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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 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

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 varied entertainment. How lucky we are to have such talented friends and supporters! We heard the rootsy stylings of Mark J. Nyvlt, the vivacious Holly Laroque accompanied by the suave Mark Ferguson, and we were simply charmed by Barbershop Therapy, a vocal quartet from the Music Department at Ottawa U.                     A definite highlight of the evening was Maria Hawkins’ blues set. Between her rollicking vocal numbers, Maria updated us, with her usual comic flair, on the state of her eye surgery – so far so good! – and on the support she has received from PAL Ottawa’s Supporting Cast program.  Maria’s story certainly moved us in the audience, and moved some of you to join as members – welcome, new PALs! We couldn’t be happier to have you aboard. So, when’s the next Kitchen Party? Thanks to Glebe St. James United Church, Robert Palmai, Pat Shapiro, Gary and Marlene Morton, Bekah Shirey, Jean-Guy Brault, Joe Turner and members of the Board.  And more applause for the talents of Brad Denys, Pierre Brault, Mike Heffernan, Sally McIntyre, and the great Craig... read more
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