Wednesday June 5, 2024


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Nominations have opened for 13th Annual Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Awards.

The awards honour ‘exceptional citizens who have achieved the highest level of excellence and achievement in many fields of endeavour, have brought honour and prestige to themselves, and made significant contributions to the community that benefit the citizens of Ottawa’. 

You can’t nominate yourself or a sitting politician or public employee, but otherwise, suggest a candidate here. The deadline is Sept 13.

– Martha and Darren


  • Gather Brewery and Glassworks officially opens this Friday in Merrickville. Enjoy the beer with a menu of Mini Duck Pogos, Elk Italian Sausages, Bison tacos, and other fine finger food by Wild Chef Catering. Friday June 7 from noon to 8:00 pm. 635 St. Lawrence St., P.O. Box 629, Merrickville.
  • 🆓 National Beavertails Pastry Day is this Friday June 7. Visit the ByWard Market or Tanger Outlets locations between 3:00 pm and 5:00 to receive a free classic pastry.
  • Road trip: The Great New York State Food & Wine Festival is your destination to sample and shop Made in New York wine, spirits, cheese, cheesecake (our eye was caught by a vendor called Kim’s Cheesecake on a Stick), coffee, and spices. Today through Sunday at Gordon Cerow Recreation Park, 615 E. Line Road, Clayton, NY, USA (the closest border crossing is the Thousand Islands Bridge). 
  • If you thought that Ottawa having two Asian night markets shows how sophisticated we are as a city, you are so naïve, my friend. Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen details the bad blood between the Chinatown Night Market and Asian Fest Night Market and the nefarious techniques used, like free shuttle buses. 
  • Jordan Pizzuti in Ottawa Life says ‘You won’t walk into Senate and be blown away by its innovative food menu or slow-crafted cocktails’ but somehow, the default answer of ‘where should we go’ always ends up being, ‘So, Senate?’.
  • In Apt 613’s Best Bites column, Kiersten Vuorimaki recommends Tavern on the Falls (‘if there are gourmet hot dogs on the menu, I’m happy’), Lil’ Z’s Pizza (‘My favourite is the Hot Fire, with spicy Soppressatta, chili flakes, jalapeño, pepperoncini, and Eddy’s Hot Honey sesame crust’), and OCCO Kitchen (‘Tacos are probably my favourite food, so my standards are a bit high. These. Are. Excellent.’).

    Father’s Day Eats
  • Make your father figure’s day with at the Grill Daddy Bundle, a collab between Meetings and Broadhead Brewery. He'll get: Beef Brisket, Bama Sauce, Pulled Pork, Maple BBQ Sauce, Signature Rub and two cans from Broadhead. $50. 
  • Take him on a road trip to Campbell’s Bay, QC where you’ll find Brauwerk Hoffman’s Father’s Day Ribs and Chicken dinner. Wtih some fine craft beer, of course. Call 613-732-0388 to reserve your spot. Sunday June 16 at 1298 route 148 Campbell’s Bay, Quebec 

  • Another foodie road trip that the kids will love, too: Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is putting on an old fashioned Fish Fry on June 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, right after the Tractor Jam. Yes, the Tractor Jam is back from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with tractor pulls, classic cars, live entertainment, and lots for the kids to do. There’ll be plenty of food and adult drinks, too. 2452 York's Corners Rd. Edwards, ON K0A 1V0

  • In Gatineau, Bobino Bagel is expanding its operations with the launch of its new Bar Laitier / Dairy Bar starting June 14. No menu yet, but we’re reasonably confident that Everything Bagel ice cream cones won’t on the list. 61 Laurel St. Gatineau (in front of the Canadian Museum of History). 



