Friday April 26, 2024


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Tomorrow is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day.

It’ll be a great day to take the Ottawa Indie Bookstore Crawl in support  of World of MapsPerfect BooksOctopus BooksBooks on BeechwoodMill Street BooksSinging PebbleThe Spaniel’s Tale, and Westboro Books.

As you visit the stores, collect stamps to be entered into a draw to win a $200 Ottawa indie bookstore shopping spree.  You can also enter a draw for a chance to win $1000 from

Outside of the crawl, there are some other great bookstores to visit: try Le Coin de LivreBlack Squirrel BooksBarely Bruised Book ClubHintonburg KidsComet Comics, and Re-Read Used Books.

In Gatineau, try Librairie du SoleilMichabou Librairie bilingue, and Bouquinart Gallerie et Galerie d'Art.

Happy reading.

– Martha and Darren



    • 50%
    • – The increase in the number of babies born at Almonte Hosptal in March's surprise boom. In real numbers, 33 babies were born, with more girls than boys. (Dylan Dyson at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Marilyn Mikkelsen
    • – One of the founders of Algonquin College’s journalism photography programme, Mikkelsen is retiring. ‘Shoot, shoot, shoot and have fun out there.’  (Sebastian Menendez in the Algonquin Times)


    • They live in Quebec, they benefit from services in Quebec, they benefit from the roads, they benefit from public transportation. So they must also do their part to pay for everything they use.

    • – President of the Société de transport de l'Outaouais board, Jocelyn Blondin, on a crackdown on Gatineau residents who keep their Ontario licence plates to avoid new renewal fees. (CBC)


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Joint Planning and Housing and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
    Monday, April 29, 2024 @ 9:30 AM


    4.1 New Zoning By-law – Draft 1

    • That Planning and Housing Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee recommend Council:

      1. Receive this report which provides an overview of the first draft of the new Zoning By-law for public consultation purposes; and
      2. Authorize future public meetings concerning the new Zoning By-law to occur at Joint Planning and Housing, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

    📋 Agenda


    🐄 Associated Country Women of the World

    •  Mayor Mark Sutcliffe has revealed one of the international events he has attracted to Ottawa during his trek to London: Associated Country Women of the World. The organization, founded in 1929, aims to bring together women to discuss ‘the challenges they face as a result of the isolation of their communities, discrimination against women, and their lack of standing in political processes’. The 2026 event will be held at that rural facility, the Westin Hotel. (Ted Raymond at CTV) (Associated Country Women of the World)

    🚌 Roundabouts

    •  A new roundabout is planned for at the intersection of Jeanne d'Arc and Fortune Drive/Vineyard Drive. The City says it is needed so OC Transpo buses can turn around. (Peter Szperling at CTV)

    💰 Federal Public Employees

    •  The Federal Government has hit Canada Life with financial penalties for poor service. After switching its benefit plan from Sun Life to Canada Life, thousands of public employees complained of bad service, denied claims, and unreimbursed medicine. The Federal government was required to wait six months after the switch before it could take action against the company. (CBC)

    🚨 Gatineau Police

    •  Police in MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais have arrested an officer of the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau for assault. The arrest occured while the officer was off duty and the victim will not be identified. (Alex Black at CityNews)


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    •  Shake the mothballs off your prom outfit for Helping With Furniture’s Sweet 16 Gala, a candy-filled prom party with dinner and dancing. All proceeds go directly towards supporting free volunteer-run programmes. There will also be silent and live auctions with a treasure trove of sweet items you’ll want to take home.

    •  Ottawa PoutineFest & Mac My Cheese 2024 continues at City Hall.

    •  The SASC of Ottawa is marking its 40th anniversary with cocktails, canapés, and a silent auction fundraiser at allsaints event space.

    •  Queers & Beers returns to Queen St Fare for craft beer and conversation. A DJ will bring the tunes. 170 Queen St.

