Cheers to Creative SpiritPublished on November 27, 2022

  • Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona
    Photo by: Shelby Lisk

  • Gin du Jardin

  • Audra and Luna
    Photo by: Matthew Stewart Photography

Creative Culture

Meet Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona, a young Inuk woman expressing herself and connecting with others by showcasing her culture through art. Using her Inuktitut name, Uyagaqi, which means strong-willed person with a formidable work ethic, Gayle is following in the footsteps of her grandmother and great-grandmother to build her career as an Inuit artist. Her artwork reflects her Inuit culture, but she also loves to modernize traditional Inuit imagery in new and creative ways. As part of a group of Indigenous artists, her image of a woman lighting a qulliq, the traditional Inuit stone lamp to signify care and healing for all Indigenous communities, was featured on the Canada Post stamp released on September 30 to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Gayle has an upcoming exhibit showcasing her drawings and ceramic pieces at the Carleton University Gallery, titled Drawing our History, in January 2023.

For more information and to purchase her art, visit


Calling all gin lovers … Gin du Jardin, a dry gin inspired by nature and produced by Distillerie du Square in Chelsea, launched this fall. This gin is a unique blend of fresh ingredients sourced locally in Quebec, including Prickly Ash pepper and juniper berries. Its complex herbal flavours are reminiscent of the heart of a summer garden. Distillerie du Square, the newest member of the Old Chelsea Square development project, will officially open its space to the public in spring 2023. The Quebec-based company has plans to produce an amaretto, an aperitivo, and eventually a whiskey. They will offer a unique space for guided tours, tasting workshops, and a museum showcasing the making of spirits in Quebec and the rich history of Old Chelsea village. Look for them this spring at 248 Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea Square, in the Town of Chelsea, or visit the SAQ to purchase Gin du Jardin today.

For more information, visit

Thrifting for Good

Do good. Dress well. Shop thrifted finds for social impact. This is the motto of Thrive Select Thrift, a new boutique thrift store providing gently used clothing, accessories, and household items that are high-quality and affordable. The store has a selection of clothing for the whole family. As a retail outlet and community hub, the store offers support for youth to develop life skills, gain real work experience, build confidence, and begin thinking about their educational and career goals while supporting the community. Visit them at 1547 Merivale Road or online at 100% of the proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.

Details on how to donate can be found on their website.

Sandy Connell

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