Boards, bikes and joggers: Sports shops reopen in the Glebe

"With summer upon us, you’re probably already out on weekly adventures with your bike, shredding trails, hitting your jogging milestones or kickflipping your way down Bank Street.

If you haven’t been able to hit the trails, parks or bowls just yet, our sports and fitness shops in the Glebe are back open and ready to get you geared up for a summer of fun.

Support our local shops and restaurants as they open up in a safe way.

Top of the World Skateshop
581 Bank Street
(613) 237-4797

Skateparks are now open in Ottawa and if you need a fresh deck, trucks or wheels, owners Eric and Corey at Top of the World Skateshop are the dudes you need to see. From the hippest apparel to the newest freshest boards, Top of the World is a must for any skate head in Ottawa. Later, skater.

The Running Room
901 Bank Street
(613) 233-5617

Have your sneakers seen better days? Are you itching t hit the pavement this summer? Stop by The Running Room in the Glebe for an extensive selection of running shoes, gear, and clothing to get you moving all summer long. Visit them in-store or online today.

Kunstadt Sports
680 Bank Street

(613) 233-4820

Have you been hitting the trails, courts and pavement hard already this summer? Get everything you need to stay active at Kunstadt Sports, where their friendly staff will help you out with any cycling, jogging or tennis needs. Visit them in store or online today.

"Joe Mamma Cycles
767 Bank Street
(613) 564-0459

Whatever you need for your bike, Joe Mamma will have it, or they’ll get it for you. Some of the most knowledgeable staff in the city when it comes to BMX, Urban, fixed gear and commuter bikes, Joe Mamma will have you back on the trails with a new bike, a new tune-up, some new gear or accessories. Visit them today.

Sporting Life
125 Marché Way
(613) 216-6000

With campgrounds across Ontario now fully open, it’s time to hit the woods and sleep under the stars. But before you head out into he great outdoors, be sure to stop at Sporting Life for all your camping and hiking gear. The Lansdowne shop has everything from apparel, and gear to equipment and an extensive line of footwear. Visit them online or in-store today.

TD Place Team Shop
900 Exhibition Way – Unit 103
(613) 690-0511

Have you heard the good news? Ottawa REDBLACKS football is coming back to the Glebe this summer – and the plan is that fans will be back in the seats by kickoff on Aug. 5. You better grab all your REDBLACKS gear from the TD Place Team Shop that is now back open. All your favourite Glebe sports teams at one shop. Go, REDBLACKS, Go!

Lights at Lansdowne, Skating Court now open in the Glebe

"It’s time to sharpen those blades and lace ‘em up, because the outdoor skating court at Lansdowne Park is now open for skaters of all kind.

Start working on that perfect triple sow cow among the stunning and iconic backdrop of the historic Aberdeen Pavilion. Okay, maybe lay off the spin tricks for a bit and go for a casual skate with the family.

We’ve all been cooped up indoors since the COVID-19 pandemic and we know just how difficult it has been on residents to see hockey rinks, gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and all the fun stuff close, open, close and then open again.

Snow has begun to fall and winter is here! You may have spotted our holiday winter banners blowing through the crisp air and our stunning classic tree lights that brighten the street.

It’s time to make the absolute best out of our situation and that all starts with one of Canada’s favourite pastimes – ice skating and Christmas lights.

Access to the rink comes on a first-come, first-served basis and each city rink has posted limits for the number of skaters. Ottawa Public Health recommends practicing COVIDwise etiquette and limiting your ice time to 30 minutes during busy times so everyone can get a chance to skate.

Throughout the season, visit ottawa.ca for skating times and any weather-related closures – such as warm or rainy conditions. Residents can also download the free City of Ottawa App, available now through the Apple Store or on Google Play, to get notifications on their handheld devices.

* No hockey sticks are permitted on the Lansdowne Skating Rink.

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While the Ottawa Christmas Market has been officially postponed to next year, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some festive fun at Lansdowne this holiday season. The Lights of Lansdowne are now on! Take pictures with family and bubble friends in front of  the biggest Christmas Tree in Ottawa. Make some festive memories under a stunning canopy of lights in the Casino Lac Leamy Square and there will be plenty of instagramable elements to incorporate into your perfectly-curated social feed. Access is free throughout the month of December.

 

Attention Footy Fans! Atlético hosting watch party Sunday at TD Place

"You may not be able to watch Ottawa’s newest soccer club fight for their first-ever victory in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get together with a bunch of footy fans to take in Sunday’s Atlético Ottawa match on the field at TD Place.

