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FUSE PREVIEW Westboro gets ready to shift into ‘festival mode’ Neighbourhood businesses expect big boost from annual two-day street party

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ith record crowds expected for the Westboro Fuse Street Festival, the neighbourhood’s biggest party of the year is also expected to mean big business for local merchants. The two-day event, which will see Richmond Road closed to vehicle traffic from Roosevelt to McRae avenues, runs from Aug. 17-18. Local business leaders say the mix of live music performances and fun, familyfriendly activities is not only an opportunity to showcase Westboro’s merchants, but also to introduce new people to the community. “From a business perspective, not everyone will have business improvement over those few days because people are coming for a … festival and they are here in festival mode,” says Michelle Groulx, executive director of the Westboro Village BIA. “However, brand exposure and having their business exposed to thousands of people who come to the festival is wonderful for them.” This year’s festival will feature live music performances taking place on the main stage, with some big acts coming in from across Canada ​– including Vancouverbased alt-rock darlings Odds, known for 1990s hits such as Someone Who’s Cool, and Tragically Hip tribute band Road Apples, who hail from the Hip’s hometown of Kingston. “I’d like to say we have bigger and better acts this year, but definitely not better because we have had some amazing musical entertainment in the past,” Groulx notes. Many local shops and businesses will


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also be hosting games and events lining the road, and many buskers and street performers will be wowing the crowds. One of the newest additions to the festival this year is a roller disco, which is being provided by Neon Skates, one of Westboro’s newest up-and-coming businesses. Originally founded in Montreal, Neon Skates decided to move to Westboro in January in an effort to get more people in Ottawa on roller skates. The business also teaches classes, offering lessons in everything from traditional roller skating to “roller dancing.” “I think being a part of the Westboro Fuse Festival is going to be really fun because there is something really special in roller skating for people who did it growing up or did it in the past,” says Melanie Tayler of Neon Skates. “There is something really neat about families doing it with their kids now.”

The roller skating rink will be located right outside of the Roosevelt Avenue entrance to the festival, just steps away from the Barley Mow. Staff at the popular gastropub say they were expecting a significant boost in customer traffic during the two-day festival. To accommodate the crowds, they are setting up a patio on the street to complement their rooftop patio and will open a walk-up grab-and-go window offering food and cold drinks. After the festival official program ends at 11 p.m on Saturday night, the Barley Mow will host an after-party, where patrons can enjoy the rooftop patio, food and performances from acoustic bands. Westboro Fuse will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Organizers say detours for cars will be in place, and OC Transpo’s route 11 buses will be rerouted to avoid the street closure.

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gets the scoop on how ice-cream parlours and other merchants are ready to help residents beat the heat with some cool treats. And in the cover story, I talk to a number of local retailers about the struggles of running a storefront business in the e-commerce era, when issues such as rent, parking and rising wages have become magnified by the spike in competition from the likes of Amazon. Naturally, this month’s issue also has all the great sorts of features you’ve come to expect from KT, includes Ellen Bond’s spotlight on local kayaking sensation Maren Bradley in Humans of Kitchissippi and Dave Allston’s illuminating column on the Wellington Village neighbourhood that never quite came to be. In closing, I just want to say it’s been a pleasure to have the privilege of overseeing this issue. I can’t thank my KT colleagues enough for all their fine work. I also want to thank everyone at OBJ, and in particular publisher Mike Curran for giving me this opportunity. A big shout-out also goes to the many residents of Kitchissippi who contributed so much to this issue – especially the merchants who happily took time out of their busy schedules to share their insights. Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t once again express my sincere appreciation to Andrea for raising the bar on what a community newspaper can and should be. I wish her nothing but the best in all her future endeavours.

must confess I feel a little bit like a guest host on The Tonight Show. As the person tapped to fill the considerable shoes of former Kitchissippi Times editor extraordinaire Andrea Tomkins on an interim basis, I’ve done my best this issue to approach the high editorial standards my friend maintained during her nearly six years on the job. It’s no easy task, and I hope readers will appreciate the little bit of a twist we’ve put on this month’s edition of KT (inspired by Andrea’s fantastic suggestion, by the way). That is, the business of this issue is business. Since I’m the editor of KT’s sister publication, the Ottawa Business Journal newsmagazine, it seemed only appropriate to shine a spotlight on the merchants of Kitchissippi while I’m here minding the store, so to speak. And that’s exactly what we’ve done in the August edition. This month’s focus is on “mainstreet business,” with a series of stories from me and my colleague Charlie Senack that take a closer look at the many challenges ​– and abundant opportunities –​ facing local brick-and-mortar retailers in a world where seemingly every piece of merchandise is available at the click of a mouse. Of course, people still need to eat, and new Wellington Butchery owner Joel Orlik is cooking up some big ideas for his new shop after taking over the former Saslove’s Meat Market at 1333 Wellington. (As you’ll read on pages 12 and 13, he comes by his love of food honestly.) Meanwhile, Charlie


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Meet Maren Bradley “I was born in the Civic, and I’ve lived in this neighbourhood all of my life. I love how close everything is in this neighbourhood. I love biking, so I bike everywhere. I’ve always had tons of friends in my neighbourhood. I’ve grown up with a very good community of people. I graduated from Nepean High School and next year I’m attending Dalhousie (University) for commerce. I’ve been paddling since I was seven. That’s when I started in Canoe Kids. It’s a day program they have at the Rideau Canoe Club. I fell in love with the sport, being out on the water with my friends all day and having a fun time. You get to test out all the boats and get the hang of being on the water. “I made a lot of friends that I’m still friends with today. I’m a kayaker and paddle K1, K2 and K4. I’m a sprint kayaker, so it’s all on flat water. My favourite race is the War

Canoe ​– it’s basically like an entire hockey team in one boat. It’s a strictly Canadian sport. This summer I’m racing in the junior worlds, and I leave for Romania next week. I just got back from training with the other four girls out in Halifax. I’m racing the K2 and K4 events. When we come back, I’ll be racing at nationals in Regina. I also coach every day I’m here at the Rideau Canoe Club. I love teaching there ​– it’s so much fun. I get to pass along the message that kayaking is so amazing. My friend’s little brother told me today he wanted to try the AK47, the tippy boat, which is the boat I had all my firsts in when I was learning. My goal is to go to the Olympics. The national team trains in Halifax, so going to university there will help. My first big chance will be in 2024 in Paris. I have that goal taped on the back of my bedroom door.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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ARTS & CULTURE After ‘16 years of amazing memories’, Westfest takes final bow BY DAVID SALI


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‘ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END’ Still, she said she’s “not sad” to see Westfest’s run come to a close. “All good things must come to an end,” Martin said. “We’ve had 16, and I mean it when I say, glorious years. They have been glorious, even through the challenges and the ups and downs.”


Martin said having to move again cost the festival thousands of dollars and made it hard to re-establish its footing. Westfest ended up at Tom Brown Arena, where it has drawn about 5,000 people each of the last two years and operated on a budget of about $150,000. “That certainly plays a huge role in why our finances have been so challenging in the last couple of years,” Martin said, adding Westfest was staged entirely by volunteers in its last few years. “Although we love Tom Brown Arena, the damage was already done. I feel really terrible for the residents of Mechanicsville and the people who utilize and love Laroche Park because it could have really been something special there.”


“That’s just a reflection of the bigger picture, which is there’s no money left anymore,” Martin said. In more than a decade in Westboro, the festival’s attendance grew from about 1,000 in its first year in 2004 to a peak of 100,000 during its last four years on Richmond Road, where it stretched for 14 blocks. During that time, its budget also expanded exponentially, from $30,000 to more than $1 million ​– virtually all of it from sponsors. At one point, the festival had seven full-time employees. But over the years, some big-name partners, including Scotiabank and Subaru, gradually cut back their contributions or pulled out entirely. In 2015, the Westboro Village BIA cancelled its contract as the event’s title sponsor, a deal that would have paid $125,000 a year. “We couldn’t really control those things,” Martin said. The following year, Westfest relocated to Laroche Park in Hintonburg, but had to vacate the site just two years later when the city announced plans to refurbish the park.

laina Martin could probably offer thousands of anecdotes about Westfest, but one that really sticks in her mind was the time Cowboy Junkies frontwoman Margo Timmons crashed a backyard barbecue. It was 2005, and Westfest was in just its second year as a “grassroots little music festival” staged in the parking lot of a Mac’s Milk on Richmond Road. “We were literally in people’s backyards using their space,” recalled Martin, the event’s founder and producer for all 16 years of its existence. The Cowboy Junkies were the headliner, and after their show the band’s lead singer simply strolled over to the house behind the stage 20 feet away, where she happily chatted with the locals who had gathered in a driveway to hear the performance. “They had Margo Timmons from Cowboy Junkies show up at their family barbecue,” Martin said with a chuckle. “(Westfest) has been solidly embedded in the community in so many ways that I can’t even express.” After “16 years of amazing memories,” Martin announced in late July that Westfest has staged its final performance. She said the event, which has always been free to attend, simply could no longer raise the sponsorship dollars required to keep it afloat. “Fifteen years ago, it was a lot easier to get business and sponsors to pay for events than it is today,” Martin said. “It’s nearly impossible now. We just can’t do this anymore because it’s just not sustainable. We never want to charge (admission) for the festival. It’s just not Westfest.” The festival has never received funding from the province, so it was not affected by recent cuts to the Celebrate Ontario grant program, she noted. But she said the cuts are just one more sign of a downward trend in overall giving to charitable events.

Over the years, Westfest became known for giving unknown artists from a variety of racial and ethnic groups their first exposure to a wide audience. In 2008, as part of its celebration of indigenous women in music, legendary singer-songwriter Buffy SainteMarie played to a crowd of 5,000 spectators. “Maybe half of them were indigenous people, so we knew we’d done what we’d set out to do, which was create a space for diversity and to shine a spotlight on it,” Martin said. “It was the first event that really shone an honest light on diverse artists in our city. The other festivals are starting to jump on board, and that’s kind of the legacy that I think Westfest will leave.” Martin’s friend Erin Benjamin, the head of the Canadian Live Music Association, praised the festival for its willingness to give emerging artists a chance. “When (Martin) started to focus on inclusivity, I think it became far more than a community festival,” she said. “I think it became a necessary festival. I think it became the festival that other festivals looked to for best practices. “She really set the bar locally and was putting artists on stage long ago that you wouldn’t have seen anywhere else.” Benjamin said the festival’s demise leaves her with mixed emotions. “I think it’s sad that Westfest’s time has come, but I also fully understand it,” she said. “I think a lot of people refuse to let events or festivals die just based on a sense of tradition, and I don’t think that’s always the right choice, because some things have a lifespan. And that’s OK. I think Elaina’s leaving on a really high note.” Martin said she’s already got some other irons in the fire but isn’t ready to publicly discuss her future plans just yet. “I think people can expect to see a lot more of what they’ve seen me do in the last 16 years but on a more national stage – certainly including Ottawa because that’s my home, but my whole life and my career has been dedicated to and will continue to be dedicated to providing opportunities, platforms and exposure for racialized and marginalized artists. So that’s what I plan to do, but on more of a national stage. I’m really excited.”

ARTS & LEISURE Author takes nostalgic ride through city’s past

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Westboro’s Bruce MacGregor puts ‘ridiculous memory’ to good use with loving tribute to the cozier Ottawa of his youth BY ASEN ALEKSANDROV


n 1965, when Bruce MacGregor was tackling his sixth year of high school, Ottawa was a different and much smaller place. Far from the bustling suburbs they are today, Kanata, Orl​éans and Barrhaven were fledgling rural communities. The stretch between what are now St. Laurent Shopping Centre and Smyth Road was, in MacGregor’s words, “more or less a dirt road with the barest hints of civilization.” Today, the 72-year-old retired teacher leads a quiet life with his family in Westboro, a dozen or so kilometres west of where that dirt road used to be. The memories of the cozier city of his youth are still fresh in MacGregor’s heart, and he recently immortalized them in a book called Capital Recollections. Part history and part autobiography, Capital Recollections contains a selection of personal, often humorous anecdotes, set against the backdrop of the many cultural and social developments of the fifties and sixties. Back then the growing city was a tapestry of places and attitudes a modern reader might not recognize, many of which MacGregor recalls with heartfelt detail. “I have a ridiculous memory,” he jokes, adding that he had entirely too many stories to work into Capital Recollections. The majority of the book chronicles

his school years, which were an eventful time. “School was a struggle ​– I worried big time,” he recalls. “I had terrible grades and too much energy. Today I would probably be on some kind of medication.” MacGregor put that frenetic nature to use on the football field and in the gym. He also had a flare for storytelling, which would come into play later in life. After failing to graduate on time, MacGregor had to retake Grade 13 and finally edged across the finish line with an average of 62. Fortunately, back in 1965 Carleton University had a lower bar for admission than it does today, and MacGregor’s studies there set the stage for what would eventually become a 30-year teaching career. The stories in the book are entangled with the realities of life in that era. The emergence of television, the suburban explosion, the dating culture of the fifties: those and many other subjects come to life through MacGregor’s narrative. In his words, Capital Recollections aims to take other baby boomers like himself on a nostalgic ride. FOOTBALL HISTORIAN To younger readers, the book opens a window to a version of Ottawa that would probably surprise them. The city of MacGregor’s youth was not just smaller, but – as readers will discover – had a very different character.

Bruce MacGregor has written a new book on his memories of growing up in Ottawa called Capital Recollections. PHOTO BY ASEN ALEKSANDROV

After graduating, MacGregor would lead a colourful life in Ottawa as the city itself grew up around him. He would write short stories, play football at Carleton and even become the unofficial historian of the Ravens football team and its alumni association, the Old Crow Society. He also started a rock band called Bruce and the Burgers, although not exactly on purpose. “It was supposed to be a one-night thing,” he explains. “The band started as a joke, but our students wouldn’t let us end it. They rented a venue, and we just kept going after that.” The group ended up playing all over Ottawa and ultimately became the house band at gatherings of the Elvis Sighting Society, a collection of larger-than-life local personalities that included the late

Citizen and Sun columnist Earl McRae, businessman Moe Atallah – the owner of legendary Westboro eatery Moe’s Newport Restaurant – and pool player extraordinaire Ervin Budge. It was an association that would set the stage for many other unpredictable events in MacGregor’s life. “Away from the classroom, things got pretty wild back then,” he says with a grin. MacGregor retired from teaching in 2000 and kept The Burgers going for another decade. He says three decades of patrolling school hallways – not to mention raising two kids – helped work some of the craziness out of his system. But he still loved sports, and he still loved to tell stories. In the winter of 2016, when he was

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vacationing with his wife and her family in Victoria, something her brother-in-law said to him struck a chord. “He is kind of an intense guy,” MacGregor explains, “and he said that people our age can disappear out of our own lives. You tend to not do anything new, just going through the motions. I took that to heart.” So after Christmas that year, having just returned from vacation, he set himself to the task of writing a book. Not sure what it would be at first, he let his love for


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(Left) Architect John Donkin’s unusual concept for the exterior of 67 Pinhey St. captured property owner Tom Vtipil’s imagination. (Above) The interior of the home features simple yet elegant furnishings and plenty of natural light. PHOTOS BY MARK HOLLERON

Hintonburg infill project a labour of love for builder Home renovation expert puts talent to work on distinctive Pinhey Street multiplex BY DAVID SALI


ne look at Tom Vtipil’s home at 67 Pinhey St. is enough to make you realize it’s no cookie-cutter urban infill project. The unusual blend of contrasting light and dark colours on the home’s exterior

siding instantly sets the rectangular structure apart from most other designs in the neighbourhood. The colour scheme was the brainchild of Ottawa architect John Donkin, and it’s one of Vtipil’s favourite features of his Hintonburg dream home. “We thought it was really out of the

box and cool,” he says. “At the same time, it’s very simple, too.” A home renovation expert by trade, the 37-year-old Vtipil built the multiplex with his father Otto, in addition to getting plenty of help from other family members and friends. After tearing down the dwelling that previously occupied the site six years ago, he spent 10 months making his own vision for the property a reality. The result is an elegant, refined living space filled with pine floors, natural wood finishes and light colours, creating what Vtipil calls a classic, timeless look. Large windows provide an abundance of natural light. “I didn’t want to paint the wall a crazy colour and then have to paint it again in a year,” he says with a laugh. The result isn’t flashy, but rather homey and inviting –​ “nothing high-end, but just tasteful,” as Vtipil describes it. “That’s kind of our style.” The main portion of the home is a

1,200-square-foot, two-level living space with two bedrooms on the upper floor. Vtipil rents out a separate one-bedroom unit on the ground floor as well as another basement suite. His favourite part of the house is his bedroom, which leads to a spacious deck complete with a hammock for those lazy summer afternoons. “It’s very cozy up there,” he says with a grin. “It’s a very comfortable living space.” Then there’s the garage, which is fully insulated and heated so Vtipil can use it as a workshop year-round. “Right now, it’s perfect for myself,” he says of his home, adding he loves the neighbourhood and its close proximity to downtown and the Ottawa River. Still, as Vtipil will be the first to tell you, every home construction project is bound to have its share of “hiccups,” and building his own place was no different. Besides the typical challenges just about every Canadian contractor will face at one

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I was in one of the big box stores this past summer and saw a customer’s shopping cart with an artificial Christmas tree and snowsuit in it. I thought, “Who would buy such items in the middle of July? We just got through six months of winter! Who is thinking of Christmas in this heat wave?” Then I saw another cart with winter items in it… and another. What did these customers know that I didn’t? Is winter hitting us in September? I wasn’t in need of a Christmas tree or a snowsuit, but it did make me think: Come winter, these folks will be ready. While most people will rush out in November and have to settle for items they don’t really like because there is less inventory, those savvy early shoppers will be all set. The same can be said for real estate. I have sellers asking me if August is a good time to sell, given many buyers are away on holiday. I explain that August is a great time to sell. Smart buyers are always looking for that right house, and just because it’s summer doesn’t mean they aren’t watching.

Buyers can be on their dock at the cottage with their laptop in hand, or on a road trip checking out on their phone. Buyers’ real estate agents set their clients up on auto searches for properties that meet their clients’ requirements. When a new listing is posted on the Realtor Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the prospective buyer will be able to view that property on whatever device they are using, anytime day or night. So just because it’s August doesn’t mean buyers aren’t plugged in to real estate. Just like the shopper buying a Christmas tree in July, the same can be said for a smart home buyer. Don’t let the time of year fool you; the Ottawa real estate market is active, even in the lazy days of summer.

