Issue 617 Volume 3 Number 117

The Ottawan



It’s Thursday, September 22, 2022 and – Beetlejuice – we suggest that you bundle up – Beetlejuice – for Pop Up Cinema’s outdoor showing tomorrow night on Sparks Street. It’s a 7 pm, it's free, and – Beetlejuice.

Day 2 and we're off to a great start. People are nominating places that we haven't heard of ... yet. So make your nominations now for our 3rd Annual Best of Ottawa awards. We're looking for the best in Ottawa's food, cultural, and public service scenes. 

Let us remind your of our rules: it's called the Best Of Ottawa, but your nominations can be from the city of Ottawa, la ville de Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley, or the Outaouais; we only shortlist organizations that are headquartered in this area (for example, you may love Second Cup coffee but as it's headquartered in Montréal it's ineligible for nomination); and the person, place, or thing that you're nominating must be current (don't nominate a gig you attended in 2017).

If you enter your email address, we'll do a random draw for a $100 gift card to the Ottawa business of your choice.


All Weekend

▪️The Carp Fair returns, with gates opening tonight (Thursday) at 6:00pm for visits to the Midway and beer garden. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday highlights include animal shows, horse pulls, and even an antique tractor parade. General Admission tickets $13.00 for adults, $5 for kids ages six to 12.

▪️Cheerfully Made Fall Market pulls up to the Bell Sensplex Saturday and Sunday for shopping with local vendors. 10:00am to 5:00pm each day. 1565 Maplegrove Road Kanata. 

▪️The Ottawa Artisans Sweater Weather virtual shopping event launches this evening at 7:00pm and runs right through to Monday at 9:00pm. Shop online with 150 artisans from the Ottawa area, enter to win special bundles, and enjoy free Canada-wide shipping on orders over $175 (or make a plan to pick up your shopping at one five convenient locations). 

▪️If home renovations are on the horizon, plan a visit to The Ottawa Fall Home Show, opening today at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr. Get ideas, learn about tools, shop with local vendors at the Urban Botanist’s Rotating Local Market, visit the Habitat for Humanity pop-up ReStore, view the winning designs of the Greater Ottawa Housing Design Awards, and search out exhibitor promotions and sweepstakes. Tickets bought online are $2 cheaper than at the door. 

▪️The Perth Autumn Studio Tour includes tour stops at four local studios and lunch prepared by the parents of Brooke Valley School, from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

▪️The Creative Focus North Frontenac Back Roads Studio Tour returns this Saturday and Sunday for visits to 12 studios in and around North Frontenac.


▪️The Old Town Kemptville BIA presents the Great Canadian Barn Dance with Anna Ludlow (Capital Music Awards Artist of the Year). Free. 5:00pm to 6:30pm on Friday night. 

▪️Climate Network Lanark will be participating in the Global Climate Strike with two walks: at 11:45am at 50 Dufferin Street, at the corner of Highway 7 and Wilson Street in Perth, and at 4:00pm at the Granary in Carleton Place. 


▪️On Saturday, take a bite from more than 40 local restaurants at the free TASTE of Wellington West festival In support of Parkdale Food Centre. Enjoy samples by donation, and shop from 45 local merchants. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm along the festival route, which runs from Island Park to the O-Train tracks

▪️The Cumberland Farmers Market presents its 2022 Harvest Market from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Head to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road in Cumberland, ON. 

▪️Art Lending of Ottawa’s Art Show will feature pieces by 28 juried local artists. The affordable works will include oils, watercolours, mixed media, pastels, and more. Free admission and free parking. Visit the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

▪️Côté Fleurs Shop and Freewheeling Craft present Le Marché des Fleurs, a day devoted to fresh and dried flowers and floral accessories. 10:00am to 4:00pm, 70B Beech Street. 

▪️It’s the final weekend of Gina Bielinski’s exhibition “Soaring” at Organe Art Gallery. Meet the artist on Saturday between noon and 2:00pm.

▪️The inaugural Augustafest arrives in Augusta Street Park in the town of Almonte. Entrance to the festival, which includes performance, vendors, and artists, is by donation, with proceeds going towards a splash pad to be built in the park. Canada’s only professional cornhole player, Connor Weiss, will be there. Join the fun from 10:00am to 8:00pm. 

Road trip

▪️Attention, beer drinking Ottawa women who plan to be in Toronto this Saturday: The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies presents an epic Beer Battle between Dominion City Brewing and Tooth and Nail of Ottawa and Hamilton’s Fairweather Brewing and Collective Arts Brewing. They’ll have beer from both regions available to purchase and there will be voting on favourites. A portion of the event’s profits will be donated to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. 


▪️Learn to make a Paper Luminary with Jenny’s Craft Studio Creations, at this Sunday’s Square Lemon’s Fall Season Craft Market. This free workshop is just one of the highlights of the market, taking place at the Glebe Community Centre. 10:30am to 3:00pm at 175 Third Ave. 

▪️Run Ottawa presents the Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run, which is raising funds for the Ottawa Humane Society. There are 5K and 10K runs, a 3K walk, a 2K Furry Fun Run, and a 1K Kids Fun Run. It all happens at the Great Lawn of Lansdowne Park. Register now so you can pick up your race kit tomorrow. 


