The Y is Coming Back to Carlingwood

October 2, 2013 3:49 pm

The YMCA-YWCA Will Open a New Club at the Carlingwood Mall in January!

The Carlingwood Mall will soon house a new YMCA-YWCA – to be located in the mall’s downstairs area – which will provide members with strength-training and aerobic conditioning equipment; group exercise classes; children’s recreational programs; a pool for leisure swims, aquafit classes, and children’s swim lessons; inviting social spaces; and child-minding services.  It’ll be a great place to unwind, to work off the cares of the day.

In July and August, the YMCA-YWCA pre-registered members with the goal of expanding its family of Ottawa fitness facilities and opening a new location at the Mall in Ottawa’s old west end – near Woodroffe and Carling. The community’s positive response was critical for the Y to proceed with its plan to lease and renovate a 23,500 square-foot space inside the Carlingwood Mall. With this confirmation now in place, renovations will begin immediately and the planned opening date is slated for January 2014.

Carlingwood_YMCAFloorPlanAs a special thanks to its supporters, the Y is offering everyone who has pre-registered for the Carlingwood Y free advance access to any of its other fitness facilities in the National Capital Region, beginning December 1, 2013 and continuing until the Carlingwood Y opens in 2014.

“We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has shown their commitment to us,” said Tosha Rhodenizer, Vice-President of Health, Wellness and Family Engagement for the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “It is truly humbling that so many of you believed in our ability to bring a Y back to Carlingwood, and we can’t wait to open our doors once again to this wonderful community.”

The new facility will build upon the Y’s strong connection to Carlingwood, a community it served for more than four decades at the Carlingwood Y on Lockhart Avenue.

Rhodenizer thanked the many volunteers, community groups and media partners who supported the new YMCA-YWCA at Carlingwood.

The 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience

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All singer-songwriters not signed to a label take note! Starting on October 8, you can enter an original song in the2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience. The song will be reviewed by judges who are also singer-songwriters themselves, including Luther Mallory who once fronted the band Crush Luther; Lesley Pike, a Gibson’s featured artist; Katie Rox, the former lead singer of Jakalope; Theo Tams, who won Canadian Idol in 2008; and MelanieDurrant, a Juno-award nominee. The top three winners will receive an annual membership in the Songwriters Association of Canada and one-on-one time with Juno-award-winning artist Luba, who will help them in online songwriting and mentoring sessions. You can submit your original song from October 8 until December 22 or until 300 entries are submitted. For more information, visit

Graham Kay: A Standout Stand-Up Comedian

October 1, 2013 1:11 pm
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At a glance, the stand-up comedian appears to be a living, breathing paradox. The solitary and often thankless practice of the comedic profession is, taken from one angle, that of a lone individual, the writer of clever witticisms or cheap gags, a philosopher of sorts. In short, the image reveals an introvert spending countless cruel hours honing the craft of capturing a bit of humour. Compare that to the aspect of the stand-up comedian as a performer, an entertainer who transforms the material into a coherent act. Alone on stage, the comedian is a vulnerable agent working an audience for the immediate albeit elusive feedback of laughter. To call the profession vicious and competitive would be a gross understatement. Yet for many, the thrill alone trumps the threat of intimidation or failure.

For Graham Kay, the Toronto-based stand-up comic, whose humble origins can be traced back to the stages of Ottawa, the greatest thrill came in the form of support from the mouth of his idol, the enigmatic comedian Dave Chappelle, with whom Kay was sharing the bill. In reference to Kay’s set, Chappelle told the audience: “I hung out with Chris Rock at Eddie Murphy’s house and it takes me a lot to laugh that hard.” No comedian could ask for a stronger reference.

Kay has been making people laugh since childhood. His earliest audience consisted of his classmates. “I was always drawn to the idea of being funny,” he says. “I took pride in being the class clown and coming up with more original jokes than the contender in my class.” Laughter is catching. However, for Kay, it was an old cassette of a particular performer that made him realize that being funny could be a profession: “One day my dad rented a Bill Cosby VHS of him doing stand-up. I was blown away. From then on I knew that, given my druthers, I would like to do stand-up.”

A comic, like anyone else, needs a break. “Howard Wagman at Yuk Yuk’s is a very nurturing dude,” says Kay of the Ottawa comedy club owner. “He is the first guy to ever put me on stage. He is also the first guy to let me do half an hour only two years into comedy.”  Kay credits Wagman as the key figure in his professional development. “I owe Ottawa Yuk Yuk’s and its system of bringing people up.”

