Category Archives: Entertainment & Events

Tysen Lefebvre teams up with Adam Sandler for fundraising contest

(PHOTO: Tysen Lefebvre with Adam Sandler in 2012.)

Ever want to see your name in lights or your face on the big screen? Here is your big chance while helping out a worthy cause.

On November 11, Stittsville teen Tysen Lefebvre held a “Jeans, Jerseys and Jewels” gala at Brookstreet Hotel for Make a Wish Eastern Ontario. Continue reading


This weekend’s Parade of Lights shaping up to be a festive spectacle

(PHOTO: Getting set for last year’s parade. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Nearly sixty businesses, clubs, and other organizations have registered to enter a float in this year’s Parade of Lights, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association. The event takes place on Saturday, December 2, starting at 6:00pm along Stittsville Main Street. Continue reading


LEGION: New Year’s Eve Party, January 1 Open House, more

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Legion in the coming weeks…

EUCHRE: On Tuesday, November 28th, Euchre was played at the Stittsville Legion. John Pentol had the most Lone Hands. Theresa Giolway had the Ladies High Score with Doris O’Conner placing second.The Men’s High Score was won by Gary Doe with Davis Faubert as the runner-up. Charlotte Jermyn won the Low Score with Doris O’Conner winning the Hidden Score. Continue reading


DEC 1 & 2: West Ottawa Ladies Chorus Christmas concert

West Ottawa Ladies Chorus

(press release)

Winter, the season of shorter days, grey skies and bone chilling temperatures is embraced by Canadians as their right of passage. Not only do we celebrate the season but the tradition of Christmas as well. One can pass those cold days by undertaking invigorating sports, cuddling up with a book before a roaring fire or like the members of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus, sing. The joy of music enlightens any dreary day and the power of choral music well performed can lift spirits to new levels and warm weary hearts. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) not only love to sing in four-part harmony, but love to share their music with others. This year, the chorus has worked diligently to perfect a program of traditional and not so traditional selections that will have the audience singing along or listening intently at the ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ concert. Under the direction of Robert Dueck and accompanied by Peter Brown the chorus will bring joy to audiences on two occasions. Continue reading


DEC 2-3: Goulbourn Jubilee Singers Christmas concert

(Story via Goulboun Jubilee Singers, photo by Ryan Lindsey)

Start your December with a shot of Christmas spirit! The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers invite you to a Christmas concert full of lovely music and cheer on Saturday December 2 at 6:30 pm with a repeat performance on Sunday December 3 at 2:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church 1817 Richardson Side Road. Continue reading


LIBRARY: Programs on nutrition and art, and a Grinch puppet show

(via Stittsville Library)

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1637 Stittsville Main Street.

Notes on Nutrition: Olivia Wolter, Registered Dietitian.
Monday, November 27, 2017. 2-3 p.m
We all understand the importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are times in which changes in our lifestyle impact the choices we make about how and what we eat. Olivia can help you to identify some simple ways in which you can improve the nutrition in your diet. She can also provide tips on lessening the task of meal preparation and planning. A question and answer session is part of this important program.
Available spaces are limited. To register, please visit or stop in at the bench. Our staff are happy to help you to register.

Art In A Box: Winter Solstice sun catcher.
Take a break from your holiday planning to create a colourful sun catcher to hang in your favourite window. Everything you need comes in a box.
We offer three different workshop dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Monday, December 4, 2017. 4-5 p.m.; Monday, December 11, 2017. 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 2-3 p.m.
A limited number of spaces are available. To register, please visit or stop in at the branch. We are happy to help you to register.

Grinch Puppet Show.
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, that old Grinch is back at the Stittsville branch. The show beings at 10:30 a.m. for children, ages 3-7 years.
Online registration is required at



Main & Abbott Dance Band fundraser at the Legion (Dec 2)

The Stittsville Legion is in the process of raising funds for a new building.  The Main & Abbott Dance Band is having a fundraiser on Saturday, December 2 at the Legion in Stittsville.  Admission is $10.00 which includes a light snack.   This is the same evening as the Parade of Lights – so start with the parade and finish with an exciting swing dance.  The music starts at 8:00 – don’t be late! Tickets are available at The Legion.