    •  Make it a Friday night to remember as Preston Event Centre hosts C*4’s ‘Rush Hour’ wrestling. VIP tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Other tickets are available, but you, you are a VIP.

    •  Oooh, scary! Tour Cumberland Heritage Village Museum after sundown, if you dare. Ghost Tours take small groups into the historic buildings to take in the eery vibe and maybe - just maybe - speak to the spirits that allegedly reside in the Village.

    •  For its monthly jazz show Fever Pitch, Art House Café brings back a 1920s speakeasy vibe.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLe passion de Dokin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, La Bête (The Beast), Humane

    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, One Life, Omen


    •  Renée Landry & The Cool Presents Back to Black: a Tribute to Amy Winehouse. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  The High Loves (TO), The New Hires (Ottawa), Lucky Honey. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Jazz Dialogues: Kenji Omae, Peter Hum Quartet. 10,000 Hours

    •  Charlie A’Court, Rory Taillon. Grassroots Festival

    •  Landback Ottawa Hardcore Takeover. Mavericks

    •  Crooked Creek. Stray Dog Brewing Co.

    •  Eastbound of Bytown. Overflow Brewing

    •  Speedbump Sally Album Release. Avant-Garde bar

    •  The Barrow Gang. Atomic Rooster

    •  Loch Nisse Monster, Jude Zappala, Gondola. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Tracy K. Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Jonathan Roy: Nice to Meet You tour. Bronson Centre Music Theatre


    •  The Rockcliffe Park Spring Book Fair is raising funds for the Ottawa Public Library system. Today and tomorrow at 360 Springfield Road.
    •  Shop for stunning varieties at Ecuagenera’s Ottawa Annual Orchid Show ‘Orchidophilia 2024’, today and tomorrow at Building D, Ancillary Services, Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Ave).
    •  Today’s Grassroots Festival highlights include Turquoise and Toucan with Sid and Chris. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave.
    •  Enjoy 1984 prices when Ottawa Bagel Shop celebrates 40 years in business. Early risers today will benefit most, because the throwback pricing will only last from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, but other fun is planned for the entire day. 1321 Wellington St. W
    •  Take a road trip to Almonte for the opening of ‘Net-Work’ by Adrian Baker at The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. The museum says “Net-Work is a socially-engaged fibre art installation that has drawn widespread interest and participation across Canada and worldwide. Embodying the vast underground webs of mycorrhizal fungi and roots that enable symbiotic tree interaction, this collaborative project functions as a collective expression of care for our non-human kin.” 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 3 Rosamond St E, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
    •  Students from Immaculata are holding a Garage Sale and BBQ to aid the Canadian Cancer Society. Find the event, which is cash only, in the high school’s parking lot from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 140 Rue Main, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C2, Canada
    •  Ottawa PoutineFest & Mac My Cheese 2024 continues at City Hall.

    •  Hamilton's Collective Arts brewing is bringing its collection of zero proof soft drinks and cocktails to Maker House. Stop by and sample the flavours.

    •  Combine your love of brunch with your adoration of Taylor Swift. Taylor’s version 1989 Drag Brunch features a vegan or gluten free meal and show. Bar Robo, 170 Queen St. K1P 5E1

    •  Save five bucks when you buy your tickets to the CORE electronic music night at Cafe Dekcuf. Live music and DJ sets will keep the beats going til 2:00 am.

