Jody Mitic, a soldier who lost both legs below the knee after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago, has set his sights on completing his first-ever half marathon, in Canada Army Run, on September 20. Fitted with two prosthetic legs, Mitic will be joining 10,000 civilians and military personnel in what many describe as the most unique running event in Canada. From the canon used as a “starter’s pistol” to the dog-tag finishers’ medals, this run has a military theme from start to finish, and provides a great opportunity to say “thanks” to the men and women who do so much for us at home and abroad. Find out more at www.armyrun.ca
Dr. Hillel M. Finestone, an Ottawa doctor and specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Bruyère Continuing Care, Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital, is the author of a new book called The Pain Detective, Every Ache Tells a Story: Understanding How Stress and Emotional Hurt Become Chronic Physical Pain. Taking the reader into several diagnostic sessions to illustrate what he sees as a “detective” process to find the source of pain, Finestone explains how psychological and social issues can influence health and healing, for better or worse. Low back and neck pain, fibromyalgia and work-related pains are delved into as Dr. Finestone exposes the deficits in current thinking about “chronic pain” and refreshingly allows the reader to partake in patients’ health journeys. In addition, he offers realistic, practical solutions. Published by Praeger ABCCLIO
(US), The Pain Detective will be available at the end of September online at Amazon.ca or ABC-CLIO.com.
Girls Night In, from The Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), is a flexible fundraising program in support of women’s cancer research. Unlike other fundraising programs, Girls Night In works with any schedule or lifestyle, by inviting you to host a get-together with the girls and to ask your guests to donate what they might typically spend on a night out. You get to decide how, when, and where to hold your Girls Night In. For more information visit www.GirlsNightInForCancer.ca where you will find online event registration, a downloadable host kit, party theme ideas and e-vites. The site also features an online community for hosts, a photo and video gallery and a link to the Canadian Cancer Society’s E-Boutique where you can buy Canadian Cancer Society and Girls Night In merchandise to further support the program’s fundraising efforts.
In a highly anticipated celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Canada China Art Association will present an enchanting performance of Chinese artists at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall, at 8pm on January 16th. The Spring Festival Gala 2009 (www.springfestivalgala.ca) is an extraordinary production with stunning costumes and mesmerizing backdrops that draw the audience through a sequence of eras honouring the cultural diversity of China and sharing its beauty with the world. The China Broadcasting Performing Arts Troupe, with Members of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, will showcase seven traditional Chinese instruments. Performances include a group of young girls (from the recently affected earthquake region of Sichuan) who invoke the history of their region through traditional dance. Don’t miss the distinctive throat singing talent of the Mongolian male singing group Black Speed. Acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians make up the full cast of this truly spectacular cultural experience — for the whole family.
Tickets for the Spring Festival Gala 2009 are available from the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster and local Chinese community outlets. Corporate seating may be arranged through the Spring Festival Gala Organizing Committee at 613-216-1243 and info@ canadachinaart.org.
From January 2-31, 2009, Ottawa photographer Gavin Murphy will exhibit his latest works entitled Reel Women at Francesco’s Coffee Company (857- A Bank Street) in support of CanHave Children’s Centre. Since 1994, the Ottawa-based charity CanHave has continued its benevolent work improving the lives of Ugandan HIV/AIDS-affected orphans through care and educational support. CanHave has been raising funds to support children orphaned by the AIDS virus through education (school fees and uniforms), medicine, food and clothing, and special projects. His photographs capture real women mostly from Ottawa and surrounding areas using reels of traditional 35 mm film. Murhpy’s presentation of images that are “untouched, uncropped and unplugged,” as the renowned photographer puts it, are a signature of his work. What the viewer sees is exactly what was framed and what the camera captured in its totality. This is a unique aspect of Murphy’s images given the popularity of digital cameras and computerbased image enhancement software, setting his work apart from much of today’s photography. n To give to CanHave in support of Ugandan HIV/AIDS affected orphans visit: http://canhave.ncf.ca.
Ottawa-born R&B artist Keshia Chanté is getting ready to bare her SOUL on the small screen. The Juno Award winner will take on her first major acting role in a new six-part drama series, premiering Feb. 11 on VisionTV. Filmed in Halifax, SOUL stars Chanté as a young gospel singer on the verge of leaving the safety of church and family for the fast and dangerous track to pop stardom. ER’s Michael Beach is also part of the cast. With her third album due for worldwide release and a jewelry line in the works, it looks like 2009 could be a breakout year for the 20-year-old songstress.
