DONT FORGET THIS SUNDAYS GRAND PARADE    for all the week long events

Pride Parade

This year’s most colourful and high-profile annual event promises to be even bigger, better and more inclusive than ever!

More than a hundred businesses, service organizations and allied community groups will set out from Gladstone and Bank and march through this village, showing just how colourful they can be! Line the streets and show your pride! After, be sure to join us at the Community Fair!



I hope you Dance- The Chance to Dance Foundation

As some may know I sponsor dance programs at the NAC  and I feel very fortunate to be in the position to do so.  I thought that maybe there was an organization that helped children and families  that were interested in dance but did not have the means to pursue their young  dreams. I know the smallest of giftscan change a child’s life.

I know there is very little help financially for small arts organization in Ottawa and how hard it is to obtain any grants or funding so I went looking.

I came across this:


Well I picked up the phone and called . I spoke in some detail to Janice Crowe about the trials and tribulations of fundraising for small organizations especially in the arts.

To the extent that funds are available, The Chance to Dance Foundation uses money it receives for:

  • Applications for financial support from people who can’t afford dance lessons for their children, otherwise, and who wish to enroll them in a program at a certified dance studio of their choice
  • Community dance programs provided free of charge at community centers or wherever we can find space close to neighborhoods where children may have difficulty accessing dance programs due to lack of funds or poor dance program availability
  • Scholarships to provide financial support for older children who wish to pursue competitive or pre-professional programs
  • Financial support in pursuit of certification and teaching opportunities for older children who wish to teach dancing

So after watching this video, set to one of my favorite songs,and speaking with Janice, I gave with no hesitation and I hope to do more.

To the children and young adults who are trying to follow their dreams and continue to work against the odds  – Bravo !




Tis the Season….



Another year is almost behind us and  this year we have donated to a few new organizations.This is one of them.

I usually try to find a few that are not on the Radar screen of many people and this year as I was surfing the net I got a note from a very dear client who has just joined the board of Dress for Success. I could write something but it is best said from their web site. Whether it is money or clothing or volunteering this is a wonderful cause and provides a future for so many women and families .



The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since opening our doors in January 2011, Dress for Success Ottawa has provided support to 1000 women. What these women have in common is that they want to work and are ready to make positive change for themselves and their families. But, through challenging circumstances, they may have forgotten, or may never have known, that they are important, valuable members of our community who have a lot to offer potential employers. Dress for Success suits women for employment, from the inside out.

Thank you Ellen for that timely email .




Honoring the men and woman  who have and continue to brave  their lives to protect us. To the families of these soldiers who are separated  from loved ones and deal with the aftermath that soldiers and war often brings home we honor and admire your strength.

There is no amount of gratitude to great for these people. Past , Present or Future.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

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Going to the Country-Another Great House Content Sale

A Great way to spend a Fall day and get  amazing items at usually a great price.

Only approx 38 minutes drive from Downtown Ottawa

Make it a day and don’t forget to drop in at the OLD MILL and have some delicious food and sample their Craft beer

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Content Sale

Saturday October 1st 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

Sunday October 2nd 11.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m

2680 Ashton Station Rd., Ashton K0A 1B0


Sale features:

A rare opportunity to purchase quality Canadiana Country Antiques


Sale includes 2 country couches, fan-back Windsor armchair with writing arm, blind door flat-back cupboard, hanging corner cupboard, 3 drawer chest of drawers, several pine blanket chests, small cabinet with 9 figured maple drawers, numerous washstands, bonnet chest of drawers, 3 over 3 chest of drawers, Boston rocker in original paint, very fine harvest table, arrow-back chairs (some painted), pine one-door Gothic armoire, tall pine cabinet, one door, pine drying rack, one drawer pine side table, oak rocker with arms, several odd country chairs. Country bed.

Shaving mirror, gingerbread clock, duck decoys, nice hooked rugs and quilts, many framed prints and paintings, baskets, chamber pots, oil lamps, quantity of ironstone china,
Bennington and sponge-ware bowls, pressed glass, other china such as a Limoges set, sets of cutlery, old bottles,

There are some records, a number of books, some costume jewellery, and Inuit pieces.

There is a handcrafted canoe.


Another Sale brought to you by  Estate Matters


We have turned years of experience, as derived from a large retail operation started in 1988, into helping individuals transition from partial to complete divestment of household items. We do this through estate and downsizing sales as well as clean-outs.  We also offer consignment options. The estate team draws upon a number of knowledgeable people from various specialties to ensure that market prices are reliable and accurate.

Call 613.862.1921


GET YOUR PADDLES OUT- Wine auction for the Arts Friday Sept 30th at Chateau Laurier

Fine Wine and a Fine Time

September 30 | 18:3021:30
tickets available at door and thru Janine  :

download-1Many years ago I attended a wine auction for Music and Beyond- It was great fun and I learned a lot just chatting to people.