The team is hosting a viewing party for this Sunday’s match vs. Forge FC from the Island Games in Prince Edward Island and they’re inviting soccer fans to pack the field at TD Place to watch on the big screen.

Atlético opened up the season with a 2-2 draw against York9 in mid August before dropping a 4-0 blowout to the Valour the week after. The team got back on track with a draw against Edmonton, but are still looking for that first elusive win.

That could come Thursday when Atlético faces off against the first place Cavalry from Calgary, or on Sunday, when 100 screaming fans will be watching live from TD Place.

The new Canadian Premiere League season will see a 24-game season, followed by a four-team group stage, semi-finals and then the championship. All games this season are being held at the University of PEI.

Doors at TD Place open at 2 p.m. Sunday with a 100-person limit to adhere to social distancing rules. Get your tickets now, they will certainly sell out. Tickets are $12.50 per person.

Go, Atlético, Go!

 

Meet the Glebe’s pro basketball team: The Ottawa BlackJacks!

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The Glebe is getting a professional basketball team.

The Ottawa BlackJacks – the city’s newest professional sports team announced Wednesday – will start laying it up at TD Place next spring. The team will play in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which features Edmonton, Guelph, Fraser Valley, Hamilton, Niagara and the reigning champs the Saskatchewan Rattlers.

“We are excited to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to TD Place, the organization that manages the city’s downtown sports and entertainment venue and its surrounding Lansdowne lifestyle district,” said Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Mark Goudie. “With the men’s and women’s U SPORTS Final 8 Championships coming to TD Place in March, it’s a perfect time to add professional basketball to our local sports landscape. The BlackJacks deliver high-end play on the court and a modern vibe in the air so it’s going to be something very new and exciting for the fans in our region.”

Ottawa can officially begin to sign players as of Feb. 1, but one thing that could draw players to the team is the fact that they can earn up to $1,500 per game between May and August when other professional and university leagues are on hiatus.

The BlackJacks inaugural season schedule will be released on November 26 as part of the release of the entire CEBL season schedule. The CEBL will begin the process of hiring senior administration for the BlackJacks immediately.

But while the season won’t start until May of 2020, fans don’t have to wait to get a jump on tickets, as the team announced a first season ticket deposit drive Wednesday during the announcement. A $50 non-refundable deposit guarantees that you will get front of the line access to celebrity, courtside and lower bowl tickets at TD Place. You’ll also get a spiffy new BlackJacks T-shirt. Click here to reserve your spot now.

“The CEBL is thrilled to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to its roster of professional basketball clubs,” said CEO and Commissioner of the Canadian Elite Basketball League Mike Morreale in a release.  “Ottawa/Gatineau and the surrounding area has a history of basketball excellence. The game was invented in Almonte, which is about 40-minutes west of the city. We look forward to bringing a family-oriented, basketball and entertainment experience to the Arena at TD Place.

For more information, visit www.theblackjacks.ca.

Ottawa 67’s eager to bring hockey back to the Glebe during home opener Sunday

"You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more excited about the Ottawa 67’s home opener than goaltender Cedrick Andree.

The hometown Ottawa boy is set to return between the pipes in front of his home crowd this Sunday – and it will be especially poignant after such an emotional and heartbreaking season end that saw the 67’s fall in the OHL Finals.

“That’s the fun part about being from Ottawa, you have friends, family coming to games,” said Andree. “You know everyone in the crowd.”

It will be tough for the 67’s to top last year, as the team broke a franchise record with 50 wins and went a perfect 14-0 in the playoffs before losing four straight to the Guelph Storm. Anything short of an OHL championship this year will be disappointing, not for fans, but for the players, says Andree.

“Once you’ve tasted winning, it makes you want it a lot more,” he says.

“We won a lot last year and I feel like if we lose, guys are going to be crushed.”

Andree had an impressive outing last year, posting an incredible 34-5-2 record with a .910 save percentage. The 67’s are off to a good start so far, winning both their road games against Guelph and Oshawa, but although they are a perfect 2-0 to start the season, head coach André Tourigny says there’s still a lot of work to do.

““The result has been perfect, I’m not sure we have been perfect,” he laughed, following Wednesday’s 67’s practice.

“We had to work extremely hard in those two wins. But we got better every period. We have to just work to continue to get better every day.”

