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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

By Adria May on June 20, 2014

Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29.

I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more.

Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?”

The festival celebrates the uniqueness of Hintonburg, its local businesses, artists and residents. The area has changed quite a bit over the years. There is lots of character, unique shops and local businesses and a sense of community.

What’s happening at the launch on Saturday?

There will be concerts, poetry readings, kids art tents, pottery demos, and a food and drink tent (must be of age to enter).

bus stopsWhat do you recommend people do when attending Hintonburg Happening?

The festival opens on June 21 at Somerset Square, and everyone is welcome to join. During the week of Happenings there are lots of events for people to attend! Each night there are a variety of events at local businesses and you will find they are grouped, and move from east to west. We hope that people will drop in to all of the events each night.

Some of the highlights include: the film screening of “The KISS” hosted by Andrew King and Tamarack Wellington. This film was the first to be screened in Canada, right here in Hintonburg! This screening opens with a magician, so the entire family is welcome to attend. We recommend you bring your lawn chairs for comfort.

Throughout the week there will be various artist talks at Wabi Sabi and The Studio Cafe, Art Exhibitions at Fabrications, Cyclelogik, A Modern Space, Railbender and Cube Gallery.
Flo Glassblowing, LOAM, The Hintonburg Pottery Shop, and the Studio Cafe will offer workshops. On June 24, Mint Hair Studio will feature the works of Dwayne Brown from LoveOttawa who will also be taking pictures of guests for his special loveHintonburg project. Everyone should come in and get their photo taken!

Twiss & Weber have also paired up with artist and yoga teacher Kate Durie for various events including a gratitude kit workshop on June 26, where you will be able to heat transfer her art on Twiss & Weber clothing. Twiss & Weber will also be offering a heart opening yoga class on June 29.

There are also open stages with MASC; a poetry slam with Brad Morden at the Hintonburg Public House, and a Native drumming circle at Champlain Park. On June 28, there will be a concert at the Carleton Tavern with the Third Wave Band.

Will this become an annual event?

More and more people in the community wanted to jump on board when they found out about it. We definitely want to see this happening again next year. We are hoping for more funding next year for projects which were a bit too ambitious this year, and we also hope to be able to have more funds for artists and musicians to participate. Summer and myself have been quite impressed with how many people have come on board to support, volunteer and participate at the event.

The Festival opens with its launch events this Saturday, June 21 from 1-8 p.m. and closes on June 29, with a party at the Hintonburg Public House. Visit the Hintonburg Happening website for a listing of all of the events.