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December 21, 8:30am • Ottawa Art Gallery • part of a series on Tradition

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The man, the legend, the rebel? We’ll find out as one of the most prominent figures in Ottawa’s music scene - Eugene Haslam - joins us as we take on the topic of Rebel. 

For those involved in the music scene in town, Mr. Haslam is no stranger. In 1995, he resurrected Barrymore’s and hosted bands such as the Tragically Hip and Radiohead. In 1999 he gained full ownership of the institution Zaphod Beeblebrox and became a staple in the fabric of musical community. Zaphod’s is about to celebrate its 22nd rockin anniversary and we’re eager to hear Eugene’s story from banker, to local rock legend, to politician and much more. 

The Rebel theme is presented by Shutterstock, and was chosen by the Portland chapter. This event is being hosted in a very special place, and we’re excited to call the Enriched Bread Artists Studios - Ottawa’s largest artist studio co-op - home this Friday morning. Rumour has it breakfast is taking on a bit of a rebellious spin and we’re ditching coffee and pastries for some Gongfu Bao!

Tickets are available right here so get at em and don’t delay because seating is limited. For a great write up on Eugene, check this piece in the Ottawa Citizen from a couple years back. 


Our international January theme is Childhood. Pretty sure we’ve all been there, and some of us might even remember it, but childhood ain’t necessarily easy. Thank goodness for some amazing initiatives (and our next speakers!) like Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls to foster some Ottawa based teens inner musical creativity. 

Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls (ORC4G) is a three-day camp held annually in Ottawa since 2006. The camp was first organized locally by the feminist arts collective, Ladyfest Ottawa. In 2012 campa small arts collective comprised of volunteer local female musicians and music lovers took over the project. Our camp seeks to empower young women aged 13 to 17 by offering them the chance to learn an instrument, meet new friends and perform at a showcase concert. 

ORC4G believes that all girls, regardless of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, developmental ability, religion or sexual orientation, should be able to attend camp. As such, we fundraise extensively to allow a variety of girls to participate - our suggested donation for participating in the weekend is of 20$, which includes use of instrument, rehearsal space, all meals and a showcase concert. 


Their next camp will be held in the fall of 2014, and they are actively looking for more volunteers to help fundraise, plan new activities and outreach to more communities so they can make their next event the most successful yet! 

Tickets for Maxime Brunet’s talk on ORC4G are going live Monday at 11:00am, and are available here

Now that you’ve finally built up the courage to work off those holiday pounds, have sworn off the booze, and channeled your inner hermit to dive into a deep hibernation… it’s the Creative Mornings holiday party!

Hey, we figured we’d let you recover just a bit before keeping that holiday cheer going for at least one more night. If you remember last year’s holiday party, it was a ball, and Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s shared his vision on what went into creating the company. If you missed his talk, check it out here.

This year we’ve got another fellow who knows a thing or two about how to make a meal, and a business, and a food truck. To speak on the theme “Make” we’ve got Mr. Tim Van Dyke of LUNCH.

Tim is an entrepreneur who knows how to make a mean, socially conscious, ethical, and delicious sandwich. He will be sharing his story that’s sure to leave you as hungry as entertained, but we’ve got you covered…

Since this is a holiday affair, we’re mixing things up a little and hosting this Creative Mornings in the evening. We want to make it nice and easy for you to make it out, so it’s going down from 5-7:30pm at HUB Ottawa (71 Bank St, 6th floor). Tickets will be available starting at 10:00am here.

Next Friday is shaping up to be a huge day for us and our next speaker. As Herd Mag celebrates their 1 year anniversary, we’re lucky enough to have their co-founder and Editor-in-Chief join us for Creative Mornings!

Stephanie and Herd have been huge supporters of Creative Mornings from day one, and now’s our change to turn the mic to them as Stephanie joins us to speak about Bravery. 

