Tag Archives: Strathcona Park

Eye Spy: Two Parks, Two Events, One Neighbourhood TODAY!

windinthewillowsJoin Odyssey & Rag and Bone Theatre for today’s final matinee performance at 1PM in Strathcona Park. The sun is currently shinning bright over Sandy Hill so no better opportunity to experience theatre in the great outdoors with kids and the young at heart. Today’s performance from the innovative puppet theatre Rag & Bone Theatre brings Kenneth Grahame classic “The Wind in The Willows” to Ottawa’s stage with a river view.

1PM Strathcona Park (River Road by Laurier Ave E)

RAIN DATE MOVE!!! Play has been relocated to All Saint’s Church 317 Chapel St at Laurier Ave.

80 - "Stone Gazebo" as seen in MacDonald Gardens ParkThis evening it’s over to MacDonald Garden’s Park on the opposite side of Rideau to celebrate the centenary of this local dog-friendly haven with one of the best sunset views in the capital city. This park has a fantastical history as a previous a cemetery when the cemetery by Parliament (Queen St) was moved here due to overcrowding in the 1830’s. Come celebrate 100 years and learn some of Ottawa’s oldest history.
6PM MacDonald Gardens.Park (Between Coburg St & Wurtemburg St and Heney St & Rideau St)

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The Financier (Tucaret) – Memorable “Theatre Under the Stars”

Second summer in Sandy Hill and first outing to Odyssey’s “Theatre Under the Stars” in Strathcona Park. This summer’s production The Financier is an English translation of Alain-Rene Lesage’s Tucaret – an amusing comedic romp about deception, greed and posturing of the Baroque French upper class.  It’s a who-done-it of pretence as the story unfolds to reveal who really holds the upper-hand in this convoluted caper of deceit.

Tucaret

Tucaret (Andy Massingham), the eponymous financier, is a treacherous loan-shark financing the house-hold of his mistress, the Baroness (Chandel Gambles). The Baroness plays him while in turn funding her own deceitful lover the Knight (Attila Clemann). No sooner has Tucaret gifted the Baroness that she is scammed by the Knight and his wily valet Frontin (Jesse Buck).  An attempt by handmaiden Lisette (Alanna Bale) to protect her mistress’ assets soon sees her supplanted by Marine (again Bale) Frontin’s handpicked accomplice. Throw in to the mix a drunken Marquis (Mark Huisman), a wife (Nichola Lawrence) confined to the Provinces and a social occasion that puts to shame any awkward family dinner you may have experienced and the scene is set for the veritable collapse of this house of cards. The climax is an uproarious frenzy of feverish de-masking.

Odyssey creates unique theatre with masked actors, an outdoor set and the use of props to mimic the fractious fragile treachery on stage.  The masks and choreography are beautifully done; the former fitted individually to each performer while the latter lends an air of ‘marionette’ styling which lends itself well to the “pretences” at hand. Yet these aspects separate the audience from the actors and make it difficult to connect with the characters.  Although the cast performed well – one remains slightly detached without any sense of stand-out performances due to the obscured facials expressions. While the choreography is masterful the execution was distinctly more successful by some – the delightful Alana Bale in particular – than others.

The Financier is an enjoyable period comedy but it was the overall experience that lingers.  The ensemble of the proficient, distinctive cast performance, the costumes, the masks, the set and the open-air setting all come together to create a memorable evening; one to surely add to the summer calendar.

Note: Odyssey Theatre has teamed up with Le Cordon Bleu’s Signatures Restaurant to offer a “picnic & play” option which is highly recommended.

The Financier (Tucaret)
July 24- August 24th
Evenings 8:00PM, Saturday & Sunday Pay-What-You-Can Matinees 3:00PM
Strathcona Park – Range Road & Laurier Avenue

Eye Spy: Strathcona Park on Apt613

Photo Credit Maksim Apelfeld for Apt613

Photo Credit Maksim Apelfeld for Apt613

It’s always great to see something you love getting much deserved press!

Maksim Apelfeld has written an informative piece on Sandy Hill’s very own Strathcona Park.  Check it out in the latest instalment of Hidden Gems.  What is not to love about purpose-built “ruins” one can clamber over and Stephen Barthwaite’s work is composed of “historical” Ottawa artefacts to boot.  Thanks Maksim!

