BIA News & Updates
'Fall Harvest'  business decoration contest Results
There's still time!

Held over until November 2nd.

There is still time to participate in the Harvest Business decorating contest.

This year's awards are as follows:

Best Theme:
How your culture celebrates the harvest:
Most abstract:
Canada's 150th:
Art and Light to animate Little Italy November 25 & 26
The BIA is very excited to present Night Lights, a unique Art and Light Festival designed by local artists Dems n Doll. This free nighttime event will offer guests the chance to interact with uniquely lit art installations. Night Lights is geared to all ages and will run from  Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The interactive programming includes large-format games, glow face painting, a DJ, a fire poi performer, glowing hula hoops, selfie spots and more.

This whimsical event will also pay homage to Little Italy's proud heritage by including objects that have been invented by Italians. Through a series of clues, attendees will be encouraged to "guess the invention".

As it is an outdoor event, we are encouraging people to dress for the weather and come join in on the fun in Little Italy.

Fall Fusion was a success!

The first ever Fall Fusion event was a fabulous success! This collaborative event featuring your favourite spots on Preston Street gathered together in one place for one night only.

Fall Fusion featured cocktails by The Moonroom and delicious bites by La Roma Restaurant. Attendees were pampered by the lovely folks from The Upkeep Shoppe and were treated by a spectacular Fashion Show put on by Little Italy's only women's clothing boutique Vincent. For those who wanted to indulge while staying healthy RAW PULP + GRIND juice bar didn't disappoint as they delivered tasty beverages.

Hair by Adamo ensured the lovely models were ready to walk the runway styled and clothed by Vincent.

Thank you to all the businesses and volunteers who were involved in the production of this event; the attendees were absolutely thrilled.

This event was a great example of what the BIA's  DIY Grants can do to help businesses showcase their talents. See below for more details on how your businesses can make use of these grants.
Don't forget the Do it Yourself Event Grants! 

These grants provide you seed money to get together with a minimum of three businesses to put on an event. 

To be eligible for the grant, you must fill out the application form, and present your event at the monthly Board Meeting for approval. Board meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. 

DIY Ideas:

"Meet Me on Preston" Events Calendar

Our November events print calendar is now out!

If you have an event that you would like on the printed copy of the December Calendar, you will need to have your information submitted by November 22nd.

We can add events to the web calendar throughout the month so be sure to make us aware of any special event or promotion you are having. We will also use that information to expand your advertising reach through the BIA social media channels.

If you have an event that you would like listed on the website, please email
Member News & Updates
Fundraiser at Flapjack's on Preston

Please join us at Flapjack's in Little Italy for our  Alice In Winterland fundraising auction.  Read more
The Give & Get Event is back for the Fall season @ Vincent
We encourage you to get into your closets and donate professional work attire that is gently used, in season and appropriate for an interview for Dress for Success Ottawa and we will give you a discount on your purchase that day! The discount gets increasingly better the more they spend! This a great opportunity for you to stock up on those Fall essentials.

Get into your closets and give to an incredible organization that helps women become financially independent and successful!  Read more

Pumpkin Peel Facial Event @ The Upkeep Shoppe

As the weather gets cooler your wardrobe isn't the only thing you need to change up. Fall in love with your skin this season with our Pumpkin Peel Facial Event!

This express facial features a pumpkin enzyme peel to smooth and refresh your skin after the summer months. Cost of service can be used towards same day product purchase. Space is limited Read more

Just in Time Zombie Training @ ColonyVR
Don't miss #RealScary week the final week of October. 

Get ready Ottawa! We care about you and your survival. Come train for the zombie apocalypse on 
Monday, October 30 for 50% off.

Featuring zombies, horror rooms and VR pumpkin carving!

Reservations required. 

Other News
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services:  Spot fall hazards before the blitz

Slips, trips, and falls remain the bane of Ontario workplaces and a Ministry of Labour (MOL) priority. Why? Check the numbers: almost 12,000 lost time injury claims are filed annually, or 32 claims per day, at a direct benefit claim cost to employers of more than $73 million.

How can employers get a better handle on these injuries and costs as the MOL embarks on this year's slips, trips and falls blitz, from October 2 to November 30? WSPS consultant Patricia Kriz offers suggestions, as well as thoughts on why workplaces may be blind to hazards in plain sight. Read more

School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) Centre's Grand Opening
Join us at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) Centre's inaugural Open House at its new home in Ottawa's Little Italy!

