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For students attending Nepean High School, September will bring more change than the usual return to pencils and books. The school has a new principal, and he intends to bring renewed focus to the success of the nearly fifteen-hundred students he will oversee. Renald Cousineau is a veteran principal who, after four years as the Student Success Lead at Curriculum Services, is looking forward to a return to the front lines of education. “I find a lot of inspiration in students,” says Renald. “I often say that I get to work with the future day in, day out.” Renald is anything but a principal’s principal. His view of his new role is informed by his student-focused philosophy of education. He shuns the authoritarian governing style typical of the principals he remembers from his childhood, preferring to see himself as a student ally, working to help them achieve their goals in an environment that works for them. For Renald, that means descending from the ivory tower of the principal’s office to the trenches of the classroom
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and hallways of Nepean High School. “We need to have the ability to develop the relationships with the students so we can see things through their lens,” he says. “I need to immerse myself in the student experience, and then leverage their voice.” There is a tendency for educators to make decisions without considering students, Renald points out. He sees danger in tradition, in doing things the way they’ve always been done, because it fails to take into account
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tion and presentation. Gone are the memorizations of times-tables and state capitals. Now, students are seen as creative, passion-driven individuals, and Renald wouldn’t have it any other way. Though Renald intends to shake things up at Nepean High School, his new appointment isn’t a result of a need for change, but simply part of the circle of life in Ottawa schools. The much beloved former Nepean Principal Patrick McCarthy has moved on to a role as a system principal leading the Alternate High Schools program. In addition, Patrick will be supervising alternate programs at various sites across the city and will serve as principal of the Safe Schools programs. Patrick’s move to new positions is the school board’s way of keeping things fresh. The philosophy is that once a principal has been at a school for four or five years, they’ve done all they can for it. “You get to a certain point where you have to hand it off to someone else to renew and take it to the next level,” says Renald. It’s not so foreign a concept; the same exists in many political systems. Once a ruling power has been in office too long, they are asked to step down to avoid the potential issues that come with lengthy terms of power. So too for schools. “It’s easy for us to look at the system through our lens,” says Renald. “Many constructs exist because they work for the adults in the building.”
the student experience, which Renald points out is quickly changing. In our connected world, students can learn without going to school. Their ability to harness new technologies is making old methods of teaching irrelevant. “In education, one of our biggest challenges is moving away from what we’ve done. That’s sometimes all we can imagine, ” says Renald. “We have to create the conditions where students can see that there are other possibilities.” For Renald, it’s about adapting. He recognizes that those who understand the new world best are often the students themselves. This is why he wants to ensure a seat at the discussion table for them. In Renald’s regime, students, parents and administration must work together to create the best possible conditions at the school. He welcomes change, and believes that schools need to move towards a new model of education, one that prepares students for 21st century life. “When I go to my doctor’s office, I don’t want it to look like it did in 1984 because the practice has evolved,” he says. So too for schools. Part of adapting will require working with parents and the community. Parents, Renald explains, often see their children’s education through the lens of their own. That often leads to misunderstandings. Things are simply different now. Instead of knowledge, education is now designed to encourage skills like researching, argumenta-
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Hampton-Iona residents have come together to beautify their local park. This perennial project began with a plant swap and some unwelcome graffiti on Iona Park’s field house. Wesley Avenue resident, Eileen Hunt, spearheaded the development of the flowerbeds. Eileen traces her involvement back to a forum of the Canadian Garden Council in 2016 and a discussion of activities to mark Ottawa Garden Days, an annual event designed to encourage friendship and community through our shared garden culture. “That year, on Wesley, we decided we’d have a plant swap,” says Eileen. “And lots of the neighbours participated.” The question arose about what to do with the leftover donations. The solution was simple: plant them around the outbuildings in the park to create a natural, not to mention, beautiful, perimeter to prevent vandalism and tagging. It’s a busy park and is growing in popularity. “It’s a very active park, with organized recreational soccer games over the summer and local families,” says neighbour, Kit Dinning. “It’s changed a lot, there are a lot more kids today
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“It’s a very active park, with organized recreational soccer games over the summer and local families.” than there were 10 years ago because of the turnover in the homes.” More work on the Iona Park garden took place at the Spring Festival this past June. There was another plant swap and once again, leftover plants were added to newly expanded flowerbeds. The Hampton Iona Community Association also bought plants, along with soil and planters. Patio stones were also brought in to protect the garden from the city’s massive lawn mowers. One of the group’s biggest projects is coming up in the fall, although the impact of it won’t be felt until after the snow melts in the spring. The group ordered 500 yellow World Friendship Tulips for a mass-planting event on September 30 between 10
Wesley Avenue resident, Eileen Hunt, brought together her neighbours to beautify their local park. There’s a special tulip-planting event planned for September 30 too.
