Category Archives: Entertainment & Events

Halloween displays: Hobin Street

This house on Hobin Street, just west of Carp Road, belongs to the Atkinson Family. For 15 years they’ve been decorating their front lawn for Halloween.  (The photo above is from last year.)

“I try to change it up a little bit every year,” says Rob Atkinson.

“I love entertaining the kids  and have always enjoyed decorating.  Much of the decorations are home made either by myself or inherited from friends who no longer decorate.   I still have a couple other “surprises” that I don’t do until Halloween night though. A little animation, some rear projection, and of course lots of fog and scary sound effects,” he says.

The entire family gets involved.  “My wife takes care of the inside and my son helps me with the setup outside.  It also helps to slow down cars on that turn in front of my house.”

“I am a little embarrased to say that I’ve brought a couple younger kids to tears with the display. They didn’t want to come too close.”

“Now if I could only get my son and his friends to dress up and become part of the ‘living display’, I’d be all set,” he says.

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Singer-songwriter Sophie Leger at Gaia Java this weekend

Singer-songwriter Sophie Léger weaves her luxuriant vocals together with solid instrumentation to form a rich tapestry of sound and emotion that delights, challenges and inspires audiences. The multi-instrumentalist (guitar, djembe, harmonica) animates her passionate poetry with rich harmonies and buoyant beats that expand contemporary folk and pop traditions, and she’s playing at Gaia Java on Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm. Continue reading


Good luck to 9 Run Run participants (and good luck to Stittsville drivers too!)

Around 1,750 people are participating in today’s 9 Run Run event. It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and includes a half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.  (You can read more about the event here.)

A heads up to Stittsville drivers: there several road closures on Saturday around Abbott, Stittsville Main, West Ridge, Fernbank and more. A full list of closures is here… Continue reading


Three great food-related activities in the next few weeks

Here are some upcoming interesting food events in our area:

Last two weekends for the Kanata Farmers Market at the  Van Leuwen Mall (Hazeldean Road).  October 18 and 25 are last chance to take advantage of the this small but popular local outdoor market.

Cook for the Cure (breast cancer fundraiser). 7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, October 21.  Sample plates, music, entertainment, 50/50 draw at the Royale Kanata Retirement Home RSVP to Jennifer 613-592-6426 or email by Friday, October 17.  Cost only $25.

13th Annual West Ottawa Food and Wine Show. November 13 5:30-9:00pm at the Brookstreet Hotel.  Sample plates from over a dozen local chefs and local and international breweries and wineries  tickets $60-$75 613-592-8343.

For more events check out our Events Calendar.

Gord McCormick is a Stittsville-based broker of record with Oasis Realty Brokerage and a senior member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.


Road closures for this weekend’s 9 Run Run event

(Information provided by 9 RUN RUN organizers.)

Here’s a list of road closures for the 9 RUN RUN on Saturday, October 18.   All times are approximate.

Since this is a timed event, roads will be closed while the participants are on course

Abbott Street West will close at 07:00 am to allow the race organizers time to set up the structure for the start/finish line

The remaining road closures will commence just prior to the start of the event at 08:45 and will re-open once the last runner has passed each location

07:00 to 13:00 Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main Street to Westridge Dr

08:45 to 09:30 Stittsville Main Street – both direction from Abbott St to Fernbank Rd will be closed for the start of the 10K and Half Marathon races.  The roadway will re-open once the last Half Marathon runner has passed by Fernbank Rd.

08:45 – 09:30 Closure of 10 K route (Stittsville Main, Elm, Cypress Gardens, Elm, Bell, Westridge from Bell to Abbott)

08:45 to 09:45 Stittsville Main to Flewellyn – southbound lane closed till last half marathoner passes Flewellyn

08:55 hrs to 09:30 Westridge Rd – northbound will be closed from Bell Stto Abbott St The road will reopen once the last 10k runner has passed and is on the trail

09:15 to 11:15 Flewellyn Rd – westbound only, will be closed from Main Street to Munster Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Munster Rd.

09:30 to 11:15 Munster Rd – northbound lane only, will be closed from Flewellyn Rd to Fernbank Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Fernbank Rd

09:30 to 11:30 Fernbank Rd -eastbound will be closed from Munster Rd to Jinkinson Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Jinkinson Rd

09:30 to 12:00 Jinkinson Rd -both directions will be closed from Fernbank Rd to a location north of the Trans Canada Trail (passed the turn around point)  It will re-open once the last runner is on the Trans Canada Trail.

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Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1

Stittsville second annual pumpkin parade is set for 6:00pm-7:30pm at Village Square Park (Abbott & Stittsville Main).

The day after Halloween, residents are invited to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the park and put them on display.  Last year there were 200 pumpkins — not bad for the first year.

I came up with the idea last year as a way to keep the community spirit alive in Stittsville,” says Trevor Eggleton. “I moved here four years ago with my young family and really love its small town feel, but as the big city starts to creep in, I wanted to create something that the people of Stittsville could see themselves in, and this seemed like a perfect way.”

Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.
Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.

Check out more photos from last year…

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Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a busy guy.  He’s 15 years old,  in Grade 10 at Sacred Heart High School, has a paper route, plays guitar and sings. And in his spare time, he also runs a music promotion company.

