Did you know that your transit fare is included in your Bluesfest ticket? We didn’t. It’s good three hours before the show and two hours after.

We do know that car drivers are going to see a snarl around LeBreton Flats this weekend and next, while the festival is on.

Several streets will be closed nightly throughout the festival, between 5 p.m. and midnight:

  • Booth Street between Wellington Street/Kichi Zībī Mīkan and Albert Street.
  • Kichi Zībī Mīkan eastbound between Parkdale Avenue and Booth Street.
  • Kichi Zībī Mīkan westbound between Portage Bridge and Slidell Street.

We’ll keep repeating this while it is too hot: Ottawa Public Health has a list of places to cool off, including pools, parks, recreation centres, and splash pads

The City also has a list of outdoor water fountains to fill your bottle for free.

– Martha & Darren



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    • ⛈️ 40% chance of showers. High of 32°, low of 19°. The heat warning has been extended until Friday.


    • 12
    • – The number of years that have passed since Death Cab for Cutie’s set at Bluefest was cancelled after a stage collapsed. Three people were injured. (Lynn Saxberg at the Ottawa Citizen)

    Ottawan of the Day


    • Free Candy
    • – The words written on a truck driven around Gatineau in May. Gatineau police have charged Anthony Gagné with public mischief for this and other pranks which were intended to increase his TikTok following with his motto ‘trying to get police at my door’. (Katie Griffin at CTV)


    • 🏀 CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 89 – Saskatchewan Rattlers 88 last night
    •  FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 17 – New York Boulders 9 last night

    🏥 Ottawa Public Health

    • The City’s health department wants to help people party safer – with overdose advice. The agency has created a free online 30 minute course to prepare people to identify and respond to common overdose reactions. (CBC) (Take the course)

    🏗️ Housing

    • The finance and corporate services and housing and planning committees have approved a plan to accelerate new housing. The committees want to get funding from the federal Housing Accelerator Fund, which would add an additional 7,000 homes to the 19,500 new housing units expected to be built in the next three years. The plan – which needs changes to several bylaws to enact – is:

      • Build close to transit

      • Add duplexes and triplexes to existing single family lots

      • Pay developers to develop affordable housing

      • Convert office space to residential

      • Sell surplus City land at a discount to developers

      • Approve the backlog of existing housing plans

      (Elyse Skura at CBC)

    🌬️ Renewable Energy

    • The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee wants add a step to  building wind turbines and solar fields. As it stands, large scale wind, solar power fields, and battery-storage facilities are permitted anywhere in the City. The new rules would say they are not permitted unless a rezoning process is completed. The underlying issue of this is coming from people who think that wind turbines cause health problems. (City of Ottawa) (The Report)



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    • A Company of Fools brings William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to parks and venues around Ottawa this summer. Find the company tonight at JT Bradley’s Store in Navan. Showtime 7:00pm. 

    •  Dominion City presents its latest Beer School event: a Guided Tasting: Fruit Beer! Tickets $45. Your ticket includes a brewery tour, a flight of four 5oz draft beers (all of which have been brewed with different fruit), a snack, and background material. 

    •  If, like us, you didn’t know that Gatineau-based author and playwright Tomson Highway is also a pianist and composer, you have a chance to see him in action with Music and Beyond on July 6. Concerto in Cree Major: An Evening with Tomson Highway will combine classical and jazz music with readings from Highway’s canon.

    •  How often do you get to hear George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue live? The NAC Orchestra is offering the opportunity at 8:00pm in the Southam Hall (1 Elgin St).

    •  Meanwhile, punk and metal fans will know that this year’s Sitting on the Outside Festival starts July 6 with shows at House of TARG. Note: a couple of the bands schduled to appear are having border and passport challenges, so there are a few changes to the lineup. The best place to keep track of such changes is the Facebook page. Tickets $25 + HST and fee.

    •  Adore Delano lights up the Bronson Centre Music Theatre. 19+. Tickets for the one-time American Idol and RuPaul's Drag Race contestant are $35-55. 211 Bronson Ave.

    •  The Gatineau Comedy Festival brings French standup to Place de la Cité today through Saturday. There’s a three night pass for $95, and individual tickets cost $55.


    • Northern Lights, the free sound and light show at Parliament Hill, returns for a final run July 7 - September 4. The show starts at 10:00pm in July, 9:30pm in August. No shows Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    •  A Company of Fools brings William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to parks and venues around Ottawa this summer. Find the company tonight at Hiawatha Park in Orléans. Showtime 7:00pm. 
    •  OrKidstra is hopping on the bus for a series of performances around town on Friday July 7. OrKidstra’s free Wheels on the Bus tour will see 30 of the young musicians play at three stops: (New location) Sandalwood Park, 2850 Sandalwood Drive at 11:30am; Minto Park (102 Lewis St) at 1:00pm; Rideau Community Hub, 815 St. Laurent Blvd, at 2:30pm. 
    •  The July 7 S.O.T.O. Festival lineup includes two all ages shows, the first at the Montgomery Legion from 3:30pm ($20 + in advance) and House of TARG from 9:00pm ($25 + in advance). Check the Facebook page for the latest lineup info. 
    •  Celtfest returns to Almonte, July 7 - July 9. Friday night’s opening ticketed concert features the Barra O’Neils and guest Lynn Miles, all of whom will play favourites from the Celtic music catalog as well as original tunes. Gemmil Park, Almonte. 
    •  Capital Pop-Up Cinema is screening the Princess Bride for free at Beechwood Cemetary, at roughly sundown. 80 Beechwood Ave.
      Read the FAQs to get the most out of the experience. 
    • The Gatineau Comedy Festival continues.


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    •  Stray Dog Brewing in Orléans is getting into the Euchre spirit. Book your spot into their Euchre Tourney next Tuesday July 11. Email to score a spot. While you’re there, enjoy their new Sweet Days Blueberry Wheat beer.
    •  Ottawa artist and writer Andrew King’s new work County Classics will be shown at Mad Dog Gallery in Prince Edward County July 29 to August 12. Since we despair of ever getting the chance to buy one of his cool yet whimsical paintings, we’ll be heading to the gallery to see them in person. 


    Birch Jewellery is holding a BOGO 50% Off sale on their Lakeside Earrings range. Until Sunday, buy one pair and get a second at 50% off.


    Beau’s is offering a number of deals as we approach another hot weekend. When you buy 24 473ml cans of Lug Tread or Raspberry-Lime Refresher, you’ll save $4.


    It’s the Up! Pants Summer Sale, but you’ll find womenswear pants and tops for cooler months as well.


    Save 21% at Cheekbone Beauty, until July 21. Use the code SUMMERSALE to save.

    We mention this up above in the listings, but man, doesn’t 83 ’til Infinity: 40 years of hip-hop in the Ottawa-Gatineau region sound like a great show? Co-presented by SHIFTER and the Ottawa Art Gallerythe event collects four decades worth of art and borrowed materials, including photographs, posters, clothing, vinyl records, turntables and more exploring the stories, legacy, and experiences of hip-hop in the Ottawa–Gatineau region. It runs until February 8.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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