and 11:30 a.m. In 2018, the theme of the Canadian Tulip Festival will be: “One World One Tulip.” This special breed of yellow tulip will be featured in flower beds across Ottawa. Continued on page 9
During the World Tulip Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015, the World Friendship Tulip was officially baptised and now serves as the international symbol of peace and friendship. The World Friendship Tulip will be the focal point of the 2017 World Tulip Summit, which is taking place in Ottawa this fall. Joining in these celebrations, the theme of the 2018 Canadian Tulip Festival is “One World – One Tulip” and will prominently feature this special flower throughout mass plantings in the nation’s capital. Veseys is offering Canadian gardeners the opportunity to purchase this soft, creamy-yellow Darwin Hybrid through a special arrangement with Dutch grower, Klass Peter de Geus. Everyone is invited to take part in this global initiative and join Canada’s heartfelt expression for world peace and friendship by including this specimen in their garden. (Info via veseys.com)
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Where history intersects What first began as a dirt path is now one of the busiest corners of Kitchissippi
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Kitchissippi has its share of busy intersections, but few are as rich in history as Wellington Street West at Holland Avenue. For the last 130 years and beyond, the neighbourhood has evolved around this junction of two important local roadways, and it is well worth a look at the fascinating history of these four corners. What we know today as a bustling intersection was, in its earliest days, a quiet spot along Richmond Road in the middle of the Hinton family farm. Robert Hinton died in 1885, and Andrew Holland (a Hansard reporter, among many other endeavours) acquired the farm in 1887. He moved onto the property, but his true intention was to capitalize on the coming electric railway line. He had the area’s first phone installed in his home and tried different ways to make some extra money on his farm. He advertised for pasturage of cattle and horses ($2.00 and $2.50 per month, respectively), and pushed for the city
to dispose of its “night soil” (the solid waste collected from outhouses and cesspools by city employees at night) on the farm. Carts would have travelled down Wellington and turned down a laneway to dump it on trenched fields in the area of what is now Holland just north of Carling. (Some uncomfortable history for modern-day residents to consider!) The Wesley Building under construction in 1955. It’s had many tenants since then, In 1895, Andrew Holland and his including Laura Secord and the World of Maps. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa real estate syndicate, the Ottawa Land Archives (CA-25262). Association, laid out a subdivision of the land between Parkdale and Harmer. Part of this included an later, the first sod was turned on Eventually, this apparatus would be extra-wide street (Holland Avenue), Holland for the new Britannia streetused for electric lights and telephone intended for streetcars. The streetcar car line. wires as well. had arrived as far west as Somerset The area was still vacant land at The first structure at the corner of Square that September, and just before this point. Even the old Hinton farmWellington and Holland was a small winter, tracks were laid through house, which would have been located office the OLA built in 1896 to proHintonburg along Wellington to just east of Holland, close to Byron, mote their property and lots. Holland, then south to Carling and was demolished. Holland Avenue was In 1898, the first infrastructure in the Experimental Farm. The Ottawa an empty field with a double electric the area arrived by way of a drainage Electric Railway began running street- streetcar track through it, with a sinditch down Holland to the Ottawa cars on April 30, 1896, advertising a gle line of posts placed between the River. It was a first attempt to combat 15-minute run to Elgin Street, with tracks and poles branching out over the menace of Cave Creek, and the cars every seven minutes. Three years the tracks to support the trolley wire. spring runoff from all the area farms