Tourigny knows how tough it will be to follow last year’s banner year, but he’s trying not to think about it too much. It will be his challenge to rally the team around the task at hand – not at what could have been last season.

“The only thing we can do is be good today,” he adds.

“Then we will try to be good tomorrow and we will go from there and hopefully we will get ready for the long run. We don’t want to look too far ahead, because we will lose our focus and we will forget what’s most important and what’s most important is now.”

While the team lost a few studs to the NHL this year, including goaltender Mikey DiPietro, Tye Felhaber, Sasha Chmelevski and Lucas Chiodo, their talented defensive corps remains intact. This was a defense that was considered tops in the OHL last year, surrendering just a measly 183 goals. Led by veteran Merrick Rippon, the team should again limit scoring opportunities this year.

“We have a pretty big D corps, pretty steady. We have the same guys all last year on the defensive side and we’ve got (Cedric Andree) in nets, so I think that is going to help us this year,” said Rippon.

“It’s going to help our young forwards adjust to the game and we have some really good role models and leaders up front too.”

Sunday’s home opener vs. Peterborough launches what promises to be an epic season featuring a flurry of in-game experiences you won’t want to miss. Starting this, and every Sunday, are the post game free skates where you can take to the ice with your own blades. This year also boasts 10 awesome theme games, including a F-R-I-E-N-D-S Night, the annual Halloween game, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Game and a Britney Spears Appreciation Night.

It all starts Sunday at 2 p.m. Get your tickets here. #NOQUIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottawa 67’s return to action Friday night, home opener Sept. 29

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It’s been a long off season for the Ottawa 67’s after their heartbreaking loss in the OHL Finals last year – and it’s no surprise that the boys are back and ready to take what’s theirs this season.

The Barber Poles open up the season Friday night in enemy territory, Guelph, against the team that dashed their Memorial Cup hopes last season. To say they’ll want revenge over the Storm would be a massive understatement.

“We want to be really fast. Fast to play against, fast in the transition, fast on the puck,” head coach André Tourigny said on the team’s website.  “We want to be relentless. Every night, we want to be the hardest working team out there.”

When the puck drops Friday night to open the 2019-2020 season, Ottawa will be doing it with the highest of expectations. The 67’s enter the season as the league’s team to beat, according to The Record newspaper in Kitchener, which released its 2019-2020 OHL rankings earlier this week. The 67’s are ranked #1 with Oshawa and Peterborough close behind. In the CHL rankings, Ottawa sits fourth.

And while the team lost a few key players to the NHL, including scoring leaders Tye Felhaber, Sash Chmelevski and back stopper Mikey DiPietro, they still have the most impressive lineup with offensive monsters Austen Keating and Marco Rossi, while goaltender Cedric Andree is clearly the man in the crease. Andree posted an impressive 34-5-2 record last year with a .910 save percentage.

With the loss of a few studs up front, the 67’s didn’t waste time improving, as they acquired forward Dylan Robinson from Oshawa in exchange for future draft picks. The 2018 OHL Cup MVP posted seven points in 34 games in his rookie season for the Generals and should fit in with the 67’s offence this season.

“Dylan is a player who will add size, tenacity and skill to our line-up,” said 67’s General Manager James Boyd.  “We are excited to see Dylan on the ice in the very near future.”

The 67’s may open up on the road, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the action. Crust & Crate is hosting a Season-Opener Viewing Party Friday night that will feature live game action, prize giveaways and trivia. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Click here for details.

The 67’s open up the season with three away games before they come home Sept. 29 for their home-opener and is it ever set to be a homecoming party. The buzz is already building in the Glebe and it likely won’t stop all season.

This season is full of excitement with 10 awesome theme games, including a F-R-I-E-N-D-S Night, the annual Halloween game, and Ugly Christmas Sweater Game and a Britney Spears Appreciation Night. Yes, you heard that right.

The season-opener is just around the corner. Grab your tickets now here. Go 67’s Go! #NoQuit.

REDBLACKS set to open season with fresh faces, questions at QB

"There is no doubt that the Ottawa REDBLACKS will look like a bit of a different team this year after losing four offensive starters during CFL free agency.

The REDBLACKS offence was gutted in early February, with starting quarterback Trevor Harris, offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers and star receiver Greg Ellingson all heading to Edmonton to suit up for the Eskimos next season. Two-time East Division all-star running back William Powell also packed his bag for Saskatchewan this winter.

