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November 6, 6:30pm • National Arts Centre •

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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!

Here’s a sampling of some of the sweet ass contributions we got towards the Nuit Blanche colouring party from this past Saturday. These are some of Ottawa’s finest, kindest, smartest, and best-looking, not to mention insanely talented illustrators. Feast your eyes on some of their line drawings, pre-crayon bastardization.

Ottawa’s second annual (and Gatineau’s first!) Nuit Blanche came and went with a big, wet bang. Huge congrats to all the incredible contributions around the city, the valiant organizers, and the brave determined souls who made the night what it was - another chapter in our city’s creative awakening.

Among the many incredible artists, some personal faves included Lori Victor’s “How Would Mary Feel?" at the Rectory House, and of course Christopher Griffin’s Super Nova.

Creative Mornings got up to a little ruckus of our own with a “Colouring Book Party for the all Grown’d Up.” The event brought together some of Ottawa’s finest illustrators and their work, while people dropped by and helped decorate them with crayons and an encouraging dose of Hoity Toity Cellars Cider.

As you can imagine, the results were mayhem, and many thanks are in order.

Wallack’s hooked up the colourful, waxy goodness. The Drink was more than hospitable, and Hoity Toity was stunningly generous in making sure everyone had the necessary inspirational fuel. If you get a chance to check out their ciders, do it. Ciders are coming, and these guys will be leading the charge from Bruce County, Ontario.



CreativeMornings Ottawa is thrilled to announce a partnership with the City of Ottawa. This relationship will look to both support and promote the growing creative scene in Ottawa, and will be formalized at a very special July event hosted at Marion Dewar Plaza. Mayor Jim Watson will be in attendance.

"This partnership with the City is our way of officially recognizing not just CreativeMornings but also the creative community as a whole in Ottawa. It speaks to the fact that the City recognizes the importance of creativity, innovation and forward-thinking."

Sharif Virani, Co-Founder of CreativeMornings Ottawa

CreativeMornings Ottawa just celebrated its 1st birthday last month and over the past year has been hosting monthly gatherings with some of Ottawa’s top creative minds. To date, well over a thousand people have attended the inspirational breakfast speaker series, ceating a fresh sense of optimism and collaboration amongst local citizens and businesses.

"Ottawa sometimes gets branded as a boring grey flannel government town when that really isn’t true. We’re in the midst of our incredible summer festival season in Ottawa right now and that’s just one example of the diverse set of offerings our city has year round. We need to do a better job at promoting Ottawa’s vibrancy and I’m glad to see that events like CreativeMornings Ottawa are around to do just that."

Mayor Jim Watson

This month’s event at city hall is shaping up to be the largest gathering yet. The City of Ottawa, through the signing of an memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Community Arts and Social Engagement division, recognizes CreativeMornings as a catalyst for creativity; a focal point among its increasingly creative populace.

"This partnership is emblematic of our goal to reach a broad demographic across the city. We want to turn the corner on creative community building in Ottawa, and to do that, we need to collaborate with local government and policy makers."

Michael Grigoriev, Co-Founder CreativeMornings Ottawa

CreativeMornings Ottawa will also be formally announcing the launch of the CreativeMorning Ottawa’s Scholarship for the Inspired at the July 19th event. Playing off the support and money raised at an earlier event in the spring, the group - in collaboration with the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO) - will attempt to raise enough money for two people this year to explore and expand their creative potential and abilities through courses at the respective institutions. This scholarship is the first of its kind in CreativeMornings history. For more information, visit (site live as of the 19th).

The July 19th event will feature speaker John Doran, president of Domicile Developments Inc. Doran will be speaking about urban space development, the future of our communities and his approach in his work. His breadth of experience in this area, particularly focused around community engagement and the informed use of space, will serve as a great background for the morning’s discussion. As all CreativeMornings events go, it will begin at 8:30am. The event is free of charge and includes breakfast, a 20 minute talk, followed by a group discussion and Q&A. Tickets are available at


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Huge hat tip to the Creative Mornings Vancouver chapter for this amazing interview Global BC’s Jill Krop

Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier are the brains behind Victoire Boutique, not to mention our October 2012 Creative Mornings speakers.

We wanted to share the first video they put together in a series called Shop Talk, and also had a few questions for the gals. Enjoy!

CM: Where was the most memorable window you ever saw? What made it so special?
Victoire: Part of the reason we love to travel so much is to get to go to other small independent boutiques and be inspired by their displays. Sometimes it’s a shop display, sometimes it’s a grocery store display, sometimes it’s a gallery exhibit. But I think something that influenced Katie and I alot was how the shop Lola & Emily in Mtl (they’re closed now but were open for 10 years and were a huge inspiration to us) merchandised. I think they were the first shop that made us realize that displays and windows don’t have to be about “selling” or like “this week’s featured jeans!” but more a way to express a vibe or a mood or a particular inspiration for that season. They merchandised alot with furniture, they would recreate a bedroom or apartment feel that made the shop feel really intimate, and that inspired us to recreate that intimate vibe at Victoire as well.
CM: Any funny stories/memories come to mind with respect to the creation of a particular window?
Victoire: A few years ago we did a window with balloons, it was beautiful. But we had to take it down because we kept getting calls from our alarm company in the middle of the night about the alarm going off, and we would freak out thinking we had been burglarized, we’re getting dragged out of bed in a panic, but it was just the balloons popping in the middle of the night that was setting off the alarm. We also did a movie-themed window with old VHS & popcorn everywhere, but some people would walk by and think we were a video store (??? as though the SHOP FULL OF DRESSES wasn’t a tip-off), and then ask us if we had these super obscure movies…and we were like “uhhhhh we’re not a video store?”  
CM: What is your remedy for the window creator’s equivalent of “writer’s block”?
Victoire: Inspiration can really come from anywhere! A quick stop at Blumen studio, going to the OAG, even our friend’s apartments can be a source of inspiration. We’ve also got running lists in our phones to write down anytime something inspires us. And Pinterest/Instagram are always great to see what other shops are up to to use that as a jump-off point.

The CreativeMornings Ottawa team, in case you didn’t already know, is uber passionate about food.

We live it and breath it.

The folks over at Perrenial Plate do it right - take a look at this food porn video that kept us up late last night.


We love this video by local firm Bv02 - Doing good work for good people. Keep it up guys!