Just a last minute reminder that Blog Out Loud 2015 is TONIGHT! I’ll be arriving by 6 so if you see a frazzled lady rushing around, please put a drink in her hand. See you there!
Blog Out Loud is tomorrow! It’s at 6:45 p.m. sharp, at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, which is the very western end of Sparks where it bends around to meet Queen. You can enter the church from either the Queen side or the Sparks side.
There’s a very small parking lot to the east of the church that can only be entered from Sparks. A better bet is one of the paid lots along Queen (there’s an underground one just before Bay) or street parking in the area. There’s a bunch of construction along that block of Queen but you can still get through.
There will be snacks and beverages for sale (it’s licensed) and we have the room for the whole night so feel free to hang out and socialize afterwards. The readings should be over by 8 p.m.
The room we’re in this year is pretty small – smaller than last year – so arrive early for best seats. And just a warning to those of you bringing kids – there will be some adult language.
See you there!
I’m happy to announce that Blog Out Loud this year will have a totally awesome emcee – Dani Donders of Postcards from the Mothership. Woot!
If you’re a parent in Ottawa, Dani’s blog is, quite simply, a must-read. She’s a bubbly, friendly, upbeat person with a giant heart and an even bigger love of life. Her blog is the place to go for silly, crazy, and fun stories about parenting, and specifically about parenting in Ottawa. She’s got the insider track on a hundred of the best places to go in town, the little out-of-the-way places that are like secret treasures for you and your kids. Her fun and detailed adventures will have you wanting to go where she does and do what she does – or at least have a good chuckle while you read about it.
Dani’s also well-known for her amazing photos – after a few years of taking daily pictures and posting them on her blog, she’s grown into a bona fide photographer, one who captures incredible beauty in everyday life. Her shots of her own family, pets, Manotick home and Ottawa locales are bright, colourful little slices of life that bring new perspectives and a sense of warmth to scenes that we all know well. She also brings her beautiful style to her own photography business, Mothership Photography. Between that, and writing, and working full time, raising three boys, it’s even more impressive that she manages to be so sunny and bright, but somehow, she makes it all happen.
We’re delighted to have Dani be a part of this year’s Blog Out Loud event. Come and say hello to one of Ottawa’s best-known bloggers!
Richard’s been through more in the past five years than most people experience in a lifetime. On his blog, Remagine It, he’s completely frank and open about what he and his wife have been through: job loss, cancer, infertility, IVF, and the devastating loss of their twin baby boys. It’s almost impossible to imagine living through all that, but Richard has managed to do even more – he brings hope and comfort to others in similar situations by sharing his stories. His writing is direct and heartfelt, and although his extraordinary life has been sad, there is a kind of peace and calm that he manages to bring to the telling. His simple willingness to use his own experience as a hub for others to come together to find common ground is inspirational.
Happily, Richard finally became a father earlier this year to a beautiful baby girl. Although she was born with Down Syndrome, he and his wife are happy to welcome such a smiley, sweet girl into their family and to shower her with love. Richard is a great activist and source of support, and now he can add great father to the list, too.
Come and hear just one of the many touching stories Richard has to share at Blog Out Loud.
Brenda Labelle of Bjütie is truly a belle of the ball. She’s all about beauty – make up and fashion and style – but it’s more than just how we can change ourselves on the surface. Her writing explores our inner beauty, as well – what makes us feel good about ourselves, and what can be done about social and political issues that affect how we feel about out personal appearance. By looking at her own life and experiences, she finds fantastic stories that we’ll all relate to, stories about how self-esteem and self-worth are often closely tied to personal appearance. She’s still learning and growing, following her dreams and figuring out what it means to be Brenda – the whole package, inside and out.
It’s not all serious and weighty, though – there’s plenty of fun and fizz on her blog as she dishes on Oscar fashion, make up trends, and the beauty of women’s shoes. Her tales are light and sweet and, above all, entertaining – the perfect mix of frivolous and thoughtful, little essays that give you a bite of life to chew on. You’ll hardly even realize that she’s managed to change your viewpoint on so many things.
It’s been a busy year for Brenda – she’s left the hip neighbourhood of downtown for a low-fashion home out in the wilds of the Ottawa fringe. But she’s still thinking about self-growth, be it urban or country. Come and hear what she has to say about this beautiful life at Blog Out Loud.