Sandy Hill Fun in Winter

Thanks to all the organisers of the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival that was a cracking good time for kids of all ages. We can barely wait til next year’s fun!

Winter Carnival Organizers Geri Blinick, Christine Aubry and Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre flank Mayor Jim Watson with Sandy Hill Seen's Jennifer Cavanagh

Winter Carnival Organizers Geri Blinick, Christine Aubry and Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre flank Mayor Jim Watson with Sandy Hill Seen’s Jennifer Cavanagh

Sandy Hill Winter Carnival brings treats, eats, artists and giving to the hood

It’s finally here! Sandy Hill’s Winter Carnival kicks off at 2pm today. Be prepared for fun, merriment, conviviality, sleigh rides, ice sculptures, rides, a community dinner and more. See details on the poster below.

Don’t forget to bring lots of warm winter wear for our neighbours too.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give to the vulnerable while renewing and building our great community spirit.

Winter Carni

Je Suis Charlie / Je Suis Ahmed

Nous sommes tous. We all are.

je suis

A “Freezing” Night of Fun

An edited version of this review was also published in Apt613.
“Freezing” at The Gladstone theatre, steers far enough from the movie echoed in the title to breed familiarity and anticipation – queue many young girls in their finest Anna and Elsa gear – while Ken MacDougall delivers an original storyline guaranteeing a unique and uproarious night out for all ages.

Freezing1Set in the troubled land of Snow Globe Queen Gerda (Gab Desmond – in a stellar cross-dressed performance) is keen to marry off Princesses Hanna (Esther Vallins) and Adele (Jessica Vandenberg) to preserve the icy kingdom. Enter Hans (Will Lamond), the winter-hating villain of the piece, who threatens endless summer if not granted a royal wedding and all measure of comical action ensues with an eager beaver, a troll with low self-esteem, a handsome ice-man, a tornado and many twists and turns.

To the unacquainted a pantomime is “British theatre traditionally performed at Christmas incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, topical references, and audience participation.”  Audience members cheer the heroes, boo the villain and in this instance some young one’s even had a hockey shoot out.

Costume and styling connect the younger audience with accessible characters while the fresh and fun writing hold that engagement. The cast is charming with particularly strong comic performances from Desmond, Lamond and Shelley Simester as Rubble the troll. The music and choreography are wholly successful as the cast deliver wonderful, rousing song and dance numbers.

Freezing’s is well-paced with seasonally whimsical moments. The music and adventure keeps kids entertained while tongue-firmly-in-cheek asides on everything from the Red Blacks to the LRT and talented performances secure adult amusement. Despite a few not altogether successful jokes, such as the 3-pigs / Senator scandal and an unfortunate commercial break in the proceedings, producers Sarah & Matt Cassidy deliver a winning panto which should well become Ottawa newest holiday tradition.

Dec 18- Jan 4th
Evenings 7:30PM, Matinees 2:30PM
The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave.

Centre ice: Ottawa Senators considering move to LeBreton Flats


Ottawa Senators eye a potential move to Lebreton Flats. Looks like the Sens are recognizing what so many of us already know – downtown is truly the place for events and happenings. Glebe has got Landsdowne place but this location will beat everything with great transit links to boot. Like a proper world class city. Let’s root for this to happen!

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

The Senators are contemplating a move downtown.

The group that operates the NHL team — Senators Sports & Entertainment — has confirmed to the Citizen that it is “actively considering the opportunity” to build a new hockey arena on the grounds of LeBreton Flats.

That means the Senators will be among those taking a long look at redeveloping the so-called second phase of the sprawling property on the south side of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway across from the Canadian War Museum.

On Sept. 30, the National Capital Commission launched a request for proposals to redevelop as much as 21.4 hectares of land at LeBreton Flats that sits south of the parkway and west of Booth Street. One criteria for the redevelopment proposal is the inclusion of “an attraction of a regional, national or international significance” that is also a “world-class capital destination.”

The Senators told the Citizen the sports organization has been “approached by numerous well-established private sector…

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NAC faces front with new entrance on Confederation Square: Feds invest $110 M


We’ve long been saying that not having a glass entrance on Elgin so that guests can gaze toward Parliament is such a missed opportunity – but one that is about to be set right. Be great if they could incorporate a passage to both the Rideau Centre and to Sparks St. Liveable, walkable Ottawa.

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

After about four years of planning and waiting, the $110.5 renovation of the National Arts Centre came together literally in about a week and a half, NAC CEO Peter Herrndorf said on Wednesday.

It may be that an election is in the air, or it may be that the stars aligned. It is certainly a result of a recent announcement by the prime minister of $6 billion in infrastructure projects for federal assets like building, bridges and bases.

No matter why, Herrndorf has what he has wanted for some time: a shiny new presence for his soon to be 50 year old centre.

The project, which will see a new glittering glass facade for the 45 year-old NAC, was revealed by Herrndorf and federal cabinet ministers John Baird and Shelly Glover in a packed media conference inside the Salon Wednesday morning.

I think the NAC has always turned its back on Confederation…

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Shop #Local Shop #NorthDal

Tuesday Dec 9th is Dalhousie Street’s Holiday Shopping Night.

Shop North dalFor the uninitiated North Dalhousie, or NorthDal as the aficionados call it, has transformed itself in to a boutique shopping and dinning destination with an array of independently owned eclectic and high-end offerings.

From 4-8PM the NorthDal businesses between Murray St & Bruyere will be offering tempting and tempting discounts. Adding to the festive fun for every purchase over 20$ you’re entered in to a draw with a chance to win a $700 shopping spree with participating businesses!

Participating #NorthDal businesses include:

AMANDA MAY LINGERIE: treats and drinks plus gift with purchase.

BRIDGEHEAD: Come in and take the chill off with a warm winter drink. This season bring along Erik Karlsson`s EK #65 Blend. $2 from the sale of each pound goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

COCOCO CHOCOLATERIE BERNARD CALLEBAUT: in store samples plus free chocolate bar for every $20 spent.

CRYSTAL DAWN: treats and store specials

CYLIE ARTISANS CHOCOLATIERS : free shot of hot chocoloate with $25 purchase.

DAS LOKAL KITCHEN & BAR: Gluhwein stand with firepit plus 10% discount off meal upon presentation of receipt from any participating merchant.


ISABELLE BOUTIQUE: 10% off and 15% on selected items

LOCOCINA BY ELENA JONES: desserts + 25% discount storewide

SPORTIVE PLUS ACTIVEWEAR 14+: 20% off regular price Sportive Plus brand merchandise.

UPWARD DOG YOGA CENTRE: hot tea plus 10% off class packages and merchandise

VICTOIRE: treats & 10% off.

WORKSHOP STUDIO & BOUTIQUE: treats & 10% off.

WUNDERKAMMER: 40% off all Lissa Bowie jewellery.