    • $2.6 million
    • – The amount of outstanding parking tickets owed to municipalities that no longer exist: Cumberland, Osgoode, Gloucester, Vanier, Nepean, Ottawa, Goulbourn, Kanata, and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. The CIty of Ottawa, which assumed the fines upon amalgamation in 2001, has now given up and forgiven them. It’s about 71,835 tickets. (CBC)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Jerzy Jurewicz 
    • – The senior project architect and vice-president at Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects has been named the 2024 Integrity and Ethics Award winner by the General Contractors Association of Ottawa. (Ottawa Construction News


    • The main storyline is always about him and her falling in love, or becoming great friends. It’s an assembly line product, but I try to bring truth and relatability to it

    • – Director Marita Grabiak on the Christmas film productions that are attracted to Ottawa and surrounding towns. Grabiak is currently making Hocus Pocus Christmas in Almonte. (L'Agence France-Presse)


    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 7 – Gateway Grizzlies 3 last night


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
    Thursday, June 6 at 10 am

    • Tompkins Diversion Municipal Drain – Appointment of Engineer
    • Blaser Municipal Drain – Appointment of Engineer

    📋 Agenda


    💡 The Nation Municipality

    •  If you think Ottawa CIty Hall makes some weird decisions, next door in the Nation, council is renaming a street because it has run out of street numbers. The lowest address on Gauthier Street in St-Isidore is 2, but a new development is being built next door and 0 is not an option as a proper address. Instead, the municipality is renaming the street to Bonneville and will reassign a new number to every house. (James Morgan in The Review)

    ⚕️ Public Service Health Care Plan

    •  Parliament’s Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates recommends that the Federal government compensate employees who have suffered financial loss from the Public Service Health Care Plan. Just under a year ago, the Health Care Plan changed from Sun Life to Canada Life, resulting in thousands of complaints of unreimbursed claims and poor service (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🎵 Ottawa Music Industry Coalition

    • Cool job alert: The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is seeking an administrative assistantIt’s four days or 32 hours per week. (Job Description)


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    •  Raise a glass of chilled Prosecco at Ottawa Cancer Foundation’s glam Cheers to a Cure, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm tonight at Tavern at the Gallery. Tonight’s even celebrates 20 years of research initiatives and support to Ottawa families facing cancer. Tickets from $134.30.

    • You’ll have a chance to win a PS5 at Nerdy Bingo and Live Auction. The last event sold out, so if you want to meet other geeks and have a great time, time’s running out. $15 per person. Laugh Lounge, 61 York St. K1N 9C7. 

    • 🆓 The Walrus Talks focuses on the arts and culture with Canada’s Creative Power, a panel discussion with the leaders from the National Arts Centre, Canada Council for the Arts, CBC/Radio-Canada, and four other national cultural institutions. “Canada is bursting with talent and making waves on the world stage. Why is it important to share stories by Canadian artists and storytellers, not just within our borders but around the globe? What does the future hold for the national cultural institutions that support the country’s creativity? What is their vision for increasing public access, supporting creators, adapting for the future, and facing challenges? Why does Canadian culture matter when there are so many needs competing for our attention and investment?” Free, but you must register. From 7:00 pm at National Gallery of Canada.

    • ByTowne CinemaThe Great Escaper, Returns to Reason: Four Fiilms by Man Ray, Evil Does Not Exist

    • Mayfair TheatreThe Promised Land, Wicked Little Letters, Red Sun 


    • Prime Rib Big Band. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Andre Pettipas. Red Bird

    • The Gladsome Gentlemen. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    • Open Mic. Pour Boy

    • Jazz Nite with the Rolo Duo. Queen St. Fare

    • Drag me to LIVE! An Evening of Hits From the 90s and 00s. LIVE on Elgin


    • Veterans Affairs Canada will host a wreath-laying ceremony to mark 80 years since D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. 10:00 am at the National War Memorial, Wellington St. 