Celebrate the grand opening of the SPAO Centre, a purpose-designed arts facility and Ottawa's innovative photo hub, comprised of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, the SPAO International Artist Residency, and the only independent and critical Photographic Art Gallery in the entire region. 

  • 5:00 PM - Doors open
  • 7:30 PM - Speeches 
  • 9:00 PM - Performances by The PepTides and La Voix finalist, Rebecca Noelle
Call (613) 562-3824


Dine-a-Rama event from November 24-26
This November, you have the chance to be part of something incredible.

Just by running your business as usual during our Dine-a-Rama event from November 24-26, you can help support groundbreaking new technologies that extend - and can even save the lives of men and women facing cancer in our community.

That's exactly what happened to Luke Rochefort, owner of the St. Louis Bar & Grill. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in his early twenties, which quickly spread and metastasized to his lungs, abdomen, and brain. But Luke is alive today and cancer free because of a groundbreaking piece of technology called the Cyberknife, a non-surgical and non-invasive machine that delivers targeted radiation therapy directly to a tumour.

In order to make sure others had access to the breakthrough that saved his life, Luke launched Dine-a-Rama after his recovery in 2013. It's a citywide restaurant fundraiser where businesses have the chance to fundraise for local cancer care. This year it's back and bigger than ever, as funds are critically needed to support the expansion and technician training for the Cyberknife technology in order to effectively treat some of the most complicated cancers right here in Ottawa.

Great, sign me up! But what do I have to do?

Register today! Dine-a-Rama takes place over the Grey Cup Weekend - November 24, 25 and 26th, but YOU have the flexibility to pick your own dates - you can participate on only one of the days, on two, or on all three. All you have to do is fundraise, which could be done however you choose: you could donate a portion of your proceeds from the dinner rush, hold a raffle, or anything else you can think of - whatever fits your restaurant.

And there's more in it for you - once you're registered, we'll be promoting you through social media and radio coverage as we approach the Grey Cup Weekend to boost your sales. Your registration also immediately qualifies you for a draw to win the following prizes:

  • A $2,000 travel voucher,
  • A $500 gift certificate from Tannis Foods,
  • Dinner and Wine for 20 at Italfoods
  • A $200 gift certificate from SkiptheDishes 

(P.S - if you refer another restaurant, you get an extra ballot!)

So join our big, amazing family of restaurant owners committed to improving local cancer care here. Or call Tara Beechey at 613-247-3527 ext 243 for more information.

OHS-FCEF Joint Project Update: QR codes now on plaques in the Ornamental Gardens

OHS 125th Anniversary Project: Celebrating the Role of the Central Experimental Farm.

The Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS) has joined with the Friends of the Farm on a special project to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 125th Anniversary of the OHS. The project recognizes the importance of hybridization in the development of plants for the Canadian climate and how the Central Experimental Farm played an important part in promoting horticulture in the last hundred years.
The first phase of the project recognizes significant achievements in hybridization, and specifically the work of three hybridizers: Isabella Preston (lilacs), Felicitas Svejda (Explorer roses), and A.P. Saunders (peonies). Plaques recognizing the work of each of them, as well as the importance of hybridization in Canada, have been installed at the pergola in the Ornamental Garden at the Central Experimental Farm. Scan the QR codes with your smartphone for all the details.

A second phase of the project will see a new planting of historical perennials in parts of the Macoun Memorial Garden. Located at the north end of the Ornamental Gardens, this garden was opened in 1936 to commemorate William T. Macoun, Dominion Horticulturist from 1910 until 1933, on the site of his former house. He was also President of the OHS in 1899. This project will be updated later this summer.

What is the Board of Directors?
Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director. The Board of Directors is made up of 16 members: 8 members representing the community and 8 members representing institutions which contribute to safety in our community. The Board seeks to be reflective of the community of Ottawa.

Who is eligible?
Residents of the City of Ottawa who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for appointment. Individuals who reside outside of the city may be eligible if they have made a significant contribution to the Ottawa community.

How does the selection process work?
Eligible candidates for the Board of Directors will be invited for interviews by a nominations committee consisting of current Board members and a Community Forum member. A reference check will be conducted to determine fit.

How do I get more information?
If you want more information on the responsibilities, selection process, or current members of Crime Prevention Ottawa, see

How do I apply?
Please submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interests and background. Applications may be submitted by electronic mail or regular mail. Please submit your application by Friday, November 17, 2017 to:

Francine Demers, Crime Prevention Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West-Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Fax: 613-580-2593 - E-mail:

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