Aside from losing four significant pieces in the off-season, the REDBLACKS are excited for another CFL Season, which kicks off Saturday night with a pre-season tile vs. Hamilton at TD Place. The team still has important starters in receiver and Ottawa favourite Brad Sinopoli, defensive back Antoine Pruneau and record-breaking kicker Lewis Ward. Sinopoli isn’t worried about his new, and old teammates filling the void.

“We have a couple young guys who have been around though, so they are familiar with the offence,” Sinopoli said during REDBLACKS training camp last week.

“Some new guys that we added have been in this offense in a different capacity on another team, so I feel like everyone is on the same page. Everyone is a good guy, which I think is key to our group. We are just trying to get better one play at a time.”

The big question mark for the team this year will be at the pivot position – who will win the starting quarterback position this year? Will it be newly acquired Jonathon Jennings, who threw for 1,628 yards with the BC Lions or Harris’ back up last year in Dominic Davis?

Both will get opportunities to impress the coaching staff this year – starting Saturday night in Ottawa.

“It’s an open competition between Dominic and Jonathan,” said REDBLACKS head coach Rick Campbell. “We are going to flip flop all the quarterbacks around. The only rule we are following is what gives us the best chance to win.”

Jennings put his best foot forward this past weekend at the REDBLACKS Fan Fest during an offence vs. defence scrimmage. Jennings led the offense to a touchdown on his first drive and led his offence to a 30-27 win.

The REDBLACKS have yet to announce who will start Saturday’s preseason game against Hamilton. But you can be sure that if one of them struggles, the other will be handed the ball.

Saturday’s preseason game is the only home game before the REDBLACKS open the season on the road in Calgary June 15. The team then heads back home for their home opener Thursday, June 20. This Saturday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets".

 

Ottawa 67’s set for OHL Championship vs. Guelph

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The Arena at TD Place is set to get loud and proud Thursday night when the Ottawa 67’s open up their OHL Championship series against the Guelph Storm in what promises an all-out war for Ontario hockey supremacy.

And with the winner advancing to the Memorial Cup championship in Halifax in May, you should expect to see a battle royale between the league’s hottest team and the team from Guelph that has been dubbed, “the comback kings.”

While Ottawa has felled each foe with ease throughout these playoffs – a record-breaking 12-0 run through three rounds of the playoffs, the Guelph Storm have taken a tougher route to the finals, but an equally impressive one. It didn’t take long for the Storm to see themselves down 3-0 in their series against the heavily-favoured London Knights. But the Storm surged back, tying the series at 3 before mounting the ultimate comeback with a 6-3 win in Game 7. In Round 3, the Storm again erased a 3-1 series defecit to eliminate the Saginaw Spirit and advance to the OHL Championship.

Ottawa and Guelph split their regular season series 1-1 with Ottawa squeaking out an overtime victory in their last outing on Feb. 1.

Can the Ottawa 67’s keep their playoff unbeaten streak alive? Will Guelph storm back? Find out this Thursday at the Arena at TD Place. Get your tickets now, as they are flying fast.

Game 2 will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets to that game.

Go, 67’s Go!

Weekend What’s Up: 67’s Playoffs, 613 Flea, Ottawa Farmers’ Market and more in the Glebe

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If you’re looking for something to do with the family this Easter weekend, look no further than the Glebe, where you can take in a multitude of events for the whole family – from playoff hockey to a flea market for the ages.

It all gets underway Thursday night when the Ottawa 67’s open up the OHL Easter Conference Finals against the Oshawa Generals at TD Place. The 67’s have yet to lose a game in the playoffs, and hope to continue their winning ways in their quest for an OHL Championship. Game 1 kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at TD Place. Read our 67’s fan blog here. Game 2 of the series will go on Saturday at 2 p.m. at TD Place. Click here for tickets to that game.

On Saturday, bargain hunters will unite inside the Aberdeen Pavilion for 613 Flea, the Glebe’s monthly flea market. Browse hundreds of items, including antiques, vintage clothing and video games, records, comic books and more. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission for everyone. Click here for details.

Aside from Game 2 of the Ottawa 67’s playoffs, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market returns all day Sunday inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. The city’s only year-round, producer-only market kicks off every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snag fresh produce, artisanal goods and antiques all under one room. Click here for details.

Take in some free live jazz Sunday afternoon at Industria, as the Lansdowne pizzeria hosts weekly jazz jams every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rotating roster of local jazz musicians. The jams are always free. Click here for details.

