CreativeMornings Ottawa March 2020: Identity, with Nick Lacelle of Dan Rascal

If you had to describe your identity – the qualities, characteristics and attributes that make you, you – what would you say?

Some might describe their core values: Honesty. Integrity. Fun.

Others might focus on their physical appearance. After all, there’s nothing more unique to each of us than our faces and bodies.

In other cases, identity is wrapped up in activity – closely tying it to the jobs, family time and leisure activities that dominate our days.

This notion of identity will be the core focus on Friday, March 20, when CreativeMornings Ottawa will host filmmaker and entrepreneur Nick Lacelle for a talk on this month’s theme of identity.

Nick’s public-facing identity is closely tied with the notion of creativity, thanks to 20 years of industry experience in film and television. From working as a director and cinematographer on feature films, including projects for Netflix and HBO Canada, to working in television for MTV and Comedy Network, to name a few, Nick has dedicated himself to pushing cinematic boundaries, obsessed with achieving the most out of every production.

In his talk, Nick will discuss the importance of knowing your brand’s character and identity while exploring the notion of “personified branding.”

He’ll also examine how he helps translate brands into characters in his work as partner and Creative Director with Dan Rascal, a video production company specializing in high-end video and video content strategies for brands and other agencies.

Nick will also discuss the role of identity has played in his career and how it impacts the creative process, creative pitfalls and the “get out of jail free” card that is “doing what you love”.

“Your identity is made up of multitudes — the stories you carry, the music you love, the challenges you overcome, the books you read, the communities you’re a part of, and more,” reads this month’s theme announcement from CreativeMornings HQ.

“But your identity is a colorful blend of not only what you consume or create, but also the questions you ask and what you’re willing to learn.”

How will your notion of identity affect your creative process?

CreativeMornings Ottawa is delighted to invite you to hear from Nick and gather with other local creatives on March 20.

Free tickets will become available on March 13 here.

And please follow along with us using the hashtags #CMidentity and #CMOttawa.

See you there!

CreativeMornings Ottawa February 2020: Invest, with Josh McJannett of Dominion City Brewing Co.

When most people think of investment, they think of finances: Investing in the stock market or buying into a mutual fund or purchasing a Canada Savings Bond. Whatever the means, though, the goal is always the same – to create a better future for ourselves.

What we don’t think about as much is investment in our creativity. The means might be different – think of trading in a stock for choosing to read a book or attend an event – but the idea is similar: By investing our time and energy in the right activities, we can become more creative.

On February 28, 2020 CreativeMornings Ottawa will host local entrepreneur Josh McJannett, the co-founder of Dominion City Brewing Co. at the Ottawa Art Gallery for a talk on the theme of invest.

Dominion City has, over the last five years, built a reputation for investing – both in brewing quality beer and investing in its community.

In 2018, for example, Dominion City introduced “Buck-A-Beer (For refugees in Ottawa)”. The program turned a government incentive to brew beer that only cost consumers a dollar into a fundraiser for refugees in Ottawa.

Dominion City has shown that investing in your community can produce big results. But so too does investing in our creativity.

Every decision we make – every day – is an investment for or against our creativity. Choosing to spend our time picking up a new hobby or joining a certain community can pay big dividends for our creative efforts.

“Wise investing requires patience and awareness,” says this month’s note from CreativeMornings global.

“It’s an art that combines our knowledge from past experiences with future aspirations to inform where we’ll put our energy and our heart. To live a sustainable creative life requires us to say ‘yes’ to the choices that bring richness into our lives, even when it seems risky.”

How will your investment in yourself build a better creative future for creativity?

CreativeMornings Ottawa is thrilled to welcome you to hear more from Josh’s journey of investment with Dominion City. We hope you’ll join us!

Free tickets will go live on February 21 here.

And, of course, you can follow along with this month’s theme using February’s hashtags: #CMInvest and #CMottawa

Welcome to a new decade of CreativeMornings Ottawa!

We ended 2019 on a super high note thanks to our incredible community, and we are continuing the trend into 2020. We hope you’ll join us!

We’re starting off the year with a well-known community member, activist, DJ and artist to speak on this month’s global theme—Roots.

Ian Campeau, also known as DJ NDN and Migizi Bebaayaad, is the co-founder and former member of the music group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR). Through a powerful combination of art and activism, he uses his notoriety to draw attention to issues of racism, gender-based violence, stigmas of mental health, and other forms of oppression.

In this talk, Ian will teach us the importance of reconnecting with our roots and how the reclamation of traditional language is essential to understanding Indigenous culture.

Anishinaabe from the Nipissing First Nation, he is a charismatic, impassioned speaker, who promotes discussion and sharing of knowledge to help bring about change.

We cannot wait to hear his talk!

Free tickets will go live on January 23 here:

See you on January 31 at the Ottawa Art Gallery!

It’s the last CreativeMornings Ottawa of the decade and we want to make it extra special for you! That’s why this month, we have two engaging speakers from BEING Studio, a not-for-profit art space in the Bronson Centre that supports a community of artists with developmental disabilities, to speak on the theme of Silence.

What happens when you promote inclusive, unfiltered creative expression and nurture new ideas?

That’s exactly what BEING Studio is promoting and what we will explore in this month’s talk.

Speaking on the theme is Stephanie Nadeau, the Executive Director of BEING Studio and Debbie Ratcliffe, an artist at BEING.

