Put your money where you mouth is- Make a Christmas Charitable Donation

Put your money where you mouth is- Make a Christmas Charitable Donation

Merry Christmas!  I still get small things for friends and colleagues but more often than not make special gifts instead (Pinterest addict, hello!).  Seeing people on the street and in need of mittens and food in the frigid temperatures or knowing that a woman has turned back to her abusive partner because she has nowhere else to go at Christmas and feels pressure with her children makes me feel like I’d rather give to them something that actually makes a huge difference over another scented candle or box of chocolates.

If you’re in able to, please consider making a donation to these worthy local charities I support.

Ottawa Food Bank – could you imagine not having food on Christmas Day?  Only $1 donated allows for $5 worth of food to be donated.  That’s amazing!  Click here to donate.

 

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.  Abused women need help, especially around the holidays and/or when children are involved.  Click here to donate. 

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Ottawa Humane Society - I got my little one from the Ottawa Humane Society and couldn’t imagine my life without her.  So many animals get left out in the cold and abandoned during the winter it’s horrifying to think of.  Click here to donate.

Friday Favourites – December 13

Cozy socks for cold winter days

Cozy socks for cold winter days

Made myself a bowl of homemade spiced apple oatmeal and smiled so much

Made myself a bowl of homemade spiced apple oatmeal and smiled so much

Girls binges!

Planning a trip to somewhere warm with my BFF in February

Planning a trip to somewhere warm with my BFF in February

 

This made me smile so much.  Also just because I just finished Gary Vaynerchuk’s The Thank You Economy all about connecting individually through social media.  Great example of this.

Just remember!

Just remember!

 

Friday Favourites -November 22

I realize I’ve not been posting regularly here and my apologies.  You can find me regularly blogging over at YouRockRed.com these days.  That said, these are some of this week’s favourites.

NEW MIA – saw her 7 years ago now!

Best friend had an amazing art show she curated all themed around Shakespeare

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Got to hang out and finally meet some amazing clients I’ve been working with since the summer time

W/ clients Kalle Mattson and Sunparlour Players

W/ clients Kalle Mattson and Sunparlour Players at Blacksheep Inn show

Got some reading and kitty cuddles into a hectic work week

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And remember what’s most important- to be present to be the best person for yourself and others.

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My camera and body went to Pop Mtl. Here’s what it saw

 

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Brights lights, French city!!

Great Gatsby Pop Symposium talk with Kid Koala and Warner Music VPs- learned so much!

Great Gatsby Pop Symposium talk with Kid Koala and Warner Music VPs- learned so much!

Finally got to see my other boyfriend Jian Ghomeshi at a Q taping that featured Patrick Watson, Braids and comedian Sugar Sammy.  An amazing show.

Finally got to see my other boyfriend Jian Ghomeshi at a Q taping that featured Patrick Watson, Braids and comedian Sugar Sammy. An amazing show.

 

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Polaris nominee Colin Stetson was INCREDIBLE

 

Wandering around Sainte Catherine St and marveling at all the beautiful people

Wandering around Sainte Catherine St and marveling at all the beautiful people

 

First Ever Ottawa Polaris Screening Party

The music conference talk that inspired Ottawa's first Polaris Screening with CBC personality Alan Neal, founder Steve Jordan and respected local journalists

The music conference talk that inspired Ottawa’s first Polaris Screening with CBC personality Alan Neal, founder Steve Jordan and respected local journalists

So I attended an industry-only salon talk on the Polaris Music Prize barely two weeks ago on a Wednesday night.  It was so enlightening and just downright fascinating hearing from the Jurors and founder Steve Jordan their insight on how the process works and why the award is so important.  As I was biking home much later than expected after this talk at the NAC I thought to myself, why don’t we have a live screening in Ottawa?  Toronto has one at the Drake that’s popular and I’m tired of yelling at my laptop and passively aggressively tweeting whenever my favourite band doesn’t win so I should do this.

By Thursday afternoon I had a venue booked, Babylon, and host for the audio visual component, Jackpine.  By Friday I had major media calling me to cover the event. By Friday afternoon I had a pile of limited edition Polaris coloured 7″ vinyl and t-shirts that had been donated by Compact Music.  On Saturday morning I had been emailed by the founder telling me that YouRockRed had his “full blessing” for the event.

Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts and know that what you’re doing has not only appeal, but sense of purpose for the collective (in this case Canadian music fans).  Plus, hosts Shad and Kathleen Edwards gave a major shout out to our event on the ACTUAL Broadcast!

I’ve been event managing since I was 17 but I have never thrown together a show in less than three days.  We arranged all the couches at Babylon so that it was like a friends living room that we were all watching together.  I went to the dollar store and picked up some cute snack boxes for people to put their munchies into.  It’s the small things like that that make a difference, I find.  The place quickly filled up with people who had learned of the event via social media or radio and everyone had a great time.

We wound up with coverage in Ottawa Magazine, Ottawa Citizen, CBC Bandwidth, Ottawa Morning CBC, CBC TV News 11 p.m., CKCU and half a dozen local blogs.  

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa- September 21, 2013

Second ever Nuit Blanche hit Ottawa on a rainy, rainy night but it wasn’t wet enough the art fans of Ottawa from stalking the streets in hopes of finding something beautiful, innovative and moreover memorable proof that this fair city is far more than a sleepy government town.

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Video installation under Rideau Centre bridge

Chinadoll at Night Market

Chinadoll at Night Market

 

 

Toronto Photos- TIFF, Alt J, and a whack of crabs

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It was hot when we visited! Outside the Visa Screening room

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Alt J at Ontario Place – so much closer and better show than Osheaga, despite the massive thunderstorm that we got stuck in just before their last song.

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such a beautiful theatre! Rivaled ones I’d visited while living in England. This is the premiere of Kill Your Darlings which the director came out and did Q & A with afterwards. Also, Daniel Radcliffe as Ginnsberg was surprisingly good.

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Oh hello, Toronto. Thumbs up for nice weather!

Ai Wei Wei at Ontario Art Gallery.  Such a provocative exhibit.  Had an hour to kill between meetings

Ai Wei Wei at Ontario Art Gallery. Such a provocative exhibit. Had an hour to kill between meetings