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Kellylee Evans

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March 29, 8:30am • Ottawa Little Theatre • part of a series on Courage

Make plans to join us on THURSDAY, March 29 when internationally acclaimed and Juno award winning singer-songwriter, Kellylee Evans will take the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage to speak on the global theme of “courage”.

Kelly is no stranger to the hard work involved in making a successful creative career. After a life-altering lightning strike in 2013 and a concussion in 2015, the next two years saw Kellylee dedicating her energy to recovering and getting back to making and sharing her music.

Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From recovering from a traumatic accident to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage.

Tickets are FREE and will be available on HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, March 23. Mark your calendar and set your alarm!

Event details coming shortly!

** Photo credit to Chris Roussakis of Roussakis photography **

Join us on Friday, February 23 (8:30AM - 10AM) at the beautiful Andaz Hotel for this month’s talk on curiosity! We’re pleased to welcome twin brothers, artist and curators Jason and Stefan St-Laurent to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as this month’s speakers. 

Curiosity is many things—a trait, a mindset, and a skill. To wonder about the things you don’t know and to actively fill those gaps with knowledge is to consciously enrich your life. It’s also the secret sauce for creativity. Curiosity silences ego and encourages us to ask why. By constantly asking why we keep the channel open, allowing inspiration, perspectives, and ideas to mold our work and ourselves.

Tickets are FREE and will be available HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, February 16, 2018! Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in too late!

** Photo credit to Pat McGrat of the Ottawa Citizen. **

Happy New Year - we can’t wait to kick off our 2018 CreativeMornings series with all of you! Join us on Friday, January 26 as we welcome Marketing Specialist accidentally turned Linkedin Viral Content Creator, Michaela Alexis to the stage as this month’s speaker our our global theme anxiety

In this talk, Michaela will explore the ties between anxiety and perfectionism, how she overcame her battle with agoraphobia, and how even with anxiety, you too can learn to live life to its fullest.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, January 19, 2018! Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in too late!


Make plans to join us at Wallack’s Art Supplies on Friday, December 15, when Ottawa designer, Art Director and Partner at Able Company, Steve St. Pierre will speak on the global theme of “context”.

“Those who seek beauty will find it.” It can be hard to look at the world through a positive (or different) lens when times are tough. St. Pierre presents lessons learned from years of struggling with mental health issues and how he applies them to growing as a creative person.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, December 8. Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late!

Join us on Friday, November 24 at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management as we welcome Ted Fellow, Dr. Andrew Pelling to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as this month’s speaker on our global theme death!

His laboratory discoveries and advances are all predicated on death and the semi-living. The The living cells and tissues they study, and the products required to maintain them, are all a product of death. Ultimately, the creative scientific process of discovery is made stronger because it demands death - the death of ideas, hypotheses and specimens. 

Tickets are FREE and will be available HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, November 17. You wan’t want to miss this one!


Make plans to join us at EcoEquitable on Friday, October 27, when Ottawa Fashion Designer, Stacey Bafi-Yeboa will speak on the global theme of “pioneer”. 

You might be on the edge of pioneering something new; only time and your relentless drive to create against all odds will determine that. We look towards pioneers to bring us to new discoveries, domains, and knowledge about ourselves.

We’re looking at you.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at  at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, October 20. Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late! 

EcoEquitable will be hosting a Textile Summit throughout the day on October 27, click here for more info.

Hey! We’re doing things a little differently this month this month! We’re hosting a special CreativeMornings on Tuesday (that’s right, not Friday), September 26 at the new National Art Centre at 8 a.m. (30 mins earlier than usual). We’re honoured to welcome Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra t the CreativeMornings stage to lead us in a discussion about this month’s global theme: Compassion. 

The event is free, but you have to RSVP! Registration opens here –> at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19! Limited seats available so don’t miss out! 

Mark your calendars and join us at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park on Friday, August 25, as Kwende Kefentse takes to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage as our August speaker on the global theme of “Genius.” You’ll hear about the concept of Genius Loci - the phenomenology of place. Kwende will tell the story of how he came across the term and how it's changed his life trajectory.

Tickets are FREE and will be available at at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, August 18. Set your alarm, and don’t sleep in TOO late! 

Photo was taken by Ottawa photographer, Rémi Thériault .

While strict diets and hours of hard workouts may not necessarily be on the top of everyone’s things-that-thrill-us list, it is hard to deny that an active and cheerful morning routine can mean the difference between feeling on top of your game or at the bottom of it!

As a successful professional athlete our April speaker, Canadian Olympian, Sekou Kaba knows a thing or two about that. So he gave us a glimpse of his “zero-to-hero” morning routine! We were glad to hear that coffee does play a significant role in it…

What is your morning routine?

I get out of bed at 7:00 AM and pick up my headphones. I play some of my favourite groovy tunes and think of the day’s agenda. From there, I head out for a morning walk to clear my mind and loosen up. This is followed by a great breakfast and more eclectic music.

How long have you been following this routine for and why is it important to you?

I’ve been doing this for as long as I’ve been committed to becoming an elite athlete. I realized I needed to wake up every day with a burning desire to pursue my goal. My routine is what gets me in that state of mind.

What time do you typically wake up and go to bed?

I make it to bed around 11:30 PM and I rise at 7:00 AM - that’s what works for me!

We have to ask: Do you hit snooze? How often?

No snoozing for me. I sometimes wake before my alarm, if it does beat me, I usually get up after the third ring.

Would you say it is important to you to get a certain amount of sleep in a night?

Not necessarily. It depends on how taxed my body is from the day and what activities lie ahead. I’ve had some of my best performances on less than 4 hours of sleep.  

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

While still in bed, I examine my muscles for soreness from the previous night’s training. I proceed to stretch and activate the sore areas, followed by a back adjustment. It’s a great way to start the morning.

Do you answer emails first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?

I respond to short emails during breakfast and sometimes throughout the day. Long emails are for the evening.

Does your morning routine change on weekends? How?

My routine does change. Saturdays are my hardest training days so I spend most Fridays mentally preparing for the strenuous training session. I eat smarter and I spend a lot of time reading, listening to inspirational talks. I also get to bed earlier than usual.

What do you do in the morning that makes you feel the most prepared to start your day?

I listen to my favourite tunes with my good friend, coffee.

What do you do if you fail to follow your morning routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

I simply adjust. Those are old cars days. It may take a while to get my engine started, but I dig deep and do some positive self-talk. soon after the engine gets going.

Don’t miss Sekou’s talk on this month’s theme “Beyond” happening on Friday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. with some good morning tunes and even better 

Free tickets will be released HERE on Friday, April 21s at 11 a.m. Stay tuned and be sure to RSVP!