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A very fun night was had by all at the Absolute Comedy Club on Preston Street last night.
A fundraiser, organized by 101.9 DAWG FM  for the kids at CHEO raised just over $2000.00 and had the sold event in laugher all night.

The night was  hosted by Greg Schroder, an extremely funny guy himself, who by the way moonlights as a school teacher.
Other comedians included Jason Harper, Josh Williams and Jason Laurans

Also on hand were Elizabeth Manley, JW Jones, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb of MonkeyJunk and the hosts of The DAWG’s Breakfast of course.
Thank you to everyone who came out!

A few shots from last nights 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend Plays In Ottawa at the NAC for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala

 Pete Townsend was the special guest at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala last night at the National Art Centre.
Pete was playing with Des McAnuff, a theater director who brought The Who’s Tommy to Broadway in 1992. McAnuff was also a laureate this year.

Des McAnuff

Des McAnuff

 Des McAnuff, Tony award-winning theatre director and current artistic director of the Stratford Festival

Salman Rushdie

Writer Salman Rushdie

Writer Salman Rushdie was on hand to pay tribute to Deepa Mehta

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

South Park’s Matt Stone payed tribute to Rush’s Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee.

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend Plays In Ottawa at the NAC for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala


Colm Feore

Colm Feore

 Colm Feore was the host for the evening.

All photos © Jean Labelle


Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston presented the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 4, 2012.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Created in 1992, under the auspices of the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, the GGPAA are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life.

2012 GGPAA for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award Laureates

Janina Fialkowska, concert pianist

Paul-André Fortier, dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director

Denis Marleau, theatre director, stage designer and artistic director

Deepa Mehta, film director and screenwriter

Rush, rock band

Mary Walsh, writer, comedian, director and political satirist

2012 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Laureate

Earlaine Collins

2012 National Arts Centre Award Laureate

Des McAnuff, director, writer, composer and artistic director

Once again this year, Diann Lalande and Sylvie Simard of Diann’s Beauty Salon, opened up their hears and their salon to raise money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Diann and Sylvie drew in record crowds to the 12th annual event. The pair donated all of the days styling fees to the cancer foundation. And today’s tally is just over $7,500.00!!!

These donations are raised in our community to improve wait times, provide close to home access to care, to improve the quality of life for those living with cancer and to support research and access to new therapies.  These funds are targeted to help all our local friends and neighbours right across the Ottawa region.

Some of the young ladies waited years to cut their hair in order to donate their ponytails to the Angel Hair For Kids organization.
Leeann Shane had beautiful, long flowing red hair that took her many years to grow and she was smiling the whole time Diann and Sylvie took turns carefully removing her golden locks.

Diann and Sylvie started the first ever Cuts For Cancer event back in 2000 and to date have raised close to $50,000.00!!!

Thank you Diann and Sylvie for this wonderful event and for all that you do in our community of Orleans!

Cuts For Cancer

One Nite Wonders, presented by the Lift Foundation and Women for Mental Health, was an exceptionally fun event that was held last night at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
The evening began with cocktails in the beautiful foyer of the Orleans Arts Centre, where guests mingled and got reacquainted with friends and business associates alike.

Hosted by Valerie Pringle,  the evening kicked off with Annie Lennox (Henrietta Southam) who launched into a set of her greatest hits.
The evening continued with such favourites as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Jamilah Murray & Diane Lang), ABBA (Sarah Briones, David Cork & Lisa Elliot), and The Rat Pack consisting Ottawa’s well know Chiefs, just to name a few of the artists.

The highlight of the evening was when Nathalie Holmes spoke so eloquently and delivered a powerful message about her own struggles with mental health issues.

The purpose of the evening, of course, was to raise funds and bring awareness of mental health issues into the open. In today’s world, it is a statistical reality that someone you know has a mental illness and is unable to talk about it. Through the  Women for Mental Health campaign of the The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the evening raised in excess of $250,000.00!!!
Women for Mental Health is a philanthropic program at The Royal, bringing together like-minded women who will inspire conversations and support for mental health – to shift attitudes and make real progress in changing the way people think about this condition, and this they did last night, in a big way!
One Night Wonders



RCMP estimate between 5000-6000 people gathered on Parliament Hill to partake in the annual 4/20 event by smoking marijuana.
The aim is to bring about changes to the current laws to make marijuana legal.
April 20, widely known in marijuana culture as “4/20,” is a day when thousands of people gather for “smoke-ins” in cities across North America.

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