This weekend is Mardi Gras for snoops. It’s the first Open Doors Ottawa since the introduction of COVID-19. (We think – we don’t remember it happening last year)

Ninety buildings are opening their doors for rare viewings by the public. 

Some we`re curious about: Canada Council Art Bank, the embassies of Denmark, the United States, and Hungary, and the Britannia Water Purification PlantRideau Hall is also open.

Check the listings: most places are only open for a few hours on one day.

– Martha and Darren



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    • 🌦️ 60% chance of showers. High of 32°, low of 15°.  The heat warning continues.


    • 12
    • – The number of street signs installed by the City without the swirling O symbol. The City says that was not deliberate, just a mistake. (Peter Szperling at CTV)

    Ottawans of the Day

    • John Perinbam, Dan Lafleur, Frank Madore, and Metal John
    • – These four comprise heavy metal band Enforcer, formed in 1985. Enforcer has just dropped their latest single, ‘Underneath’, concerning ‘the sickening horror of cultural genocide that took place in Canada’s residential school system’. (Evil G in


    • [The power to oust a councillor] exists for financial impropriety. Why do we care more about a dollar than a human being?
    • – Stephanie Dobbs, a former staffer for councillor Rick Chiarelli, on the Provincial Parliament voting down a law to remove councillors found to have violated harassment rules. (Laura Glowacki at CBC)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 89 – Montréal Alliance 75 last night
    • ⚾ Frontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – Schaumburg Boomers 13 last night

    🔮 Future of Downtown

    🌬️ Power Outage

    •  Air conditioners caused West End power outage, says Hydro Ottawa. Over 8,500 customers were without power after 6:00pm yesterday, the hottest day of the year so far. Hydro Ottawa says they could not handle the surge in air conditioner use. Power was restored to everyone overnight. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    🗳️ Kanata-Carleton byelection

    •  The three main parties have selected their candidates for the Provincial byelection in Kanata-Carleton. The governing Progressive Conservatives have nominated Sean Webster, a former communications executive with Canopy Growth. For the fourth time, medical laboratory technician Melissa Coenraad has been nominated by the New Democratic Party. The surprise is from the Liberals, who nominated Karen McCrimmon. McCrimmon did not rerun for office in the overlapping Federal riding last year for health reasons. The Greens will nominate someone next week. The byelection date has not yet been set but must be held by September, six months after Merrilee Fullerton resigned from the seat. (Taylor Blewett in the Ottawa Citizen

      ➕ Related Yasir Naqvithe Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, will launch his campaign for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party tomorrow at St. Anthony's Banquet Hall.

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    •  The Multicultural Artists’ Association presents the ART+ Spring Edition tonight and tomorrow. Activities going on include visual art, live music performances, and culinary experiences. 6:00pm to 8:00pm tonight at Arts Court Studio and Atelier, 2 Daly Ave.
    •  Diehard “Corrie” fans probably know about this one already, but two of the stars of the long running British soap Coronation Street are in town to spill the tea on the Cobbles. The Honeymooners, aka Sally Carman-Duttine (who plays Abi Franklin-Webster) and Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe on the show) will appear on stage at Algonquin Commons Theatre in Nepean. Tickets from $64 (plus taxes and fees). 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room E 104.
    •  TACTICS presents Skin Songs, an immersive dance and music program that leads a maximum of 50 spectators through Strathcona Park, following four dancers who reveal their experience of living female. Tickets $25. (Thursday through Sunday until June 11) 25 Range Road.
    • ➕ Related Watch the trailer
    •  Come in out of the heat for an evening of epic film scores by Ottawa Pops Orchestra. Symphonic Cinema: Epic Movie Scores will sweep you up in the sounds of Titanic, the Dark Knight Rises, and other big film soundtracks. Tickets $20 for the Under 30s and $35 - $45 for adults. Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre 355 Cooper Street.


