#happeningHood events

May 25-31 in businesses throughout Wellington West

Looking to plan your Happening activities for the week? Check out the full list below as more and more businesses sign up. Plus, follow #HappeningHood and have some fun with us all week long. There will be some pop-up shenanigans too, so keep an eye out. Be sure to pick one of our festival passports at local shops and services in the area for your chance to win a Wellington West prize pack. The more Happening events you visit, the better your chances to win! So get out there and get your’s signed and let’s celebrate our neighbourhood!

May 24-June 1 Happening Menus

Royal Oak, 1217 Wellington Street West has created a Happening menu featuring a choice of 3 appetizers, 2 mains and 1 dessert.

The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West has created a set Happening 3 course dinner with an appetizer, 2 main courses & a dessert for $40. Vegetarian option available.

Tennessy Willems, 1082 Wellington Street West. The banoffee Pie has been an Allium staple for many years with glowing reviews. What Allium perfected, we can only hope to recreate as best we can, while we wait for allium to reopen its doors, it's your chance to come to try out one of their dishes that made Allium famous.

Wellington Eatery, 1008 Wellington Street West has a Happening pizza deal for $13.99. Pick up only.

May 24-June 1 Ongoing Happenings Throughout The Festival.

Open Vessels, Hintonburg Pottery, 1242 1/2 Wellington Street West. Of the earth and from the rock, is a celebration of ceramic work by Newfoundland Artists: Jen Bruce, Maaike Charron, Rachel Dragland, Michael Flaherty, Jason Holley, Erin McArthur, Erin Callahan St. John, Isabella St. John, Anita Singh, and Alexis Templeton, Exhibit runs May 16 - 31.

Flowers & Art: the Perfect Combination, at Bloomfields Flowers, 1280 Wellington Street West. Join us as we introduce beautiful new works of art by local artist Andrea Stokes. Andrea is an Ottawa based painter and textile artist, with a background in textile, pattern and surface design. Andrea has been exhibiting and active in the visual arts community as an educator, curator and exhibitor in Ottawa for over 13 years. These abstract works are Andrea’s newest body of work, exploring colour, line, and mark making.

Local Product Samplings, 10am-6pm daily at Nu Grocery, 1130 Wellington Street West. Free samplings of local products.Try all-local cheeses, vegan cheeses, chocolate spreads, pastries and breads, jams and preserves and more!

Jewellery Sale at Flamingo Boutique, 233A Armstrong Street. Buy 2 get 1 Free on all our jewellery in store. We will also be offering a prize draw to win $100 worth of free jewellery to be drawn at the end of the day on June 1st plus a free goodie bag with every purchase on June 1.

Sidewalk Sale & Article furniture at St. Vincent de Paul, 1273 Wellington St W. Our sidewalk sale will be featuring clothing, small furniture, and housewares. Plus, we are showcasing our brand new Article furniture at amazing prices and no sales tax!

Outdoor Sampling, 1-4pm at Bridgehead Fairmont, 1024 Wellington Street West. During the Happening festival, we will be offering outdoor samples. Each day we will focus on a different item from either from my team of baristas, or our bridgehead teams of viennoiserie, kitchen or roastery! (Weather dependent)

Friday, May 24

Opening Event for The Happening 2019 Festival, 7pm-10pm at Vimy Brewing Co., 145 Loretta Avenue. EVERYONE is welcome & encouraged to invited your neighbours & friends over to join us for a night of craft beer, live music, skateboarding, crafts and fun for the kids. The folks from Birling Skateboard Shop will be on site offering free skateboard lessons to anyone interested (7pm to 9pm). Skateboards and helmets will be provided to those who do not have them. PLUS GT Express will be onsite with some fun kids’ activities. Something for everyone, so stop by for a fun night in the hood. This will kick off a great week of celebrating our Wellington West neighbourhood.

Happening Community Yoga Class, 7:30pm-8:15pm at Prana Shanti, 52 Armstrong Street. Yoga for $5! It’s a great way to try a yoga class and kick off the Festival weekend!

Saturday, May 25

Unveiling of the 2018 Happening Art Grant art piece 'The Kiss', 2pm by international award winning artist Maciek Peter Kozlowski at The Hair Committee, 1278 Wellington Street West. Be sure to also go inside to see his current art exhibition. See the pieces here http://tinyurl.com/y3qajpmw

The HPH Open Mic, 3pm-5pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. Muskoka Brewery Presents The HPH Open Mic With Jess Cole the last Saturday of every month. Stop by & enjoy some local music or chime in & play a few. Enjoy $2 off ALL Muskoka Brews during the event PLUS enjoy FREE BEER samples. After the show stick around to watch live painting with Daniel Martelock starting at 6pm!

