Old Ottawa South Community Association

Seventeen Voyces Enchants with Venus and Adonis

On Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, 2017, the Ottawa’s own Seventeen Voyces chamber choral ensemble enchanted Old Ottawa South audiences with a performance of the baroque opera “Venus and Adonis”. They were accompanied by the Ottawa Baroque Consort, and joined by some very special (and excited) collaborators: Old Ottawa South’s very own Makin’ Moves Children’s Dance Theatre.

Drop in special: 10 classes for $120

Fitness program drop-in special: 10 classes for $120

Not able to come to a full session of a class? Purchase a fitness drop-in punch card and have more flexibility.

  • Cards must be purchased at the Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue.
  • Drop-in’s may be used by the owner of the card or their guests.
  • All those who attend classes using the drop in card must be registered in the system.
  • Although this promo is for the summer only, if 10 drop-ins are not used by August 31st, they may be carried over into the Fall session.

Goodbye Georgetown, Hello Senate - Plus a Few Tidbits

Being a born-and-raised Dutchman, I thoroughly enjoyed the last two FIFA World Cups, where we finished as runners-up and in third place, respectively (I’ll conveniently ignore the last few Euro Cups though). A huge part of that enjoyment came from watching the majority of the games at the Georgetown (1159 Bank Street). Especially as the Georgetown was the unofficial-official hangout for Dutch soccer fans and was nicknamed “the Dutch Lair” on game day (the Dutch soccer emblem is a lion). 

1040 Bank Street, Ottawa

Southminster Plans: Zoning Bylaw Amendment

The City wants to know what you think of the Windmill Development proposal to re-zone the church property to allow for a six-storey apartment building and four townhouses to replace the community hall. Due date for comments is July 11, 2017. Your feedback should be addressed to Allison Hamlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 613-580-2424 x25477. 


Romeo and Juliet Plays Windsor Park

The actors are in town! Set out a lawn chair or a blanket, as Bear & Co. brings you a summer parks-touring production of Shakespeare’s love story for all time: Romeo and Juliet. Passions soar and hearts break in this 90-minute version, brought to you by Bear’s core summer team: Eleanor Crowder, director; Rachel Eugster, music director; and Chris McLeod, fight director.


Windsor Park For a Fool-ishly Good Summer

With summer finally making its way into the city, a Company of Fools is working tirelessly on their latest Torchlight Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Now in their 15th year of Torchlight Shakespeare productions, the Fools will be returning to parks all across the city in hopes of instilling a new appreciation for theatre. Take everything you think you know about traditional Shakespearian theatre and forget it.


West of Bank: Performance Tennis & Chez Anh

For as long as we have lived in Old Ottawa South, I have always been intrigued by 70A Leonard Avenue. We arrived too late to see the birth of Red Apron, who now run a highly successful ready-made food service out of a beautiful location at 564 Gladstone Ave. But we did get to see the start of Life of Pie in that same location. And as anyone in OOS will know, they too are a great success story, with two subsequent moves along Bank Street. And while I am not a vegan or a fan of raw food, it was still sad to see Herbivore at the Door close, not in the least because I loved their logo! According to HatD’s Facebook page, chef Candice Bernes has moved on to Simply Raw Express in Hintonburg.


Thank You to OSCA and the Community

At the May 2017 AGM, Brenda Lee received the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award from OSCA for over 20 years of volunteering on the OSCA Board and on the Events Committee. Brenda has been a strong supporter for events that bring the community together and has given of her time and knowledge openly and selflessly. Her contribution to the community has been felt in many ways, and the community will continue to benefit for years to come because of her efforts, and establishment of key OSCA events.

This is a transcript of her acceptance speech originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.


Saving Southminster Church and Old Ottawa South Too!

How and why should Southminster Church, this important part of Old Ottawa South, continue to thrive in our community and why should Old Ottawa South fight to keep our R3—three storey residential zoning? At first blush, the current proposal to rezone the church property to allow a nominally 6 storey, but practically a 7 storey condominium, to be built behind the church seems like the perfect answer. But is it really so? Yes, the money the church will receive from the developer, Windmill Development, will pay for repairs that are urgently needed. But what will happen five years down the road when more repairs are required? And, has the church really gotten the best value for the property to be severed from the back? Is the only way to keep the church alive to encroach on the current residential zoning of the neighbourhood with a twenty-plus metre structure as opposed to the current R3 allowance of eleven metres? How can we save the church and the neighbourhood too and why should we care about preserving either?


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