Friday March 15, 2024


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It's Clean the City registration time again.

People register themselves or in groups to volunteer to clean our public spaces for the enjoyment of everyone. The City provides the bags and rubbish removal.

A new feature this year is the interactive map that shows all the registered cleaning team locations.

Registration opens today and the City should be spic-and-span before June 15.

– Martha and Darren


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      • $35,000
      • – The monthly amount received for the most expensive rental in Ottawa. The seven bedroom, six bathroom house is located in Rockcliffe Park but, alas, has been already been let. However, you can still buy it for $4,150,000. (Toula Mazloum at CTV) (Property Listing)

      Ottawans of the Day

      • Heer Mandaliya, Kelly Rendek, and Sarah Tompkins
      • – The three recent University of Ottawa Master of Fine Arts recipients will open their exhibition, Spanning the Divide, tomorrow at the Ottawa Art Gallery. (Ottawa Art Gallery)


      • The solutions that are always proposed are either to invest in the police, or to invest in the courts, or to invest in prisons, but never to invest in social issues

      • – Criminologist Jean-Claude Bernheim commenting on the poor condition of the jail in Hull and argues money is better spent keeping people out of the criminal justic system. The story notes that some inmates can remove their windows and receive deliveries by drone. (CBC


      • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 3 – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 last night


      What’s going on at City Hall

      Transit Commission
      Monday, March 18, 2024 at 9:30 AM

      • Presentation - OC Transpo update – Rail, bus, and Para Transpo
      • Zero Emission Bus Program update report

      📋 Agenda


      Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee
      Monday, March 18, 2024 at 4:00 PM

      • Adoption of the Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee Procedure By-law and mandatory policies for advisory committees
      • Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
      • 2024 meeting schedule – Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee
      • Poverty Reduction Strategy
      • Update on priorities for the Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee

      📋 Agenda


      🚨 Barrhaven Killings

      •  The public funeral for the Wickramasinghe family and family friend Gamini Amarakoon will be held this Sunday.  A multi-faith service will be held at the Infinity Convention Centre on Gibford Drive at 1:00 pm. (CBC)

      🗳️ Ottawa Centre

      •  Ottawa Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Joel Harden has filed papers with his party to run federally. The New Democratic Party will need to select a candidate before a Federal election is held, which could be any time before the mandated date of Oct 25, 2025. The federal Ottawa Centre seat is held by Liberal Yasir Naqvi, who unsuccessly tried to move to the Provincial Parliament when he ran for Ontario Liberal leader last year. (Charlie Senack in the Kitchissippi Times)

        ➕ Related Ottawa Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Joel Harden will be talking to neighbours about public transit funding at a Community Canvas at McNabb Park (180 Percy street) Saturday 11:30 am. At 2:30 pm, he’ll play host to a Transit Townhall (inside the centre, same park) for a conversation on how public transit can get back on track.

      🎓 University of Sudbury

      •  The University of Ottawa is making an agreement to offer courses at the University of Sudbury. The University of Sudbury was spun off as a campus of Laurentian University in 2021 after the latter went bankrupt. It also went secular after over 100 years of Catholic affiliation. It does remain primarily francophone. (Aya Dufour at CBC)

      🛻 Convoy News

      •  Convoy siege coörganizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber elect to provide no defence evidence in their trial. Their lawyers reason that evidence provided by the Crown was cross-examined and there is nothing to add. Closing arguments will be held in August. (David Fraser at CBC)



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      •  Atomic Rooster’s usual Friday night band the Barrow Gang is transformed into the O’Barrow Gang tonight, for a pre-Saint-Paddy’s Day Party.

      •  Echoes of the Motherland explores music from the African diaspora, as well as art curated by Charifa Labarang, culinary specialties, and even representation from local businesses. 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 95 Clegg St.

      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with Atikamekw Suns (Canada, in French and Cree with English subtitles) and the short film Katshinau (Canada, in French with English subtitles); Chuck Chuck Baby (UK) with short film Donna (Ottawa); and Solo (Canada) with short film Blond Night (Québec, in French).

      •  The Ottawa Improv Festival continues until tomorrow (Saturday March 14). Tickets for the festival, which takes place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, start at $30.

      •  Osgoode Township Museum’s March Break activities cost just $5 per child (and are free for accompanying adults). Today’s theme is Art Curation Day.

      •  Iron Cabaret’s burlesque show FrostBite features silks, aerial, trapeze and pole dancers. Three shows at Gladstone Theatre today and tomorrow..