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The Lady Grey Hospital opened on Carling Avenue in 1910. PHOTO COURTESY LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA

The Wellington Village neighbourhood that never was Grand plans to develop southern portion of subdivision never saw the light of day BY DAVE ALLSTON


istory fever has hit Wellington Village this summer as the neighbourhood celebrates its 100th anniversary –​ but a big chunk of the area’s history has yet to be told. Though today the neighbourhood runs north from the Queensway with streets laid out mostly alphabetically from Edina to Kenora, original plans called for another half of the subdivision to the south ​– a potentially huge community that never came to fruition. The story begins back in March 1909,

when a site for Ottawa’s badly needed tuberculosis hospital was finally selected after a year-long debate. Five acres of the Ottawa Land Association’s vacant property on Carling Avenue in the distant suburbs were sold to the City of Ottawa for $7,500, and on this site the new Lady Grey Hospital was built. (The property is now home to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.) Initial plans called for the hospital to be built in Hintonburg on the south side of Gladstone Avenue at Bayswater Avenue, and a myriad of other locations were debated (including a site on Hilson Avenue and another near Richmond Road

at Woodroffe Avenue) before the Carling location was selected. In retrospect, it was an odd choice. The location was ideal due to its isolation from populated areas, but the cost of acquiring the land and the need to extend water services a long distance, not to mention build sewage systems, made it an expensive proposition. The Lady Grey Hospital opened on Feb. 16, 1910 as a “sanatorium” for citizens suffering from advanced cases of the “Great White Plague.” It was built on a hill, screened in by a grove of hardwood trees, with many windows and large verandahs

to maximize fresh air, one of the primary treatments for TB. The hospital had space for between 42 and 46 patients. Meanwhile, by 1913, the OLA was finally taking steps to begin selling off its hundreds of suburban acres of increasingly prime land. World War I would curtail those plans for a few years, but early unregistered plans laid out the new subdivision, which included many new streets from Carling all the way to Scott Street, fitting into surrounding neighbourhoods like pieces of a puzzle. Streets such as Iona, Java and Kenora are of course well-known today. Keen observers have noted that they appear almost in alphabetic sequence –​ except for Faraday, which oddly is out of order. This is explained by the fact that Faraday was originally a street in the Hintonburg plan of 1895 to the east (in May 1941, that original segment of Faraday east of Holland was renamed Sherwood Drive to eliminate confusion for delivery drivers and postal workers). The OLA decided to extend Faraday (as well as Ruskin) to the west and add the new streets around it in alphabetical order from south to north, even though Faraday broke the pattern. Today, the sequence of streets begins at the Queensway with Edina, but the original subdivision started with the letter A and included streets called Anita, Bonita, Cornelia, Diana, Edina, Formosa, Geneva, Helena, Iona, Java and Kenora. The north-south streets still exist today but were originally longer (Clarendon ran all the way to Carling, for example). The OLA selected the names for the streets randomly; there were no connections to the families of the OLA Directors, nor were the names pertinent to the Stewart family, who farmed the land in the 19th century. Island Park Drive was laid out by the National Capital Commission’s forerunner, the Ottawa Improvement Commission, between 1921 and 1923 and opened for traffic in the fall of 1923. The location of the Lady Grey Hospital likely influenced the street’s route, as it looped sharply around the edge of the hospital property.

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3 substation to alleviate Ottawa’s reliance on electricity from the Gatineau Power Company. The substation and related infrastructure, as well as the Roberts/Smart Centre and Youth Services Bureau at the west end of the Royal property today, stand above where the 1923-24 unused sewers likely still lie beneath. By 1937, in the midst of the seemingly never-ending Great Depression, the OLA was looking to sell off its remaining holdings and close out the syndicate after nearly 50 years of existence. The city acquired much of the land surrounding the hospital for just over $22,000, later granting most of it to the Royal Ottawa for expansion and adding the infamous water tower in 1950. Thus, much of the originally planned residential community south of the Queensway would never materialize. Who knows what could have been had city officials chosen to open the tuberculosis hospital on Bayswater (or any of the other 20-plus sites considered)? It’s likely the area south of what is now the Queensway would have been built up as residential, and some of the most desirable streets in Kitchissippi today might be Anita, Bonita and Cornelia!

SOUTH OF THE TRACKS When the official subdivision plan was finally registered in 1923, it included a few key tweaks to account for Island Park Drive, as well as a few other changes from the original design (Formosa Street was lost entirely, rear lanes were added for all streets and Island Park Drive branched in two directions where it met Diana Street just over the tracks). The southern half of the subdivision was divided by the Grand Trunk Railway tracks, which ran the same route that the Queensway does today. This divide would drive the next series of developments. With Island Park Drive opened, the city expected property along the route to become popular with homebuyers, and the OLA began taking steps to establish infrastructure. The city began installing a sewer network in part of the new neighbourhood west of the Lady Grey (on Anita, Bonita and Cornelia streets). Aerial photos from the mid- to late 1920s capture the altered ground, which had previously been untouched farm land, clearly showing the lines where sewers had been laid (streets still existed only on paper at this point). For whatever reason, the OLA never sold any of the lots in this subdivision, and other than a group of 10 chicken coops on Bonita Avenue, the area was never developed. In June 1928, the Ottawa Hydro Electric Commission acquired many of these lots bordering Carling, and in 1929 it opened No.


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—​Wellington Butchery owner Joel Orlik

The former Saslove’s Meat Market at 1333 Wellington St. has a new name and a new owner. PHOTO BY TED SIMPSON

Wellington West, meat your new butcher Food is a passion for Wellington Butchery owner Joel Orlik, who comes by his love of the meat business honestly BY DAVID SALI


o matter how you slice it, Joel Orlik seemed destined to have a career in the butchery business. When he left his job in the newspaper distribution industry a couple of years ago, Orlik, 55, decided to help out his old boss, Joel Diener, at Saslove’s Meat Market on Wellington Street. He’d worked at the store for nearly a decade in the late ’90s and early

2000s before opening his own butcher shop in Barrhaven, a venture that lasted three years. Orlik then spent more than a decade in the newspaper business. Mulling retirement, he instead ended up back at Saslove’s full-time. When Diener decided to call it quits earlier this year, Orlik again found himself the proud owner of his own store ​– even if it did take “multiple offers” to get the deal done.

“He wasn’t ready (to leave),” the 55-yearold businessman says of Diener, who’d owned the Saslove’s location on Wellington with his brother John for more than two decades. “This time I told him, ‘Look, I’m gonna retire. If I’m not doing it for myself, I’m not interested in doing it.’” He chuckles. A fifth-generation butcher, Orlik knows the food business is practically embedded in his DNA. A cousin he recently met in Vienna traced the family tradition

back to his great-great grandfather, who was a master butcher in Bohemia in the mid19th century. From the 1860s until World War II, other members of the Orlik clan operated butcher shops in Vienna, and his uncle later ran a meat market in downtown London. Now, it’s Orlik’s turn to carry the family cleaver. He officially assumed ownership of the 1,300-square-foot shop at 1333 Wellington St. on June 1, renaming it the Wellington Butchery. Orlik and the meat business appear to go together like beer and bratwurst. Eyeing the rows of New York striploins and steaks cut from Ontario-raised wagyu beef – a Japanese breed renowned for its marbling and taste – he passionately extols the virtues of “dry-aging” large cuts of meat in a cooler for several weeks at precisely one degree Celsius. Pointing to a cut of wagyu, he says it will be “like eating meat-flavoured butter.” “Beef is not tender till day 28,” he says matter-of-factly. “Personally, I like 42-day aged.” All the shop’s meat comes from Canadian farms, most of them in Ontario and Quebec. Orlik and his staff of eight do all the butchering in-house in addition to producing an abundance of other barbecue staples, including pork sausages infused with Beyond the Pale’s Darkness stout.

NO ‘RUN-OF-THE-MILL’ PRODUCTS The store also offers a range of prepared items such as cabbage rolls, turkey meatloaf, beef jerky and meat sauce (which Orlik makes himself). He’s a frequent visitor to neighbouring Herb and Spice, dashing across Wellington Street up to three times a day to replenish his stock of fresh ingredients for his creations. The key to success in the meat business,

he says, is adapting to ever-changing consumer tastes. Today’s customers “don’t want just run-of-the-mill,” Orlik explains. “They want Triple-A, angus, wagyu. They want top quality. If I’m gonna sell what the grocery store sells, I may as well just close the door. I can’t do what they do, and they’re really not set up to do what we do. This is a great neighbourhood. They support their stores, but you have to give them a good product.” He’s also looking to expand the store’s vegetarian offerings, adding more prepared


Joel Orlik comes from a long line of butchers. PHOTO BY ELLEN BOND

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day. Orlik is too invested in his trade – emotionally and financially – to walk away yet. He mentions that he and Barb just returned from a three-week vacation to Prague, Budapest and Vienna, where they spent much of their time sampling the wares at food markets and, yes, visiting butcher shops. “Other people go to see paintings,” Orlik says with a wry chuckle. “We go to see food.”


If you’re not a seasoned master of the grill, Orlik suggests sticking with rib steaks or striploin cuts because they usually stay tender even when they’re slightly overcooked. “They’re both excellent,” he says. “For somebody who’s not the best barbecuer or doesn’t spend a lot of time barbecuing, those steaks are the ones they should buy.” Never toss pork on a red-hot barbecue. “You can’t sear pork,” Orlik says. “Pork doesn’t like sudden changes in temperature. When you take pork and throw it on a hot grill, you ruined it at that moment.” Instead, he recommends setting the meat on the upper rack while you’re warming up the barbecue, allowing the pork to heat up gradually, before putting it on the grill. Follow that advice, and “you’d have to work really hard to ruin it,” he says with a chuckle. When cooking sausages, brush them with a little oil and grill them over medium heat for 20-22 minutes. Keep turning them – but avoid piercing them with a fork. “If you’re poking holes, you’re guaranteeing you’re going to have a dry sausage,” Orlik explains. Cranking up the heat too much will leave you with a dry sausage that’s overcooked on the outside and underdone in the middle, he cautions.

meals aimed at the growing number of consumers who don’t eat meat or consume it less frequently. His goal is to make onethird of the items at the store’s prepared food counter meat-free. “I mean, we don’t eat meat every night, and I’ve got access to all the meat I want,” he says. “You’ve got to break it up. If you’re going to eat less meat, you should eat goodquality (food).” Orlik also plans to give the shop itself a makeover. He wants to expand the basement cooler and move the retail space to the back corner where the butchers now cut and prepare the steaks and other meats. The butchers’ counter will be brought front and centre so customers can see the butchers plying their trade, “like they do in Montreal.” In addition, he’s floated the idea of offering curbside delivery to customers who call in orders ahead of time, a service that’s gaining traction in other cities. And he’s already looking even further down the road, to a day when he finally leaves the business he loves. He promised his wife Barb he’d give his latest venture seven years, and then hand it off to the next generation. To that end, he’s grooming the two young butchers on his staff, Carlos Molina and Anthony Tessier, in the hope that at least one of them will take over when he finally hangs up his apron. “One of them’s gonna need a future, and then there will be continuity as well,” he says. But that’s a conversation for another


“It makes a really good sausage,” Orlik says with pride. “Very popular.”

MAINSTREET BUSINESS Kitchissippi summer hotspots keeping their cool With the mercury rising, sales are trending upward at local ice cream shops and other businesses looking to help customers chill out


t might have taken things a while to get warmed up this summer, but now that temperatures are hitting their peak, residents looking to beat the heat are fuelling a rise in business at local summer hotspots.

For some customers, that might mean having a cold brew on the patio. For others, it means stopping for gelato or ice cream. Whichever way you choose, local businesses that cater to such clientele say the warmer weather has meant a boost in sales. Marlene Haley, the owner of the

Merry Derry ice cream store at 102 Fairmont Ave., says business has been steady since she opened three years ago. The shop is known for having 40 different flavours of ice cream, but Haley says there are a few favourites people tend to inquire about. “We have so many flavours in

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rotation ​– we carry 12 at a time ​– and there is a couple that people ask for,” she says. “One of them is tiger tail, which is a summer flavour we run. Cookies and cream is a classic and is also always popular, and honeycomb is one that we make and run out of fast.” But with so many ice cream stores in the Kitchissippi area, you might think Haley and her competitors are tossing and turning at night obsessing over new ways to win customers. But she doesn’t look at it that way. “I think we all offer something different,” she says. “There is gelato, ours is a hard ice cream, and we also have the truck (the store now owns a pair of ice cream trucks employees take to special events), which is a unique feature. Sure, we are all competitors in terms of offering a frozen desert, but we all have different options.”


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application process with the city. Coowner Matthew Tweety says it’s meant more people are staying and drinking at the brewery’s taproom instead of buying cans and taking them home. “We did anticipate that it would be busy, but I think it’s really caught us all by surprise on how busy it’s been,” says Tweety. “As a result of the patio, we have even added extra hours for the summer because we didn’t want to go through all that work to try and get a patio and then be closed every afternoon.” Tweety says the craft brewery rotates its offerings regularly to avoid becoming too predictable, adding there are some perennial favourites that keep people coming back. Since opening four years ago, Tooth and Nail has rotated about 30 types of beer through its taps. “We gear the beers that we make during the summer months to more light and refreshing styles,” he says. “Something that is easier to drink and lighter in alcohol. People seem to be really happy with it.” And with the hot weather expected to continue through August, space on patios will likely be at a premium at least a few more weeks to come.


‘SO MANY NEW FACES’ Over at the Morning Owl at 538 Rochester St., co-owner Kate Lin feels the same way. It’s the second summer since the coffee shop opened, and Lin says she sees new faces in the store every day ​– with many inquiring about the frozen treats Morning Owl is now offering. “We gathered a lot of regular clientele last summer which stayed with us through the winter months, so it’s really exciting to be seeing so many new faces,” she says. New this summer, the Morning Owl has started selling dipped ice cream bars from Moo Shu Ice Cream, a Centretownbased company that uses local dairy products and focuses on fruity ice creams and vegan options. “We didn’t expect the turnover for the ice cream to be as fast as it is,” Lin says. And for grown-ups seeking other ways to beat the heat, patios at local bars and restaurants are always a soughtafter destination. Tooth and Nail Brewing Co. at 3 Irving Avenue recently debuted its new patio after going through a three-year

Merry Dairy employee Sydney Barr at the popular Fairmont Avenue ice cream vendor, which opened three years ago. PHOTO BY DAVID SALI




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MAINSTREET BUSINESS Big shifts in store for neighbourhood retailers With rents rising and competition from online stores ramping up, local independent merchants mull their future in Kitchissippi BY DAVID SALI


hen Faustina Konkal and her mother Catherine Fournier bought Hintonburg fabric shop and sewing studio Fabrications more than two years ago, the business seemed like, well, the perfect fit. Konkal, a mom of three who learned to sew when she was a kid, had a background in retail. Fournier, meanwhile, had run her own freelance writing business for years and knew her way around a balance sheet. “Our skills intersect,” as Fournier puts it. So when original owners Carrie Alexander and Curtis Blondin decided to sell the Wellington Street store in early 2017, a mother-daughter partnership was born. “We thought there was a lot of potential in the business, so we decided to take the plunge,” Konkal says. At first, their faith seemed justified. Sales nearly doubled the second year they owned the 1,300-square-foot shop, but this year has been a “little flatter,” Konkal notes. With their lease set to expire at the end of August this year, they decided it was time to pull up stakes and relocate to less expensive retail space. “Even though we doubled our sales in two years, the rent here is still just barely affordable,” Konkal says, pegging the current rent on Wellington at about $5,800 a month. “We felt that we had kind of squeezed all the retail value out of the square footage. We didn’t think that we could increase sales any more in this location, so we started looking around.” In the end, they found a vacancy in a strip mall at 1677 Carling Ave. on the eastern

edge of Westboro. The new store is 1,900 square feet, giving them more room for retail and office space. The mall’s 80-car lot means parking will never be an issue. The total monthly rent bill will be slightly higher than they’re currently paying, but they expect to save on utility costs in a newer, more energy-efficient building. “The business was on a growth path, but was reaching limits to how much we could cram into here and still maintain the atmosphere that we wanted,” Fournier says. “We needed more space.” Konkal and Fournier aren’t alone among local retailers who’ve had to face the tough choice of whether to remain in areas such as Hintonburg, Wellington West and Westboro and pay rising rents or move on. Retail experts say owning a small business on a traditional “mainstreet” strip such as Wellington Street is becoming a tougher gig every year. While rents continue to go up as neighbourhoods become more gentrified and expenses such as hydro keep rising, competition from bigbox discount retailers such as Walmart and e-commerce juggernauts Amazon and the like is also ratcheting up. At the same time, a number of new enterprises have sprung up on Wellington in the last few years, suggesting mainstreet businesses can still thrive if they find the right niche. Half a block east of Fabrications on Wellington, Mostly Danish Furniture vacated its 3,500-square-foot space on Wellington Street in 2018 after three years in the neighbourhood. Owner Zvi Gross says he hoped the Hintonburg specialty furniture store would

help drive traffic to his much larger flagship location on Kaladar Avenue in the city’s south end, a plan that “worked quite well for us.” But he says the landlord found a tenant who was willing to pay more for the space, and he’s since purchased his own building at 1619 Carling Ave., where he’s hoping to open a new store in the next few months. OWNERS STRUGGLING The owners of Fabrications say the venture is profitable, and many other independent retailers in Hintonburg are thriving, says Barry Nabatian, a market researcher at Ottawa-based Shore-Tanner & Associates. But other smaller merchants, even in upscale neighbourhoods such as Westboro and the Glebe, aren’t faring as well, he adds. “Many of these businesses are at the point of bankruptcy, and the reason they are still holding on is because they have invested so much money that they say, ‘Look, if I walk away now, I lose all of that. Maybe next year will be better,’” Nabatian says. “I can tell you that a lot of them, the owners are making less than minimum wage, which is very sad really.” Traffic congestion and a lack of on-street parking are also major concerns for many retailers. Konkal and Fournier say 85 per cent of people who responded to a recent online and in-store survey said they drove to the shop, while 40 per cent said traffic congestion was a deterrent to visiting the store. They say most of their customers come from outside Kitchissippi ward, and they felt they need to be at a location that’s easier to get to by car and has its own

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and the recent hike in the minimum wage have made the business climate tougher for small retailers than it was when they opened the store in 1995, they concede. And rent at their 1,300-square-foot location is now about $6,000 a month, five times what it was 24 years ago, Gordie notes. But they’ve changed with the times, investing in a successful online store powered by local e-commerce giant Shopify ​ – online sales now account for nearly a third of their revenues ​– while targeting a very niche market with few other major competitors. The Schmidts say they love the neighbourhood and plan to remain part of the Westboro retail scene for many years to come. “I’m not moving,” Sheba says. “I think there is going to be a resurgence for brickand-mortar – I really do. People like to shop. They like to look at things.” Back at Fabrications, Konkal says she has mixed emotions about her pending move. “It’s a great neighbourhood. I really enjoy it here,” she says. “But we’re also really excited about the new location. It’s bittersweet, for sure.”