Counting on Sandy Hill by the Numbers

NumbersSandy Hill is a neighbourhood of many facets and this website will provide residents and visitors with information to fully enjoy this eclectic and exciting quarter.

This site will equally be a “listings” home for the many events held locally including Art in The Park, Dusk Dances, Jane Walks, Yoga classes, ASH meetings, Community days, garage sales and more.

The current site will be developed, and lay-out rapidly improved, but for now we leave you with some Sandy Hill stats rather than an Under Construction place holder.  Welcome and enjoy!

People – over 10 000 strong 

  • 12,451 (2011 census).  A bilingual neighbourhood with an eclectic mix of families, professionals– from Ambassadors through Chefs – and students.

Incredible Public Transport  – Get Anywhere in Ottawa Car-free

  • The Transit Way at Ottawa University (Laurier & Campus stops) or the Rideau Centre (Mackenzie King stop) provide over 50 bus options
  • 5 & 16 running off Laurier Avenue
  • 7, 12, 14 & 18 on Rideau Street
  • Multiple VrtuCar car-sharing sites

IMG_5864Bike Paths & Walking – Minutes to Centretown, The Market & Beyond
Sandy Hill is a community that embraces walking and cycling due to the easy access of this neighbourhood to schools, shops and amenities from Rideau St, the Byward Market, Rideau Centre, Elgin street/Centretown and Vanier.  On foot or by bike these neighbourhood are mere moments away whilst further biking to Westboro beach, the Old Ottawa South farmer’s market and beyond is a cinch on two-wheels.

  • Rideau Canal bike paths can be accessed via Ottawa University & the pedestrian/bike Corkstowne Bridge
  • Rideau River Bike Paths are accessed via Strathcona Park
  • Stewart Street has a dedicated west-bound bike path
  • Wilbrod has a dedicated east-bound bike path

Parks:  (# square feet of green space) Sandy Hill is a green neighbourhood with elegant old trees lining the streets and beautiful parks and community gardens.

  • IMG_5857Strathcona Park runs along the Rideau River at the east end of Sandy Hill. A beautiful expansive oasis with a sparkling fountain on the crest where park meets Laurier Avenue.  Strathcona is home to art and theatre events in the Summer months (Odyssey Theatre, Dusk Dances, Art in the Park, Rag and Bone and more). Has gothic ruins to climb and two play structures , 2 wading pools (Strathcona Park & Dutchy’s Hole)and great tobogganing in the winter months.  One of Ottawa’s premiere parks it meets every comer’s needs.
  • Dutchy’s Hole and Robinson’s Field – often considered part of Strathcona Park these two green spaces are located at the southern end of Strathcona and joined up by the pedestrian cycling path along the river.  Dutchy’s Hole has playstructures, a great dog entrance to the river, a wading pool and is home to the Sandy Hill Community Garden. Robinson’s field is, as the name indicates, a very large playfield with lots of green space for sun worshiper’s, book readers and dog-walkers.  Robinson’s Field also houses the Strathcona Heights’ Community Garden.IMG_5868
  • St Germain Park – nestled next to the Sandy Hill Community centre at the South Western tip of Sandy Hill where King Edward meets Mann Avenue this park is perfect for active Sandy Hill residents. A play field, dog park, extensive new climbing facilities and a wading pool are some of St Germain’s key features. In the winter a well maintained outdoor rink is located on the playing field and they even have a small ice-run for new skaters.
  • Chapel Street Splash Park – A small shady park between Rideau and Laurier the Chapel street park is an ever popular destination for water play, relaxation and picnics.

Businesses & Services:  Sandy Hill is spoiled for services, eateries, and coffeeshops. For a complete listing see our comprehensive  Business Directory.

Embassies – The elegant tree-lined neighbourhood is home to over 30 embassies. From Albania, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Egypt, Switzerland, Tanzania and so many more the international flavour of Sandy Hill is undeniable!  See a complete list of embassies here.

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Education

  • University of Ottawa
  • Le Cordon Bleu – Culinary Arts Institute
  • Ecole FrancoJeunesse
  • Viscount Alexander Public School
  • Bettye Hyde Daycare & After-School Care
  • Wilbrod Daycare

Come and visit us again soon as the information and events on this site grow and flourish. Live your Sandy Hill Seen (sic) to the full!