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Volunteers needed for this year’s Stittsville Parade of Lights

(ABOVE: Faces all aglow at last year’s Parade of Lights. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever. Stittsville’s Parade of Lights in the evening of Saturday, December 2 will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Continue reading


Jim Bryson announces December show at Quitters

(PHOTO: Jim Bryson at his studio in Stittsville, February 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Jim Bryson will bring his “Where the Bungalows Roam” 10th Anniversary mini-tour to Quitters Coffee on Friday, December 15. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 8 at 10am via Eventbrite.

It’s a change of venue of sorts from his annual December gig at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield.  This one is a little closer to home for Bryson, who lives in Stittsville. (Bryson’s last shows at Quitters in February 2016 sold out in a matter of minutes.) Continue reading


Tartan Homes launches community lifestyle project in support of We the Parents

(via Tartan Homes)

Four model homes at Tartan Homes’ Poole Creek development in Stittsville will be transformed into art galleries, bakeries, interior décor studios and chefs’ kitchens in a series of free events in support of families battling the opioid crisis.

Called Welcome to Our Home, the project kicks off with a vernissage on October 26th, featuring prominent local artists Andrew King, Lise Butters, Sandy Sharkey, Sarah Lake, Alison Fowler and Crystal Beshara. A special exhibit of art by local high school students will also be part of the ongoing event, from October 26th to December 2nd.

A free baking-and-tasting demo by The Sweet Room’s pastry chef, Renee Saunders, is planned for November 4th, while Jennifer McGahan Interiors and Sharon Bosley House from Avant Garde Designs will create holiday tablescapes on November 18th.

The project wraps up on December 2nd with “Four Chefs, Four Homes”, in which well-known chefs Michael Blackie (NeXt), Jesse Bell (The Albion Rooms), Josh Gillard (Amuse Kitchen & Wine) and Steven McDonald (Aperitivo) will create holiday hors d’oeuvres for the community – all for free.

“Ever since our company was founded, we’ve taken the words ‘community builder’ seriously. But it’s not enough to just build the bricks and mortar – we must be an active voice in the community, to be good neighbours. And that means opening your doors to your neighbours when they need you,” says Tartan Homes’ co-owner, Bruce Nicols.

“The events that have been unfolding with our youth and the opioid crisis in this part of Ottawa affects every parent. We may not have the answers right now. But encouraging our kids through creativity, and supporting grassroots groups like We the Parents, are the first steps in the journey,” adds Tartan Homes president, Ian Nicol.

We the Parents was founded by Kanata father and businessman Sean O’Leary in response to the opioid addiction crisis that has been unfolding in Kanata-Stittsville and across Ottawa. The non-profit grassroots organization advocates for prevention through education and government engagement, and is creating a family navigation service in support of those needing resources for substance abuse disorders.

All events are free to the community. However, donations to We the Parents can be made at or in person at the Four Chefs, Four Homes event on December 2nd.

For more information, please contact Julie Beun, or 613 371 9060. Schedule of events follows.


Art at Home!
October 26th to December 2nd

Art is for everyone! Four model homes at Poole Creek will be transformed into art galleries featuring prominent local artists, as well as work by talented high school students. The galleries will remain open to the public until Decemgber 2nd.

Open Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 8pm. Weekends and holidays, 12pm to 5pm.

To find Poole Creek, please visit

All events are free to the community. However, donations to We the Parents can be made at or in person at the Four Chefs, Four Homes event on December 2nd.


Baking at Home!
Saturday, November 4th, 11.30am to 1pm

Local pastry chefs will demonstrate easy-to-master, yet impressive dessert decorating techniques. (It’s easier than you think!)

All events are free to the community. However, donations to We the Parents can be made at or in person at the Four Chefs, Four Homes event on December 2nd.


Decorating at Home!
Saturday, November 18th, 11.30am to 1pm

How does Martha Stewart make everything look effortlessly gorgeous? Join Jennifer McGahan Interiors in learning how to create incredible tablescapes and front porch décor from local interior designers and florists.

All events are free to the community. However, donations to We the Parents can be made at or in person at the Four Chefs, Four Homes event on December 2nd.



