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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 www.creativemorningsottawa.com (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 www.creativemorningsottawa.eventbrite.com


Media Contact
Suzy Kendrick
(613) 795-5459

Huge hat tip to the Creative Mornings Vancouver chapter for this amazing interview Global BC’s Jill Krop  http://lnkd.in/M9JpVj

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!

Originally posted on www.kateandsuz.com


When Creative Mornings Ottawa approached me {kate} to work with Wallack’s Art Supplies to design, curate, and run an interactive art wall for an upcoming event, I didn’t hesitate. And of course Suzy was there to support & celebrate.

Giving Back

The event:: ArtThrob, an art party + fundraiser for the Creative Mornings Scholarship for the Inspired. It quite literally reached in and pulled on all my h’art strings. This is what we’re all about.

Approaching their 1-year Anniversary, Creative Mornings didn’t feel they could rest on their laurels. Sure, it was a year filled with success after success, creatives pouring in from across the city for great speakers, great community, and great ideas — but it was time to give back.

Teaming up with Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO), one scholarship will be awarded to each school. What better way to give back to the creative community than helping to pave the way for two inspired students each year.

This scholarship is also the first of its kind in Creative Mornings history — setting the bar for CM chapters across Canada, and abroad.


H’art Wall

The mandate:: an interactive art wall where event attendees could paint, draw, and play with abandon. Working with Michael Wallack (Wallack’s Art Supplies) was an absolute blast. He stocked us up with piles of neon paints, Sharpie paint pens, UV lights, and lots of UV reactive goo. Not to mention three 6-ft black form core boards!

Propped up on easels, these boards became the perfect backdrop to the urban streetscape I brought to life before the event began. We turned every ArtThrobber who stopped by the wall into street art experts and graffiti artists. I lured them in to put their “tag” on the buildings, streets, and signs. No rules. All play. Barriers down. Creativity at it’s best.

Working side by Side with Robbie, from Fall Down Gallery and other local artist drop-ins made for the perfect marriage of focused art installation and raw free-spirited play!

“I am so happy with how the night turned out this year; I think the interactive element of the art wall was crucial to reminding people why they were there,” says Claudia Gutierrez, Development Officer at OSA.

Get Your Hands On That Scholarship!

You say: “I’m not a student. I’m not creative.”
We say: “
What? You didn’t get the memo? You ARE creative. And after all, aren’t we all students?”

It is never too early or too late to tap into that spark within and see where it takes you. The Scholarship isn’t just for typical “student-aged” people or so called “artists”. It’s for anyone and everyone who has the potential to be inspired; anyone who wants to access their creativity, and is curious about learning.

What is creativity? It’s being inspired by the everyday and doing something about it. What’s your paint brush — the creative tool that YOU use to do your job … to live your life? Whether you’re a scientist or a computer programmer and everything in between. Creativity exists in all of us, and is the magic ingredient in every job and every life.


So Apply Would Ya!

What do you have to lose?This may just be the sign you were waiting for, the added incentive you need. The application process will open at the end of April, and will remain open for about a month.

The criteria are loose by design; a combination of written, interactive, and interview components. Super chill. Super fun. Super inspired. For more details and to apply, you want to click here (as soon as the site is live, we’ll update this link).

Inspired to donate?

Although ArtThrob pulled in a whopping $1,000, we can’t stop there. Creative Mornings wants to double that … ensuring that each student receives $1,000 towards his/her tuition.

Missed ArtThrob? You went, but didn’t think $10 was enough to toss in? Here’s your chance. Please give generously. Any funds raised over the $2,000 goal will be placed in trust towards next year’s scholarships. Donation site will be up in about 2 weeks. We’ll update it here and here.

Respect For Our Roots

Of course we can’t cover ArtThrob without paying respect to its roots. Claudia, and then student at OSA, hosted the first ArtThrob last year as a way to raise funds for her graduation exhibit. Now the Development Officer at OSA, Claudia joined forces with Creative Mornings to bring ArtThrob back with a new and exciting purpose, but same underlying vision.

Gutierrez says OSA is a “[safe] haven, where anyone at any skill level can come and express themselves while learning new skills,” and that’s what this event and this scholarship is all about.

