Saturday, 31 December 2016

Free Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

Ottawa City Hall Party

Sesquicentennial Celebrations at Ottawa City Hall. This early-evening NYE party will offer family-friendly activities and the lighting of a spectacular gas-powered cauldron in Marion Dewar Plaza. From the cauldron, students will form a human chain through Ottawa’s downtown core to symbolize youthful optimism. The cauldron, which is approximately 16 feet high and 13 feet wide, will be located near the memorial fountain next to Laurier Avenue. This event is free.

Parliament Hill Party

Celebrate – Canada 150 Kick Off will take place on Parliament Hill at 7:00 p.m. There will be special activities on both sides of the Ottawa River, including live music performances and a pyromusical fireworks show at 8:17 p.m., also known as 20:17! This celebration will kick off festivities all across the country! After the fireworks at 8:17 p.m., Canadian artists Radio Radio, Brett Kissel and Carly Rae Jepsen will take the stage. There will then be a second fireworks display at midnight. This event is free. Visit Ottawa Tourism’s Signature 2017 Events page for more details at

Hogmanay (Scottish Society of Ottawa) Party

The Scottish Society of Ottawa is throwing its fifth annual Hogmanay at Lansdowne's Aberdeen Pavilion. Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve, and Ottawa's version will include music (with headliners, The Barra MacNeils), dancing, skating, food and drink, and activities for children. There will be two countdowns: one at the family-friendly hour of 7 p.m. to countdown with the folks Scotland, and another at midnight to ring in the Canadian New Year. Admission is free. Expect numerous renditions of Auld Lang Syne. For more information, visit the Hogman-eh! Website at

Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free New Year’s Eve Party

For the past quarter-century, College ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli has been hosting a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve party. This year is no different, and the 26th edition of the Centrepointe get-together starts at 6 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place. There will be sleigh rides, skating and live entertainment, with fireworks at 10 p.m.  For more information, visit the Rick Chiarelli Alcohol-Free New Year's website at

Monday, 19 December 2016

123rd Ottawa Scouts Holiday Bottle Drive

123rd Ottawa Scouts Holiday Bottle Drive

When: January 7th, 2017 (Starting at 9am)

Why: The money will be used to replace aging/old scout equipment for the local scout group


Step 1: Put bottles outside of door with a scout flyer attached (flyer delivered to your home by scout group - if you did not receive a flyer, simply add a piece of paper with the label "123rd Ottawa Scouts")

Step 2: Put the bottles out so they are visible from the road before 9am

Step 3: The scouts will take your bottles

Areas Covered:

Between Woodroffe and Greenbank, Baseline and the Queensway

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Community Ice Rink - Sunday 12:00-2:00 - Volunteers Needed

We are going to start building the ice for our community skating rink in Kilreen Park on Sunday, December 18th from 12:00-2:00pm.

What is Involved?

We need volunteers to help us pack down the snow for the rink.  This can be done with shovels, snow shoes and even by pulling sleds over the snow. 

When: Sunday, December 18th. 12:00-2:00pm

All are welcome and we would appreciate your help!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School 6th Annual Caroling Evening

Hello Neighbours,

Our Lady of Victory School Parent Council is hosting its 6th annual Caroling Evening on Friday December 16th.  We would like to let you know that students will be coming door to door on your street between 6 pm and 7 pm that evening.  We welcome you to answer your door and enjoy the beautiful Christmas Spirit and voices of our children.

We will be accepting donations of cash or non-perishable food items for a family in need from our school community.  We will be preparing a Christmas hamper for them to make their season a bit brighter.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Next QTSRCA Meeting - December 12th

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview Community Association (QTSRCA) will be holding our next monthly meeting on December 12th, 7:30-9:00 and you are welcome to join us.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is available at this link.

A special information session will take place from 7:30-8:00 for all those who would like to volunteer with our community ice rink.