    •  Be one of the first 100 customers at the Grand Opening of Robin’s Donuts and you’ll receive a special gift card. 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 1600 Merivale Road. K2G 5J8

    •  Orléans’ Mr Puffs turns one year old with a party and a puff eating contest.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLa Bête, (The Beast), La passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Josie and the pussycats with Frisque Femme Burlesque

    •  Mayfair Theatre: Magician Impossible: Amazing Magic Live on Stage! Wicked Little Letters, Big Shark, Saturday Night Sinema


    •  Sudden Waves, The Downcast, All Honesty, Holly Acres. Dominion Tavern

    •  Cuppa Joe. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Centra Station Band. Avant-Garde bar

    •  Steph La Rochelle. Red Bird

    •  Matt Luloff with Edison Rupert. Stray Dog Brewing Company

    •  Barrelhouse presents the Beatles Abbey Rd. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Sonder “Primordial Rule” album release. LIVE on Elgin

    •  The Treble Junkies. Queen St Fare

    •  Renée Landry & The Cool Presents Back to Black: a Tribute to Amy Winehouse (night 2). Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  SH-Boom. Atomic Rooster

    •  DJ Uppercut. Berlin

    •  Blues Extravaganza. Il Vicolo


    •  Fitzroy Harbour, the tiny community nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River, is holding its 2nd Annual Spring Market, with more than 40 vendors expected. 100 Clifford Campbell Drive from 9:00am to 2:00 pm

    •  It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re starting to feel despondent about the end of another weekend. Pick yourself up and make your way to Art House Café for the Zine Swap (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm). If you don’t have any zines lying around, make some. Simples. 555 Somerset St. W. K1R 5K1

    •  It’s Day 2 of the Rockcliffe Park Spring Book Fair, which is raising funds for the Ottawa Public Library system. 360 Springfield Road.

    •  Shop for stunning varieties at Ecuagenera’s Ottawa Annual Orchid Show ‘Orchidophilia 2024’, at Building D, Ancillary Services, Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Ave).

    •  Little Jo Berry’s kitchen will be taken over by Toronto’s Sausage Party, who are cooking up a 100% vegan brunch menu (with some gluten free options, too). 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.

    •  Today’s performances of Ottawa Grassroots Festival take place at Irene’s Pub Restaurant. All of the performances are free of charge.

    •  One for the kids: Monkey Rock Music Pyjama Party is for those discerning young people aged 2 and up who like to dance and rock out on a Sunday afternoon. $15 per person. Dress code: jammies. Overflow Brewing Company, 2477 Kaladar Ave.

    •  ByTowne Cinema: Sunday Afternoon Classic: Cinema Paradiso, Linda veut du poult! (Chicken for Linda!), La Bête (The Beast), Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

    •  Mayfair Theatre: Student Short Film Festival, The Liberation Men, Omen


    •  Loveover, Chop Sue Me, The Fake Friends. Avant-Garde bar

    •  Bonecat. Atomic Rooster

    •  Sophie d’Orleans fundraiser show. LIVE on Elgin

    •  The Sunday Night Revue. Irene’s Pub Restaurant


    • Writer/producer Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil, Everybody Loves Raymond) brings his live tour to Algonquin Commons Theatre.

    • France’s Fat Bottomed Boys have toured Paris and London, and now they’re bringing their Queen tribute to Ottawa. Fat Bottomed Boys: Ottawant To Break Free plays the Rainbow Bistro for one night only.

    • ByTowne Cinema: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, La Bête (The Beast), Linda veut du poulet! (Chicken for Linda!)

    • Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, Knightriders


    • Karaoke Mondale. Atomic Rooster

    • The Telegrams. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Bluegrass Mondays featuring the Bluegrass Junction. Red Bird

    • Close Talker, Post-date. SAW Centre

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • If you like your crime-thriller novels to have an Ottawa connection, Octopus Books has the event for you. On Thursday May 9, hear from authors Brenda Chapman and John Delacourt as they discuss their new releases.


    Kanata Diving Supply holds its first in-person Scuba Consignment Sale since the pandemic on Saturday and Sunday. 215 Terrence Matthews Cres.


    The only cinema between Renfrew and North Bay is set to reopen. Troyes Cinema on the military base in Petawawa has been saved by Oakville film-loving company, and will raise the curtain again May 17. And no, you don’t need to sign up to the Canadian Armed Forces to see a movie.



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