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Alex Neron took to the web to share his story and reach out to the local community for support, and it paid off.

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When Alex Neron and Marta Jarzabek first stumbled upon the vacant space at 3 Hamilton Avenue last fall during the Hintonburg Beer Run at Beyond The Pale, they knew almost instantly that this would be the location for the combination tattoo studio and art gallery that had been living in their dreams for

some time – Railbender Studio. “We came back the same night to scope it out,” said Neron. “The next day we met the landlord and snatched it up, that was November 1.” Neron is a tattoo artist, an illustrator and an Ottawa native who’s been a professional artist for over 10 years. Coming originally from the East end of town, he is new to the neighbourhood. While planning

the opening of his first studio, his sights were set on a Hintonburg location, and when this one fell into place everything was set to go. “We were looking at different locations for the business – Hintonburg was definitely our first choice on where to get established,” said Neron.

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Grand opening planned February 15 Continued from page 1 After enlisting the help of his brother, Yves, the two men set about gutting the dilapidated, hole-in-wall space. While peeling back the first layers it became apparent to the brothers that this would be no small task – floors, walls, ceiling – everything had to be torn out and rebuilt. A planned December opening fell back to January and then back even further. “We were at a point in the renovations where we bit off more than we could chew, we needed to invest more to get this place up and running,” explained Neron. Neron and Jarzabek turned to the web to share their story and reach out to the community for support. They launched a fundraising campaign on the website, Kickstarter, and started documenting the

“We weren’t expecting this kind of response; it’s overwhelming, especially in the community here.” construction process on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Scrolling through Railbender’s feeds, one can watch the studio emerge from rubble. In the two months since the campaign launched, the community has shown unwavering support for their project. Neron and Jarzabek started with a goal of $5,000 and ended the Kickstarter campaign with a total of $9,225. 101 backers contributed donations ranging from $7, which included a gift of a pin back button, up to a donation of $500 with rewards ranging from a free tattoo to a commissioned portrait drawn and delivered to your front door by Neron himself. The Hintonburg business community has embraced Railbender, receiving online shout outs from notable tweeps like @BTPBrewing, @love_ottawa and @FlyingBanzini. “We weren’t expecting this kind of response; it’s overwhelming, especially in the community here,” says Neron. With funding in place, the studio is nearing completion with stained glass windows, a hand-made wooden front desk, and deep red accents all around. Neron and company are gearing up for a grand opening on February 15 that will feature a collection of art from over 15 local and national artists and the first buzzing of Neron’s tattoo needle filling his new work space. The show will run until March 12. Some of the local artists that will adorn the gallery walls for the opening include Marc Adernato, Daniel Martelock, Mat Dube and Stephen Frew. Neron says that the gallery will be an important aspect of the business and he plans to support as many local artists as possible with new work going up every month, and highlighted in a variety of private shows and events. With the studio nearly ready to launch, Railbender is currently on the hunt for a second tattoo artist to compli-

ABOVE: Alex Neron of Railbender Studio, at the new location on 3 Hamilton Avenue. BELOW: Established tattoo artists looking to bring their style to Hintonburg are invited send in their applications to

ment Neron’s work. He has invited established tattoo artists looking to bring their style to Hintonburg to send in their application to info@railbenderstudio. com. The time has finally come for those in Kitchissippi who choose to wear their art on their skin. Residents no longer have to leave the comfort of the neighbourhood to fuel the ink addiction. Neron is excited to start building relationships with is new neighbours. “Out here is kinda cool, it’s a very eclectic, artistic community,” says Neron. “I like the style, you can really feel it in this area.” For more information about the Railbender Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery, check out their website at www. You can also follow them on Twitter @rbenderstudio.

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Men who can’t afford to buy the clothes they need to land a job now have a way to get suited up. A new organization, Suits his Style, connects male employment seekers with new and used professional attire. West Wellington area resident, Emily Brown, saw the need for a service that Suits his Style co-founders Emily Brown and Scott would outfit men who are McNaughton, appreciate the community support that’s in employment and related come in the form of donations of professional clothing. programs at Ottawa agencies and are heading to job interviews. Brown manages Dress Brown talked the concept over for Success Ottawa, the Wellington with Scott McNaughton, a policy West-based affiliate of an international analyst with the federal government; organization that provides Malorie Bertrand, a communications professional clothing to women on officer who writes on sustainable low incomes. fashion at EF Magazine; and Lindsay “I get calls and emails weekly and Forcellini, a marketing and daily saying ‘what about men?’” says communications manager who also Brown. “I kept thinking to myself, lives in the neighbourhood. Another someone needs to start a program for area resident, Nadir Patel, and men.” Jennifer Graham, both public Suits his Style is a perfect fit for servants, and menswear shop Brown, a registered social worker l’HEXAGONE co-owner Yannick who works with women’s Beauvalet also jumped in to help. organizations, a fashion blogger who “We’re all coming together as a shares tips on “affordable elegance” group, and we’re really excited about at Tinfoil Tiaras (tinfoilstiaras. the momentum so far,” says Brown. and a part-time employee The co-founders met last October, at Wellington West clothing store, set up a Suits his Style Facebook page Twiss & Weber. and Twitter account (@SuitshisStyle),

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and will launch a website. They’re collecting clothing donations for the soon-to-be-non-profit, and hope to be serving clients by the end of April. What Suits his Style doesn’t have yet is a place to meet clients and store the clothing. “We’re hoping to obtain some donated community space,” explains Brown. Brown describes Suits his Style as a warm and welcoming environment where volunteer “personal shoppers” will help clients find attire that will help them look and feel their best. “The right fit and the right clothes can make all the difference in confidence,” says Brown, noting that affordable and fun clothes have helped her through rough spots in her own life. “A great outfit to wear to the interview—maybe that means that they made a great first impression, they’re getting the job. That trickles down into the community—they’re working, they’re supporting their family—so that trickledown effect is what we’re really hoping to see.” Suits his Style accepts newer and classic two-piece suits, jackets, dress pants, dress shirts, shoes, ties, accessories and unused toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at 125 Spencer St. on the first Friday of every month from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and the third and fourth Sundays of the month from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Suits his Style is also looking for male and female volunteers to take on the role of personal shoppers. For more information about Suits his Style, check out their Facebook page at For more information about Dress For Success, go to

