Grandmother and granddaughter hands on piano

About PAL Ottawa

We reward the artists who delight us with our applause, and often assume that success in the arts brings financial security. But very few members of the performing arts community arrive at the end of their career with an adequate pension and other resources. That’s why we created PAL Ottawa: to provide affordable housing and a support system to artists in need.

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News & Upcoming Events


A Splendid Kitchen Party

We held our second ever Kitchen Party on March 6th and it was a splendid success. Led by Jim McNabb, our Events team transformed the hall of Glebe St. James United into a cozy cabaret. Old and new friends across the arts community met up, and everyone revelled in the...

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People and Profiles

A Supporting Cast Success Story: Maria Hawkins, “Blues Lady”

In late November 2015, PAL Ottawa met with “Blues Lady” Maria Hawkins in her new residence: a modest one-bedroom terrace level apartment in an Ottawa Co-op.  It was one of Maria’s last free days before she would begin a multi-phase surgical process to treat a grave...

A Chat with Mitzi Hauser: Supporting Cast Volunteer

PAL Ottawa met Mitzi Hauser in her Old Ottawa South home in mid-December 2015. We  marveled over the bizarrely warm, and more importantly, utterly snowless winter so far. Mitzi, an active and youthful 70 years old, agreed that the weather was both odd and useful:...