Category Archives: Happenings

Annual “Ride of Silence” Wednesday 20 May

The international ride of silence that sweeps the globe in May is back next Wednesday in Ottawa.  The “Ride of Silence” sees cyclists come together in cities and towns across the globe to silently pedal a brief distance in memory of fellow bikers that have been injured or killed on the roads.

ride of silenceThe event HONOURS those who have been injured or killed, RAISES AWARENESS that bikes are here and asks that we all SHARE THE ROAD.

The international ride saw 315 events take place worldwide in 2014. Lets hope there are even more in 2015

Francis Ouimet is the organizer of the Ottawa ride. He invites riders to gather on Laurier Ave in front of Ottawa City Hall at 6:30 pm and the ride begins at 7 pm, rain or shine. The route as per last year will be two loops of the Laurier St segregated bike path from City Hall to Bronson.

More info can be found at the Ride of Silence website or by contacting the Ottawa ride organizer Francis Ouimet

Ottawa Ride Of Silence
Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier St entrance at 6:30PM
Ride begins 7:00PM

Spring Clean Sandy Hill / Nettoyage du Printemps a Côte de Sable

Get your gardening gloves, grab a soccer ball and meet your neighbours at Strathcona Park this afternoon for the Sandy Hill park and streets spring clean. 1-3PM Meet at Strathcona Park (Osgoode st) Soccer kick about at 2:45 Backup of park clean up 2013 copy 2

Jane’s Walk this Weekend: Walking your neighbourhood story

Janes WalkFollow in Jane Jacob’s footsteps and get better acquainted with the city on your doorstep. This weekend marks the 2-day Jane’s Walk phenomenon that, based on Jane Jacob’s advocacy for walking as a way to connect, understand and build thriving communities.

As per the local chapter’s website:

“Jane’s Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play.  Jane’s Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.”

A growing number of volunteers organise informative FREE strolls around Ottawa neighbourhoods this Saturday and Sunday. The areas are so diverse the times so disparate you are sure to find many that slot easily into your weekend plans with even a choice of French & English tours. With over 50 walks organised this weekend – all clearly listed here – everyone can get walking and get connected with Jane’s Walk.

 

Eye Spy: Countdown to #Nordstrom Grand Opening

NordstromThe countdown is on! This Friday, March 6, Nordstrom is throwing open the doors at their flagship Ottawa location in the Rideau Centre and we can’t wait. Having seen the care and detail they have put in to the fittings and fixtures at the media preview and the attention to detail in their outreach we expect great things from his retailer.

The invitations to preview and visit the site have been fast and furious – this is an organization that has demonstrated great interest in plugging in and engaging with out local community. Hosting events since last year and a flurry of happening this week.

Find below a couple of opening day promotions from the PR and service team!

More  than just fashion there are some wonderful site highlights: The in-house restaurant, the kid’s play area and the outstanding change rooms!

Opening Day Beauty Bash:  Friday, March 6, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
In addition to the excitement taking place inside the store (please see below), the outside of the store will also be a hot spot as Nordstrom hosts a cosmetics and fragrance “Beauty Bash” at its mall entrance.  Nordstrom beauty advisors will offer complimentary skincare consultations.  Nordstrom Beauty Director Loredana Grama will share the latest beauty tips and tricks. Loredana is also available for media interviews about seasonal beauty and fragrance trends.
Opening Day Store Countdown:  Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.
More than 600 employees have been working and waiting for this day!  Department teams will begin their own cheers, and then Store Manager John Banks will start rallying all the employees for what has become a Nordstrom opening tradition: a rowdy final store-wide opening countdown, during which employees will line the aisles near the store’s entrances to welcome and applaud the first customers through the doors when they open.  Members of the Nordstrom family will be available for brief interviews.  It’s a great opportunity to get customers’ first reactions to the new store.  Important note:  Media interested in capturing the countdown and opening from inside the store can arrange for early store entry at 9:15 a.m.

