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It’s Another Packed Weekend of Action at TD Place!

With both the CFL and OHL regular seasons now well underway, there is never any shortage of reasons to come down to Lansdowne, and join the party. It’s weekends like this, though, that Ottawa sports fans live for.

We have three straight days of fun planned this weekend; with the Ottawa 67’s hosting the Oshawa Generals on Friday, and the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday, while the Ottawa REDBLACKS defend TD Place from the visiting Montreal Alouettes on Saturday afternoon.

The 67’s play host to a Generals team that they bested by a final score of 7-3, just four days ago. Defenceman Jack Matier, fresh off of signing with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, scored five points, including his first two OHL goals. Tonight’s installment is a Friday Night Live game, so fans can attend the rematch for just $20! Grab your buds, and kick off your weekend with some great hockey, at an even better price! Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm EDT!

For the REDBLACKS, it’s a rematch of their own on Saturday, having faced off with the Alouettes on Monday. Come and see standout rookie quarterback Caleb Evans lead Ottawa into a heated East Division matchup, and enjoy it with an ice cold beer, for just $5 before kickoff. Even better, youth tickets are only $15! The action kicks off at 4:00pm EDT from TD Place!

For the 67’s Family Sunday Funday matchup with the Wolves, we have a great promotion for the whole family. With the purchase of each $30 ticket, Barber Poles fans will also get a free bag of popcorn! So grab your snacks, and enjoy a great afternoon of hockey, starting at 2:00pm EDT!

It’s going to be a great weekend at Lansdowne, so come cheer on your 67’s and REDBLACKS for three days of hockey, football, and fun!

Girls on the Run Program in Ottawa

October 7th, 2021 (Ottawa, ON.) – The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation today announced a partnership that has brought an acclaimed afterschool program for girls ages 8-13 to Ottawa. Since its establishment as a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization in 1996, Girls on the Run International has nurtured over 2-million girls with programs that develop the social, emotional and physical skills to cope with the life challenges that lie ahead.

“We have tremendous synergy with Girls on the Run” said Janice Barresi, Executive Director of the OSEG Foundation. “Like the OSEG Foundation, Girls on the Run is committed to the development of important life-skills through participation in sport, augmented by an evidence-based curriculum that helps girls manage emotions, resolve conflicts and make good decisions. We’re honoured be the first charitable foundation in Canada to bring the Girls on the Run program to our local community.”

The Girls on the Run program is delivered by certified and caring volunteer coaches with lessons designed to emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. At the end of the program, girls complete a 5K run, which develops a goal-oriented mindset and delivers a tangible sense of accomplishment.

“We are thrilled to partner with the OSEG Foundation to bring Girls on the Run programs to Canada,” said Elizabeth Kunz, Chief Executive Officer of Girls on the Run International. “Now, girls from across the Ottawa region will have the opportunity to build connections, experience the joy of movement and build their self confidence.”

The OSEG Foundation is proud to partner with local and national sponsors who recognize the limitless potential in girls. Giant Tiger, Founding Sponsor of Girls on the Run Ottawa, was instrumental through their support in bringing this program to our local community. “As a community proud retailer, Giant Tiger is committed to creating a lasting and tangible difference in the communities that we call home. We believe that our partnership with the OSEG Foundation and Girls on the Run will do just that in the lives of the girls across the Ottawa region. We are extremely proud to be the Founding Sponsor of Girls on the Run Ottawa and look forward to the positive impacts this will create in our community,” said Tova White, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, at Giant Tiger Stores Limited.

Thirty-One Gifts, a national sponsor, supports Girls on the Run Ottawa and Girls on the Run International through donations, serving as coaches and volunteering. “Our partnership with Girls on the Run brings to life our belief that confident girls become strong women that lead healthy families and build thriving communities. We could not be more excited to support and
invest in that same vision as the organization expands to Canada. It takes strong girls to build a strong future and we’re thankful to be part of the strong people who are helping Girls on the Run Ottawa,” said Cindy Monroe, Founder of Thirty-One Gifts.

Directed by an advisory board of community leaders, the first local Girls on the Run programs launched this fall at Bayshore Public School and Russell Heights Community House. Other schools, community groups, coaches and volunteers interested in the program are encouraged to visit the organization’s website, www.GirlsOnTheRunOttawa.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Janice Barresi
Executive Director, OSEG Foundation
jbarresi@oseg.ca
613-232-6767 x 8355

Welcome to Lansdowne, Beandigen Cafe!