▪️Ottawa Magazine Best Restaurants event/Food fest, Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. All food and drink included with ticket price. At least 14 of Ottawa’s favourite dining spots have confirmed attendance. 1525 Princess Patricia Way. 

▪️With sweater weather upon us now is a great time to pick up the knitting needles. Square Lemon’s Introduction to: Knitting workshop will teach participants about yarn and needle choices, how to cast on, getting that first row done, and more. $38.15 6:00pm to 7:30pm Monday night, at the Square Lemon Artistic Association, 2350 Stevenage Drive, Unit 14. 

Plan Ahead

Cranium Arts Project presents Cranium 2022 Festival September 29 to October 1. Hear rising stars in the local hip-hop and R&B genres. 

Deal of the day

Save between 15 and 25% at Numi’s Fall Style Event.

It’s a good, old fashioned sidewalk sale at Victoire Boutique this Saturday. They’re promising discounts on clothes, jewelry, and purses from collections past, with most items priced between $20 and $50. It’s all part of Taste of Wellington, so get down there between 11:00am and 4:00pm. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ?️ 40 per cent chance of rain. High of 14°, low of 4°.   

Number: 28th out of 32. Where the Ottawa Senators lie on a list of the least expensive nights out for hockey fans, the cheapest in Canada. For tickets, food, and parking, a night at the Canadian Tire Centre averages $123.13 for a couple.  The Leafs will set a couple back $240.78. The most expensive is $250 for the New York Rangers. [CityNews] [The List]

Ottawan of the Day: Pixie Cram. The filmmaker is premiering her stop-motion animated film Witch Woman at the Ottawa International Animation Festival this week. [Ottawa Citizen] [Teaser]

Quote: ‘I'm Ottawa born and bred, so I know all about the old government town thing, and I also used to wonder early on, “How did they get a festival here?”’ – Chris Robinson, artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The Festival begins today and runs until Sunday. [CBC]

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?️ The Civic Election

▪️The CBC gives an overview of how some of the candidates for mayor would handle transportation issues.

▪️Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney wants 25 years of bike lanes  built in the first council term, using a fast-tracked $250 million green bond.

▪️Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe says that he will give the public the choice of how they want to travel, ‘I'm not going to declare a war on cars’. Sutcliffe promises to add $100 million for road maintenance and snow removal.

▪️Learn the priorities of the municipal candidates at the Ottawa Board of Trade’s All Candidates Meet & Greet, Friday 7:30 am to 9:30 am at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive.

? Convoy News

▪️Five presenters spoke before the Ottawa People's Commission at its first hearing. Speakers told of their annoyance at the Freedom Convoy participants, one testifying that Ottawa Police officers said that they could not guarantee his safety. Another speaker was pro-Convoy and thought the Commission was screening out opposing views. The next hearing is this evening at 7 pm Patro d'Ottawa, 40 Cobourg St. [CBC] [Ottawa People’s Commmission]

The Rest

▪️If students want the Panda Game to continue, they'll have to shape up says Mayor Jim Watson. Mayhem ensued in Sandy Hill after last year’s match, with flipped cars, seven hospitalizations, and eight arrests. The annual rivalry between the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton University Ravens has occured since 1955. [CBC]

▪️A scholarship named in the memory of of Savanna Pikuyak has been created by the government of Nunuvut. The 22 year-old Inuk woman had moved to Ottawa to study nursing. Her 33 year-old roommate has been charged with her murder. [CBC]

▪️The imposter nurse had 67 convictions by the time of her latest arrest. Brigitte Cleroux  was finally caught when a co-worker at the Ottawa clinic she worked in decided to make a formal complaint, which unravelled her story and ultimately led to her seven year conviction. The story itself interviews several of the people who dealt with her over the years. [CBC]

▪️It turns out Council can say no to developers, nixing two four-storey residential buildings in a Kanata North business park and a 16-storey project at the corner of Wellington Street West at Parkdale Avenue. In both cases, City staff had recommended the plans. In the Kanata North case, Council opposed the idea of building residential units in a business park, pointing out that nobody would be building sidewalks anytime soon. The Wellington Street project, which would have demolished the 1947 Elmdale Theatre, required a zoning change from six storeys to 16. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️NY Times writer drives his electric car from Vermont to the mining country of Quebec, north of here. He was impressed by Hydro -Québec’s ‘Electric Circuit’, a series of charging stations that is intended to be available everywhere. At half the population, the 700 fast charging stations on the Electric Circuit is twice as many as New York has in total. Ontario has maybe 100, we couldn't get a firm number this morning. [NY Times]

▪️The Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun will cease printing editions on Mondays. The owners of the company, Postmedia, have cancelled Mondays at all nine of its major dailies: Vancouver Sun, The Province, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Montreal Gazette. The final Monday edition will be October 10. [Toronto Star]

+ Related A 20,000 square foot roller rink is opening in an empty section of the Ottawa Citizen building on Baxter Road4 Wheelies will open in December.

▪️All urban and suburban Ottawa Library branches will have more hours after Thanksgiving. The branches will be open from 10 am to 8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. [Ottawa Citizen]

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