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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

Another Reason Why You Should Become a PAL Ottawa Member 

PAL Ottawa is pleased to announce that it has formed a partnership with The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). For PAL Ottawa members, GCTC will be offering a special ticket discount that helps make theatre accessible for the many members of the artistic community. PAL Ottawa members can purchase a discounted ticket for $20 simply by using their PAL membership card in person or over the phone. Tickets are valid for any performance part of GCTC’s 2016-17 season. “We at PAL Ottawa are thrilled to have this tremendous support of GCTC in building interest in PAL Ottawa’s quest to care for aging individuals in the arts community, through Supporting Cast, and ultimately in a building to ease the plight of those who work in the arts and living under financial strain,” says Peter Haworth, Chair of PAL Ottawa.  “We look forward to making this initiative one that all Ottawa arts groups want to join!” About GCTC GCTC celebrates its 42nd season in 2016–17. Its mission is to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development, and continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. GCTC mentors emerging companies and artists through their masterclasses and internships. Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2016-17... read more

PAL Ottawa Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, May 30th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PAL Ottawa’s Board of Directors invites you to attend our AMM on Monday, May 30th at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington West. Doors open at 5:30, meeting begins at 6:00pm. 5:30: Doors open; registration begins 6:00: Meeting begins 6:20: Guest speaker Adrian Luces, Executive Director, PAL Canada 6:40: AMM business resumes (PAL Ottawa’s 2015 Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statements) 7:15: Adjournment & post-meeting social, featuring Grupo Capoeira Come to renew your membership and hear the latest updates from PAL Ottawa and PAL Canada. Stay for our social where you can connect with members and friends over refreshments, and enjoy the performance of Brazilian music and dance by Grupo Capoeira. Please RSVP below. We look forward to seeing you! Attend... read more

Information Seminar: Cash Management in Retirement

PAL Ottawa Supporting Cast is pleased to present an information seminar by the Canadian Bankers Association on Cash Management in Retirement on Thursday 21 April 2016. A word like “debt” can be intimidating and, with over 60% of retired Canadians carrying debt, it can become a problem. This seminar will provide information for seniors on how to manage their debt and what to do if it becomes a struggle. That struggle can take the form of needing credit to pay for basic living expenses, not being sure about how much you owe, always seeming to have unmanageable debt, and having your financial problems affect your family life. The good news is that there is help available. Please join us for this informative presentation.   Presenter: Wendy Lefebvre from TD Bank Group Date: Thursday 21 April 2016 Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm Place: Ottawa Public Library, Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Bank Street   To register, please contact: Refreshments will be served.   Note on transportation: Plan to drive?  Parking on site is limited, but parking is available on the neighbouring streets. Taking the bus?  The #1 and #7 will get you there. Need assistance in getting there?  PAL Ottawa Supporting Cast volunteer drivers are available on a first come, first serve basis.   This project is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of... read more


PAL Member Jerry Grey on Exhibit this Summer at Ottawa Art Gallery

Local art lovers who know Jerry Grey principally through her public art and her vibrant portraits may be surprised and intrigued by Jerry Grey on the Grid: 1968-1978 (Ottawa Art Gallery, June 24 – September 25, 2016.) The exhibit showcases a 10-year period in which Grey used “grids” – a framework of parallel and perpendicular lines – as the basis for drawings and paintings that explore colour, shape, repetition, and contrast. PAL Ottawa spoke with Grey in early May about the exhibit, as well as her extended career, still in full force, and her connection to PAL Ottawa. “It’s something I got very interested in during this time,” Grey says about the grid technique. “How colour works when you organize it in a certain way.  And the grid allows for a different way of looking at space.” Grey acknowledges that the technique was not novel at the time – she points to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian who employed grids as early as early as 1919. But this mode of abstraction saw several iterations over the 20th century, and Grey is one of many North American artists who explored its possibilities. Michelle Gewurtz, curator of On the Grid, is excited to showcase this period of Grey’s output. “People don’t necessarily know that she was involved at Emma Lake,” Gewurtz told us, referring to the artists’ summer workshops that took place annually in Regina from 1955 to 1973. “The program was known globally in the early 1960s as a real centre of modernist activity.” Gewurtz is also glad to be shedding light on the history of visual art in Ottawa. Grey... read more

PAL Ottawa’s Pal Looking to Get on the Ellen Show

You may have read about her story on our blog or met her at our recent Kitchen Party. Maybe you’ve heard her at Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro where she’s hosted weekly blues jams. Maybe you – or your children –  encountered her through Ottawa’s Blues in the Schools program. No matter where you first met Maria Hawkins, Ottawa’s Blues Lady, you know she’s a compelling performer and storyteller. Today, the story she needs to tell is her own. And she wants to share it with Ellen. Maria has been shortlisted as a possible guest for The Ellen Degeneres Show, and we can help get her there. Learn more about Maria’s story Help Maria Get on Ellen Show... read more
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