Wow what a September! |

Wow what a September!

It has been an extremely busy month in Hintonburg and here at GCTC. Beginning with harvest days for families in Parkdale Park on the 8th of Sept. The next Saturday was the 4th annual Taste of Wellington, a celebration of our community from Northwestern Ave to Bayswater Ave and streets north and south. The weather was iffy at best but that did not deter hundreds of people from strolling up and down Wellington sampling a variety of foods from local restaurants and cafés, checking out the many sidewalk sales and taking the kids to the 2 kids villages with bouncy castles at either end of our neighbourhood. If you squint your eyes you would think it was 1950 as you watch the vintage cars cruising the street. GCTC decided to go with a family friendly clown and circus theme and served hundreds of bags of popcorn entertained to masses with the Company of Fools, and played circus music. The line-up for popcorn never seemed to end but who doesn’t like popcorn. It is estimated that 8,000 people experienced taste of Wellington over the entire day. The next Saturday Sept 22 was Nuit Blanche the first time ever in the City. Wellington West was chosen with the Byward Market to be the pilot for this night of art and culture that has been a huge success in Montreal and Toronto for many years. Some of the events included special exhibits in galleries to a bus covered in yarn, and music on the street but all of this happened between 8 pm and 4 am. GCTC participated with an art installation that consisted of interactive live stream projections by Andrew O’Malley on the outside of the Irving Greenberg Theatre from the lofts on Holland and the Home Hardware on Wellington. As those seeing it tweeted, certain words triggered the images to change and the tweet to scroll across the screen. We also had the Fritzi gallery open with a curator there. We had about 500 people come through the doors, enjoy the art and have a coffee. This Saturday Sept 28th GCTC will participate in the national event called Culture Days along with hundreds of art and culture institutions and locations offering interesting FREE events and programs. Partnering with the City of Ottawa Community Art Program we will be presenting a mask making workshop from 11 am to 3 pm free of charge in the lobby of the GCTC. Everyone will go home with a mask that resembles those that will be worn in the upcoming GCTC play called The Number 14 which runs from November 17 – December 16. Yea it’s been a busy month at GCTC and that’s just Outreach.