      •  Bytowne CinemaAnatomy of a Fall, Ru, One Life, Love Lies Bleeding

      •  Mayfair TheatreSpider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Perfect Days, The Taste of Things, The Thing


      •  Brian Wallin Music, with Baby Richman. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Pound of Flesh, Echoes from Beyond, Congregation of Savagery. Dominion Tavern

      •  The Rump Revue Burlesque Show Ottawa. Café Dekcuf

      •  Sorry Snowman, Ruby Doom,Backseat Dragon, Static Safari. Rainbow Bistro

      •  Julie Stella. LIVE on Elgin

      •  Rachel Kilgour. Red Bird

      •  Zeus. 27 Club

      •  Peter Turner and Peter Brown. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

      •  Nathan Bishop MacDonald. RiverOak Cidery

      •  Metalian, Warsenal, Ad Nauseam. House of TARG

      •  Glimmering Dolls: Lana Del Rey Dance Party. Mavericks

      •  Blingo Night. Pour Boy


      •  Find local craftspeople at Marché de Pâques à Amazonas. 19 chemin Eardley, Aylmer.
      •  Be inspired by the vendors and experts that can help you plan your big day, at the Ottawa Wedding Show, today and tomorrow at the EY Centre.

      •  Uncover your creative self with the GoodBeing Co workshop Finding Flow: Rediscovering Our Identity as Creative Beings. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Bicycle Craft Brewery (850 Industrial Ave).

      •  Shop in the gorgeous Glebe Community Centre at Square Lemon’s Let’s Think Spring Craft Market (10:30 am to 3:30 pm).More than 40 vendors will be on hand with spring and Easter items.

      •  Ottawa Arts Council and Arts Network Ottawa announced their merger back in October, and the Community Co-Creation Weekend (March 16 and 17) will look to create the plans for the new organisation. Both artists and interested community supporters are invited to be involved.

      •  Free Karaoke with family and friends? It’s a real thing, and you’ll find it at Shenkman Arts Centre hosts Community Karaoke with China Doll.

      •  Art Engine hosts Enchères des arts/Art Auction with artworks from the BFA program at UOttawa. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at ArtEngine (2 Daly Ave).

      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues with “The Female Gaze:” a screening of Tiger Stripes ( Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar), a discussion with Toronto-based film critic Saffron Maeve on women behind the camera, on screen, and in the audience, and a Maker Market from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Ottawa Art Gallery Sky Lounge. Other screenings include the documentary Loch Ness: They Created a Monster (UK), The Tadpole Trilogy/La trilogies des têtards (a short film from Québec), Elaha (Germany), The Mess We’re In (British Columbia, short film), and Return to Reason: the Short Films of Man Ray (France).

      •  For those who want to start the Irish party a day early, Heart and Crown pubs will celebrate ‘St. Practice Day’ on Saturday. Catch live music at all locations, with the Barrhaven and ByWard Market locations also showing Six Nations Rugby on the big screens.

      •  ByTowne CinemaInternational Film Festival of Ottawa: Loch Ness: They Created a Monster, One life, Ru, Love Lies Bleeding

      •  Mayfair Theatre: Saturday Morning & Sunday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party, 2024 New York Dog Film Festival, Perfect days, The Taste of Things, Frogman

        🗺️ Road Trips

      •  It’s Seedy Saturday in Lanark County, where you can not only buy, sell or trade seeds, but you can also listen to experts speak about saving your seeds, inviting pollinators into your garden, home composting and more. Almonte Civilian Club, 556 Almonte St., Mississippi Mills.

      •  Ottawa Business Journal gives the low-down on the quaint village of Newboro, located 1.5 hours South of the city in the Rideau Lakes.


      •  On Track, Scott Kelly and the Dynamics. Pubwells

      •  Jimmy Cochrane. The Point (Constance Bay)

      •  Tony D. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

      •  Kasador, Escape Society, The New Hires. Rainbow Bistro

      •  The Angelina Hunter Trio. Atomic Rooster

      •  Northern Chaos Tour, Exorcist, Corpsepit, Ultimis, Grimhold. Brass Monkey

      •  Ash Ravens, Chris Zimmerman. Bar Robo

      •  The Pairs. National Arts Centre

      •  St. Pats-A-Palooza: Sloan, Ashley MacIssac, Maceoin Ramsey Pipe Band, Bytown Sea Shanty. Bronson Centre

      •  Valvehead, Feed After Midnite, Eve of Uprise. Dominion Tavern

      •  Positive Charge album release, Guest Room Status, Crisis Party, The Tenenbaums. Club SAW

      ☘️ Sunday

      It’s St Patrick’s Day and you have any number of establishments at which to spend your drinking money.