Kay spent his formative years working various Ottawa comedy clubs, ultimately turning his passion into a profession. However, the tedious hours offstage are, as Kay puts it, like office work. “Being a professional stand-up is like being a part-time comedian and a full-time small business owner. The comedy part is easy.”

What characterizes the self-described “edgy but not offensive” comedian is his commitment to presenting original and seemingly spontaneous material in his sardonic style. His particular sense of humor – which tackles a broad range of topics from mid-life crises to deodorant to questionable love advice – has garnered a lot of attention from audiences and comics alike. Kay has performed on stages across Canada, the United States and Scotland. He recorded an hour-long performance entitled Comedy by the Graham which is available on iTunes. The album is aptly described as “a stand-up comedy album for people who would like to listen to a stand-up comedy album.”

Recently, Kay won the Just for Laughs 2013 Homegrown Comic Competition in Montreal, an award he credits for his recent boon. “Winning the Just For Laugh’s Homegrown was a great experience and helped me get represented by Gersh L.A., one of the top five agents in the world,” he says. “The same as my idol Dave Chappelle. The fact that we have the same agent blows my freaking mind.” Kay will be moving to Los Angeles in early 2014.

As for his thoughts on the future, Kay remains humble: “I hope to always be a draw without sacrificing the respect of my peers.”

Be sure to catch our local hero before he departs for the City of Angels. Kay is nominated for Best Breakout Artist at the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival to be held in Ottawa from October 3rd to the 6th. He will perform at the Elgin Street Yuk Yuk’s on October 3rd and at Centrepointe Theatre on October 5th alongside Ottawa comic luminaries Tom Green, Jon Dore, Mike MacDonald, Rebecca Kohler and Jeremy Hotz. Part of the proceeds will go towards “Mike MacDonald’s Comeback Fund.” Festival information can be found at

For more information on Graham Kay, visit


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Orange Grove Spa Presents…

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This weekend, at Orange Grove Spa in Kanata there will be an alkaline and raw food lecture as well as a food tasting event prepared by Catherine Eitzen,who will discuss what effects raw food, alkalines and food enzymes have on the body. The lecture will take place Saturday, October 5th from 11am-1pm. Tickets are $35.

Ceragres Seminar for Designers

September 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Tomorrow, interior designer Kimberley Seldon will be hosting a special seminar at Ceragres for designers looking to develop their professional prospects. The seminar will focus on strategies that will help designers to increase profit as well as expand their business opportunities. It is taking place in the Ceragras Boutique Workspace at 3628 Hawthorne Road in Ottawa from 9-11am. To RSVP for the event please email .

Ceragres specializes in countertop and tile design. They offer the opportunity for you to transform your home into a more comfortable and inviting space especially this fall as they are set to focus on more neutral tones that are appeasing on sight. Finding balance between texture and colour, Ceragres uses a multitude of materials from porcelain to ceramic to quartz. They have four Boutique Workspaces in Quebec and Ontario and distribute their products to more than 250 retailers in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.

As well, today kicks off the start of Ceragres Annual Fall Sale featuring 30% off of their products. This sale will continue until November 3rd.

Pedro Isztin “The River”

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On display now at Wallack Galleries is photographer Pedro Isztin’s “The River”. The exhibition showcases large-scale photographs of the Ottawa River and runs until October 5th. The black and white portrayal of the Ottawa River depicts a serenity and peacefulness connecting us with nature.

Isztin lives in Ottawa and his award-winning work has been exhibited all over the world. Istzin won a Photography Project Grant from the Canada Council in 1999 and the Ontario Arts Council Award in 2006. His work has been featured in many photography books and magazines.


September 27, 2013 10:30 am

Four guest speakers, three films and two days of workshops come together for Viva Argentina: Current Trends in Argentine Cinema, to be held October 2-4 in Ottawa. The event is a first-time collaboration between the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), University of Ottawa’s Spanish Program, and the Embassy of Argentina in Canada.

Viva Argentina begins with a gala presentation on October 2 of THE LAST ELVIS (El último Elvis, dir. Armando Bo, 2012). A reception will follow the film, where all visiting filmmakers will be in attendance.


