Ottawa’s Fastest Runners Compete for Duke’s Cup at Inaugural Wellington Mile

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With nearly 600 runners participating in the sold-out 2013 Wellington Mile, the Thanksgiving Monday (October 14) event is set to become Canada’s biggest mile-running event in its inaugural year. The main event is The Duke’s Cup finals for elite runners.

The Duke’s Cup, a beautiful wooden trophy handcrafted by Ottawa artist David L’Allier Money, will display the names of each year’s champions and will be on display year-round at The Table Vegetarian Restaurant (1230 Wellington St W), the presenting sponsor of the event. A prize purse of $2,000 will also be awarded.

The Wellington Mile was conceived and organized by Geordie McConnell, owner of Ottawa Fit, an organization that includes the Ottawa Running Club and receives support from a team of local volunteers. This year, the club’s 150 members decided to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving by sponsoring hundreds of local children to take part in an exciting race event.

For more information about The Wellington Mile, contact Race Director Geordie McConnell at ; 613.899.6571;; @ottawarunning

The Game Is Afoot at the Gladstone Theatre

October 10, 2013 10:34 am
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It’s elementary … this Sherlock Holmes play is laugh-out-loud  funny!  So put that in your Meerschaum pipe and smoke it!

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer will be presented by The Gladstone & Black Sheep Theatre October 16-26.

Three performers play more than 30 characters in this fast-paced, slapstick comedy/mystery/satire – possibly the best Sherlock Holmes send-up since The Firesign Theatre’s The Tale of The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

Don’t miss this new comedic take on the World’s Greatest Consulting Detective. Holmes is the greatest detective the world has ever known. John Watson is the world’s greatest detective sidekick. Mrs. Hudson is the world’s greatest… housekeeper? Join Holmes and Watson as they race through the cobbled streets of London to catch a killer! Will they succeed? Will the Empire topple? Will Mrs. Hudson have to clean up the mess?

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer was written by Christ Bange. The production is directed by Ottawa’s Dave Dawson.


In the summer of 2012, Dawson, Artistic Director of Black Sheep Theatre, ran into Seattle-based writer and performer Chris Bange, who happened to be in town touring a show. The two knew each other from the North American festival circuit, so Bange showed Dawson the draft of a script he was working on. Seeing the potential, Dawson rented The Gladstone for a week, and Bange got Emily Windler and Greg Kuwabara, who – along with Bange – are graduates of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in Northern California, to fly in from the west coast for an intensive workshop/creation process. The result of this was Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer.  Bange, Kuwabara and Windler took the show on the road for “out of town previews” in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Victoria, Seattle, Portland, Centralia (WA), and New Orleans, with sell-out runs and rave reviews throughout.

Showtimes and ticket prices: October 16-26 (preview October 15) Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Adult:  $34 / Senior (65+) $30 / Student-Artist-Unwaged $20 / Preview (all) $18

For more information: The Gladstone. 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4 Box Office: 613-233-4523 / / 

Zombies Invade Ottawa’s Bank Street this Halloween

October 9, 2013 9:23 am

Get ready. Zombie flesh-eaters are coming to town. Ottawa’s Bank Street is predicting a zombie infestation this Halloween, and the mindless, ghoulish creatures aren’t showing up empty-handed. Hosted by the Bank Street Business Improvement Area (BIA), the first-ever Zombie Crawl is a scare-fest that won’t disappoint.

The terrifyingly spirited zombies will descend on Bank Street, eager for prey. Victims of the zombie invasion will be given a barcode that may unlock one of three coffins, each containing either $1,500, $1,000 or $500 worth of gift certificates for select Bank Street retailers. All other barcodes will give zombie victims access to special offers from participating BIA members with zombie window decals.

“We’re excited to turn our dynamic community into a zombie haven this Halloween,” said Christine Leadman, Executive Director of the Bank Street BIA. “It’s a great opportunity to have people see Bank Street in a new and fun light, while enjoying the many world-class retailers and restaurants in the area.”

For the not so faint of heart, coffins can be found at La Prep, on the corner of Bank Street and Cooper Street.