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that’s easier to get to by car and has its own parking lot. “We’re a small niche,” Konkal says. “We need to be accessible to the entire metropolitan area.” Just east of Fabrications at the corner of Wellington and Irving Avenue, the owners of Les Moulins La Fayette say they couldn’t be happier with their choice of location. Business has been brisk at the bakery and coffee shop since it opened just over a year ago, says co-owner Aditya Budhiraja. He and his partners looked at a number of locations in the ByWard Market, Glebe and New Edinburgh before deciding Hintonburg just felt right, he explains. “The response from folks has been incredible,” Budhiraja says, estimating about 60 per cent of his customers reside in the immediate neighbourhood. “We rely heavily on foot traffic.” A couple of kilometres away on Richmond Road, Sheba and Gordie Schmidt have built a thriving family-owned business selling children’s outdoor apparel at West End Kids. The explosion of online commerce

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TRAINING BROADCASTERS Employees collaborate with trainers all across Africa, who work on the ground with broadcasters to teach them new material and show them how to fine-tune their skills to make broadcasts more effective. “When we come in, in many cases we are the first set of formal training these radio stations will get,” Leclair says. “We are giving them some really tangible interviewing skills, editing skills and (training on) how you produce educational programming.” Radio craft team lead Sylvie Harrison now oversees all of the creative programming in Africa. She got her start at Farm Radio International as a volunteer, when she worked at four local radio stations in Ghana for a year. After returning to Canada, Harrison landed a full-time job with the organization and has since returned to Africa more than a dozen times for her work, visiting seven different countries. “I come up with the training material and the curriculum that we use to train broadcasters, but I’m not the one training broadcasters,” she says. “All of that is done by the team members that are in those countries. What we are there to do is build on the broadcasters’ strengths and build on that point of communication for development.” To mark its 40th anniversary, Farm Radio International has started a series of writings on its website. To read those stories and find out more about the group, visit


radio and the written word. Radio is a key form of communication in Africa, where many farmers are non-literate and rely heavily on radio programs to get information. “Whereas here we are looking at radio as mostly an entertainment means or something to listen to when you’re commuting, it’s really the lifeline of tens of millions of people in Africa,” says Mark Leclair, manager of communications and knowledge management for Farm Radio International. The concept really began by accident in 1975, when former CBC radio host George Atkins travelled to the Zambian countryside with his African colleagues as part of a workshop he was running. Along the way he talked with some of the African broadcasters about their radio programs and what type of farming issues they discussed. Atkins soon realized much of the content wasn’t useful for most of the audience –​ for example, one broadcast was about maintaining spark plugs on tractors, even though only a small number of farmers actually owned such equipment at the time ​ – and he decided to send out scripts to local broadcasters that provided information that was much more relevant to farmers’ day-today lives. “The people who got the scripts, they all seemed quite happy about it and here was material that was coming to them which was useful for the farmers they were talking to,” Atkins said in a 2009 interview when Farm Radio International celebrated its 30th anniversary. The organization sent its first set of scripts to 34 broadcasters in 26 countries in May 1979. Since then, Farm Radio International has delivered in excess of 100 script packages to more than 780 radio stations in 40 countries, with a distinct focus



HEALTHY ACTIVE LIVING Stepping it up at seventy Retired educator Mike Baine embarking on the hike of a lifetime through the Alps to mark milestone birthday

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t an age when many people’s definition of a “trek” would be hauling their golf clubs from the parking lot to the first tee, Mike Baine has a radically different concept of the word. The retired high school principal

and grandfather of 11 (!), who turned 70 in January, decided to celebrate the milestone birthday by going on a trip to Europe. There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Baine’s journey through Germany, Austria and Italy in August won’t happen on a cushy tour bus or fancy cruise ship.


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Rather, he’ll be doing the entire route through the Alps –​ all 570 kilometres of it ​– on foot. “I’ve always been adventurous,” the Westboro resident says when asked to explain the wanderlust that has seen him embark on long-distance treks such as the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170-kilometre walk through the mountains of Switzerland, Italy and France. “It was hard, but felt like something I could really get into,” he says of that first experience with mountain trekking back in 2015. Get into it he did. Already well into his sixties, Baine followed that up by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca citadel located on a mountaintop in Peru, and summiting the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal. His other epic adventures include skydiving and paragliding in France. But he says his latest trek through the Alps – which he expects will take him a month to complete and require him to average about 20 kilometres of strenuous hiking a day – will be the pinnacle of them all. He’ll be relying on an Englishlanguage guidebook that popularized the “Traumpfad” route from Munich to Venice a few years ago, as well as some GPS maps installed on his phone. “There is also some signage on the trail, but not marked as well as one would like,” explains Baine, adding with a laugh that he has a “terrible sense of direction” and that’s what his family and friends are most worried about. He readily concedes the high-altitude hike will be “very challenging,” but he’s confident his training regimen has prepared him well. For the last eight months, he has spent hundreds of hours training, clocking more than 1,500 kilometres and climbing 270,000 stairs, with only 50 rest days sprinkled in. His gruelling approach included months of Stairmaster work decked out in full gear while hauling a 24-pound backpack (heavier than what he will actually be carrying) – a method

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employed by the Polish national hiking team. And he’ll be going at it completely alone. In addition to being physically demanding, the trek is also not without its hazards, requiring him to navigate his way along narrow paths. “For the first time, I have to worry about getting to where I’m going all by myself,” says Baine, a father of four who worked his way up to superintendent of student services at the Ottawa Catholic School Board before retiring in 2007. On top of all of that, he has to maintain a strict schedule, since his itinerary has him arriving back in Ottawa just in time for his daughter’s wedding. But Baine, who says he has no chronic health issues, takes no medication and is very healthy for his age, doesn’t sound like a man who is about to hang up his hiking boots after his latest adventure. When asked if he plans on slowing down, he smiles and says “not a chance.”




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ummer is flying by in Kitchissippi, and we’re taking a moment to slow down and appreciate our sunniest and (seemingly) shortest season. Read on for updates on what’s happening in the ward and at City Hall. I’ll be away on vacation for most of August and will be disabling my Twitter account and have no access to email during this time. I will also be pressing pause on the newsletter and pop-up office hours for the month of August. Please follow @ kitchissippiott on Twitter for any ward updates and continue to contact the office by email at jeff.leiper@ottawa. ca or by phone at 613-580-2485 with any questions or concerns; my staff will be happy to respond as soon as they can. Team Kitchissippi members are also taking turns going on vacation throughout August so we can all be recharged and ready to tackle whatever September brings us. The City of Ottawa is currently working to revise the Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection By-law (2006-279) and the Urban Tree Conservation By-law (2009-200). In late June, city staff held consultation sessions with internal and external stakeholder working groups on a suite of proposed directions to improve the city’s tree

bylaws and associated implementation processes. Consultation materials are now available to the public and can be found at; the city will be accepting feedback on the proposed directions until Sept. 9. Feedback will be incorporated into the revised bylaws and processes, as appropriate, this fall. Staff recommendations are scheduled to come to committee and council in early 2020. If you have any further questions or general feedback, please contact Martha Copestake at martha.copestake@ottawa. ca and cc our office at jeff. In other news, the Westboro infill zoning study is ongoing, and the Westboro Community Association is seeking your input. The goal of the study is to implement zoning changes that will facilitate the building of more sensitive infill that contributes to the character of Westboro. Visit lovewestboro.wordpress. com to give your feedback. Some fun August events are coming up in the ward. Check out Dog Movie Night at Parkdale Park on Aug. 25; bring your furry friend to a screening of Best in Show! Westboro FUSE is returning Aug. 17 and 18. This year Richmond Road will be closed from McRae Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue for a free street festival that’s fun for the whole family. Want to contribute to this great fest? Visit and register as a volunteer.





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Q: What can I do to support a healthy pregnancy? A: When planning to get pregnant, it is a good idea to give yourself three months to detox and rebalance your body. This will help to increase you chances of getting pregnant and support a healthy one! I also suggest you start a high quality prenatal vitamins 3 months prior to conceiving. When choosing your prenatal, review the ingredients and make sure it includes MTFR forms of B vitamins as they allow for proper absorption and utilization. Essential fatty acids (high DHA) in the form of a fish oil play a role in fetal neural development, helps to decrease inflammation, and increases circulation. Q: What can my partner do? A: For the guys: CoQ10, carnitine, and arginine are a great starting point as they can increase the quality of sperm and motility. It is a great idea to continue to exercise but make sure that you are wearing loose underwear as heat can decrease your sperm count. It is also a good idea to “flush your pipes” 3 to 4 times a week. This help to ensure that your ejaculate contains highly motile and healthy sperm when attempting to conceive. Q: Is acupuncture helpful? A: Acupuncture is a very common adjunct care treatment for those going through IVF or IUI and can increase your chances of getting pregnant by up to 47%. Clinically, the best results are achieved by adapting the Paulus Protocol with a technique called the sacred turtle. Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui is a registered Naturopathic Doctor/IV Therapist at Nutrichem’s Biomedical Clinic where he integrates a functional medicine approach with naturopathic principals. In his practice, Dr. Yousuf focusses on hormone dysregulation for men and women, chronic fatigue and thyroid imbalances. Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui, ND Naturopathic Doctor NutriChem Compounding Pharmacy & Clinic 613-721-3669 | NEW LOCATION: 2599 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON K2B 7H7

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n my role as minister of environment and climate change, I have come to understand that standing up for the planet is also about standing up for people and their way of life. Over the last three years and 10 months, I have spoken to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Through our conversations, I have come to understand ​– in a way I did not before ​– how the environment really matters to Canadians. The environment is personal to farmers, fishers, hunters, foresters, trappers, skiers, paddlers and pond hockey players. It’s spiritual to Indigenous peoples who have cared for the animals, lands and waters for millennia. It’s existential for us all. In our big, cold country on the upper half of the continent, the environment affects where we live, how we work, how we prepare for our future. Climate change has made that future uncertain. Federal government scientists recently released a report that showed Canada is warming at twice the global rate. And it’s warming at three times the global rate in our north. Floods ​– such as the one that struck our community this spring, just two years after we’d weathered the devastation of the previous flood ​– are changing the way we live our lives. Some 2,200 Ottawa families were directly impacted by flooding this year. As I sandbagged with our community and neighbours again this year, I couldn’t help but worry what the future holds if we allow business to go on as usual.

The science is showing us that the climate is changing, and we have to take big steps forward. Since the very beginning of my time as minister, I have worked hard, with the full support of the prime minister, to deliver Canada’s climate plan. This is a $60-billion strategy that is investing in solutions that are cutting emissions and ensuring Canada will meet its 2030 Paris targets in a way that builds up Canada’s competitive advantage in the clean economy and creates jobs. We’re already seeing incredible clean job growth in Canada. It’s estimated that clean energy jobs are growing 60 per cent faster than the national average. This is all happening amidst already historic job growth – more than a million jobs have been created since we formed government – and historically low unemployment. Our climate plan is investing in more than 1,200 public transit projects across Canada that are getting people where they need to go in a faster, cheaper, cleaner way, including Ottawa’s LRT. We’re supporting energy-efficiency projects such as the new district energy system in the National Capital Region that is reducing emissions in up to 80 buildings by 63 per cent. We’ve invested in Canada’s engineers and entrepreneurs whose cleantech companies are creating the jobs of the future – including Equispheres in Kanata, where the workforce is expected to grow by a factor of 10 by 2023. We’re making sure to double the amount of protected nature because we know how important our forests and oceans are for giving us clean air, absorbing carbon and mitigating the impacts of climate change. It’s part of the reason we supported Ontario’s

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Many residents of Old Ottawa East influence is at City Hall ​– a situation that also felt betrayed by Greystone’s decision must change. to abandon the elements of the It’s also why I’m deeply secondary plan it previously concerned by the Ontario SENIORS TOWN HALL agreed to adhere to. Against government’s changes to As the official Opposition critic for the wishes of many local the Local Planning Appeal seniors’ affairs, I’m always interested in residents, council ultimately Tribunal (LPAT). In essence, hearing from older adults about how we gave the green light to the the Conservatives have kept can create more supportive, age-friendly developer’s plan to construct a the LPAT name but reverted communities. Come and join us for a town residential building at 10 Oblats to the old Ontario hall on issues affecting seniors on Aug. 16 OurMunicipal office is here for you with: Ave. at a height of nine storeys Board (OMB) rules. This change at 1 p.m. at the Good Companions Seniors’ Monthly Halls instead of the six storeys it originally undermines local democracy and is aTown Centre (670 Albert St.) Canvasses proposed. sop to big developers. With an aging population, it’s more Community Organizing While Kitchissippi Ward’s Jeff Leiper Under the old rules, OMB adjudicators important than ever for us to address the Help Accessing Government Services and other inner-city Ottawa councillors would overturn planning decisions without challenges facing seniors, including social stood up for community members and regard to what municipal councils had isolation, access to support services, a lack voted accordingly, unfortunately a majority agreed to. The former system also put of affordable housing, income security and P: 613-722-6414 109 at Catherine St. / rue Catherine of their colleagues did not. It’s yet another community associations a significant accessibility.E:I hope you can join us for this Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, example of how prevalent developer due to the costs associated open discussion. Ottawadisadvantage Centre

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efore the July 10 Ottawa city council meeting, I wrote to Mayor Jim Watson requesting that he ask members of council to abstain from votes on the Château Laurier addition and Greystone Village development if they took campaign contributions from executives of development companies (or their family members or lobbyists) responsible for those projects. We received a deluge of emails from constituents angry with the proposed renovations to the Château Laurier, and I share in the disappointment of most Ottawans who believe the proposed addition detracts from one of our most elegant and historic buildings.

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and co-owner Christie Glover. “But, there’s also much more to dance than competition.” The Ottawa Irish Dance Company offers recreational programming for kids and adults aged three to ninety-nine, and they hope to welcome a brand new crop of beginners in September. Irish dancing is both a beautiful art form and great exercise, and the Ottawa Irish Dance Company boasts a warm and welcoming community for learning. “Growing up, dance taught me a lot about hard work, but best of all were the times I shared with my dance community,” said Fleury. “We want to ensure that every kid who tries out dance has that same sort of experience.” “It’s not all about kids either,” remarked Glover. “I didn’t get into Irish dance until adulthood, and now I own a dance school.” Register now for lessons this fall at the Ottawa Irish Dance Company. For schedule and registration, please see Sign up by August 20 using discount code early10 for 10% off your first month of lessons. Find OIDC on Facebook and Instagram for more photos and stories. The studio is conveniently located near the Carling and Kirkwood exit on the 417.


hile summertime heat is perfect for napping, there is no break for the Ottawa Irish Dance Company. Dancers are still kicking up a storm while preparing for a busy competitive season this fall. The local dance school is celebrating their recent success at the North American Irish Dance Championships in Vancouver. Four of the school’s participating dancers medaled this year, marking a major accomplishment for them and their teachers as the Ottawa Irish Dance Company prepares for only its second year in operation. “It’s incredible to see all of their hard work paying off, and knowing that we could support them in achieving their goals,” said dance instructor and co-owner Siobhan Fleury. Among the medalists was eight-year-old Gregory Murphy who placed fourth in his category, earning a spot on the podium at only his second major competition. Despite all there is to celebrate, it’s back to the grindstone for dancers. Catherine Errington, a medalist in the category of ladies over 22, is hoping to earn her spot at the prestigious Irish Dancing World Championships at a qualifying event this December. “Achieving those types of results as a dancer takes enormous work and commitment,” said instructor


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Fall’s almost here! It’s hard to believe that fall is just a month away. Before we know it, we’ll be back to school and looking for activities for both kids and adults including swimming, fitness, sports, music and arts. Keep that summertime love of water going this fall with group or private swim lessons. Dovercourt offers lessons every day of the week, with daytime, after-school and evening options. Many of us look forward to getting back to a regular workout routine in fall. Group fitness offers flexibility, or make a weekly “appointment” with a wide variety of specialty classes. Sports programs include martial arts, skateboarding, tennis, climbing, and more. Kids will love the Junior NBA program – especially with the Raptor’s success still fresh in their minds. Coach Bill Chong, renowned for his Martial Arts for the Movies camps, brings his rope skipping program to Dovercourt this fall.

Feed your creative spirit: Dovercourt’s Bluesfest School of Music and Art offers group & private lessons at Festival House (450 Churchill Ave. N), with a talented team of instructors. The end-of-summer is marked by our annual dog swim, Sun. Aug. 25, 5-6pm, at our outdoor wading pool. A fundraiser for a local dog rescue, it’s always a highlight of the season. For more information or to register for fall session, visit 411 DOVERCOURT AVE., OTTAWA ON 613.798.8950



BACK 1. Roller Disco 2. NUTS Obstacle Course 3. MEC + Parks Canada "Learn to Camp" 4. Various Vendors 5. Church Daytime Programming 6. Mainstage 7. BATL Axe Throwing (Avenues Garage) 8. Ottawa Gymnastics "Try It" Centre 9. Street Entertainers Pod 1 10. BMO Big Blue Maze 11. Capital Pop-Up Cinema (Saturday PM only) 12. Buskers 13. Ottawa Senators Mini Sticks Rink 14. Street Entertainers Pod 2 15. Westboro Maker's Market 16. RBC and BSOMA Community Stage 17. Dovercourt Kids Zone and Jousting 18. Otto's Family Adventure Zone

AUG. 17-18! You may be seeing lots of info about FUSE throughout this paper, online and even in a flyer that our volunteers might have dropped off in your mailbox. FUSE Street Festival is back Aug. 17-18 with tons of family-friendly activities and entertainment. As a community member, we want to make sure that you are aware of the road closures so you can plan and prepare your weekend! Richmond Road will be closed between Roosevelt Avenue and McRae Avenue. The main intersection of Churchill Avenue at Richmond will not be accessible to cars. If you are a Westboro Beach resident, please use Scott Avenue. If you are heading west, you will need to use Byron Avenue (the closest westbound road) via Island Park Drive. All side streets will be accessible via Scott or Byron with no through-way across Richmond Road. McRae Avenue is open. All cars will be required to turn left or enter the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot. There will be no right turns permitted. Roosevelt is open. Michelle Groulx Executive Director Westboro Village Business Improvement Area




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Chances are, Canadian hits such as Eat My Brain and Someone Who Is Cool were on your high school, college or work playlist in the ’90s. Go back to your Happy Place and relive the Truth Untold live when Vancouver band Odds headlines this year’s Westboro FUSE Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. A FREE summer street party in your own backyard, Westboro? Yep! And it’s full to the brim with local talent! FUSE proudly welcomes back Ottawa's favourite bluesy duo, Dueling Pianos, on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. A good tickle on the ivories is

tonic for the soul! If you have not yet seen this lively, groovy pianist performance, there is no better time than at a free outdoor street concert! Westboro’s talent shines: Five + None is about as local as it gets! Recently featured on Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot for their original song 3D, Five + None are proving to be dynamic musicians with a promising future. They'll be performing live on Aug. 17 at noon. Westboro native hip-hop/pop duo Pei and the Joynt are set to perform live at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 18. The unlikely duo’s story was featured on

CBC's All in a Day last August. Rapper Peter Joynt and student vocalist Pei Pilgrim connected following a motivational speech Joynt gave at Pilgrim’s school on his personal experience with overcoming adversity. The story literally struck a chord with Pei. The two deeply inspired one another and decided to combine their talents to make music. Their message? Channel your creativity to overcome obstacles in life. You’ll be Loving This Feeling too after their performance! Other must-see acts this year include Road Apples, who are set to rock on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. The band from Kingston is adoringly dubbed Canada’s premier tribute to The Tragically Hip. Expect iconic, poetic Hip nostalgia alongside fellow diehard Hip fans alike! To see the full lineup of entertainment and festivities, visit westborovillage. com/fuse/. See you at the hottest block party in Ottawa!