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Dear Editor, Have winter cyclists lost their good sense? Don’t get me wrong… I applaud their dedication to staying fit, saving the environment, reaching training goals, getting to work or whatever other reason they climb on their bikes this time of year. But come on, I know I am not alone in questioning not only their sanity but their better judgment when I drive past them on Scott Street. Or up the bridge at Albert and Bayswater. Or along Parkdale during rush hour. Or Holland after a dump of snow. Or Welllington/Richmond any time of day or year. It’s not safe. Driving in winter is a challenge: the roads are slippery; snowbanks fill the shoulder and spill into the road; some motorists drive the narrow slushy streets like they are on the Queensway in July. It’s not a leisurely drive in the comfort of our cars; it’s more like a stress-a-palooza behind the wheel. And then there is that crazy cyclist who throws more danger into the mix. Here’s the part where they need to listen up: to avoid hitting them, they often force motorists into making unsafe maneuvers on busy, congested, slippery roads. We absolutely do not want to hit them. But the road conditions are not safe for cyclists either. Some of them wobble into the lane, swerve in front of cars to get around clumps of snow and ride in car lanes because the shoulder is a snowbank. In the case of Scott Street between Parkdale and Bayswater, there is no shoulder! I haven’t forgotten that some drivers

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are jerks and do stupid things to avoid cyclists on the road. Their unsafe driving to that end subsequently endangers other drivers, too. I am sure cyclists get angry when drivers don’t share the road with them, especially in winter where everyone should exercise more caution. But come on! It’s winter! Riding your bike on the road in winter? Really??? You can’t tell me that is safe for anyone. Is riding a bike this time of year so important that they risk the safety of everyone on the road? I am not saying that cycling should be banned from the roads in winter, nor am I saying that motorists shouldn’t share the roads with cyclists. What I am saying is that we all learn that safety comes first. Always. No exception. And I’m not just talking about cyclists’ safety, but motorists’ too. Don’t forget that the road in winter can be unsafe for cyclists AND drivers. There are days and road conditions where cyclists should exercise better judgment. On those days, I ask them, get off yer bike and take the bus like everyone else. And we will all get home in one piece. Please sign me, - An exasperated winter motorist We love to hear from our readers, and we welcome letters to the editor. Send them by email to: You can also send your letter by snail mail to: P.O. Box 3814, Station C, Ottawa ON, K1Y 4J8 Please include your full name and contact info.

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necessary to remove the ash tree stumps so as they do not continue to sprout new trees,” writes Hickey. “That being said, Forestry is willing to provide other species of wood that could be treated off site and then buried similar to a totem pole. Any art in the park would need the guidance of the Arts Department and Parks as well as a full public consultation.” This is what Chapman is focusing on now. She hopes that Ottawa’s population of ash borers will be impacted by the cold winter, but acknowledges that it’s too late for the trees of Clare Gardens Park. She suggests that the park needs more diversity in its trees, so this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. As it stands now, a landscape artist will re-evaluate how many trees will be planted and the best location to put them. But as we all know, young trees take many years to grow and fill out. It’s going to be a slow process.

When a tree falls in the forest… Q: Over the past few years I’ve noticed that we’ve lost a LOT of trees in our community. I’m not sure whether disease or insects are to blame (possibly, it’s both), but no where is this loss more apparent than in the little park on Clare Avenue, just east of Churchill. I was driving down the street one day when I suddenly noticed that almost every tree had one of those horrid red X’s spraypainted on them. It was shocking. It’s clear that the majority of the trees will be gone at some point. We used to visit this park a lot when the kids were small, and part of the reason we did so was because of the wonderful shade. It always seemed a lot cooler at that park than anywhere else. Do you know if there’s a plan in place? What’s going to happen when the trees all come down? Signed, A sad neighbourhood tree hugger A: Thank you so much for your question, tree hugger. There are quite a few people who share your concern about the trees in our neighbourhoods. There’s no denying that trees add a lot to our community. Not only do mature trees add much-needed shade, but they provide temperature control, clean our air,

provide natural filtration and flood control, and increase our property values. They also support a diverse habitat for local wildlife. There are even studies that suggest neighborhoods with abundant trees have fewer crimes. This may be attributed to the calming effect of green spaces. Time spent outdoors contributes to a feeling of close community, which increases bonds between neighbours. There are plenty of reasons to protect our trees! Clare Gardens Park received a big overhaul in 2010. Major work was done on the park, including the installation of new play structures. In recent years, the park has become the scene of regular community events. It’s a park that is well used, especially given the shortage of green space available for public use in this part of the neighbourhood. The gardening side of Clare Gardens has become the domain of The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park. Deb Chapman is the co-ordinator. “People are freaked out about these X’s on the trees,” says Chapman. She estimates that more than 20 trees are slated for removal. She has been petitioning the City of Ottawa since November in regards to some ideas she’s

Deb Chapman is concerned about the fate of the trees at Clare Gardens Park in Westboro. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

had that will keep a few of the trees standing and “pay homage to the trees that are going to be taken down.” She points out specific examples of what other cities have done with their dying trees. The trees can be made into art installations or trimmed back and preserved as a natural habitat for nesting birds. (A Northern Flicker apparently returns to the same nest every year.) The city of Orangeville took trees at the end of their life cycle and turned them into fanciful sculptures. A landscape architect in Quebec turned trees into a modern sculptural garden. Other landscape architects she spoke to told her that the tree trunk could be “lopped off” where the first branches start, the bark removed,

and then painted to preserve the wood. Unfortunately it seems there isn’t much that can be done in the case of Clare Gardens Park. Their days have been numbered for awhile. The trees are dying due to an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, a green beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. It’s an invasive species that’s highly destructive to ash trees. In order to eradicate the ash borer, the infected trees must be removed entirely. In a recent email exchange, Andrew Hickey, Manager of MONDAY Community Relations and MONDAY Communications for Councillor Hobbs, confirmed that stumps TUESDAY cannot be used for art purposes. TUESDAY “Once the ash trees are cut then they no have integrity. It is 3pm - Close

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West End Minor hockey players and Ottawa West Golden Knights Competitive Hockey players attend the event to cheer their Ottawa West Junior team on to victory in their first playoff game. Needle me this Ottawa Public Health wants to remind parents that children who attend school in Ontario are required by law to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. To make sure students are safe from these diseases, Ottawa Public Health is required to keep information on the immunization status of every child attending school in our city. Parents are responsible for

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Fearless Coates takes on Afghanistan Actor and artistic director brings war to Kitchissippi’s doorstep By Judith Van Berkom