‘Electric’ Ottawa 67’s fans gear up for OHL Eastern Championship in the Glebe

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Charlie Skinner has just two pieces of advice for the Ottawa 67’s as they get set to take on the Oshawa Generals Thursday for Game 1 of the OHL Eastern Conference Finals: “Play hard and have fun.”

The 10-year-old might just be the Ottawa 67’s biggest fan. He’s been on the ice with the players, including his favourites Tye Felhaber and Sasha Chmelevski, he’s caught a few T-shirts from Riley Raccoon and has followed the team on the road with his dad. He has even worn 67’s war paint to school on game days.  Skinner will likely be one of the first to show up Thursday when the 67’s open their series against Oshawa – and he predicts that the 67’s will make quick work of the Generals.

“I think the 67’s will win in four games,” says Skinner, who has been a huge fan of the team for the past four seasons. But it’s not only the hockey that he comes for, but more of the fan experience that the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group brings to the arena each and every game – from the bouncy castles and intermission games for kids, to fun theme nights throughout the season, like Dunder Mifflin night.

“love going to 67s to see Riley the mascot and to play in the kid zone,” adds Skinner. “The bounce house is my favorite. I usually play during the first period or two and then I’ll watch the 67s with my dad the second half of the game. I always try to catch a T-shirt when Riley throws them to the kids. I also love the cotton candy and popcorn.”

For his Dad Matt, 67’s hockey has never been better. Not only did the team post the franchise record for points this year, but they also brought in big stars Mikey DiPietro and Lucas Chiodo to bolster an already stellar, deep lineup.

And while the regular season was a treat in itself for Matt and Charlie, the playoffs have been that large helping of gravy over those perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes. The two have been to every home playoff game, joining 7,000 fellow rabid fans who have gotten behind the team this year.

“The atmosphere has been electric at TD Place during this playoff run,” adds Matt.

“The 67s fans are always enthusiastic, the kids are great at making lots of noise, but during the playoffs all the fans have really kicked it up a notch. It’s nice to see big crowds coming back to TD Place for 67s hockey. We’ve been going for four years now and every year the crowds have been getting bigger.”

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And it’s not only the fans who are getting the, “experience of a lifetime,” as Matt puts it, but the fan support is also trickling down from the coaches to the players to the staff – boosting moral, building confidence and creating a loud, raucous playoff atmosphere inside the 67’s barn.

“We are playing well on the ice, but the main reason is because the fans are loud in the building and they help us every night,” says forward Tye Felhaber, 67’s regular season leading scorer.  They are supporting us, and they have got our backs and it’s a fun atmosphere to play in.”

Felhaber, who was passed on in consecutive NHL drafts, signed an entry level deal with the NHL’s Dallas Stars this year after notching an impressive 59 goals and 109 points in just 68 games with the Barber Poles. The right winger has posted six goals and 13 points in 8 playoff games so far this year. He’s got his sights set on the Oshawa Generals and hopes the team can bring home an OHL Championship this year – and perhaps even a Memorial Cup.

“Just to be a 67 and have a winning organization and to try and go for a championship here is a special opportunity and we want to make the most of it,” says Felhaber.

Everyone in the room is excited and we are already talking about the crowd. They just help us so much. Everyone is just really pumped up.”

The 67’s won five of eight regular season games this year over Oshawa, but Felhaber and crew know that the Generals will bring their A-game, especially with highly-touted Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser between the pipes. Keyser holds the league’s best post-season save percentage of .943.

“I think that they are going to come out hard and be a really tough team to play against,” adds Felhaber.

“They have a great goaltender, great forwards up front, good defense and they got some key additions at the deadline. It will be an exciting series, but I think that they will be definitely a way tougher team than they were this season.”

67’s head coach André Tourigny says he is excited to bring the team back to the Glebe for Game 1, adding that the fan support has been that added boost that has helped the 67’s win eight straight playoff games so far without a loss.

“We are looking forward to getting back in front of the fans and that will be really exciting,” adds Tourigny. “They have given us a lot of energy since the start of the playoffs and throughout the season, so it will be a lot of fun.”

The 67’s are going to need some more of that raucous energy Thursday night, so grab the family, a few pals, don your 67’s war paint and come down and support the boys as they push a berth in the OHL Championship. Puck drop is at 7 p.m., but get there early, as the first 4,000 fans will get a free 67’s #NoQuit Rally Rag to wave in the air. Click here for tickets.

Game 2 of the series will go on Saturday at TD Place. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets to that game. 

Go, 67’s Go.