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Ottawa Tourism is looking for the perfect romcom script for a 5 – 15 minute long short film centred around the holidays. We’re assuming holidays means winter and Christmas and such – nobody is looking for a May 2-4 romantic farce.

Ottawa Tourism says ‘we wish to film a movie-of-the- week-style short film that features Ottawa and positions the city itself as a movie character. The goal is to ultimately inspire viewers to travel to Ottawa to experience the holiday magic firsthand. Think what New York City is to Sex and the City’.

We’d suggest a period piece, Breakfast at Ogilvys. Or maybe Westboro Side Story. Sleepless in Stittsville?

There are some guardrails, though.

‘With this project we are leaning into the kitsch and stereotypes of holiday-style comfort viewing. But there are some Ottawa stereotypes to be avoided including any disrespectful representation of Canada or the RCMP. Taking a political approach or referencing Ottawa as boring or formally boring. Any pitch idea that includes disrespectful or prejudicial depictions of people, groups, places, governments, or organizations will not be considered.’

You don’t have to make the film, just write it. If you think you have the chops, you have until July 2 to send in a pitch. And yes, the chosen scriptwriter gets paid.

Details are on this PDF.


Happy birthday wishes to ottawan members Mary L (Jun 1) and Matthew H (Jun 2)!

– Martha and Darren



    • 10
    • – The number of years that the Ottawa RedBlacks have been fielding a team in the Canadian Football League. To commemorate the decade, the team is releasing a ‘new look’ uniform paying homage to the Ottawa Rough Riders, the city’s team between 1876 and 1996. (Don Brennan in the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Dr. Robin Roscoe
    • – Dr Roscoe was the final speaker at the groundbreaking of the new Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre, June 1, one of only eight avian specialists in Canada. The Centre rescues over 3,500 birds per year. (Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre) (Press Release


    • A piece of me will always remain in Ottawa, and trust from this day, I will be your biggest supporter

    • – Chief executive officer and general manger of Atlético Ottawa, Fernando Lopez, who has stepped down from the club. Lopez moved here from Spain five years ago to launch Atlético. (Ottawa Citizen)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 87 – Montréal Alliance 86 last night
    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 0 – Gateway Grizzlies 4 last night


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    •  Ottawa’s new professional lacrosse team is seeking players and coaches. Minor league players can register here or come to the National Lacrosse League qualifiers in Ottawa July 19 to 21. Coaches can apply here. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)

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    •  The Anishinabe Algonquin Nation has made an agreement with the Federal government for a new building in the Parliamentary precinct. The parking lot next to the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington Street will be the site of a building to celebrate Algonquin culture. The Anishinabe Algonquin Nation was left out of consultations for the Indigenous Peoples Space in 2017 when the former US embassy was turned over to the Métis National Council, the Inuit Tapirit Kanatami, and the Assembly of First Nations. (Olivia Stephanovitch at CBC)

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    •  Eastbound lanes of Highway 417 are closed at Vankleek Hill after drivers reported structural concerns at the Aberdeen Street overpassAn Ontario Provincial Police officer said ‘the pavement appeared the be “buckling”’. The Ministry of Transportation is diverting drivers onto county roads while it investigates. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🚕 Taxi Class Action

    •  A lawyer with the team that successfully won a $215 million class action suit against the City suggests a per-ride charge to pay for itLawyer Thomas Conway suggests a small fee be added to each Uber or taxi ride to go into a fund to pay the damages to the taxi owners. The court ruled that the City did not follow its own guidelines when it allowed ride sharing apps to operate in Ottawa. (Elyse Skura at CBC)


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    •  Little Italy is alive with Italian Week, on now until June 16.
    • 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
    • ❗Due to the heavy rain forecast for today, tonight’s Urban Art Collective’s Hintonburg Night Market is cancelled.
    • 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
    • Ky Anto: The Tunes and Tales Tour. Avant-Garde Bar
    • 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


    • 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.
    • If you’re shopping at Tanger Outlets this weekend be sure to stop by the Ottawa Food Festival. Tickets from $5.
    • 🆓 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.
    • 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. 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 (25th anniversary restored print)
    • Mayfair TheatreWildcat, Dune: Part Two, It’s Such a Beautiful Day


    • Live Music Friday. Broadhead Brewery
    • Chastity: Trilogy Tour with Curl and Motherland. Dominion Tavern
    • Kingfisher, Nothing Serious, Pop Culture Icons, Halfway There. House of TARG
    • Astral Witch, Doubletalker, Mars at the Helm. 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


    • Head to Osgoode for Porchfest, where front stoops turn into stages for the day so you can enjoy amazing local musicians. This family-friendly event offers a laid back atmosphere and invites you to explore various local artists.
    • Learn about EVs, e-bikes, car sharing and other ways of getting around at the Coffee House on Sustainability - Transportation. There will also be a presentation about 15 Minute Neighbourhoods. Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave K1S 2K2

    • Nepean Museum’s MakerStudio is open for visitors this weekend. The entry fee for this drop-in event is by donation. Today’s activities: “Can you dig it” (archeology activity), Scavenger Hunt, and Stained Glass Chalk Art.

