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Sorry, yesterday we teased about 80s-priced bagels in the subject line the didn’t actually mention it in the newsletter.

The missing item was: ‘Enjoy 1984 prices when Ottawa Bagel Shop celebrates 40 years in business on Saturday April 27. Early risers 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’

Our apologies.

– Martha and Darren



    • 50
    • – The number of years since the University of Ottawa created the Department of Visual Arts. The Ottawa Art Gallery is commemorating the five decades with Art School Confidential, an exhibition until September. The Vernissage is tonight at 6:30 pm. (Ottawa Art Gallery)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Dr. Christopher Milroy
    • – The pathologist and professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine has been awarded the Order of the British Empire, bestowed upon him by Princess Anne at Windsor Castle. The award honoured his services to forensic pathology in the United Kingdom, where it was noted that he is one of the 30 most cited authors in forensic medicine and science.  (Natasha O'Neill at CityNews)


    • To have the honour of entering people's lives in these incredibly vulnerable times, they should be held to a much higher standard

    • – Executive director of domestive abuse refuge Interval House, Keri Lewis, on a new CBC report that shows that of all police officers suspended from duty in Ontario, one third was because of allegations of domestic abuse or sexual assault. (Julie Ireton at CBC)

      ➕ Related Ottawa Police Service chief Eric Stubbs says that in light of the CBC’s reporting on the costs of police officer suspensions, he’s going to think about the transparency of the Service.


    • 🏒 PWHL Ottawa 3 – Boston 2 last night


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    No more meetings this week.


    🏒 The Sens

    •  Lack of O Train may be one reason the Sens cannot move downtown. The National Capital Commission has set aside seven acres for a new area, but the existing Kanata site with its massive parking lot, is 75 acres. Unnamed team sources say they are worried about the reliability of the O Train for fans, and in addition, they want a food and drink precinct. The Commission hints that it can be flexible, on the food and drink at least. (Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun)

    📚 Ottawa Carleton District School Board

    •  Some parents are worried that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board may eliminate specialized classes. The Board has not made any decisions but is reviewing its mix of English, French, specialized classes, and the distance children must travel to attend them. Proponents say the spirit of inclusion requires children with special needs to attend the same classes as other children; some parents say that this is code to remove specialized teachers required by their kids. (Safiyah Marhnouj at CBC)

    🚌 OC Transpo

    •  The City has selected the seven members of its Transit Advisory Working Group. Residents were invited to apply in December and 390 applications were received. The new members are Ami Gagné, Caroline Lu, Connie Shingoose, Jordan Papazoglou, Nathan-Cyril Manlangit and two people who did not wish to have their membership of the publicly funded, municipal service revealed. (Ottawa Bulldog)

    🚚 Renovictions

    •  City Council has approved studying an anti-renoviction bylaw. Staff will make recommendations on feasibility and cost in September. Somerset ward councillor Ariel Troster made the proposal after being inspired by a Hamilton bylaw that requires landlords to prove an eviction is required before receiving a permit to do so. (William Eltherington at CTV)


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    •  Ottawa City Hall welcomes Ottawa PoutineFest & Mac My Cheese 2024, running until Sunday. Explore the delicious carb-y combos from vendors like Smoke’s Poutinerie, Duffer’s Chip Wagon, and Smokin’ RR’s. Once you’ve had your fill of spuds, you’ll also find corn dogs and sweet treats. 110 Laurier Ave.

    •  Author Dimitri Nasrallah will speak with CBC’s Alan Neal at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch. Although it’s in person you can also catch the conversation on the OPL’s YouTube channel.

    •  Urban Sketchers Ottawa are meeting up at the Museum of Nature for a couple of hours of drawing as you wander through the exhibits.

    •  The Ottawa Grassroots Festival opener is sold out but tickets are still available for Charlie A’Court at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa tomorrow (Friday April 26).

    •  Axé WorldFest’s Empowering Women in the Music Industry Conference 4th Edition (April 25-27) "is an essential gathering to continue much-needed conversations about gender roles in the industry, to network, spark new ideas, and connections through eclectic musical showcases, panels, and networking events over three days.” Programming takes place at Club SAW, the NAC, Arts Court, and the 27 Club.

    •  Candlelight Concerts set their sights on Ed Sheeran tonight. The Listeso String Quartet plays all the musician’s biggest hits at Knox Presbyterian Church. 120 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2L7
    •  The NAC Orchestra joins forces with Thorgy Thor to play a mix of classical, pop tunes and comedy.

    •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, Irena’s Vow, Problemista

    •  Mayfair TheatreKino 30 Day Challenge


    •  Sara Pagé, Nick Schofield, Charbonneau, Amato. National Arts Centre

    •  Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis Tennessee), Mon Voisin. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Friendly Frogs Freak Show, The Oscillators, Rich Chris. House of TARG

    •  Emir Taha Hoppa Band. Babylon Nightclub

    •  Gunning, Cormier. Red Bird

    •  Those Who, hans!, Adam Ferris. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Karaoke Thursdays. Atomic Rooster


    •  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 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 reside in the Village.

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


    •  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

    •  Guy Bélanger. National Arts Centre

    •  The Cooper Brothers 50th Anniversary with special guests. Centrepointe


    •  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 High School are holding a Garage Sale and BBQ to aid the Canadian Cancer Society. Find the event, which is cash only, in the school’s parking lot from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 140 Rue Main, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C2.

    •  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 online 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 that includes a puff eating contest.


    •  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. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  SH-Boom. Atomic Rooster

    •  DJ Uppercut. Berlin

    •  Blues Extravaganza. Il Vicolo

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Doors Open Ottawa is your annual chance to take a peek – for free – at some of the city’s most interesting buildings. Some are available to view online, others open their doors in person. Mark the weekend of June 1-2 on your calendar and watch for the full list of participating buildings to be announced soon.


    Something for the weekend: Mimosas are $5 and mains are $18 at the Soca Kitchen’s weekend brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    Tarot and Oracle decks are 20% off at Planet Botanix until April 29.

    Perth Brewing’s O'Canada Maple Ale is 10% off until Sunday.


    A city resident has built her own website organizing the various recreation programmes. The City has around 100 recreation centres that provide organized sports as well as drop-in events like yoga or bridge but to discover them, residents must visit each centre’s website individually. Federal employee Claudie Larouche has built her own website that centralizes everything. Larouche says she used ChatGPT to write the code, which she optimized. Dan Chenier, the City's general manager of recreation, cultural and facility services said he is not interested in Larouche’s tool. (Claudie’s City of Ottawa Activities)



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