GCTC’s new Artistic Director, Eric Coates, brings the Afghan war right to our doorstep in This is War. Heightened by sexual tensions and differing interpretations, four soldiers engage the audience in the psychological struggle of war, in a performance that’s “not for the faint of heart,” says Coates. Coates had been Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival Theatre for 10 years and prior to that at the Stratford Festival. Blyth Theatre is located in rural Huron County, and is part of the Blyth Centre of the Arts. The theatre is produced inside a cenotaph. Eric Coates’ directing credits in Blyth include Dear Johnny Deere, Vimy, Against the Grain, Queen Milli of Galt, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, The Gingko Tree, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Having Hope at Home, and The Drawer Boy. He has also directed for Thousand Islands Playhouse and Drayton Entertainment. For CBC Radio: The Train, broadcast live from Blyth Memorial Hall, and twelve episodes of The Morning Scoop. As artistic director at Blyth, Coates launched twenty-eight

world premieres, published eleven scripts and two plays were finalists for the Governor General’s Award (Reverend Jonah by Paul Ciufo and Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper). In September, 2012, Coates took over the artistic directorship of GCTC. “It was a natural transition for me,” he says. “I wanted a change and this job was posted at the same time,” he adds. GCTC’s mandate was similar to Blyth – to promote Canadian artists, Canadian ideas and Canadian plays. “Blyth was driven by local concerns and local issues,” says Coates. [In Ottawa] I’m able to execute in a much more cosmopolitan place. The canvas is bigger and I have more colours to choose from,” he adds. “I’ve always loved Ottawa,” Coates says. “It’s one of the only cities in the country where I have access to the wilderness so readily – to bike paths and ski trails. I’m a serious outdoor junkie,” he adds. At the launch of the 20132014 season, Coates commented, “I wanted to program a season by and about Canadians – with a particular focus on Ottawa artists. Four of our scripts are by

women – two of whom grew up here. GCTC is committed to its community.” February 4 to February 23 2014 brings us This is War, “a very gritty play, not for the faint of heart,” says Coates. “It’s about the human element of war – really it’s about decisionmaking and just happens to be in this context. There is no situation where the stakes are higher than in war. It explodes the human condition,” he adds. Written by Hannah Moscovitch, playwright-inresidence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, the play follows an illfated operation in Afghanistan, where four Canadian soldiers recount different versions of the mission. As director in Blyth, Coates says he “programmed something

LEFT: GCTC’s artistic director, Eric Coates, recently moved to Kitchissippi. He’s looking ahead to a banner year at the GCTC. ABOVE: Actors in rehearsal. Photos by Al Goyette.

that would actually honour the veterans each year. The one that really stands out for me was Vimy which was also done here several years ago,” he adds. “Right before I left, the last play I commissioned for development there is a piece that’s about the death of Corporal Matthew Dinning who was the first Canadian killed in Afghanistan who grew up in the area,” says Coates. Eric Coates is also an accomplished actor and will perform the lead role in the

World Premiere of The Burden of Self-Awareness, playing at GCTC from June 3-22, 2014. As part of the Fearless Women Series, a panel of military and civilian women, moderated by Jennifer Simpson, a community activist, will discuss women in the military, the differences between men and women personnel, and what is being done to improve the lives of women living in conflict on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Register at GCTC’s box office: 613-236-5196.



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Update on the West End Well The West End Well is a social enterprise co-operative that integrates a local organic grocery with a café, as well as a coffeehouse, a specialized lending library and a multi-purpose space for workshops, meetings and community events. It’s intended to be a hub for the local community. The co-op hosted an information session on January 28. “There have been some new developments that have been exciting,” says West End Well co-founder Bill Shields. They’ve engaged two “really talented people” to fill the roles of general manager and grocery manager to join Jacqueline Jolliffe as the chef and fill out the management team. “We have enjoyed a steady stream of really talented and experienced members of the community stepping up and making major commitments as volunteers working on key aspects of our start-up plan. I’m frankly amazed at the time and skills that people are bringing to the project. At this point there are about 40 people who are making major contributions to the co-op,” says Shields. There’ve also been a few challenges with the renovation of the building, which is located at 969 Wellington Street West near Somerset. “It looks like we won’t be ready for April as we had hoped,” says Shields. “We’re hoping the delay isn’t more than 3-4 weeks but we’ll know better in a couple of weeks.” For more information about the West End Well Co-op check out their website at Calling all young writers! The Ottawa Public Library is inviting youth between the ages of 9 and 17, to participate in the 19th annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest, a contest for aspiring young poets and short story authors. Submissions will be accepted until February 9 and participants can win some great prizes. A panel of local authors will judge the entries. For guidelines, entry form, and other details, go to the OPL website at or contact Sheri Riviere at Sheri.Riviere@ or 613-580-2424 x32163. Have you had that talk? Ottawa Public Health’s has launched a new mental health video campaign to give parents more information about mental health. The campaign, called

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“have THAT talk” launched on January 28. The videos are intended to give parents the resources they need to talk about mental health with their child or teen. Mental health problems affect one in five Canadians, and 75 per cent of all of these problems start before the age of 24. OPH is encouraging parents to watch the videos and have “that talk” about mental health. OPH says by talking about mental health openly, you can help your child become a healthy and resilient adult. For more information and to view the videos, go to and search for “have that talk.” Have you registered your child for kindergarten? This September, the OCDSB will be in its final year of implementing full-day learning for four and five-year-old kindergarten students. If your child will be age four or five by December 31, 2014, they are ready for junior or senior kindergarten starting September 2014. The process is quick and easy. The first step is to locate your school using the School Locator on the OCDSB website. The next step is to bring your child’s proof of age, Ontario health card, and immunization record. Finally, visit your nearest school to register. If you missed the OCDSB’s official Kindergarten Registration Week call your neighbourhood school. The principal will ensure your child is registered for school year 2014-2015. Once your child is registered you will be notified of school entry procedures. For additional information and support resources, please go to the OCDSB website at For Ottawa Catholic School Board kindergarten registration information go to

Near West Accommodation review update Kitchissippi parents of school aged children (especially those with kids who are attending or preparing to attend Connaught PS, Devonshire PS, Elmdale PS, Fisher Park PS, and Hilson Avenue PS) should be aware that the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board approved a number of motions at a meeting on January 28. The approved motions, revised attendance boundaries, and links to online resources can be found online at

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Preparing for delays on Island Park

Getting Divorced?