Thursday, October 3rd marks the presentation of GONE FISHING (Días de pesca, dir. Carlos Sorin, 2012). Director Carlos Sorín and producer Patricia Bustamante will speak about their film. The final screening on October 4 will feature the blockbuster comedy TWO PLUS TWO (Dos más dos, dir. Diego Kaplan, 2012). Juan Vera, the film’s producer and screenwriter, will attend the screening and answer audience questions. All films will be presented in Spanish, with English subtitles.

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To coincide with the screenings, the University of Ottawa’s Spanish Program is organizing the Research Workshop Trends in Argentine Cinema: Twenty Years After the “New Cinema”, with the participation of six research professors from the University of Ottawa, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of South Carolina, and Saint Francis-Xavier University. Together with the visiting guests from Argentina, they will present their reflections on the aesthetic and political directions charted out in contemporary Argentine films in relation to the 1990s productions that broke with existing modes of filmmaking to usher in the movement dubbed by critics as “New Argentine Cinema”. Attendees will be able to engage with all the visiting guests on various topics regarding recent and upcoming trends in Argentina’s world-famous cinema.

“It’s no surprise that Argentine cinema has been receiving so much attention on an international level,” says CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley. “The incredible stories and artistry that Argentina’s filmmakers have to offer the world are in a class of their own. To have these guests here, to speak with us about their work, will only further enrich the filmgoing experience for our audience.”

All three films screenings begin at 7pm and take place at the Auditorium of 395 Wellington St. (the Library and Archives Building). Tickets for each film are available at the door: $12 for general admission, and $8 for CFI Members, seniors and students. Film information and trailers can be found on the CFI website at

The Research Workshop is two full-day presentations in Spanish, but discussions and questions can be addressed in English and French.

For information about the Research Workshop, contact professor Gaston Lillo, Spanish Program MLL

Bon Appétit: Health Check and Le Cordon Bleu teach Canadians how to cook healthy

September 26, 2013 3:48 pm
Photo courtesy of Le cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute

It’s time to eat healthy – with style and taste. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health CheckTM program and Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa are partnering to offer healthy cooking classes aimed at teaching Canadians how to prepare healthy meals using classic French culinary techniques. The recipes were created specifically by Le Cordon Bleu to meet the Health Check nutrient criteria developed by the Foundation’s registered dietitians, based on Canada’s Food Guide.

“We are thrilled to work with Le Cordon Bleu to help Canadians expand their healthy cooking skill set,” says Terry Dean, Director, Health Check. “Our program has been helping Canadians eat well for nearly 15 years in grocery stores and restaurants. We want people to get excited about cooking and eating well. This is just another great way to do that.”

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The classes aim to demonstrate that delicious meals don’t have to compromise on nutrition, while nutritious meals don’t have to compromise on taste.

“French cuisine can be healthy without sacrificing style or flavor,” says Linda Montone, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa’s sales and marketing manager. “The benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet are well-known. If you’re careful with your ingredient selection and know the proper way to use the ingredients to fully optimize their flavors, then beautiful, delicious and healthy meals can be created. Le Cordon Bleu has developed recipes that are tasty, healthy and refined.”

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Taught by Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructor, the classes include a two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-hour hands-on practical session. Guests can also attend the demonstration only.

Class dates are: September 28; October 26; November 16; December 7.

Class prices are $50 per person for the demonstration only and $179 per person for the demonstration and hand-on practical.

For more information about the courses and how to sign up, visit

All images – Photo courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.

Photo courtesy of Le cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute

Private Lives is on Public Display

September 18, 2013 3:03 pm
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Noël Coward’s classic 1930s comedy of bad manners Private Lives is playing at The Gladstone from September 20 to October 12. When a divorced couple discover they are honeymooning with their new spouses in adjacent hotel rooms, it isn’t long before the sparks fly and their stormy romance is reignited.

Absurd Person artworkPrivate Lives is one of the wittiest plays in the English language and you’ll roar with laughter at all the shenanigans. Directed by Craig Walker, Private Lives features Alix Sideris, David Whiteley,  Steve Martin, Bronwyn Steinberg and Camille Beauchamp.

Times: Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Matinees @ 2:30 pm

Tickets:   or  613-233-GLAD (4523) Or book online at:

Adult:  $34 / Senior (65+): $30 / Student/Artist/Unwaged: $20 / Preview performance: $18 (prices incl. HST)

The Gladstone 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4


Publication Lauding Canadian Female Business Leaders to Launch this Week

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A highly anticipated publication celebrating Canada’s top female leaders in business will launch its inaugural issue nationwide on September 22nd. Distinctive Women honors female business leaders from a variety of sectors, while offering networking opportunities and business relationships. The magazine is Toronto-based, but has an Ottawa section featuring local businesswomen.