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Abra and Balharrie, it initially was just two storeys tall, but was constructed with the capacity to add up to three more storeys if required. Those three storeys were added in 1965. The original building contained Laura Secord’s chocolate shop, Henry Mack’s Men’s Store, and the Dictaphone Corporation on the main floor, plus offices on the second floor. Laura Secord’s is probably the bestremembered of this building’s shops, surviving until the mid-1990s. Skaff’s Restaurant, Martin Meinke Opticians, and Gift-O-Rama were other longterm tenants. In 1998, Routeburn Urban Developments purchased the deteriorating building and converted it into loft condominiums, retaining retail on the main floor. Until recently, World of Maps occupied the corner retail space, which now sits vacant. Here’s the Wesley Building today. Photo by Andrea Tomkins
were erected at the intersection to host the 1,500 bidders who purchased lots as cheap as $75. Speaking of circus tents, the area between Wellington and Byron on the west side of Holland was the site of two huge circuses in June of 1912 and 1913. Ringling Brothers drew 45,000 people to two shows in 1912, while Barnum & Bailey eclipsed their success a year later, with a touring company of 1,200 people, 500 horses, 40 elephants, three giraffes, a rhinoceros and a hippopotamus. A street parade from Holland to Elgin Street and then back kicked off the day of excitement. The damage caused by the circus in 1912 led to Holland being paved for the first time soon after. The Northwest corner
On Christmas Eve 1900, Hintonburg Reeve Jonas Bullman acquired this lot. The following spring, he began construction of a brick double house, with ground floor store. Bullman, for whom the Hintonburg street is named, ran a grocery store here until he died in 1917. Morris Feldberg (after immigrating from Poland and prior to later opening Morris Formal Wear) opened his first business here, a “cleaners and pressers” shop, from 1927 until 1934. It then became a shoe repair shop (“Modern Shoe Rebuilders”) from 1935 until its demolition in 1960. From 1961 until the mid-1970s, a B.P. gas station opened on the empty lot. From the late-1970s until about 1990, a dry cleaner was run out of the shop at the rear of the lot, which was taken over by Pro Shine Car Wash in 1992. The property briefly sat vacant in the new millennium before construction began in the fall of 2005 on Windmill Development’s 11-storey condo, the Currents, which features the GCTC’s Irving Greenberg Theatre.
This corner was the last one to be developed and it was vacant until 1924. The only feature of the property throughout the first quarter of the 1900s was an advertising billboard that ran the length of the property along both Wellington and Holland. This was prime advertising space for passing streetcars, horse and buggies and the earliest automobiles. Prominent westender and Magistrate for Carleton County, William Joynt, constructed the “Goldwyn Apartments” building, a three-storey brick structure that contained eight apartments on the top two floors and commercial spaces on the main floor. Most well-known was the corner pharmacy that was leased by Southwell, Garrison, and Nichols before William’s sons, Dalton and Walter Joynt, took over operation from 1939 to 1973. Their niece ran it until 1990, at which point it was sold and briefly became Joynt’s Pharmacy. The iconic building was torn down after a fire gutted it in December of 1996. In 2000, a new building opened on this spot, Simon Saab’s vegetarian restaurant, The Table, which remains a local favourite to this day. See the web version of this story at Kitchissippi.com for extra photos. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of a blog called The Kitchissippi Museum (kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca). His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early photos or memories of the area? We’d love to hear them! Send your email to stories@ kitchissippi.com.