Residents learn more about impact of construction at info session By Kristy Strauss

Starting on April 15, 2014, and lasting about three months, Island Park residents can expect changes on their street as Hydro Ottawa installs new underground cable and chambers. The hydro company hosted an information session on January 30 at the Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre to present their plans to residents and receive feedback and comments from the community. “They need to upgrade the amount of power in the area,” said Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs, who attended the meeting. As part of the plans, Hydro Ottawa would work on the section of Island Park from just after Highway 417 to Richmond Road. The work will include excavation for installing underground cables, which will be encased in concrete and five underground chambers that will provide connection points along Island Park Drive. Hydro Ottawa said there will be lane reductions along the strip of Island Park Drive only in off-peak hours, which is 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and after 6:00 p.m. During this off-peak time, sections of the southbound lane will be closed and both lanes of traffic will use the north bound lane with construction

crews directing traffic. During on-peak hours, which are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Hydro Ottawa said there will be no lane reductions. Alexander Davidson, an Island Park Drive resident, attended the meeting and said his street is busy most hours of the day. He added that he feels traffic will still be impacted. “I’m concerned about not getting in and out of my driveway,” he said. “Usually I can’t back in and out. Typically throughout the day, there are backlogs. If it’s going to be one lane only, I’m anticipating there will be more.” With added construction trucks parked, Davidson said this could contribute to more traffic as well. “I don’t know where they’re parking the trucks,” he said. “The trucks will grind up everything.” Davidson also said he heard his neighbour suggest the idea that the work be done on a rear laneway, where sewer work has to be done anyway. “It would make sense,” he said. While Davidson had concerns, other neighbours were happy to see the work being done. Resident Keith Woolhouse said it was great to see Hydro Ottawa working with the community. “It’s very co-operative, and I think it’s forward-looking,”

Woolhouse said. “I think they’re being very forthcoming, so I think it’s terrific.” He added that his only question was the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) whereabouts at the meeting. “Where was the NCC representation tonight?” he said. “This is their land.” Hydro Ottawa said no power interruptions are anticipated for the area, and that residents will be notified at least two weeks in advance if their property will be impacted. Before work begins, Hydro Ottawa said it will work with the traffic inspector from the City of Ottawa to make a decision about bike lanes. However, there is a possibility that cyclists will have to share the road with motorists along small stretches of construction and be directed through signage.

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This street map of Ottawa published by the Tourism and Convention Bureau in 1963 shows where Banting Avenue used to be.

The street that time erased By Bob Grainger

This column is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Grace (Waterman) Soubliere. For the first half of the 20th century, there was a small community of houses along the Ottawa River at the very end of Mansfield Avenue. The only approach to this community was to follow Mansfield Avenue north from Richmond Road, proceed over the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline and then down to a street that paralleled the river. This street was called Banting Avenue. Today there are absolutely no visible traces of this neighbourhood – there is no sign that this was the site of a community of houses containing occupants who chose this out-of-the-way corner of the city and who cherished the advantages of living there. Sadly, with the passage of time, there are fewer and fewer people who have memories of growing up in this location. The map above shows a section of the Ottawa River shoreline from just west of Woodroffe Avenue on the west to Westboro Beach on the east. In the middle of this piece of the shoreline, one can find Banting Avenue at the point where Mansfield Avenue intersects the river. (The map also mentions “Riverview Avenue,” but this name was used less often.) Richmond Road is a prominent east-west feature, as is Byron Avenue.

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The map was published by the Ottawa Tourist and Convention Bureau in 1963 at a critical point in the history of two railroads that ran through this area. The first of these is the Canadian Pacific mainline, which ran along the river between the shore and Richmond Road. Rail traffic along this line declined sharply in the 1960s, and by the end of the decade

terminated in 1959. The disappearance of Banting Avenue is a small chapter in a larger story – that of the creation of the Ottawa River Parkway (now called the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway). And the story of the creation of the SJAM Parkway is a small chapter in the larger story of the re-configuration of the City of Ottawa, which started

This aerial photo from 1920 shows Richmond Road in the vicinity of Mansfield Avenue. Photo from the National Air Photo Library

the rails and ties had been removed. The other rail feature that is missing from this map is the Ottawa Electric Railway. The Britannia Line paralleled Richmond Road, just a few yards to the south. The OER was

with the meeting of Prime Minister Mackenzie King and renowned town planner Jacques Gréber at the World Exposition in Paris in 1937. King persuaded Gréber to come to Ottawa Continued on page 11

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The disappearance of Banting Avenue Continued from page 10 to offer his advice on ways to improve and modernize the face of the National Capital. This work was interrupted by the start of the Second World War but started again in 1945. One of the main thrusts of the Gréber Report was the creation of parkways, one of which was the Ottawa River Parkway. The creation of this particular Parkway by the Federal District Commission, starting in the late 1940s, required the expropriation of some 400 properties between Lebreton Flats in the east and the village of Woodroffe in the west. The neighbourhood of Banting Avenue disappeared under the Ottawa River Parkway. The air photo was taken in 1920. (As a sign of its age, there are several east-west trending scratches on the negative.) The river is along the top edge of the image. The rather prominent line across the photo about a quarter of the way up from the bottom is Richmond Road, with the two tracks of the Ottawa Electric Railway’s Britannia Line just below that. The conspicuous light-coloured line trending east-west through the middle of the image is the CPR railway. In the lower right-hand corner one can see the Thomson-Cole-Rochester farm with the barns and other out-buildings. Also quite visible is the rectangular stone wall which currently encloses the

flower gardens of Maplelawn. (Interestingly, one can see a road immediately on the east or right-hand side of the walled garden, which leads back through an underpass under the CPR railway to several cottages on the shore of the river. There is a report of a YMCA camp in this area in the 1920s.) Proceeding west (or left) from the Rochester farm, one comes to a relatively little-used street – currently Fraser Avenue. A little further west one comes to Mansfield Avenue, obviously subjected to heavier and more frequent use, which crosses the railway tracks and leads down to Banting Avenue. In this photograph from 1920 it is possible to count 10 houses – this number would double by the mid-1940s. Stay tuned next month for a more detailed look at the houses, and the people who lived on Banting Avenue.

“Today there are absolutely no visible traces of this neighbourhood.”

Bob Grainger is a retired federal public servant with an avid interest in local history. KT readers may already know him through his book, Early days in Westboro Beach – Images and Reflections. He’s also part of the Woodroffe North history project and is currently working on the history of Champlain Park and Ottawa West. Do you have any memories to share about Banting Avenue? If so we’d love to hear them! Send them to stories@


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National Cupcake Day is the first-ever collaborative fundraising effort supporting animal welfare societies across Canada, and it’s coming up on February 24. National Cupcake Day entails planning a cupcake party at home, school or work, baking cupcakes, sharing them with family, friends and co-workers, and collecting donations to prevent cruelty to animals. All proceeds go to support furry friends, big and small, in communities across the country who have been abandoned, abused, or are in need of help. Westboro resident Mari-Beth Crysler is helping the Ottawa Humane Society raise funds by baking cupcakes in exchange for donations for the animals. “I knew I had to help out,” says Crysler. “It’s the perfect combo – cupcakes and dogs – what a great fundraiser.” Crysler, whose family have been longtime dog owners, works as a part time dog-walker in Westboro. The Crysler family dog, Tessa, is a rescue that came from the Aylmer SPCA. This fundraising effort reaches close to home. “I’m glad they’re around,” says Crysler, referring to organizations such as the Ottawa Humane Society. “I don’t think there are bad dogs out there, there are some who don’t get a good start, and helping them in any way – whether it’s by baking cupcakes or bringing one into your home – is a good thing.” Crysler, who describes herself as an avid baker, says she had a “lightbulb moment” when she was walking Tessa. She kept her fundraising manageable by sending her request to a small circle of friends and neighbours. In return for their donations, she’ll be baking, decorating, and delivering cupcakes to everyone who contributed to her effort. She’s set to bake dozens of cupcakes, and will be enlisting her children to help. “It’s a great way to teach your kids