The National Bank Financial Group has announced a fundraising campaign in support of Breakfast Clubs of Canada. Beginning November 17th, for a limited time, exclusively designed Breakfast Clubs of Canada Holiday Ornaments are available for $5 a pair. Breakfast Clubs of Canada was created in 2005 to provide fundraising and awareness support for community-based nutrition programs for schoolchildren across the country. Breakfast Clubs of Canada builds on the success and experience of Club des petits déjeuners du Québec (Quebec Breakfast Club), founded in 1994 by Breakfast Clubs of Canada’s president, Daniel Germain. The Club’s concept was built on the belief that all children could have an equal chance of success in school by starting their day off right with a nutritious breakfast, served in a positive and supportive environment.www.breakfastclubscanada.org
Ottawa thriller author Rick Mofina’s latest book, Six Seconds, has drawn early praise from James Patterson and Jeffery Deaver and will be released in Canada and the U.S. in January. Six Seconds, a global standalone thriller, is the story of a California mother’s anguished search for her abducted son, a haunted Mountie’s investigation into the strange death of an American reporter in the Rockies, and a plot to assassinate the pope during a U.S. visit – using the kidnapped boy as the weapon! www.rickmofina.com
Disabled Persons Community Resources (DPCR) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2008 and received the United Way/Centraide Ottawa’s Community Builder Award for People with Disabilities in recognition of its leadership and excellence in service delivery and programs. Founded in 1957, DPCR is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the independence, participation and integration of people with physical disabilities in the Ottawa area. Through the delivery of its programs and services, DPCR has helped to build an inclusive and accessible community in which people with disabilities are able to exercise the same rights, choices and responsibilities as all other Canadians. Today, DPCR is an integral part of a community network promoting social change and the prevention of social problems.
This magnificent seven and a half foot, douglas frosted Christmas tree (PVC) tree comes pre-lit with 700 clear indoor lights on its 2,514 branches tipped with snow, red berries and pinecones, as well as a durable metal stand. Suggested retail price $369.99. Top your tree with Canadian Tire’s bronze and gold embossed star. This classic piece retails for $16.99. www.canadiantire.ca
Jordan Craig was introduced to photography when a family friend, an accomplished photographer, offered to build a darkroom at his family’s home. His first work was to develop film for his father; painter Philip Craig. After high school, he and a friend (now his wife) moved to Venice, California, where they lived for two years working in film. Jordan attended the Hollywood Film Institute at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and experimented with Super 8 film. In 1997, he moved back to Ottawa, and started working for Dynomight Cartoons where he was the head writer and reference photographer for three seasons of Untalkative Bunny, an internationally broadcast children’s show. In 1998, Jordan helped produce a short film entitled 67 Aluminum Plates with Jan Pinkava, Academy Award Winner for ‘Geri’s Game’ and Nominee for ‘Ratatouille’.
Well known for his landscape work, portraits and still life, Craig has worked on the restoration of the Queen Victoria statue for Parks Canada, as well as photography for the Canadian War Museum and the Parliamentary Library. He has photographed many political figures and dignitaries; his works are represented in many private and corporate collections throughout Canada and abroad.(www.jordancraigphotography.com).
From July 25 to August 9, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society will present the 15th anniversary edition of its world-renowned International Chamber Music Festival. Recognized as one of Canada’s most important cultural events, Chamberfest ’08 will feature over 120 concerts and more than 250 internationally acclaimed musicians. The 15th anniversary of Chamberfest is cause for extra celebration! Festival-goers will be in store for a fantastic summer of innovative and exciting programming by the 2008 programming team, the Gryphon Trio. Young People’s Concerts return to the festival line-up, as do the ever-popular free concerts on the grounds of Rideau Hall and the NCC’s Noon Under the Bridge series. Passes are $95 CAD (adult) or $45 CAD (student) and permit listeners to attend most of the concerts. This year’s headliners include such stars as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Louie Lortie, Keller Quartett, Gryphon Trio, Shanghai Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Quartetto Gelato, to name but a few. For the first time, the OCMS will provide musicians and audiences with a central hub to gather, mingle and listen to festival artists as they perform pieces from the hidden corners of their repertoire. The Montgomery branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 355 Kent Street, will be transformed into an intimate after-hours club that will open at 9:30 pm each evening. Admittance is free with a festival pass or single concert ticket from the day, or $5 at the door. For more information, call 613-234-8008 or visit www.chamberfest.com for the online schedule.
Controversial playwright Edward Bond’s Restoration was presented by the University of Ottawa’s Unicorn Theatre from April 8th to April 12th. Restoration, a study of class exploitation, featured lively music and songs in its portrayal of the injustices of eighteenth-century British society. The play dramatized the story of Rose whose husband is framed for a murder committed by his devious master. Rose attempts to break through the indifference of the upper class, in order to save her husband’s life. This highly entertaining production of Restoration featured the work of students in the Masters of Fine Arts Program of Directing at the U of O’s Department of Theatre and was directed by graduate student Rebecca Benson. Benson is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing and has a host of accomplishments under her belt including 10 years in Toronto training and working in theatre as director, actor, teacher and writer/creator with various theatre companies. Pierre-Luc Grenier and David Stein collaborated on the musical score and readily captured the spirit and drama of 18th century rural life. Both Grenier and Stein have already enjoyed success creating scores for film and theatre.
Behind Every Great Book Is A Great Philosophy
The editors at the Book of Everything believe that a place is revealed through an accumulation of its details, one fact at a time. A city’s details can be disclosed through subtle nuances like variations of weather or climate, through its pride in its favorite sons and daughters, in the local slang, in the brutal crime or in the quiet park that only a tiny neighborhood could harbour. Ottawa author and resident Art Montague has made it his job to unearth and marshal those facts about the Nation’s Capital in the OTTAWA BOOK OF EVERYTHING. Over the next 8 issues Ottawa Life Magazine will publish interesting excerpts from the book-little gems about Ottawa. Published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc. of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (www.bookofeverything.com).