WIDE OPEN, Kickass Canadian Photographs for CARE

On Sunday, February 10, 2013, dozens of Ottawa’s finest came out to celebrate Canada’s spirit of giving—with hearts Wide Open.

We sold every copy of the limited edition photobook WIDE OPEN: A Canadian Perspective (now available as a free PDF download), and every silent auction item. Together, we raised more than $3,400 for CARE Canada.

Patricia Barr and her team at Wall Space Gallery generously opened their doors to us.

Wall Space Gallery

Wall Space Gallery entry

Kickass Canadians Tina Fedeski & Margaret Tobolowska, along with Louise Smith, played beautiful music.

From left: Margaret Tobolowska, Tina Fedeski and Louise Smith

From left: Margaret Tobolowska, Tina Fedeski and Louise Smith

Bridgehead kept us fortified with complimentary refreshments. And the rest took care of itself.

Wall Space Gallery

WIDE OPEN photographer Dever Villeneuve and his wife, Shanyn

WIDE OPEN photographer Dever Villeneuve and guest

WIDE OPEN guests, including Brian Drury and young Kate Drury, husband and daughter of Kickass Canadian Julie Drury (not seen here)

WIDE OPEN guests, including Brian Drury and young Kate Drury, husband and daughter of Kickass Canadian Julie Drury (not seen here)

WIDE OPEN photographer Caitlin Brookes and her husband, Scott

WIDE OPEN photographer Caitlin Brookes and her husband, Scott

Kickass Canadian Cindy Teevens

Kickass Canadian Cindy Teevens, with silent auction pottery donated by Kickass Canadian Kinya Ishikawa

Kickass Canadian Henry Smith and his fiancée, Sara

Kickass Canadian Henry Smith and his fiancée, Sara

Art connoisseurs and ultimate Frisbee champions Kate Werry (left) and Danielle Fortin (Danielle will play for Team Canada at the 2013 World Games)

Art connoisseurs and ultimate Frisbee champions Kate Werry (left) and Danielle Fortin (Danielle will play for Team Canada at the 2013 World Games)

Jamie and Gwen

From left: WIDE OPEN photographers Amanda Large and Amanda Sage, Kickass Canadian Henry Smith and his fiancée, Sara

From left: WIDE OPEN photographers Amanda Large and Amanda Sage, Kickass Canadian Henry Smith and his fiancée, Sara

Thank you!!!

WIDE OPEN was a gathering of some of the best Canadians around. The group—which includes everyone involved in making the photobook and facilitating the event, to the wonderful guests who attended—consisted of so many generous, talented, creative people. It was inspiring to see them all come together.

For that, many thanks are owed:

To our primary sponsors, Andrew Morrisey, Broker, Re/Max Metro City Realty Ltd. and Brad Rollo, Owner, Bramel Developments Inc.

To Patricia, Tom, Ed and the rest of the Wall Space Gallery team, for not only hosting the event but also matting the 10 silent auction photo prints.

The 10 matted prints from WIDE OPEN: A Canadian Perspective

The 10 matted prints from WIDE OPEN: A Canadian Perspective

To the WIDE OPEN photographers:

To Caitlin Brookes and Dever Villeneuve for volunteering throughout the event. Laura Nicol and Rosemary Tassie from CARE Canada, who helped plan the event from the start and who made sure everything ran smoothly. Dave O’Heare for setting up the sound system. The Kickass Canadians—those who attended the event and those who contributed quotes for WIDE OPEN. Tina, Louise and Margaret for lending their musical gifts. Megan Delaney and her Bridgehead staff for providing fresh coffee, tea and cookies. xquisit communications and The Printing House for being our signage sponsors. John Rapp, Lindsay Andrusek and Tafline Tong from Dovercourt Recreation Centre, for arranging to get us tables and chairs. And of course everyone who attended the event or contributed online.

Thank you also to our silent auction sponsors: Adobe, Continuum Fitness, gezellig, Kinya Ishikawa, Andrew King, Geneviève Laroche, Orienteers, Santosha Yoga, The Shoe Inn, Vitallife Integrative Medicine, Ben Wilson and Wonderpress.

WIDE OPEN: Kickass Canadian Photographs for CARE did KickassCanadians.ca proud. In one afternoon, it demonstrated just how caring we can be. Thank you!


8 Comments

  1. Kita Szpak says:

    Hey Amanda,
    Will try to be there for 1pm as I have another commitment at 2pm.
    Congrats on a great initiative!
    Best,
    Kita

  2. kickasscanadians says:

    Thanks Kita! You’ll miss the silent auction (bidding closes at 3pm, and winners have to be onsite to collect), but you can pick up a book if you want one, and either way, it’ll be great to see you!

  3. Deb Miller says:

    I’ll be there!

  4. kickasscanadians says:

    Awesome, can’t wait to see you there, Deb!

  5. I plan on being there, looking forward to it – thanks Amanda!
    Cindy

  6. kickasscanadians says:

    Wonderful, Cindy – can’t wait!

  7. Emily says:

    CONGRATS, Amanda! Even though we could only make it to the tail end, it was a ton of fun. You did a terrific job putting everything together, and the book looks amazing. High fives!

  8. kickasscanadians says:

    Thank you Emily!! So glad to see you guys out. :-)


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