Check out all that happened in 2017!


Wednesday, May 3rd

Euphoria Salon
1195 Wellington St W

Expert Abstractions

The beautiful works of Andrea Warren highlights Euphoria Salon's reopening. The night includes refreshments, an artist talk with Andrea, creative hair displays and tutorials, and a sale on Aveda products. Come get inspired, and learn how to bring artistry in to your everyday! Free Event

Foundations Chiropractic & Integrated Health And Hintonburg Community Centre
95 Holland Ave, 1064 Wellington St

Window Art by Andrea Emery

Local artist Andrea Emery will be adorning the Foundations Chiropractic & Integrated Health and the Hintonburg Community Centre with window art in celebration of the festival. Free Event

Great Canadian Theatre Company / Ottawa School of Art
1233 Wellington St W

J'adart!: For the Love of Art | Annual Fundraising Party

Ottawa School of Art's Annual Fundraising Party celebrates our programming and community partners. Dress as your favourite Canadian artist or artwork! There will be lots to do: silent auction, live entertainment, interactive art. Funds raised support our Bursary program and our Community Outreach program, where we offer tuition-free art courses to 9 different community houses and centres across Ottawa. $50. Limited edition Art Sale Ticket (get a special edition print from artist Jeff Stellick): $100

Loam Clay Studio
7 Hamilton Ave N

Hands-on: Try the Potter's Wheel

Is it as easy as the masters make it look? Find out for yourself. Try the wheel at Loam for free. If you like what you've created, you have the option of purchasing it, then we'll have it fired and you can keep it forever. Free Event

Ottawa Bagel Shop & Deli
1321 Wellington St W

Unveiling: Tying Our Community Together, 2016 Happening Permanent Art Grant Installation 

Join us for the unveiling of "Tying Our Community Together" by local artist Daniel Martelock at the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli. The 2016 Happening Art Grant funded the creation and installation of this large wood panel in the shape of Wellington West. Its string art reveals a heart where the heart of the community, the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, is located. Be there at 5pm for the unveiling and stay to make your own string heart from 5pm-6:30pm. $10 for the supplies which includes a free bagel to take home or eat while you art! Free Event

Parkdale Food Centre
30 Rosemount Ave
May 3: 3:30pm & 7pm
May 5: 3:30pm, 5pm, 7pm

Interactive Theatre: Bread 

It’s Seth and Ruby’s last day in the neighbourhood before they move away. Forever. They've invited some of their best friends into their makeshift kitchen to share their love of bread making.  So roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, and get ready to bake! A 20-minute interactive theatre piece where the audience makes a small loaf of bread. This presentation of bread by THUNK! theatre is part of AOE Arts Council’s Neighbourhood Arts 150, an official Canada 150 and Ontario 150 community-engaged arts project.  Free, but space is limited. Register with No experience required, families welcome.

The Record Centre
1099 Wellington St W
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

Live Music: Sparklesaurus + Potential Red 

Sparklesaurus plays at The Record Centre with their original living room dreampop mixed on high, baked in the oven at 375, and then sprinkled with a cup of dirt and confetti. Their sound pairs the emotional rawness of garage with lush tonalities of glam, and it will wash over you like a glitter wave. Potential Red is a Post-Punk/New Wave group originating from Ottawa, Ontario. Containing the perfect mixture of 70's Post-Punk and 80's Morose. Free Event

World of Maps
1191 Wellington St W
Throughout the festival

Where in the World is Wade? 

Wade's Wiggly Antlers is a new children's book by local author Louise Bradford. Wade will be hiding in the World of Maps store for the whole fest. Can you find him? Come by and play "Where in the world is Wade?" Author reading Saturday morning (details in-store).  Free Event

THURSday, May 4th

Bar Laurel
1087 Wellington St W

Art + Cocktails

Bartender Matt Millard creates cocktails inspired by a selection of sketches by artist Stephen Frew. Stand in front of your fave sketch and take a sip. Good match? Oo, let's try another. Free Event

Bloomfields Flowers West
1280 Wellington St W
Vernissage 6pm

Art Exhibition: Fragmented Landscapes

Inspired by the natural world and the ecological threats it faces, Fragmented Landscapes explores the tension between human efforts to tame and control nature and nature's persistent regeneration to reclaim its territory. Artist Justyna Dawidowicz aims to bring awareness to humanity's exploitation of nature and our eventual destruction should the blind pursuit of profit render our world uninhabitable. Free Event