Tremendous that this location was chosen for this, Nordstrom’s second location in our great country! Merci et Bienvenue!

Undercurrents – Raising the Bar

http://www.undercurrentsfestival.ca 12-21 February 2015

Attendance at Undercurrents opening night was testament to Ottawa’s writing and performing talents where a boisterous and enthusiastic crowd filled the house for a trio of outstanding acts. As the festival grows year on year now extending over two weekends with more than 30 performances and an international act to boot the bar (sic)is set  high in both theatrical standards and as a shining example of how to run a event.

Pat Gauthier in the Studio

Pat Gauthier in the Studio

Undercurrents delivers quality theatre in a convivial roughly-polished atmosphere proving it’s the sum of the parts that create a success. Planning to stay for only the first play it was the attention brought to the overall experience that drew me in to buy tickets and contribute to the Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) act in the Studio (ahem bar) sandwiched between the two pay shows.

Remarks throughout the night from Festival Director Patrick Gauthier provided a welcoming, personal note to the proceedings. Gauthier’s vision and genuine enthusiasm alongside his personable approach is energising theatre in this city.

First up was Thunk!Theatre who set sail in Far & Near & Here on a serendipitous journey of self discovery with a first date thrown in for good measure. Plastic bottles haphazardly litter the set and the opening is rather choppy until Ned (Geoff McBride) and Ted (Karen Balcome) row in to each other’s lives via a notebook left in a cafe and a series of long-distance postcards. Meeting at a GPS point, Here, halfway between their respective homes of Near and Far both are at sea in more ways than one. The discarded bottles and office chairs are not only rowboats nor simply a metaphor for plastic choked oceans but as these two strangers are forced to face personal dissatisfaction head on the play moves from purposefully whimsy to become a pensive thought-provoking piece.

Air by Tottering Biped Theatre was a one-man physical performance with Trevor Copp nothing short of astonishing as he wordlessly encapsulates life after death, a stag hunt, and a man who reaches for and climbs to the stars. These brief performances set to well chosen soundtracks carried the audience easily with physical performances delivering beauty, humour and humanity.  Expecting little at the outset this act proved to be the gem of opening night.

Love + Hate by The Peptides delivers song-filled vignettes tackling the big issues of the day from corporate corruption through the polarizing effects of love and hate. The vocals of this 9-piece are fantastic, clearly a crowd pleaser, as evidenced by the packed house but the theatricality of the performances left me cold; the vocals far outstripping the Thespian routine. A straight-up concert strikes me as a more tempting proposition though I seemed to be in the minority on the night.

A glimpse of the generous spread

A glimpse of the generous spread

The curation of this event is fantastic. Across-the-road local class act resto-bar The Albion Rooms was enlisted to cater opening night and Chef Stephen La Salle outdid himself with a fantastically generous and creative spread. Most dates includes a PWYC option allowing the uninitiated to dip a toe in fringe with satisfying acts in the bar (ahem Studio). On Wednesday Feb 18th they’ve organised a free beer tasting with Dominion City sandwiched between SPIN at 19:00 and Marathon at 21:00 taking theatre accessibility to a whole new level. Ottawa’s theatres can frequently be staid seemingly forgetting that pretension is no marker of success or enjoyment.   Not so at Undercurrents where the delivery of the experience is equal to the quality of the selected pieces. Gauthier and co deliver an experience where the NAC season-ticket holder will feel as comfortable as a Sens fan. Neither precious nor pretentious Undercurrents gets it right delivering professional quality theatre alongside a proper night out.

ArtsCourt, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON
http://www.undercurrentsfestival.ca

12-21 February 2015

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

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.

DAYA ORGANIC SPA: treats

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.

Seasonal Fun @planetcoffeeott @gallerydotca @artscourt @daslokal & more

Tis indeed the silly season with loads of sparkly gear and nights out.  Here are a few events in and around the Ward that promise good times that won’t leave you too worn out.

