Category Archives: Entertainment & Events

Legal seminar for creative professionals on July 20, Sept 28

(Press release)

StoryArt Creative Centre & Boutique is pleased to announce a new seminar series for creative professionals. Ottawa-based entertainment lawyer and Stittsville resident Byron Pascoe from Edwards PC, Creative Law, will lead the series of creative law sessions.

  • Music Law Session: Thursday, July 20th from 11am-12:30pm
  • Film Law  Session: Thursday, Sept 28th from 11am-1230pm

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Cinema Under the Stars at Village Square Park (July 22)

Bring a blanket and join the Stittsville Village Association on Saturday July 22 for CINEMA UNDER THE STARS at Village Square Park featuring the movie SING.

All Stittsville residents welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be available by donation with all funds raised donated to the Stittsville Food Bank. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Stittsville’s Canada Day fireworks

Thanks to Adam Frank for sending along these pics of the fireworks last night in Stittsville, part of the Stittsville Village Association’s Canada Day event.   (Click on any photo for full size.)

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank.


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PHOTOS: A belated Canada Day celebration in Stittsville

Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday.  Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.


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Canada 150 celebrations continue on July 8 in Stittsville

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

Stittsville’s annual Canada Day event, originally scheduled for July 1, has been moved to Saturday, July 8 due to soggy field conditions and wet weather.

The full event is all set to go from 1:00pm-10:00pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.) The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association.

Highlights of the free family-friendly event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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Outdoor performance of Romeo & Juliet in Fairwinds on July 16

Bear & Co. present Romeo & Juliet

(press release)
Please join us for Shakespeare in the Park! Passions soar and hearts break in this production of Romeo & Juliet, brought to you by Bear & Co. Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather, and theatre that stands the test of time. Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the warring families of Verona in front of your eyes.
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Stittsville’s Canada Day party is a family-friendly alternative to downtown

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

UPDATE: The event has been postponed until July 8 due to poor weather conditions. The grounds at Sacred Heart are extremely soggy and there is more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for July 1.

This year’s Canada Day event in Stittsville will be a family-friendly alternative to the crowds downtown, complete with fireworks, local music, and lots of activities for kids.

The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association, and runs from 1pm-10pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.)

Highlights of the free event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment, including Vicki Brittle, David DaCosta, Jimmy Leroux, Dianne & Steve Lynch, Lisa Kopil, The L.A. Connection. Andrew Waines, Rob Sands & Hardcover
  • Sing along to O Canada with Lyndon Slewidge at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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New bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign to be unveiled Saturday

(PHOTO: The “old” Welcome to Stittsville sign, including the former Goulbourn municipality “G” logo.)

On Saturday, a new bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign and flagpole will be unveiled at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road.

The additions are part of a redevelopment of the park space around the sign, which will include an age-friendly park adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home that’s currently under construction. The park is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s cash in lieu of parkland (CIL) budget. Continue reading


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JUNE 24: Plant a sunflower and build an insect hotel at JoJo’s Garden

(via Jo-Jo’s Community Garden)

All Stittsville kids are invited to come out to the Jo-Jo’s Community Garden on Stittsville Main Street this Saturday from 10am-12pm to plant a sunflower of their own at the garden and also participate in building our new Insect Hotel. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Redcoats and muskets mark Father’s Day at Goulbourn Museum

The Goulbourn Museum welcomed dads and families for a special “Father’s Day Flashback” event on Sunday, June 18. The 100th Regiment of Foot reenactment group was on hand teaching participants how to load and fire a musket, along with historical re-enactors from a number of different eras. (All photos by Barry Gray)


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Stairwell Carollers perform in Stittsville on June 17

(press release)

The Stairwell Carollers are proud to present an afternoon freewill offering concert at Stittsville United Church, Saturday June 17th, at 2:30pm.   The concert is a “sparking initiative” hosted by the Stittsville United Church and will feature a variety of madrigals, masses, motets and modern pieces ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary.

With sacred and secular repertoire from all eras, this concert has something for all choral music fans and aficionados.  Highlights will be the Missa brevis by Lotti, their most viewed sacred work on YouTube, as well as Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Lauridsen’s Contre qui Rose, Whittacre’s Sleep and many more. The repertoire also includes an original work by their own director Pierre Massie, Qui creavit celum.

Pierre founded the group in 1977, singing Christmas carols in the stairwells of residences at the University of Ottawa during exam time.  The choir would start at the top of the residence stairwell and work their way to the bottom, attracting the attention of students who would emerge from studying in their rooms to listen to the carols.  The group also performed everywhere in Ottawa, in malls, on buses, carolling along the market and sparks street.

It was during one of their impromptu performances at Bayshore shopping center that Stittsviller Gord Atkinson, then the voice of CFMO radio, heard the choir and invited them to sing live on CFMO for their Christmas Exchange Telethon.  It was during this first appearance on radio with Gord Atkinson that the group got its name.  There was a little air space at the beginning of the broadcast and the group was asked its name at the last minute. Up until that point, the choir, then only ten singers, did not have a name.  The Stairwell Carollers was quickly suggested, based on its beginnings singing in stairwells, and that has been the choir’s name ever since.  Mr. Atkinson also had a lot of involvement in the choir’s production of a fundraising album for Ronald McDonald House in 1986, an initiative which raised over $53,000.

