Wednesday April 10, 2024


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    •  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
    •  Aventure Outaouais’s new Wakefield Food Tour will visit four of the charming village’s best eateries (Nikosi Bistro Pub, Ixim Café Bistro, La Muse, and La Confiserie Wakefield) on Thursday evenings from June 6 through September 26. As always, the ticket price includes pick up and drop off from locations in Ottawa and Gatineau. $107.50 per person plus taxes.
    •  In Arnprior, Wes’ Chips and Cold Bear Brewery have a tasty collab that could win you a sweet prize. Bring a box of Wes’ Chips into the brewery anytime in the month of April, then order a beer, wine, or cider to wash it down, and you’ll be entered into a giveaway to win Cold Bear or Wes’ Chips gift cards and merch.
    •  Sample five whiskies from The Isles (specifically Mull, Islay, Jura, Skye, and Orkney) at Deacon Brodies’s tasting event on Sunday April 14.
    •  Oysters are $1.50 at the Soca Kitchen on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (or until the oysters run out).
    •  No, it’s not too early to plan your Mother’s Day event. Saunders Farm is holding a classic Mother’s Day Tea with details like ‘Momosas’ made with the farm’s own cider, finger sandwiches, and bakery treats, plus your maternal figure will receive a two cup tea pot and box of English Breakfast tea to take home. There are two seatings to choose from, and after you eat, all the Farm’s fun activities will be available to help the kids burn off the house-made pop tarts.
    •  Tea will also be pouring at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Once you’ve had your fill of three tiers of finger sandwiches and scones, head into the museum to take in the Steeped in Traditions: Ottawa Tea Cultures and Rituals exhibit (included in your Mother’s Day Tea ticket). Reservations for the Tea opened today.
    •  To celebrate the declaration of Ottawa as ‘The Shawarma Capital of Canada’, Ameya Charnalia at Eat the Strip invited the idea’s creator, Orléans West-Innes ward councillor Laura Dudas, to eat at one of her favourite spots: Cedar Valley Lebanese Restaurant. Dudas said that there are more shawarma restaurants in Ottawa than Tim Horton’s.
    •  Meanwhile down the road, Toronto has mixed opinions. Streets of Toronto countered with their five best Hogtown shawarma joints, whereas BlogTO admits Ottawa may deserve the title and Toronto is actually the Jamaican Patty capital of Canada.
    •  Zachary Resnick at Apartment 613 talks to the founders of a new locally distilled gin, Recipe Number 7 from Clawfoot Stills.
    •  In the Ottawa Business Journal, Sarah MacFarlane asks 21 questions of Coconut Lagoon and Thali chef/owner Joe Thottungal. Says Thottungal, ‘Ottawa is the best place to introduce unique cuisines and our well-diversified community will embrace the new experience’.
    •  After 36 years in Vanier, Mandarin Ogilvie will be closing June 3
    •  Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen tries out the Filipino fare at Sanduk. Hum enjoyed his meal, despite the menu’s description of some items being ‘exotic’ or ‘bizarre’.
    •  Le Cordon Bleu (the Paris one, not Ottawa)-trained chef Catherine Donovan has opened a new restaurant in Pembroke, FN Foods, that she describes as ‘junk food without the junk’. Featured on the menu are mac and cheese, baked beans, jerk chicken, Philly cheesesteak, hot dogs, and spaghetti.
    •  Former food editor of the Ottawa Citizen, Kathleen Walker, has died. As the food critic from the mid-1980s into the early 1990s, she wrote under the pseudonym Elizabeth Elmsley. During her tenure, she contracted Hepatitis A from one restaurant and, always fearless, wrote ‘Too often, we settle for a standard of mediocrity that wouldn’t be tolerated in any country that cared about what it put in its stomach’. Walker was 77.



      • 32
      • – The number of new police officers hired so far this year. The goal is 145. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

      Ottawan of the Day


      • And how will shift workers get home when they work late night? Will they have to walk the streets alone from work? I mean, would you want to walk home on these streets in this particular climate?

      • – Angela Smith, co-owner of Danny’s Taxi Service, to the Pembroke City Council opposing the idea of creating a municipal bus service. (Gerald Tracey in the Eganville Leader)


      • 🏒 CFL Ottawa Senators 0 – Florida Panthers 2 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Transit Commission
      Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 am

      • Presentation - OC Transpo update – Rail, bus, and Para Transpo
      • Light rail regulatory monitor and compliance officer annual report for 2023
      • Confederation Line regulatory framework update
      • Annual update – Transit Services five-year roadmap
      • OC Transpo scheduling process
      • Motion – Inclusion of 3889 Rideau Valley Drive in the Urban Transit Area

      📋 Agenda


      🚨 Ottawa Paramedic Service

      •  The Ottawa Paramedic Service is changing to a new triage system today. The communications centre will now rank 911 calls on a five step scale from life threatening (code purple) to non urgent (code green). The previous system only had two levels. The new ranking of calls is intended to prioritize ambulance use to where it is needed. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      💸 Town of Renfrew

      •  Renfrew City Council has asked staff to call the cops over the runaway budget of a new activity centre. Council wants the Ontario Provincial Police – Renfrew doesn’t have it’s own – investigate a claim of fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of good faith over the construction costs of the Ma-Te-Way Centre which ballooned from $18 million to $35 million. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

      🏘️ Development

      •  The City’s Built Heritage Committee today voted to support a nine-storey, 113-unit residential building to be wrapped around a former church. The former All Saints Anglican Church in Sandy Hill is now the private, multi-use community space called allsaints. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

      🌑 The Eclipse

      •  The Ottawa Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario reported no eye injuries from the eclipse. (William Eltherington at CTV)



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      •  Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Grand Horizons examines the effects of divorce on adult children, when a long-married couple announces that their decades-long union is ending. Wednesdays through Sundays until May 22.

