Goulbourn Jubilee Singers travel to Austria and the Czech Republic

(press release)

This month, thirty members of the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (GJS), an area community mixed-voice choir founded in 1977, will be performing a Canadian-based repertoire in various venues in Austria and the Czech Republic.

Under the direction of Linda Crawford and with the accompaniment of Bonnie MacDiarmid, the choir will sing in the Cantus Salisburgensis Festival and will perform additional concerts in Salzburg, Melk Abbey and Prague.

On July 8, the choir will perform at the Festival’s main venue, the Mozarteum, Salzburg’s University for Music and the Dramatic Arts, sharing the stage with a youth choir from Prince Edward County.

Other performances in Salzburg include a noon-time concert at the Hohesalzburg (Salzburg Castle) and a performance of Mozart’s Missa Solemnis at the Salzburg Cathedral with the cathedral choir.

The GJS will also perform at Melk Abbey in the Abbey Church, and will sing a Friendship Concert in Prague with Cantarina, their host choir.

Choir director Linda Crawford said she is pleased on two counts. Not only will the choir introduce so many Canadian-composed-and-arranged pieces to European audiences, they will also sing some of the best liturgical pieces ever written. She said that a highlight will be singing the Missa Solemnis in the Cathedral for which Mozart wrote the piece and where it had its debut in 1780. She added that the choir is working very hard and taking additional practices to perform their best.

The choir will be on tour from July 6 to 15.

About the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers
The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers is the longest established choir in the west end of Ottawa with members ranging in age from 8 to 80.   The adult choir was established in 1977, the children’s choir, Junior Jubilees, in 2000, and the teen choir in 2014.   These non-auditioned choirs accept singers of all musical abilities. We are a fun-loving group of folks who come together to sing and enjoy social activities.  If you share a love of music and good times, consider joining the Junior Jubilees, the GJ Teens or Goulbourn Jubilee Singers. Practices are every Wednesday night at Stittsville United Church. To learn more about the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, visit http://gjsingers.com, or check us out on Facebook.


UPDATE: Another refugee arrival in the community

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Last month, Rev. Grant Dillenbeck mentioned that the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) was expecting the arrival of a refugee from Syria last week. Here’s an update Dillenbeck sent late last week.)

We are thrilled that indeed he has arrived!   Dani Marina, a single male from Syria, had been living in Jordan.  He has family members here in Ottawa who will be supporting him and we submitted his application in early March.  He fled Syria due in large part to the violence and persecution he faced there as a Christian.  At the present time we do not require the donation of household or clothing items for Dani.  As he gets more settled we will let you know of any specific requests they may have.  Continue reading


PHOTOS: Canada Day 2016 in Stittsville

(ABOVE: Mayor Jim Watson and Shad Qardi cuttting cakes.)

Violent thunderstorms forced the cancellation of the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day fireworks, but there was still plenty of fun all afternoon. Photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some Canada Day participants didn’t mind the rain. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Music getting underway. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Music getting underway.

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Some of the fun games at Stittsville Village Association Canada Day. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Canada Day cupcakes. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Canada Day cupcakes.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Feats of strength. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Feats of strength.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Lots of effort at the games at the Canada Day Activities. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Collossal effort.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Bouncy castles and slides. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Bouncy castles and slides.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Lost of music before the rain cut short the activities. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Lots of music before the rain cut short the activities.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Shad Qadri at the opening ceremonies. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Councillor Shad Qadri at the opening ceremonies.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Too much fun in velcro suits. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Too much fun in velcro suits.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. Shad and Theresa Qadri with Johnny Leroux in the middle. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Shad and Theresa Qadri with Johnny Leroux in the middle.
STITTSVILLE, ON, July 1 2016. And then the rains came. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
And then the rains came.


#YakStrong fundraiser brings in over $150,000

(PHOTO: Mark and April Yakabuski and with their three boys.)

The June 25 fundraising event for Stittsville’s Yakabuski family raised over $150,000, organizer Jennifer McGahan announced this weekend.

Mark Yakabuski, 42, suffered a freak accident while golfing, resulting in a serious spinal injury. The father of three is an active member of the Stittsville community and for the past ten years has tirelessly offered his time and energy to the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association.



Hartin Street closed for construction July 4-5

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

Hartin Street will be closed from Hazeldean Road to Loreka Court because of construction from Monday, July 4 to Tuesday July 5.
The contractor will be providing written notice to all residents and business 72 hours prior to the closure. Access to adjacent dwellings as well as pedestrian access will be maintained at all times in order to account for emergency vehicle access.

The contractor, Primrose Cartage & Excavating Ltd. will be connecting new services at 5943 Hazeldean Road. The predicted impact to traffic will be low.

If you live in the area, please remember to plan your route on these days. If you require any additional information, please contact me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.


NOTEBOOK: Trespassing, parking tickets and bike lanes


No trespassing oil barrel along the Trans Canada Trail.
No trespassing oil barrel along the Trans Canada Trail.

Finally had a chance to talk to Gerry Stephens from Stephens Auto Wreckers about the massive “NO TRESPASSING” sign he’s placed at the edge of his property near the Trans Canada Trail. He says he’s tried smaller signs, but they keep disappearing.

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Stittsville fireworks cancelled

The Stittsville Village Association Canada Day fireworks have been cancelled due to the nasty weather:

“Thank you to everyone who came out to our Canada Day celebration in spite of the rain and wind. Extra kudos to our tireless (and soggy!) volunteers and to our sponsors. Our site was hit by a very strong storm cell with incredible lightening and wind that split and felled trees, toppled our portapotties, and destroyed tents. As a result, and with safety in mind, we made the decision to halt activities early, and later, to cancel the fireworks. We will reschedule the fireworks later this summer. Please watch for details and thanks for your understanding.”

The fireworks could be rescheduled for August. For more information about rescheduling visit the group’s Facebook page.