So, Ottawa. You’ve heard of Kichesippi brewery, but did you know about The Flatbread Pizza Co? You know Magpie Jewellery, but how about local band Winchester Warm? And Wabi Sabi is famous among the knitting crew, but have you seen the lovely socks of Guy Charbonneau?
Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz testing your knowledge of the city. (Although if you had heard of all of the above, then kudos!) We’ve noticed that there are a lot of ambitious, exciting folks doing new and delightful things around town, and we want you to get as excited about them as we are. We’ve organized another edition of Support Local Month in Ottawa.
What’s Support Local Month? Happening throughout November, it’s a chance for Ottawans to discover more about the city through events that bring together restaurants, artists, musicians and businesses in somewhat random (but fun) pairings. For example: we’ve got a bike Plaid Parade with a route planned out by Tall Tree Cycles and an after party at a brewery. We’ve also got a jewellery store hosting a night of music, food and fun. Restaurants have specials happening, and a you’ll find artwork in curious places – like a jail.
It’s not just about getting out and buying local, although that’s a bonus. It’s about getting out to support the city, eat some tasty vittles, hear some good music, and see a bit of art you’ve never seen before.
It all kicks off with our launch party on November 1 – 8pm, Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W) – we’ll have give-aways music and more. The rest of your November social calendar can be jam-packed with Support Local (providing a bit of extra entertainment with those moustache growing attempts!). Our events calendar has all of the Support Local happenings listed, and you can find out what’s on this week, as well as what’s happening all month long, over on our Support Local page.
With over 80 businesses, artists, musicians, shops and more participating, November is set to be a great month!
A note on the logo: A few months back, when brainstorming ideas for this year’s Support Local logo, our design sponsor extraordinaire Steve St. Pierre noticed that the city boundaries kind of look like a heart. In fact, we suspect we’re the only city with boundaries that show off our feelings.
Thanks to our sponsor for Support Local 2012: