Category Archives: Entertainment & Events

Sacred Heart student hits the road for Montreal Rubik’s cube competition

Matthew McMahon, 17, is a student at Sacred Heart High School with an interesting hobby – Rubik’s cubes. He is a certifiable cubing fanatic and it is rare to not see him fiddling with one of his cubes, wherever he may be.

He’s entered to compete in an official World Cube Association event, the Montreal Open Winter 2017, on Feb. 4. We caught up with him recently to chat about the hobby. Continue reading


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Concert celebrates U-Rocks 20th anniversary

(via U-Rock / Cathy Hallessey)

U-Rock Music School celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday at their annual winter concert at the Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road.

There were more than 250 people in attendance and we helped raise $200 for Lamitta’s gofundme campaign too.

Councillor Shad Qadri was also in attendance at the show to help us celebrate and to draw the winning ticket for a family movie pass donated by Dennis Tarrant and Frank Fragomeni of Stittsville’s TeamOneHomes. The winner was Ellie Medaglia, 8 one of U-Rock’s Roxies.

Special guest 6-year old Lamitta El Roz and her dad Rob, enjoying the show.
Special guest 6-year old Lamitta El Roz and her dad Rob, enjoying the show.
The U-Rock teen band The Crushers. From left to right: Brodie Paton, 15, Kyler Villeneuve, 12, Bradley Johnstone, 17, Jasmine Beavis, 14, Samantha Clarke, 15 and Catherine Hnatiw, 13.
The U-Rock teen band The Crushers. From left to right: Brodie Paton, 15, Kyler Villeneuve, 12, Bradley Johnstone, 17, Jasmine Beavis, 14, Samantha Clarke, 15 and Catherine Hnatiw, 13.

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Where to see some great Christmas light displays in Stittsville

Grab some hot chocolate, pack the kids in the car, turn the Christmas tunes up loud and take a tour around Stittsville to check out the lights. Here are some suggestions for great displays in our area.

Do you have a neighbour with an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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Show us your holiday art!

Show us your artwork!  Show us some awesome presents with colourful gift wrap ! Show us a picture of one of your winter traditions!  Show us some snowflakes! Show us some reindeer!

Send in a scan or photo of any type of art (painting, drawing, pottery, crafts etc.) before December 31.  You can send us a picture of your awesome artwork to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca, or post it to our Facebook page.

We’ll share our favourites here and on Facebook.

Let It Snow artwork by Maddie G
Inspiration artwork by Maddie G.

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Volunteer firefighter pops the question at Parade of Lights

If you were standing in front of Quitters during last Saturday’s Parade of Lights, you might have seen a little bit of holiday magic. Josh Gibeault, a volunteer firefighter from Stittsville’s Station 81, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Faulkner, a nurse at the Granite Ridge Care Community.

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Oh Susanna plays at Quitters on December 4

Left to right: Oh Susanna,  Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They'll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.
Left to right: Oh Susanna, Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They’ll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.

Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) will play an intimate show at Quitters this Sunday night: “Folk Crossing Borders: An amazing co-bill featuring renowned and featuring Oh Susanna performing with UK folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage. Incredible melodies. Beautiful harmonies. Top notch songwriting. $25 ticket Doors: 7:00PM Showtime: 7:30PM.” More information via Facebook… Continue reading


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West Ottawa Ladies Chorus plans a colourful performance on December 3

(Photo: The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus at Bridlewood Trails retirement residence.)

(press release)

They are not a gospel choir, but the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus does not shy away from singing with gusto ‘Jesus, What A Wonderful Child’. Toes will be tapping and bodies swaying.

A Christmas Kaleidoscope is a colourful concert delivering a virtual mosaic of music celebrating winter and the holiday season layered in four-part harmony. First and second sopranos lift notes gently to the rafters while first and second altos provide warm undertones.

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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LINKED: Kathleen Edwards engaging, focused and funny in return to the spotlight at NAC

Lynn Saxberg writes the Ottawa Citizen:

Kathleen Edwards greeted the sold-out audience at the National Arts Centre’s Theatre with a twinkle in her eye and a big smile. “Let’s see if I remember how to do this,” she said.

In her first public appearance on a hometown stage in a couple of years, the Ottawa singer-songwriter took to the spotlight like her old self, doling out equal parts charm, profanity and self-deprecating humour, along with a stellar selection of tunes rendered with some of Ottawa’s cream-of-the-crop jazz musicians.

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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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“Ghoul”bourn Street haunted backyard opens Oct 29-31

Joe Chenette of “Ghoul”bourn Street sent along a note to let us know that his haunted backyard will be open again this year leading up to Halloween. Continue reading


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Jim Bryson to play Crossroads jazz series at the NAC

Jim Bryson will be one of the featured artists this spring as part of the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series.

The series is directed by Ottawa Jazz Festival programming manager Petr Cancura, who creates new arrangements that showcase the singer-songwriters’ songs with a jazz twist added by a special live house band. The series is presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Stittsville’s Kathleen Edwards, a frequent collaborator with Bryson, is kicking off the series on November 24.

The show is on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm in the NAC Studio. Click here for tickets and more info.

From the National Arts Centre website:

“Jim Bryson is one of the finest songwriters working anywhere today. A true master of his craft, he has patiently built a generous and wonderful body of work over the last 20 years, all leading to his brilliant new record,Somewhere We Will Find Our Place. Jim’s lyrics and melodies are profound and perfectly wrought little avant-garde fictions that expand and deepen with repeated listens. They will put down a foundation in your brain, build a house for them to live in. They will make you notice, make you sing, provide good company, challenge, comfort and inspire. The songs onSomewhere We Will Find Our Place are especially superb, each a gem, a world, and with the wondrous and deft production of Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Happiness Project) and the exceptional mixing of Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), Jim Bryson has made a beautiful, career – defining, masterpiece of a record.”  – John K Samson

 


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