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Bridge renamed for Indigenous leader

Earlier this summer, Ottawa city council voted in favour of renaming the former Prince of Wales Bridge to Chief William Commanda Bridge. Commanda served as chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation from 1951 to 1970, and was a well-known Algonquin elder for many years.

Community concerned about dying trees

The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) is concerned that the maples planted for Canada 150 are dying. We caught up with the WBCA and the City of Ottawa to learn more about the situation. 

Feline Café Foundation saved by community

At the start of July, the Feline Café Foundation made a financial call for help on social media, and community generosity prevailed. The local rescue was able to stay afloat and continue to help cats and kittens.

Capital Pride demands inclusion

Capital Pride is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the We Demand Rally that took place at parliament on Aug. 28, 1971. The theme of Capital Pride 2021 is “We Still Demand.” We caught up with the organization to talk about this year’s events and the work that still needs to be done in the community.  

HOK: Meet Don Butler!

Don Butler spoke with us for this month’s Humans of Kitchissippi feature. The longtime journalist tells us about his fiction novel and what he enjoys about living in the neighbourhood.

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-Aug. 31: Great Canadian Theatre Company – “NEGOTIATIONS WITH EXISTENCE”

“Presented online by GCTC, ‘Negotiations with Existence’ is a series of short films featuring intimate short-story narrations and original music, about the human condition and its confrontation with the small and bigger questions of existence. The series is written, narrated, photographed and produced by Ottawa-Toronto media producer and songwriter Timothy Trieste, Creative Director and founder of Sound of the Muse Records – Creative Media, and leader of the recording artist ensembles: The Life of Pearls and SleepWalk Plaza,” the Great Canadian Theatre Company website states.

The series runs throughout the summer from May 14 to Aug. 31. To learn more, visit gctc.ca

Aug. 3-28: Wall Space Gallery exhibition – “Celebrations of Summer”

“We are very excited to have guests in the gallery once more to enjoy the beautiful work our stable of artists have produced over the last year. This collection celebrates the natural world and how it has provided solace, refuge, and comfort to us when we may not have been able to find it elsewhere throughout the pandemic. These artists explore the land through a variety of media and expressions. Simultaneously, a harmonious rhythm blossoms across the works from an attention to texture and layering. While it comes as no surprise that the landscape has always been a mainstay of inspiration for artists everywhere, this past year’s shifts in daily inertia and a global rise in attention to social justice have brought environmental preservation to the forefront of our collective lives in an unprecedented way,” the Wall Space Gallery website states.

The exhibition runs from Aug. 3-28 and features work from Peter Colbert, Elizabeth D’Agostino, Erica Hawkes, Tanya Kirouac, Lori Richards, Ava Roth, Dan Ryan, and Amy Shackleton. To learn more, visit wallspacegallery.ca 

July 28-Aug. 15: Orange Art Gallery exhibition – “ON THE TABLE”

“Orange Art Gallery is thrilled to host Artist Jian Zhang in his first Solo Exhibition ‘On the Table’ in Ottawa, Canada. Zhang uses modern realistic painting techniques to paint his masterpieces. They have subtle and perfect light, colour and shape. This beautiful collection of works mainly depict still life creating pure and peaceful atmosphere in a simple and concise form. Jian Zhang was born in Anhui China and was awarded his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Donghua University in 2008. He came to Canada in 2019 and currently lives in Ottawa. He exhibits his work internationally including the National Arts Exhibition of China, John Moore Painting Prize(China), Shanghai Art Fair, Art Revolution Taipei and the LA Art Show,” the Orange Art Gallery website states. 

The gallery is open and the exhibition runs from July 28 to Aug. 15. Visit orangeartgallery.ca to learn more. 

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 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 

Retirement Living: We caught up with Tea & Toast CEO Amy Friesen to learn how the company helps seniors and families with their retirement living journeys. 
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