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The first permanent building on the intersection was on the northwest corner. Prominent Hintonburg merchant Thomas A. Stott initially planned to build a small hotel, but he ended up building a residence. Construction was completed in July 1898, and it remained standing until 1954. It was briefly a Carleton Hardware Co. store (1913-1915), Lambert Eggens’ grocery store (1916-1919), and for nearly 30 years was David Rubin’s grocery store (1923-1951). In 1955, the new “Wesley Building” was constructed at the cost of $225,000. Designed by architects
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to the south and west. A trench was excavated and cedar-encased pipes installed. Other streets were gradually connected to the drain, but it would be 30 years until the area’s sewer issue was solved. The first streetlight was installed to light the drainage ditch warning travellers of potential danger. It was a gas lantern with colored glass and was manually lit each evening. According to a newspaper report, a “light-headed and nimble-fingered rogue” stole it not long after its installation. The first electric light was a single light connected to the larger Hintonburg system, which was installed in the summer of 1905 by the Stewart farmhouse at Julian, but was moved closer to Holland at the request of residents. This was an era before cars, and so other than the bustle of streetcars passing through the neighbourhood, horse and carriage were the predominant method of transportation in the area. The village maintained Wellington Street and its plank sidewalks, but Holland was just a dirt path. The OLA used the land to promote the sale of their lots. They held smaller auctions throughout the early 1900s, but most notable were two mammoth auctions in 1919 and 1920 to sell the 1,000 lots that make up Wellington Village. Huge circus tents
Wolfe. The original two 1/2 storey building was replaced by the current bank around 1970. Before 1937, this corner was just a yard adjoining a home, owned by bible agent John McCullough, which stood from 1901-1940.
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Celebrating Westboro’s trees with a unique community collaboration
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Deb Chapman, coordinator of the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park, responded enthusiastically to Odyssey’s outreach. She’s actively involved with the park and works closely with the Westboro Community Association. “I have an interest in the arts and am keen to participate, I also belong to another organization called Big Trees of Kitchissippi, which tries to protect as many of our large, mature trees,” says Deb. “Westboro is blessed with big, mature trees – that’s what we are known for.” Spreading Roots’ first workshop took place in Clare Park on Saturday, August 26. Attended by a small group of adults and children, the workshop included three components: the first, a song composed by musical director, Vanessa Lachance, with lyrics by Jacqui du Toit. “It has a really sweet melody,” says Deb. “We went over and over it and today [Sunday], it stuck with me and I was singing it all day.” Deb found the second component of the workshop – which involved the memorization of dance steps – more challenging. The third component of Saturday’s workshop was all about the script – telling the story about trees and what
Spreading Roots is a unqiue community theatre project that celebrates the trees and green spaces of Westboro. Participants gathered in Clare Park for a workshop on August 26. Photo by Al Goyette
they mean to the residents and the wider community. As a project in development, the script is being written right now with participant input. “It’s a different way of getting the message across, of why trees deserve to be celebrated,” says Deb. A second workshop, Putting the Show Together, is scheduled for September 7 at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre and will provide an opportunity for Deb and the other participants to fine tune the performance. In preparation, Deb and oth-
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Spreading Roots in Westboro is a community theatre project designed to celebrate Westboro’s trees and green spaces through story and song. The production has been evolving over the summer and the final performance – starring some Westboro friends and neighbours – will be taking place at Dovercourt Recreation Centre on September 10. When Rebecca Benson, project director of Spreading Roots in six other locations as well as Westboro, was asked if she was interested in taking on this project, she read The Hidden Life of Trees by the German forester, Peter Wohlleben. The book provided insight into what trees feel, how they communicate – through a ‘woodwide web’ – providing her with an expanded view of the importance of trees in our communities. Spreading Roots in Westboro is part of Neighbourhood Arts 150, a collaborative arts project that celebrates the arts in different communities across Ottawa. Presented by the AOE Arts Council, Odyssey Theatre and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park, and funded by the Government of Canada, Spreading Roots had their initial meeting with the Westboro community in June 2017.
ers will be approaching musicians in Westboro as well as neighbours and friends to become involved in this initiative. Interested in participating? Putting the Show Together takes place Thursday, September 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The final performance and tree planting at Dovercourt Recreational Centre takes place on Sunday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Follow the project online at 150ArtsOttawa.ca.