Sing-a-long Sundays @planetcoffeeott Every Sunday 4-7PM from now til Xmas you can grab a cup of joe and belt out your favourite festive airs. Come to this local people place and join in the fun or for a giggle critique the warbling. Sing-a-longs rock – thanks for hosting Planet C!

photoParliament Hill Festive Lights Thursday Dec 3rd 7PM is the illumination ceremony on the Hill. Fun kicks off with a Peace Tower carillon concert at 6:30pm and there is free Beavertails and hot chocolate too.

Natl Gallery Tree Lighting Thursday Dec 4th 7PM. Don’t forget this is the evening the Gallery is free so art is accessible for all – so come early and enjoy.

Mayor’s Annual Xmas Celebration Saturday Dec 6th 2-6PM. Don’t forget a non-perishable donation for the Ottawa Food Bank as you take in this fun 14th annual event at City Hall. Enjoy the Rink of Dreams, meeting Mrs & Santa Claus,  get crafty and take in live performances. And leave your car at home – all OC Transpo routes to & from City Hall from 1:30-6:30 are free for kids 11 and under accompanied by an adult.

#NorthDal Holiday Shopping Night Tuesday Dec 9th Get out and shop #local this season on Dalhousie St.  If you like giving than consider that when you shop at a chain store less than 15$ stays in the community. When you shop at a local retailer 45$ stays #local.  Once you’re done consider a Gluhwein at Das Lokal!

HalaladaysBanner_EventKosher Jokes for the Halaladays Feeling left out of the festive season? Well no event list is complete without Arts Court so fear not Jewish and Muslim community as it’s the return of the 4th annual joke fest that unites all communities. Laugh on Dec 10th at Arts Court.

Inclusive Holiday sees Menorah Lighting in front of Ottawa City Hall for first time ever on December 16th.  Well done Ottawa. More of this please.

Christopher Griffin’s Nuit Blanche Bypass! Portage: Be Part of the Creation

Esteemed artist Christopher Griffin is taking Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (NBOG) 2014 theme BYPASS! to the artistic extreme.

Bypass

Griffin will launch “Portage” an interactive clay flash mob experience where the public is welcomed to touch, mold, embellish and ultimately create an art installation on Friday Sept, 19th.  Griffin has chosen to literally interpret Nuit Blanche’s 2014 theme BYPASS by veering from the official date and unleashing his art party of clay, dj’d beats and creativity one night early.

The result of Friday’s “Portage” will be screened on the official Nuit Blanche evening whereby visitors can revisit the courtyard party now passed.

Planet Coffee
24 York Street – the courtyard
Friday September 19th 4:00-11:00PM

Christopher Griffin is a Canadian artist that has exhibited work throughout North, Central and South America. Griffin’s works are largely inspired by his extensive travels and by his local observations.

Christopher Griffin_Concrete ElephantGriffin has exhibited at Nuit Blanche since its inaugural year 2012 where his “Flourishing Herd of Elephants” proved a hugely popular exhibit encapsulating the mystique and joyfully humane expression of the event while 2013’s “SuperNova” melding of clay and automobile captured the all-nighter imaginings of rebirth and the melding of factory made creation enrobed in crafted clay.

Go Gold this Sunday

We’ve written several times about Overbrook neighbour Phoebe Rose Doull Hoffman and her childhood cancer  challenges.GoGold

Unfortunately, she and her family will not be able to attend this year’s awareness raising event in Ottawa due to Phoebe’s relapse treatment in Denver, Co. However we urge the neighbourhood and beyond to come out in droves to Parliament Hill this Sunday at 5:45PM for the Childhood Cancer Awareness rally for a wonderful, fun and important evening. There will be music, puppets, speakers, face-painting, bubbles and more.

Serious though this topic is GO GOLD is a heart-warming gathering and  fun event that needs your presence to make it’s message heard. -So please come alone, with friends, with kids, for a short visit or stay the duration but please come out and see the Peace Tower GO GOLD in support of all those and their families afflicted by Childhood Cancer