February 24 is National Cupcake Day, and to celebrate, Mari-Beth Crysler will be baking cupcakes to raise money for the OHS. Tessa will be supervising.

about giving back to the community and doing something nice to help out those in need,” says Crysler. Can’t bake? No problem. Kitchissippi residents can visit the Cupcake Lounge on February 24. In support of National Cupcake Day, the Cupcake Lounge will be donating all profits for that day to the Ottawa Humane Society. “So many people love baking – and cupcakes in particular – as well as their pets that we think this is a pretty good opportunity to do some good,” says Bill McGuinness of the Cupcake Lounge. “As a retail bakery specializing in cupcakes with two Ottawa-area locations in both Westboro and the Byward Market, we were well positioned to help and so agreed to the Ottawa Humane Society’s request,” he says. “This was an easy decision. We have been supporting the Ottawa Humane Society for years and love animals.” Anyone who enjoys baking and is interested in supporting animal welfare organizations can register online at or

Treats for Hintonburg

Holland’s Cake and Shake opening in the Spring

Michael Holland, Atelier’s pastry chef, will be opening his own shop in Hintonburg. Holland, known in foodie circles as the “pastry overlord,” will be serving up desserts, pastries, milkshakes, and sundaes at a new shop in Hintonburg. Holland’s Cake and Shake will be near the Parkdale Market, at 229 Armstrong Street, in the former location of lulu&coco (who is moving to Aylmer). There’s no firm opening date, but it will be some time in the Spring. Holland and his friends spent eight months scouting locations around Ottawa, but Hintonburg was the area he liked the most. “I like the feel of it, the stores, the shops, the community, it’s just a really nice area with a lot of foot traffic,” says Holland. He’s banking on local residents dropping by, and hoping it becomes a destination for people outside the community as well. Known for his original confections – his “Elvis truffle” is made of peanut butter, banana ganache and bacon –

Holland is looking forward to incorporating seasonal ingredients from the Parkdale Market into his sweet offerings. “I’m making fun desserts, for people of all ages,” says Holland. “For adults I want to invoke a feeling of nostalgia, with things they had when they were growing up. I plan on using a lot of different cereals, candies, soft drinks – I’m not concerned about fat or sugar content, I just want to make things that taste really really good.” Don Chow, a resident of Mechanicville and co-author of the popular blog, foodiePrints (, is looking forward to paying a visit to Holland’s Cake and Shake when it opens. “In a neighbourhood saturated with bakeries, new entrants will have to stand out. Chef Holland, with his penchant for unpredictable desserts, may well set himself apart,” says Chow. “On a whim, he brought the cronut to Ottawa, topping his with Fruit Loops. He readily combines flavours and textures to dazzle and amaze.”

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Artists: it’s time to leave your mark

Orange Art Gallery is moving

Executive Director of SWCHC Jack McCarthy says: “Engaging the very active local arts community in this exciting SWCHC expansion project just solidifies the deep roots we have in the community. “Community Health Centres are all about providing quality services to the communities they serve and SWCHC is very fortunate to have a vibrant group of artists living and working in our catchment area. The arts have always been a part of healthy communities and we are proud to showcase the talent in our local neighbourhood.” Rosemary Jones, the Resource Development Manager of the Somerset West Community Health Centre, says SWCHC is also currently involved in a capital fundraising campaign for the new Rosemount branch, which is expected to launch in the next few weeks. The goal is to raise $500,000. “We’re excited about our new branch, and residents have already embraced it as a way of strengthening the neighbourhood in a practical, inclusive and ethical way,” says Jones. SWCHC will be raising funds from now until June 2015 to “bring local healthcare to an already vibrant community and improve efficiency at our original branch,” says Jones. “So much of everything we are doing with the Rosemount expansion is grounded in what local residents have told us they need and want to see in their neighbourhood. The residents of Hintonburg, Mechanicsville and Wellington West need better access to health care and SWCHC is committed to increasing that access.” The deadline for art-related submissions is February 20 at 2:00 p.m. Questions are to be addressed in writing no later than February 13 and emailed to Anne Carlyle, of Carlyle Design at More information about the call for art as well as the SWCHC is available online at Artists are encouraged to check the website periodically for updates to information about this opportunity.

Just shy of a four-year stint in Hintonburg, the Orange Art Gallery is packing up and moving to a new location. “We didn’t want to leave this space,” says Ingrid Hollander, the owner of the gallery. “The landlord approached us and said another business was interested in our space and they were willing to pay double the rent, and we found ourselves in a situation.” “We tried to renegotiate the lease,” she says. “I was quite shocked at the beginning, but that’s how it goes in business.” Orange Art Gallery is well known for its representation of local artists such as Gwendolyn Best, Stephen Frew, Megan D’Arcy, and Daniel Martelock. “We’ve seen careers progress, and artists progress since we’ve been here,” says Hollander. Gwendolyn Best says she’s looking forward to the change. “I’m so excited by the opportunities for artists and the community that this move of Orange to a large heritage location will bring,” she says. The gallery, a former soda factory, has also been part of numerous charitable events. In December they hosted the Block Party fundraiser for the Philippines. Orange Art Gallery will be moving to its new location at 290 City Centre Avenue at the end of February. It’s a larger space in another historic building, this time, “a 100-year-old bank,” according to Hollander. “We hope everyone will continue to support us and check out the new location as well,” says Hollander. The grand opening will be taking place April 10. SuzyQ Doughnuts has confirmed they’ll be moving into the space at 233 Armstrong. It will be a second location for SuzyQ.

