Friday April 19, 2024


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We’ve been announcing Record Store Day in the ottawan every year since we began, and this year seems to have the longest list of retailers that we’ve published. 

Legend Records
300 Eagleson Rd / 
1292 Wellington St. W Unit 200

The Record Centre
1099 Wellington Street West K1Y 2Y4

The Odds & Sods Shoppe
1400 Clyde Avenue, Unit 8 K2G 3J2

Compact Music
785 1/2 Bank St K1S 3V5

Vertigo Records
1208 Bank St K1S 3Y1

Cédé Troque 
190 boulevard St-Joseph Gatineau

Backbeat Books and Music
6 Wilson Street Perth K7H 2M5

Grizzly's Records
5 Perth St Brockville K6V 5B9

Vinyl Destination
236 St Lawrence St Merrickville K0G 1N0

ID Shop
2145 Bd des Seigneurs Terrebonne, Québec J6X 4A7

Record Store Day proper is tomorrow, and there are some special releases available, but the real point is to show support to your local music provider. Use them or lose them.

– Martha and Darren



    Ottawa Valleyans of the Day

    • Somewhere Inn Calabogie, Pembroke Silver Stick Tournament, Anupaya Cabin Co., Ottawa Valley Farm to Fork, Ontario’s Highlands Tourism, and Ron Moss of Ottawa Valley Cycling
    • – The five organizations and one human are the recipients of the 2024 Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)


    • I’m sick and tired of losing. I don’t want to be going home in April anymore, it's frustrating.

    • – Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk, as the Sens miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year. (Steve Warne in the Hockey News)


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Ottawa Police Services Board
    Monday, April 22, 2024 at 4:00 PM

    • Finance and Audit Committee - Draft minutes #25 of 9 April 2024
    • Human Resources Committee - Draft minutes #20 of 10 April 2024
    • Chair’s verbal report
    • Chief’s verbal report
    • Semi-annual update on Crime Stoppers
    • "Igniting the Spirit" Gala - Fundraising event for the Wabano Centre
    • Migration from the E911 network to the NG9-1-1 network
    • Delegation of special constable status exercise report
    • District policing presentation
    • Core Strategy and Neighbourhood Operations Centre implementation plan
    • Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA)
    • Workplace injuries, illnesses and incidents - 2023 annual report
    • Internal audit and quality assurance annual report 2023 (compliance with ministry standards)
    • Complaints report – Part V, Police Services Act - First quarter 2024
    • Board monitoring requirements status report - First quarter 2024
    • Outstanding Board inquiries, motions and directions - April 2024 report
    • Letters of commendation - April 2024

    📋 Agenda


    🏗️ Housing

    •  Landlord of inexpensive apartment building is evicting residents before redevelopment approval. The owner of the buildings on the east side of Bank Street between Nepean and Lisgar wants to redevelop the block with 263 apartments and ground floor retail and has offered tenants money worth 12 months of rent. Some of the apartments are currently renting for around $500. (Guy Quenneville at CBC)

    📈 Ottawa City Hall

    ⚕️Ottawa Public Health

    •  Ottawa Public Health says monkeypox is on the rise. Newly renamed to mpox, Public Health notes that four of Ontarios 26 cases in 2024 were in Ottawa. Public Health recommends a two-step vaccination for a) men who have sex with two or more male partners, b) males and females involved in sex work, and c) those living in the households of a or b persons who are immunocompromised or pregnant. (Isabel Harder at CBC) (Ottawa Public Heath mpox page)

    💥 Highway 417

    •  A driver going the wrong way on Highway 417 was killed in a collision yesterday. The driver was heading eastbound in the westbound lane at around 3:30 am near Aviation Parkway. The two people in the second vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🐈🐕🐖🦎 Ottawa Humane Society

    •  Today is the Ottawa Humane Society’s double Day of Giving. An anonymous donor has promised up to $120,000 in matching funds for donations received today. (Andrea Bennett at CityNews) (Donate)

    🚲 Online Bike Route Map

    •  Up in the Number section above, Neil Saravanamuttoo mentions an online bike route map that he had created. It's no-frills but it looks pretty comphrehensive and it works on mobile phones. (Ottawa Bike Map)


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    •  SPAO Exhibition 19 showcases the work by College Diploma students, who have been taught digital, analogue and historic photographic techniques over the course of the two year program. Tonight through May 12.

