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ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ presented by the Ottawa School of Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is an all ages production. Showtimes June 7 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children and students. For more information visit

ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Centrum Blvd. Food trucks, music, live perfomances, dancing and hands on activities for the whole family.

CARIVIBE BLOCK PARTY from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. featuring an All-Star International D.J. Lineup, Caribbean food, dancers and the Kids Carnival Village. Visit the Latin Street Party stage and enjoy Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa Romantica and Latin Dance Workshops, brought to you by A.S.A Dance Production. Advance tickets $15.00. Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting


Les Sittelles hosts first annual Brian Leblanc gymnastics meet
By Fred Sherwin
May 16, 2019

Les Sittelles member Maeve Dixon leaps in midair during her balance beam routine at the Brian Leblanc Cup on Saturday, May11. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Le Club de gymnastiques Les Sittelles hosted the first ever Brian Leblanc Cup on the weekend in honour of the the long-time coach who recently retired after spending more than 40 years in the sport.

The meet was actually a favour by Les Sittelles owner Jocelyne Legault for the GCGC Gymnastics Club which closed at the end of February. Leblanc was a coach at GCGC for most of his career.

More than 250 gymnasts, age seven to 18, took part in the meet from eight different clubs.

The host gym won a number of medals including several of the gold variety. Jasmine McIntyre won the Level 8, 14 -and over division and Elia Lecour took home the gold medal in the Level 6, 12-year-old division.

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Bonneville (1st), Janique Boulet (2nd) and Caitlyn Ross (3rd) swept the medals in the Level 7, 14 and over division. The feat was repeated by Émilie Vallières (1st), Sara St-Onge (2nd) and Mélanie Lalonde 3rd in the Level 6, 12-year-old as group, as well as Caroline Champagne (1st), Melissa Vallee (2nd) and Julia Hajjar (3rd) in the Level 6, 16 and over division.

Holly Ray-Simard and Laureanne Rollin finished 1-2 in the Level 4, nine-year-old age group and Celina Lavoie and Maya Ouellet each won a gold medal at Level 5.

Katrina Markhauser came in first place in the Level 2, 10-year-old age group and Olga Gorodnichy placed second in the Level 1, seven-year-old division.

At Level 3, Gabrielle Barrientos and Lily Benoit finished 1-2 in the eight-year-old age group and Alyssa Stolz and Gabriella Murphy repeated the feat in the nine-year-old group.

When the GCGC closed in February, Les Sittelles absorbed a number of the club’s orphaned members. Legault organized the meet as a way to welcome to their new club and honour a highly respected fellow coach.

Leblanc was honoured for his 40-plus years coaching gymnastics as the guest of honour during the opening ceremonies. The celebration brought together former gymnasts from all over the region but also gymnasts from the current clubs, some of whom for whom this is the first competition.

A number of Leblanc’s former athletes were in attendance to pay tribute to their former mentor and to say thank you. Many of them have followed in Leblanc’s footsteps and are now coaching their own athletes.

The GCGC Gymnastics Club was located in Canotek Park. The club, which was founded 44 years ago, was forced to close on Feb. 28 due to dwindling enrollment. In a message announcing the closing, the owners paid tribute to Leblanc.

“Brian always had the best advice, on matters both in and out of the gym. His work ethic was unsurpassed, and if you ever had the privilege of watching him coach, you saw that he gave the same focus and attention to every athlete he coached.”

“Brian made sure that all GCGC athletes felt they were special and that they could do anything they put their minds to."

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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