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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


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



Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.

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Jim Bryson nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award

(Photo: Jim Bryson in February 2016. Photo by Barry Gray for

Big congrats to Stittsville’s Jim Bryson for his well-deserved nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award.

Bryson’s album Somewhere We Will Find Our Place is nominated in the “Pushing the Boundaries” category. The record was released in February and coincided with three pretty damn incredible sold-out shows at Quitters.

Tracks from the album including Depression Dance and Ontario (a duet with Kathleen Edwards) have been getting a lot of play on CBC Radio 2, and if you haven’t heard the music yet you should head over iTunes or whatever your favourite music source is and check it out.

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Food, beer, and wine is on the menu at Taste of Stittsville, September 4

Taste of Stittsville September 4

Covered Bridge Brewing will host “A Taste of Stittsville” on September 4 in the parking lot at 119 Iber Road, 11am-4pm.

A selection of local food and drink vendors will be on hand with samples of their products for sale, along with live music and a chance to meet with friends and neighbours from the community. The plan is to start small with the first edition this year, and then expand the event in future years.

Businesses confirmed so far include:

  • Covered Bridge Brewing
  • Little Red Shack BBQ
  • The Grounds Cafe
  • Bonita’s Cantina
  • Jubilani Vineyard & Winery
  • Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Admission is free, with food and drinks on sale from the vendors. You can find more information about the event on Facebook…

Vendors interested in participating should contact Sean Bollard at 


Stittsville’s Grace Lachance releases first single, Anymore

A little more than a year since Grace Lachance won the Bluesfest She’s The One contest, the 15-year-old singer from Stittsville has released her first single through a record label.

“Anymore” hit iTunes yesterday.

Previously: Stittsville’s Grace Lachance wins Bluesfest contest.

Her big radio debut was naturally in Ottawa back in July, with JUMP 106.9. Since then, she’s made the rounds on other stations across the province.

She was even on TV!

(This post originally appeared on our sister site,


LEGION: Family breakfast, book club coming up at the Stittsville Legion

The next monthly family breakfast open to everyone in the community  will be held on Sunday September 11th from 9 a.m to 12 noon at the Legion Hall for only $8.00 per person. Children under 12 only $6.00.
The Stittsville Legion Book Club is starting back up after a lovely hot summer. The meetings will take place on the Third Monday of every month starting on September 19th at 7:30 p.m. The book for September is “The Little Paris Bookshop” available at Costco.

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LETTER: The Tragically Hip have a really special place in my heart

(Leslie McKay is a longtime Stittsville resident and shared this story about her family’s connection with The Tragically Hip.)

"A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn't think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs," writes Lesley McKay.
“A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn’t think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs,” writes Lesley McKay.


When my Dad was awaiting his double-lung transplant in Toronto (waited 18 months 1991-93) he lived with Gord Downie’s wife Laura’s parents Nancy and Barry Usher in Toronto. Nancy is a Bradley (daughter of Muriel & Grant Bradley) from here in Stittsville and was a nurse.

Just thought you might like to know that The Tragically Hip wrote two songs in 1993/94 on their Day for Night album for my father. They wrote Inevitability of Death and Greasy Jungle for him. IofD was written for when he received his lungs from Terry and when he passed away from his double-lung transplant, hence the ending of the song. GJ was written after they attended his wake and funeral in 1993 at Tubman’s Funeral Home (my cousins by the way) and coming to our house.

At the time, my sister was on the gymnastics team at Queen’s – lyrics “soulful gymnast above the snow” in our backyard. They also made a really special t-shirt for Dad which I have and the notes they wrote when he received his lungs.

While in hospital, the guys would come to visit Dad, and we could always tell when they were there. The nurses and doctors came from all over the hospital to see them to get pics and autographs. Dad loved these guys so much. He went to Gord and Laura’s wedding and they took him to concerts with them on the tour bus and everything. He had a great time with them all. But Gord was like the son he never had.

Doing this tour just shows the true ‘Courage’ he has and how much he loves Canada and the devoted fans who have followed them all in their adventures in life throughout the years.

We have lots of good memories of how well Dad was treated by all of the band members and it is so sad what is happening to Gord and I can only pray for a peaceful journey for him.

This is a bittersweet time for me, as my Mom passed away in 2009 from the same brain tumour that Gord has and she also had surgery.

Leslie McKay


Stittsville Village Association presents end-of-summer fireworks on August 27

The bad news: The Stittsville Village Association‘s fireworks on Canada Day this year were rained out.

The good news: they’re launching them on Saturday, August 27 instead. Head over to the Goulbourn Reacreation Complex (1500 Shea Road). Fireworks will be launched around 9:00pm.  Free admission. Sponsored by Mattamy Homes.