At one hour, this video to too long to pithily summarize.

But TVO invited Emmanuel Rey, economic development officer for the City, and Ariel Palitz, New York City’s first nightlife mayor, to discuss the benefits of appointing a Night Mayor to advocate for a diversified night life between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.

City Council approved creating the position last month.

It’s very much worth the watch: Can Night Economies Help Build Cities?

Correction: Yesterday, we wrote that a Montreal Road underpass would be closed from tomorroow 7:00 pm to Monday 5:00 am for O Train work. 

The closure is Montreal Road at Highway 174, not Highway 417. 

– Darren and Martha



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    • ☀️ Sunny. High of 26°, low of 13°


    • 3,268
    • – The number of houses that have been declared vacant through the City’s vacant unit tax programme. Another 2,836 units were automatically declared vacant because the form was not returned. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

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    • Yan Song
    • – To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, the owner of Yen Fung Ding Dumpling Shoppe has made 1,000 zongzi each year for the past 23 years. Zongzi is a traditional Chinese dish made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings, wrapped in leaves from a bamboo or loquat tree, and slowly boiled or steamed until tender. (Samuel Wat at CBC)


    • Be authentic
    • – One of the five goals that OC Transpo hopes to achieve with a $1 million advertising campaign about the launch of the Trillium Line. The others are ‘Reflect transit's role in Ottawa becoming a “big” city’, 
      ‘Reflect new neighbourhood connections’, ‘Represent Ottawa’s diversity’, and ‘Have a rider-centric focus’. (Josh Pringle at CTV)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 83 – Scarborough Shooting Stars 85 last night
    •  Frontier League Ottawa Titans 3 – Windy City Thunderbolts

    📱 OC Transpo

    •  OC Transpo is ditching its iPhone app and partnering with Transit. OC Transpo has been producing its own iPhone app for the past 10 years, with diminishing returns. Piggybacking upon Transit app will give full schedules and real-time bus tracking as well as work with both iPhones and Android phones. The new app also gives transit info for every major city in Canada and the US, including Gatineau. People who already use Transit should make sure they have the latest version to get Ottawa info. The existing OC Transpo app will stop working July 1. (Ted Raymond at CTV) (iOS App Store) (Google Play)

    🪪  CFRA

    •  The staff of radio station CFRA AM 580 have unionized. Two dozen news writers, hosts, producers and technicians have signed up with the Newspaper Guild, which already represents their corporate siblings CTV Ottawa. Last week, parent company Bell laid off 1,300 employees across Canada. (Devyn Barrie at Ottawa Start)

    🛬  Air Canada

    •  Air Canada cancelled Ottawa author Dan Gardner’s flight to London without notice – says wait 45 days for explantion. As Air Canada doesn’t fly to Europe from Ottawa, Gardner and son flew to Toronto on the airline but were denied boarding to Ottawa. Amongst other things, Garner was to film a TV segment with John Cleese on the trip. (Mike Lloyd at CityNews)

    💰 Bank Robbery

    •  The Ottawa Police Service is asking the public for help in identifying the individual below, who is accused of robbing the TD Bank at the Rideau Centre around 3:00pm on May 27.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116. (Ted Raymond at CTV)

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    •  Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 21 through 25) opens today at Mādahòkì Farm, Canada’s only Indigenous Agri-tourism destination and working farm. This year’s lineup includes a Pow Wow, competitions in drumming and dancing, and creative workshops, some of which require advance registration. 4420 West Hunt Club Road.
    •  Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council  present a collection of exhibits at the Indigenous Peoples Space (100 Wellington St. W)

    • This week’s Welli-Wednesday at Pat McLeod Community Stage (Parkdale Park) welcomes Jake Demarsh and Jazz From Everywhere.

    • The Art Bank looks back at its first 50 years of existence with a new exhibition featuring 24 recent acquisitions that reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Until May 2024 the Âjagemô exhibition hall, 150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047.
    •  Ottawa Markets presents The Summer Solstice Fashion Show at 55 ByWard Market Square (William Street Pedestrian Way), featuring clothing and accessories by Indigenous Makers and Indigenous-owned brands.
    •  Ottawa Fringe Festival continues, with shows playing every night until Sunday (June 25). Tonight’s shows.
    •  Starting today, you'll find a farmer’s market popping up in the parking lot of Red Apron on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Discover organic produce from Roots and Shoots Farm. 4:30pm to 6:30pm 410 Gladstone Ave.


    •  Down in Metcalfe, Ontario, there’s live music in Victoria Park every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This week singer songwriter John Allaire - who was once declared “The next Canadian music legend” by (sadly, now defunct) Penguin Eggs magazine - will play tunes from his impressive catalogue.
    •  Free Ottawa Jazz Festival Homegrown Series continues with songwriter Circle at LIVE on Elgin. 220 Elgin St, starting at 8:00pm.
    •  Chef Joe Thottungal and Anne DesBrisay talk about writing their second cookbook, My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen. Free, but registration is required. Perfect Books, 258 Elgin St.
    •  Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival returns to Mooney’s Bay Park today through Sunday, bringing competing teams from around the world to the Rideau River, and free concerts to the stage each evening. Juno award winners Dear Rouge open the concert series tonight. Beer sponsor Beyond the Pale brings the suds while a strong lineup up food vendors will take care of hunger pangs.
    •  Ottawa Fringe Festival continues, with shows playing every night until Sunday (June 25). Tonight’s lineup.


    •  Art House will be celebrating the arrival of summer nights with DJ in the Driveway, starting at 6:30pm. While you enjoy cocktails on the patio, DJ Osita will be playing UK garage and house music. 
    •  Art House is also presenting the weekly free Music in the Park performances at Dundonald Park (which is right beside the venue). Kenny Hayes is this week’s performer. Somerset and Lyon streets, beginning at 6:30pm.
    •  With not one but two live bands plus DJ Remi Royale, House of TARG’s 80’s Dance Party will be lit. Tease your hair, grab a slick of frosty lipgloss, and be there. 9:00pm at 1077 Bank St.
    • Ottawa Fringe Festival continues, with shows playing every night until Sunday (June 25). Tonight’s shows.

    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Tickets to Eddie Izzard at the NAC are available on presale until June 23 at 9:00am. Use the code BEES1
    •  You can still buy tickets to this Saturday's Barn Warming at Ottawa Farm Fresh that we told you about in May. The Barn, which houses the farm store, was restored from a dilapidated state in partnership with the NCC, but that funding only stretched so far. When you buy a ticket to the event on June 24 you’re contributing to the electricity, flooring, and other internal work and fittings. The day will include Contra Dancing, delicious sausages and kebabs, and a tour of the barn. $25 (or free for CSA members). Ottawa Farm Fresh 2811 Ransayville Road, Gloucester.
    •  If you participated in this year’s Italian Week Ottawa, the organizers would love your feedback.

    Brew Donkey Tours is discounting merchandise add-ons by 75% when you buy a tour ticket. Use the code AddOnSale2023.

    Portable outdoor fire pits are up to 45% off in the surprise sale at Solo Stove. Order by Sunday June 25 to get it in time for Canada Day.


    Yesterday, this space was devoted to a very specific segment of our readers, paddlers. Today, it’s segmented even smaller: for those who believe that Christopher Ecclestone is the one true Doctor of Doctor Who fame. Ecclestone will be a guest at the 10th-anniversary edition of Ottawa Comiccon, taking place Sept 8-10 at EY Centre. 

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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