    • 🆓 Friends of the Experimental Farm deliver excellent events like last month’s Plant Sale and the upcoming Used Book Sale (Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm). You’ll find 1000s of used books across all genres, specialty titles, and very good prices. All of the proceeds will go to the organization’s work supporting the Experimental Farm. Building 72, Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm, K1A 0C6.

    • Mechanicsville is having a party to celebrate its 150th birthday. Head to Laroche Park, 51 Stonehurst Ave, K1Y 4R7 from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm for BBQ and cake, games, vendors and prizes. Bring cash.

    • Road Trip: Take a drive to the attractive village of Pakenham for the St. Andrew’s Community Yard Sale 8:00 am to noon). When you’ve finished bargain hunting stop for a hot drink at Keepers Coffee Bar and a gluten-free baked treat from 3 Apples Bakery or a full breakfast at Centennial Restaurant.

    • Cruel Summer Night is a packed lineup of pro wrestling for the whole fam to enjoy. Kids are welcome but they’ll be getting to bed late. You’ve been warned. Dom Polski Hall, 379 Waverley St. W K2P 0W4. Tickets from $25 (or $10 for kids 12 and under)

    • 🆓 Ahoy, mateys, it’s Ottawa Pirate Fest at Mooney’s Bay. Learn how to make a flag and how to sword fight - with pool noodles, don’t worry - and maybe even have lunch with a pirate. 588 Hog’s Back Road beside Mooney’s Bay Park.

    • 🆓 More than 170 painters, potters, and mixed media artists will be gathering in the Glebe’s Central Park for the 32nd annual Art in the Park festival. Check out the art, stay for the food. 206 Patterson Ave, K1S 1Y6

    • Everything is locally produced at Cornwall Kinsmen Farmers’ Market. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Lawrence College, 2 St. Lawrence Drive, Cornwall ON.

    • ByTowne CinemaLupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (English dubbed), The Great Escaper, Le Samouraï - 4k Restoration, Run Lola Run (25th anniversary restored print)

    • Mayfair TheatreDune: Part Two, The Road Warrior


    • Guilty Sleep. Cafe Dekcuf

    • The Big Train Wreck, Jessie, Grebird. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    • Mecca of Stank, Nice One. Rainbow Bistro

    • DJ Uppercut. Berlin

    • TARG Dance Mix ’98: Dance Pop, Eurodance and Club Classics with DJ Phuzz and DJ Miami. House of TARG

    •  Wet Cemet with Cherry Drive. LIVE on Elgin

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    The Festival of Small Halls has released its 2024 schedule. Big names in little venues around us are:

    • Ron Sexsmith 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 4, Stephen Leacock Theatre, Gwendolyn Blvd, Keswick
    • Steve Hill 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 4, Bob Richardson Legion Branch 496, 4361 Amelia St, Sydenham
    • Harry Manx 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 4, Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main St, Manotick
    • Sarah Harmer 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 4, Russell Agricultural Society, 1076 Concession St, Russell
    • Sarah Harmer 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 5, Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, Mississippi Mills
    • Ron Sexsmith 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 5, Spencerville United Church, 16 Centre St, Spencerville
    • Harry Manx 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 5, Matawatchan Community Memorial Centre, Frontenac Road, RR3 Griffith
    • Jeff Rogers 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 5, Elgin United Church, 77 Main St, Elgin
    • Harry Manx 2:30 pm Sun. Oct. 6, Burritts Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville Street, Burritt’s Rapids
    • Jeff Rogers 2:30 pm Sun. Oct. 6, Tatlock Community Hall, 696 Concession 7, Darling Township, Lanark Highlands
    • Kellylee Evans 2:30 pm Sun. Oct. 6, Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall, 1661 Chaffeys Lock Rd, Elgin
    • Basia Bulat 7:00 pm Thurs. Oct. 10, McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall, 194 Camerons Road, McDonald’s Corners
    • Hawksley Workman 7:00 pm Thurs. Oct. 10, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 425 Centre St, Prescott
    • Meredith Moon 7:00 pm Thurs. Oct. 10, Morton Hall, 13 Judd St., Lyndhurst
    • Kathleen Edwards 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 11, Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
    • Tom Cochrane – Songs & Stories – The Duo 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 11, Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St, Brantford
    • Suzie Vinnick 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 11, Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Rd, Tweed
    • Hawksley Workman 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 11, Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, Mississippi Mills
    • Fred Eaglesmith 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 11, Seeley’s Bay Community Hall, 151 Main Street, Seeley’s Bay
    • Tom Cochrane – Songs & Stories – The Duo 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 12, River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St, Guelph
    • Kathleen Edwards 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 12, The Spire, 82 Sydenham St, Kingston
    • Fred Eaglesmith 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 12, St. James Anglican Church, 20 High St, Morrisburg
    • East Coast Experience 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 12, Newboro Community Hall, 15 Drummond St, Newboro
    • Basia Bulat 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 12, Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, Mississippi Mills
    • The Trews Acoustic Trio, Thurs, Oct. 17, Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough, ON
    • Fred Eaglesmith 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, Victoria Jubilee Hall, 111 Jackson St S, Walkerton
    • Ashley MacIsaac 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, The Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St, London,
    • The Barra MacNeils 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, Norwood Old Town Hall, 2357 County Rd. 45, Norwood
    • Royal Wood 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, Pontypool Community Centre, 254 John St., Pontypool
    • Ryan Young Duo 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, Oakfield Rugby Park, 2585 Drummond Concession 2, Perth
    • Lynne Hanson 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, Delta Old Town Hall 8, Lower Beverley Lake Park Road, Delta
    • Tom Wilson Tehohàhake Trio 7:00 pm Fri, Oct 18, St. John’s United Church, 32 Park Street, Brockville
    • Ashley MacIsaac 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church St, Georgetown
    • The Barra MacNeils 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Coronation Hall, 1 King St. West, Omemee
    • Royal Wood 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Fenella Community Hall, 8071 County Rd. 45 Roseneath
    • Brooks & Bowskill 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall, 3166 Bolingbroke Road, Maberly
    • Fred Eaglesmith 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Joshua Bates Centre, 1 Main St E, Athens
    • Tom Wilson Tehohàhake Trio 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Westmeath & District Recreation Centre, 119 Synton St, Westmeath
    • East Coast Experience (w/ Opener) Ryan Young Duo 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 19, Winchester United Church /519 St Lawrence St, Winchester
    • The Barra MacNeils 2:30 pm Sun. Oct 20, Lakehurst Hall, 259 Lakehurst Circle Rd., Lakehurst
    • Lynne Hanson 2:30 pm Sun. Oct 20, Union Hall, 1984 Wolf Grove Rd, Mississippi Mills
    • Pokey LaFarge 2:30 pm Sun. Oct 20, DACA Community Centre, 111 Flat Road, Dacre
    • Miss Emily (w/ Opener) Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra 7:00 pm Oct. 25, Maberly Community Hall, Maberly
    • Ashley MacIsaac 7:00 pm Fri. Oct. 25 /Aultsville Theatre, 2 St. Lawrence Dr, Cornwall
    • Ashley MacIsaac 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 26, Carp Agriculture Hall, 3790-3832 Carp Rd, Carp
    • Tom Wilson Tehohàhake Trio 7:00 pm Sat. Oct 26, Waterford Old Town Hall, 76 Main St S, Waterford
    • Skydiggers 7:00 pm Fri, Nov. 1, Fergus Grand Theatre, 244 St Andrew St W, Fergus
    • Chantal Kreviazuk 7:00 pm Fri, Nov. 1, Meaford Arts Centre, 12 Nelson St E, Meaford
    • Chantal Kreviazuk 7:00 pm Sat. Nov. 2, Fergus Grand Theatre, 244 St Andrew St W, Fergus
    • Miss Emily, Saturday 7:00 pm Sat. Nov. 2, Livery Theatre, 35 South St, Goderich
    • Skydiggers 2:30 pm Sun. Nov. 17th, The Regent Theatre, 224 Picton Main St, Picton
    • Glass Tiger 7:00 pm Thurs. Nov. 21, The Spire, 82 Sydenham St, Kingston
    • MonkeyJunk 7:00 pm Fri. Nov. 29, Joshua Bates Centre, 1 Main St E, Athens
    • Fortunate Ones 7:00 pm Fri. Nov. 29, Spencerville United Church, 16 Centre St, Spencerville
    • Fortunate Ones 7:00 pm Sat. Nov. 30, Manotick United Church, Manotick
    • MonkeyJunk Sat. Nov. 30th, Bob Richardson Legion Branch 496, 4361 Amelia St, Sydenham
    • The East Pointers 7:00 pm Fri. Dec. 6, Carleton Place Arena, Neelin Street, Carleton Place
    • The Redhill Valleys (w/ Opener) Teilhard Frost 7:00 pm Fri. Dec. 6, Delta Old Town Hall, 8 Lower Beverley Lake Park Road, Delta
    • The East Pointers 7:00 pm Sat. Dec. 7, St. James Anglican Church, Morrisburg 20 High St, Morrisburg
    • The Redhill Valleys (w/ Opener) Teilhard Frost 7:00 pm Sat. Dec. 7 /Oakfield Rugby Park, 2585 Drummond Concession 2, Perth



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