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friendly activities - last year they had a wall-climbing apparatus; a hit for all ages, plus a big bouncy tent to pounce on! Who doesn’t need an excuse to jump around for fun?! Get outside, get involved and get inspired by our community at this year’s FUSE Festival 2019!


Ottawa Bluesfest, BSOMA, located at 450 Churchill Avenue, next door to Churchill Alternative School, encourages students to discover and explore a relationship with the arts. Whether a student is new to a musical instrument or refreshing their skills, Dovercourt’s BSOMA classes are open to all abilities and ages – from ages two to 102! Their teachers

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Dovercourt’s Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA) offers one of Ottawa’s widest variety of music lessons. By focusing and building on a student’s interests and abilities, Dovercourt’s BSOMA gives students the opportunity to learn vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, harmonica, and so much more! Founded in 2014 by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre and the RBC

and kids and their series of Family Classes encourage parent and child to learn together. Dovercourt also offers flexible private lesson options for all ages and offers a four-pack lesson trial and full session discounts. Throughout the year, they also offer workshops, special events, camps, and concerts for all ages. While youth or children classes are in session, parents can drop off or take advantage of the comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi. There is also an onsite musical pro-shop where parents and students can purchase music basics, including strings, workbooks, tuners, and more.


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can prepare students for formal music examinations, professional performances or casual play with family and friends. Students learn from practicing and performing teachers, including violin and ukulele instructor, Amanda Balsys. Amanda has toured Canada and the US with the folk troupe, The Gertrudes and internationally with Juno award-nominated, The Wilderness of Manitoba. Similarly, Jesse Kelly, BSOMA guitar, drums, bass, ukulele and piano instructor, has done it all when it comes to music! He has shared the stage with bands from all over Canada and performed throughout Toronto, Montreal, Nashville, and Ottawa. Get to know all of the fantastic instructors at BSOMA and discover which one is the best match for your artistic and musical interests! Dovercourt’s fun and engaging group lessons can enhance your music and art experience. Group lessons are offered for adults, youth


Bluesfest School of Music and Arts and RBC will collaborate this year to present super-talented local music acts, art demonstrations and more at FUSE! Join them on the RBC Community Stage for an exciting two days of activities for all ages, not just for youth! Expect performances by amazing students, interactive classes such as campfire ukulele and painting, plus a few intro to dance classes, courtesy of West Coast Swing group and Westie Underground. A few collaborative efforts with local businesses will add even more arts fun

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to the stage, including a workshop on Japanese wooden sword with Erika from Meishinkan Ottawa in Hintonburg. #RollerDerby, anyone? Neon Skates has you covered at this year’s FUSE! The festival will feature an outdoor rollerskating rink, and not just any rink by the way- a Disco Roller Rink along Roosevelt Avenue, providing fun for the whole family! And by the way, yes you can roller skate! Don’t own skates? No problem! You can rent them if yours are non-existent or “in the shop.” Dovercourt Family Fun Zone is baaaack! All ages are welcome, so bring the whole fam-jam! While you’re there, scope out their schedules for swimming lessons, camps, fitness, childcare, dance, sports and more to help support an active family lifestyle all year round. In the mood for climbing? Otto's Subaru is back again on the street with family-






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AUGUST 21 - HAMPTON PARK DISCOVERY WALK Join Friends of Hampton Park at 7 p.m. for a guided walk through Hampton Park. Meet at the wading pool by the Sebring/Parkview entrance. Learn about the park’s history, the plants and animals that make it their home and some exciting initiatives that you can be a part of!

AUGUST 11 - CAUSEWAY’S WHEELY AWESOME SCAVENGER HUNT Get out your bikes and compete in Causeway’s first-ever scavenger hunt by bike! Venture out on your own or as part of a team with your friends and decipher a series of clues that will take you around the city for your chance to win great prizes, spend quality time with your friends and make a difference in someone’s life! Test your knowledge to solve each clue, share pics of your journey on Instagram and Twitter and flood the streets of Ottawa with bikes. The best part is that all proceeds go towards supporting people who have barriers to employment such as mental illness, disability, poverty and homelessness and

AUGUST 23 - DOG MOVIE NIGHT Global Pet Foods presents the annual Dog Movie Night in Parkdale Park. Bring your furry friend out for a screening of the Christopher Guest mockumentary, Best in Show. The event is free to attend, there will be popcorn for sale and the movie starts at sundown. AUGUST 23 - NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme is “His Word Bears Fruit.” Speaker will be Fr. Mark Goring. Fr. Mark hosts the television program “Food for Life” and was the director of the

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend or come out and meet new ones. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have sports and games leagues such as pool and darts starting in the fall. For more information, visit or call 613-725-2778.

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OTTAWA WEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT In April Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) celebrates National Volunteer Week and will be hosting a special luncheon for our Volunteers. Interesed in volunteering with OWCS? We are looking for volunteers in our Day Program and Reception Desk. Call 613-728-6016 or email info@

DROP-IN PROGRAMS AT CHURCHILL SENIOR RECREATION CENTER: Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 to 4 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and/or Friday at 9 a.m. Weight & Cardio Agility on Mon/Wed/Fri 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613798-8872 or email


AUGUST 10 - LIVE MUSIC AT WESTBORO LEGION Snap Crackle & Pop’s classic rock ’n’ roll will have you dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Public admission: $5. (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2.) For more information, call 613-725-2778.

AUGUST 24 - LIVE MUSIC: THE DIVAS From classic rock to modern pop, this duo plays your favourites from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Westboro Legion’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. Public admission: $5. (Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members $2.) For more information, call 613-725-2778.

TOASTMASTERS Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see abottawa. or contact toastmasters.


AUGUST 13 - TEEN CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP Join YA author Amelinda Bérubé for some fun writing exercises to spark your creativity! Offered at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday, August 13 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For Ages 12 to 18. For more information go to

AUGUST 24 - ESCAPE THE LIBRARY The library is turning into an escape room! Can you and your team solve all the clues and escape before time runs out? Let us know if you are registering as a team or individually. Offered at the Carlingwood branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Saturday, August 24 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. For Ages 12-18. For more information go to

WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY POOL Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit our website at or call 613-725-2778.


AUGUST 9 - THEATRE IN CHAMPLAIN PARK The Champlain Park Community Association invites you to watch A Company of Fools perform Romeo and Juliet and then join us for a free, post-play snack fest. Performance starts at 7 p.m. For more information, got to champlainpark. org.

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AUGUST 7 - HAMPTON PARK DISCOVERY WALK Join Friends of Hampton Park at 7 p.m. for a guided walk through Hampton Park. Meet at the wading pool by the Sebring/Parkview entrance. Learn about the park’s history, the plants and animals that make it their home and some exciting initiatives that you can be a part of!

help them find meaningful and lasting employment. To participate, purchase your $20 event ticket through Eventbrite and commit to raising at least $50 per person for Causeway. Your registration includes a day jam-packed of cycling, cluesolving fun and comes with a free BBQ lunch and snacks at Causeway on the event day. Raising at least $50 for Causeway makes you eligible for prizes. All donations support individuals who have barriers to employment, such as a mental illness or disability, in finding meaningful and rewarding work. For more information, go to

AUGUST 3 - CHAMBERFEST #1000STRINGS As part of Ottawa Chamberfest, Hintonburg Park will become the venue for a massive ensemble performance, featuring 1,000 string instruments performing a single piece of music together. This event is free and open to all, and the performance starts at 11 a.m.

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ACTIVE START (2-4yrs) In this play-based learning class, kids will participate in a series of activities focusing on teaching the ABC’s of sports: Agility, Balance, Coordination and the fundamental movement skills. An instructor will guide participants through agility ladders, balance tools, hurdles and obstacle courses - all while dancing to your favourite tunes. • Wed 9:30-11:00 am, Sep 11 – Oct 30, PSW052 – $86 Nov 6 – Dec 18, PSW057 – $76

SPORTS PROGRAMS MULTI-SPORT: HOP, SKIP, JUMP & THROW Our Commitment to children: As a High Five® accredited organization, Dovercourt is committed to developing and delivering programs that are child-centered and reflect our values of respect, diversity and inclusion. All of our program staff are trained and certified in High Five: Healthy Child Development and our programs are evaluated regularly to ensure a high standard of quality.

Develop balance, agility and coordination through this introduction to a wide variety of sports and drills. We will use t-ball, floor hockey, gymnastics, soccer and basketball to broaden fundamental motor skills. PARENT & CHILD (2-3yrs) • Sat 9:30-10:15am, Sep 21 – Nov 30, SPF01 – $150 PRESCHOOL (3-5yrs) • Sat 10:15-11:00am, Sep 21 – Nov 30, SPF02 – $150 KINDER (4-6yrs) • Sat 11:00-11:45am, Sep 21 – Nov 30, SPF03 – $150 SCHOOL AGE (6-8yrs) • Sat 11:45am-12:30pm, Sep 21 – Nov 30, SPF04 – $150




An opportunity for parents, caregivers and their little ones to meet and visit others in the community, while enjoying activities & stations facilitated by our High Five® certified staff. Located at McKellar Park Fieldhouse. Drop in is available for open spots at $5/child. BABY PLAYGROUP: PLAY & LEARN (0-18mos) Come and enjoy a relaxed area for newborns, while young toddlers can enjoy

playtime and sensory stations. Includes a variety of guest speakers and workshops on topics such as sleep training, baby massage, post-natal care, and even a professional photographer to capture moments of your little one. The weekly schedule is available on the Dovercourt Playgroup Facebook page. • Wed 9:30-11:30am, Sep 11 – Oct 30, PSW053 – $40 Nov 6 – Dec 18, PSW058 – $35

SNACK & STORY PLAYGROUP (18mos – 4yrs) Come and enjoy playtime, sensory stations, songs, crafts and stories in our play zone for toddlers and preschoolers. A Healthy snack is included. • Thu 9:30-11:30am, Sep 12 – Oct 31, PSW054 – $40 Nov 7 – Dec 19, PSW059 – $35

Jr. NBA is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. The goal of this exciting program is to allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build life skills such as character, discipline, selfesteem and sportsmanship, all of which benefit our youth as they continue to play basketball or in their everyday lives. Participants receive a player package which includes jersey, basketball & drawstring bag. 5-7yrs • Tue 6:00-7:00pm, Sep 24 – Nov 26, SPF05 – $148

8-10yrs • Tue 7:00-8:00pm, Sep 24 – Nov 26, SPF06 – $148


Learn to Play is a Tennis Canada curriculum that uses Progressive Tennis to introduce the sport in a fun and interactive way, ensuring success for young players. Using scaled down equipment and court space, young players learn the fundamentals of tennis in a game based environment where they can rally and compete with their friends. For more information about our instructor please visit 5-7yrs • Sat 1:00-2:00pm, Sep 7 – Oct 5, SPF07 – $99 7-9yrs • Sat 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 7 – Oct 5, SPF08 – $99 9-12yrs • Sat 3:00-4:00pm, Sep 7 – Oct 5, SPF09 – $99


Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, is the practice of hand and leg techniques for self-defence.It will improve your physical health, focus, flexibility, and will decrease stress. Taught by Master Instructor Tony Ilukho. BEGINNER/FAMILY CLASS • Sat 12:30-1:30pm, Sep 21 – Dec 14, SPF10 – $166 per family member • Wed 6:00-7:00pm, Sep 25 – Dec 11, SPF11 – $166 per family member INTERMEDIATE (Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue Belts) • Sat 1:30-2:30pm, Sep 21 – Dec 14, SPF12 – $166 per family member ADVANCED (Brown, Red, RedBlack Stripe, Black Belts) • Sat 2:30-3:30pm,

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (Yellow-Black Belts) • Wed 7:00-8:00pm, Sep 25 – Dec 11, SPF14 – $166 per family member

KARATE OTTAWA WEST DOJO (CANADA SHOTOKAN KARATE) A non-profit organization. Karate means “empty hand”, an art of self-defence in which strikes, blocks, evasion and throwing techniques are applied. Regular practice transforms the body and mind by broadening one’s confidence, will-power, stamina and strength. Respect and discipline is the heart of karate training. Class instructor: Hashmat Khan, 3rd degree black belt and professor at Carleton University. 5-7yrs • Sun 9:15-10:00am, Sep 22 – Dec 15, SPF15 – $166 8yrs and Up • Sun 10:15-11:15am, Sep 22 – Dec 15, SPF16 – $166

Parents can join their child in this class for $59. Register using this course code: SPF17.

CLIMBING KIDS CAN CLIMB! Participants will learn the basics of rock climbing technique, spend lots of time on the wall, and have tons of fun. Through creative games, interesting instruction, and experienced staff, your kids will be flying up the wall in no time! 5-7yrs • Mon 5:30-6:15pm, Sep 23 – Nov 4, SPF17 – $85 • Wed 5:30-6:15pm, Nov 13 – Dec 18, SPF23 – $85 • Mon 6:30-7:15pm, Sep 23 – Nov 4, SPF18 – $85 • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Nov 13 – Dec 18, SPF24 – $85 KIDS CAN CLIMB! LEVEL 2 For those who have already completed the Kids Can Climb! class or those with some climbing experience, this program builds on skills and techniques to help kids master the rock wall and transition into top rope climbing.

5-7yrs • Wed 5:30-6:15pm, Sep 25 – Oct 30, SPF19 – $85 • Mon 5:30-6:15pm, Nov 11 – Dec 16, SPF21 – $85 8-11yrs • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Sep 25 – Oct 30, SPF20 – $85 • Mon 6:30-7:15pm, Nov 11 – Dec 16, SPF22 – $85

PARENT & CHILD T-BALL (3-4yrs) In this relaxed, non-competitive environment focused on skills, team playing, and following direction, children (accompanied by parents) will develop basic motor skills like balance, agility, and coordination, all while having fun and playing games outside. • Mon 5:15-6:00pm, Sep 9 – Oct 7, SPF25 – $110


INTRODUCTION TO BASEBALL (5-7yrs) An introduction to baseball skills such as throwing, catching, correct batting form, running bases, fielding and positional play. Through skills, drills, and play, children will enhance their motor skills and coordination while having a blast! *Participants should bring their own glove. • Mon 6:00-7:00pm, Sep 9 – Oct 7, SPF26 – $110


2-3yrs (With Parent) • Wed 5:15-6:00pm, Sep 11 – Oct 9, SPF28 – $110 3-5yrs • Wed 6:00-6:45pm, Sep 11 – Oct 9, SPF27 – $110


Taught by Ottawa acro-roper Bill Chong, rope skipping is a great workout and a ton of fun! Our exciting class teaches skills, tricks and routines from around the world in a healthy, non-competitive environment. This novice to grandmaster 8-week program includes stickers, certificates and a Family Fun Day to show off your new talents! Please note there is an additional $15 material fee for the special skipping rope. The fee is paid to the instructor on the first class. All classes are in one of the local school gyms, parents will be advised before the program begins. For more info see bcsportsprograms. com • Wed 6:00-7:00pm, Sep 25 – Nov 13, SPF31 – $129 ADULT HOCKEY Join us in this weekly pick up game during this prime time ice rental at Tom Brown Arena. Space is limited; Registration is for Fall & Winter. This program is subject to City of Ottawa ice allocation. • Wed 6:00-6:50pm, Sep 4 – Mar 25, SPF32 – $490


SKATEBOARD STARS (5-12yrs) Our Skateboard Stars program focuses on skill development in a fun and safe environment. Open to all abilities and skill levels from brave beginners to practically pros, this 6-week instructional program is sure to offer something to all participants. Skateboard, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards are mandatory and are available upon request.

SKATEBOARD STARS ‘RAMP’ IT UP (8-14yrs) We’ve ramped it up for our budding ramp riders to develop skills on the Dovercourt ramps, including our half pipe. Participants will learn the ins and outs of ramp riding in a fun and safe environment. Open to those just starting on the ramps as well as those wanting to improve their technique. Skateboard, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards are mandatory and are available upon request. • Sat 11:00am-12:00pm, Sep 7 – Oct 5, SPF30 – $92


An introductory soccer program to learn the basics of the game through a variety of drills and scrimmage games. No special equipment required except runners and sportswear suitable for the weather.

• Sat 9:30-10:30am, Sep 7 – Oct 5, SPF29 – $92


Sep 21 – Dec 14, SPF13 – $166 per family member


DOG TRAINING Dog Training Presented by Carol Upton –



HOME ALONE Help your child become more confident and competent when they are at home alone. This program features home and fire safety, dealing with strangers, emergency procedures and first aid, snack and meal preparation. Each student receives a workbook. • Sun 9:30am-12:30pm, Sep 29, AQL1980 – $95 • Fri 9:30am-12:30pm, Nov 15, AQL1981 – $95 BABYSITTER COURSE (11+yrs) This course prepared by the Canadian Safety Council prepares students for their roles and responsibilities as babysitters. Topics include rights and responsibilities of the child, parent and babysitter; child development and behavioural problems; caring for the child and nutrition; child safety; handling emergencies; games and play activities for children; and children with special needs. Each student receives a workbook and much of the course is done in small group discussions. There is a final exam (75% to pass). • Fri 9:30am-2:00pm, Oct 11, AQL1990 – $125 • Sat 9:30am-2:00pm, Nov 30, AQL1991 – $125

HIGH FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (13+yrs) Geared toward anyone working with, or interested in working with children ages 6-12 in a front-line leadership role (camp counsellors, instructors, volunteers, etc), this course provides in-depth training on the principles of healthy child development in sport and recreation programs. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to improve their relationships with children and other staff members, and to enhance program quality. Topics include bullying, conflict resolution, physical literacy, mental health, and effective communication. • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Sep 28, HF012 – $65

DOG TRAINING BASICS FOR POOCHES AND PUPS (Level 1 Beginner) Positive reinforcement training for dogs of all ages. Have fun teaching your dog the basic commands: sit, pay attention, leave it, come when called, and walk-nicely-on-aleash. The goal is to have a strong bond with your new dog as well as a safe, wellsocialized pet and a happy home environment. Open to dogs and puppies of all ages and skill levels. • Wed 6:30-8:15pm, Oct 23 – Nov 27, PP16F2 – $199 PUPPY PRIMER Bring your pup for some quality play time in a safe environment, meet a new friend, and chat about “life with a pup”. Address some of the most common puppy issues like nipping, jumping, and walking on a leash. This seminar is a prequel to Basics for Pooches and Pups (level 1) and is appropriate for pups from 2-6 months with a minimum of 1 set of immunization. • Wed 6:30-8:15pm, Sep 18 – Oct 9, PP16F1 – $135

LEASH MANNERS FOR DOGS Too much pulling? Jumping? Lunging? Is your daily walk becoming a bit too stressful? Learn some new skills and techniques that will make your walk with Fido more enjoyable for both of you. Have your dog keep the leash loose while walking, not eat everything in sight, and walk by other dogs and distractions without a commotion. Open to all non-reactive dogs of all ages and skill levels. Weather permitting, some classes will be held outdoors in the neighbourhood. • Wed 7:30-8:15pm, Sep 18 – Oct 9, PP16F3 – $135

DOG TRAINING COMBO CLASS: RE-CALL AND LEASH-WALKING SKILL IMPROVEMENT Work on the two most common skills that your dog needs…a reliable recall and a nice walking style. Have your dog keep the leash loose while walking, not eat everything in sight, and be sure that when you say your dog’s name that he/ she wants to come to you with enthusiasm. Doesn’t this sound wonderful? Some classes may be held outdoors (weather permitting). Open to dogs of all ages and skill levels. Visit www. for more information • Wed 7:30-8:15pm, Oct 23 – Nov 27, PP16F4 – $199


Dovercourt Dance School teaches traditional concert performance dance in jazz, ballet, and hip hop with an instructional style that encourages creative expression and movement in a pressurefree atmosphere. Students develop an appreciation for the art of dance as well as the physical skills and techniques specific to each dance genre.