We have a new pop up business at Lansdowne, located beside Goodlife Fitness – Beandigen Cafe! Winner of the pop-up of the RFP put out this summer, Beandigen is the home of Onzdarez Clothing and Goods by Paula Naponse, and offers a space that welcomes indigenous artists, goods made by indigenous people and coffee.

Beandigen means in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) to welcome and to come in.

Visitors to the space can expect to experience indigenous culture through workshops and events, while enjoying great coffee and food.

Come out and enjoy this new business today!

Five Reasons to Come Watch the REDBLACKS on Wednesday

It’s a rare Wednesday night kickoff for the Ottawa REDBLACKS, this week. After what will ultimately be 11 days between games, and 19 days between home games, the REDBLACKS return to the lights of TD Place on Wednesday, September 22, for a clash with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 7:30pm EDT.

It’s never a bad night at TD Place, but as always, there are tons of exciting things happening for what’s shaping up to be a great night of football in the nation’s capital! Here are five reasons why you should come out and see the REDBLACKS on Wednesday:

$5 Beers!

No, you don’t need to schedule an optometrist appointment, you read that right: fans coming out to the REDBLACKS game on Wednesday can enjoy their football with an ice cold beer, for only $5!

Starting when doors open at 6:00pm, until kickoff at 7:30pm, fans can grab a Budweiser for just $5 at Gate 1. Of course, a Bud always tastes better with your “buds”, so make sure to bring your friends out to enjoy some great football, and great beer, at a great price!

Live Music!

If it weren’t enough that you could grab a $5 beer before kickoff, RNation will also be treated to some live music before the football action begins, and at halftime!

With the same gritty, hard-driving rock-and-roll sound made famous by The Rolling Stones, and the country-rock edge of the likes of Neil Young, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, cover band Young Petty Stones are set to rock TD Place with all the hits that you know and love.

The band will be performing at 6:30pm — an hour ahead of kickoff — and again at halftime, so make sure to grab your Buds and your buds, and join the party. We’re sure you’ll be able to get some satisfaction, out of it.

Food Truck!

Let’s be honest, great food just tastes better when watching some exciting football, so we’ve got just the thing for REDBLACKS fans in attendance on Wednesday.

We’ll have a local food truck, Curbalicious, on hand for Wednesday’s game. On top of our delicious options available at concessions, RNation can hit the food truck to grab some perogies.

Beer, live music, and food? How are there still two more reasons left?

Honouring a Legend!

When REDBLACKS receiver Brad Sinopoli retired this summer, he did so as one of the greatest to ever lace up the cleats in Ottawa. The University of Ottawa alum suited up for 139 career games over five seasons with the REDBLACKS, tallying 5,741 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns. Sinopoli also helped the REDBLACKS to their first Grey Cup win in 2016, ending the city’s 40-year championship drought.

Now, it is our honour to show our appreciation for him. At halftime, Sinopoli will take to the field for a special ceremony, where we celebrate him, and everything he accomplished throughout his legendary CFL career.

It’s sure to be one of the most special moments in team history, and we would love for you to join us, and share in our appreciation for #88.

50/50 Tickets

In honour of Brad Sinopoli, 50/50 will include an additional special pricing level of 200 numbers for $88. Grab your tickets today.

2021-22 67’s SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Hockey is back! Ottawa 67’s single game tickets for the upcoming season are on sale now! With indoor venue capacities still restricted to 1,000 seats in Ontario, tickets for 67’s home games during the 2021-22 season are extremely limited.

Do not miss all the action this season and get your tickets now!

Ottawa 67’s Training Camp Recap: Day 2

Team Black Doubles Up Team White in 4-2 Victory

It was a hard-fought loss for Team Black against Team Red yesterday morning, by a score of 3-0, but they got back in the win column by downing Team White 4-2 in afternoon action.

Goaltender Mathis Mainville was exceptional, denying some quality Team White chances, while Team Black rode goals from Thomas Sirman, Connor MacPherson, Brady Stonehouse, and Chris Barlas to double up their opponents.

It wasn’t all bad for Team White, who saw numerous standout performances in the narrow defeat. Netminder Max Donoso was making big saves left and right, including a few on breakaways and penalty shot chances, never surrendering a goal on such an opportunity. Eric Bonsteel and Aidan Puley got their team on the board, and big, physical defenders in Matthew Mayich, and Ryland Landon made their presences known.