Distinctive Women is so much more than just a publication focusing on female business owners and leaders,” says Brenda Robson, the magazine’s publisher and founder. “It celebrates the women who, each and every day, are leading the charge in their respective fields and contributing to the success of Canada’s business and social fabric.”


“More than ever, the idea of a Canada-wide community of spirited women sharing inspirational stories from a range of disciplines can be a reality,” said marketing director Ashley Robson. “We have recently introduced a series of webinars on a variety of topics available to our Distinctive Women, in addition to a newsletter, an active social media account and social networking events throughout the year.”
For further details on launch events, contact Jennifer Stewart, Communications Lead, Distinctive Women E:

Jean Marc Carisse: The art of capturing candid moments

September 17, 2013 12:54 pm
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When it comes to photography gurus, Ottawa-based Jean-Marc Carisse (JMC) is among them. To begin with, he has photographed the political and social scenes in Ottawa and around the world for over 40 years. Official photographer for Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner and Chrétien, he also captured consecutive Prime Ministers from Diefenbaker to Harper, US Presidents from Ford to Obama and hundreds of world leaders on film.

JMCarisse1His work has appeared on the covers and pages of history and political books including his own coffee table book Privileged Access w/ Trudeau,Turner & Chrétien (Warwick Publ. 2000). Magazines include Time, Paris Match and Maclean’s, as well as TV documentaries and biographies.

He now freelances as a photographer and photojournalist. Carisse has an amazing eye and has been there to snap many performers, comedians, singers, artists, actors, icons and heroes, both on stage and off.  He has formal shots, informal, candid ones and everything in between. Bob Dylan, Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Al Pacino, Rudolf Nureyev, Tom Waits, Fidel Castro, Bob Hope, Yousuf Karsh, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa are all part of his portfolio – and that is just to name a few.


JMCarisse2You can see his work, move slowly from picture to picture as you know nosh on a snack in his recently-opened Carisse Studio Café at 274 Elgin Street. Visit Ottawa’s only photography gallery/studio & Eurostyle café and listen to great music, sip on outstanding coffee, enjoy Italian paninis and specialty desserts.


Also included in the current photo display are Carisse’s best photos of this summer’s festivals.  Check it out.


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YMCA-YWCA Appeals for Support to Bring Facility to Carlingwood Mall: Only 2 weeks remain to meet membership goals needed to open new Y

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The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is urging everyone who wants a Y in the Carlingwood community to pre-register now  in order to make the new west-end location a reality.

The YMCA-YWCA has just two weeks left – until September 30 – to meet its membership goal, of which more than 30% has been reached to date. The Y cannot proceed with a new facility in Carlingwood without the necessary level of commitment from the community.


“Many people in the community have expressed their verbal support for our plans and their intentions to pre-register,” says Tosha Rhodenizer, Vice-President, Health, Wellness and Family Engagement at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. “We need all those people to step forward now and show their commitment. Please don’t wait – the deadline to meet our goal is fast approaching and we absolutely must meet this membership target by September 30 if the Carlingwood Mall Y is to proceed.”

The YMCA-YWCA announced in late July its opportunity to bring the Y to Carlingwood Mall. If the membership target is reached, the 23,500-square-foot space in the mall would be renovated to offer strength training and aerobic conditioning equipment, seniors’ programming, group exercise classes and children’s recreational programs. The location also has a pool for leisure swims, aquafit classes, and children’s swim lessons, as well as social spaces and room for child-minding services.

The YMCA-YWCA has been pre-registering members for the Carlingwood Mall Y since August 1, with the goal of achieving its membership target by the end of September. If it meets its target, the Carlingwood Mall Y will open in early 2014.  

Y staff are in the Carlingwood Mall (booth at the front entrance #1) every day until the end of September.  People can pre-register in person at the mall, online at, or by visiting any Y centre. Pre- registration is simple: The Y will process memberships now and monthly payments will be scheduled to commence January 1, 2014. The only payment required now is the Building Enhancement Fee, a one-time fee of $25 for students, $50 for adults, or $75 for families/couples.

The old Carlingwood Y on Lockhart Avenue officially closed its doors on June 27, 2012. At the time, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region made a commitment to the community to continue to seek opportunities to return. The YMCA-YWCA’s present plan for the Carlingwood Mall Y shows great progress towards fulfilling that promise.