FAMILY CLAY (2+yrs) Spend some quality family time together creating one-of-a-kind projects and building memories that will last a lifetime. Students will explore various hand building techniques and try the wheel before finishing their works of art with our beautiful glazes. Fee includes 1 bag of clay per family. • Sat 2:30-4:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, AC028 – $176.40 per family member • Tue 6:00-7:30pm, Sep 17 – Dec 3, AC030 – $163.70 per family member

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (2-3yrs) Children will be introduced to moving freely and naturally to different types of music. Preschoolers will create their own moves while developing coordination, body awareness and self-confidence. • Fri 10:30-11:00am, Sep 20 – Dec 20, DAN070 – $236 • Sat 8:30-9:00am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, DAN073 – $220 • Sun 8:45-9:15am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN087 – $220


Dancers learn hip hop and funk moves, terminology, and dance combinations. Students will enhance their creative skills while grooving to cool music. 4-5yrs • Sun 10:15-11:00am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN080 – $220 6-8yrs • Sun 12:00-1:00pm, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN078 – $232 9-12yrs • Sun 11:00am-12:00pm, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN079 – $232 CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FUSION Dancers will have the opportunity to explore contemporary dance in a fun and creative atmosphere. Students will explore

musicality, use of space, time and energy while learning the basics of modern dance technique. This is a dynamic class that will focus on building strength, flexibility and spatial awareness in a fun environment. 6-8yrs • Sun 11:00am-12:00pm, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN083 – $232 9-12yrs • Sun 12:00-1:00pm, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN084 – $232


Develop body awareness, strength and flexibility through ballet and modern dance technique. This class will focus on fun, creativity and technique. 4-5yrs • Sat 9:45-10:30am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, DAN075 – $220 • Sun 10:15-11:00am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN082 – $220

6-8yrs • Thu 6:30-7:30pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, DAN068 – $250 • Sat 10:30-11:30am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, DAN076 – $232 • Sun 9:15-10:15am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN086 – $232 9-12yrs • Sat 11:30am-12:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, DAN077 – $232


Develop body awareness, strength and flexibility through a basic ballet class. This class is designed for adults who always wanted to learn ballet or would like to revisit their love of classical dance in a gentle and encouraging environment. • Thu 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, DAN069 – $282

ON THE WHEEL (9-15yrs) Join us in the ultimate experience of transformation. Learn to use the wheel, taking clay from a lump of mud to usable cups and bowls and finishing your works with our beautiful glazes. This small class is open to all levels of potters. • Sat 5:00-7:00pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, AC029 – $325.56

ADULT POTTERY ADULT WHEEL AND HAND BUILDING Discover the great feeling of clay in your hands. Students will explore various techniques of hand building and try the


PRE-BALLET (3-4yrs) An introductory class focused on learning basic, traditional ballet steps and body awareness. Young dancers will gain a love for music and movement in a fun and encouraging environment. • Fri 11:00-11:30am, Sep 20 – Dec 20, DAN071 – $237 • Sat 8:30-9:00am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, DAN074 – $220

• Sun 8:30-9:00am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN085 – $220


HIP HOP HURRAY! (3-4yrs) A fun and bouncy introduction to hip hop and break-dancing moves geared toward your preschooler. With fun moves and today’s hottest music, dancers will be engaged in rhythmic movement through games and songs. • Fri 10:00-10:30am, Sep 20 – Dec 20, DAN072 – $237 • Sun 9:30-10:00am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, DAN081 – $220

CLAY CREATIONS (6-10yrs) Let your child’s imagination soar! In an immersive creative environment, students will play in the clay exploring various hand building techniques before finishing their works of art with our beautiful glazes. • Sat 1:00-2:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, AC027 – $289.80




• Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Oct 31 – Nov 21, DAN093 – $51.80 • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Nov 28 – Dec 19, DAN094 – $51.80

wheel before finishing pieces with our beautiful glazes. This class is open to all levels of potters. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Tue 6:30-9:30pm, Sep 17 – Dec 3, AC032 – 379.92 ADULT ON THE WHEEL (16+yrs) Join us in the ultimate experience of transformation. Learn to use the wheel, taking clay from a lump of mud to usable cups and bowls and finish your works with our beautiful glazes. This small class is open to all levels of potters. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Tue 7:30-9:30pm, Sep 17 – Dec 3, AC031 – $325.56



WEST COAST SWING 101 – BASICS (16+yrs) West Coast Swing is a partnered modern swing dance done to a wide variety of music, including pop, blues, soul, and country. It is a linear dance with a smooth, elastic aesthetic and an emphasis on improvisational movement which makes it a fun social dance. We will guide you through the basics of lead and follow, compression and stretch as you learn the basic six-count patterns that make up the fundamentals of this dance. No partner or prior dance

experience needed. • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Sep 5 – Sep 26, DAN088 – $51.80 • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Sep 9 – Sep 30, DAN096 – $51.80 • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Oct 3 – Oct 24, DAN091 – $51.80 • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Oct 31 – Nov 21, DAN092 – $51.80 WEST COAST SWING – TUCKS & FOLDS (16+yrs) This session introduces patterns which build on the concepts learned in WCS Basics-101. In addition, we will revisit and finesse the fundamental skills required for efficient leading and following. Patterns this Session: Sugar Tuck, Side Tucks (Open & Closed), Folds (Basic & Hammerlock). No partner required. Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially. • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Oct 3 – Oct 24, DAN090 – $51.80 • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Nov 18– Dec 9, DAN098 – $51.80 WEST COAST SWING – WHIPS (16+yrs) Building on the concepts learned in WCS Basics-101 this session focuses on one of the core 8 count patterns of the dance. Patterns this Session: Basic Whip, Basket Whip, Hustle/Open Whips, Behind the Back Whips. No partner required. Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 and able to lead/ follow basic patterns socially.

WEST COAST SWING – TURNS & ROTATIONS (16+yrs) This session continues the journey of West Coast Swing by adding single and double turns to both 6 and 8 count patterns. In addition to working on technique new Patterns this Session will include: Inside Roll, Inside & Outside Single and Double Turns, and Roll In/Roll Out combinations. No partner required. Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 and able to lead/ follow basic patterns socially. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Nov 28 – Dec 19, DAN095 – $51.80 NEW YORK HUSTLE – BEGINNER (16+yrs) New York Hustle (also called Latin Hustle) is a fun and stylish partner dance which originated in America in the 1970s. Modelled after the dances of the Disco era it is traditionally danced to songs from the 1970s but is also a great dance for today’s top hits. Hustle’s basics are quick to learn with flashy looks and dynamic movement, making it popular among beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No dance background or partner required. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Sep 5 – Sep 26, DAN089 – $51.80 COUNTRY TWO-STEP – BEGINNER (16+yrs) Country Two-Step is a fastmoving partner dance popular among fans of country/western music. It is a progressive dance with a strong focus on travel and turning for both the lead and the follow. Join us as we teach you the basic patterns and technique for this energetic dance that will have you whirling and twirling your way around the dance floor. No experience or partner required. • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Oct 21 – Nov 11, DAN097 – $51.80

SWIM LESSONS Why take swimming lessons at Dovercourt? Dovercourt’s highly-skilled instructors are able to teach children proper technique efficiently and effectively, in accordance with the high standards of the Lifesaving Society. Our end-ofsession Survival Day is unique to Dovercourt and is a fun yet powerful way to teach children skills that could save their lives in real-life scenarios. Our staff undergoes extensive training and regular updates on safety, rescue situations, changes to current standards, as well as techniques for teaching. Many of our senior aquatics staff are instructor and lifeguard trainers and are a valuable resource for our aquatics team. Our leisure pool is designed to teach swimming, with unique features like warmer water, a beach entry, rope swing and shallow & deep water pods. We are proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt! Read more on our website: enterprise/OurPool_Whatsdifferent


Basic swimming ability is a requirement of any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. Swim for Life® is a comprehensive swim instruction program that focuses on the acquisition and development of fundamental swim strokes and skills for learners of all ages and abilities. Learning Swim to Survive® skills and achieving the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive® Standard are key foundations of the Swim for Life® Program.


A rewarding experience for adults with infants or toddlers. These levels introduce the joys of water activity while stressing parental responsibility in, on and around the water. Parent participation required, but just

one “water-loving” parent is permitted in the pool due to our limited pool space. Class length: 30 minutes. PARENT & TOT 1 12 months old and under (able to hold head up) with parent or caregiver. PARENT & TOT 2 24 months old and under with parent or caregiver. PARENT & TOT 3 Under 4 years old with parent or caregiver.


Your child is “almost” ready for independence or almost 3 years old. Parents must join their preschooler in the water until the child is ready to participate on their own and they are 3 years old.


All Preschool classes are unparented and for 3-5 yearold children. PRESCHOOL A Prerequisites: For kids 3-5 years old just starting out on their own, with little or no experience but comfortable in a class without mom or dad. PRESCHOOL B Prerequisites: Participants can comfortably move and float with aid, put their faces in the water with eyes open, and exhale in a relaxed manner. PRESCHOOL C Prerequisites: Participants can float on front and back in PFD without assistance; swim 5m on front and back any way with an aid; and exhale under water 3 times without pause. PRESCHOOL D Prerequisites: Participants can float and move in deep water with assistance; breathe rhythmically 5 times; flutter kick while gliding on front and back 5m; recover objects from the bottom.


SCHOOL-AGE SWIM LESSONS SWIMMER 1 - BEGINNER Just starting out with little or no swimming experience. Lessons will focus on floats and glides, flutter kick, shallow and deep-water comfort, movement through water, safe entries and PFDs.

SWIMMER 2 Prerequisites: Jump into chest deep water, open eyes and exhale under water, front and back float unassisted, and flutter kick on front and back for 5m each. SWIMMER 2 & 3 Prerequisites: Swimmer 2: Jump into chest deep water, open eyes and exhale under water, front and back float unassisted, kicking on front and back for 5m each. Swimmer 3: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on front, back and side 10m each, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds.

SWIMMER 3 Prerequisites: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on front, back and side 10m each, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds.

SWIMMER 5 Prerequisites: Tread water 1 minute, front and back crawl 25m, 100m interval swim, breaststroke arms 15m, and whip kick on front 15m.

SWIMMER 3 & 4 Prerequisites: Swimmer 3: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on side, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds. Swimmer 4: Dive and roll into deep water, front and back crawl 15m each, 100m interval swim, whip kick on back 10m, and tread water 30 seconds.

SWIMMER 5 & 6 Prerequisites: Swimmer 5: Tread water 1 minute, front and back crawl 25m, 100m interval swim, breaststroke arms 15m, and whip kick on front 15m. Swimmer 6: Shallow dive, eggbeater kick 30 seconds, front/back crawl & breaststroke 50m each, 200m interval swim, and head up front crawl 10m.

SWIMMER 4 Prerequisites: Dive and roll into deep water, front and back crawl 15m each, 100m interval swim, whip kick on back 10m, and tread water 30 seconds.

ROOKIE, RANGER, STAR PATROL ROOKIE: Prerequisites: Compact jump, stride entry, eggbeater 75 seconds, head up front crawl or breaststroke 25m, front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke 100m each, and 300m endurance swim. RANGER: Prerequisites: Lifesaving kick 25m, endurance 350m, timed swim 100m in 3 minutes. STAR: Prerequisites: Demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills, further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100m each, and complete 600m workouts and 300m timed swims.


SWIMMER 1 - ADVANCED Prerequisites: Have attempted Swimmer 1 before and/or are comfortable submerging their

face with eyes open. Class will focus on unassisted glides and kicking drills.


PRESCHOOL E Prerequisites: Participants are comfortable jumping into deep water unassisted; front and back float in deep water unassisted; kick on front and back for 7m each; and 5m of continuous front crawl with an aid.


AQUATIC CERTIFICATIONS FOR YOUTH BECOME A SWIM INSTRUCTOR OR LIFEGUARD! AQUATIC LEADERSHIP = JOB TRAINING, SKILLS AND FRIENDS FOR LIFE! Successfully complete your National Lifeguard and instructor certifications at Dovercourt and you will be guaranteed a lifeguard/swim instructor position for Winter 2020. BRONZE STAR Participants develop problemsolving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills to become their own personal lifeguard. Prerequisite: Recommended 12 years of age. 70 minutes. • Mon 6:50-8:00pm, Sep 23 – Nov 25, 10349 – $75

BRONZE MEDALLION / EMERGENCY 1ST AID Learn Lifesaving principles based on water rescue, judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for rescues of increased risk; learn to respond to increasing complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims with obstructed airways and develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim (or timed swims). Prerequisite: 12 years of age and have successfully completed Bronze Star or 13 years & good swim ability. (Level 6 or equivalent). Manual: Canadian Lifesaving Manual $51 • Sun 5:00-8:00pm, Sep 22 – Nov 17, AQL1921 – $132 BRONZE CROSS Bronze Cross teaches the differences between lifesaving and lifeguarding, safe










supervision in aquatic facilities, and the principles of emergency procedures and teamwork. Participants learn how to rescue a spinal injured victim and a non-breathing victim. Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid. • Sun 5:00-7:30pm, Sep 22 – Nov 17, AQL1917 – $99 NATIONAL LIFEGUARD Candidates will learn skills relevant to safe supervision of a pool. These include teamwork, communication, and the use of specialized equipment and safety supervision. Prerequisites: Age 16, Bronze Cross and Standard 1st Aid and CPR ‘C’. Manual: Alert $51 • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, Sep 27 – Nov 29, AQL1925 – $165 • Fri-Mon 8:00am-6:00pm, Dec 27 – 30 AND Tue 8:00am-12:00pm, Dec 31, AQL1926 – $165





11:00-12:00pm 3:00-4:00pm (free)







8:00-9:00am* 11:00am-12:00pm 8:00-8:45pm

8:15-9:00am 7:00-8:30pm


LIFESAVING INSTRUCTOR The Lifesaving Instructor Course prepares instructors to teach the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze medal awards, and Emergency First Aid. Lifesaving

LIFESAVING STANDARD FIRST AID & CPR “C” An in-depth understanding of first aid such as medical/ legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, burns and other medical injuries. Prerequisites: Open to all. Recommended 12 years of age and older. Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual $20 • Sat & Sun, 9:00am-5:00pm, Sep 7 – 8, AQL1961 – $122 • Sat & Sun, 9:00am-5:00pm, Nov 16 – 17, AQL1954 – $122

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 TO JUNE 26, 2020

12:00-1:00pm* 8:00-9:00pm**


Instructors may evaluate and certify candidates in the Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Emergency First Aid, and Lifesaving Fitness Awards. Progressively evaluated, so 100% attendance is required. Prerequisites: 16 years of age & Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard. Manuals Lifesaving Instructor Pac $70 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Oct 22 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Oct 26 – 27, AQL1941 – $127

FALL 2019 - SPRING 2020


12:00-1:00pm* 8:30-9:30pm**

SWIM INSTRUCTOR Swim Instructor candidates learn to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills, and acquire proven teaching methods and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Swim Instructors are certified to teach and evaluate all levels of the Lifesaving Society Swim Program: Parent & Tot, Preschool, Swimmer, and Adult Swimmer. Progressively evaluated, so 100% attendance is required. Prerequisites: 16 years of age and Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard. Manuals: Swim for Life Award Guide & Teaching Swim for Life $42 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Sep 17 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Sep 21 – 22, AQL1945 – $127


















8:45-9:30am 11:15am-12:00pm 2:45-3:45pm 7:30-9:00pm


All swims are subject to cancellation or may be shared based on attendance.