Fitzpatrick has been playing guitar for the past five years. He started The Indie Scene to promote local rock and punk bands in Ottawa. Continue reading


Stittsville singer Abigail Moffitt wins top prize at Carleton Place competition

Abigail Moffitt
Abigail Moffitt

Abigail Moffitt, an 11-year-old Stittsville singer, won $500 at a singing contest in Carleton Place on Saturday morning.

“Well, she was pretty thrilled,” said her mom Barb. “$500 cash is the most money she has ever had personally.  She really really wanted to win, but we prepared her for the fact that singing competitions are not based on fact. They can be subjective, and sometimes biased.” Continue reading


Less than a month until annual 9 Run Run fundraiser

This year’s 9 Run Run event is on Saturday, October 18.  It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Over 1,800 people are expected to participate in the events, including half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.

The race director is Brenda Tirrell, a long-time Stittsville resident and volunteer firefighter in the community.  She sent along a preview of this year’s event.

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Glass Tiger, Brett Kissel headline Richmond Fair this weekend

The 170th edition of the Richmond Fair happens this weekend from September 18-21.

The event includes a full slate of musical entertainment including 80’s pop band Glass Tiger (above) on Friday night and country star Brett Kissel (below) on Saturday night.

The Richmond Fair is the largest spectator event held annually within the surrounding community. It promotes agricultural awareness within the City of Ottawa.

The fair offers a venue for those in the community to showcase their arts, crafts, livestock and produce. Although the fair’s mandate has been to promote agricultural awareness within the community, the other non-agricultural events such as the demolition derby, live music shows, aerial shows, rock climbing, reptile shows, BMX bike shows, etc. provide a vast array of entertaining events for the whole family.

For more info, visit

Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel


CIBC hosts fun day fundraiser on September 20

(Pictured above: CIBC staff including Andrea Strayer, Jennifer Holmes and branch manager Sufwan Atiyat.)

CIBC at 5527 Hazeldean Road is hosting a Run for the Cure fun day on Saturday, September 20.

“We are overwhelmed by the amount of community support we have received and cannot wait to raise some money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” says Jennifer Holmes, who works at the bank.

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Gaia Java hosts Open Floor Readings starting September 16

This Tuesday, September 16 is the debut of the “Open Floor Readings” series at Gaia Java (1300 Stittsville Main Street).  Writers of all types – prose,  poetry, or lyrics – will each have 8-10 minutes to read their work.

Vivien Taylor came up with the idea.  She’s a retired librarian who moved to Stittsville last March to be closer to her grandchildren. She lied in Wellington in Prince Edward County (near Picton) and was involved in several poetry workshops and open floor events there.

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Kanata Theatre presents “The Dining Room” September 16-27

Kanata Theatre presents “The Dining Room”, a play by A.R. Gurney and directed by Barbara Kobolak. It runs September 16 – 20 & 23 – 27, 2014 at the Ron Maslin Playhouse.

About the play: “The dining room: a place where family assembles daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions – a source of stability and permanence in a world of change. Through a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – Gurney creates a portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Journeying through the decades, the actors change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.”

Tickets are $20 and available at the box office.  The Ron Maslin Playhouse is located at 1 Ron Maslin Way, off Terry Fox Road across from East Side Mario’s.


Responsible Dog Owners of Canada are doing a clean-up on Sept 14 along Abbott Road

The Responsible Dog Owners of Canada are holding a clean-up event along Abbot Road near Granite Ridge on Sunday, September 14 from 9am-11am.  The area has become an informal off-leash dog park on land that’s slated for development.

“Join us in our fall clean up days. We do this twice a year. Once in the spring and the second time in the fall. Most of us dog owners are very good in cleaning up after our dogs, unfortunately not as good cleaning up after ourselves. You wouldn’t believe the number of Tim Horton’s cups we collect on the clean up days. These events also help get our name out and what we do. It gives us an opportunity to answer people’s questions.”

“During the morning we hand out the bags and gloves to dog owners. They are the ones who do all the work picking up the garbage etc. Their reward is a much cleaner park and their dogs get dog cookies.”


Stittsville Villagefest celebrates 20th anniversary on September 13

Stittsville Villagefest will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, September 13 in Abbott Street Park from noon to 4 pm.  There will be hayrides, petting zoo, musical entertainment, community organization displays, BBQ and some fun “noodle hockey” with special guests.

For more information visit the Stittsville Village Association or call Marion Gullock at 613-836-5254.


City accepting applications for 2015 civic events funding

The City of Ottawa is inviting local not-for-profit organizations such as volunteer-based community or recreation associations, to apply for funding to provide one to two-day civic events that include free admission, foster civic pride and bring a community together.

These events must be linked to, and celebrate a civic/statutory holiday in Ontario (i.e. New Year’s Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Ontario Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day), be held in a specific geographic district in Ottawa, and encompass a broad range of activities and family entertainment.

Effective this year, the annual application deadline for funding will be the first Monday in November, which this year falls on November 3. The maximum allocation is $3,000 per applicant.

Application forms are available online at or at a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.


Here’s the new logo for Quitters Coffee

Stittsville seems to be a bit obsessed with Quitters Coffee, the new cafe that Kathleen Edwards is opening on Main Street later this month.

We posted two articles about Quitters on our web site last week which became the top two most-read stories of the week.  We think that any excitement about new businesses on Stittsville Main is a good thing, so we’re happy to fuel the obsession in any way that we can.

Earlier today graphic designer Steve St. Pierre posted this on Twitter:

Quitters logo by Steve St. Piierre
Quitters Coffee logo by Steve St. Piierre