Thursday May 2, 2024


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Pick up fresh produce, baked goods and pantry staples at the weekend markets launching this weekend:

  •  The growers, makers, and bakers at Carp Farmers Market (Saturday, weekly) are all based within 100km of the market. 3790 Carp Road K0A 1L0.

  •  It’s Kanata Farmers Market’s (Saturday, weekly) Veg and Seedlings day. 745 Kanata Avenue K2T 1H9 in the Best Buy parking lot.

  •  Navan Market (Sunday, monthly) launches its 2024 season with a massive 175 vendors. 1279 Colonial Rd, Navan, ON K4B 1N1.

  •  Ottawa Farmers Market (Sunday, weekly) moves outside to its summer season home at Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park.

  •  Ottawa Organic Farmers Market (Saturdays, weekly) is open all year at Riverside United Church (3191 Riverside Drive K1V 8N8).

  •  Ottawa Street Markets Farm Store holds a Market this Saturday May 4 at 1805 Gaspé Avenue K1K 0A4 in Manor Park. Watch for the Beechwood, Elgin St., and Alta Vista Street Markets to open in June.

– Martha and Darren



    • 50
    • – The number of years since the founding of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club. In that half century, the Club has developed ‘22 Olympians, 17 Paralympians, won nearly 200 international medals, captured more than 1,700 national championship medals, and earned more than 3,600 gold, silver and bronze rewards at provincial championships’. (Martin Cleary in Ottawa Sport Pages)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Mark Laroche
    • – The president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Airport Authority has announced his retirement after 11 years in the job. Larouche says the Airport is planning to use 500 acres of its land for a massive solar farm. (Catherline Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)


    • I loved serving my country. I was so proud of it, but I was fired because I am a lesbian and it was a difficult period in my life

    • – Michelle Douglas, who was honourably discharged from the Canadian Forces in 1989 after the military discovered she was a lesbian. Douglas then sued the Canadian Forces, ending its ban on gay and lesbian members. The Federal Government broke ground yesterday on a memorial to those public servants who were hounded from their jobs for being gay. (Safiyah Marhnouj at CBC) (Monument design)


    • ⚽ CPL Atlético Ottawa 7 – Valour FC 0 last night


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    No more meetings this week


    📋 Federal Public Service

    •  The Federal government has released more details on the new three days-in-the-office policy. 

      • Managers need to create plans by Sept 9.

      • Rather than three days per week in the office, it’s actually 60 per cent of work time in the office, calculated monthly, which can allow for one week in, one week out, or other schedules.

      • Managers will verify where employees are through attendance reports, computer logins, and turnstyle reports.

      • Staff hired to work remotely before March 2020 are exempt.

      (CBC) (Federal page on office hours)

    •  Another Ottawa autism charity is shutting down this week. Ausome Ottawa has announced that it is shutting down after nine years, saying it has half the funding this year over last year. Ausome Ottawa specialized in sports and summer camps for kids with autism. Another autism charity, TIPS, announced its own closure earlier in the week. (Katelyn Wilson at CTV)

    🥛 Community Fridge

    •  Someone set a community fridge in Centretown on fire, destroying itThe Centretown Churches Social Action Committee stocked the fridge with food, which allowed hungry people to access it privately any time of day. (CBC) (Donations)

    🏈 Elegy

    •  Ottawa Citizen sportswriter Tom Casey passed away MondayCasey covered sports for 37 years; in 2020 a row of the press box at TD Place stadium was dubbed ‘Tom Casey’s Writer’s Row’. He was 76. (Ken Warren in the Ottawa Citizen)


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    •  Registration closes today for the BGC Ottawa Morning Social Family ties event on May 16. Enjoy coffee, a light breakfast, and plenty of networking while you hear from the BGC Ottawa team and members of its community. Entry is by donation: $500 suggested for individuals and $5000 for a table of eight.

    •  Cranium Conference and Showcase 2024 will connect musicians, artists, and producers at an event featuring networking, panels, and a showcase. This year’s conference is taking place at the NAC from May 2-4. Free.

    •  Links at Lansdowne sets up staggered platforms in the stands for a series of challenging golf games. Bring your own clubs. The event runs until May 4 with a final competition on Saturday afternoon. Win prizes, have fun.

    •  Martini Madness raises funds to support those living with Crohn’s Disease and colitis. Lago Bar and Grill, Dow’s Lake.

    •  Glenn Miller’s music is still enjoyed 80 years after the master of Swing founded his eponymous orchestra. Just try and stop your toes from tapping as the Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the NAC.

    •  Québec playwright Maude Laurendeau’s play Rose in the Machine continues its English language run until May 4 in the Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre 1 Elgin St.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLa Bête (The Beast), Linda veut du poulet! (Chicken for Linda!)