Nelligan O’Brien Payne Kicks off 50th Anniversary Party at Terry Fox Run

September 13, 2013 3:14 pm
Payne, John Nelligan and Allan O'Brien will kick off the party at the Terry Fox Run

On January 1st, 1963, John P. Nelligan opened his own law firm. Fifty years later, Nelligan, along with partners Janice Payne and Allan O’Brien, will kick off the firm’s anniversary party at the Terry Fox Run, Carleton University on September 15th.

Lawyers John Nelligan and Denis Power founded Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, formerly Nelligan Power, 50 years ago. The firm is one of Eastern Ontario’s most trusted and respected law firms. In the past half century it has grown from the original two founding partners to a team of over 60 lawyers and over 85 business and support staff. As a mid-size firm, Nelligan O’Brien Payne is not too big to deliver focused, individualized expertise, and not too small to offer a broad range of value-added services.

The Terry Fox Run was chosen as the kick-off for the party, given Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s long history of supporting this event.

On Saturday September 15, from 8:30 to 8:45, law firm participants will gather at Carleton University’s Anniversary Park, prior to the start of the race, for a group photo with John Nelligan, Allan O’Brien and Janice Payne.

Later, a 50th Anniversary Private Party will be held at the R.A. Centre, Clarke Hall, 2451 Riverside Drive, for staff, lawyers and their families and friends.

The party starts with lunch at 11:00. At 11:30, Mayor Jim Watson and Pam MacEachern, head of the firm’s family law group, will welcome the crowd of more than 200 people.

At 11:45, a video and talent show will feature a variety of acts by lawyers and staff. Lots of laughs guaranteed.

At 12 noon, the firm’s band The Nellotones – featuring lawyers Sean McGee, Steven Waller, Leanne Storms and friend Doug Gilchrist – will entertain the crowd.

And at 1:00 p.m., Mr. Nelligan will cut a special anniversary cake decorated with pictures of everyone at the firm. Sweet memories are made of this.

Now in his 92nd year, John Nelligan still enjoys coming to the firm he started 50 years ago.  He always welcomes visitors to his office to chat about recent cases, new legislation, or a topical news item he has read about in the daily newspaper. “John’s energy and keen mind are still an inspiration to all of us,” says Janice Payne, partner, Nelligan O’Brien Payne.


Photo: Janice Payne, John Nelligan and Allan O’Brien will kick off the party at the Terry Fox Run


Blush: The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out

September 12, 2013 9:33 am
Book The Booth at the Cube Gallery for BLUSH 2013.

Nowadays, women are busier than ever: working hard during the day gunning for a fulfilling career that allows them to define themselves independently of their family role, studying part-time to ensure continued education, training to stay fit so they can enjoy life, planning date nights to nurture the relationship with their partner at home, all while raising and caring for a few kids who look to them for comfort, love and positive role-modeling. Being a modern woman can be downright exhausting!

So it is no surprise that an event designed especially to pamper women and allow them to embrace their sexy side has experienced such success in Ottawa. In its second year, Blush is being held on Friday, March 8, 2014 at the downtown Ottawa Marriott Hotel to accommodate growing demand.

Blush founder Bri Anderson-Jackson understands the importance of making time for herself as a woman. A wife and mother to seven children, Bri also works as a photographer and event organizer. How does she balance all these responsibilities? “I am the type of person who is always on the go, multi-tasking and getting things done. I make time for my business, time for the children and date night with my husband. I guess I wouldn’t be me if I was not surrounded by constant movement and a little chaos.”


Anderson-Jackson found her passion years ago in boudoir photography where she provides a platform for a woman to rediscover or play up her sexy side, no matter what age or size. It was only natural that this more intimate platform spill over into a larger-scaled event for more women to enjoy together: “I have always wanted to host a fun event for women only. I do not feel it is being done enough in Ottawa, so it only seemed fitting to do it in conjunction with International Women’s Day.”

Marketed as the ultimate girls’ night out, the cost of a ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a drink ticket, the opportunity for a massage, nail polish application, hair styling, access to a photo booth, a chance for a professional photograph by Bri Anderson-Jackson, live musical entertainment by DJ Choice and DJ Casual, a pyjama party at midnight, the chance to win door prizes and a fabulous swag bag filled with beauty products.

So no matter your age, this evening is a chance to connect with friends, old and new, and celebrate your femininity.