ADULT LEARN TO SWIM • Sun 7:10-8:00pm, Sep 22 – Nov 24, 10350 –$116 LIFESAVING STANDARD 1ST AID & CPR “C” RECERTIFICATION This course allows participants to recertify their Lifesaving Standard First Aid course and CPR level ‘C’. Prerequisites: Candidates must have taken a FULL Standard 1st Aid COURSE within the past 3 years through the Lifesaving Society in order to qualify for this recert. Proof of prerequisites must be shown at recert. • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Oct 5, AQL1951 – $94 • Sun 9:00am-4:00pm, Dec 15, AQL1952 – $94 NATIONAL LIFEGUARD RECERTIFICATION Prerequisite: National Lifeguard, must bring card or lifesaving ID number to recert. • Fri 5:00-9:00pm, Sep 20, AQL1934 – $77 • Sat 6:00-10:00pm, Oct 18, AQL1935 – $77 • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm, Dec 28, AQL1936 – $77

5/5 lessons

AQUATIC SUPERVISOR TRAINING (AST) An advanced course for those interested in an aquatic supervisory position. Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructors, Swim Instructors or NL and 100 hours of experience teaching and/or guarding. • Sat & Sun, 12:00-5:00pm, Dec 8 – 9, AQL1905 – $83 LSS TRAINER COURSE This course prepares candidates to become Lifesaving Society Trainers. Prerequisites: Bronze Examiner or First Aid Examiner or National Lifeguard Examiner or experienced Swim Instructor (min 100 hrs experience teaching swim program), Official Instructor or Lifesaving Sport Coach. Manuals: Swim/Lifesaving (included in course fee), additional manuals $35 each: National Lifeguard Instructor, SFA Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Examiner. • Sun 5:00-9:00pm, Dec 22 & Dec 29 AND • Wed & Thu, 5:00-9:00pm, Dec 27-28, AQL1913 – $176.50 LSS SFA INSTRUCTORS This is a Lifesaving society course for those interested in becoming LSS Standard First Aid & CPR Instructors. Prerequisites: 16yrs old by end of course and Standard First Aid Certification. Manuals: Canadian First Aid Manual $20, First Aid Award Guide $24 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Nov 19 AND Sat & Sun, 11:30am-7:30pm, Nov 23 – 24, AQL1909 – $143 NATIONAL LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR This course teaches candidates the skills and standards necessary to teach National Lifeguard. Prerequisites: LSS Instructors, and NL. Manual: NL Instructor Pack $85 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Nov 5 AND Sat & Sun, 12:00-7:00pm, Nov 9 – 10, AQL1910 – $143

8:00 8:00 8:10 8:10 8:30 8:30 8:30 8:40 8:40 9:00 9:10 9:10 9:30 9:40 9:40 10:10 10:20 10:40 10:40 10:50 11:20 11:20 11:20 11:30 11:40 11:50 11:50 11:50 12:00 12:10 12:20 12:20 12:30 12:30 12:50 1:00 1:00 1:00 4:30 5:00 5:00 6:00 6:00

10353 10354 10355 10356 10357 10358 10359 10360 10361 10362 10363 10364 10365 10366 10367 10368 10369 10370 10371 10372 10373 10374 10375 10376 10377 10378 10379 10380 10381 10382 10383 10384 10385 10386 10387 10388 10389 10390 10391 10392 10393 10394 10395


8:00 8:20 8:30 8:30 8:40 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:10 9:30 9:30 9:50 10:00 10:00 10:10 10:10 10:30 10:30 11:00 11:00 11:20 11:20 11:30 11:30 11:30 11:50 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:20 12:30 12:30 12:30 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:10 6:30 6:40 7:00 7:00 7:30 7:30

10396 10397 10398 10399 10400 10401 10402 10403 10404 10405 10406 10407 10408 10409 10410 10411 10412 10413 10414 10415 10416 10417 10418 10419 10420 10421 10422 10423 10424 10425 10426 10427 10428 10429 10430 10431 10432 10433 10434 10435 10436 10437 10438 10439 10440 10441 10442 10443 10444 10445 10446

5/5 lessons

4/5 lessons

5/5 lessons

10514 10515 10516 10517 10518 10519 10520 10521 10522 10523 10524 10525 10526 10527 10528 10529 10530 10531 10532 10533 10534 10535 10536 10537 10538 10539 10540 10541 10542 10543 10544 10545 10546 10547 10548 10549 10550 10551 10552 10553 10554 10555 10556


10557 10558 10559 10560 10561 10562 10563 10564 10565 10566 10567 10568 10569 10570 10571 10572 10573 10574 10575 10576 10577 10578 10579 10580 10581 10582 10583 10584 10585 10586 10587 10588 10589 10590 10591 10592 10593 10594 10595 10596 10597 10598 10599 10600 10601 10602 10603 10604 10605 10606 10607

10:30 4:00 4:00 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:20 5:20 5:30 5:50 6:00 6:20 6:30 6:30 6:40 7:00 7:00 7:30 7:30 7:30

10447 10448 10449 10450 10451 10452 10453 10454 10455 10456 10457 10458 10459 10460 10461 10462 10463 10464 10465 10466

10608 10609 10610 10611 10612 10613 10614 10615 10616 10617 10618 10619 10620 10621 10622 10623 10624 10625 10626 10627

TUESDAY 5/5 lessons

3:00 3:00 3:50 4:00 B 4:10 4:20 4:30 4:40 5:00 5:00 5:30 5:30 6:00 6:00 6:30 6:30 6:30


10467 10468 10469 10470 10471 10472 10473 10474 10475 10476 10477 10478 10479 10480 10481 10482 10483


10628 10629 10630 10631 10632 10633 10634 10635 10636 10637 10638 10639 10640 10641 10642 10643 10644

4:00 4:00 4:00 B 4:30 5:00 5:00 5:10 5:20 5:20 5:40 5:50 6:30 6:30

10484 10485 10486 10487 10488 10489 10490 10491 10492 10493 10494 10495 10496

10645 10646 10647 10648 10649 10650 10651 10652 10653 10654 10655 10656 10657

THURSDAY 5/5 lessons

3:50 4:00 4:00 4:30 4:30 4:30 5:10 5:30 5:40 6:00

10497 10498 10499 10500 10501 10502 10503 10504 10505 10506

10658 10659 10660 10661 10662 10663 10664 10665 10666 10667

FRIDAY 5/5 lessons

4:30 4:30 4:40 6:00 6:00 6:30 6:30

10507 10508 10509 10510 10511 10512 10513

10668 10669 10670 10671 10672 10673 10674

If you have purchased private lessons and your schedule changes, you are welcome to substitute the participant. Unfortunately, we do not reschedule or refund. Refunds & credits will only be given up to one week in advance of the program start date. Non Residents: Add 20% to the fee.

PRIVATE LESSON FEES: # lessons Private Package Semi Private Package

4 5 $181 $225 $265 $331


EXAMINER COURSE The Examiner course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as an Examiner for the Society, and prepares candidates to successfully apprentice as an Examiner on the exam of their choice. The Examiner course builds on the evaluation experience that candidates have attained in the instructor-evaluated content. Prerequisites: Instructor certification & experience teaching in the stream they wish



AIRWAY MANAGEMENT Airway Management provides the fundamentals, principles and practices of safe and proper oxygen admin in most emergency situations. • Tue 6:30-10:30pm, Oct 1, AQL1965 – $50 • Tue 6:30-10:30pm, Dec 10, AQL1966 – $50

to be appointed an examiner. • Sun 12:00am-6:00pm, Nov 11, AQL1906 – $65










LEVEL 8:00(1-3) 12:00(1/2) L

8:00(1-3) 8:30(2/3) 9:00 9:20(2/3) 9:30 12:00(1/2) L 6:00(2/3) 8:00(1-3) 8:30(2/3) 9:20(2/3) 10:00 6:00(2/3)

8:00 T L 8:30 L 8:50 T L 8:50 L 9:00 T L 9:00 9:20 T 9:30 B 9:40 T 9:40 L 9:50 L 10:40 L 10:50 T 11:00 L 11:50 L 12:30 L 1:00 T L 5:00 T L 5:30 L 8:00(B/C) L 8:10(B/C) L 8:30(B/C) L 8:40 L 9:00 B L 9:00 10:10 10:20(B/C) L 10:50(B/C) 11:30 12:20 L 1:00(B/C) L 5:00 L 5:30(B/C)

8:00(B/C) L 8:10(B/C) L 8:30(B/C) L 9:20 9:30 10:10(C/D) 10:20(B/C) L 10:20(C/D) L 10:30(C/D) L 10:50(B/C) 11:20(C/D) 11:30 L 11:50 L 12:00(C/D) L 12:30 L 1:00(B/C) L 5:30(B/C) 6:30 L 8:00 L 8:30 L

10000 10016 10002 10017 10018 10019 10003 10028 10016 10029 10018 10030 10031 10003 10035 10036 10037 10038 10039 10040 10041 10042 10043 10044 10045 10046 10047 10048 10049 10050 10051 10052 10099 10100 10101 10102 10103 10104 10105 10106 10107 10108 10109 10110 10111 10112 10113 10114 10115 10099 10100 10162 10163 10164 10165 10103 10166 10107 10108 10167 10109 10168 10112 10169 10170 10171 10114 10172 10162 10200

8:00(1/2) 8:30(2/3) 9:40(1/2) 10:10 10:10(2/3) 10:30 4:30(1-3) 8:00 L 8:30(2/3) 9:40 10:10(2/3) 10:50 11:20 4:30(1-3) 8:00 T L 8:10 L 8:40 L 8:40 T L 9:00 9:00 T 9:00 T L 9:10 9:30 B 9:40 L 10:10 10:50 11:50 T L 12:00 T L 12:30 L 1:00 L 4:00 T L 4:30 L 8:00(B/C) L 8:10(B/C) L 8:30 L 9:10 L 9:30(B/C) 9:30 10:00 10:10 10:10(B/C) 10:40(B/C) 10:50(B/C) 11:00 L 11:20 11:20(B/C) 1:00 L 4:00(B/C) L 4:40 L 8:00(B/C) L 8:10(B/C) L 8:10(C/D) L 8:40 8:40 L 9:10 9:30(B/C) 9:30 10:10(B/C) 10:40(B/C) 10:50 10:50(B/C) 11:10(C/D) 11:20(B/C) 11:30(C/D) 12:30 L 1:00 L 4:00(B/C) L 5:00 L 8:10(C/D) L 8:30 L

10204 10205

10116 10117 10118 10173 10174 10175 10123 10176 10177 10124 10178 10179 10180 10181 10182 10127 10129 10183

10116 10117 10118 10119 10120 10121 10122 10123 10124 10125 10126 10127 10128 10129

10054 10055 10056 10057 10058 10059 10060 10061 10062 10063 10064 10065 10066 10067 10068 10069 10070 10071 10072

10004 10020 10022 10032 10024

10004 10020 10021 10022 10023 10005 10024

10004 10005



10000 10001 10002 10003


8:00(1/2) 9:00 9:40(1/2) 4:30(1-3)


5:20 L 6:00 L

10:00(B/C) L 10:30(B/C) 4:00 5:20 5:20(B/C) 6:00 6:20(B/C) 6:20 L 6:50(B/C) L 7:30(B/C) L

10:00(B/C) L 10:30(B/C) 4:50 L 5:20(B/C) 6:20(B/C) 6:30 L 6:50(B/C) L 7:30(B/C) L

10:00 10:30 T L 4:00 4:30 T L 5:20 T L 5:50 T L 6:30 7:00 L

10:30(2/3) 4:00(1-3) L 5:50(1-3)

10:00 10:30(2/3) 4:00(1-3) L 5:50(1-3)

10:00 4:00(1-3) L 5:50(1-3)

10212 10213

10130 10131 10184 10185 10133 10186 10134 10187 10136 10137

10130 10131 10132 10133 10134 10135 10136 10137

10073 10074 10075 10076 10077 10078 10079 10080

10026 10007 10008

10025 10026 10007 10008

10006 10007 10008





4:00(D) L 4:30 L

1:00(B/C) 3:30(B/C) L 4:20(B/C) 5:00(B/C) 5:10 L 6:00 6:30 6:30(B/C) L

1:00(B/C) 3:30(B/C) L 4:20(B/C) 5:00(B/C) 5:20 6:30 6:30(B/C) L

1:00 T L 3:50 L 4:30 B 4:50 L 6:00 T 6:30 L

1:00(1-3) L 5:30(2/3)

1:00(1-3) L 5:30(2/3)

1:00(1-3) L

10216 10217

10138 10139 10140 10141 10188 10189 10190 10144

10138 10139 10140 10141 10142 10143 10144

10081 10082 10083 10084 10085 10086

10009 10027

10009 10027




4:00 L 6:00

9:00(B/C) L 4:00 4:30(B/C) B 4:30(B/C) L 5:30(B/C) 6:00(B/C) L 6:30(C/D) 6:30

9:00(B/C) L 4:30(B/C) B 4:30(B/C) L 5:20 L 5:30(B/C) 6:00(B/C) L 6:30 L

9:00 L 4:40 T L 5:30 6:00 6:30 B

9:00(1-3) 6:20(1-3)

9:00(1-3) 6:20(1-3)

9:00(1-3) 6:20(1-3)

10219 10220

10145 10191 10146 10147 10149 10150 10192 10193

10145 10146 10147 10148 10149 10150 10151

10087 10088 10089 10090 10091

10010 10011

10010 10011

10010 10011



4:00(C/D) L 5:30

10:30(B/C) L 4:00(B/C) L 4:00(C/D) L 4:30 5:00 L 5:40(B/C) 6:00

10:30(B/C) L 4:00(B/C) L 4:30 5:10 L 5:20 5:40(B/C)

9:30 L 4:00 L 4:30 5:10 T L

10:00 5:00(1-3) 5:40

9:30(1/2) 10:30(1/2) 5:00(1-3)

9:30(1/2) 10:00 10:30(1/2) 5:00(1-3)

10194 10221

10152 10153 10194 10195 10196 10157 10197

10152 10153 10154 10155 10156 10157

10092 10093 10094 10095

10033 10015 10034

10012 10014 10015

10012 10013 10014 10015



4:30(C/D) L 5:00 L

4:30(B/C) L 4:30(C/D) L 5:00 L 5:30(B/C) L 6:30(B/C) L

4:30(B/C) L 5:00 L 5:30(B/C) L 6:30(B/C) L

5:00 L 5:10 T L 6:30 L

10198 10222

10158 10198 10199 10160 10161

10158 10159 10160 10161

10096 10097 10098






Most 5 yr olds remain in Preschool level When almost 6 yrs old, enter Swimmer level Preschool A & B & C >> Swimmer 1 Preschool D & E >> Swimmer 2 Parent & Tot 1 (under one year), P&T 2 (under two years), P&T 3 (under three years), Preschool Program (3-5 years) and Swimmer Program (5 years & up).





T: Transition class. Parents must join their preschooler in the water until the child is ready to participate on their own and are 3 yrs old.



Homeschool Swim Lessons 1:00 #10223 After School Group Swim Lessons Preschool A-E 3:20 #10224 4:40 #10225




9:00(beg) 10:40(adv) 11:10(adv) 11:50(adv) L 12:50(adv) L 4:00(adv) L 4:40(beg) L

10226 10227 10228 10229 10230 10231 10232

8:00(adv) 10233 10:40(beg) 10234 11:10(beg) L 10235 12:40(adv) L 10236 12:50(beg) L 10237 6:00(adv) L 10238 7:20(beg) L 10239

4:00(beg) L 10240 6:00(adv) 10241 7:00(beg) L 10242

3:50(beg) L 5:00(adv) L 5:50(adv) L 6:20(beg) L

10243 10244 10245 10246

4:00(adv) L 10247 4:40(beg) L 10248

8:00 L 10:00 10:00(2/3) 10:30(2/3) 11:20 12:10(2/3) 12:40 L 4:00 4:40(2/3) L 5:30 L

10254 10255 10256 10257 10258 10259 10260 10261 10262 10263

9:30 10:00 10:20(2/3) 10:40 11:20(2/3) L 12:00 L 12:50 L 5:30 7:00(2/3) L

10264 10265 10266 10267 10268 10269 10270 10271 10272

4:00(2/3) 5:20 L 5:50 6:30 L 6:50 7:20(2/3)

10273 10274 10275 10276 10277 10278

3:30(2/3) L 4:20(2/3) 4:50 L 5:40 6:20(2/3) L

10279 10280 10281 10282 10283

4:00 L 4:30 4:40(2/3) 5:50


9:40 9:40(3/4) L 10:00(2/3) 10:30(2/3) 12:10(2/3) 12:50(3/4) L 4:00(3/4) 4:40(2/3) L 5:20(3/4)

10296 10297 10256 10257 10259 10298 10299 10262 10300

8:10(3/4) 10:20(2/3) 10:40 11:20(2/3) L 11:30(3/4) 12:20(3/4) 12:50(3/4) L 6:40 L 7:00(2/3) L

10301 10266 10302 10268 10303 10304 10305 10306 10272

4:00(2/3) 5:20 5:50(3/4) L 7:20(2/3) 7:20(3/4)

10273 10307 10308 10278 10309

3:30(2/3) L 4:20(2/3) 5:00 5:40 6:20(2/3) L

10279 10280 10310 10311 10283


9:40(3/4) L 10:00 L 12:50(3/4) L 4:00(3/4) 5:20(3/4)

10297 10319 10298 10299 10300

8:10(3/4) 11:30(3/4) 12:00 12:20(3/4) 12:50(3/4) L 6:20

10301 10303 10320 10304 10305 10321

4:00 L 5:20 5:50(3/4) L 7:20(3/4)

10322 10323 10308 10309

4:00 L 4:20 L 5:40


11:20 10332 5:10(5/6) L 10333 12:10 L 10342 5:10(5/6) L 10333

10334 10335 10336 10343 10335 10336



10:40 12:40(5/6) L 5:30(5/6) 11:10 L 12:40(5/6) L 5:30(5/6)

4:00(5/6) L 10337

















Rookie/Ranger/Star 60 minutes


BRONZE STAR 70 minutes


40-60 minutes










4:30(beg) 5:40(adv)

10249 10250

4:30(adv) L 10251 5:50(beg) L 10252 6:20(beg) L 10253

10284 10285 10286 10287

3:50 L 4:20(2/3) 5:00 5:40(2/3) 5:40(2/3) L

10288 10289 10290 10291 10292

4:40 L 5:20 L 6:10 L

4:00 4:40(2/3) 5:50

10312 10286 10313

3:50 L 4:20(2/3) 5:00 5:40(2/3) 5:40(2/3) L

10314 10289 10315 10291 10292

5:10(3/4) L 10316 5:40 L 10317 6:20(3/4) L 10318

10324 10325 10326

4:30 L 6:10 L

10327 10328

5:00 5:50 L

10329 10330

5:30 L 10331 5:10(3/4) L 10316 6:20(3/4) L 10318






5:30(5/6) L 10341





5:30(5/6) L 10341

10293 10294 10295

4:00(5/6) L 10337

5:30 L


5:30 L




Homeschool Adult Learn to Swim Swim Lessons 7:10 #10350 1:00 #10223 After School Group Swim Lessons for Swimmer 1-6 3:20 #10351 4:40 #13052


LESSON FEES: # lessons





10 WE

10L WE

40 minutes $101 $168 $108 $173 $113 $182 50 minutes

$105 $173 $111 $183 $116 $187

60 minutes

$108 $182 $113 $187 $118 $193



10L WE 10 WE 10L 10 9L

$101 $168 $108 $173 $113 $182

9 # lessons

30 min






10214 10215

6:50(D) L 7:10 L

10206 10207 10175 10176 10177 10208 10178 10181 10209 10210 10211

9:30 9:50 L 10:10(C/D) 10:20(C/D) L 10:30(C/D) L 10:50(D) L 11:20(C/D) 12:00(C/D) L 12:20 L 1:00 L 6:40(D) L

10201 10202 10168 10169 10203



9:10 L 10:40 11:10(C/D) 11:30(C/D) 4:00 L






BLUESFEST SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART All lessons take place @ Festival House, 450 Churchill Ave. N. (Ravenhill Ave. entrance)


The Bluesfest School of Music and Art emerged as a partnership between RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and Dovercourt Recreation. Housed in Bluesfest’s Festival House, BSOMA brings art and music educators to the community through group programming, private lessons and special events, all of which are available to learners of all ages and abilities. Enrich your life and learn to play an instrument! Music education and participation increases confidence, improves handeye coordination, improves information retention and is fun! PRIVATE LESSONS Private lessons provide the most impactful experience in music education. Our teachers are equipped to prepare students for formal musical examinations, professional/semi-professional performances and casual play with friends and family. • Mon-Fri 2:00-9:00pm, Sep 9 – Dec 20 • Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS We offer instruction in: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Voice, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Violin, Saxophone and more. $101 for four 30 minute lessons. Receive 15% off when you register for all of Spring 2019. Please contact or 613-627-2762. GROUP LESSONS Learning with others enhances your experience in music and art education.

