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HOK: Meet Scottie Irving

Scottie Irving is the keyboard player for Ottawa-based band The PepTides and a Hintonburg local. We caught up with him to learn more about what it was like growing up in a musical family and what he loves about Kitchissippi.

Lincoln looks back on year one with BIA

Judy Lincoln took on the role of executive director at the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) in May 2020. While the pandemic has brought many challenges, Lincoln says businesses have been able to adapt.

Over 40 families attend cooking class fundraiser

Grade 12 student Owen Hollingsworth hosted a cooking class fundraiser that raised $900 for the Parkdale Food Centre last month. Over 40 families attended the hockey-themed class.

Ancoura works to help adults living with mental illness

We caught up with local non-profit Ancoura about its work supporting individuals living with mental illness and how the organization has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biz Roundup

The latest Biz Roundup has news from the Wellington West and Westboro Village BIAs on business openings, closures, renovations and more!

Bonus spring 2021 West End Studio Tour

The West End Studio Tour (WEST) has added an open-air spring 2021 tour to its quarter-century tradition of fall tours. The special one-time spring tour will take place on the weekend of June 5-6.

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! 

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May 14-24 - The Canadian Tulip Festival (Virtual) 

Due to current pandemic restrictions, the Canadian Tulip Festival will be celebrated virtually again this year. 

“Unfortunately for all of us, travel is discouraged at this time. Fans of the festival are asked to stay home and experience the gift of tulips through our immersive virtual experience at www.tulipfestival.ca 

We look to welcome the world for our 70th Anniversary Platinum Jubilee, May 13-23, 2022,” the festival website states. 

Visit the website for livestreams of the tulips, interactive maps and online walking tours of the tulip gardens. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been celebrated annually in Ottawa since 1953. 

“The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada,” the festival website states. 

May 27-June 19 - Wall Space Gallery Exhibit - “River Variations”

“WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present River Variations, a collaborative exhibition from Vanessa McKernan and guest artist Julie Gladstone. Exploring ideas about the connected strengths and mysticisms of rivers and family mythology,” the Wall Space Gallery website states. 

The exhibit opens May 27 at 10 a.m. and closes June 19 at 3 p.m. To learn more, visit wallspacegallery.ca

New date: June 5-6 - WEST Bonus Spring Tour

The West End Studio Tour (WEST) is pleased to add an open-air Spring 2021 Tour to its quarter-century tradition of fall tours. This special one-time spring tour will take place on the weekend of June 5-6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists will display their work outdoors, in their yards and on their porches, strictly following the guidelines for physical distancing and access recommended by Ottawa Public Health. 

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 via aandbtoastmasters@gmail.com to receive the link.

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 members@shoutsisterchoir.ca 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 editor@kitchissippi.com 
In case you missed it: This month's Kitchissippi Homes looks at outdoor spaces and how to make the most of them!
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