SWCHC is looking for art that inspires

By Andrea Tomkins

Local artists will have a chance to leave their mark on Hintonburg’s Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) this summer. Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) is one of a network of community health centres that provide community-based health and social services across Ontario. SWCHC is expanding its programs and services to open a new branch of the Centre in Hintonburg. The branch project involves the complete renovation of the existing building at 30 Rosemount Avenue. Renovations are in progress and the branch is scheduled to open in June of this year. The search is on to find local artwork to decorate the space. SWCHC is seeking proposals from community artists and artist groups who live and/or work in the catchment area of the SWCHC to create and install artwork. Several prominent interior locations in the building have been identified for wall-mounted artwork to be completed for the June opening: the main level, the upper level, and adjacent to the children’s program room and community room. Other calls for art will follow as time and resources permit. This opportunity also invites community participation. Although artists are encouraged to come forward with their own proposals, one idea mentioned in the call involves the invitation and gathering of photo elements or multi-media art works from community members that tell stories of people and their neighbourhoods “in order to achieve a colourful, detailed and tactile installation.” The intent is to intrigue clients and visitors over multiple visits to the Centre. “Artists contribute so much to our community,” says Anne Carlyle of Carlyle Design Associates, who is managing the call. “We want to celebrate their creativity and to have art be an integral part of the experience of clients and visitors coming to the centre – welcoming, intriguing and inspiring conversations.”

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Wellington West’s Keith McCuaig will be teaching guitar and ukulele classes at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art.

A congregation of music New home for Bluesfest School of Music and Art Story and photo by Anita Grace


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The former Westboro United Church may no longer be filled with parishioners singing hymns, but the 100 year-old building will ring with music once again. This spring it will house the Bluesfest School of Music and Art. “We are planning on being an arts hub for the community,” explains Mark Monahan, Executive Director of RBC Bluesfest. “We’re really talking about being a place where people can come for music lessons, art lessons, and performances. “It’s just generally a place to come and congregate with arts.” The brick building on the corner of Churchill and Ravenhill Avenues began as a Presbyterian church in 1914. In 1926, it became home to members of Westboro United. In 2008, the church was closed for services when the congregation moved to Kitchissippi United Church on Island Park Drive. For the next four years, community groups such as the Kiwanis Music Festival and Churchill Carling Daycare occupied the space. In the spring of 2014, the renovated building will be reborn as Festival House. The ground floor and mezzanine will be a hub for several local festivals, including RBC Bluesfest and the Ottawa Film Festival. On the lower level, Kitchissippi Hall will host the Bluesfest School. Music and visual arts programming for individuals, families, and groups is being organized through a collaboration between Dovercourt Recreation Centre and Bluesfest. “We have had a lot of requests over the years for more arts and music programming,” says Geoff Cass, Dovercourt’s Program Director. He is happy that this facility will enable Dovercourt to meet this demand. Kitchissippi Hall will include four private studios, large programming spaces for group lessons, and a small performance stage. “It will be nice to have this dedicated arts community centre, to bring things under one roof,” says Keith McCuaig. The Wellington West guitarist is one of many local musicians and experienced teachers who will be teaching classes in the new venue. Like many people in Westboro, McCuaig has fond memories of the

This archival photo is of a processional of the WUC Junior Choir in 1954. Now Bluesfest and Dovercourt will be bringing music back to this building in a new way. Photo courtesy of Kitchissippi United

building; he used to rehearse in the church basement as part of Nepean High School’s Children’s Theatre. “This church has always been a community gathering place,” said Arnold Midgley at the decommissioning ceremony in 2012. He recalled dances every Saturday night and meetings of community groups such as the Scouts and Girl Guides. So it seems fitting that the space will once again be a gathering space in Westboro. “We would love it to be a hub where people can come by and hang out and perhaps jam with other musicians,” says Cass. He is also really excited about the stage. “We will be able to do performances and small community events where musicians can demonstrate what they’ve learned and friends and family can come and hear them play.” “Bluesfest for over 10 years now has produced ‘Blues in the Schools’, and more recently ‘Be in the Band’,” notes Monahan. “Both those programs have been in the community working with youth and children, teaching music to them and just broadening their perspective on music.” While Bluesfest will continue their programs in schools, Kitchissippi Hall will house additional programs and provide spaces for youth performances. There will also be opportunities for new classes, like electronic music and DJing. “We’ve been doing a number of focus groups with young people about what interests them,” says Monahan. Program directors have also met with local artists and music teachers to find out “what they feel they can deliver, what will be interesting.” Registration will start on March 1, with programs scheduled to begin in late April. Visit or for more information.

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Neighbourhood holds third annual community hockey tournament Story and photos by Kristy Strauss

The Hintonburg street hockey tournament wasn’t about who won or lost – instead, it was about neighbours coming together to escape the winter blues and connect with one another. The third annual tournament took place on February 1, shutting down Hamilton Avenue North between Spencer and Wellington streets. Between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., about 40 people came together to brave the cold and compete – but also spend time with family and friends. Teams included neighbours, parents, and children. “The Hintonburg Community Association’s activities are usually focused on the warm weather months,” says Jeff Leiper, the event’s organizer. “No matter how many people participate, it’s just nice to have that opportunity to connect during what is otherwise a slow period. It’s one more chance to strengthen those Hintonburg bonds we have.” Leiper says the event has been a success each year, drawing together a diverse mix

of neighbours who might not normally have a chance to talk. “There are people all over Hintonburg who come out,” he says, adding that the tournament is usually played in a round-robin format so neighbours have a chance to catch up. “It’s a relatively geographically dispersed neighbourhood, and the event is good for those who live on the north or south side of Wellington to share their perspectives. It strengthens and reinforces how close knit the community is.” Leiper also says that the neighbourhood is usually quite busy during the summer months with events like ArtsPark, the Hintonburg 5K and various festivals in the neighbourhood parks. But this year’s street hockey tournament, like those in the past, brought everyone together for a day of fun in the cold. In order to participate in the tournament, each team paid $10 to pay for permits. If the final tally is more than needed, Leiper says the rest goes towards local youth programming. “Hintonburg has seen a massive number of youth

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ABOVE: Neighbours came together on February 1 to participate in the third annual Hintonburg street hockey tournament. RIGHT: Derek Smith, left and Dave Allston, right, warm up before the games begin during the annual Hintonburg street hockey tournament.

compared to 15 years ago,” he says. “We have a ton of great infrastructure in Hintonburg, but don’t have a lot of programming for the youth. It’s important to give youth the opportunity to play, socialize, and give them activities that are enriching.” Leiper adds that he would like to thank the sponsors for this year’s hockey tournament and events throughout the year. He says that the community

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Some snow, freezing temperatures, access to a hose and water supply, and a little elbow grease, are all you need to make your own backyard skating rink. 1. Pick a flat spot to build your rink and stake off the perimeter. 2. Make snow banks around the perimeter to keep water and hockey pucks in. Some people build wooden rink boards, but snow banks work perfectly well. 3. Pack down the snow within the perimeter by pushing a heavy grass roller, pulling kids on a sled, or walking on it with heavy boots. Better yet, enlist the entire family in helping to make your rink base as level and compact as possible. 4. Once you’ve got a level base, wait for a very cold night to begin watering. If you use an outdoor tap and garden hose, be warned that they might freeze. If possible, run a garden hose through an open window to an indoor utility sink and faucet. Don’t soak the snow on the first watering pass, since even cold water can melt it. Instead, give it a light spray, just enough to make it crusty. Spray the snow banks around your rink too. 5. Once your rink base is crusty, start the long flooding process, watering only at night since even a sunny winter day can be too warm to make good ice. As you soak your rink’s base, keep the hose moving to avoid making holes in the surface. Your rink won’t look like much at first... don’t be concerned! Bring your hose inside after each watering session so that any remaining water within it doesn’t freeze. 6. Flood your rink for two or three more nights, making sure that each pass has frozen before starting another. This usually means once a night, twice on very cold ones. Before long, the water will start to fill the low spots and the surface will start to build up, even out, and look like a rink. Don’t stop flooding or start skating too soon. The thicker the ice, the better!

