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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


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Dancer celebrates Indian arts with Ahorha Fest

Stittsville’s own Anjali Patil is at it again.

The talented Indian Kathak dancer (pictured at top) has organized the 12th annual Ahorha Fest, a celebration of the arts of India in Canada.

This year, for the first time and in honour of Canada 150, the event will be bilingual, making it the first bilingual festival of it’s kind in Canada. Continue reading


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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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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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Campaign aims to replace instruments destroyed in Kanata Montessori fire

A fire last week in a portable at the Kanata Montessori School destroyed many of the school’s musical instruments.

David and Marie Haynes, who have kids who attend the school, are organizing a donation drive to collect instruments to replace what was lost.  The instruments that are needed the most are smaller instruments that are used for the younger grades.

Instruments they are hoping to collect include:

  • Electric or Acoustic guitars – preferably child sized, but either is good.
  • Amplifiers
  • trumpets
  • trombones
  • clarinets
  • any other wind instruments
  • hand drums

The school does not need violins or recorders!

Click here for more info on how to make a donation…


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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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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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JUNO concert will fuse classical Indian music and dance with rock

The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Cold Play. Beyoncé. Each of these artists has been inspired by the music of India and incorporated it into wildly popular rock songs.

“The Beatles put Indian classical music on the map – a lot of their songs used it after their trip to India,” explained Anjali Patil. Continue reading


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West Ottawa Ladies Chorus spring concert celebrates Canada

(Press release)

When one thinks of Canada, water likely appears as a mental image. Rightly so. Canada has the largest amount of fresh water in the world and it is bordered by three oceans. Thoughts of water automatically bring forth the rhythm of waves lapping the shore and paddles digging deep. Nature sets a pace either calming and reflective or loud and stormy each with its own message. Our waterways are highways to the interior, providers of food, visions to delight and a resource to cherish. Its no wonder that much of the music written about this vast country is about oceans, lakes and rivers. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Development notes, O’Leary in Kanata, music in Stittsville

UPDATE ON HAZELDEAN CAR DEALERSHIP
There’s a revised site plan online for the proposed car dealership at 5835 Hazeldean Road. The property is currently a gravel lot for the Canadian Auto Mall, with a temporary sales trailer on site. Continue reading


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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers celebrates 40th anniversary

(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating  a big anniversary this year.  This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. 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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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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