“We feel honoured that the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa has entrusted us with All Saints. Parishioners have been tremendous stewards of this property over the last 116 years, a tradition we plan to continue”
– Leanne Moussa, President of allsaints event space
Pandemic perspectives: A gradual reopening in store for allsaints‘ Working Title Kitchen
The bakery and café will be open daily with scrumptious new offerings from Chef Christophe Measson, who relocated to Ottawa after designing the Advanced French Patisserie program at George Brown College in Toronto. Leanne Moussa lists the expanded bakery service as one of Working Title’s best COVID-19 pivots.
The Historical Society of Ottawa allsaints luncheon
The Society Members and other attendees arrived, registered and chose their seats in Borden Hall (in its previous incarnation, the church’s “nave” or main area). The dining area, its pews long since repurposed elsewhere and replaced by tables and chairs, was copiously illuminated by the sunlight shining through the hall’s many tall stained glass windows. A sumptuous buffet of sandwiches and soup, accompanied by a beverage service, provided no small attraction in itself, and the excellent lunch contributed towards an upbeat and relaxed atmosphere as those present settled in.
Sandy Hill neighbourhood gets boost with new patio
“The allsaints project offers an excellent example of adaptive re-use of a heritage building, creating an important gathering space in the Nation’s Capital,” says Mathieu Fleury, city councillor for Rideau-Vanier. “The Sandy Hill community should be extremely proud of this project. I hope that others will see it as an example of the way, when done right, redevelopment can add to the vibrancy of neighbourhoods.”
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“I believe allsaints can become an important part of people’s experience when they visit Ottawa as tourists. A community space with a national appeal. With Parks Canada owning Laurier House across the street, NGOs including Amnesty, CODE, Wateraid, Inter Pares, and more, we have an opportunity to create interesting programming that is current and informs how we want to move forward” says Leanne Moussa.
Social Scene: Mealshare and allsaints launch
Mealshare and allsaints event space combined their launch parties on Nov. 29. The two organizations celebrated new allsaints chef Kyle Mortimer-Proulx, the transformation of the church basement into a beautiful event venue, and Mealshare’s 20 new restaurant partners in Ottawa.
Kyle Mortimer-Proulx crafts casual menu for Sandy Hill’s Working Title Kitchen
Hallelujah! Kyle Mortimer-Proulx, former chef of La Maison Conroy and ZenKitchen, has set up shop in Sandy Hill, keeping busy as executive chef at allsaints event space.
Communities working hard to keep historic Ottawa churches open
The former All Saints Anglican Church in Sandy Hill, now allsaints, operates as an event space. A designated heritage property, the building was sold in 2015. Leanne Moussa, who led the community purchase of the church, felt ties to the building.
All Saints Still Singing in Sandy Hill
Ottawa Life Magazine
“We hope that our final vision builds on the critical mass of civil society groups already on Laurier Avenue East. That we create a space that nods to the importance of this place in Canadian history, but is contemporary in its uses. A place that recognizes and embraces our diversity. A place where there is programming for locals as well as visitors to the Capital.”
Sandy Hill’s All Saints church re-made into community hub
“On the December day they took possession of a 115-year-old church in Sandy Hill, Leanne Moussa and some others climbed up a spiral staircase and rang the church bells.”
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“A converted downtown church has been transformed into a bustling community hub.”
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CTV News Toronto
“We had a real interest in preserving what we see as an important place of Canadian history, and preserving that as a public space in some way.”
All Saints Anglican Church sold for community use
“The historic All Saints Anglican Church in Sandy Hill has been sold, and will gradually be developed as a mixed-use building for meetings, weddings and neighbourhood-scale businesses.”
Sandy Hill’s All Saints Church sold to local community group
Ottawa Business Journal
“The former church is now slated to become a community hub, political conference centre and house a coffee shop.”
Group to repurpose Sandy Hill church as community space
Ottawa East News
“We have an opportunity to create a really vibrant urban hub… where people come to discuss and debate public policy issues, but also to come see their neighbours and celebrate the community.”
Sandy Hill heritage church sale raises concerns in community
All Saints Anglican Church moved from 114-year-old building earlier in summer