    • Meet the makers of Blondie Apparel womenswear at Flock Boutique from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and pick up some Canadian-made basics for your wardrobe. 1275 Wellington St. W., K1Y 3A6 

    • Start the weekend now with a visit to Urban Art Collective’s Hintonburg Night Market. Shop locally made goods, relax, and enjoy live entertainment. 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 1088 Somerset St W. K1Y 3C6 

    • Gather at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill to see They Came Back at Night, the new series of portraits by Montréal artist Kai McCall. 293 Dalhouse St. K1N 7E5. McCall is inspired by classical painting as well as cinema, and his contemporary subjects often appear to somehow be of the past. Vernissage from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

    • ByTowne CinemaEvil Does Not Exist, The Great Escaper, Spirited Away (subtitled) 

    • Mayfair TheatreAnselm, Civil War, Late Night with the Devil 


    • Rory Taillon. The Shed

    • The Wade-Laroche Duo. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    • Primary Colours - Jazz in June noon hour concert. MacKay United Church

    • Irene’s Blues Sessions with Luke Ambridge. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Karaoke Thursdays. Atomic Rooster

    • Kingfisher, Nothing Serious, Pop Culture icons, Halfway There. House of TARG

    • Country Songwriters showcase with Chris Landry, Fraser Wayne, Kevin Schofield. LIVE on Elgin


    • 🆓  Aerial Antics bring their silks to Strathcona Park for a free performance from 6:30 pm. 25 Range Road K1N 8J3
    • Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club offers recreational indoor skate evenings each week at the Norm Fenn Gym at Carleton U. 1125 Colonel By Drive, K1S 5B6. From $9.31 per person. 

    • There’s no place like Meridan Theatres @ Centrepointe if you want to see the Orpheus Musical Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. On now through Sunday. 

    • Cafe Dekcuf is holding a Death Metal fundraiser for Capital Pride, with World Eaters, Leitch, and Brumal Spectre performing. 221 Rideau St., K1N 5X8 

    • There’s another Art Battle at Overflow Brewing tonight. Watch 12 artists complete their assignments in three rounds of 20 minutes, and vote for the winner. At the end of the event, there’s a silent auction of the artworks, for your chance to take one home. 2477 Kaladar Ave. K1V 8B9  

    • A session at Orléans Craft Beer Festival is a great way to sample some of Ottawa’s best breweries. Today and tomorrow outside Centrum Plaza (Centrum 255 Centrum Blvd, Orléans K1E 3V8) 

      ➕ Related  If the festival inspires you to find out more, use our handy Craft Beer Map to visit the breweries. 

    • ByTowne CinemaThe Great Escaper, Cottontail, Wicked Little Letters, Run Lola Run

    • Mayfair TheatreWildcat, Dune: Part Two, It’s Such a Beautiful Day 


    • Chastity: Trilogy Tour with Curl and Motherland. Dominion Tavern

    • Kingfisher, Nothing Serious, Pop Culture Icons, Halfway There. House of TARG

    • Ky Anto: The Tunes and Tales Tour. Avant-Garde Bar

    • Lives Like Skyscrapers Album Launch Party with Tin Constellations. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Lapelûda and Paula Sofia. Art House Café

    • Sage Reynolds: Trio Exploration 4. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    • The Desert Island Big Band. LIVE on Elgin

    • Teenage Fiction EP release with Neon Ghosthouse, Root Cause, Organ Eyes. Rainbow Bistro

    • An Evening with Stephen Stanley and Chris Bennett. Red Bird

    Just Announced / Now Booking


    Christopher Griffin home/gallery is available for private sale. The two bedroomed, two storey Centretown building at 439 Kent St., is offered at $675,000.


    Ottawa Road Trips turned us on to this Cottage Life story by Vanessa Chiasson on Parks Canada’s Lock & Paddle event. Originally, Lock & Paddle was only held in Peterborough, but this year it will also be held in the Rideau Canal here and in Montréal’s Lachine Canal. Chiasson calls it a ‘a type of flash mob, with canoers and kayakers of all ages and skill levels coming together to ride the locks in a colourful kaleidoscope of fun’. This year it is on July 20 and the usual fee to go through the locks is waived.



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