7. Once you begin using the rink, it’s all about maintenance. Shovel your rink with a heavy steel scraper after skating and when it snows. Continue to flood the surface every couple of days... daily if usage is heavy. Once your rink is ready for use, why not host an opening party? Invite friends and neighbours over for some physical activity and fun, followed of course, by cups of hot cocoa! Remember: make ice skating safe and fun for all. No child should be allowed to skate without a helmet, and ideally, adults should wear them too. Catherine Cameron is an Active Living Ambassador for ParticipACTION. If you’re looking for some great ways to stay active in the winter, check out the Bring Back Winter Play campaign. See www. for details.

FORT-IFIED FOR WINTER FUN! Kitchissippi’s outdoor rinks offer more than just skating. Miya Nagaraj, 4, explores a snow fort beside the rink at Iona Park. Photo by Anita Grace

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ice and snow make injuries more common. Protective gear like wrist guards can help protect against sprains. If you sprain your wrist, you may experience some swelling, pain and loss of range of motion. Rest, ice, compress and elevate your wrist if you injure it. If you see any bruising, or if the swelling persists, get it checked out. Small fractures can often be disguised as sprains. Helmets can help protect against head injuries, but concussions are still possible. If you or your child bumps their head and experiences any dizziness, loss of consciousness, forgetfulness, confusion or blurred vision, make sure to be evaluated by a healthcare professional. Not sure whether to seek professional care? Remember the rule - when in doubt, get it checked out!

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If there’s an award for best homemade skating rink, Richard Janecky may be looking at first place. While flooding a backyard with a garden hose is not unheard of, every winter, Janecky goes the extra mile to build a rink for his wife Karla Hilton and their children Lola, 12, and Marek, 9. While homemade rinks are traditionally located in backyards, this one is in the front yard of the family home on Bayswater Avenue. The rink measures 24 x 48 and is surrounded by low boards. It takes up almost the entire yard, and incorporates a sizable tree. “Most people wouldn’t think that it’s the perfect yard for it… who would think to put a rink in their front yard?” laughs Janecky. Janecky has rink making down to a science. “You wait for a minimum of 10 cm of snow, and we had lots of snow in November. It was perfect,” remembers Janecky. “Then you get your snowshoes on and you get a few people with snowshoes, just to stomp it all down. One great way of doing it is getting kids on toboggans and dragging them around – you just stamp it down as much as you can. That’s the base.” Amateurs could be forgiven if they assume that flooding comes next, but there’s a critical step that can’t be missed. “You need to water it, sprinkle it, about five or six times before you can start flooding,” says Janecky. “You have to have a cold night to do it, you need the right conditions. It has to be cold, and you spray it with a mister. What you’re trying to do is create a hard surface for when you do eventually start flooding. The water needs some place to stay so it doesn’t sink through the snow into the grass.” “This is my third year with it and I’ve learned my lesson on that front. It’s so frustrating if you don’t do it.” This year, Janecky built a new addition to the rink. In past years, snow has slid off the metal roof and knocked down the boards, which in turn meant the front of the house was less protected from errant pucks. So Janecky fashioned a set of protective screens. Hinges allow the screens to easily fold down when not in use, and they have a bit of give so they can survive gusts of wind and snow.

“No windows have been lost yet, despite a couple of stray slapshots,” says Janecky. Skating outdoors is a great family activity. Marek participated in the building of the boards and both kids help clear the ice. “I think anyone can build a rink,” says Janecky, but he adds that it’s important to “stay motivated” and tend to its upkeep. The actual building of the structure took a day, but the real work lies in its maintenance. “Flooding is another matter entirely. That takes a lot of determination.” It’s a chore reserved for extra cold evenings, when the kids are in bed. “I’m out there, seven, eight nights in a row, flooding the ice and getting it ready for skating. It’s a process.” Happily, all that hard work pays off. The rink gets a lot of use, even in the evening, as white Christmas lights illuminate after-dinner games. “Marek is crazy about hockey and he’s out there every night,” says Janecky. For those who are worried about the grass, they needn’t be. Janecky says the grass doesn’t seem to be affected at all. “It makes no difference to the grass whatsoever. It comes back just as quickly as it would have if you didn’t have a rink. Zero impact.” One could assume that games of shinny on outdoor rinks was a part of Janecky’s childhood, but this is not actually the case. “Growing up in Vancouver and moving to Ottawa, the one thing that I was in awe of was outdoor rinks, because I’d never really seen them. To me it’s always been the charm of this city, these outdoor rinks.” The boards come down in the Spring when the snow melts and it all gets put away, but Janecky says he’s running out of room to store it because he keeps adding to it every year. All those hours spent on building, flooding, and then take down… is it worth it? “I do it for them” says Janecky, motioning to his son Marek and his two friends who’ve dropped by to play hockey. “The kids come over after school and they have something to do, and it’s just fun. And it becomes a bit of a hub. The neighbours come over from time to time and they bring their kids. I think it brings a sense of community, a way of celebrating the moment.”

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Black History Month at the HPH The Hintonburg Public House will be kicking off their celebration of Black History with the opening of the Sweet Brown Sugar Badasss Black Power show by artist JF Bouchard. February 6 is a night of soul, funk and jazz music accompanied by video projections and a collection of raw artwork celebrating black culture. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. with no cover charge. Bossa Nova Gigspace Studio hosts local jazz and bossa nova quartet, Moonglow on February 15. The group combines double bass, woodwinds, drums and guitar into a smooth mix of modern jazz that they have been spreading around Ottawa since 2012. The fully licensed, intimate studio makes for Saturday night out venue. Tickets are $12 in advance at 613 729-0693 or $15 cash at the door, 7:30 p.m. 90’s beats on a half shell djSoulcial takes over the Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern for Saturday night dance parties all month long. Midnight Marauders offers some fine seafood served up along side break beats and the best of 1990’s hip hop. Party starts at 10:00 p.m. and cover is free. Late night menu and oysters available right up ‘til 2:00 a.m. Undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream The Great Canadian Theatre Company presents a new season of Undercurrents from February 11 to 23. Catch some of the best underground theatre in the country at GCTC’s fourth edition of the Undercurrents Festival. Theatre companies from all over Canada, as far away as Yukon have a wide offering of productions from the dramatic to the comedic. Tickets are $15 and passes are available at $40 and $60. Shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Full festival lineup is at and ticket purchases can be made at 613-236-5196.


