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New LGBTQ-owned bookstore to open

Hintonburg is set to have an LGBTQ-owned book store soon: The Spaniel’s Tale plans to open by early September. Owners Cole Davidson and Stephen Crocker dreamed of starting a bookstore together for many years and they share their story with us.

Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park brings The Tempest to summer audiences

This summer, a Company of Fools theatre company is performing The Tempest at over 40 parks in the National Capital Region, including several in Kitchissippi. Artistic Director Nicholas Leno told us what audiences can expect.

MPP Joel Harden starts second term, won’t run for NDP leadership

Back in June, Joel Harden was re-elected MPP for Ottawa Centre. We speak with Harden as he begins work again at the provincial legislature this month and what his plans are for his second term. 

Hintonburg Community Centre gets green retrofit, first of its kind in city building

The Hintonburg Community Centre is receiving $625,000 for green infrastructure improvements. Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi and Mike Fletcher, a project manager of the environmental program with the city, share more.

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! 


June 20-Aug. 13: a Company of Fools - The Tempest

The outdoor Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park series has returned to parks around the city once again, including several parks in Kitchissippi. This summer season, the theatre company is performing The Tempest. “Best known for our Torchlight Shakespeare in the Park series, we tour 90-minute versions of Shakespeare’s hits to over 35 community parks during July and August. Our shows pair Shakespeare’s text with physical theatre techniques of slap-stick, mask, and puppetry. Let us help you discover your love for theatre through our foolish approach to storytelling!” the a Company of Fools website states. The Tempest runs June 20-Aug.13. Visit for more information or check out the story on Pages 26-27 of the August edition of Kitchissippi Times

Aug. 13-27: Wall Space Gallery - Ariane Beauchamp, Laura Culic and Boyd Waites - Stopping Place 

“Join us for a group show featuring works by Ariane Beauchamp, Laura Culic, and Boyd Waites. This exhibition brings together each artists’ environmentalist and romantic perspectives of the natural world and our human place within it,” the Wall Space Gallery states. The exhibition runs Aug.13-27 at 358 Richmond Rd. To learn more, visit 

Aug. 21-28: Capital Pride Festival

The Capital Pride Festival is running from Aug. 21-28 this year and features outdoor concerts, different events, a street festival and the Pride Parade. “This year’s theme ‘All Together Now’ is an invitation to the community to celebrate and advocate. The Capital Pride Festival brings our communities together. After a challenging two years, we are excited to celebrate All Together Now! This is our opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the full of diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community! At the same time, Pride is rooted in activism. When we come together, we reflect on the challenges our communities face and progress that has been achieved and we continue to advocate for action locally and around the world. Our communities are stronger when we are all together,” the Capital Pride website states. To learn more, 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


Bingo at Westboro Legion Downstairs Hall, 389 Richmond Rd. Door opens at 4 p.m., kitchen at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information: 613-725-2778.

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

HOK: For Humans of Kitchissippi, Ria Heynen shared her journey: from growing up in the Netherlands during World War II, to her immigration to North America and, eventually, her time teaching music and raising a family in Ottawa.
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