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Continued from page 3 “The initiative is nationwide, and the tulip is a symbol of world peace,” says Eileen. “Collectively, we will do our bit.” Eileen is hoping 50 volunteers will come forward and each help plant 10 tulips on the big day. Participants will also be sent home with a “handful” of World Friendship Tulip bulbs for their own gardens. There will also be yoga in the park that day, as well as free refreshments. “We’re trying to welcome new people and show them what an active community we are,” says Eileen. “The community garden is an active, social activity that fosters community pride.” Area resident and volunteer, MaryLou Davies, puts it this way: “My son grew up in this park, playing on the swings and in the sand in the summer and skating on the rink in the winter, and I am delighted to see that the community has created this lovely garden. It creates a beautiful space for all ages to enjoy this park. I am very grateful to Eileen for creating this garden and for inviting me to join her.” The Hampton-Iona Community Association is always looking for volunteers. For details, and information about upcoming events – including a moderated chat about the future of Kitchissippi ward with Councillor Jeff Leiper on October 18 – go to hamptoniona.wordpress.com.
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The craft beer craze has been fermenting for several years now with no sign of stopping, and this year Tastes of Wellington West is jumping on the trend for the festival on September 16. Craft beer lovers will have their hands and their glasses full with the Brewery Market taking place in Hintonburg Park and the Brew Donkey tour bus taking visitors to three local breweries. The Brewery Market, which will showcase craft beers from across the city, has been based in Hintonburg and run by local graphic designer, Taralyn Carver, for six years. They follow a farmers’ market model of having the brewers themselves present to sell and discuss their product with buyers. “The concept behind the Brewery Market is that you come, and you can grab a beer from the person who’s actually brewing it, and who’s involved in the process, and who knows the most about that beer,” Taralyn explains. Concurrently, the Brew Donkey bus will be ferrying beer fans to three breweries: the Kitchissippi-based Tooth and Nail and Vimy Brewing, and Beyond the Pale brewing just across the O-Train tracks. As local brewer Kevin Sirko describes, the neighbourhood is becoming something of a “craft beer district” that is attracting visitors from all over the city. Tooth and Nail and Vimy are both quick walks away from the Brewery Market in Hintonburg Park, and Kichessippi Brewing is just a short drive away near Churchill Avenue — provided that you’re being driven by someone who isn’t doing the beer crawl themselves, of course. For those who plan on taking the Brew Donkey bus tour to the breweries this year, or perhaps who want to go on a brewery crawl of their own, KT has prepared a short guide to the ward’s craft brewers.
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company’s founder Matt Tweedy displays a glass of Rabble Rouser IPA at their combination brewery and pub on 3 Irving Ave.
“The concept behind the Brewery Market is that you come, and you can grab a beer from the person who’s actually brewing it, and who’s involved in the process, and who knows the most about that beer.”
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
When Matt Tweedy started Tooth and Nail two years ago, he had a vision for a company that would not only attract craft beer lovers, but foster community growth. “The idea of Tooth and Nail is to
Kichessippi Beer’s Jessica Trout shows off their German-style Heffeweizen at the K Beer brewery on 866 Campbell Ave., just outside Kitchissippi ward borders.
