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Weekend Round Up: Sweet Spring in the Air

Lots going on this weekend so buckle-up for fun.  Pick of the weekend has got to be Sugarfest at North America’s only urban sugar shack – that would be the one in fun-loving Ward 12 of course!

Thursday – all day – get 50% off at Menchies in the Byward Market to celebrate their first anniversary. Given the lovely weather a family walk rewarded by dessert likely won’t go amiss this evening.

Autism fundraiserLater tonight in honour of World Autism Day (yesterday) the Lunenburg Pub is holding a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. The organisation that promotes the safety and well-being of those with Autism is Pay-What-You-Can.  This promises to be a great event with loads of live music and the opportunity on a night out to contribute to a great cause. Interested in advances in autism? Check out our recent post by Professor and Autism Expert Laura Cavanagh.

Opening Thursday and running until April 7 it’s the Edible Arctic Festival at the Museum of Nature featuring the creative culture and vibrant lifestyle of the Arctic North.  Much of the Museum’s collection is from the North yet little focuses on the life and culture – this exhibit of art, music, food and activities explores that human side.  Thursday night is free from 5-8PM and the schedule includes a movie at 6:30, storytelling, crafts and the Northern Lights!

Friday afternoon Chef Christine Cushing will be doing a meet and greet with Olive Oil tasting at La Bottega Nicastro.

Friday is opening night for a intriguing new production by Vacant House Theatre. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is their inaugural production and the play set in a basement apartment is literally set in the cramped basement confines of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. We’re looking forward to reviewing this production shortly – let us know what you think!

Over at Ritual on Besserer St it’s Toronto indie 5-piece The Wooden Sky supported by Dusted and the Wilderness of Manitoba.

Saturday is the Family bike ride to Vanier’s MuseoParc for the annual Maple Sugar Festival. The bike ride is a joint initiative put on by the Vanier & Overbrook Community Associations spearheaded by Sarah Partridge of Vanier a Velo / Vanier Cycles. Of course all comers – cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and drivers – are very welcome to the MuseoParc’s Sugaring Festivities… and did we mention FREE PANCAKES!!

Saturday night have a top meal or a quiet drink at The Albion Rooms or mix it up with the Brooklyn DJ Duo The Underachievers at Ritual.

AmayaframetasticSunday why not register yourself or your kid at a Capoeira class at neighbourhood studio Dende Do Recife – offering a 20% discount to all Sandy Hill residents. No better time to get fit whilst being immersed in this ever-more popular Brazilian cultural experience.

Weekend Round-Up: Thaw’t it Was Spring!

Snow fell as we wrote yet we remain steadfastly resolute that there will be a thaw this weekend. So get your wellies on, dodge the puddle-splashers and enjoy all that is going on in the S-Hill ‘hood and beyond.

snailsOur pick of the weekend is Ottawa Stilt Union’s Searching for Snails – a one-of-a-kind theatre experience for all ages playing at Arts Court through-out the weekend. Tickets start at 10$ and evening shows are at 7:30 & matinees at 2PM.

Friday all-time favourite monthly – a night out at the Castle – is on as Nature Nocturne returns for a night of music and fun at the Museum of Nature. This edition Big in Japan will celebrate the ingenuity, elegance and innovativeness in Japan. Starts at 8PM, tickets 20$.

At Cafe Alt (60 University Pvt) the final concert of their recent series presents Silver Dapple (MTL), Walrus (Halifax), and Chairs (MTL) at 9PM, 5$.

Saturday Ecology Ottawa is hosting their Complete Streets Strategy Forum in Centretown. Come out for a chance to hear, debate and discuss what an inclusive multi-modal street can look like. 9:30-2:30 Hotel Indigo 123 Metcalfe St.

TedxElgin is this Saturday from 11:30am. If you didn’t get your tickets for this event never fear as there is a livestream available and you should also be able to watch and listen in on the TedTalks portal shortly thereafter. Congratulations Ottawa and welcome to the innovative world of Ted Talks!

gezellig_1-600x337Stephen Beckta who brings so much to Ottawa with Beckta Dining, Play and Gezellig needs your help. In the fight against leukaemia Beckta is hosting a Swab-a-thon Saturday 9am-1pm at Gezellig at 337 Richmond Rd.  All that is involved is a Q-tip swab of a cheek to help find a stem-cell match. It’s a no-brainer so please help out. Only males 17-35  are eligible so please pass this request along to friends that can participate and give cancer a kick up the arse!

