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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

PAL Ottawa’s Case for Support

We’re pleased to announce the completion of “PAL Ottawa: Building Art and Soul” PAL Ottawa’s case for support for a residence in Ottawa.  We first presented the document to guests of our Cube Soirée, and now all interested can read it on our website.  We will use this document to engage partners and support as we pursue our long-term goals.

Members of Ottawa’s arts sector achieve and give so much. And yet, these valued members of our community often get by on shockingly low incomes: in 2012, the average annual income for artists in the City was reported at $15,800. Under these financial constraints, it is no wonder that owning a home or saving for retirement proves impossible for many.

Another reason to become a PAL Ottawa member 

GCTC 2016-17 SeasonPAL 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.

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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:...