be able to enter our environment, to be able to sit down, and have a pint with a friend… and maybe at some point hopefully they stop their conversation and say ‘geez, this beer is really good,’” Matt says. Indeed, when the Kitchissippi Times visited on a
Tuesday night, the bar was pulsing with neighbourhood residents discussing their day over a beer. Although Tooth and Nail isn’t doing anything specifically Tastesoriented on September 16, they will be celebrating their two-year anniver-
As local brewer Kevin Sirko describes, the neighbourhood is becoming something of a “craft beer district” that is attracting visitors from all over the city. Vimy Brewing Company co-owner and -founder Kevin Sirko holds up a glass of the Vimy Cream Ale in their new facility at 145 Loretta Ave. N.
sary on their patio that day. For the occasion, they’re unveiling two new beers: a special addition to their “Solo Mission” pale ale series, and a very limited-supply tribute to Belgian styles called Tweede, which is Flemish for two. Vimy Brewing Company
The last time the Kitchissippi Times featured Vimy Brewing, the company was gearing up to open its doors to
the public. In the months since then, the brewery has found its niche, growing its audience through word-ofmouth and brewery tours. Kevin Sirko, who runs the brewery with his brother Mike, says that their unique “crowlers” — a recyclable can with the capacity of a growler jug — have proven a hit. Their vast space for visitors, which includes a Great Hall, a rent-able lounge, and several games rooms, have also been well-used, prompting the addition of an air
hockey table. A number of community events have also taken place in the lounge, with many more to come, including trivia nights starting next month. For more info on tours and events, visit their website at vimybrewing.ca. Kichessippi Beer
The “K Beer” headquarters is just outside the bottom corner of the ward, nestled among a large handful of garages and auto shops near Carling Avenue. It’s not the “mechanicsville” one may be used to, but don’t let the humble location fool you — Kichessippi has become one of the
Beyond the Pale Brewery
While their brand new location across the Trillium Line technically places them outside Kitchissippi ward, this brewery got its start in Hintonburg and still has links to the community. And for those who want to do their own tour of the “craft beer district,” Beyond the Pale is just a short walk from Vimy and Tooth and Nail, at 250 City Centre Ave. No time for a tour? Many Kitchissippi pubs and restaurants are serving up local brews. Just ask! Happy sampling Kitchissippi! And please remember to drink responsibly.
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most popular and recognizable craft beers in the city. The brewery, like the ward, derives its name from the Algonquin word for the Ottawa River. In its seven years, the brewery has produced a lot of drinkable tributes to the city and river’s history: their wellknown “1855” amber ale, the “Logger” porter, and the new “Heller Highwater” lager, for example. Kichessippi has undergone a lot of growth since its debut in 2010. They’ve gone from eight thousand to fifty-six thousand litres of brewing capacity, and two years ago made a major upgrade in purchasing a heavier canning machine. Tours of their brewery can be booked through their website (kbeer.ca), and their beer can be found in dozens of bars and pubs across the city.
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Kristin Stockwell and Natasja Billiau of PushPULL Dance.
bers to use their skills in their day jobs in helping out and contributing to the company – in social media, scheduling, making the calendar, for example,” she says. Natasja works during the day as a management consultant. She always enjoyed dancing as a hobby, and did Argentinian tango for several years. In May 2017, she performed on stage with PushPULL’s themed performance called “Fork in the Road,” which also
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featured the local musical group, The Peptides. Kristin Stockwell, who’s been a member of the company for the past seven years, attended Ottawa’s Canterbury High School and went on to study dance in Montreal, specializing in choreography. She currently works at the Ottawa Airport, training screening officers during the day – “very different from what I studied,” she explains. She enjoys the fact that
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PushPULL Dance is a not-for-profit, member-run organization providing dancing opportunities for non-professional dancers with diverse backgrounds and professional lives. This unique dance company, originally from Toronto, launches their 2017/2018 season early September with a free dance workshop and audition at the Hintonburg Community Centre (HCC). A theme is chosen early in the season which is then explored through a variety of choreographies and dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, reggae, modern, ballroom and tap. At the opening of each season, all members (including members from previous seasons) audition. The twopart audition includes a dance and interview section. Members commit to practicing twice a week, preparing for the annual show at Centrepointe Theatre in May of 2018. Natasja Billiau, current producer for the 2017/18 season and Kitchissippi ward resident, describes PushPULL Dance as a group effort, which is something she loves about the company. “It offers the opportunity for mem-
dance is something she doesn’t have to do for money. “I do it for myself,” says Kristin. Originally formed in Toronto in 2004, the company was brought to Ottawa by Abigail Tulloch in 2014. Titania Woodfine is PushPULL Dance’s new Artistic Director for the 2017/2018 season. The dance group welcomes adult dancers of any age, gender, culture or body type. Through the diversity of the members, the group is able to create shows that embody a variety of dance styles. There are different choreographers for different pieces and when you put the groups together, it makes for an eclectic show. The number of members varies every year – usually between 18 to 20 members – and the dancers get to know each other quite well. PushPULL Dance is hosting a free workshop and audition for the coming 2017/18 season and both these events take place at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The free workshop is September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and auditions are scheduled September 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, see pushpulldance.com.