A client of mine was there who knew what he was doing and helped me  bid on some wine – Did I know what I was doing? Nope! Was it fun? You bet!

It all went to support a good cause and to the arts in Ottawa so it was all in all a great experience.

This year I donated wine for a tax credit- so it can work in many ways.Of course drinking the fine wine is always more fun.

When the weather starts to turn and the festive season approaches I find that wine auctions are a great place to buy wonderful wines at sometimes a very good price.



Online bidding closes on September 30th at 2:00 p.m
Your online bid will become part of the live auction starting at 7:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – Wine and Cheese Reception and Registration / Vin et fromage reception et inscription

7:00 p.m. – Wine Auction with Stephen Ranger / Enchères de vins avec Stephen Ranger


You can:

Add to your own collection,

Great place to start  a wine cellar,

Buy for Xmas for someone special or for the business partner.

Buy special  occasions with family or friends. (I did this one year at Christmas and we opened several bottles that I had bought at auction and it was great fun and felt very special and luxurious. 

Buy as an investment- works if you can” stop yourself from opening it”

If you  know wine or even if you don’t and just want to have an enjoyable evening out or thinking of starting a wine collection or just like to drink good wine – this is a good place to start.

Stephan Ranger  will be on hand- a true professional 


Whether you enjoy the occasional glass of wine or have an established cellar, there will be something for everyone. 



New Edinburgh – Exceptional Home Belongings Estate Sale SEPT 28TH

The  Keefer Estate sale of Personal belongings and Fine Furniture 

September 28th 1:00 until 7.00 P.M.
unit 3  54 Rideau Terrace by Springfield Rd.

Hosted and Brought to you by 

Estate Matters Ottawa | Estate Sales & Services | 613.862.1921



Its a great one not to be missed !




House Content Sale Today – Orleans- Company Estate Matters

Lots and Lots of great finds

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Saturday, September 17, 10.00 a.m. until 4.00pm.
Sunday, September 18, 10.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m.

308 Gleneagles Ave, Orléans, ON K1E 1L9 (off Duford)

Sale features:

Very full sale featuring a single pedestal oak dining table/six chairs and a buffet.

There is a small very nice oak desk, three fan back armchairs, a 1960’s chrome kitchen set, a wood kitchen table with four teak chairs,a number of varied bookcases and open display shelves, large sofa, several armchairs, two bedroom sets, trunks, stools, marble topped coffee table with matching round tables.

There is also a large quantity of pictures, frames, photo albums and mirrors. Kitchen appliances/wares, dish sets, nice glassware from depression to modern, books, crystal, dolls(Greek costumes), costume jewellery, some clothing, shoes, bedding, baskets and hats.

The basement has a washing machine, exercise bike, several walkers, storage cupboards, tools, phones and an extraordinary quantity of household goods, bric a brac, and knick knacks.

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Estate Matters Ottawa | Estate Sales & Services | 613.862.1921

About Estate Matters


We have turned years of experience, as derived from a large retail operation started in 1988, into helping individuals transition from partial to complete divestment of household items. We do this through estate and downsizing sales as well as clean-outs.  We also offer consignment options. The estate team draws upon a number of knowledgeable people from various specialties to ensure that market prices are reliable and accurate.


For the first few years, our business focus was on bringing containers of furniture in from England to a warehouse operation with a wholesale approach. In 1990 the company moved to a large retail operation on Bank Street, one of Ottawa’s main streets.

During this period, china, crystal, silver, decorative arts and collectibles were added to the furniture mix. Also, we started expanding our services to include retail appraisals, internet sales, consignments and house sales.

The store attracted a good clientele  looking for quality furnishings at a reasonable price. In addition to expanding our knowledge of the local market, we were able to explore our interests in art glass, the art deco and nouveau periods as well as Victorian furniture.  The store closed in 2004.



A Day in the Glebe Exhibit at 101 Fourth Ave.

Philip Craig and Krystyna Smith present

A Day in the Glebe

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An exclusive collection of 8”x10” oil paintings by
Philip Craig and stunning photographs by Krystyna Smith.

Philip Craig and Krystyna Smith, long time Glebe residents, have gathered images from two perspectives on a sunny day in the Glebe. You are invited to celebrate this beautiful and memorable neighbourhood with paintings and photographs created for this unique show.


O P E N I N G   R E C E P T I O N
6:00-9:00pm  |  Thursday, August 4th

Show: August 4-21 | See Show Info PDF

Philip Craig Studio
101 Fourth Avenue in the Glebe
Ottawa, Ontario  |  613.868.1009