Beginning in September 2017, The Stairwell Carollers will celebrate their 40th year of song in the National Capital Region. To commemorate this milestone, they have many ideas for events, workshops and activities. Any offering you may decide to give at this concert goes toward helping make these initiatives a reality.

There are several levels of donations available and some come with perks.  More information is included on our website at HELP US REACH OUR GOAL


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Radio-controlled jet airshow at Carp Airport on Saturday, June 17

The Ottawa Valley Jets are a local radio control club will be at the Carp Airport on Saturday June 17th from 9am-5pm.  The pilots will be flying miniature versions of jet planes using real jet turbines using real jet fuel amazing and fun to watch for the entire family.

The Carp Airport Authority is charging 5$ for adults and Children are free.  The airport will donate the money too its local Charities.  On site you can also see our local Carp Business who have sponsored wonderful prizes.

We will be holding a Silent Auction and a 50/50 draw at 2pm. Food trucks and washrooms will also be on site.  Bring your deck chairs and sit back and enjoy!  Ear protection recommended for small people when up close to the models.

Contact Info: Event Director Ken Park
email: ken857@hotmail.com PH 613 823-1933


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PHOTOS: Arts in the Park at Village Square

The sky was overcast but spirits were bright on Sunday for the annual Arts in the Park event, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. Over 90 vendors participated this year in a vibrant display of art, music, food, books, gardening, theatre, history and lots more!

All photos by Barry Gray.


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PHOTOS: Kentucky Derby event raises nearly $2,800 for DueNORTH

A fundraising event  for DueNORTH Canada  with a Kentucky Derby theme raised nearly $2,793 on Saturday afternoon.

“It was great success, everyone seemed to have a great time and got into the spirit with their Derby fashion,” says organizer Cheryl Donnelly.

DueNORTH is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization which aims to nurture possibilities amongst children and youth in Canada’s Far North by providing and promoting access to nutritious, affordable and culturally-appropriate food.

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Odyssey Theatre spreads its roots with Canada 150 arts project

Ottawa’s Odyssey Theatre is recruiting Stittsville residents and community arts groups to participate in Spreading Roots, a community art project in conjunction with AOE Arts Council’s Neighbourhood Arts 150 project.

The group is holding an initial meeting on Thursday, May 4, upstairs at Sobey’s at 7pm.

Spreading Roots is Odyssey’s theatre-based community arts project that aims to draw together elders, children, youth and adults to create a pageantry celebration of their neighbourhood trees. The group is one of twelve artists and arts organizations celebrating Canada 150 and Ontario 150.

Together with professional artists and environmentalists, community members will create a performance event that recognizes and celebrates their neighbourhood trees as members of their community through storytelling, theatre, dance and song, and which culminates in welcoming and planting new trees in their community.   Continue reading


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Gaia Java a welcoming venue for up-and-coming musicians

(PHOTO: Greg Lee played to a crowd of friends, family and fans at Gaia Java on April 21.)

MARIE TOOK A FIVE DOLLAR BILL OUT OF HER WALLET and with a wide smile dropped it in the large round mason jar with a black sign that says “support the artist.”

Of course, she wasn’t just supporting the artist who was playing at Gaia Java on a Friday night last month. She was supporting her son – Greg Lee, 17, who was playing to a house of friends, family and a few strangers who walked in to hear the sweet chords emanating from his acoustic guitar. Continue reading


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RCAF jets to conduct flyby over Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday

(PHOTO: The CT-155 Hawk. Photo via Department of National Defence.)

(via Royal Canadian Air Force)

Two Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-155 Hawk trainer jets from 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Sask. will conduct a flyby over the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa before the start of the Ottawa Senators’ second playoff game against the New York Rangers.

The flyby will take place between 2 and 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Continue reading


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Atkinson interviewed stars from Sinatra to Elvis

(PHOTO: Long-time broadcaster Gord Atkinson at his home in Stittsville. Photo by Zach Mulder.)

EACH STEP THAT GORD ATKINSON TAKES  is slowly and carefully placed on the carpeted stairs that lead to his basement. His left hand clutches his black cane as the right grasps the banister that guides him. The trip takes longer than it used to, but when he reaches the bottom, Atkinson’s eyes light up, taking in the wall of pictures and accolades from his time in radio. The sight fills him with memories of a time now past when he used to work among the stars of show business.

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U-Rock’s Music Rox Fund offers free music lessons to deserving kids

U-Rock Music School wants to get the word out that they’re looking to help two local kids (children or teens) to further their musical abilities for FREE this summer, through their Music Rox Fund.
“It’s important to us to give back to the community in this way. Helping young people with big talent who might not otherwise be able to afford music lessons,” says Cathy Hallessey, who runs the school.

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