The Going Out Guide: a curated list, just for you (a short preface and the May 14 edition)

Hello Kitchissippi readers,

Ted Simpson, one of our regular KT contributors, has been writing our Going Out Guide since I first came on board with the paper. It’s one of my favourite features because it shines a spotlight on some wonderful and original events happening in Kitchissippi.  

The reality is that we have a finite amount of space in every issue, and sometimes his column would get bumped in order to make room for another article. From now on we’re publishing Ted’s guide to the web first, regardless of whether it’s making an appearance in that particular printed issue. For quick reference, I encourage you to bookmark this page. From now on it will be Ted’s home base, and you’ll find all of his guides collected there as they’re published to the web. 

Ted’s column always makes me so proud to live in Kitchissippi! There’s so much going on, and no shortage of places to go and people to meet. I hope you feel the same! 

As always, thanks for reading.

Andrea Tomkins,

The Going Out Guide, the May 14 edition

Flava Factory

There is a monthly rap and spoken work poetry show put on by the Fly Poets Society that goes down at Hintonburg’s Flava Factory dance studio.

On May 23 the fourth edition of R.A.P.S.Ody, Ottawa’s urban arts cypher, will feature an open mic, two round cypher battle and rap performance by international spoken word artist and Ottawa rapper JustJamall ThePoet. The night starts with open mic, followed by a rap battle for the $200 prize.

Artists looking to get on the open mic can sign up by emailing flypoetsociety(at), doors at 7 p.m., entry fee is $10.

Ottawa Art Fundraiser

The Ottawa School of Art is holding their tenth annual fund raising party called J’ADART May 14 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

The OSA has been around since 1879, and leads the way in providing barrier-free art classes to hundreds of students every year. The school motto is, “Teaching art to everyone.” But while the classes may be free for the students, for the school the expense can be quite high, so they are hoping to raise $20,000 this year.

For $45 you get a ticket to a night of 1960’s Pop Art themed entertainment, featuring live music from pianist John Kofi Dapaah and interactive art activities courtesy of JackPine. For event tickets and more info on this amazing school, check out

Sunday Afternoon Sounds

Every Sunday this month the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern will be hosting some sweet, live jazz piano from veteran songstress Megan Jerome.

Jerome’s residency at the Elmdale for May features her playing solo, doing sets of her favorite cover songs. She’ll be back again in June with her band, the Together Ensemble to play some tunes from her new album.

The music goes from 3:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. and there’s no cover charge. Some smooth lounge music, fresh food, maybe a cocktail or three on a Sunday afternoon? Beautiful.

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