Happening Bird Army LIVE, 6pm-10pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. Now is your chance to win your very own Daniel Martelock Bird Army art piece! Come by the pub to watch Daniel paint YOUR new art piece live at the bar. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 & can be purchased in advance at the restaurant up to as late as 10 pm on the 25th when the winner will be chosen. Cash only for raffle tickets.

7 Bands Happening in Hintonburg, 1pm-9pm at The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington Street West. Stop by the shop for a day of music!
1:00 PM Culture Reject Vinyl Release show
2:30 PM Worst Pop Band Ever ( Tim Shia)
3:30 PM Drive in Radio (Jason and Steve Standup )
4:30 PM Permanent Record (playing Violent Femmes)
5:30 PM Police N' Thieves (Playing the Clash)
6:30 PM No Mistakes in Space
7:30 PM Cloud of Rock

Pieces in the Park, 10am-3pm in Somerset Square (where Wellington / Somerset meet). Hosted by Malenka Originals. The park will be filled with a collection of painted furniture for sale by local furniture painters.

Busta Flava, 11am-1pm at Les Moulins La Fayettes, 1000 Wellington Street West. Get a taste of The Flava Factory Freestyle Dance, and score some free LMLF samples!  Dance showdown starts at 12:30pm.

Lot 7 Happenings, 10am-4pm, 233A Armstrong Street. Stop into the store May 24, 25,and June 1, for both indoor and sidewalk sales with their neighbouring businesses, enjoy hot and iced David's Tea samples, yummy treats, music, friendly staff, and so much more! Be sure to enter the draw for a gift giveaway of a large soy candle and don't forget to stamp your festival passport while you're there!

DIY Zero Waste Cleaning Product Workshop, 1pm at Nu Grocery, 1130 Wellington Street West. We love building our community (and the zero waste community) around workshops. Encouraging them to come out, meet people and learn new skills. We will demonstrate quick and easy to make, affordable and, of course, zero waste recipes: from making laundry powder to all-purpose cleaner, toilet bombs and air fresheners. (BYO jar to get some samples!)

Happening Sidewalk Sale, 10am-5pm at Muriel Dombret [clothes], 1258 Wellington Street West. The shop will be selling their samples and past seasonal styles.

Made in Canada Sale, 11am-6pm at Trove Fashion, 102-1000 Wellington Street West. To showcase the Canadian designers in their store, Trove Fashion is offering 20% off all 'Made in Canada' clothing.

World of Maps Globe Sale, 10am-5pm, 1191 Wellington Street West. They will be offering a Happening 20% discount off all globe models in stock. There are 50 different globe models available in store to choose from, every home should have a globe for a deeper understanding of the true shape of our world! Plus they will have a sidewalk sale of various maps & books will take place on Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26th as well as Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd from 10am-5pm. All items will be Sale priced as marked.

Howie Hooper's Centre Stage Open Mic, 1-4pm at Vimy Brewing Company, 145 Loretta Avenue North. An Open Stage that offers a place were players can come play and share in the experiences of Live Music. A community to play, learn and network.

Chakra & Yin Yoga, 2pm-5pm at Prana Shanti, 52 Armstrong Street. Join Maria Figueroa and Stéphane Ippersiel for a 3-hour workshop on how Yin Yoga can be used as an effective tool to re-align your Chakras and get your energy flowing! When our Chakras are misaligned or blocked, we can feel stressed, anxious, stuck or even lethargic. They will introduce the Chakras and Meridian Theory at the start of our session before moving into a guided 90-minute Yin practice. During our practice the benefits of the shapes for your Chakras will be explained. A handout of the poses and their benefits will be included for you to take home. They will cover: Review of the Chakras (with a focus on Root, Heart and Throat Chakras), Introduction to Meridian Theory, Explanation of selected Yin Yoga shapes and their effect on Chakras and Meridians. Cost: $65.00 per student plus you can receive a Happening 20% discount.  Maximum capacity for this workshop is 25 people.

Sidewalk Vintage Sale and Coffee, 10am-5pm, at Foxhole, 1206 Wellington Street West. They will be partnering with Morning Owl to serve coffee in front of their shop while also doing a sidewalk sale of “vintage menswear.” Foxhole will also be having a promotion where any in-store purchases made will qualify you to receive a percentage off on Morning Owl coffee beans which will also be available for purchase.

Foundations Chiropractic & Integrated Health, Join them 9am-11am for an open house to meet the practitioners and view landscape photography by Tim Watts.

