COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Kitchissippi during the pandemic.
Under provincial law, public events and social gatherings have been restricted in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Please visit ontario.ca for more information.
Most regular, local events have been cancelled or postponed. We encourage readers to check websites and social media pages to see if virtual or smaller-scale events are being held instead.
Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi!
Sept. 10-Oct. 9: Wall Space Gallery Exhibition – Low Tide
“WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present Low Tide, a solo exhibition from artist Dominique Normand. Low Tide pulls inspiration from Normand’s excavation of artifacts and visual imagery from the St. Lawrence Seaway. This collection honours the artist’s desire to immerse herself in the histories of her Mi’kmaw, Maliseet and Anishinaabe ancestors while painting an abstracted visual language that furthers those legacies in a contemporary context. This exceptional collection of paintings, both dynamic and cerebral, grounds Normand in her homeland of Eastern Quebec after decades of nomadic travels and international artistic acclaim,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.
Visit wallspacegallery.ca/events to learn more.
Sept. 13: Ottawa Centre Federal Election, All Candidates Virtual Debate
An all candidates virtual debate will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. This event is being co-organized by local community associations in the western section of Ottawa Centre. For more information and Zoom access, please go to hamptoniona.ca.
Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 25-26: West End Studio Tour
The 26th fall West End Studio Tour is back! The tour will take place over the last two weekends of September (Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 25-26) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It will be an open-air event. Artists will display their work outdoors on their properties and strict guidelines for physical distancing and COVID-19 safety will be adhered to as recommended by Ottawa Public Health. A downloadable and printable map of the studio locations is now available on the WEST website (westendstudiotour.ca), or you can tear out the map printed in this issue of Kitchissippi Times (page 3).
Sept. 20: 44th Federal Election
The 2021 fall federal election will be held Sept. 20. To learn more about how and where to vote, visit Elections Canada’s website at elections.ca.
Sept. 26: Tree Giveaway by Ecology Ottawa
Come by and pick up a tree (up to 25) for your property on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (located at 30 Cleary Ave. off Richmond Road). You must register online before receiving a tree. We provide planting and care instructions and follow up with everyone who receives a tree from us periodically to remind them to water it and check to see if it survived its first year.
Kayoki, food and climate educator and the Future Food Warrior, will be available for Ajashki “Heart” Garden Tours. To register or to find more information, go to ecologyottawa.ca/tree_giveaway_events
Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
This June, the federal government passed legislation to recognize Sept. 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, making the date a federal statutory holiday. The day recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools across the country and honours Indigenous survivors and their communities.
Oct. 2: Cornerstone Housing for Women’s Purple Tie Gala
The third annual Purple Tie Gala, hosted by Cornerstone Housing for Women and presented by Livingston MacDonald Wealth Management, will take place on Oct. 2. The fundraiser will be broadcast virtually once again. Last year’s virtual gala sold out and brought in $73,000 to help Cornerstone with housing, program supports and COVID-19 related expenses, according to the organization.
The one-hour show will be in a “community watch party” format and start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2. Tickets are on sale for $95 and there are a limited number of tickets. To learn more, visit cornerstonewomen.ca/purple-tie-gala.
MONDAYS – ABOVE AND BEYOND TOASTMASTERS
Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays)
Have the jitters each time you need to present a speech? Visit us online. Learn how to communicate better in a relaxed atmosphere and hone your leadership skills. Impromptu speaking is one of our highlights. It’s fun, fun, fun! We would love to have you join us on Mondays. Contact our club at email@example.com to receive
TUESDAYS – BYTOWN VOICES COMMUNITY CHOIR
Although the choir is not able to prepare for public performances, we will be meeting online each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. We will be learning some new music and maintaining our vocal cords in a relaxed environment, with plenty of musical and technological help. We will all be experiencing this new way of meeting and singing together and are happy to welcome new members, men and women, to join us.
For more information, see our website at bytownvoices.com
WEDNESDAYS – SHOUT SISTER! CHOIR
There are 25 chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario, and we are constantly growing. Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. We learn from recorded tracks, so we require no reading of music. Our method is fresh and fun, and we are a warm and welcoming community. We use Zoom to meet virtually every Wednesday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) and Thursday evening (7-9 p.m.). Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you join us! For information on joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit shoutsisterchoir.ca
Got a Kitchissippi area virtual or COVID-19-safe event to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your info to email@example.com