Four Chefs, Four Homes
Saturday, December 1st, 11.30pm to 1pm

Come nibble holiday treats created just for you by prominent chefs, including Michael Blackie (NeXt), Steven MacDonald (Aperitivo), Josh Gillard (Amuse Kitchen & Wine) and Jesse Bell (The Albion Rooms). Meet the chefs, mingle and learn more about the critical work of We the Parents.

All events are free to the community. However, donations to We the Parents can be made at or in person at the Four Chefs, Four Homes event on December 2nd.


About Poole Creek, Stittsville

Located in Stittsville, Poole Creek is home to 450 families. Surrounded by green space, yet central to a vast array of shops, restaurants, services, schools and parks, Poole Creek is a warm and inviting Tartan Homes neighbourhood.

The free Welcome to Our Home art exhibit will be on display from October 26th to December 2nd. Other free events in the series include Holiday Baking at Home (November 4th); Decorating at Home (November 18th) and Four Chefs, Four Homes (December 2nd).

Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 8pm. Weekends and holidays, 12pm to 5pm.

To find Poole Creek, please visit


Fifth year for Stittsville Pumpkin Parade

(PHOTO: Some very creative carvings at the 2016 Pumpkin Parade at Village Square Park. Photo by Barry Gray.)

“I wanted to show that to my kids — that people who live in a community aren’t just residents in the community, they’re participants in the community.”

The 5th Annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade is happening the day after Halloween on Wednesday, November 1 at Village Square Park. Continue reading


Helicopter fly-by over Canadian Tire Centre on Monday night

(Via the City of Ottawa)

West end commuters and residents around the Canadian Tire Centre can expect to see a Canadian Armed Forces CH-146 Griffon flying over the area between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tonight. A member of the Canadian Armed Forces will be rappelling from the helicopter. The activity is being filmed for the Ottawa Senators annual celebration of Canadian Armed Forces night on November 2.


LIBRARY: Halloween, model railroad, Yap & Yarn & more

(via Ottawa Public library, Stittsville branch)

There are four special programs coming to the Stittsville branch in October, and November, 2017.

On Sunday, October 22, 2017.  1:30 – 4:43 p.m. is a Children’s Hallowe’en Workshop called “Mansion Mayhem.”  This program is hosted by staff from the Goulbourn Museum for children ages 6-11 years.  There will be edible haunted hourses to decorate; creepy crafts and to make, and ghoulish games to play.  A fee to cover the cost of materials is payable to the Goulbourn Museum.  $25.00 per child.  ($20 for Kits’ Club Members).  Please register at:  or call, 613-831-2393. Continue reading


ALIAS GREG: Stittsville artist featured in CBC/Netflix miniseries

(PHOTO: Greg Banning with some of his sketches, in the dining room at his home in Stittsville. Photo by G. Gower.)

You can see Stittsville artist Greg Banning‘s courtroom sketches in the first few seconds of this trailer for Alias Grace, the tv adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel on CBC and Netflix.

Besides his artwork, Banning will also appear on screen in the series as a courtroom sketch artist. As he explains below, the television gig came as a result of his work as a courtroom artist for the Mike Duffy trial.


On how his work came to featured in the miniseries…
The book is about Grace Marks. She’s convicted of murder with an accomplice, and what the book and movie is trying to do is decide whether she did it or not.  I did the court sketches that were involved in the trial itself.  Because of my background with the Duffy trial, they heard of me… I got a call out of the blue one day and they asked if I’d like to do some court sketches for the film.

They said they just wanted a copy of the sketches that were originally done for the trial.  But I thought, “that’s probably a very different style than the way I draw”.  They sent me a copy, and I took a look and thought, “I can’t emulate this…”  They said, “just give it a try, see if you can match it, and the director will have a look to see if he can use it”.

So I did the best I could with charcoal and did a copy of it, scanned it into the computer and did a couple of changes in Photoshop and I sent it in. They were really happy with it, and then it evolved to, “can you try to put the actor’s faces in that style in that clothing, so we can use it as a prop?”

Some of Greg Banning's courtroom sketches for the Alias Grace miniseries.
Some of Greg Banning’s courtroom sketches for the Alias Grace miniseries.