      •  You be the judge at Whiprsnapr’s Mac N Cheese Cook Off and fundraiser. A $10 donation gives you free samples and the right to vote for the best. Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

      •  Red Bird Live presents a Celebration with Kelly Sloan and JIG, who bring the Irish tunes and original songs to the stage.

      •  The Celtic stylings of Glengarry County’s Bag on the Ear will fill the stage at the Heart and Crown on Preston.

      •  While All Saints’ Manifesto isn’t doing a traditional St. Patrick’s Day party, you’ll enjoy an Irish themed menu (featuring Lamb Shank Irish Stew) to the soothing sounds of Canadian singer-songwriter duo Ronney Abramson and Jerry Golland.

      •  Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Pub (1211 Wellington St. W) has an evening of live music planned.

      •  D’Arcy McGee’s pubs will have live music starting at 1:00 pm, giveaways, pints of Guinness, and good pub food.

      •  Brigid’s Well Pub in the basement of Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts will have a low key St. Patrick’s Day vibe, with lots of beers and whiskies to choose from.

      •  Flora Hall’s keeping it low key with tap takeovers from out-of-towners Fine Balance Brewing, Daft Brewing (both from Kingston) and Wood Brothers Brewing (from Glen Robertson). So if you’re not one for over the top St. Patrick’s Day partying, check it out.

      •  Deacon Brodies may be a Scottish pub, but they’re promising a good time for St. Patrick’s Day nonetheless. Head there between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

      •  Hintonburg Public House will have brunch, board games, and dinner, with stouts on tap and Jameson shots for $4.

      •  Moose McGuire’s in Orléans is pulling out all the stops with bands, dancers, and traditional Irish food.

      •  Admission is free at the dog and family friendly Bicycle Craft Brewery. Local snacks induce soft pretzels with beer mustard. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

        If you believe it's not a proper St Patrick’s celebration without green beer, head to one of the drinking holes who are promising pints of the emerald hued brew:

      •  In Constance Bay, The Point’s St Patrick’s Day promises Irish Stew, green beer, and live music.

      • Head to your nearest Royal Oak pub, where green beer, Guinness draughts and Irish food are all on the menu.

        (There may be more pubs offering green beer; check with your bartender.)

      •  If you prefer to stay home you can colour your own beer with Spirdust Cocktail Sparkles in Green Pearl, $9.99 at Pot and Pantry.


      •  For something completely different, Arts Court hosts Jam Nation: Luck of the Improv, in a special St. Patrick’s Day improv show down.


      •  The International Film Festival of Ottawa continues Seven Winters in Tehran (Germany, France, in Farsi with English subtitles) and the short film All the Days of May (Québec, in French with English subtitles); Sisterhood (France, in French, Arabic with English subtitles) with the short film The Flower Darkes (Québec, in French), and Inshallah a Boy (Jordan, France, in Arabic with English subtitles).

      •  ByTowne Cinema: Sunday Afternoon Classics: The Bad and the Beautiful, One Life, International Film Festival of Ottawa: Sisterhood, Love Lies Bleeding.

      •  Mayfair Theatre: Saturday morning and Sunday morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party, 2024 New York Dog Film Festival, The Taste of Things, Perfect Days.


      •  Ronney Abramson & Jerry Golland. All Saints Manifesto

      •  Derek Jones and George Turcotte. O’Grady’s Outpost

      •  Cook ’n’ Hogg, Shawn and Dave, DJ Jon Deck. The Laff


      • The Whole Megayllah: a Purim Variety Show invites you to celebrate the occasion with local queer Jewish performers. ‘The Whole MeGAYllah: A Purim Variety Show aims bring together the Jewish (and non-Jewish!) community in so-called Ottawa, to celebrate the holiday of Purim in a unique space that prioritizes anti-zionist perspectives, and is working towards the liberation of all, including those targeted by anti-semitism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, islamophobia, etc. while also supporting talented 2SLGBTQIA+ Jewish people in our community.’ Arts Court.

      • ByTowne CinemaRu, One Life, Love Lies Bleeding

      •  Mayfair TheatreThe Taste of Things, Perfect Days, Frogman


      •  Bluegrass Mondays: The Monroe Sisters. Red Bird

      •  Open Mic Night. Art House Café

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      You only have a couple more days to snap up the deals in the Bather sales section. The End of Season Sale finishes this Sunday March 17.


      Sarah MacFarlane in Ottawa Business Journal has a nice feature on how the Mayfair Theatre has survived since 1932 and continues to provide an alternative cinema schedule today. She also goes into the rules that the the film distribution companies have to make life difficult for small cinemas.



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