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elled to Japan to perform a four-minute set, yet Gin Bourgeois admits she’s excited to perform locally at Porchfest. “It’s a great setting for us to get to know our neighbours a little better and to meet fellow musicians within the area,” Gin says. “I love the simplicity of coming together as a community to share and appreciate local music.” leMeow will also strip down their performance to an acoustic set, playing tracks off their debut album York St., with some of their favourite covers thrown in. As the festival continues to grow, Ken says he hopes that in years to come the event will create employment for residents. The festival avoids liquor or beer sponsors as it’s a family friendly event. “Our big goal is to try to keep that essence of it and not let it get so big like other cities.” Ken floated the idea that the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) could take the reins in the future, however, HCA board member Paulette Dozois, who is volunteering her porch for the festival, says she is not aware of this proposal. Over 65 acts are slated to grace porches this year and Ken says he’s seen bands from previous years go on to record albums and move on to proper stages. “We would like to see it expand for the sole purpose of it gives more opportunity to musicians and local artists to present their art. That’s the goal. We love being a grassroots festival. We love that we draw thousands of people from outside our neighbourhood to our neighbourhood.” For more details, including a full list of participating performers, go to ottawaporchfest.ca.
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A cacophony of melody and music blankets Hintonburg September 9, when Ottawa Porchfest perches on platforms around the neighbourhood. Now in its third year, the festival sees local, independent acts perform on porches and balconies of residents who volunteer their verandas. Co-founder Ken McKay, whose family owns and operates several businesses including Updated Vintage and Not Mother, drew inspiration from the original Ithaca, New York Porchfest and similar events held in Montreal. “We’re trying to have a festival where anybody can get a start,” Ken says, “anybody that wants to put on a show can get out there and make it happen; whereas you’d never get that opportunity in almost any other festival as an amateur. It is a launching pad for new acts as well as established acts to be able to come out and have fun.” Artists will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. at staggered times. Unconventional stages are nothing new for Ottawa rock band, Arms of the Girl, who have played everywhere from driveways to back decks, says band member Cee Cote, but a porch performance will be a new arena for the group. Arms of the Girl typically features electric instruments but their Porchfest set will see the band going acoustic, Cee previews. “We’ll probably throw in a mandolin, which is an instrument we don’t typically use in our shows but will be perfect for Porchfest,” Cee says. “We’re looking forward to conquering this new type of stage.” Neo-soul duo, leMeow, have trav-
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The second annual Westboro FUSE Festival took place in Westboro on August 26 and 27. Check out our photo gallery at kitchissippi.com. We’d love to see your photos too. Send them to us at editor@ kitchissippi.com and you may see them online. The Fumblin’ Fingers perform at Westboro FUSE. Photo by Paul Gatto
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WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778.