So I did that, and I thought that was going to be it. But they really wanted me to come in and film me doing the drawing.  Up to the point that I actually left to go to the shoot, I didn’t know how they were going to do this.  I’ve got these finished drawings – but how am I going to make it look like I’m doing the finished drawing?

The day of getting to the set, I went to a window with the original drawing I made and traced onto a piece of paper. So then when they filmed me I could make it look like I was sketching it out. They brought the camera right in on me, and another camera in the back of me. I’m looking at nothing — the actress was long gone, and everybody in the courtroom.  I was literally the last shot of that day in the courthouse.

It was a fantastic experience – right around my birthday – and they paid for most of my trip to glamorous Brampton. That was a year ago.

I haven’t seen my part yet. I’m kind of nervous.  I need glasses to draw and to see — I have progressive lenses.  I mentioned that I needed glasses, and they ended up giving me these little Benjamin Franklin glasses, and David Cronenberg supposedly used them in one of the scenes too. So the set director said, “be very careful, David Cronenberg used these glasses”.  I felt kind of awkward, looking up and looking down as if I was drawing…

I don’t know if I’m going to make the movie or not, but they’ve used my sketches in the opening scenes. It was a fun thing to do, I never thought I would be in a production — I’m usually on the other side, working with directors. Normally I do storyboards, mostly commercial work — car commercials and things like that.


Greg Banning's sketch of actress Sarah Gordon created for the Alias Grace miniseries.
Greg Banning’s sketch of actress Sarah Gordon created for the Alias Grace miniseries.


On how he became a courtroom sketch artist…
It was not my ambition to set out to be a court artist, and I don’t think you can make a living being a court artist. It was just really lucky. One thing can lead to something else. The Duffy thing led to this, and I’m really grateful.

I lived in Toronto for 20 years, and then I moved here… a local illustrator recommended me to the Citizen, and they called up and asked if I would want to do sketch art at the court. I’d never thought of doing it, but I figured I’d get paid to work on my drawing and it was fascinating. That’s how it started, doing work for the Citizen.

Patrick Brazeau’s trial was happening, and CTV called and asked if I would want to do that for them.  I did a job for CTV, and they were really happy. The Duffy trail was on the heels of Brazeau, and CTV called, and the Citizen called, then Global called and asked if I could do this… I had no idea how big this was going to be, or how long it was going to be, but it almost became a full time job for me. I was there every day for the trial except to see my son’s Christmas pageant show… I find it very interesting to be in the court and having the opportunity to witness all this stuff.

The first job I ever did, I brought in my laptop and Wacom tablet and sat down on the back bench in the gallery and drew the guy on the computer. The judge didn’t even bat an eyelash.  My first one was completely digital.

I thought, if I get into another trial where there’s a lot more people I won’t be able to do this.  I thought I’d bring my sketchbook, and scan it, and colour it in the computer. That’s how the process is now. I’ll do a quick little sketch, make remarks about what they’re wearing, the colour of their shirt, their jacket. I’m in and out pretty quick. I get the idea down, and I do the majority of the drawing in the media room at the courthouse, which is like a closet. I scan the sketch into the computer, and then I colourize it in Corel Painter – an Ottawa-based company – and then all I have to do is email a high-res jpeg to the Citizen or whatever other media outlet I might be doing it for.

On why he became an artist…
I’ve always liked drawing, since I was my son’s age, and I just got better and better, and nothing else was panning out for me. I wasn’t going to be the baseball player I always wanted to be – so I ended up sticking with art…. I wasn’t sure if I could make a living out of it. When I was 19 I went to the High School of Commerce just to see if I liked it, and fell in love with it. I found different avenues of art you can make a living in. I went to Sheridan College, did the illustration program there, and found that I was more suited for advertising.  So I got my start, unfortunately during the recession in the 90s. All the agencies at that time were downsizing and getting rid of their art departments.  I stuck to it, and started getting a job with one agency, next thing you know I got another job. I worked at the last art house in Toronto, TDF, as a junior artist, and when that closed up I went out on my own and I’ve done everything. I’ve worked in advertising, illustrated children’s books, covers, magazines. I did a Maclean’s cover, I’ve worked in video games, I’ve designed coins for the Mint.

