Weaving the Fabric of Community and Country

The three principals of the Dept. of Creative Works outside their “favourite hangout” Cafe Qui Pense. From left to right: Nigel Pequette, Jess Ross, André Martel Credit: Jess Ross

The three principals of the Dept. of Creative Works outside their “favourite hangout” Cafe Qui Pense. From left to right: Nigel Pequette, Jess Ross, André Martel
Credit: Jess Ross

By The Department of Creative Works

The Inspiration
The Department of Creative Works was formed this past summer, inspired by fantastical celebrations of the arts and music across the world – from the Bosch Parade in the Netherlands, to the Parade of Lost Souls in Vancouver to Trinidad’s Carnival and many stops in between. These events each have an aspect that makes them unique: local participation – as opposed to mere spectating, the use of waterways, or simply the telling of a story in a special way. While Ottawa is home to many festivals, it has few events which satisfy this craving for rich story-telling and creative expression for all participants.

This is where we saw an opportunity.

Old Ottawa East is known for its inclusive and eclectic residents. What better place to plant the seeds of an annual parade, as a point of pride for the neighbourhood? We are fortunate to be bounded by two waterways, each with its own history. A parade between them could be a fantastic way to connect with the people we live with and the environment we call home.

The Tradition
Uniquely positioned between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, Old Ottawa East serves as a crossroads between many different traditions – First Nations, English and French, and a rich multicultural heritage of arrivals from around the world.

OOE is home to many different histories. We hope to honour them all through an event that is rich in music and storytelling.

Some of the aspects we hope to share include: the Rideau River’s story of the First Nations, the early voyageurs and the mythic flying canoe, la chasse-galerie, as well as respect for the natural environment – fish, birds, trees and water – which has sustained us throughout.

Inaugural Event – Summer 2017
The celebration will begin with an opening ceremony beside the Rideau River. From there, we will travel toward Main Street, loop through the neighbourhood and return to the starting point. Along the way, there will be stops to interpret different parts of the story of Canada. Participation is not only allowed but desired and encouraged! Join us and make sure your story is woven into Canada’s history as well.

Neighbours, Artists, Musicians… We need you!
Old Ottawa East is known for its great sense of community spirit. With so much growth on the horizon, we hope that this event will strengthen the bonds with our neighbours, reconnect to our roots and help welcome newcomers. Planning is still underway.

For more information, or to become involved with planning, contact us at: DepartmentCreativeWorks@gmail.com.

Let us know what you would like to see!

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