Bean Bag Toss, 1-6pm at Escape Manor, 982 Wellington Street West. Join us for a round of bean bag toss, and receive a discount voucher for your next visit to Escape Mannor!

Sunday, May 26

Outdoor Yoga Class, 10am at Parkdale Park hosted by SoulSpeak Yoga.

Made in Canada Sale, 11am-5pm at Trove Fashion, 102-1000 Wellington Street West. To showcase the Canadian designers in their store, Trove Fashion is offering 20% off all 'Made in Canada' clothing.

Happening Brunch & Board Games, 11am-3pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. Bring the family down for Happening Brunch & Board Games at The HPH. Bring in your own games or try out one of our vintage finds. Good ol'fashion fun. Makes a great afternoon date with family or friends PLUS there is no fee to play!

Paint-palooza, Bingo-rama and Open-Mic, 12-5pm at The Merry Dairy, 102 Fairmount Avenue. Like to paint? Like bingo? Are you an aspiring musician? The Merry Dairy welcomes all kids and kids-at-heart for Paint-palooza, Ice Cream Bingo-rama and the Kids Open-Mic Happening, 2019!

Happening Sidewalk Sale, 10am-5pm at World of Maps, 1191 Wellington Street West. Plus they will have a sidewalk sale of various maps & books will take place on Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26th as well as Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd from 10am-5pm. All items will be Sale priced as marked.

Bean Bag Toss, 1-6pm at Escape Manor, 982 Wellington Street West. Join us for a round of bean bag toss, and receive a discount voucher for your next visit to Escape Mannor!

Sidewalk Sampling, 12-4pm at Aurelius Food Co, 1283b Wellington Street West. Come enjoy some sidewalk samples of some goodies with our flavoured balsamic and olive oils! As always the store will be open to sample our entire inventory of flavoured oils and balsamic vinegars.

Monday, May 27

Happening Colouring Night, 4pm-10pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. Like to colour? Need to unwind after a long day? Stop by to enjoy a few drinks, dinner & colour some pages in the book created by a variety of local artists for The Happening a few years ago (formerly Hintonburg Happening). Flip through to find your favourite. Just $5 with 100% of the funds going to The Happening Festival. Great for both adults & kids. Special thanks to the amazing artists who made it happen…Andrew King, Marc Adornato, CT, Megan D’Arcy, master tattoo artist Shark, Andrea Emery, Daniel Martelock, Andrea Stokes, Jamie McLennan, Thomas Slaughter & the late great Alex Neron. Every Monday The HPH hosts colouring nights featuring Daniel Martelock’s Colouring Book so be sure to stop in each month!

Tuesday, May 28

My Heart is in Havana, 7pm-9pm at Vimy Brewing Co., 145 Loretta Avenue. Hosted by Yaymaker Ottawa WEST and Vimy Brewing-Paint Nite event. Come on out and unleash your inner artist while our incredibly talented and entertaining host guides you, step-by-step, laugh-by-laugh and layer-by-layer until you've created a wonderful masterpiece - all within two hours! Use the code YAYVIMY! to save $13 on your next nite out!

Babies Like Happenings Too, 11:30am-5pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. The HPH knows that parents who stay at home need to get out and socialize so they are excited to host their weekly Baby’s Day Out during the festival! Call up a friend & drop by with your little ones Tuesday afternoons from 11:30 am-5:00 pm & receive 10% off your bill. This week will be busy with little ones so they recommend bringing a seat as they have a limited number of highchairs.

Oak Island Revealed, 7pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. There are untold secrets in Canada, a hidden history that can be revealed through research and new evidence that points to a tangled web of truth. Join author and artist Andrew King in a multimedia presentation that reveals the hidden secrets of Oak Island and starts a quest for the truth behind an elusive treasure...

Wednesday, May 29

Happening Beer Bike Raffle Party, 4pm-6pm at The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West. To celebrate the winner of the Woodward Beer Bike raffle & to thank everyone who purchased a ticket The HPH will be hosting a FREE BEER sample event with Whiprsnapr Brewing Co with additional prizes to be won. The winner will be chosen & announced at 5:30 pm. For those that have not heard, The Hintonburg Public House is excited to have collaborated with Woodward Bicycle Co. to create a custom HPH beer cruiser. Valued at $950, it features a Sturmey Archer single speed coaster brake rear hub, formula front hub, alloy rims, hand built wheels, Tektro front brake system, front carrier rack with room for a 12 pack of beer featuring The HPH logo. All this and more assembled onto a high tensile fully tig-welded steel frame that has been painted in a black satin finish. The winner will also receive a custom bike fitting so the bike fits them just right. To see more photos of the bike check out our Instagram @thehph or stop in to see it in person. Only $25 per ticket for your chance to win this awesome bike with $5 from each ticket sold donated to Parkdale Food Centre. PLUS, so that everyone feels like a winner, from the time you purchase a ticket to the end of the raffle May 29th you can receive 10% off your regular priced food + drink at The HPH by showing your proof of purchase. The earlier you buy, the more you save! To purchase a ticket go to Eventbrite