Saturday it’s Art Battle the monthly painting challenge at Arts Court where 12 painters go head-to-head with paintbrushes to create a twenty minute masterpiece. Watch the artists work and vote for your winner. Always original, unique and a fun evening out.

Earth Hour is this Saturday so if you’re hanging at home consider shutting down all things electronic, relax by candlelight or enjoy for a walk from 8-9PM in celebration of our planet! Be pretty cool if local businesses join in – nothing more romantic than a candlelit meal.

VERSeFest continues with it’s celebration of local and international poets until Sunday. A host of events are taking place at the Knox Presbyterian Church on Elgin at Lisgar and The Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market. Tickets are well priced so check it out. Full schedule at VERSeFest.ca

Sunday if you still haven’t gotten your tickets for Searching for Snails it’s the two last performances so come along and enjoy Ottawa Stilt Union’s latest. We’ll be at the Matinee!

Searching for Snails: A Thrill of Creative Performances & Happy Trails with Ottawa Stilt Union

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Searching for Snails is a fable of co-existence, self-discovery and ecological respect. Its a story for child and inner child alike from Ottawa Stilt Union. Luckily, this journey of predatory human nature versus planetary needs is also a cavalcade of darkly entertaining performances replete with ingenious puppetry, larger-than-life characters, comedy, dance, song and haunting stilt walking.

The story is simple–business man Maximilien (author Guy Marsan) is sent by tenacious client Cecilia (Laura Astwood) to a rural village to appropriate the Great Northern Snail and produce a synthetic version of their treasured “slime”. As he embarks on his mission it becomes clear that life may not be so straightforward in this odd town. Puppets, Anglophone Harold (Gabrielle Lalonde) and his Francophone wife Maude (Elise Gauthier), set the bilingual tone as they narrate the protagonists search whilst lending him a not always so helpful hand.

snailsMaximilien meets in rapid succession strange beings including Marvin (Doreen Taylor-Claxon) a flightless and witless bird, the foreboding tree Gnarbre and the not so simple townsfolk.  The pace of adventures is well mapped whilst the physicality of the troupe ensure tangible action is as entertaining as the storyline. In many respects the production is as much a collection of visual performances as it is a story.

The corporeal aspect of the show is exceptional.  Ottawa Stilt Union has a evocative physical tradition that is fully exploited in Snails. Maximilien embodies a plane, Cecilia becomes that menacing, shrill oversized cell phone and of course Gnarbe (Laura Montgomery) towers distinctly apart above the human comedy. Song and dance numbers are ingenious, comical and refreshingly succinct. Taylor-Claxon’s & Marsan’s musical number “Ce que tu ferais si tu savais que tu ne pouvais pas échouer” is particularly clever.

The production is natural in its bilingualism, shifting organically from English to French much like a conversation between multi-linguists. The conciseness of the storytelling wed to the brute physical action and substantial props ensures the unilingual attendees won’t miss a beat.

Marsan proves to be a witty playwright making his allegory work by combining a proper measure of clever contemporary references and droll asides to fairy-tale story-telling. His writing ensures the production works for both children and adults alike.

There is an important conciseness. Despite all the questions posed – will Maximilien be successful in his quest, will the villagers trade exclusive fauna for a “bain tourbillion”, will the screeching Cecilia ever be satisfied and can man reconcile his modern needs with those of the planet? – the performance is a succinct affair that packs mesmerising action into a tidy hour-long production.

Searching for Snails – Ottawa Stilt Union
25-30 March
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.

 

Eye Spy: Rideau St CDP Open House TODAY – Make your voice heard

Rideau St CollageToday from 3-8PM at the Rideau St Library (377 Rideau) is the Open House for the Rideau St re-design.  Cllr Fleury’s office explains this is a pop-in Open House to inform the public of  aspects of the 2005 Community Design Plan (CDP) that are to be reviewed and revised in the next edition “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items  affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.

pedestrianproject reading paperToday is the first opportunity for the community to get their vision across for this stretch of Rideau St that runs from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge.  The whole Ward is affected by this section of Rideau. A “destination” visionary design rather than one that simply supports short-term developer gains could bolster the desirability of the whole area from Montreal Road by creating a shopping corridor to the Market generating a diversity of clients allowing businesses to flourish.

The 2005 CDP limited height to 6 stories so an important aspect to review will be if this height limitation is preserved as sunlight is an important aspect to any shopping district- witness the demise of  Spark Street’s dark corridor or the lack of patios and foot fall on Queen & Slater at the weekend.

Equally it would be nice to see if there is any room for mini-parks to encourage residents to gather or street furniture to take a break.