Carleton Tavern
223 Armstrong St

Local Music Showcase: Philip Caunter, Kyle Smith-Rojo, Eric Liao

Come to the Carleton Tavern for a night of performances by local musicians, featuring a collaboration between songwriters Philip Caunter and Kyle Smith-Rojo. Also performing will be Eric Liao (lead guitarist and vocalist of Empty Nesters) with a solo set. Free Event

Cube Gallery
1285 Wellington St W

PROVENDER: Group Show about Food

From prehistoric wall paintings to Andy Warhol’s soup cans, food has extensively been depicted in art. This group of talented artists show us what they think.  Join us for a talk by the Curator and a reception to meet the artists. Free Event

1283-B Wellington St W

Stuart Hoopfer on Guitar

Stuart Hoopfer plays an acoustic set on guitar during the early evening. Free Event

Flock Boutique
1275 Wellington St W

Art Show & Sale: Devonshire Fundraiser

Young artists in our community will be showing and selling their work to raise funds for their 3rd grade classroom at Devonshire Public School. The show continues through the weekend. Join us to celebrate their creativity! Free Event

Malenka Originals
1098-B Somerset St W

Colourblock Party & Workshop

We’re breaking out the Annie Sloan paint pots and transforming the corner of Spadina & Somerset into a hub of paint, colour, and upcycling. Bring a small piece of furniture, and we’ll provide all the tools for you to transform it using Chalk Paint™ and Annie Sloan Soft Wax. $35/person. Spots are limited. Register here


Railbender Studio
3 Hamilton Ave
12pm-8pm: tattoos with Stephane and Julien, 6pm-8pm interactive talk + exhibit with Chris & Shawn

Augmented Reality and Meaningful Ink

Interactive talk and photographic tattoo exhibit with Shawn MacDonell (Creativision) and Chris Martin (Professor, tattoo researcher). FREE Beyond the Pale tattoos, $40 flash tattoos. 

1304 Wellington St W

Create a Collage Mixed Media Artwork

Turn a collage into a work of art while recycling old magazine images and advertisements. Local artist Tahini Moitra walks you through her process when creating a mixed media piece. During the workshop, you can try it out yourself! Free Event, but bring old magazines & papers, if you can. Limited to 15 participants.

The Foolish Chicken
79 Holland Ave

Afternoon Tea with an Ink Painting Demonstration by Ali.

Enjoy afternoon tea and sample some miniature desserts while watching Alison Fowler demonstrate how she creates her beautiful ink paintings.

The Hair Committee
1275 Wellington St W
Throughout the festival

Art in Jest

Brenda Dunn of Art in Jest will be showing a new series at the Hair Committee during the course of the Happening. Free Event

The Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington St W

Daniel Martelock Goes Abstract 

Daniel is excited to share with you his latest art exhibition as he embarks into the world of abstract art. Stop by to meet the artist and enjoy free snacks. You're welcome to create an abstract piece of your own. Free Event

The Royal Oak Pub
1217 Wellington St W

Local Talent + Cocktails 

Thursday, Ottawa's favourite night to go out! Come out to the Royal Oak and check out some fantastic local talent, while enjoying our specialty hand-crafted cocktails! Free Event

The Wellington Gastropub
1325 Wellington St W

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 150th Anniversary Steampunk Celebratory Dinner

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Victorian-era voyage of the Nautilus submarine featured in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, hosted by local artist Andrew King. Join us for an evening adventure aboard the Nautilus as it would have been in 1867. Steampunk props, sounds, artwork, and a special seafood menu pay hommage to this classic novel. Artwork available for sale.   Contact The Wellington Gastropub to buy dinner tickets

Twiss & Weber
1282-C Wellington St W

Nathalie Grice's "La Forêt des Folies" 

Twiss & Weber presents a detail of Hintonburg artist Nathalie Grice's show "La Forêt des Folies". Life-size creations of native animals, embellished with urban details, illustrate the artist's view on the built environment: how humans encroach on animals’ natural environment, how they adapt, and in turn, how humans are adapting to living in cities.  Free Event

Friday, May 5th

Carben Restaurant
1100 Wellington St W

Fun, Playful, and Accessible

Carben will be collaborating with local artist and musician Kim Valentine on an interactive event. Check social media for updates!

