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The Weird and Wonderful of the Great Glebe Garage Sale

May 28, 2016 5:09 pm
The Weird and Wonderful of the Great Glebe Garage Sale

All photos by Andre Gagne

“Is that a genuine stuffed platypus?” “What’s the point of selling a Vulcan without any fingers?” “Pennies only exist now in myth and legend.” “I’d buy it if it wasn’t naked.” These are just only a few things you may have heard today while wandering through the maze of voluminous stuff that is the Great Glebe Garage Sale.

Since 1986, the multi-block event continues to attract thousands of bargain hunters to the neighbourhood looking for the rare, the needed and, often, the absurd. Despite a heat warning from Environment Canada with temperatures raising up into the scorching 30’s, the crowd began to arrive early in the morning searching through boxes, skimming over blankets strewn out on lawns and peaking inside area churches and community centres.

“You can find absolutely everything and anything! You can get lost in this beautiful community,” said Karina Boucher who scored some antique chairs, one of the only things she was searching for, early on. Having sold off her original dining room chairs at, go figure, a garage sale, the new/old one’s snagged for under $15 apiece are sure to come in handy.

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Bargain hunters flood into the Great Glebe Garage Sale 2016.

Walking up even one stretch of the neighbourhood during the garage sale may seem overwhelming. A glance to the left may reveal a table full of shoes to pick through or a couple of clothing racks to peruse, a look to the right and you’ll discover bins of records, DVDs, comics and vintage toys. Furniture, canoes and even a car were up for grabs. There was that giant olive, that strange chair filled with doll heads and books, so many books. Where to begin? How much time should you spend in one area? It can be a lot to take in.

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Kathleen and Tom Jeffery with some of their finds.

Of course, making a game out of a hunt that can take hours is certainly one way to pass the time productively. Take the Jeffery family, for instance. Kathleen and Tom have been coming up from Sudbury with family and friends for the last few years for their annual Great Glebe Scavenger Hunt.

“We make a list of odd items to look for during the sale and if you find the item you take a photo of it and check it off the list,” said Kathleen holding up an old birdcage. “Whoever finds the most items wins the hunt.”

Some of the family’s 50 listed items this year were crutches, anything to do with Elvis, a lava lamp, a sombrero and a toilet seat.

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Ki Herzog-hara was out raising funds for Ottawa Centre Refugee Action.

When needing a break, you can always take in performances by local musicians like Yura Sisa or the Sam Steel Band, who perform from spots on corners or porches. Ki Herzog-hara decided to turn a little busking into a fundraising stop.

“We are creating sort of a busking stand where we invite people up to sing in a kind of a spur of the moment seize the day today thing! When they go home they can say they sang at a garage sale. The point is people would donate money, like they do for buskers, and all the money we raised would be donated to Ottawa Centre Refugee Action,” says Herzog-hara, explaining that all funds raised by her group of volunteers goes to support and sponsor 12 refugee families.

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There’s no bench like a free bench!

Mike Courtright, spotted with a friend carrying a full sized park bench down the street, snagged a find he didn’t even to pay for.

“It was a freebie! We needed another place to sit in our backyard and this will make it a lot easier to have cocktail parties, especially the ones we plan to have when we get home,” Courtright said assuring that he didn’t pick up the bench from a local park. In fact, while sitting on the free bench he was nearly chased off by the owner who thought he was trying to take a nap.

While those like Courtright are thinking about the relaxing present, people like Lindsay St. Germain were looking at a find with future ramifications. Discovering a whole table of vintage collectible cards, she instantly scooped up some choice packs, still sealed, thinking that in 50 years’ time they could be worth something for her young son.

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Some young entrepreneurs offer refreshments to the crowd.

Perhaps the two oddest items up for grabs today leaned towards a bit of the macabre. Smile beaming, Grant Jeffery proudly strolled up Bank Street carrying a Ouija board.

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Voodoo party in a box!

“I’ve been using it to shield myself from the sun because it is wicked hot out here,” Jeffery said. It’s his second and he hopes to find another next year. He adds that he’s had some success in contacting Dolly the Sheep with his previous board. With this one, however, he hopes to summon some passengers on the Titanic. “They need to talk, right?”