Fleury and Ray Piesina). The artists are all showcasing artwork based around the theme of “beyond limits.” “The theme gives me an opportunity to exhibit a selection of my aerial work,” says Huntley. Huntley’s interpretation is twofold: “Not only do I place the camera in the sky beyond the sphere normally occupied by photographers, but many of my images invite you to think outside or beyond what is actually seen in the photograph,” he says. The exhibition runs until February 16. For exhibition hours and further details, go to robhuntley.wordpress. com. A Twisted event Wall Space Gallery, along with Wabi Sabi, Twiss & Weber, and Fabrications, are hosting a celebration of fibre arts, one that is that is sure to warm you up during a chilly time of the year. Residents are encouraged to drop by Wall Space and the other locations between February 8 – 28 to admire fibre sculptures, hand dyed silks, complex woven treasures, and artfully constructed clothing. “This show is awesome because it is the first of its kind in Ottawa celebrating the intimate, layered and complex relationship between people and textile − be it wearable/ functional or visual,” says Patricia Barr, Director of Wall Space. “February is a time you want to wrap a blanket around you, wear your favourite scarf, toque, or sweater, so what a fun time to embrace fibre in all its forms!” The public is invited to meet the artists at Wall Space on February 8 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There will also be a “Fibre Talk” at the gallery at that time. The public is welcome to join in person or on Twitter by following #FibreTalk. For more information go to


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FEBRUARY 6 - FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK One of Ottawa’s most fun and eclectic area warms up for Winterlude with great arts and culture events that delight, enchant, and get you in out of the cold. Between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., brave the cold for a neighbourhood walk visiting five unique and eclectic art galleries, all located within a short stroll of each other. These warm, friendly galleries invite you in to experience world-class art, good vibes, and good conversation. Participating galleries include Cube Gallery, Gallery 3, SPAO@EXPOSURE, Fritzi Gallery, and Orange Art Gallery. FEBRUARY 8 - SNOWMAN BUILDING CONTEST The first annual GT Snowman building contest will be taking place at Parkdale Park between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. There will be prizes, and hot chocolate for sale. Registration is required and is limited to the first 50 families. Register in person at the GT Express at 1085 Wellington Street West or by phone at 613-7229589. Proceeds from hot chocolate sales and donations will go to Parkdale United Church’s “In From the Cold Ministry.” Fingers crossed for packing snow! FEBRUARY 8 - SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP This workshop for teens age 13-17 will be by local author Tudor Robins at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library from 3:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. For more information call 613-725-2449 or contact the branch via the OPL website at biblioottawalibrary. ca. FEBRUARY 8 - FISHER PARK WINTER CARNIVAL It’s a fun family event. Bundle up and come to Fisher Park to enjoy sleigh rides, skating, skating races, a scavenger hunt, curling, and other games from noon 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss the preschool play zone and charity BBQ too! FEBRUARY 9 - VALENTINE TEA AT THE WESTBORO LEGION Tea, with sandwiches and dessert, will be served from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Westboro Legion (389 Richmond Road). Donations will be accepted at the door. Baked goods and other items for sale. For more information call 613-725-2778.

FEBRUARY 10 - TRAVELOGUE Enjoy a fascinating travelogue at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library presented by experienced world traveller Alex Bissett who will talk about his travels to Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma. (7:00 p.m - 8:15 p.m.) Registration is required. Go to FEBRUARY 15 – MUSIC WITH A STORY This concert by the Parkdale United Church Orchestra will be taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale. The orchestra performs Prokofieff’s Suite from Lieutenant Kijé and Brahms’ Piano Concerto #1 in D minor with soloist Pierre-Richard Aubin. A reception follows the concert. Tickets available at the door - $15 adults; $10 students/seniors; children under 12 free. For more information go to or call 819778-3438. FEBRUARY 17 - FAMILY DAY SKATING PARTY Yasir Naqvi, MPP, is inviting local families to join him for a skate and a hot chocolate at the Champlain Park outdoor rink (located at the corner of Carleton Avenue and Pontiac Street) on Family Day. Drop by between 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. FEBRUARY 20 AND 21 - ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKFEST On Thursday, February 20 from 3:45 p.m – 8:30 p.m. and Friday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Elmdale Public School gymnasium at 49 Iona Street (entrance off of Java Street – follow the Bookfest signs). As always, there will be a huge selection of well-organized books and lots of popular titles priced from 50 cents to $4. Funds raised go towards new library books and educational resources for classrooms. Do you have books to donate? Contact to arrange for pick up. FEBRUARY 22 - IONA PARK WINTER CARNIVAL Come join your neighbours from 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. for an afternoon of skating, activities, warm food and chatting by the campfire. Everyone welcome! Please bring a travel mug for coffee/hot chocolate and a pair of spare mittens for a meet your neighbour mixer!

(Mixer mittens will be donated after the event.) For more information go to FEBRUARY 24 - PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP It is easy to take hundreds of photos with your digital camera. But then what? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group will help participants find easy ways of correcting basic flaws so you will be proud to display your photos. This workshop is two hours long and takes place at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Registration is required. For more information go to FEBRUARY 26 - TEA AND A TOUR Abbeyfield House, at 425 Parkdale Avenue, is a nonprofit organization that provides accommodation for 10 senior citizens. Please join us for tea, cake and a tour on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please RSVP at 613-729-4817. MARCH 10 - OPEN HOUSE FOR POLIO SURVIVORS This open house will be taking place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Avenue). Parking is available. For more information call Eileen Lavigne at 613-729-6307. MARCH 11 - ILLUMINATING HISTORY Take a magical journey through the history of light at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. See how light was used throughout the ages, take in a traditional Magic Lantern show, and make your own tin lantern to take home. Ages 6-12. Registration is required. For more information go to MARCH 14 - DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF DANCE Professional dancers from Ballet Jorgen Canada will share an inside look at how ballet evokes emotions and tells a wordless story using excerpts from their production of Romeo and Juliet. This is a free, family-friendly event at the Ottawa Public Library. Drop by the Carlingwood branch at 1:00 p.m. or the Rosemount branch at 3:00 p.m. to catch this 60-minute program. No registration required. For more information go to


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