Co-learners push each other to excel while making classes more fun and engaging. BSOMA Group Classes will help you achieve individual success in an engaging group setting. Group lessons are for adults, youth and kids.

VISUAL ARTS EXPLORING VISUAL ARTS (16+yrs) Express yourself in this introductory visual art course. Explore art history, mediums and techniques as your instructor guides you through weekly projects using paint, inks, charcoal, pencils and more. Students can expect to purchase $40 in supplies for this course. • Wed 2:00-4:00pm, Sep 18 – Dec 18, BSO348 – $253.12 LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS (16+yrs) This watercolour class will focus on composition and the common elements of skies, trees and water which often make up a classic landscape painting. All levels of skill are welcome. • Mon 2:00-4:00pm, Sep 23 – Oct 7, BSO349 – $54.24 BEGINNER WATERCOLOUR (16+yrs) Be inspired and learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Supplies will be provided in class. • Tue 6:00-9:00pm, Sep 24 – Oct 8, BSO350 – $54.24 CARTOON DRAWING (6-10yrs) Learning to draw can be fun, especially when creating silly

characters, funny expressions and drawing sequences that tell a story! Instructors will guide students, step-by-step, how to create compelling stories with humour and skill. All materials are supplied. • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO369 – $224 FAMILY ART (4+yrs) Parents and children will explore mediums, techniques

and art history as your instructor guides you through weekly projects. All materials are supplied. • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO370 – $126 per family member

MUSIC TODDLER MUSIC TIME (1.5-2.5yrs) Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen

and dance all while exploring fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment. • Thu 4:00-4:45pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO371 – $196 PRESCHOOL MUSIC TIME (2.5-4yrs) Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen and dance all while exploring

BEGINNER UKULELE (16+yrs) In this pressure-free environment, you will learn basic chords and strumming patterns on the ukulele. Your new skills will build a basic foundation for playing a few songs to start and continue to build your repertoire. You will be ready to jam across the city in no time! • Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO351 – $196 • Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO352 – $196

HARMONICA – BEGINNER Make your first instrument the harmonica. It is fairly easy to learn, great for pick up jams and very portable. This workshop aids or introduces some basic musical theory with simple harmonica techniques as we play through and learn a tune or two. Students will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. Available for purchase at BSOMA Pro Shop.

GOLD UKULELE (40+yrs) The ukulele is one of the best introductory instruments there is, as it is physically easier to play than most other string instruments and is a good way to learn music theory. Participants will be taught chords, melody, strumming styles and even some rudimentary theory. Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group! • Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO353 – $196

STRINGS FOR KIDS For the students who want to test drive an instrument before committing to private music lessons. Students will try the ukulele and guitar in a group setting. Basics for each instrument will be taught along with some rudimentary theory; everything they need to know before they take it to the next level. This is a beginner level course. Instruments will be provided for class time.

UKULELE (6-9yrs) • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Sep 14 – Oct 26, BSO357 – $84 GUITAR (8-11yrs) • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Nov 2 – Dec 14, BSO358 – $98 MUSICAL THEATRE Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class, you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for friends and family on the BSOMA stage. Junior (5-7yrs) • Thu 5:00-6:00pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO360 – $196 Senior (8-11yrs) • Tue 5:00-6:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO359 – $196

16+ yrs • Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 17 – Oct 15, BSO373 – $56 HARMONICA – BEGINNER II (16+yrs) Suitable for students who already play an instrument or who have taken Beginner Harmonica. The course will build on musical theory, song structure and harmonica techniques. Students will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. • Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Oct 22 – Nov 26, BSO374 – $84


These afterschool programs are fun and educational! BSOMA staff will pick up participants at Churchill Alternative School and walk over at 2:45pm. Arrival and departure times are flexible if

AFTERSCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB (7-11 yrs) Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class, you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for parents on the BSOMA stage. • Tue 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 3 – Dec 17, BSO365 – $366 AFTERSCHOOL ART CLUB (7-11 yrs) This club will get kids painting, pasting and creating. Regardless of artistic experience, kids will have the opportunity to be successful with many techniques and mediums. The course will culminate in an art show for the parents. • Wed 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 4 – Dec 18, BSO366 – $366 AFTERSCHOOL ROCK UNIVERSITY (8-11yrs) Rock University is the true band experience where musicians learn to play the songs you love. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate in the entire school year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here! • Thu 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 5 – Dec 19, BSO367 – $366


KIDS CHOIR (6-8yrs) Experience the joys of singing as a member of a group!

Vocal training is the most portable instrument and incredibly versatile. The focus will be on fun and confidence building. • Sun 9:30-10:30am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, BSO356 – $182

AFTERSCHOOL UKULELE CLUB (7-11 yrs) This club will get kids playing as a group regardless of musical experience. Everything from classic rock to top 40 hits will be played. This course is best for novice ukulele players. • Mon 2:45-4:15pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, BSO368 – $294


FAMILY UKULELE (6+yrs) The ukulele’s popularity continues to grow because it is relatively easy to learn, good for small hands and has a sweet, happy sound. The uke opens the door to the larger world of musical instruments in a fun way. Together the groups will learn chords, how to read chords, strum patterns, and then put it all together to play songs. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. Please register each family member attending. • Wed 5:30pm-6:25pm, Sep 18 – Dec 18, BSO354 – $112 • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO355 – $104

11-15yrs • Tue 7:00-8:00pm, Sep 17 – Oct 22, BSO375 – $84

you attend another school and would still like to participate.


ROCK UNIVERSITY (10-16yrs) Rock University is the true band experience. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate in the entire school year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk festival. The show starts here! • Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO361 – $245 • Sat 1:45-3:00pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO362 – $245 • Sat 3:15-4:30pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO363 – $245 • Sun 10:30-11:45am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, BSO364 – $245

fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment. • Thu 4:45-5:30pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO372 – $196



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Regular participation in physical activity is the single most important factor in maintaining or improving one’s health and wellbeing. The cooler weather is your chance to take your weekly workouts indoors, return to your favourite class, or try something new this fall. Sign up for any two Registered Specialty Health and Fitness Programs and we’ll give you a third one for free* because when it comes to physical activity, more is better! We have over 130 weekly programs for you to choose from. Not sure where to get started? Let us help! Contact *applies to courses of equal or lesser value, excludes SUP


AQUATIC EXERCISE PROGRAMS AQUA This water workout uses the resistance and buoyancy of water to achieve a full body workout that enhances strength, cardiovascular fitness, and overall tone and movement. Varying depths of water are used. All levels welcome! • Mon 6:30-7:15am, Sep 23 – Dec 16, AQF01 – $162 • Wed 6:30-7:15am, Sep 25 – Dec 18, AQF02 – $175 • Fri 6:30-7:15am, Sep 27 – Dec 20, AQF04 – $175 AQUA ATHLETIC Join Olympic Performance Coach, Dylan Harries and learn to train like an athlete and unleash your inner champion. This high intensity deep and shallow water class

Active Aging and Exercise Participation in regular exercise is the most effective way to maintain your health, independence and confidence throughout the ageing process. Dovercourt offers a variety of specialized Health and Fitness programs that address both specific and general age-related issues that affect Baby Boomers and Older Adults. Look for this symbol beside the course description to see which of our Registered Fitness Programs facilitates healthy ageing. Exercise for Managing Symptoms of Chronic Health Conditions Regular physical activity can help with the management of chronic health conditions. In these programs, special consideration is given to which exercises will be most beneficial for your condition and the effects physical activity may have on your energy and rate of recovery. Our team of professional and caring Exercise Specialists will give you the support you need to manage your condition and maintain your independence. You are one workout away from feeling better! Look for this symbol beside the course description to see which of our Registered Fitness Programs can help you with managing chronic conditions.

combines cardiovascular drills and resistance training exercises. No swimming skills are needed however a comfort in deep water is a must. Aqua belts will be provided for flotation. It is time to jump in and workout like never before. • Tue 7:45-8:30pm, Sep 24 – Dec 17, AQF17 – $175 AQUA DEEP In this deep water class, participants are supported by an aqua belt to keep them floating, while encouraging the development of the core, postural muscles, strength and cardiovascular endurance. Participants should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Mon 8:00-8:45am, Sep 23 – Dec 16, AQF05 – $162 • Fri 8:00-8:45am, Sep 27 – Dec 20, AQF07 – $175 AQUA HIIT This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program is designed to increase strength and power with cardio drills and strength circuits. Participants have the choice of working in chest level water or ramping up the challenge by working in the deep end with an aqua belt. Time to hit the

pool and HIIT it hard! • Mon 8:00-8:45pm, Sep 23 – Dec 16, AQF08 – $162 AQUA POWER CIRCUIT Wake up energized! Kick off the weekend in the best way with this multi-level, circuit-style workout with individualized intensity options for all levels. • Sat 7:00-7:45am, Sep 21 – Dec 21, AQF09 – $175 AQUA BALANCE, CORE & MOBILITY This water-based exercise program improves posture, alleviates pressure on joints, and aids in the prevention of falls. Participants can use the support of the water to challenge their balance without the risk of falling while they develop their neuromuscular coordination and core strength. • Tue 1:30-2:15pm, Sep 24 – Dec 17, AQF22 – $175 • Thu 1:15-2:00pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, AQF10 – $175 AQUA STRENGTH Offering a low impact workout focused on muscular strength and endurance that incorporates a variety of equipment to provide


sessions are now called AgeStrong. See pg 16 under the Strength Section for more information on our New AgeStrong Programs. Our signature Osteofit program was created specifically for individuals who have bone density issues such as osteoporosis or osteopenia. We have updated this program to reflect current research and best practices in managing these conditions through exercise. The Osteofit program focuses on increasing strength through weights and low-impact load-bearing movements as participants will be led through strengthtraining exercises. • Tue 12:00-12:55pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, OSTF1 – $228

REHAB WALKING This instructional class is designed for individuals who want to walk in a safe, supervised, small group. Ideal for those recovering from surgery, injury or medical conditions such as stroke, arthritis, and knee/ hip replacements, our Rehab Walking program is an excellent step in the right direction. Caregivers, supportworkers and helpers of any sort are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 1:30-2:25pm, Sep 5 – Dec 19, RWKF1 – $261

AQUA FIBROMYALGIA This gentle aquatic exercise program was created for participants living with Fibromyalgia. Aquatic exercise has been proven to decrease pain sensitivity and fatigue, making this program an excellent option. Participants will work to their own abilities and comfort with individualized modifications and accommodations provided by the instructor. • Mon 12:00-12:45pm, Sep 23 – Dec 16, AQF28 – $162 • Wed 12:00-12:45pm, Sep 25 – Dec 18, AQF21 – $175

AQUA HEALTHY BACK For clients experiencing new or chronic back pain, this class will assist in developing core strength for overall stability and body awareness, and increase confidence in performing daily activities. • Tue 8:15-9:00am, Sep 24 – Dec 17, AQF19 – $175 • Fri 9:00-9:45am, Sep 27 – Dec 20, AQF20 – $175

AQUA POST-STROKE Designed for stroke survivors, Dovercourt’s Post-Stroke Aqua offers a safe environment for individuals to perform exercises that will increase their functional abilities. Our warm water pool has a walk-in, walk-out beach entrance, so participants are not required to use stairs or ladders. Participants must be able to weight-bear and enter and exit the water with minimal assistance. Caregivers, support-workers and helpers of any kind are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 12:00-12:45pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, AQF23 – $175

an excellent toning and strengthening workout. • Thu 8:15-9:00pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, AQF16 – $175 • Wed 8:15-9:00am, Sep 25 – Dec 18, AQF03 – $175 AQUA DEEP GENTLE Held in the deep water, this class is a perfect choice for those who are just getting started or require a gentle low impact form of exercise. Participants wear an aqua belt and should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Thu 7:30-8:15pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, AQF18 – $175

OSTEOFIT *We have redesigned our OsteoFit program to reflect current research and recommendations for managing symptoms through exercise. The Osteofit programs offered in former

AQUA ARTHRITIS DEEP Similar to our Aqua Arthritis class, but held in deep water, adding an extra focus on developing core strength and body awareness. All participants wear aqua belts. Participants should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Thu 8:45-9:30am, Sep 26 – Dec 19, AQF27 – $175

EXERCISE PROGRAMS FOR PARKINSON’S Over 8000 people in Ottawa are living with Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise can help you or your loved one manage their symptoms, maintain independence, physical fitness and sense of wellbeing. Dovercourt Recreation Association supports Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR) and offers weekly exercise programs designed specifically to address symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Our exercise programs use large amplitude movements and multisensory exercises to ensure the body executes functional movements. Caregivers, support-workers and helpers of any kind are always welcome at no additional cost. FLEXIBILITY FOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS MANAGEMENT Address stiffness and postural issues in this class that focuses on restoring joint mobility and improving flexibility in the muscles and connective tissues.

• Mon 12:00-12:55pm, Sep 16 – Dec 16, PIPR7 – $212 STRENGTH & FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT This course focuses on ensuring that you can still successfully do your daily tasks by strengthening the nervous, cardiovascular and muscular systems. • Wed 12:00-12:55pm, Sep 18 – Dec 18, PIPR8 – $228

PILATES PILATES FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to Pilates, this is the place to start. An effective Pilates practice can only be achieved once the participant has developed the fundamental techniques to perform the exercises and movements properly. This program focuses on developing essential skills such as breathwork, spinal articulation, and activation of the pelvic floor and deep core muscles in order to learn the techniques required to do Pilates exercises.

*Please note that technique is not contingent on physical fitness but on mastery of proper movement patterns and muscle recruitment. That is why we recommend every new participant begin by learning the fundamentals. • Thu 7:30-8:25pm, Oct 3 – Dec 19, PILF7 – $180 PILATES MULTILEVEL Pilates enthusiasts unite! Whether you are an experienced aficionado or have just recently learned the fundamental techniques, this Pilates practice will provide a core-focused workout. Instructors in this class use equipment to provide variations of the traditional exercises and will provide options to increase or decrease the challenge of each exercise. *Please note, participants in this class should have previous Pilates experience and be familiar with the fundamental techniques. • Mon 6:30-7:45pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, PILF1 – $228

BEGINNER • Sat 9:00-9:55am, Sep 7 – Dec 21, PILF5 – $245 INTERMEDIATE • Tue 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 3 – Dec 25, PILF2 – $261 • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Sep 7 – Dec 21, PILF3 – $245

PILATES & YOGA FUSION Enjoy the benefits of both Yoga & Pilates, together in one class. Improve strength, flexibility and balance in the Yoga segment, followed by a series of Pilates exercises that target and tighten the core. • Mon 7:15-8:25pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, PYFF1 – $266

YOGA PROGRAMS YOGA YIN Yin Yoga is a relaxing practice that enhances flexibility and the mind-body connection. This class begins with a few minutes of meditative breath work (prana) and closes with a deep savasana (final relaxation). • Mon 7:45-8:55pm, Sep 19 – Dec 16, YOGF1 – $266 YOGA GENTLE Gentle yoga is an ideal place for many beginners to start yoga. Through modified basic yoga positions, one can build strength, flexibility and a strong core as well as attaining physical & emotional balance. • Wed 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 4 – Dec 18, YOGF4 – $261 • Thu 6:30-7:25pm, Sep 5 – Dec 19, YOGF5 – $245 YOGA MEN’S It’s a GUY thing: a men’s only yoga class that focuses on areas where guys need extra attention, such as the hips and shoulders. Discover the many other benefits of yoga such as increased flexibility, stress relief, toned muscles, better posture and improved concentration in this men’s only Yoga session. • Tue 8:00-8:55pm, Sep 3 – Dec 25, YOGF6 – $261


YOGA POWER FLOW Based on Ashtanga yoga movements, this class flows through postures incorporating the power of music and the body’s own strength. This class is best


PILATES CLASSICAL REPERTOIRE These Pilates programs focus on progressing participants through the traditional repertoire of exercises that corresponds with their difficulty level. Please note that successful advancement through the repertoires is based on the mastery of technique, form and skill, and not physical fitness. Therefore, participants should be comfortable with the fundamental techniques before progressing to the Intermediate and advanced repertoires.

