Thursday April 18, 2024


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You know that broken small appliance in your basement?

Don’t throw it away – try to get it fixed at the Ottawa Tool Library’s Repair Café this Saturday at Ottawa City Hall.

This Saturday is just the first of seven Repair Cafés to be held this year. The others are:

🪛 Saturday, May 11 – Jim Durrell Recreation Centre – Ellwood Hall 1265 Walkley Road 10 am to 2 pm

🪛 Saturday, June 22 – Ray Friel Recreation Complex - Fallingbrook room 1585 Tenth Line Road 10 am to 2 pm

🪛 Saturday August 10 – Zibi on Booth St (Just north of the Canadian War Museum) 10 am to 2 pm

🪛 Saturday, October 5 – Walter Baker Sports Centre - Halls A&B 100 Malvern Drive 10 am to 2 pm

🪛 Saturday August 10 – Zibi on Booth St (Just north of the Canadian War Museum) 10 am to 2 pm

🪛 Saturday, November 30 – Tony Graham Recreation Complex, Kanata - Hall A 100 Charlie Rogers Place 10 am to 2 pm

– Martha and Darren



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    • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of the Best Locations to See Flowers Bloom. The authors are, of course, referring to the Canadian Tulip Festival. Number one is also a tulip festival, that one is in Amsterdam. Ottawa is the only Canadian city on the list. (Planet Cruise)

    Gatinoises of the Day

    • Trisha Pitura and Mélanie Bernard
    • – The duo are the founders of MINI TIPI, a clothing company using authentic Indigenous designs based in Gatineau. The company successfully secured investment from not one but two of the changemakers on Radio Canada’s version of Dragon’s Den, Dans l’oeil du Dragon (although we don’t know the details of the deal yet). (MINI TIPI)


    • The three grandchildren just love farming. They go out every day to watch the cattle with my son in our little runaround. They love the life, and we hope they'll be able to continue, but it’s a fond wish.

    • – Wakefield cattle farmer Gib Drury who was one of 60 or so farmers who drove their tractors into Gatineau yesterday in a campaign for the province to help support struggling family farms. (CBC)


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    No more meetings this week


    💰 Federal Public Employees

    •  Treasury Board President Anita Anand says every department will be involved in cutting 5,000 employees, not just the small ones. Yesterday’s Federal budget said that 5,000 Federal jobs would be cut through attrition. (Canadian Press)

    🏈 Lansdowne 2.0

    🚨 Ottawa Police Service

    •  The Ottawa Police Service is planning to ‘blitz’ ByWard Market this summer over crime. When their new office opens in May, the Service plans to target ‘hot spots’ and ‘high harm offenders’ with ‘highly visible patrols’. (Marlo Glass in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🚧 Parkdale Avenue

    •  The on and off ramps of the 417 at Parkdale Avenue will soon be closed for a few months. The eastbound on-ramp to the 417 at Parkdale will be closed April 28 until August 25, the eastbound off-ramp will be closed from April 29 until May 14. Kitchissippi ward councillor Jeff Leiper posted details on his website, noting that the City has not yet made this public. The Ministry of Transporation is closing the ramps for roadworks. (Jeff Leiper)

      ➕ Related Motorists are warned that slow moving military convoys will be travelling between Ottawa and North Bay on a training exercise tomorrow to Sunday on highways 11, 17, and 417. 

    🛒 Donovan Burey’s Grocery Flyer Review

    •  Every week, Donovan Burey goes through all the local grocery flyers and highlights the deals on Ottawa Reddit. Some deals this week are Rainbow trout $7.99 per lb at Adonis, Ground beef (medium) - $3.77 per lb at Provigo, and Vine tomatoes - $0.88 per lb  at No Frills. (/Ottawa)


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    •  New Opera Lyra Composer-in-Residence Andrew Ager’s new interpretation of The Great Gatsby premieres on Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20 at Southminster United Church.

    •  Settle in for an evening of intrigue as Ottawa Story Tellers bring their season to a close with Stories by Golden Age Crime Queen Margery Allingham. Featuring storytellers Gail Anglin, Alaukwu Anozie, and Paul Williamson. Blackbox Studio, Arts Court. $23.

    •  Imagine listening to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody performed by a string quartet, with only candlelight to illuminate the church in which you’re sitting. A Tribute to Queen is the latest offering by Fever and it’s happening at Knox Presbyterian Church tonight.

