Group Show

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Pickets & Protests – the signs you’ve made show

Hello good people of O’Town!

The Shanghai would like to curate a group show & we’re hoping to fill the space with EVERYONES HANDMADE PROTEST PICKET SIGNS!!!!

Inspired by our recent PRIDE PARADE💕💪

Did you care about something, a cause close to your heart? A cause worth fighting for?

Did you ( someone you know or your kids ) put a lot of effort into a picket or protest sign recently?

Are you into RECYCLING?

Do you want your message of love & solidarity heard in our group show at Shanghai …. if you holla’d a hell’ YES!

Then drop off your protest sign to the Shanghai with your name, a brief description about your sign & contact info.

The group show will be Thursday, February 8th

If you have any questions – feel free to PM us

Thanks again


AMANDA ARMSTRONG – Photography Show – Vernissage Fri., Dec. 22 @ 8:00 PM


AMANDA ARMSTRONG – Photography Show – Vernissage

Meet the artist behind the magical photos of Ottawa this Friday, on display at Shanghai for a few weeks.

Friday, December 22 at 8:00 PM

Amanda is an Ottawa-based photographer,who draws her inspiration from the beauty of the natural world. She is often found in the forest, photographing fungi and other woodland wonders.

Her first photography show is on display at Shanghai Restaurant in Chinatown through January 11th, 2018. Come celebrate with her and enjoy some delicious eats and drinks at the vernissage : December 22nd at 8pm.

For a glimpse into what one can expect to see at the show, follow her on Instagram


Chinese Canadian Restaurant Night 🕑 November 8 | 6 – 9PM | $12 |Reservations

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The  More Than Just Food Series tackles the history, creation + sociopolitical meanings behind those yummy, home-cooked meals from your childhood, to the first Chinese Canadian restaurants + today’s current food scene.

We’ll analyse the ties between identity + food, its place in Western society + more.

• Chinese Canadian Restaurant Night •
🕑 November 8 | 6 – 9PM | Shanghai Restaurant | $12
Dinner + a Documentary! 🎬 We’ll start the night off with a Chinese Canadian dinner at Shanghai Restaurant, one of the first restaurants in Ottawa’s Chinatown. We’ll follow it with a 1hr screening of The Search for General Tso + a discussion following the night about the social + historical ties to Chinese Canadian identity.

• Cooking Workshop • 饺子 / 餃子 jiǎo zi / gaau2 zi2 • $15
🕑 December 9 | 10AM – 1PM | T&T Supermarket | 224 Hunt Club Rd.
Victoria Song will lead a dumpling workshop with her family’s dumpling recipe! ✨ Join us for a hands-on tutorial + figure out the trick to dumpling folding! You’ll get to eat what you make afterwards + join us in a discussion about food, identity + reconnecting to our roots.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION! Please register + save your space by filling out the online form. There are limited spaces + we will need to purchase ingredients + reserve appropriate spaces!

WORKSHOPS are open to Chinese Canadians of all ages! Kids, Students, Adults + Seniors alike. 👵 We’ll also be taking photos at the events, so please let us know either via message or at the event if you would prefer not to have your photo taken 🙂


Halloween Karaoke FUNDRAISING for SPAO w/ CHINA DOLL! Sat. Oct. 28 | 7pm Start

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The legendary China Doll will lead us through an array of entertainment including an outdoor screening of the fabulous 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with karaoke, a Silent Auction, a 50-50 draw, and some unexpected surprises.

WHAT: Fundraiser for the Ottawa Art Society with China Doll
WHEN: Saturday October 28, 2017 from 7 pm – 1 am
WHERE: Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset Street West, Ottawa
TICKET PRICE: $20 Admission


Screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Silent Auction*
50-50 draw
& some unexpected surprises

*The Silent Auction will include Gift Certificates from the Shanghai Restaurant, the Ottawa Art Society, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the National Arts Centre, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), Patrick Gordon Framing, LPM Projects, Top Shelf Distillers, Jet Black Hair Studio, with more to come…