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Pure Apothecary makes Hintonburg home

Alex Santillán, co-owner of Pure Apothecary, spoke with us about the business’ first months in Hintonburg and how they've already been building a community. 

Tom Brown re-opens overnight shelter again

The City of Ottawa has reopened a temporary overnight space at Tom Brown Arena respite centre for the second winter in a row. Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper spoke with us about the reopening of the overnight space and the need for these services in the city. 

BIAs celebrate local business owners

Dennis Van Staalduinen and Judy Lincoln, executive directors of the Wellington West and Westboro Village BIAs, respectively, spoke with us about this winter's COVID-19 restrictions and how to support local businesses. 

Capital Pride hosts full program of Black History Month events for first time

We caught up with Kezna Dalz and Jaden Slawter about Capital Pride’s celebration of Black History Month. This is the first year that the 2SLGBTQ+ organization is offering a full schedule of programming!

Quelque Chose prepares for Valentine's Day

David Seba, co-owner of Quelque Chose, took time to speak with us about the Westboro bakery’s story, Valentine’s Day, and, of course, macarons! 

What's happening in the 'hood 

COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Ottawa during the pandemic. 

Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi! 


Jan. 24-Feb. 6: Orange Art Gallery exhibition - The Orange Winter Show

"The Orange Winter Show" is a special curated group exhibition featuring works from our uniquely talented Orange Artists in celebration of our Glorious Canadian Winters!” according to the Orange Art Gallery website. The exhibition runs from Jan.24-Feb.6 at the gallery—290 City Centre Ave. Visit to learn more.


Feb. 1-28: Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month is celebrated. “During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today,” the Government of Canada’s website states. To learn more about local events and information, visit Black History Month Ottawa’s website at, or Ontario or the Ontario Black History Society’s website at Capital Pride, the 2SLGBTQ+ organization in Ottawa, is offering a full schedule of Black History Month programming this year honouring the queer and trans Black community. Read more on this year’s event—Queer, Trans, Black and Proud—on Page 8 of the February edition.

Feb.5-26: Wall Space Art Gallery exhibition - Life and Colour - Peter Colbert

“As we continue to navigate our ever-changing world, Peter Colbert presents Life and Colour, a celebration of joy, vibrancy, and optimism…Colbert transitioned to a full-time fine art career in 2006. His work has evolved over time, but has always involved a significant degree of experimentation with tools, techniques, and media. He likes to think of himself as being obsessed with managing colours. In terms of his studies of the human figure, he has attended and managed a variety of life drawing classes for many years,” the Wall Space Gallery website states. The exhibition runs from Feb. 5-26 at the gallery—358 Richmond Rd. Visit to learn more.


Feb. 8: Mechanicsville Community Association - Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting for the Mechanicsville Community Association will be held virtually on Zoom on Feb. 8. The meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. To learn more about the event, visit

Feb. 22-March 6: Great Canadian Theatre Company - Blissful State of Surrender

“‘Blissful State of Surrender’ is a dramatic comedy about a Bosnian-Canadian family and the larger-than-life culture clashes between the parents and their three grownup daughters. This humorous and haunted portrait of the Muslim refugee experience explores the lives of a family coping with family secrets, intergenerational differences and PTSD,” the Great Canadian Theatre Company website states. Blissful State of Surrender by Sanita Fejzić is scheduled to take place between Feb. 22-March 6 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company—1233 Wellington St. W. To learn more, visit

Feb. 26: Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY)

CNOY is a national, annual winter walk “that supports local charity partners who provide essential care and service for people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger,” according to the event website. The third annual event in Westboro is being organized once again by Cornerstone Housing for Women to fundraise for women’s housing. To learn more about the event, or to register for CNOY Ottawa Westboro, visit For more information on Cornerstone Housing for Women, visit


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 to receive the link.



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



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 or visit

Got a Kitchissippi area virtual or COVID-19-safe event to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your info to 

Community Photos: Snow day! Photographer Ellen Bond captured scenes across Kitchissippi following the record-breaking Jan. 17 snowstorm in Ottawa.
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