    •  It’s National Health and Fitness Day and the City of Ottawa is celebrating with free swimming and cardio/weight room passes at select City facilities, for adults aged 18 and older.
    •  Bring kids with their bikes to the 8th edition of the free Vanier Vélofest, at Centre Francophone Vanier, 270 Marier Ave. The first 100 kids participating (ages 4 to 13) get a free helmet and water bottle.
    •  Red Trillium Studio Tour returns to West Carleton. Take a peek into the artists’ workspaces from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
    •  Urban Angus Steak and Wine in Arnprior is holding Pride Month Drag hosted by Sophia Sapphire. Tickets $21.55. Ottawa’s own Blair Witch will also be performing at the show. 26 Elgin St West in Arnprior, ON.
    • Join Ottawa Artisans at the Kanata Central Craft Market from 10:00am to 4:00pm (rain date Sunday June 4), at the OC Transpo parking lot at Ren’s Pets. It’s free entry with a donation to Kanata Food Cupboard.
    •  The Kin Mixer / Market / Music at Eden’s Cafe  is an evening of market vendors and amapiano, R&B, kompa, hip hop, 90s dancing ($15 + fee online or $20 at the door). 392A Elgin Street. 
    •  There are a number of community garage sales for serious bargain hunting:

      Kitchissippi 2023 Garage Sale. Consult the map and make a plan to visit the 60 households taking part. Start your bargain hunt at 8:00am.

      The Great Greely Garage Sale. Take your pick of rummage sales, clothing swaps, plant sales, baby item sales, BBQs and more happening all across Greely. 

      The Big Kanata Community Garage Sale also provides a handy map of participants. Visit them from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

      - More than 20 residences will take part in Osgoode’s Community-wide Garage Sale 8:00am to 12:00pm



    •  Cottage core and crafts join forces for the Ottawa Social Girl Club Arts and Craft Picnic. Meet likeminded craft enthusiasts at Central Park (19 Clemow Ave) and settle in for an afternoon of Air Dry Clay Pottery, Flower Pot Painting, Beads Jewellery and more. $33.28 plus fee.
    •  This weekend marks the return of Sunday street markets in the town of Arnprior. From 9:00am to 2:00pm until September 24 you’ll find more than 30 vendors as well as good food and buskers. Free.
    •  Re: yesterday’s listing about the Formula 1 groupwatch at the Clocktower pub. Reader Rhys pointed out that the it can’t possibly start at 11:00am, because the race will be over by then. We've had clarification that Sean (the organizer) will be showing a TAPE DELAY of the race. So that start time of 11:00am is correct. Clocktower Brew Pub (575 Bank St. at the Queensway). Head to the downstairs event room from 11:00am for race action as well as brunch fare and local beer. Probably more fun if you don’t look up who won.

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    Pop Up Podcasting’s Indy Podcaster Summer Sale will save you 25% on launching that podcast you’ve dreamed of starting.

    Urban Botonist is celebrating 15,000 followers with 15% off everything in the store. Use the code THANKYOU15 on plants, accessories, DIY kits, and apparel.

    Mini Tipi is having a warehouse sale at its Aylmer, QC location today (12:00pm to 8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am to 2:00pm). Bags, shawls, blankets, mitts, and past collections are all included. 670 Auguste-Mondoux Suite 2. If you can’t make it in person, get free shipping on online purchases made today, Saturday and Sunday, by using the code WAREHOUSESALE2023.

    This weekend only, Franc is offering free shipping on orders of $50 and more. Use the code FREESHIPWEEKEND to take advantage.

    Save 30% on white swimsuits and cover ups at Londre Bodywear until Monday at midnight. The code is WHITE30.

    A great idea for Father’s Day gifts, Oneka is offering a free Botanical Beard Oil or Soap Bar Duo with purchases of $129 or more from the online store. This offer is on until 11:59pm on June 18.


    Every year, Apartment 613 releases a beautifully designed chapbook of community poetry. This year’s theme is plants, animals, and humans. You can download yours free here.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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