January, 2012

Celebrating Amazing Ottawa Women and so much more!

Celebrate HER 2012

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year features a week of activities centred in Hintonburg, Chinatown and Little Italy (Alpha Soul Cafe, Flo Glassblowing Studio, Patrick John Mills Gallery, Le Michel-Ange & The Daily Grind Art Cafe).  This week-long fine-arts fundraising and awareness campaign will benefit Ottawa’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), “Amazing Women” and local artists.

Now, the centrepiece of this year’s celebration is the Amazing Women Photo Installation at Alpha Soul Cafe showcasing the distinguished honourees.  The final selection of local women being featured include:

  1. Naomi Guzman-Poole (ARTS)
  2. Rebecca Page (BUSINESS)
  3. Michelle Gauthier (NON PROFIT)
  4. Serena Ngai (SCIENCE & TECH)
  5. Gail Carmichael (SCIENCE & TECH)
  6. Isabelle Després (SPORTS)
  8. Nadine Thornhill (ARTS – EDUCATION)
  9. Krissy White (BUSINESS – ARTS)
  10. Megan Campbell (HEALTH & WELLNESS)
  11. Constance Backhouse (LAW-EDUCATION)
  12. Maria Hawkins (ARTS – EDUCATION)
  13. Jules Hilliker (BUSINESS-HEALTH & WELLNESS)
  14. Jennifer Flanagan (SCIENCE & TECH – EDUCATION)
  15. Jordan Kent-Baas (MEDIA-NON-PROFIT)
  16. Elizabeth Lance (BUSINESS – ARTS)
  17. Dipna Horra (ARTS – EDUCATION)
  18. Leigh Reid & Karen Nielson (NON-PROFIT)

Join us in celebrating these “Amazing Women” during the week- long community festival Celebrate HER 2012, starting this week (March 3 – 10, 2012), and coinciding with International Woman’s Week. Check out our EVENTS page for dates and details on performances through the week, in honour of our distinguished honourees.  Entry to all shows, with the exception of Gala are $5 suggested donation or Pay What You Can (PWYC), so you can’t afford not to go!

Also be sure to RSVP via facebook as we will be drawing attendee names for raffle prizes, each night!   Please visit our DONOR/SPONSOR page to see what prizes have been donated.

March 3rd Launch
March 3rd 3Women3Books
March 4th Arif Jinha
March 5th Anastasia Filippova
March 6th Jack Pine + Guests
March 7th  Melody Jewitt + Poets Brandon Wint & Sepideh
*March 8th Tara Porter, Gabrielle Giguere + Special Guests for *International Women’s Day!
March 9th Adrian Matte and the Ottawa Folklore Centre Jazz Band
March 10th Gala

Be sure to join us at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Art Gallery on Saturday, March 10th, 3-6pm, for the Grand Finale Charity Gala.  Enjoy performances by local Capital Slam poet legends Nathanael Larochette and Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula, as well as neo-folk instrumentalists, Musk Ox.  Indulge in catered delicacies provide by Alpha Soul Cafe, decadent desserts by Cuillère à Sucre and complimentary wine.  Raise your glass in honor of our distinguished guests and celebrate with community.

Also, remember to enter into the Grand Finale Raffle for your chance to win the Grand Prize Raffle items – The “Harmony” Guitar crafted by Dmitry Kulakov of DK Guitars, a three month training package at K2 Martial Arts & Fitness and a two hour live entertainment package with Stairwell Leo.

This festival is 100 percent volunteer-driven, and is possible thanks to generous donations from local businesses, and even ones further afield.  Thank you to all our incredible donors and sponsors for helping to make this event possible.


What are #CHER2012 Nominations?

CHER is simply short Celebrate HER and well this year is 2012 and it just fit together so easily!  Oh, and for all you ladies who are new to twitter, the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.  Be sure to use #CHER2012 in all your future tweets about us! Read more →

The Vagina Monologues 2012 Ottawa: V-Day (#TVM2012)

February 24-25, 2012 | The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave | 8pm
The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC) Ottawa: V-Day 2012 presents a benefit production of  THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (#TVM2012)

The play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. The piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humour and grace. Through this play, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. Read more →