Summer Baird, Co-founder of Hintonburg Happening /
Owner of The Hintonburg Public House

Summer was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by The Ottawa Business Journal in 2016 for her exemplary work as a business owner and her community involvement, which includes organizing The Happening, supporting local artists, and raising funds for the Parkdale Food Centre. She sits on the Wellington West Business Improvement Area board and works on both the marketing committee and the beautification and place making committee. For the 2019 festival she is organizing the beer gardens, rentals, finances and a bunch of other little things that keep the festival happening plus will be hosting Happening events all week long at The Hintonburg Public House-the unofficial Happening Headquarters.

Twitter: @thehph / Instagram: @thehph /

Jamie McLennan, Owner of Character Creative

Jamie has more than 18 years of graphic design experience specializing in branding, illustration and website design for a variety of private sector, NGO and non-profit clients. He's one half of the design team Character Creative, and a proud Hintonburg resident and business owner. Jamie is also a co-founder of Pitt and 2nd, a collection of well designed and executed goods that pay homage to his hometown of Cornwall.

HIs work is on everything from our flyers to our Facebooks posts. He's the rad dad of two cool kids, he's the voice of reason in most conversations and he's the reason this fest looks so good.

Twitter: @jamiejimjames / Instagram: @jamiejimjames

Brenda Dunn, Events Director/Sponsorship

Brenda has been getting in trouble for crayoning on walls for as long as she can remember. She eventually went to art school at the University of Guelph and drew on whatever the hell she wanted. She works and plays in Ottawa where she came for grad school and just stuck around ever since. She learned a lot of busy words during her Masters in English Lit, but it turns out she actually prefers the visual to the verbal when it comes to communication. Brenda and Shawn MacDonnell were the recipients of an arts grant from Awesome Ottawa for their creative Hintonbeasts project in 2016. Brenda's energy and creative ideas will continue to help The HAPPENING reach new heights.

Twitter: @artinjest / Instagram: @artinjest

Mary Beth Wolicky, Communications Director

Mary Beth moved to #WellingtonWest from downtown a few years ago in search of a real neighbourhood. She loves living, working, playing and promoting this walkable, creative community. Mary Beth is a well-rounded communications professional, with extensive experience in strategic internal and corporate communications, change management, event planning and social media. Working with The HAPPENING is a great complement to MB's work in communications for a Government department. MB is leading communications for the 2019 festival, including social media.

Twitter: @MBWolicky / Instagram: @mb_a_gram

The Happening is also supported by the following co-ordinators:

  • Jessica Stark, Arts Grant

  • HCA volunteer board