“I thought the first shift went well for us, but I also felt like I was gripping my stick a little too tight at the beginning of the game,” said Team White forward Ethan Quick, “But it’s going happen at the start, and we’ve just got to settle in and build for the next games.”

Team Black got on the board early, when Xavier Guillemette found Sirman on a give-and-go play, and Sirman made no mistake with a quick shot to give his team a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Stonehouse made a slick pass to MacPherson at the lip of the crease, who showed great patience and puck control to pull it to his backhand and make this a 2-0 game.

Team White got an immediate answer, though, with Bonsteel cutting the lead to one on the next play.

Not to be outdone, Stonehouse pounced on the rebound after a point shot, and slapped the puck across the line to restore his team’s two-goal lead.

After the halfway intermission, Puley made a deft little deflection to cut the Black to lead to 3-2, but later in the frame, Barlas – the 2021 first-rounder – moved into the White zone, and let go a shot that was nearly unseeable to the naked eye, and capped off this game with a 4-2 Team Black victory.

Team White will look to regroup and prepare for a tough test in Team Red, this morning at 10am EDT.

“[We’ve got to play] better defensively, help our goalie, help the defence out in our own zone, especially [me] being a winger,” added Quick, “Keep their big scorers down, they beat the team we just played, so we’ll have to bring our best game and bury our chances.”

Fellow Team White forward Cooper Foster echoed his comrade’s sentiments.

“I think we have to keep working hard,” said Foster, “A couple bounces went the other team’s way today, and I feel like if we just keep working hard, and keep going, we can take the win home.”

Today’s matchup with Team Red, as well as the 67’s final intrasquad game today at 5pm EDT can be seen on the team Twitch channel.

Ottawa 67’s Training Camp presented by TD.

Ottawa 67’s Training Camp Recap: Day 1

Ottawa 67’s Training Camp Presented by TD

After an 18-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ottawa 67’s finally returned to the ice, Thursday, for the start of their 2021-2022 training camp.

The first players reported to The Arena at TD Place at 8am EDT, undergoing rapid testing for COVID-19, and posing for headshots, as well as undergoing medicals, and fitness testing. From there, all 56 players reporting to camp attended meetings, before finally lacing up for on-ice skills sessions to finish off the day.

A bevy of new faces can be found around Lansdowne this season, with the Barber Poles graduating some high-end talent, but also bringing in a talented crop of youngsters, like 2021 first-round picks Chris Barlas, and Luca Pinelli. Of course, returning are some key contributors; in NHL prospects Jack Matier (Nashville Predators), Jack Beck (Calgary Flames), and Will Cranley (St. Louis Blues), along with the likes of Alec Belanger, Cameron Tolnai, and Adam Varga.

Perhaps the highest-profile addition comes in the form of new 67’s head coach Dave Cameron, who returns to the Ontario Hockey League for the first time since 2011. Cameron coached on the Ottawa Senators’ staff from 2011 to 2016, including a stint as their head coach from 2014 to 2016. From there, Cameron moved on to an assistant job with the Calgary Flames, before spending the last two years behind the bench of the Vienna Capitals, in Austria.

Though yesterday was something of an administrative day for the 67s’, their 2021 training camp kicks into high gear today. The Barber Poles will play four exhibition games from Friday morning through Saturday night, and fans can expect some highly competitive hockey when they tune in via the 67’s Twitch channel.

The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 3:

Team Red vs Team Black – 9am-11am EDT

Team White vs Team Black – 3pm-5pm EDT

Saturday, September 4:

Team White vs Team Red – 10am-12pm EDT

Ottawa 67’s Red vs Ottawa 67’s White – 5pm-7pm EDT

Rosters for the three intrasquad games can also be found below:

The Wait Is Over: 67’s Open 2021-22 Training Camp Thursday

The Ottawa 67’s last took to the ice for an Ontario Hockey League game on March 10, 2020, extending their winning streak to seven games with a 9-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Ottawa was comfortably sitting in the OHL’s top spot and were a Robertson Cup favourite before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the 2019-2020 season.

It has been a long road home, with the cancellation of the 2020-2021 campaign extending the layoff, but after 18 months, the 67’s are finally set to return to the ice when this year’s training camp begins on Thursday, September 2.

The 2021-2022 edition of the 67’s will have something of a new look, both on the ice and behind the bench. That includes the arrival of head coach Dave Cameron who takes over from Andre Tourigny, the latter having turned his impressive run as OHL bench boss into a head coaching gig with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. Cameron returns to the OHL – where he coached for 10 seasons between 1998 and 2011 – after two years in Austria with the Vienna Capitals, and brings a world-class pedigree to the organization, not to mention an emphatic endorsement from Tourigny himself.