What’s Next?


If you haven’t heard about J’adart, you have now. Remember the love tub from ArtThrob’s photo booth? Well, this rockin’ vintage tub will be making it’s second debut at the 8th annual J’adart, an OSA fundraiser and roaring 20’s styled cocktail party, MC’d by our very own Suzy Kendrick and Liam Mooney.

OSA believes in “teaching art to everyone,” and this event helps make that possible. Amen.

Please come out for what is sure to be an inspirational event, incredible party, and an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to art education and culture in Ottawa. J’adart is taking place on Thursday, May 9th from 6:30pm at the Karsh-Masson Gallery. Check out the Facebook invite for more details and buy your tickets here.

Big Thanks


As most of us know, a lot of magic happens behind the scenes so that events like ArtThrob can happen. Volunteers and sponsors are the lifeblood of organizations like Creative Mornings.

Special shout outs must be made, and appreciation paid to::

Michael at Wallack’s Art Supplies | @wallacksart
Sheena & Paul at Kitchissippi | @Kichesippibeer @HarveyandVerns
Scott and the staff at JunXion Public House @JunXionOttawa
All 3 bands: Zoo LegacyNDMA, and Silkken Laumann
Creative Mornings Volunteers:: Zara (Vj Ina) & Melanie Yugo (Photobooth Goddesses)

Photo Cred:
Suzy in the {love tub} = Joel K Photography
The rest = me, Kate 


Get Connected::

Ottawa School of Art
Twitter: @ArtOttawa

School of Photographic Arts
Twitter: @SPAO_613

Kate Durie
www.katedurie.com (coming soon)
Twitter: @kateudurie

CreativeMornings Ottawa // Creators

In the first episode of our new video series we hear from local hair legend Jesse Alberto about his new foray into the world of barbershops, the art of being a man and just being fucking badass.

Let us know what you think of our new series by firing us off a comment or sharing it with friends.

We asked some of our audience members “What’s so special about Creative Mornings?!?”..check out the answers in our new series!


Rolph Klausener
Artistic Creative Director of Arboretum Festival, musican, graphic designer
A really amazing, inspiring talk by Rod McDonald on typography. What I really enjoy about Creative Mornings Ottawa is how candid the talks are and how unpretentious they are. It is an inspiring way to start my day and now after hearing this talk I am going to go and work on some music and poster design and apply all that inspiration into my work for the day, so whoo hoo!

Krista Norris, local designer
This is my first time at Creative Mornings, I was referred by a friend. Being a newcomer and not familiar with typography I found it interesting to meet cool people and learn about strange things. I will definitely be returning to the next one!


Asma Inam
It was my first time at Ottawa Creative mornings. It was awesome. A really interesting talk about type design and how to look at typography in a different way and kind of change it up.

Derek Kitchen, workplace strategist and Ikebana artist
One of the things I really like about coming to Creative Mornings is the creative energy that’s here. There is a vitality, not just in the presentations, but in all the people who are attending. I find that that’s very stimulating for my own creative process just to be surrounded by that. I look forward to the next one.

May-Jun McGrath
I like Creative Mornings because there is a really interesting unique community of people who have great perspectives. You get to really learn and it feels like a morning party! It’s really fun!

Steph Bolduc
I really like the Creative Mornings talk, especially this morning’s as it deals with typeface so it’s especially relevant for me. My education is in architecture so from very early on you practice typeface in manual drafting and you don’t realize how typeface plays a role in how people read. This morning was really relevant and interesting and the speaker was great. I’ll definitely be back for Creative Mornings.

Suzy Kendrick
I love the networking aspects. I also like that it’s a different take - in Ottawa you normally don’t see a lot of creative types it’s mainly a government and university town. This gives you an opportunity to collaborate and meet a lot of the creatives in the city.


Mathieu Robin
I like Creative Mornings Ottawa because of the cookies! But it’s also a great occasion for the creative community of Ottawa to get together, and there’s a lot of us, so it’s amazing to see everyone out and about early in the morning really enjoying each others company and sharing ideas.