Thank You Ottawa Published on April 25, 2022


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

I’ll admit that over the past couple of years writing my Editor’s Note has been daunting. As a lifestyle and décor publication, we strive for Ottawa at Home to reflect all things inspiring on the home front. As the Editor in Chief of a leading magazine in the Nation’s Capital, I hope the pages encourage readers to get out and feel the beauty of the city and its businesses but, of course, that has been challenging recently.

What isn’t challenging is to feel gratitude for living in a city where stepping out our front door offers us a sense of security and, yes, even a renewed feeling of change. Spring has arrived, and with it comes the sound of birds chirping and the sight of flowers starting to make their way through the earth—I’m looking at you, crocuses, daffodils and tulips. These little pieces of life have never looked more beautiful than the spring of 2022.

So, please find inside the pages of our latest issue our greatest efforts to bring you a sense of renewal for businesses popping up around the city and people doing inspiring things in the arts and entertainment industry.

Take time to consider the words that Ottawa singer Amanda Rheaume shares with Ted Simpson in our profile feature on page 40. Amanda has a new album that pays homage to her Métis roots and the power of Métis leader Louis Riel’s message of how it will be the artists who will help to awaken spirits. The deep meaning in this sentiment is a philosophy shared by Nina Lee Aquino, the newly-appointed Artistic Director of the NAC English Theatre who seeks to create space for diverse voices on Canadian stages. Read more about Nina in Vera Cody’s Step Inside feature on page 39.

Being able to showcase Canada’s capital and its commitment to represent all things good about being a Canadian isn’t a privilege I take lightly. Thank you, Ottawa, for always working hard to make my job a little easier, even when it’s a challenge.

With pride,


Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” 
—eckhart tolle

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Mary Taggart

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