Humans, zombies and vampires are all invited to don their deadly attire. If you’re interested in becoming a zombie on October 31st this year, contact Elise at

Tom Jackson and Friends Help End Hunger with 2013 Huron Carole Concert Series in Ottawa

October 3, 2013 1:12 pm

Join Canadian actor and musician Tom Jackson and friends for an unforgettable evening of music for a good cause presented by Country 101.1 on Monday, December 2nd at 8:00pm at The Shenkman Centre in Ottawa,. The annual Huron Carole concert series returns this year with its national tour to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. The high-quality musical talent includes George Canyon, One More Girl, Beverley Mahood and Shannon Gaye.

Since 1987, Tom Jackson has brought the message to end hunger by cultivating a network of like-minded artists brought together with the common interest of helping Canada’s needy. While under the name of The Huron Carole and Singing for Supper, the concert series has helped spread awareness of the nation’s hunger problems and raised funds to help food bank workers and volunteers accomplish their mission of ending hunger.

“There’s so much work to be done to quell this country’s problem with hunger and it’s hard to believe that in a country such as ours, this is still an ongoing issue.” Jackson says. “It’s a really good feeling to be able to help our brothers and sisters in need to feed their family and themselves, which is such a small and basic thing to ask when you think about it.”

Tickets cost $55 with special VIP tickets for $105 and are available for purchase at the box office, by phone or online. For more information, go to or call 613-580-2700. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 4th.

For over 40 years, Tom Jackson has been entertaining audiences through his acting and music – spreading his message of hope for a brighter future by raising awareness and funds for food banks and charitable organizations. While younger and older generations of TV viewers remember him for his acting as Billy Two Feathers in Shining Time Station and Chief Peter Kenidi in CBC’s North of 60, it is in his first love – singing – that draws him to create change. Jacson can inspire, uplift and entertain 10 or 10,000 and the gifts he shares, he carries from his ancestry, his life and his loves. 



George Canyon

George Canyon, a JUNO Award winner and one of this country’s top country-music stars, has sold over 300,000 albums in Canada. Those who have seen his live show know it’s an experience they will never forget. Canyon is sensitive to the population’s hunger situation and is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Huron Carole Show to help those in need.  Canyon has just signed a deal with Big Star Records Inc and now has a hit single – Slow Dance – and many acting credits in film and TV shows. Canyon’s latest performance, aired on TV, is in a remake of the 1929 classic Gary Cooper movie The Virginian with Trace Adkins and Ron Perlman.

The first thing audiences notice about the BC-based One More Girl (Britt and Carly McKillip) is their pristine blend of voices and effortless harmonies. Their poise and presence is something not often seen in such young performers.  One More Girl shared the stage with acts such as Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban , had many hit records in Canada and were recently signed to Open Road Recordings. One More Girl will soon release their new single Love Like Mine. The girls will also be appearing in the TV-movie Home for Christmas with George Canyon and others, airing on CMT this winter.

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Beverley Mahood is a dynamic entertainer with a passion and dedication to community. Mahood is a singer, songwriter, actress, model and television host, She first joined Tom Jackson and The Huron Carole Tour in 1998. Mahood recently returned to country music with the hit radio single and CMT video Hope and Gasoline. Her popular TV show – Pick a Puppy – is broadcast around the world. Her acting credits include the upcoming TV movie Changing Seasons. Mahood has performed for some very exclusive audiences, including the G8 World Leaders, and British Royals William and Kate. Mahood has also taken several trips overseas for our Canadian military. Recently Mahood hosted the CBC Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill.

Shannon Gaye has just released her brand new CD Little Wonder – urban music with matter for the mind. This latest original CD pays homage to vintage Soul and R&B, an acoustic gem with a modern spin. Co-written & co-produced by pianist extraordinaire Kristian Alexandrov, “Little Wonder” presents evocative tales, solid grooves, and the sophisticated textured harmony that defines the idiom. From the most delicate melodies to sky high, roof-raising licks, Shannon is in full command of her voice. Music writer James Muretich described her as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice – the kind that knocks you for a loop.”


For more information, go to and visit The Huron Carole’s Facebook Page.

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.”

Photo courtesy of Le cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute

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.”

Photo courtesy of Le cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute

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


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