Expressions of the Feminine

Celebrate HER: Expressions of the Feminine

The womyn-centric artistic showcase took place on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at The Origin Art & Communtiy Centre on Lyndale.

This was a celebration of diverse offerings made by incredible womyn in live music, poetry, storytelling, burlesque dance and handmade adornments by the following artists:

– Evil Embellishments

– King Kimbit

– Natalie Hanna

– Kitty Kin-Evil

– Do Re Mi Bracelets Etc.

Host – Amanda Cottreau

We raised $500 together as a community! Partial proceeds went to benefit the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) in Ottawa.

So much gratitude for all those who make magic happen,

Amanda Cottreau, Director

Hens Night Fundraiser

We at CelebrateHER are super excited to be sponsoring Hens Night, a women-centric independent film being shot right here in Ottawa this summer.  We’re happy to support Jennifer Allanson’s and her first feature film collaboration with award winning director Kristian Larivierre (MARY MAE & PURITANS).

This horror/comedy features Jess (Allanson) who gets recruited, with the help of her close girlfriends, to plan a bachelorette party for her estranged cousin Laura. Laura wants a quiet spa weekend at the family cottage but the other girls want a Hen party complete with a raunchy night in the small town. Someone doesn’t want them to have either. Someone wants them all dead. It`ll be a night to remember… if they survive!

In line with the film, CelebrateHER is planning the biggest bachelorette themed fundraising party Ottawa has ever seen.  On Friday, May 23, 2014, we’re inviting everyone: Ladies, gentlemen, no-so-gentlemen, lesbians, lesbians, queer, transgendered, two-spirited, to join us for a most unforgettable evening.  At the Hens Night Bachelorette FUNdraiser, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the cast (in character), discover local indie bands, get the dj to spin your favorite tunes, win novel door prizes and participate in sexy games.  Advanced tickets are $15.00  for those 21 years of age or older.

If you’d like to support Hens Night too, you can…

2. BUY A TICKET to the Fundraiser on Friday, May 23, 2014
3. VOLUNTEER or Sponsor at the fundraising event by emailing
4. “LIKE” the film’s Facebook Page
5.  SHARE this post!

Thank you for your killer support!

For more details and updates, visit


Valentine’s Day is extra special in the Capital this year!

Today, the VDay Global Movement to end violence against women and girls celebrates 15 years of activism, creativity and feminism inspired by playwright, feminist, activist, Eve Ensler. On International Women’s Day, Friday March 8th and again on Saturday March 9th 2013, at 8PM on the Bronson Centre stage, a volunteer cast of 39 women will perform Ensler’s best known play The Vagina Monologues for VDay Ottawa 2013.  This year’s The Vagina Monologues will showcase CJOH’s Kimothy Walker and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs in Friday and Saturday’s shows, respectively. The proceeds raised will benefit the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa and the One Billion Rising VDay’s Spotlight Campaign.

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What is One Billion Rising?
One Billion Rising is global call to action uniting women and men from 200 countries (and counting!) on February 14th 2013. We will Strike Dance and Rise Up for the more than 1 billion women and girls who will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.

One in Three Women On The Planet Will Be Raped Or Beaten In Her Lifetime. One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity. ONE BILLION RISING IS a global strike, an invitation to dance, a call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends, an act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers, a refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given, a new time and a new way of being.

Today, on V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collectivestrength, our numbers, and our solidarity across borders. Join V-Day on 02.14.13.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION!

Experience the RISING being live streamed around the world.  Click here.



On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.




What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.


A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

To learn more about how to organize a ONE BILLION RISING V-Day event, click here.

Also, if you have an event that you are putting together in the  Ottawa/Gatineau area, contact us with the details and we’ll help you get the word out!

Live, Laugh, Love….RISE!

Amanda Cottreau, Director of Celebrate HER

Promoting amazing women doing extraordinary things!




The Vagina Monologues

Celebrate HER is proud to announce that we will be supporting the production of The Vagina Monologues again this year.  The play will be presented at The Bronson Center (211 Bronson Ave) this March 8th -9th, 2013, in part to commemorate International Women’s Day but also as part of the VDAY 2013 global effort to end violence against women.

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 thirteen years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

Electronic tickets available through Eventbrite at a nominal convenience fee.



Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.


Tickets also available at these locations:

Singing Pebble Books (202 Main St) 613-230-9165 (cash sales only)

Elgin Video (258 Elgin St) 613-234-9499 (cash & debit sales only)

Venus Envy (320 Lisgar) 613-789-4646 (cash / debit / credit sales)

Ottawa Women’s Credit Union (271 Bank St.) 613- 233-7711 (cash sales only)

Proceeds will go to support a local Ottawa charity: The Sexual Assault Support Center (SASC).


The Vagina Monologues


Endless Gratitude to…well…EVERYONE!!!

Endless gratitude to our sponsors and donors for donating over $6,000 of goods and easily over $10,000 in services.  Kudos to community for helping us to further generate over $700 to pay our performers and over $1,700.00 to gift the Ottawa Sexual Assault Support Centre’s Women and War Program.  Last but not least, an abundance of thanks to all of our incredible artists, performers, volunteers and CHER2012 committee members….there are so many…it warrants a whole other blog post!


Tracey Cadrin, CadCan Marketing and Sales Inc. CheeCha Puffs, water bottles and ladies golf shirts.
Jennifer Churchill – Official CHER2012 Photographer Email:
Jordan & Brian Kent-Baas – Official #CHER2012 Blogging Team.
Rob Dupuis. Brand manager and webmaster and Tweetwall ninja.


Alpha Soul Cafe – Photo Installation/Live Music
1015 Wellington Street W – Hintonburg
The Daily Grind – Visual Arts/Community Arts Project
601 Somerset Street W – Chinatown
Flo Glassblowing Studio – Visual Arts
957 Gladstone Avenue, Suite C – Little Italy
Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery – Visual Arts/Live Music/Dance/Poetry
286 Hinchey Avenue – Hintonburg
Le Michel-Ange – Visual Arts
35 Laurel Street – Hintonburg


Dmitry Kulakov
Anna Funnekotter
Annie Mathieu
Blend Creations
Blue Gypsy Wines
Boston Pizza Orleans
Canvas Restaurant
Cuillère à Sucre ℅ Jasleen Kaur – Email:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car ℅ Colin Laylock, Branch Manager
Fil’s Diner
Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC)
Hintonburg Public House ℅ Summer JL Baird
Jasmine Aziz
Julie Cameron – 15 Mainz Translation
K2 Martial Arts & Fitness
Kim Kaskiw
Lauzon Music
Lilac Lingerie ℅ Emilia Kutrovska
Michael Boguslavsky Massage
Nerys Parry
Pet Awareness in Laos
Petit Bill’s Bistro
Sandra Nicholls
Stairwell Leo
Steve Perron
The Brew Table
The Wakefield Grannies
THS The Hair Studio ℅ Natalie “scizzorgirl” Turcotte
Tuesdays The Romance Store
Urbanfete ℅ Christine Burnside

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 →

Celebrate HER: International Women’s Day….Week!?

March 3 – 10, 2012 | Ottawa – Wellington West, Chinatown, Little Italy | TBA
Annually, on the 8th of March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Read more →