    •  Driving in Palestine: Rehab Nazzal is a solo exhibition of Nazzal’s 10 year project to document her homeland with still images and video, often while in mortal danger. The artist will be in attendance at tonight’s opening reception. SAW Centre, 67 Nicholas St. from 7:00 pm to midnight. Free.

    •  Art House Café is taken over by Beats & Boards tonight, with games set up at every table.

    •  ByTowne CinemaLa chimera, Wicked Little Letters, Limbo

    •  Mayfair TheatreThe Taste of Things


    •  The Power Naps, Better Living Through Chemistry. Overflow Brewing Co.

    •  Bingo Thursday. Broadhead Brewery

    •  Old Man Luedecke (Matinee..evening show sold out). Red Bird

    •  X Ambassadors - Townie: North American Tour. Bronson Centre Theatre

    •  Album release with arc, Auchtorok, Paraphonique. Avant-Garde Bar

    •  Irish comedian Katie Boyle. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Irene’s Thursday Blues Sessions with host Clint Everson. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Fear, Out by Lucy, Fresh Wax. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Dial Up X Pitch with Time Ghost. Dominion Tavern


    •  SPAO Exhibition 19 showcases the work by College Diploma students, who have been taught digital, analogue, and historic photographic techniques over the course of the two year program. Tonight through May 12.
    •  New Opera Lyra Composer-in-Residence Andrew Ager’s new interpretation of The Great Gatsby continues at Southminster United Church.
    •  Internationally renowned Canadian comic Pete Johansson plays Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa West tonight and tomorrow night.
    •  Frankly we’re amazed that there are any tickets remaining for Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift at Knox Presbyterian Church. They won’t last long.
    •  There’s more Taylor Swift over at the Bronson Centre: TSwift Dance Party: The Tortured Poets Department is a Swiftie-run event with hits from all the icon’s eras.
    •  Kai Thomas will be signing copies of his bestselling novel In the Upper Country at Octopus Books from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tonight. 116 Third Ave.
    •  Shop for Monther’s Day, for your home, or for yourself: the Manotick Art Association's Inspirations Show & Sale takes over Manotick Curling Club tonight through Sunday. Free admission. 5519 South River Drive.
    •  The Fify-Five Plus Lifestyle Show features exhibitors and experts to help visitors with home upkeep, health, funeral and memorial planning, and where to spend their leisure dollars. Free admission, no ticket required. EY Centre today and Saturday.
    •  ByTowne CinemaProblemista, Wicked Little Letters, Irena’s Vow, Drunken Cinema: Scooby-Doo
    •  Mayfair TheatreOne Life, Remembering Gene Wilder, The Rocky Horror Picture Show


    •  Electric Rage III. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Chris Cresswell. Arts Court

    •  Rick Rangno Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

    •  Cloud of Rock. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

    •  Red Light Run, Jordy Jeppsen. Avant-Garde bar

    •  Artillery, Vapor, Potential Threat, Infrared. Dominion Tavern

    •  Carn Davidson 9. National Arts Centre

    •  Shane Prendergast. Red Bird

    •  Danilo Audi. Bar Robo


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Kiran Ahluwalia, two-time Juno winner, is back in Ottawa performing songs from her new and powerful album about rising ethnic marginalization and political polarization. Thursday April 25 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

    • Euchre players: the Highland Champion Euchre Tournament fundraiser is four hours of play, prizes, and even a trophy on Sunday April 28. It’s going down at the Royal Oak pub, 188 Bank St. Proceeds will benefit Scottish Society of Ottawa and LoveGives.

    • Ottawa Chamberfest 30th anniversary season lineup is packed with returning favourites (Angela Hewitt among them) and new artists to discover. Ottawa’s own popular cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne will perform in a Chamberfringe event. Early Bird passes are on sale until May 12.


    Just in time for Earth Day, save 15% site wide at Elva’s All Naturals. Use the code EARTH at checkout to save until April 30.

    Save on Brew Donkey tours: Buy 4 Get 1 Free offer on tickets for any of the listed brewery tours when using the code B4G1F-2024 to save. 



    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights has reached the final curtain of its afternoon series. The Saturday afternoon series ends April 20 at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library with a 3D double feature.

    1:00 pm The Mask (1961) Obviously not the Jim Carrey version.

    3:00 pm Robot Monster (1953) Obviously not the Jim Watson version.

    Weirdly, you will need to bring your own 3D glasses (although they say that they have a few on hand). 

    Free – but you need to reserve.




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