Jermyn st street gardenRideau st  affects the entire Ward – if it becomes a dark speedy wind tunnel of high-rises it will forever cut off Vanier from Lowertown/SandyHill and the Byward Market bringing down the tone of each and every neighbourhood in Ward 12. If however Rideau is designed with a strong vision in mind- and I for one see it as a strolling, shopping, low-rise patio-friendly destination that draws visitors and residents alike – it has the location and bordering neighbourhoods to become a true destination with shopping, a cinema, great history and restaurants all a joined up in a walkable distance. Upper Rideau is without a doubt the vital link between Ward 12 neighbours from Vanier through the shops on Cumberland, Dalhousie and the Market.

Hopefully  today’s open house is a step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping,district that reinforces our Ward as a desirable, liveable destination that all of Ottawa deserves.

 

Eye Spy: Open House on Rideau Street Re-Design

The 1st Open House for the Rideau St re-design will be March 26th, 3-8PM at the Rideau Library. Pop-in to see the plans.

In December 2013 the City of Ottawa deemed it important to re-open the Community Design Plan (CDP) created in 2005 “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items  affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.

This open house will be the first opportunity for the community to see and comment on proposed changes. The Uptown Rideau area covers Rideau street from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge which leads to our neighbours in Vanier and the Montreal Road.

We are hopeful  this is the first step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping, patio-friendly commercial street that locals and visitors can enjoy. Rideau is a key corridor linking the Byward Market to Sandy Hill, Lowertown & Vanier. Rather than belonging to no-one it belongs to every neighbourhood in our Ward. At the very heart of Ward 12 Rideau must be fully transformed from a conduit to other places to a desirable liveable destination.

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Rideau Library – 377 Rideau Street
Drop in anytime between 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Round Up: Mid-March Fun

Too be fair it is a quieter time than we are used to around the hood but still lots to do if you’re looking for fun.

Today in honour of Pi Day our neighbours over at Boko Bakery on Elgin are offering FREE Pie-pops until 8PM.  Great offer and we’ll be sure to pick up a few extra bits to support their generosity.

Tons of great local’s for Friday night drinks. Personal favourites include the outstanding cocktails and stylish surrounds of The Albion Rooms. Fancy a craft beer & live music it’s got to be the Lunenburg Pub where the prices are great and the crowd is lively. With the wintery weather you might need a strong one and there is no better place to enjoy top quality bourbon than Hooch on Rideau Street.

Kick off Saturday with Cartoons & Pyjamas at the Mayfair theatre. Saturday Morning all you can eat Cereal Cartoon Party starts at 10AM – what a great way to start the day.

Saturday morning at 11am the St Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at Laurier & Elgin. A bit cooler than I’d like for the wearing of the green but it’ll definitely be full of warm spirit.

auntieloosSure, Urban Craft is located at the Glebe Community Centre, put this Saturday’s fair is worth attending given the presence of great Sandy Hill locals like Auntie Loo’s Treats – hosting Auntie Loo’s Kitchen and providing the opportunity to support ton’s of talent local artisans. Like the tag line says “Hip – Modern – Handmade”!

Weekend Roundup: Chemistry, Photography & 3 Beers

As March is set to roar in like a Lion I cling to the hope of a lamb-like exit…

Stock up on fresh eats at the Ottawa U Farmer’s Market in the University centre today from 9-4pm .

Thursday is the opening night of Trois (Three) at Arts Court. That’s three performances nightly for three nights. “Three nights, three shows. And three beers for $10. Doors and cash bar open at 7:30, with the first performance at 8:00pm” Remember if you miss the opening there is always Friday and Saturday night. 

Former Sandy Hill’er and all around great guy Eugene Haslam is the latest CreativeMorning’s Presenter. Catch up with this popular commentator and powerful promoter at Friday’s session at Enriched Bread Artist Studios on Gladstone 8:30-10:00am

FrozenKick off your evening with family fun on Friday. Viscount Alexander on Mann St is hosting Movie Night! They’ve got Disney’s Frozen is on the program and the movie is free while the drinks & pizza are well priced. Doors 5:30 and movie starts at 6PM.

Friday night its the return of monthly event Nature Nocturne. This month the event explores photography with “Ready for your Close-up?“. It’s not strictly in the hood but 20mins on foot still counts as local in our book and a night at the Castle – Museum of Nature – is always magical. 8PM 22$.

Saturday at Carleton University its the 7th annual Chemistry Magic Show featuring one-hour “performances” at 11Am & 2PM with an all-day activity centre open (Steacie Building 2nd Floor) between 9:30-4:30. Suggested donation 3$. Theatre B, Basement Southam Hall.