      •  Catalyst 2: Live Electronic Music Open PA is a chance for established artists to try out new music in a chill environment. Entry by donation. 164 Laurier Ave West.

      •  ByTowne CinemaIris et les hommes (It's Raining Men), The Old Oak, Exhuma

      •  Mayfair TheatreAmerican Fiction, Carol Doda Topless at the Condor, The Crazies


      •  Climate Commons. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  The Kevin Prater Band, Concession 23. Greely Legion (Branch 627)

      •  Queer Connection. Club SAW

      •  Jazz Nite with Sh-Boom. QueenSt. Fare

      •  Drag Me to the Movies hosted by Eden Moore. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Open Mic. Pour Boy pub

      •  Original Soundtrack Live! Avant-Gard Bar

      •  Trivia Hall of Fame. Royal Oak Pubs (Bank at McLaren, Stittsville, Barrhaven), O’Grady’s Outpost

      •  The Kevin Prater Band, Concession 23. Greely Legion (Branch 627)



      •  Michelle Thrush uses humour and honesty to tell the story of her transformation from a girl with a tumultuous childhood to Gemini Award-winning actor and artist. Inner Elder plays until Saturday (April 13) at the National Arts Centre’s Azrieli Studio.
      •  The Canadian War Museum presents a lecture about The Battle of Vimy Ridge and Its Legacies. A trio of the museum’s historians will take a deep dive into the battle, assisted by rare historical photos, art, and other items of cultural significance. Thursday April 11. Free for members but registration is required. $10 for non-members.
      •  Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Grand Horizons continues until May 22.
      •  ByTowne CinemaThe Old Oak, Ciné-Club d’Ottawa: One belle course, Ciné-Club d’Ottawa: Les pires
      •  Mayfair TheatrePoor Things, American Fiction, Carol Doda Topless At The Condor


      •  Comedy Night. Pour Boy

      •  The Wind-Ups, Hidden Passages, David Tosh. Avant-Garde Bar

      •  Open Mic Night. Wise Town Café

      •  Flavours & Vibes: King Cruff Live in Concert with Special Guest Jessie Simmons. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Boshko Maric. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Zaki Ibrahim. National Arts Centre

      •  Christine Graves. Red Bird

      •  Backseat Dragon, Sun Junkies, Dolonia. House of TARG


      •  The Irish Film Festival Ottawa opens today with the drama Verdigris followed by an after party. The festival runs until Sunday (April 14) at the Arts Court Theatre and Alma Duncan Salon.

      •  Spend the evening watching nail-biting freestyle motocross tricks as FMX World Tour roars into The Arena at TD Place. Tonight only.

      •  The way Spring is going so far it’s not hard to imagine the upcoming Summer cottage season. Get ready for fun times at the lake with a trip to the Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show, today through Sunday at EY Centre.

      •  Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Grand Horizons continues until May 22.

      •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, La chimera, The People’s Joker

      •  Mayfair TheatreThe Taste of Things, The Old Oak, Dawn of the Dead


      •  Funk Yo Self, Aspects. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Saturn Sunrise, Myles Bell Band, Sunny Spot. Avant-Garde bar

      •  Funk Night with Brass Camel and Mecca of Stank. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Queens of the Stone Age. Canadian Tire Centre

      •  The Slackers with Some Ska Band. Overflow Brewing

      •  Mikhail Laxton. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Cam Kahin. Dominion Tavern

      •  Korpiklaani, Visions of Atlantis, Illumishade. Brass Monkey

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      • Walkable Ottawa will hold another meet up at Equator Coffee (412 Churchill Ave North) on Wednesday April 17. Find out about the organisation’s plans for its new 15-Minute Neighbourhoods program as well as volunteer opportunities. 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

      • Admission is free to Being Studio’s next art show popup, Petalpalooza on Sunday May 5. For just four hours on a Sunday afternoon you can view the latest work by more than 60 local artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

      • Decades of Bond brings 20 musicians to the Babs Asper Theatre stage on October 19, to play a program of iconic James Bond themes. We are telling you about this now because it’s going to sell out. It always does. Tickets are on pre-sale as of today.

      • The the 27th edition of the Latin American Film Festival will will take place on June 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30, at the University of Ottawa main auditorium. Tickets will be free.



      Everything is 30% off at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore until April 14. Visit the in-person locations in Stittsville and at Trainyards, or shop online.


      Somedays we wonder what story can deserves pride of placement here in the kicker, and other days deliver us this: ‘A Week In Ottawa On A $83,801 Salary’ from Refinery29.

      Our Federal Government Diarist spent a whopping $518.55 over seven days and was in bed by 9:00 pm most nights. 



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