We can’t wait to see you all on December 20 at the Ottawa Art Gallery!

Tickets will go live here on Friday, December 13 at 11:00 AM. 


This month we’re welcoming Lisa J. Weiss to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage to speak to the November global theme Lost, as an invitation, and gateway, to creativity.

Lost is one of those words which elicits a body response. We’ve all had the experience of being lost, whether physically or emotionally. Imagine if, instead of bracing against it, we could tap into the genius of the experience and transform it into one of innovation that jump starts our ability to be creative in how we shape our world. 

Join us on November 29 at the Ottawa Art Gallery! Tickets go live Friday, November 22 at 11 a.m. - don’t snooze!


Happy October, Ottawa!

We’re jumping into the new season with a fun new theme and a fantastic speaker who we cannot wait to have on the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage.

Our speaker is psychologist and expert on creativity and imagination, Eve-Marie Blouin. Eve-Marie came to us with a beautiful pitch on how she can teach and inspire our audience to get into a state of flow, and let’s just say we were sold.


So what is flow?

Flow is a state where time stops existing and the ‘sense of self’ disappears. We have all experienced this at one point in our lives, oftentimes by accident. For some of us, flow came while skiing down a difficult hill, and for others, while painting a lavish landscape or performing in a play.

Whatever the activity, flow is likely to come when the challenges of the situation match a person’s skills, when the goal of the activity is clear, and when people value the activity.

Since getting into a state of flow can help people grow their skill set and access a deeper mode of thinking (all of which are beneficial for creativity), Eve will introduce you to the concept of flow, we will reflect on our own experiences, and practice “hacking” into this state through a play-based activity.

Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

Tickets for #CMflow on Friday, October 18 will go live on October 11 right here.


Pictured: Eve’s previous flow and play workshop at the NAC.

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

This month, Ottawa-based visual artist Marisa Gallemit will share her musings on the unwieldy process of finding expansive mentors, foraging the imagination and trusting in the potency of our own innate ingenuity.


Marisa believes that old things tell stories and is motivated by the concept that every object carries its own history and energy.

Marisa manipulates, deconstructs and distorts objects into sculptural compositions which mimic the corporal and the natural, exploring the odyssey of human emotion, identity and heritage.

Her three-dimensional works use repurposed materials, rhythmic forms and organic textures, acting as tactile monuments to our collective and subtle human experiences.


You can check out more of her incredible work here:

#CMmuse is on September 27. Free tickets will be released on September 20 at 11 am here: 

We want to know, what do you do to draw out your muse for creative inspiration, guiding you to new ideas? Tweet us. #CMmuse

This month theme #CMJustice, we are excited to welcome speaker Daniel Tucker-Simmons, principal lawyer and co-founder of Avant Law firm, specializing in workers’ rights, housing rights, and human rights. There’s a long-running, problematic belief that ‘law = anti-creativity’. To many, law is rarely considered as a profession that encourages freewheeling, creative thought, but in reality, lawyers are communicators; in order to problem-solve, they have to constantly find new, innovative ways to communicate and make positive, lasting change.

Creativity is a quality not typically associated with the justice system. And for good reason. In this talk, Daniel problematizes the glacial pace of innovation in the legal services sector and its contribution to the access to justice crisis, presents some imaginative innovations attempting to deal with the problem, and extends an invitation to creative minds in other sectors to turn their focus to law.

Join us on August 30 at the Ottawa Art Gallery! Tickets go live Friday, August 23 at 11 a.m. don’t snooze!


Introducing CreativeMornings Ottawa’s newest supporting partner – Cloud in the Sky

In addition to recently revealing this month’s theme, we’ve got another HUGE announcement to make! We have partnered with Cloud in the Sky Studios to help us capture our creativity-driven, community-oriented monthly meetups!

Much like ourselves, Cloud in the Sky Studios is enthusiastically devoted to encouraging all creatives to collaborate. They are an Ottawa-based video production team composed of artists, writers, directors, cinematographers, photographers, designers, and editors. Their incredible roster of clients including BlackBerry, NBA Canada, Carleton University and many more speaks to their standards.

When asked what they think makes Ottawa a creative city, Cloud in the Sky Studios’ Brittany Delgaty responded, “SO many things! We may not have the numbers of that of Toronto, for example, but we have such a diverse, active community and we believe this stimulates creativity in all forms. What makes Ottawa unique is the fact that you can get bigger-city vibes yet find nature everywhere. Nature is important to a lot of us here at the studio for staying fresh and with an open mind.”

We couldn’t more excited to have this team of award-winning storytellers help us tell our stories! So, for those of you who can’t attend, not to worry! Thanks to Cloud in the Sky Studios, everyone can tune into our talks.

Show them some social media love and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Want to learn more about Cloud in the Sky Studios? Catch them at our next meetup on August 30th or visit

As we mentioned last month, we’re going to be talking about something completely new to CreativeMornings Ottawa for this month’s global theme END! You may have guessed it… but then again maybe not. It's definitely something that will 'bud' your interest... 😏 Okay enough with the build up! We’re so excited to welcome Jessica Hay, Creative Director at Canopy Growth Corporation to the stage to speak on the end of the marijuana prohibition and how it’s ‘budding’ new beginnings in many industries including the creative field. 

Join us on July 19 at the Ottawa Art Gallery! Tickets go live THIS Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. don’t snooze!