If ever you wanted to throw a voodoo party, Andrea Sirman had exactly what you were looking for with her Voodoo Party in a Box. With a collection of candles, beads, fake chickens, wigs, snakes and more, the former New Orleans dweller said it was time to pass along the party to somebody else.

“It was a great party,” she said, “but one voodoo party is enough for me.”

If you missed today’s sales have no fear. Stragglers and scavengers can often pick up leftovers for free in curb side boxes. If anybody spots that Voodoo Party in a Box pick it up for me. I really should have snagged that one!

Weekend What’s Up – May 27th to 29th

May 27, 2016 12:11 pm
Weekend What’s Up – May 27th to 29th

Here at Ottawa Life we are always looking for exciting events going on around our city. Here are some of the ones we found for you to enjoy this weekend! Have fun!

Ottawa City Hall, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29 (Assorted Times)

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Join over 48,000 runners across downtown Ottawa this weekend and partake in this huge event. The weekend is run (literally) by this lively event that brings the whole community together in more ways than just physical activity. Scotiabank has partnered with the event to run a Charity Challenge to just back to local business in need of funding. Ottawa Race Weekend is not an event to be missed whether you are a runner or just want to experience the excitement. See you there!

9ff80f56-79fa-4728-8614-012f5ef961cfThe Brass Monkey, Golden Bands Cuffs Award, Saturday May 28  (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

5 Public Servant Bands will battle it out to win the Golden Band Cuffs Award in this epic Battle of the Bands for charity. Half of the proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to the bands charity of choice, the other half goes into a big bucket to be won by the band who makes it to the top! Join us for some really good music that anyone can enjoy. Have fun while giving back to the community with Rent-A-Cops (Ottawa’s only The Police tribute band, therefore, Ottawa’s best) playing for Humane Society, Running Naked (The Band’s name? Don’t ask…) playing for Canadian Diabetes Association, Bird King (Stadium rock, potty trained, nuff said…) playing for CHEO, Edge of Khaos (Classic 60’s rock and more, it’s all in the name) playing for The Canadian Mental Health Association (Ottawa Chapter) and last but not least, The Derranglers (Southern rock and outlaw country territory) playing for Queensway Hospital.

Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa Children’s Choir Auditions, Saturday May 28th, (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) 


If you are 8 and over and have a magical voice or just want to try something new, we have the perfect place for you this Saturday. The Ottawa Children’s choir is hosting auditions to find members for next year’s September to May season. The auditions will be held in groups of 3’s so there will be no stage fright there. You don’t need to have anything prepared, just get out there and show them what you’ve got!

GGGSThe Glebe, Great Glebe Garage Sale, Saturday May 28 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The garage sales started out in 1986 and still continue to this day into one massive super garage sale. Not only can you find awesome stuff, but the goal this year is to raise $12,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank by charitable donations from the vendors and shoppers. Help reach that goal and come check out awesome finds. Always remember… one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Algonquin Commons Theatre, Dancing Around the World, Saturday May 28 (2 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Ready for your breath to be taken away? The Algonquins Common Theatre is hosting Pique Dance Studio for an incredible show. With talent bursting on stage you won’t want to draw your eyes away for even a moment. Come dance around the world with the Pique dancers this Saturday.

Together_Poster_small_v24Centrepointe Theatre, Asian Film Festival II, Sunday May 29 (Assorted showtimes)

The Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society and Ottawa Public Library is putting on the second Asian Film Festival. Thill be showing three films, one Korean flick, one Japanese and another Taiwanese. All three films are different genres so you’re bound to find something of interest. You can read more about the films and their synopsis on the website above. Not to mention, the festival is free!

gen shotAndrew Hayden Park, Music on the shores of the Ottawa River, Sunday May 29 (2 p.m.)

The sun is out and that means all of Ottawa is too. What better way to spend a Sunday than by having a picnic, enjoying the view and listening to some smooth, easy tunes in the bandshell at Andrew Haydon Park. SoundWaves Ottawa will be putting on a series of concerts in the park this May and June. The Ottawa Community Concert Band will be playing music from West Side Story and the Blues Brothers. This event is family friendly with play structures for the little ones and lots of shade to keep cool while jamming out.