1018 Wellington St W

Wigg(l)ing Out

Participants can create a small hand embroidered art work of their own under the guidance of Alexis Boyle.  Choose a simple design or draw one of your own, then use a few simple hand embroidery stitches to turn your drawing into a stitched work of art. All supplies provided.  Free Event

Flo GlassblowingLoretta Studio and Gallery and
Happy Goat Coffee
957-C Gladstone Ave, 35 Laurel St

Scavenger Hunt & Draw for Local Handmade Prize

Flo Glassblowing, Loretta Studio and Gallery and Happy Goat Coffee have joined together to create a Scavenger Hunt. Meanwhile, enjoy live music, and free glass working demos. And there's a locally handmade Grand Prize! Come on out to find out ways to increase your chances to win. Grand Prize Draw: Winner chosen by ballot, Friday 9:30pm at the Happy Goat! Free Event

Giant Tiger Express
1085 Wellington St W

Contact: A Portrait Drawing Marathon

Giant Tiger Express hosts artist Natalie Bruvels for a performance of "Contact" -- where Natalie draws as many portraits as possible throughout the day, while maintaining eye contact with the person she's drawing. You're invited to draw Natalie's portrait as well. All portraits will be displayed in Giant Tiger windows during the fest. Yours to keep at the end. Free Event

1066 Somerset St W

Posters, Cards, and Magnets Inspired by Hintonburger

Hamburgers, sausages, milkshakes and soda floats. Justyna Dawidowicz's humorous and colourful posters, greeting cards and magnets are hand-illustrated and reproduced using high-quality laser printing. This work is inspired by the food and decor of Hintonburger restaurant. Please note their new address. Free Event

Hintonburg Pottery 
1242 Wellington St W

Hands-on: Potter's Wheel Demo

Beginning with wedging a lump of clay on the wheel, many skills and techniques go into creating an object. Come on out to Hintonburg Pottery for our free hands-on potter's wheel demonstration. Free Event

Maker House
987 Wellington St W
6pm -10pm

Around the Campfire: Stories with Andrew King

Gather round the "campfire," as local artist-historian Andrew King tells long-lost chilling Ottawa stories you can share this summer, with old pictures and even old home movies from our neighbourhood. Tasty smores-on-a-stick for the first 100 people! Enjoy live music, free beer samples from our friends at Brew Donkey Tours, and shop the latest in handmade homewares from over 100 local artisans. Free Event

Mint Hair Studio
1071 Wellington St W

Stories of the Salon: Music & Tales

Stories of the Salon is a fun night filled with music, laughs, friends, and stories. Kristine Shadid and Allison Harris of Rhythm and Burgundy perform original songs based on stories from the salon. This evening is presented by Creativision and hosted by Mint Hair Studio. Free Event

Ola Cocina West
1079 Wellington St West

Creating a Community Cinco de Mayo Piñata

Help us create and decorate a Huge Cinco de Mayo Piñata! Free Event

Ottawa West Community Support Services
1137 Wellington St W

A Community Through Clay

Ceramic artist Steffi Acevedo hosts a display of pottery in front of the Ottawa West Community Support. Free Event

PranaShanti Yoga Centre
52 Armstrong St

Art Show + Live Theatre + Yoga

Featuring Jeffrey McGuire, artist/PranaShanti Staff & Bronwyn Steinberg, Yoga Teacher/Playwright. Artist Show Case - Jeffrey McGuire - Get to know our artist and view his artwork. OCCUPY ME by Bronwyn Steinberg & Sarah Waisvisz - a one-woman show that happens in a yoga studio. This participatory yoga theatre where the spectators join the performer in the play.  Show is $20, Artist Talk is a Free Event

Strawberry Blonde Bakery
114-B Grange Ave

Sugar Cookie Decorating 

The art of sugar cookie decorating is both fun and delicious! Join us to learn how to create beautiful pieces of art you can eat. Everything we do is vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free so everyone is included in the food fun! Free Event

Takahashi Martial Arts
5 Melrose Ave
Doors open: 6pm, Demo: 7pm

East&West! Art Show & Martial Arts Demo

Launching our open house weekend with a fine art show of Japanese and western style arts. Japanese Martial arts demonstrations and music by DJ Golbon. Calligraphy and martial arts performances, as well as a life drawing session on Saturday. See the complete schedule on our website.  Free Event, donations welcome

Wabi Sabi
1078 Wellington St W

The Art of Felt Making 

Learn all about the fascinating world of fibre art with Wabi Sabi and local artist Maggie Glossop. Explore the medium of felt through Maggie's work, and enjoy a brief artist's talk at 7:00pm. Free Event

Wheelhouse Cycle
1279 Wellington St W
Open at 9am, Throughout the festival

The Making of the Wheelhouse Community: Moving & Still Portraits

Come see portraits of the people who make Wheelhouse Cycle not just a spin studio, but a community who come together to inspire, to laugh, to cry, to motivate, and to challenge. Join us. Free Event

Wine Rack
1320 Wellington St W

Wine & Window Paint

Wine Rack hosts a special wine tasting while artist Andrea Emery performs a live window painting.