ADVANCED • Tue 8:00-8:55pm, Sep 7 – Dec 21, PILF4 – $261


AQUA ARTHRITIS Take it easy on your joints and still have a great workout! Water-based exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the inflammation and discomfort caused by arthritis. Our warm water pool reduces pain and increases overall mobility while the buoyancy of the water supports the body’s weight and reduces stress on the joints. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so simply moving through the pool will help your body build the strength it needs to protect your joints. • Mon 11:00-11:45am, Sep 23 – Dec 16, AQF24 – $162 • Wed 10:30-11:15am, Sep 25 – Dec 18, AQF25 – $175



recommended for those who are looking for a dynamic and physically challenging workout. • Thu 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 5 – Dec 19, YOGF9 – $245

STRENGTH PROGRAMS TRX Training with the TRX improves your core strength, joint stability, balance and metabolism. The TRX suspension system allows you to target muscular imbalances with fun and creative exercises while experiencing a completely new and nontraditional form of strength training. • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, TRXF1 – $233 • Fri 9:00-9:55am, Sep 6 – Dec 20, TRXF3 – $266 AGESTRONG This weight room based exercise program focuses on increasing muscular strength in seniors using a traditional machine and dumbbell based strength training program. Participants in AgeStrong will work on independent exercise plans under the supervision of a personal trainer and will be taught proper use of the equipment in the weight room. • Tue 1:30-2:25pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, ASTF1 – $233 • Thu 10:00-10:55am, Sep 19 – Dec 19, ASTF2 – $233 W.O.W (WOMEN ON WEIGHTS) AND MORE! Strength training with weights, along with a variety of activities and experience, is proven to improve bone density and metabolism, as well as elevate body, mind and overall well-being. This is a class suitable for women of all ages and fitness levels. • Mon 9:30-10:25am, Sep 9 – Dec 16, WOWF1 – $233 • Wed 11:00-11:55am, Sep 4 – Dec 16, WOWF3 – $261 • Wed 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 4 – Dec 16, WOWF2 – $261

M.O.W (MEN ON WEIGHTS) AND MORE! Strength training with weights, along with a variety of activities and experience, is proven to improve bone density and metabolism, as well as elevate body, mind and overall well-being. This is a class suitable for men of all ages and fitness levels. • Tue 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 3 – Dec 17, MOWF1 – $266 • Sat 9:15-10:10am, Sep 7 – Dec 21, MOWF2 – $251

PERSONAL TRAINING Our fully certified and dynamic personal training team will motivate and guide you to reach your health & fitness goals with individualized programming. Make the most of your workout time, learn safe technique, and avoid plateaus. Contact

functional fitness room and participants will have the opportunity to train with premium equipment in a small group format. The instructor will provide modifications to accommodate individual levels of fitness and mobility. • Thu 11:00-11:55am, Sep 5 – Oct 25, FFAG1 – $134 • Thu 11:00-11:55am, Oct 31 – Dec 19, FFAG2 – $134

FUNCTIONAL FITNESS FOR ACTIVE AGING Functional fitness trains your bodily systems to work together to improve one’s ability to perform daily tasks and remain active for life. This specialized fitness program is designed to improve strength and mobility in adults as they go through the ageing process, addresses the fitness components affected by age such as flexibility, balance and posture, and help active agers maintain independence by improving the body’s physical capabilities. This program is held in our

PRE AND POSTNATAL EXERCISE PROGRAMS PRENATAL STRENGTH Make the most out of your pregnancy and prepare the body for childbirth by incorporating strength training into your regime. Led by Dovercourt’s prenatal fitness experts, a focus will be on strengthening the core and pelvic floor. This class takes place in the Fitness Centre. • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Sep 9 – Oct 28, PREF1 – $118 • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Nov 4 – Dec 16, PREF5 – $118

YOGA PRENATAL Stay healthy during pregnancy with yoga postures to stretch and strengthen the entire body. Breath work will relax and deepen your experience, and allow a connection between mind, body and soul during this special time. This class is suitable for beginners. • Wed 5:45-6:40pm, Sep 4 – Oct 23, PREF2 – $134 • Wed 5:45-6:40pm, Oct 30 – Dec 18, PREF8 – $134 AQUA PRENATAL Make the most out of every stage of pregnancy. This class offers a safe and effective fitness program for moms-tobe. Exercises are low impact and easy on the joints and the lower back while keeping mom strong and helping to prepare the body for childbirth. • Tue 7:00-7:45pm, Sep 24 – Dec 17, PREF3 – $175 • Thu 7:30-8:15pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, PREF4 – $175

POSTNATAL TRX & CORE CONDITIONING WITH BABY Core conditioning using the TRX suspension system is great for lengthening and strengthening the core. The exercises taught in this class will focus on restoring proper alignment to the spine and pelvis while offering parents a safe place to connect and get fit with baby nearby. • Mon 1:15-2:10pm, Sep 16 – Dec 16, FAMF1 – $217 POSTNATAL SPIN & CORE This is the best of both worlds in one class. Improve your cardiovascular health and blast calories with indoor spinning. Follow up by improving your physique, strength and revving your overall metabolism with resistance training, core conditioning and the TRX suspension system. Train like never before! • Tue 9:30-10:25am, Sep 17 – Dec 17, FAMF3 – $233 • Fri 11:15am-12:10pm, Sep 13 – Dec 20, FAMF4 – $251

POSTNATAL YOGA & CORE WITH BABY Enjoy the benefits of this corestrengthening and postureimproving fitness technique, in a class designed especially for postpartum moms. Created to tone and target the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus, the muscles most commonly affected during pregnancy and childbirth. The second half of this program focuses on releasing stiff tissue and strained muscles from changes in your alignment due to pregnancy, birth, and carrying your baby for long periods of time. • Wed 10:00-10:55am, Sep 18 – Dec 18, FAMF5 – $228

BARRE Our barre programs use the ballet barre and toning equipment to strengthen muscles while increasing their length and flexibility. This eclectic program combines dance, Pilates, yoga and strength exercises to improve your posture, core strength and coordination. New extended session length! • Mon 7:00-7:45pm, Sep 9 – Oct 28, BARF1 – $118 • Mon 7:00-7:45pm, Nov 4 – Dec 16, BARF2 – $118 • Fri 10:00-10:45am, Sep 6 – Oct 25, BARF3 – $134 • Fri 10:00-10:45am, Nov 1 – Dec 20, BARF4 – $134



ZUMBA An exciting, hip-swivelling workout where African, Caribbean and Latin dance moves are combined with aerobics and fitness, to create a perfectly toned body… without even realizing it! • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Sep 4 – Dec 18, ZUMF1 – $261 • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Sep 7 – Dec 21, ZUMF2 – $24

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE This program addresses deep

TRAINING TRIFECTA (WITH ALANNA GEORGE) Led by Exercise-Programming Specialist and Dovercourt’s own Manager of Health and Wellness, Alanna George, this program addresses the three elements that make up one’s fitness – cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Over the course of 13 weeks, participants will progress through weekly 90 minute workouts that use the spin bikes, core training and stretching techniques in order to improve all aspects of overall fitness. Participants begin this program by having their baseline fitness measured and can monitor their weekly progress. A final fitness test is administered on the last class so participants can see their improvements in fitness over the course. This class is limited to 10 participants, early registration is encouraged. • Tue 6:00-7:25pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, TTTF1 – $275 TOTAL BODY STRETCH This is not a yoga class! 45 minutes of muscle and limb stretch that will improve flexibility from head to toe. Stretching is functional, improves blood flow and helps to relieve stress. Come and shake off the day with us. This class is suitable for all levels. • Wed 6:15-7:00pm, Sep 4 – Dec 18, TBSF1 – $261

FELDENKRAIS (AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT) Explore new ways of moving more comfortably and effectively with the Feldenkrais Method of body awareness. These relaxing lessons will help you discover how to reduce pain and stiffness, improve your posture, relieve tension and enhance your general wellbeing. • Mon 1:15-2:10pm, Nov 4 – Dec 16, FELF1 – $116 HOOPING (ALL LEVELS) Learn techniques for core hooping (waist, hip, chest, shoulder, neck, and thigh) and off-the-body (hand hooping, tosses, isolation etc.), cardio intervals, tricks, movement, laughter & fun! Hoops are provided or may be purchased from the instructor. Watch the Dovercourt calendar for our free monthly hoop jams as well as occasional workshops by local and international hoop stars. • Sun 11:30am-12:25pm, Sep 8 – Dec 15, HOOP3 – $228 STAND UP PADDLEBOARD The fastest growing water sport in the world has hit the warm waters of our pool. Get your workout on the water with SUP

(Stand Up Paddleboard) fitness and yoga classes. Classes are provided by Urban Ocean SUP. Check out www.urbanoceansup. com to learn more about stand up paddling. No prior experience needed for pool classes and paddle boards are provided. Space is extremely limited. ON BOARD TO BE FIT Take your workout on the water with this fun, full-body, low impact class on top of a floating surface (stand up paddleboard). On Board To Be Fit builds strength, deepens flexibility, and improves balance and coordination through a carefully selected set of movements. • Sat 7:30-8:25pm, Sep 21 – Nov 16 , SUPF1 – $180 • Mon 9:00-9:55am, Sep 23 – Nov 18, SUPF2 – $180 ABS IN ACTION Workout your core like never before! From paddling to planks, this core-focused class combines paddling skills with ab-specific exercises on a standup paddleboard designed to improve stability and increase core strength. • Wed 9:00-9:55pm, Sep 25 – Nov 13, SUPF3 – $180


POUND Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks

TAI CHI Tai Chi employs precise physical movement, visualization and focused internal awareness to strengthen, relax and integrate the body & mind. All levels are welcome to this meditative mind and body-connecting class. • Mon 7:30-8:25pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, TAIF1 – $228

tension in your muscles and the surrounding connective tissue (fascia). Myofascial release can reduce pain and immobility by relaxing contracted muscles and improving blood and lymphatic circulation. Participants in this program will use various myofascial tools to locate and release their own trigger points to enhance mobility and reduce tension. • Wed 8:00-8:45pm, Sep 18 – Oct 30, MFRF1 – $118 • Wed 8:00-8:45pm, Nov 6 – Dec 18, MFRF2 – $118


engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. This musicfocused, full-body workout combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeal to men and women of all ages and abilities. • Mon 6:45-7:40pm, Sep 9 – Dec 16, PNDF1 – $233 • Thu 6:45-7:40pm, Sep 5 – Dec 19, PNDF2 – $251


AQUA POSTNATAL WITH BABY Enjoy the excellent cardiovascular and muscular strengthening benefits of an aquafitness workout with the company of your baby and other parents. Even baby gets to enjoy, as they float alongside a parent in an infant flotation device provided by Dovercourt. Typically, babies in this program are over 4 months old and have the ability to sit and support their head. Not sure if your baby is ready? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you decide. * Grandparents or caregivers are also welcome to participate instead of a parent! • Tue 2:15-3:00pm, Sep 24 – Dec 17, FAMF2 – $175 • Thu 2:00-2:45pm, Sep 26 – Dec 19, FAMF8 – $175




6:30-7:15am Aqua AQF01

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6:30-7:15am Aqua AQF02

8:45-9:30am Aqua Arthritis Deep AQF27

6:30-7:15am Aqua AQF04

8:00-8:45am Aqua Deep Water AQF05

8:15-9:00am Aqua Healthy Back AQF19

8:15-9:00am Aqua Strength AQF03

8:00-8:45am Aqua Deep AQF07

9:00-9:55am SUP On Board to be Fit SUPF2

9:30-10:25am Postnatal Spin FAMF3

10:00-10:55am Yoga Postnatal FAMF2

9:00-9:45am Aqua Healthy Back AQF20

9:30-10:25am WOW & More WOWF1

11:00-11:45am Aqua Arthritis AQF24 12:00-12:45pm Aqua Fibromyalgia AQF28

10:00-10:55am AgeStrong ASTF2

9:00-9:55am TRX TRXF3

10:30-11:15am Aqua Arthritis AQF25

11:00-11:55am Functional Fitness for Active Aging FFAG1/FFAG2

10:00-10:55am Barre BARF3/BARF4

9:15-10:10am Men On Weights MOWF2

12:00-12:45pm Aqua Post Stroke AQF23

11:15am-12:10pm Postnatal Spin FAMF4

10:00-10:55am Pilates Classical Repetoire (Int.) PILF3

1:15-2:00pm Aqua Balance, Core & Mobility AQF10 12:00-12:45pm Aqua Fibromyalgia AQF21

1:30-2:25pm Rehab Walking RWKF1

12:00 -12:55pm Strength and Functional Movement for Parkinson’s PIPR8

2:00-2:45pm Aqua Postnatal FAMF8

6:00-7:25pm Training Trifecta TTTF1

5:45-6:40pm Yoga Prenatal PREF2 / PREF8

7:00-7:55pm Prenatal Strength PREF1/PREF5

7:00-7:55pm Pilates Classical Repetoire (Int) PILF2

6:15-7:00pm Total Body Stretch TBSF1 7:00-7:55pm WOW & More WOWF2

6:30-7:25pm Yoga Gentle YOGF5 6:45-7:40pm Pound PNDF2

7:00-7:55pm TRX TRXF1

7:00-7:45pm Aqua Prenatal PREF3

7:00-7:55pm Yoga Gentle YOGF4

7:00 -7:45pm Barre BARF1/BARF2

7:45-8:30pm Aqua AQF17

7:30-8:15pm Aqua Prenatal PREF4

7:15-8:25pm Pilates Yoga Fusion PYFF1

7:00-7:55pm Men on Weights MOWF1

7:30-8:15pm Aqua Deep Gentle AQF18

12:00-12:55pm Flexibility for Parkinson’s PIPR7

9:00-9:55am Pilates Classical Repetoire (Beg) PILF5

11:00-11:55am WOW & More WOWF3

12:00 - 12:55pm Osteofit OSTF1 1:30-2:25pm AgeStrong ASTF1 1:30-2:15pm Aqua Balance, Core & Mobility AQF22

SATURDAY 7:00-7:45am Aqua Power Circuit AQF09

10:00-10:55am Zumba ZUMF2

1:15-2:10pm Feldenkrais FELF1 1:15-2:10pm Postnatal TRX FAMF1


2:15-3:00pm Aqua Postnatal FAMF2 6:30-7:25pm Pilates (Multilevel) PILF1 6:45-7:40pm Pound PNDF1

7:30-8:25pm Tai Chi TAIF1

7:00-7:55pm Yoga Power Flow YOGF9 7:30-8:25pm Pilates (Fundamentals) PILF6

8:00-8:55pm Pilates Classical Repetoire (Adv) PILF4

8:00-8:55pm Zumba ZUMF1

8:00-8:45pm Aqua H.I.I.T. AQF08

8:00-8:55pm Yoga Men’s YOGF6

9:00-9:55pm SUP Yoga & Fitness SUPF3


ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH! BUNDLE UP YOUR CLASSES WITH 3(Applies FORtoTHE PRICE OF 2 PRICING courses of equal or lesser value.

8:15-9:00pm Aqua Strength AQF16


11:30-12:25pm Hooping HOOP3 Trish

**excludes SUP)


8:00-8:55pm MyoFascial Release MFRF1/MFRF2

7:45-8:55pm Yoga Yin YOGF1

7:30-8:30pm SUP Yoga & Fitness SUPF1








MONDAY 6:30 to 7:15 AM










6:30am Spin New Times 8:30 to 9:25 AM 9:30 to 10:25 AM

5:45 to 6:40 PM

8am CardioMix

8am StrengthMix

20 20 20

CardioMix / StepMix

Ginette’s Variety

Barbell Challenge

9am HIIT

Burn & Tone


Barbell Challenge

Cardio & YogaMix

Yoga & CoreMix

9:00 am Spin (new time)

25 $47 month

• for Group Fitness + Fitness Centre • $16.50 group fitness drop in (+HST)

Prices do not include HST

9:30am Spin

9:30am Spin


Burn & Tone




10:00am Zumba

In rare occurences, programs may be cancelled without advance notice in the event of unforseen circumstances.

6:45pm Spin

Gold Club is for active older adults 55+ looking for daytime opportunities to exercise, socialize, develop new friendships and share interests.



9:30am Small Group Strength Training Sept 10 - GCTF1 • Oct 15 - GCTF2 Nov 19 - GCTF3


10:45am Strong Spines Sept 10 - GCTF4 • Oct 15 - GCTF5 Nov 19 - GCTF6

10:45 AM

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

11:45 AM



12:00 to 12:55 PM

Heart of Gold Plus

12:00 to 12:55 PM

Gold Yoga Sep 9 - GCMF1 • Oct 21 - GCMF2 Nov 9 - GCMF3


1:15pm Gold Strength, Balance and Mobility Sep 9 - GCMF4 Oct 21 - GCMF3 • Nov 9 - GCMF4



9:00am • Gold Yoga Sept 11 - GCWF1 • Oct 16 - GCWF2 Nov 20 - GCWF3

FRIDAY 9:45am Heart of Gold

11:15am Gold Aquafit Sep 26 - GCHF1 Nov 7 - GCHF2

10:00am Small Group Strength Training Sept 13 - GCFF1 • Oct 17 - GCFF2 Nov 21 - GCFF3

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold




Heart of Gold Plus Gold Aquafit Sep 24 - GCTF7 Nov 5 - GCTF8

Balance, Core & Flexibility Sept 12 - GCHF3 • Oct 17 - GCHF4 Nov 21 - GCHF5

00 $40 month for Heart of Gold classes & Lounge

Prices do not include HST Looking for a more intense challenge? Upgrade to a Groupfitness Pass and get access to 30 more classes including Spin and StrengthMIx. Groupfitness Pass Holders can still attend Gold Club Programs and sign up for registered programs

1:30pm Small Group Strength Training Sept 12 - GCHF6 • Oct 17 - GCHF7 Nov 21 - GCHF8

$40/ month ongoing payment $47.25/ month for a one month paid-in-full Gold Club pass. Gold Club includes Heart of Gold classes, Lounge (free coffee & tea), Fitness Centre access, pool access for swims, plus hot tub & sauna-only times. (see Recreational swim schedule online for details)



Add $33.00 per registered program for Fall 2019 Recurring payment is required to be eligible for these programs. In rare occurences, programs may be cancelled without advance notice in the event of unforseen circumstsances. Please check our website for PD days & holidays:

FITNESS CENTRE ONLY MEMBERSHIP! ($33.00/ mo. recurring payment) Workout in our bright, welcoming fitness room! Our fitness centre features natural light and an open, inviting space with Paramount weight machines, cardio equipment (including stair climbers, elliptical machines, treadmills, an ergometer rowing machine), a Functional Fitness Trainer from Precor, free weights, body bars, Bosu, Balls, Kettlebells and more.













9:30-10:30am 1:30-2:30pm 7:00-8:00pm

10:00-11:00am 1:30-2:30pm



SUNDAY 8:00am-8:00pm

00 $33 month




Dovercourt is a Heart Wise accredited facility

Closed for classes



5:45pm Spin




FALL GROUP FITNESS RUNS SEP. 4 - DEC. 21, 2019 Holiday schedule Dec. 22 - Jan 6

Group Fitness is a perfect place to start: whether you bring a buddy or make new friends, the many benefits of working out in a group make it a great choice.

You may register for most Dovercourt programs in person, by phone (613-798-8950) or online. Visit and click on Find a Program or Find a Camp. Visa, Visa Debit and MasterCard are accepted online payments.

Refunds & cancellations: please see our website for details: While we strive for accuracy in this program guide, please see our website for the most up-to-date information. Prices do not include HST (where applicable).

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Fall 2019 (all programs)...........................................................................Tue. Jun. 18, 2019 Extended Day Programs.......................................................................................ongoing Fall 2 Swim Lessons................................................................................. Tue. Nov. 5, 2019 Winter Camps......................................................................................... Tue. Oct 8, 2019 Winter 2020 programs............................................................................ Tue. Dec. 3, 2019 March Break Camps................................................................................ Tue. Dec. 3, 2019 Summer Camps 2020............................................................................. Thu. Jan. 2, 2020 Summer Swim Lessons............................................................................ Thu. Jan. 2, 2020

As a registered charity, Dovercourt is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are available to all in our community. While we strive to make our programs affordable, sometimes families and individuals may need financial assistance to help cover program costs. Please complete the application at the customer service desk or online at


Our acclaimed program offers structured, age-appropriate activities for Kinder - Grade 6 at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. With a warm swimming pool, outdoor rinks and one of Ottawa’s best playgrounds, where better to unwind after a full day of learning? Compare our prices to other school boards! To arrange a tour or to register, please call Mathew at 613-798-8950 ext. 271 or email


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DOVERCOURT PROGRAM LOCATIONS Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa K2A 0S9 613-798-8950

Bluesfest School of Music & Art Festival House, 450 Churchill Ave N (Ravenhill entrance)

McKellar Park Field House 539 Wavell Ave (near Byron)

Van Lang Field House 29 Van Lang Private

LOCAL BUSINESSES HELP US BUILD! Corporate naming rights offer local businesses significant profile for their funding in a place where their employees and/or customers live, work and play. Their contributions over a ten year period brand the room and help fuel our expansion project. Dovercourt is delighted to welcome three local businesses who have stepped up to help us: Carling Motors Volvo & Mazda, Ottawa Physiotherapy & Sport Clinics, Morris Home Team, Westboro Station Dental and NeoLore Networks. Contact us if you want to help us grow!



Leave the details & mess to us! Have your party catered by Boston Pizza Carling Ave. They deliver! THE WAY I.T. IS SUPPOSED TO BE!

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa/ Recipient remercie sincèrement la Ville d’Ottawa de son soutien financier.