Canadian Tire Centre, Carrie Underwood, Friday May 27 (7 p.m.) 


Carrie Underwood is truly a “Storyteller”, the namesake of her tour, this Friday night. Her renowned tour is coming to Ottawa! This night of fierce talent is right around the corner. With her powerful voice and energetic performance there will never be a dull moment. See one of country’s most iconic female artists take the stage in our city tonight!

Bieber Finds Awards Hollow… And he Might be Right

11:23 am
Bieber Finds Awards Hollow… And he Might be Right

Photo courtesy of MikesMedia.com.

Despite a consistently growing group of haters, people everywhere have got a fever, and the only prescription, it seems, is more Bieber. Ottawa was abuzz with whispers, gasps, and most likely a few scoffs as the Stratford-native superstar roamed the streets before his May 13 show at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata. Although his stay in Ottawa was overshadowed with fancy and somehow unsettling overalls, and a tipping faux-pas, Bieber’s show in Ottawa for his Purpose World Tour was a successful one.

Here are a few great shots from Justin Bieber’s show in Ottawa on May 13, all photos courtesy of MIKE’S MEDIA.

And so the Bieber train keeps chugging along, gathering steam as award shows keep glittering the boy pop-king with nominations and adulation. Sunday, he was awarded Top Male Artist at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, and he is also leading the nominations at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, tying with his former sweetheart Selena Gomez (drama), raking in three nominations each. Bieber is nominated for Choice Male Artist, and also best “hottie.”

Surprisingly, Bieber is starting to find these award shows somehow…”hollow.” In an Instagram post bannered by a creepy looking castle looming over sheep grazing in a pasture (there’s symbolism at work here I’m sure), Bieber wrote a rather respectful, yet scathing critique of the endless award show gamut.

Starting off with “no disrespect,” and “nothing but love,” the popstar launched into a pontification over the emptiness of the validation gained from award shows, directed to his 69 million Instagram followers.

“I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy,” Bieber wrote.

“When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave!”

He ended with a “sorry not sorry” for his grammar, and a call out to the world if it too felt the shallowness of the whole affair. Although the media has taken this as just another privileged bemoaning of being too privileged, it seems more akin to the fact that Bieber is 22, and trying to understand the world like most young adults, but with the added pressure of being too famous to have relatable problems. So no disrespect Bieber, we feel you.


I don’t know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it’s not my strong point

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Boobyball Returns to Ottawa

May 26, 2016 2:24 pm
Boobyball Returns to Ottawa

Get ready to mark your calendars Ottawa!

Ottawa’s Boobyball Committee was at Inside Out Studio in Westboro to announce the date of Ottawa’s 2nd annual Rethink Breast Cancer fundraiser. Co-Owner Janine Goulet donated her time to instruct a class at the studio, allowing the Ottawa Boobyball team to raise $266 for Rethink Breast Cancer.

The Bobbyball team taking a class from Janine Goulet

The Bobbyball team taking a class from Janine Goulet

During the class, the Ottawa Boobyball Committee announced the fundraiser date. Ottawa’s Boobyball will be held on Friday, October 28. Other cities across Canada include Toronto whose fundraiser will be on October 14, Winnipeg on October 22 and Calgary on October 27.

Ottawa’s CTV Morning host Melissa Lamb was selected to be the fundraiser’s honorary chair.

This year, the Boobyball fundraiser to benefit Rethink Breast Cancer will take place at Lago Restaurant and Bar. At the event, guests will enjoy drinks, dancing and unique activations. Over 400 socially-connected young professionals are expected to mark the second year as another sold out event. Ottawa’s biggest influencers and trend-setters in the media and online community are expected to be in attendance.

Last year, Ottawa kicked off the first annual event raising $58,000 dollars for Rethink. The fundraiser theme for this year has yet to be announced. Previous years’ themes include a space theme, a varsity theme and a circus theme.

Bobbyball at Inside Out Studio

Bobbyball at Inside Out Studio

Tickets are expected to go on sale in July. All proceeds from this year’s event will go directly to Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer.

To learn more about Rethink Breast Cancer, please visit rethinkbreastcancer.com.
For more information on Boobyball, please visit boobyball.rethinkbreastcancer.com.

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