Cool Facts about theHumm
theHumm is a free, monthly, independent newspaper covering Arts, Entertainment and Ideas in the small towns and communities of the Ottawa Valley.
The papery version is delivered to shops, restaurants, libraries, community hang-outs and visitor attractions in Almonte, Perth, Carleton Place, Westport, Pakenham, Carp, Arnprior, Renfrew, Smiths Falls, Burnstown, White Lake, Balderson and Merrickville, with selected distribution in Ottawa.
Circulation ranges from 7000–9000 copies, depending on the season.
The first issue was published in December of 1998.
The paper is designed, edited and published by Kris and Rob Riendeau, but its contributors and columnists come from throughout the Valley. They are talented individuals who are dedicated to promoting and enhancing their communities.
In addition to the paper version, we also maintain a website (but you know that — you're already here, you clever thing), through our partnership with the dynamic duo of Earle Barber and Dagne Forrest at Foil Media.
Noted celebrities who have been photographed reading theHumm include: Bruce Cockburn, Cynthia Dale, Colm Feore, Karen Kain, Dr. David Suzuki, Lorne Elliott, Paul Stanley, Sarah Harmer, Mr. Dressup, David Francey, Rick Fines, Suzie Vinnick, Colin Hay, Stephen Fearing, Tyler Stewart, Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson, among others!
The cover of our April 2004 issue mistakenly read “March 2004” (and we didn’t notice it until part-way through our distribution), so we ran around with thousands of “APRIL fools” stickers that we used to cover up the word “March”…
A New Look
In June of 2010, Almonte-based artist Sam Hamilton redesigned our masthead and many other visual elements of the paper, making it look even more smashing than before! In late 2013, Clayton-based graphic designer Auni Milne worked with our team to honour the paper's identity as we created a brand new, all singing, all dancing web-based version of theHumm.
Still Wanting More?
Jul 1 - Aug 25 Canadian Local: paintings, handweaving, jewellery
Jul 4 - Aug 31 Head Over Heels
Jul 8 - Sep 2 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans Trio
Aug 8 Henry Norwood
Aug 9 David James Allen
Aug 10 Cam Wyatt
Aug 12 Greg Ball & Joe Carscallen
- Chris Lemaire — Powerful Art
- A Dramatic Turn of Events for Live Theatre!
- Festival of the Wild Child Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Returns on August 28
- Go Play Outdoors! An Interview with Summer Theatre Smiths Falls
- Get Your Art Fix in the Valley!
- Magic Returns to Smiths Falls! OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries Shows Start on August 6
- A.D. Redux — Almonte Art Crawl & Show
- Merrickville Festivalof the Arts
- Artist and Studio Tour in Perth
- A Midsummer Night in Perth Landscapes Interpreted through Art and Fashion