When: December 12th, 7:30 pm 
Where: Sonny’s Bar and Grill – 1119 Baxter Rd

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Theatre in Ottawa

Looking for something to do as we approach the winter season? Why not enjoy some live theatre from one of Ottawa’s great theatre companies:

Arts Court -

About: Currently housed in the building are 26 independent arts organizations. Arts Court is home to a group of Ottawa’s professional arts producers and presenters including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Dance Directive, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, and Club SAW. A historic landmark downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         December 2-4th: Mirror Mountain Film Festival
·         December 6th: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
·         December 7th: On the Fringe
·         December 8th: DIGI60 Festival Launch Party
·         December 13th: Art Battle


About: Centrepointe Theatre is a fully-serviced performance venue owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. Its amenities include 954 comfortable seats, excellent sightlines and acoustics, coat check, licensed bar and a computerized box office. Helpful staff, affordable rental rates, state-of-the art theatre technology and a large proscenium stage make the theatre ideal for all types of performances, large presentations and ceremonies.

Next Show(s):
·         December 5th: Colin Mochrie & Deb McGrath
·         December 15th: Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite


About: In 2015, the theatre building was sold again and a lease was signed to keep The Gladstone a theatre for years to come. In 2016, a newly formed volunteer steering committee held a community consultation and distributed an online survey on the subject of the future of The Gladstone. Results were highly encouraging! In November 2016, The Gladstone Theatre was incorporated as a non-profit with the purpose of managing the venue and ensuring that it remains a home for Ottawa independent theatre.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 3rd: Welfarewell
·         December 8-17th: The Maltese Falcon: The Radio Show
·         December 18-23rd: A Christmas Carol
·         December 31st: Paul Hutcheson’s New Year’s Eve

The Great Canadian Theatre Company -

About: In 2016-2017, GCTC is celebrating its 42nd anniversary season and we have great cause to celebrate our achievements. Ottawa is rich in arts organizations. Yet none is quite like the Great Canadian Theatre Company. GCTC represents a viewpoint and approach to theatre that no other arts organization in this community is exploring. With a long history of creating theatre that is compassionate, thought provoking and immediately relevant, we produce theatre that does not prescribe a point of view, but rather encourages audience members to engage in debate and discussion. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work producing over 80 and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights.

Next Show(s):
·         November 29 – December 18th: The Daisy Theatre


About: Kanata Theatre is an all-volunteer amateur  community theatre company operating in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. It began in 1968 as a play reading group in a sleepy bedroom community. At that time the town consisted of only a handful of houses, one public school, two gas stations, a post office and an A&P grocery store.

Next Show(s):
·         December 27-30th: High School Musical

The Lakeside Players -

About: The Lakeside Players is a non-profit community theatre group formed in January of 1990 in the Britannia neighborhood, and based at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (formerly Lakeside Gardens) in Britannia Park, West-end Ottawa. The spring of 1990 heralded our first production, a 2-hour variety show that included musical and comedy acts, and two dramatic scenes from full-length plays.

Next Show(s):
·         TBA

The Mississippi Mudds -

About: The Mudds are a very active amateur theatre group located in Carleton Place, Ontario. The Mudds have a mission to bring Music, Dance and Drama to the community in an engaging and inclusive way. Our goal is to foster an appreciation of performing arts for members and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 2nd: Mary Poppins

National Arts Centre -

About: The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. 

Next Show(s):
·         November 30 – December 3rd: Alberta Ballet – The Nutcracker
·         December 11th: NAC Orchestra Players’ Association – FanFair
·         December 13-31st: A Christmas Carol

Orpheus Musical Theatre -

About: Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is North America's second longest-running organization of its kind. Orpheus has been entertaining Ottawa theatre audiences with musical performances of all kinds since 1906.

Next Show(s):
·         March 10-19th: Catch Me if You Can

Ottawa Little Theatre -

About: OLT has produced over 1,000 plays in our first century. All directors, designers, actors and stage crew are volunteers. As a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, OLT relies on its subscribers, ticket buyers and individual donors to provide nearly 70% of its income.  The balance is raised through fundraising, rentals and other sales.  1-3% of its income comes from government grants each year.

Next Shows(s):
·         November 30 – December 17th: The Three Musketeers