    •  New Opera Lyra Composer-in-Residence Andrew Ager’s new interpretation of The Great Gatsby premieres at Southminster United Church.

    •  Internationally renowned Canadian comic Pete Johansson plays Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa West tonight and tomorrow night.

    •  Frankly we’re amazed that there are any tickets remaining for Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift at Knox Presbyterian Church. They won’t last long.

    •  There’s more Taylor Swift over at the Bronson Centre: TSwift Dance Party: The Tortured Poets Department is a Swiftie-run event with hits from all the icon’s eras.

    •  Kai Thomas will be signing copies of his bestselling novel In the Upper Country at Octopus Books from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tonight. 116 Third Ave.

    •  Shop for Monther’s Day, for your home, or for yourself: the Manotick Art Associations’ Inspirations Show & Sale takes over Manotick Curling Club until Sunday. Free admission. 5519 South River Drive.

    •  The Fify-Five Plus Lifestyle Show features exhibitors and experts to help visitors with home upkeep, health, funeral and memorial planning, and where to spend their leisure dollars. Free admission, no ticket required. EY Centre today and Saturday.

    •  ByTowne CinemaProblemista, Wicked Little Letters, Irena’s Vow, Drunken Cinema: Scooby-Doo

    •  Mayfair TheatreOne Life, Remembering Gene Wilder, The Rocky Horror Picture Show


    •  Pulse. Mavericks

    •  Sing a Sea Shanty. Beyond the Pale Brewing Co

    •  Electric Rage III. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Chris Cresswell. Arts Court

    •  Rick Rangno Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Cloud of Rock. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Red Light Run, Jordy Jeppsen. Avant-Garde bar

    •  Artillery, Vapor, Potential Threat, Infrared. Dominion Tavern

    •  Carn Davidson 9. National Arts Centre

    •  Shane Prendergast. Red Bird

    •  Danilo Audi. Bar Robo




    •  Visit gorgeous Almonte for the Arbor Week Speaker Series featuring Ed Lawrence, who will hold a Tree and Garden Q&A. Other speakers include Will Affleck from Just Good Compost and Scott Horton. If that isn’t enough, there will also be a seedling giveaway. 7:00 pm at Almonte Old Town Hall.

    •  Start the week off by flexing your creative muscles (and enjoying a fine beer). Beyond the Pale’s Painting Workshop will be led by an instructor who will guide participants of any level of experience through the exercise.

    •  Sammy Obeid brings his politically charged humour to Bronson Centre for one night.


      Tonight's screening of The Condor & The Eagle at the Mayfair is brought to you by Ecology Ottawa and admission is by donation

      ByTowne CInema: Irena’s Vow

      Mayfair TheatreRemembering Gene Wilder, The Condor & The Eagle, Sting


    •  Raven, Vicious Rumours, Lutharo, No Plans for Chaos. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Bluegrass Mondays ft. The Dusty Drifters. Red Bird

    •  Open Mic Night. Art House Café

    •  2000s Music Trivia Night. Boston Pizza Barrhaven

    •  Trivia night. Select Royal Oak pubs

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Live wrestling is back at Broadhead Brewing Co on Saturday May 4. Broadhead to the Bone will be an evening of fine beer and outstanding entertainment. Early Bird tickets $20.

    • GCTC’s Summer Stage programme for kids is perfect for creative young people aged 7-15 who are looking for a summer camp experience made just for them.


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