Also on Saturday there are two opportunities to catch Essays the annual performance of new choreographies by Ottawa School of Dance, Arts Court 2 Daly,   2:30 & 7:30.

Eye Spy: Serious Words on Revitalising our Hood

Tomorrow is the cut-off for letters to the City Planning department on a proposal from Dharma Development that wishes to more than double the height allowed on Upper Rideau Street.

bytownerideau1.pngI want a strolling, shopping corridor so I wrote this to City Planning. I want businesses like the Bytowne, Auntie Loos, Rideau Bakery and All Books. I want them supported by foot-fall and I want more of their ilk. Strongly worded? Yes but if we don’t advocate for our neighbourhood who will?
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Re: File Number D02-02-13-0129 – Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal, 541-545 Rideau Street

I am writing to you today to oppose the proposal to rezone 541-545 Rideau Street. The proposal brought by Dharma Developments violates current zoning restrictions and goes directly against the City’s stated aim to create a Traditional Mainstreet (TM) on Upper Rideau.  The City spent taxpayer money developing the Upper Rideau Design Plan in 2005 with the communities’ involvement to identify the best approach to creating the best possible Street. To allow rezoning is wasteful of taxpayers’ money and disrespectful of the Ward’s wishes.

The City planning has stated that their “hands are tied” in respect to high-rise developments as they were zoned for height and the City must respect the owners rights. This was a response from City planning when asked why we can’t spot-rezone for lower height –it is always and only greater capacity the City bows to. Let the City have their hands tied and be respectful citizen and property owners rights in areas zoned for low-rise development.  The City must have an equal obligation towards respecting the investments of property buyers that purchased in areas zoned as low-rise. Let’s finally start respecting investments equally be they by corporation or individual.

To be completely clear a TM means buildings should be no higher than 19meters – ideal for light thus encouraging strolling and patios which are two much needed developments on Upper Rideau.  The Dharma Development proposal wants to more than double the zoned height restriction and tear-down 541 Rideau a building noted as “of Heritage Interest”.  The last thing residents of the Upper Rideau want – and that the City as a whole should encourage – is the transformation of beautiful old neighbourhoods in to an extension of the wind-tunnel dark shadowed portion of Rideau Street between King Edward and Cumberland.

That these old neighbourhoods have been neglected is no excuse for irresponsible development.  One need only look to the transformation of Bank St in Old Ottawa South to see the flourishing benefits of listening to Community input.

I want to see new developments on Upper Rideau that enhance the liveability of the street.  Developments must encourage quality businesses catering to and are supported by the neighbourhood.  Currently Upper Rideau St is not a “destination” it is a cut-through for car drivers.  Building light-blocking high-rises will reinforce this. If the City is sincere in its stated plan then it needs to respect the Upper Rideau St Design and, as this plan states, adhere to the zoning of 19ft height that allows no more than between 6-9 stories; as opposed to the 16stories the current proposal request.  The Upper Rideau Street plan was adopted 8 years ago – let’s enforce it today.

Developing Upper Rideau Street properly can – given the diversity & density of the surrounding neighbourhoods including Sandy Hill, Lowertown, Vanier & the Byward Market –create a natural shopping and strolling corridor between Vanier and Byward. Doing this will strengthen the quality of businesses, the desirability of all four neighbourhoods and create a vibrant shopping street to rival any seen in Old Ottawa South or Wellington West.

It is time for the City to get serious about the commitment to transform Upper Rideau – talk and planning sessions and whitepapers are nothing other than a waste of taxpayer money if they are not implemented.

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Please feel free to copy this letter and email it with your own message to Douglas.james@ottawa.ca
Letters on this proposal are due by end of day 17 February 2014

Mr. Douglas James
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON, K10 1J1

Weekend Round-Up: Carnival, Craft Beer & Live Music

Winter-Carnival-2010-9117The highlight of the weekend is the Sandy Hill Winter Carnival this Sunday in and around the Community Centre at 250 Somerset Street. Come one and come all as contrary to last years daunting freeze this year we predict between  0 & -10 degrees!  The Carnival includes activities for children and adults, there are outdoor games, indoor crafts and entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Festivities kick off at 2PM and all are encouraged to bring a dish and stay for the Potluck Dinner between 5-7PM   Don’t forget your skates!