On the ice, Ottawa boasts plenty of returning talent, including 2021 Nashville Predators draft pick Jack Matier, Calgary Flames selection Jack Beck, Cameron Tolnai, and Adam Varga, as well as St. Louis Blues prospect Will Cranley in goal. The Barber Poles will also welcome a new crop of young talent, such as this year’s 12th overall pick – and local product – Christopher Barlas.

Camp officially kicks off Thursday when players will report to The Arena at TD Place to undergo fitness testing and medicals before lacing up for their first on-ice sessions that evening. The 67’s will also play four intrasquad games over the weekend. Full training camp rosters will be released Friday morning:

Friday, September 3:

Team Red vs Team Black – 9am-11am EDT

Team White vs Team Black – 3pm-5pm EDT

Saturday, September 4:

Team White vs Team Red – 10am-12pm EDT

Ottawa 67’s Red vs Ottawa 67’s White – 5pm-7pm EDT

While this year’s training camp will not be open to the public, 67’s fans won’t miss a minute of the action, with all intrasquad games being streamed live on Twitch, and live updates provided on Ottawa 67’s social media channels.

The Barber Poles will kick off their preseason schedule on Monday, September 6, when they visit Peterborough to take on the Petes, and play five more games before opening up the regular season against the Frontenacs in Kingston on October 8.

The 67’s full preseason and regular season schedules can be found here.

Visit ottawa67s.com/join-us-2021-22 for Club 67’s Season-Seat Membership information. Single-game tickets are on sale soon!

Ottawa 67’s Training Camp presented by TD.

Ottawa Public Health Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic

Hey, RNation!  A pop-up vaccination clinic for first & second doses for everyone born in 2009 or earlier will be taking place on Saturday, August 28 from 4PM to 7PM at TD Place at 725 Exhibition Way, at the corner of Exhibition Way and Service Road, behind the TD Bank. No appointment necessary. If you still need a first or second dose of a COVID vaccine, why not take advantage of the clinic while you are here for the game?  For more information on COVID vaccines and clinics, please click here.

Zumba on the Field is back!

Grab your friends and get ready for another great Zumba party on the Field! Head out to The Stadium at TD Place on Sunday, September 12th at 2:00 PM to get your dance on with ZIN™️ instructors Shane Scatliffe, Carr Evans and Martha Rengifo! Tickets are $20. Proceeds in support of the OSEG Foundation.

Click here to reserve your spot and get ready to dance!

Happy Capital Pride, Ottawa!

August is Capital Pride Month in Ottawa. With last year’s event held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will be a combination of in-person and virtual events.

Capital Pride Festival will take place in the Nation’s Capital from August 22-29. The 2021 Capital Pride Festival presented by TD is themed “We Still Demand” to honour the first large-scale queer rights demonstration in Canada that took place back in 1971. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of this historic protest.

This year’s festival will be building off of past educational programming and will include panel discussions on a variety of issues facing our community. The panel includes Dominique Jackson, star of FX TV’s Pose and Starz TV’s American Gods; Rodney Diverlus, a movement artist, performance maker, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter- Canada; Danny Ramadan, a Syrian Canadian award-winning novelist; and jaye Simpson, a two-spirited Oji-Cree of the Buffalo Clan with roots in Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree nation who often writes about being queer in the welfare system, as well as being queer and indigenous.

The annual Parade will be presented virtually, which will include an opportunity for drag performers from all over Canada and the globe to perform on the virtual stage. The Pride Pageant will feature 11 competitors from the Ottawa region competing to be 2021 Capital Pride Royalty.

Capital Pride will also be hosting its in-person TD Spectacular event on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park on August 29. The event will include live and virtual performances, a beer garden and food trucks. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, capacity will be limited.

Looking for community resources in Ottawa? Capital Pride works to foster an environment for advocacy, education and inclusion.  To learn more about resources in your local community, click here.

To help expand Capital Pride Festival programming and support the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Ottawa, click here to donate.

2021 REDBLACKS SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE NOW

We have some exciting news! Ottawa REDBLACKS single game tickets for the upcoming season are on sale now! With a limit of only 15,000 fans (normally up to 24,000 fans every game) and high demand, ticket availability will be extremely limited for all home games so be sure to act quickly.

Get your tickets now to join in on all the action at The Stadium at TD Place this season!