Stephanie Vicente has been writing since she could hold a pencil and spell a handful of words. For years, she wrote as a means of therapy and remedy for her struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, something that until recent years, she kept hidden from her colleagues and comrades. Stephanie worked in film and television for years until a major breakdown and revelation led her to give in to her true passion: writing. Giving up a career in which she gave many years of herself was not an easy decision. But the decision was made on the grounds that her sanity was more important than her successes. By sharing her true self, whether through her art or conversation, Stephanie has found her lifeline. It was in the quest to find happiness, emotional stability, and inner strength, that Herd Magazine came to fruition. Stephanie invites you to revisit her journey from the depths of her darkness through the uplifting strides taken to follow a dream that became a reality. As Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Herd, creativity as a form of rehabilitation is her mantra, and she will share with you the unabridged story behind her beliefs and successes.

We’ve announced a super quick and dirty design competition to come up with the logo for LocAle and left you in the dark on some details as we’re figuring them out. So, we got our team of highly trained lawyers on it and without further ado here we go. 


LocAle is a super limited edition batch of beer that will be available for a very limited time at select local events and one local bar. All of which will be announced shortly. Proceeds from the sale of LocAle will go towards supporting Hidden Harvest, the source of the apples for the beer and other fantastic initiatives in town to help in their efforts to pull this cool project off. (Creative Mornings itself is not profiting from the sale of the beer.) 

This initiative is part of Support Local Month, which is described here!


Support Local logo by Steve St. Pierre.

The motivation for the logo can come from anywhere, but the themes of support local, collaboration, the participating logos available here, and the name LocAle are useful sources of inspiration.


The logo should be submitted in vector format (.AI or .EPS) as it will be reproduced in various formats (web and print).


The super tight deadline (we know, we know…) is 11:59pm November 27th. Submissions should be made to

The Prize

Given the low-volume, non-commercial use and support local theme of the beer, we are gathering an ever-growing prize pack from local businesses. Currently, we will be manufacturing custom coasters available at the bar that will be carrying LocAle with the designer’s name, a feature write-up on the artist on the CreativeMornings blog, and promotion through multiple channels of winning designer’s name and work. We also have two free Bartender One Bartending School classes to give away to the winning entry, and expect more prizes to come on board soon!

Terms of Use

All works submitted will remain the exclusive property of the Entrant. The winning logo will be used in Creative Mornings marketing material (credited to the designer) and will not be employed for any commercial gain outside of the scope of the limited run LocAle distribution. 

psst, you may have heard the news but in the spirit of support local (and kick ass beer) we’ve partnered with two of our favourite organizations to create LocAle. Local apples, local beer, local ideas, and now we need local design!LocAle needs a logo and what better way to get one than to tap into our awesome community of local ideas and talent  We’d love to open up submissions for your ideas on a LocAle logo. The winning submission will be announced to the public at our next Creative Mornings on November 29th, and will be produced on material for events as well as a special prize!Below is a link for the logos of all contributing organizations for inspiration. So what do you think Ottawa, care to share some ideas because we’d love to see em!

Please send submissions to by November 27th!

Hidden Harvest has shared some photos of what’s gone into gathering, pressing, and reducing the apple cider into the syrup that Kichesippi will be using to create LocAle. Check the rest of their process photos here!

As part of Ottawa’s yearly Support Local Month we partnered up with two of our favourite organizations - Hidden Harvest and Kichesippi Beer Co. - to create a very special edition limited batch hyperlocal brew we’ve dubbed LocAle.


Hidden Harvest are the brilliant folks who are revealing and sharing nature’s urban bounty here in Ottawa. By gathering fruits and nuts from the city’s often hidden but abundant trees that would otherwise go to waste, Hidden Harvest is making a huge impact in the community by redistributing them to those in need. Well guess what, they’ve got an abundance of apples that are looking to be put to great use in a first of it’s kind Support Local initiative.


As many in Ottawa’s creative community now know, Kichesippi Beer Co. are the ultimate embodiment of the “support local” spirit. Lending their support to so many initiatives around the city (even their brewery!) they’ve very quickly become a massive ally for anyone looking to make shit happen. Genuinely some of the nicest folks around and they make a hell of a beer too.

Suffice to say, we’re honoured and priviledged to be able to collaborate with these incredible organizations on a fun project and make some local apple syrup infused Kichesippi Beer. Stay tuned for details on availability and enjoy the rest of Support Local Month!