Who said Ottawa was a boring, unfashionable city?
So much going on in this city I simply can’t keep up. With Hub Ottawa on a roll (very cool TEDxOttawa Creative Actions Mixer we put on last week), Fashion On Display, Oktoberfest etc…. It’s a crazy place to be!
Yesterday I, along with 700 other daring Ottawans attended Harvest Noir, our city’s first ever flash mob black-tie picnic at the Museum of Civilisation. It started at 4pm and to be honest, I only found out the time and location at 3pm!
But what a sight! Ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nines with elegant nineteenth century black gowns, top hats, black parsols sitting at beautiful fall decorated tables with mouthwatering locally harvested meals (and I’m talking gourmet meals… one table had roasted legs of lamb). As one party-goer told the Citizen
“It’s absolutely unique in that everybody embraced it 100-per-cent without knowing details in advance, and that’s very not-Ottawa.”
Agreed. More proof that Ottawa is changing for the better.
Harvest Noir & Hub Ottawa
First up, the Hub can’t take any credit for this awesome event…but the organizer, Greg Searle will be one of our Hub 60 Members when we open our doors:) Greg and I met at the Manx about a month ago and had a fantastic chat about the Hub, Art of Hosting, sustainability consulting, Harvest Noir etc. As it turns out, we run in the same global circle and share a lot of contacts doing fabulously interesting things around the world.
So what’s the connection with the Hub? The idea for this event was sparked when Greg and his partner happened upon a similar type of event in Montreal, which was originally started in Paris 23 years ago. A very creative, socially innovative idea happens in one part of the world and spreads across to other cities. And that’s the magic of the Hub. Our mission is:
To catalyze and support socially driven ideas, initiatives, and ventures for a better city, better world.
We’re connected with over 30 other Hubs around the world, with 5000+ changemakers like Greg Searle – and poof! good ideas are transported:)
Can’t wait for next year’s Harvest Noir. I’m already thinking of hats:)