Friday it’s Jazz Night at Mugshots. This re-occuring every-third Friday live music event can’t come around fast enough for our liking. Mugshots, 75 Nicholas, 8PM, Free

Meanwhile around the corner at Club Saw it’s indie punk Balance&Composer Saw Gallery, Nicholas St, 7/7:30PM, 13.50$

Craft Beer Lovers of Sandy Hill need only cross the bridge to Vanier to indulge their passion! This Saturday the Black Irish Pub is hosting it’s first ever “Craft Beer Night”.  Attendees can sample the latest wares of Beau’s All Natural, Kichesippi Beer Co, Beyond the Pale Brewery & Toronto’s Spearhead Brewery. Drink to your heart’s content and walk home – Thanks Neighbour! Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk (next to the Beer Store in the Eastview Mall) 7PM

Saturday it’s Mugshots again with Fryquency a new pay-what-you-can series featuring live underground talent. We wouldn’t expect anything less cutting edge than that from the amazing talents within the Old Jail / Court House buildings that house Arts Court, OAG, SAW & the Hostel! Mugshots 75 Nicholas St, 9PM

Kid’s Capoiera – adult classes available too- Amayaframetastic starts up again at Dende do Recife in Place de la Francophonie this Sunday.  A great local way to use fitness and Brazilian culture to inspire your child. Dende Do Recife, 450 Rideau (at Chapel St), 10:30am and 11:30am.

Sunday night head to Ritual for The Rural Alberta Advantage.  This Canadian band are a big deal – trust me and check out their percussive folk-songs of heartbreak and home towns with sounds akin to Mumford & Sons yet completely unique to their own ethic.  One of the world’s great unsigned bands with sold-out tour dates worldwide this is a fantastic opportunity to catch them in an intimate setting. Ritual, 137 Besserer St, 8PM 15$ at Door

Weekend RoundUp: January Flight & Northern Lights

Ok so this is my 2nd winter in Canada and I’m starting to get it. Relinquishing 15 years of mild winters in London, England wasn’t easy but I’ve now got the memo and as I can’t beat this weather I’m joining in! I got the boots, mega-warm coat, even (eke!) snowpants and this past week dum dee dum. I went skating!  So I was terrible but it was hysterically fun and despite great wobbles and spills I’ve kept going back for more.

Northen LightsFirst off – look up look up Northern lights are set to dance across the sky tonight!

Thursday night is all about physics and… paper airplanes! Tonight in the theatre its the “Walkalong Glider Dog Fight” event.  Commercial Glider Pilot Phil Rossoni and Darcy Ryan an all-around expert on model aviation will provide hands-on guidance to making and flying various paper models.  A fun interactive opportunity to learn and dash about with paper planes and walkalong gliders. Take flight at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, 6PM Free.

Later this evening Tara Holloway will be making sweet music with her guitar & amazing voice at the the Lunenburg Pub & Bar from 9PM.

Friday night it’s the opening of “Liebe Handwerk!” Dante Penman’s solo exhibit inspired by vivid nightmares and the solace found in the works of Gothic horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft channelled personal demons to inspire and feed his creative works a practice Penman embraces. The dark multi-disciplinary exhibit translating to “Love Craft” will be on view until 23rd Jan with a talk at 3pm on the 17th.  School of Photographic Arts (SPAO), Vernissage 4-9pm, 168 Dalhousie St.

Saturday Shopify in the Market hosts Code for Kids a class where 7-9 year olds learn about electricity, how to build basic circuits and receive a Snap Circuit Kit to take home. 126 York St, 10:30-12:30, 59$

SkateCanada comes to the Rink of Dreams by City Hall this weekend. Screens for viewing the 2014 National Skating Champtionships (at Canadian Tire Place) will be installed, there are family activities, skating for all, skating shows, demos, lessons and more. Laurier St W, Friday & Sat 2-10PM & Sun 12:30-4:30PM, Free

Road Movie by Ellie Flanders & Tamira Sawatsky has been extended by a week to January 18th. Take on this artist’s view of Palestine as you walk through giant landscapes to take in this perspective. At SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St.

Sunday they’re back! N’hood favourites Rimbombante accompany the Main St Market Band at the Black Sheep Inn Wakefield on Sunday evening. Rimbombante dedicated to the rhythms of Latin America bring a high energy show with World-Music influences including Latin and jazz styles and a broad range of pop music from Brian Wilson to David Byrne. Drive carefully and enjoy a great evening at the Black Sheep Inn. Sunday 8:30pm, 10$

Tuesday Jan 14th head to Tabaret Lawn for “Le Spin” to watch the thrills and spills of UofO’s annual snowboard & ski challenge. Tabaret Lawn, between Laurier & Wilbrod 5PM