Halifax-style Donairs, 1065 Wellington Street West at Bread By Us. Get your hands on the almost-famous Bread by Us Halifax-style Donairs! Made with local grass-fed beef from Grazing Days farm, these wraps come in a house-made flatbread, and are loaded with the Donair trifecta: tomatoes, onions, and sweet garlic sauce. They will be making heaps of them to celebrate our favourite neighbourhood festival, the Happening.

Trivia in the Taproom, 7-9pm at Vimy Brewing Company, 145 Loretta Avenue North. Join us for Trivia in the Taproom every Wednesday. Free to play and prizes to be won!

Thursday, May 30

Happening Art Market, 7pm-10pm The Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West is excited to be hosting our first $200 & Under Art Show featuring 3 talented local artists. To celebrate & share more of their talents with you they will be setting up a mini art market for The Happening. Stop to see works by Andrea Stokes, Bev Thibault & Daniel Martelock ALL at affordable prices. It is going to be a fun evening of art, crafts, cocktails & more!

Friday, May 31

Brewing a Brand, 4-8pm at Maker House & Brew Donkey, 987 Wellington Street West. Sample two distinct local brews, as Bicycle Craft Brewery launches brand new posters and t-shirts in Brew Donkey’s swag shop! Learn about the brand-building process behind Bicycle as Jamie McClennan of Character Creative answers questions about designing a great brand, along with Bicycle's co-founder, Fariborz. Come meet the makers of great beer and classic design!This event is FREE to attend.

Happening Flash Tattoos, 12pm-6pm at Railbender Studio, 3 Hamilton Street North. For a $80, Julian will be doing flash tattoos in celebration of The Happening!

Candle lit Slow Flow + Meditation, 6pm-7:15pm, at SoulSpeak Yoga, 1226 Wellington Street West Unit 201 (Just above the Morris Home Hardware!) Join Erin Harris for a $5 beginner friendly drop in class. Explore both the physical and meditative aspects of yoga as we incorporate both principles into to one 75 minute class. Accessible to all levels, for both the yogis and the non-yogis, we will stretch and strengthen the body to begin, and finish off with a restorative meditation for the mind & soul.

Winemakers Dinner, at Wellington Gastropub, 1325 Wellington Street West. We are having a Winemaker's Dinner with Colin Stanners, from Stanners Vineyard in Prince Edward Country. The meal will include five courses and five wines for $120 plus tax and tip. Please call 613-729-1315 to reserve as seating is limited.

Live Music in the Lounge, 7-11pm, at Vimy Brewing Company, 145 Loretta Avenue North. Lonely Vices and Your Porch or Mine. Come join us for live music in the taproom PLUS be sure to try their special cask. Every week there is a new brew!

Comedy Night, 9:30pm at Wellington Eatery, 1008 Wellington Street West. Every Friday they host a comedy night with no cover charge and $6 pints during the show!

Event information is published as received. Please contact the business directly if you have any questions. Have a fun Happening & don’t forget to get your passports stamped at every Happening event you attend for your chance to win a Happening Prize Pack!

Thank You to Major Sponsors!

We are grateful for our returning sponsors: our gold sponsor Wellington West BIA, our silver sponsor Desjardins and our media sponsor Kitchissippi Times! We couldn't do it without you! Interest in sponsorship options? Send a note to happeningottawainfo@gmail.com to get involved!


Sponsor an artist or live event

Want to have visibility during the Park Party with the Wellington West locals? Why not sponsor an artistic activity or "activation" on June 1. For sponsorship between $100-500, your logo will be seen at the event and we will post shout outs on all our social media platforms. 

Looking for volunteers 

We need volunteers for social media support starting in April, help with postering, and for the event on June 1. High school students can get volunteer hours and a great way to meet new friends and contacts in the community. Send a note to happeningottawainfo@gmail.com to get involved!


Thank you to ALL of our partners!

Shout out to all of our partners who help make it happen! Character Creative, The Hintonburg Public House, Hintonburg Community Association, Parkdale Food Centre, Birling, Beyond The Pale, Vimy Brewing, Flava Factory, Les Moulins La Fayette and Wallack’s. Looking to get involved? Send us a note to happeningottawainfo@gmail.com 

Mark your calendars and invite your family and friends.

Thank you for helping to make it Happen!