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Ian Campeau

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January 31, 8:30am • Ottawa Art Gallery • part of a series on Roots

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!


I wonder why the leaves on this tree differ from the leaves on this one? I wonder why the deer follow the same path and sleep here in the winter? I wonder why I’m happiest by the water? I wonder why the salamanders hide under rocks, and why frogs skin are so sensitive to the human touch?

This month’s theme on WONDER will be explored by Marlene Power, Executive Director of Child and Nature Alliance.

After this talk, our relationship with nature will be strengthened. We will learn how outdoor play, and exploring nature on a regular basis, can support children’s (and our inner child’s) innate curiosity and bring out a sense of wonder in our lives every day.

Join us on June 28 at the Ottawa Art Gallery! Tickets go live on Friday, June 21.

Introducing Banfield’s CreativeMornings monthly challenge!

We're thrilled to share that our incredible sponsor, Banfield Agency is celebrating its CreativeMornings Ottawa partnership with creative challenges surrounding our monthly global themes.

The video on this month’s theme of Wonder gave us chills! It encompasses exactly what the theme is all about and pairs perfectly with our speaker’s WONDERful topic.

Check out the video produced by Ryan Grevatt, Derrick Outram, Kelly Rusk, Emily Charette and Devin Singleton, that follows a man discovering the hidden wonders in the world around him.

Announcing award-winning architect, Darrell de Grandmont as our speaker for #CMpreserve! 

Not only does Darrell have over 20 years of design experience, but he is also passionate about sustainability, biomimicry and expressive design (amazing). 
Recently, he was the Chief Architect for the House of Commons, contributing in the rehabilitation of historical buildings and spaces located in the parliamentary precinct, including the West Block and Centre Block buildings.

During the talk, Darrell will share his personal journey in developing design narratives and how his most recent work has shone a light on the evolution of a building’s story.

And that’s not all we have planned this month…

May marks CM Ottawa’s 7th year! So we’ll be adding some extra special activities and goodies to celebrate our Birthday. Join us on May 31!

Registration will open on Friday, May 24 at 11 am.