    •  Mayfair TheatreOne Life, Knightriders


    •  Pillars of Autumn, CNTRL, Apegod, Altar of the Fuzz. Avant-Garde bar

    •  Anne-Claude Deshênes, KAY-fayb. Club SAW

    •  Dying Fetus, Full of Hell, 200 Stab Wounds, Cruelty. Brass Monkey

    •  Nick Stracchini. Il Vicolo

    •  The Country Mixtape Tour: Tyler Joe Miller, Shawn Austin, Andrew Hyatt. Algonquin Commons Theatre

    •  Evil Creek, Thomas D’Angelo. Overflow Brewing Co

    •  Orchids album release show. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Pop Evil, Flesh and Bone Tour. Bronson Centre


    •  Fibre Artists open their doors to the community once again with the May Fibre Fling Exhibition and Sale. Not only might you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but your $5 admission will support Ottawa Food Bank and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Friday and Saturday at Kitchissippi United Church 630 Island Park Dr.K1Y 0B7.
    •  Get a hands-on taste of the risograph method (sometimes described as ‘digital screen printing’) of printing while you listen to great tunes. Possible Worlds’ latest Artifacts night is the second in its series of graphic art making. PWYC in advance (suggested payment of $15) or $15 at the door. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave K1N 6E2.
    • Reasons to love The European Union Short Film Festival (Friday and Saturday at Arts Court Theatre): the screenings are free, the food is provided by participating EU embassies, and the Saturday afternoon programme includes films suitable for kids.
    •  More than 30 members of the Ottawa Guild of Potters will be selling their incredible, functional pottery ware plus decorative pieces at the Ottawa Clay Festival, Friday through Sunday (May 3 - 5) at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park. Admission is free; please bring your own bag.
    •  You don’t need a partner or even experience at the Rahim Salsa event. Take the salsa workshop from Jose Sandoval and then dance the night away for $18 or if you already know the moves, $13. St. John the Evangelist Church, 275 Elgin St.
    •  Harmony Concerts presents singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph on stage at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. 30 Cleary Ave K2A 3Z9.
    •  Québec playwright Maude Laurendeau’s play Rose in the Machine continues its English language run until May 4 in the Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre 1 Elgin St.
    •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, Irena’s Vow, Hôtel Science, Exhuma
    •  Mayfair TheatreWicked Little Letters, Problemista, Club Zero



    •  Big Dave McLean CD Release. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Sage Reynolds: Trio Explorations 3. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Emo Night Ottawa: Breakdown. 56 Byward Market Square

    •  80s Dance Party. House of TARG

    •  FortyOne Live Jazz. Grill 41 Restaurant (Lord Elgin Hotel)

    •  Rob Lutes, Rob MacDonald. Red Bird

    •  Stray Dog Brewing Taproom Concerts: Sharlee. Stray Dog Brewing Co

    •  Go Long, Naked Neighbours. Irene’s Pub Restaurant


    •  If you have an old bike lying around in the garage, bring it to 5510 Canotek Road for Dominion City Bike Drive. It will be restored and donated to someone who needs it. Saturday May 4 at the brewery.

    •  Grab a coffee and shop the Arlington Art Market on Arlington Ave between Bank and Kent and in the parking lot of Glashan School. Rain date: Sunday May 5.

    •  Crafters and quilters: Build up your stash for future projects at the Hintonburg Fabric Flea Market. Fisher Park Community Centre, 250 Holland Ave. K1Y 0Y5


    •  Avalancha (Rock Latino Y Ska). Mavericks

    •  Ottawa Bach Choir: Leipzig 1723. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 82 Kent St.

    •  Mikhail Laxton. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Ice Cube: Straight Into Canada tour. TD Place

    •  Peter Hum Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  The Vaniers, Baby Rich, The Rambles. Rainbow Bistro

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • The Ottawa Chinatown Night Market is a celebration of Chinese food, culture, and and community (May 31 - June 2). The food is the star, but you’ll also find artisans and performers as you wander the route (Chinatown between Bronson and Bell St. N).

    • Parkdale Public Market, which celebrates an incredible 100 years in 2024, opens next Saturday, May 11.

    • When they use the word ‘extravaganza’ you know it’s going to be big. Stray Dog Brewing is going to celebrate turning seven on Saturday September 7. Mark your calendar. 501 Lacolle Way, K4A 5B6.


    Acrylic markers are up to 30% off at DeSerres until May 12.



    Thanks to an item in Ottawa Road Trips, we see that a farm in Merrickville is having a flash sale on goats. If you have the space and a tolerance for persnickety behaviour, contact Chatterfield Farm.



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