New season of Nature Nocturne parties kicks off on September 20 at the Canadian Museum of Nature

September 10, 2013 12:21 pm
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Where else in Ottawa can you party with a dinosaur or a blue whale?

Nature Nocturne—the popular Friday night social extravaganza at the Canadian Museum of Nature—returns this fall for another round of  exciting monthly events, each one with a different theme.

“Since the launch in January, more than 7,500 people have come to Nature Nocturne,” says Cynthia Iburg, who coordinates adult programs at the museum. “Themes have ranged from the Arctic to Star Wars, with a huge, positive response from the Ottawa community.”

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Nature Nocturne is a unique program that combines mixing, mingling, gallery visits, new exhibitions, music, dancing, food stations, bars, crafts or some other form of artistic expression, and sometimes art installations as well. “Our 35-and-under target audience has really embraced the concept of socializing, dancing and museum discovery all in one place,” adds Iburg. “And where else in Ottawa can you party with a dinosaur or a blue whale?”

The glass Queens’ Lantern above the main entrance transforms into a hot and happening dance floor. DJ TDot, who has spun tunes at most of the Nocturnes, will be back for the new series. Live bands will often be on the roster too.

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Visitors can wander through the galleries, which are open until midnight. Often, friends gather to take pictures of themselves next to the dinosaurs or big mammals. All photos tweeted with the hashtag #NatureNocturne are projected onto the big wall in the atrium, providing fun opportunities to see what others are up to during the night.

Another popular element is the crafting. “Adults like the opportunity to play,” says Iburg. “We’ve set up craft areas where, depending upon the theme of the night, you could make a colorful bug, inukshuk or a Star Wars foam figure. We’ll be continuing the hands-on activities in this upcoming series.”

The dates for the 2013-14 series are: September 20, October 25, November 22, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 23.

Nature Nocturne runs from 8 PM to midnight. Tickets are $20 each (tax is included but food and beverages are sold separately). It is highly recommended that people purchase their tickets in advance, either online or at the door. For tickets and details about the program, visit

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The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature) or like the museum on Facebook.

Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club Unveils Historic Restoration Plans

September 6, 2013 9:42 am
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The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club has unveiled concept plans to restore its historic, 1920s-era clubhouse. Preliminary floor plans and concept drawings have been completed for the 10-year restoration project estimated to cost $1 million.

The comprehensive clubhouse restoration will include a historically-sensitive restoration of the building’s interior, balconies and facade; modernization of the lobby, café, lounge area and change room facilities; and upgrades to the aging plumbing, wiring, and structural supports.

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Phase 1 of the Clubhouse Restoration Project involves development of detailed design plans and preparation of drawings required to obtain construction permits. Ottawa-based architect Kris Benes (Open Plan Architects) will work with the club’s restoration committee and board member Mike Lundy (M.P. Lundy Construction) to complete Phase 1 and prepare detailed cost estimates for the different phases of the restoration. Phase 1 will begin in 2014.

“We are very excited to announce our plans for the restoration of our clubhouse,” said Peter Sutcliffe, president of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club’s Board of Directors. “Our vision is to bring back the historical beauty of the building with some modern twists that will improve the experience for our members. The Club is a hub of activity with its tennis, swimming, volleyball, café and banquet facilities and range of social activities.”

tennis 3Founded in 1881, just four years after the first Wimbledon championships, the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest tennis club in Ottawa and one of the oldest in Canada.

The clubhouse, built in 1923, was designed by J.A. Ewart, the most prominent Ottawa architect of his day, whose signature buildings include Glebe High School, the Civic Hospital and the American Ambassador’s residence in Rockcliffe.

The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club will finance the restoration through its fundraising campaign and club revenues.

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Dimensions- A Premier Sculpture Show In Ottawa

September 5, 2013 10:24 am

“DIMENSIONS” is presented by The National Capital Network of Sculptors on September 12-15, 2013.

The show displays a remarkable cross-section of sculptures in a multitude of media, styles and working methods from 28 local artists.  There are bronze, stone sculptures, wood carving and assemblages, clay and glass sculptures, as well as multimedia pieces and other forms of three-dimensional art.


Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

310 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland)


Vernissage:  Thursday, September 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Come and meet the artists on Friday, September 13,  6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 14,  10:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 15,  10:00 – 5:00 pm

Some sculpture techniques will be demonstrated on Saturday and Sunday.


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