SEPTEMBER 30 - ONE WORLD, ONE TULIP Plant the new yellow Friendship Tulip, the symbol of Peace, at Iona Park, between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and take home a few for your own garden. “Yoga in the Park” will be offered by New Moon Yoga, at the same time, please bring your mat.
WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY POOL Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit rcl480.com or call 613725-2778.
OCTOBER 18 - A CONVERSATION WITH COUNCILLOR LEIPER The Hampton Iona Community Group will be hosting a seminar, “A Conversation with Councillor Leiper - Ward 15 looking 4Ward,” at 7 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen at the Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Road. Details will soon be available at hamptoniona. wordpress.com. OCTOBER 21 - NEPEAN HS CLASS OF ‘67 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION Members of the Nepean HS Class of 1967 are organizing a Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion, to
TOASTMASTERS Above & Beyond Toastmasters meet through the summer months as well as all year on Monday nights (Except Holiday Mondays) at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on the Main Floor in the Bickell Room. It is a friendly atmosphere where one can learn to hone their leadership skills and become more confident in speaking. OTTAWA WEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) is celebrating 40 years of serving seniors. Have you ever wondered about the services and people of OWCS? Visit OWCS on Facebook to see a short video documenting a day in the life of our clients; and to read 40 stories from the
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SEPTEMBER 17 – BATTLE OF BRITAIN REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY The Battle of Britain was the first battle of the Second World War fought mainly in the air. Hundreds of Canadian air and ground crew participated in the battle, most as members of the RAF. Please join us in the upstairs hall at 391 Richmond Road for a Remembrance Ceremony at the Westboro Legion on September 17. We will remember them. Please visit rcl480.com for additional information and start time.
NOVEMBER 18 - FAMILY DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC Come dance with your young family, grandkids or kids you know at a super fun community dance in the heart of Westboro at Churchill Rec Centre in Westboro (345 Richmond Rd.). Fantastic live traditional music (think fiddles). No experience necessary as all dances are taught and very family-friendly. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with optional potluck after. For more details go to ottawacontra.ca/familydance. Can’t make it to the November dance? Mark these dates in your calendar: January 20 2018, March 17 2018, April 21, 2018.
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SEPTEMBER 16 - TASTES OF WELLINGTON WEST This annual event is a great way to get to know the neighbourhood! Tastes of Wellington West is a free event which includes sidewalk sales, demos, food samples, music, and lots of activities for the kids. For more information go to wellingtonwest.ca.
SEPTEMBER 23 - WESTBORO LEGION LIVE MUSIC DANCE NIGHT There will be live music and dancing at the Westboro Legion, 389 Richmond Road in the downstairs hall on September 23 with Doug & Pam Champagne. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar will be open. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. We welcome all, you do not need to be a member to attend. Tickets are available in advance at the upstairs bar at the Westboro Legion or at the door. Join us for the fun of it. For more information visit rcl480.com or call Coleene at 613-294-1820.
be held at Nepean High School on Broadview Ave on Saturday, October 21, 2017. All grade 12 and 13 graduates from 1967 and classmates who graduated after grade 12 in 1966 are invited to come back and relive memories of their high school days, meet their former classmates and mingle with current staff and students. For more detailed information, please visit the reunion website: https://sites.google. com/site/nepean67reunion/welcome-1
SEPTEMBER 15 - INVICTUS GAMES FLAG TOUR We would like to welcome you to the 2017 Invictus Games National Flag Tour event in Winston Square co-hosted by the Westboro Legion and the Westboro BIA. Join us and be among an inclusive group of Canadians from across Canada playing an important role in helping to celebrate the National Flag Tour as it makes its momentous journey across Canada, and leading up to the Invictus Games in Toronto. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. For more information visit rcl480. com.
SEPTEMBER 18 - TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE Above & Beyond Toastmasters hold meetings every Monday except holidays. Our next guest night is September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bickell Room at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. See our website at aboveandbeyondtoastmasters.ca for more details or contact Sharon at 45sharong@ gmail.com.
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