It’s wide-ranging. This fits in with my background. I go from the Duffy trail to drawing in a televised movie! I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of different facets of the art world and things like this — working on Alias Grace — was exciting. No regrets!


LINKED: New witches’ haunt added to Saunders Farm this year

John Curry reports in the Stittsville News:

Witches are being added to the haunting brew at Saunders Farm this fall.

“The Coven,” a Salem witch-themed indoor and outdoor haunt, is the largest new haunt added at Saunders Farm at Munster in the past five years.

Open during the daytime as a Witches Village and at night as a full-blown haunt, the Coven features a swamp, a forest and an old witch’s house that features a maze of rooms. And since a coven traditionally refers to a gathering of witches, you can bet just from the name of this haunt that you are going to run into numerous witches as you make your way through the house.

Mark Saunders explains that the Coven marks a return by Saunders Farm to a classic traditional Halloween haunt, this one related to the famous Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in the 1690s when 20 people were actually executed for witchcraft.

The idea of the Coven came from Mark’s conversations with a friend of his in the United Kingdom who developed a witch-themed haunt with a swamp concept. Saunders Farm has been able to add a forest setting to such a haunt idea. The Coven at Saunders Farm has been totally constructed on the site by Saunders Farm’s own carpenters and staff.

Read the full article…


A. Lorne Cassidy community plans musical fundraiser to support teacher

(PHOTO: A scene from A. Lorne Cassidy’s recent production of the musical Annie.)>

This time, the production will be for Mrs. Cooney.

Students, staff, and families from A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School will be honouring and raising funds for Kathleen ‘Kate’ Kelly-Cooney with a Kids on Broadway evening October 5th.

Over the summer, the Registered Early Childhood Educator at ALC was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour that has left her gravely ill in hospital and unable to return to school. Continue reading


10-year-old Rowan Hendrick rocks Richmond, wins vocal competition

(PHOTO: Rowan Hendrick. Photo by Tom Linden.)

A 5th grader from Guardian Angels Catholic School in Stittsville blew away all the teenage competition today and won 1st prize for his incredible vocal performance.

Rowan Hendrick, 10, just started his third year of lessons at U-Rock Music School. He has studied vocals, guitar and has also been a member of the school’s junior band, The Shooting Stars, but his real passion is performing and he wowed all the judges and many of his competitors on Sunday, at Richmond Fair’s Rise2Fame vocal contest.

The song Rowan chose to perform was as ambitious as it gets for any aspiring vocalist, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, from the Oscar winning film Titanic. Too young to have actually watched the movie, Rowan confessed that his interest in the song came from the expressive delivery of Canadian superstar, Dion, who he says he truly admires as a vocalist.

We are so very proud of Rowan, not just for winning first place at his very first vocal competition, but for bravely stepping up and sharing his musical gift at such a public venue. Two other U-Rock vocalists, Samantha Clarke and Sarah Culbert both also performed at the Richmond Fair this year. Sarah won 3rd place at this event last year, and also impressively won 1st prize at the Ottawa Capital Fair this summer.

You can enjoy the talents of many of our U-Rock stars at our school’s first open mic event on Sunday, October 29, at 3pm at Hurley’s Grill in Stittsville. There will be many first-timers and many of our prize winning stars performing at this free concert.

(via U-Rock Music School)


Sens announce additional details for Fan Fest on Sept 17

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, presented by Canadian Tire, in support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 17 at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr).

Held in conjunction with Scotiabank, CTV and TSN 1200, Senators Fan Fest will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Locker Room Sale featuring new and used hockey equipment along with interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena. Continue reading


Goulbourn Jubilee Singers offer free try-out sessions in September

(Photo by Kelly Terkuc)

(article via the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers)

Do you like to sing? Would you like to become a better singer? Would you like to learn to read music? Would you like to do all of this, AND make new friends in the community at the same time? Then the GJS invites you to try out the GJS choir, risk-free during the month of September!

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (GJS) is a non-auditioned community choir organization, offering a wide variety of musical and social experiences.  There are ensembles for Adults (SATB), Teens (SATB), and Children (SSA). All three groups rehearse on Wednesday evenings, in Stittsville. Each choir performs on its own in the community, and we also perform together. This inter-generational focus is unique in the community! Continue reading