By Andrea Stokes –
Hintonburg Happening is a nine-day festival that celebrates local artists, business, and the community. Festivities kicked off May 6 with a launch party at Tamarack Wellington. The evening featured local art for sale, music, food, and was attended by a large number of Kitchissippi residents, business owners, volunteers, and participating artists.
Alisa Viner is one of the main organizers of the Hintonburg Happening, and one of the many hardworking volunteers who have grown this event from the outset. Alisa is seen here with a Hintonburg Happening colouring book. They’re available for sale at the Hintonburg Public House. Photos by Andrea Stokes
Clothing designers Laura Twiss (right) and Tonia Weber (centre) are featuring works by Ottawa artist Greta Grip (left). Laura and Tonia are very excited to be participating for the third year, and happy to host Greta’s installation. It features knitted QR codes, which, when scanned, will “relate what you are wearing to what wore it before you.” Laura and Tonia say they are both looking forward to attending other Happening events, including an exhibition of Eryn O’Neil’s paintings at Wheelhouse Cycle. Check out Greta Grip’s show at Twiss and Weber (1282 Wellington St.W.).
Karen Large is a longtime resident of Hintonburg. “I love the name of the festival… some of us know that Hintonburg has ALWAYS been happening,” says Karen. “Last year, I went to everything, and I just loved it. This event is a celebration of this very talented and very special little village in the heart of the city.”
Artemis Riedmueller, 11, submitted two pieces of art for the children’s art component of the art sale. She was delighted to have sold both pieces. This marked the first time she’s sold her artwork. “This art show is great for kids,” says Artemis. “I’m looking forward to going to a lot of the events, but especially the closing party in Somerset Square.” Artemis hopes to do some face painting at the closing party. “I love my neighbourhood, it’s so interesting for me to live in and find things to paint.”
“We like to support the community where we are building,” says Michelle Taggart, Director of Development for Tamarack Homes. “Hintonburg is a wonderful community and has so much to offer.” She says Tamarack is thrilled to be a key sponsor of the Hintonburg Happening.
Don’t miss the closing party at Somerset Square on May 14! For more information and the full schedule, go to