Issue 665 Volume 3 Number 165

The Ottawan



It's Thursday, December 8, 2022 and if you are an artist who would thrive in a windowless metal tube, 58 feet underground and surrounded by unease and paranoia, then we encourage you to apply to be the 2023 Diefenbunker Artist-In-Residence.

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▪️It’s Men’s Night at Blondie Apparel. Shop from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and enjoy personalized shopping, gift wrapping and craft beer. 2394 Dwyer Hill Road Ashton 

▪️Today through Sunday, the PIBòN Festival returns to Mādahòkì Farm. The winter festival provides shopping, creative workshops, Indigenous comfort foods, and live entertainment. There’s a night market tonight and Friday, and workshops all weekend (pre-registration and payment required), cultural experiences, and animals for the kids to meet. 

Friday December 9

▪️Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale in the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park. Free admission. 1525 Princess Patricia Way

▪️The S.M. art Gallery in Carleton Place welcomes the Creative Focus Christmas Art and Craft Show today through Sunday. 50 Bennett Street, Unit 1, Carleton Place. 

▪️Find local 2SLGBRQIA+ small businesses at the Homo for the Holidays shopping event, brought to you by Little Jo Berrys and Venus Envy Ottawa. There will be vegan snacks! 1305 Wellington W. 

▪️This is the second weekend of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s Vintage Village of Lights. Today through Sunday, from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, get your fill of an old time-y village Christmas with wagon rides and a visit with Santa. Admission is $25 for up to 6 people in a group, and advance registration is required, at the City of Ottawa’s website. 

▪️It’s opening day of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel The Exhibition at the EY Centre. Get an amazing perspective of the famous ceiling without having to purchase the plane ticket to Italy. Until January 22, 2023. 

▪️Find out how Shakespeare would have felt about contemporary Broadway diva behaviour. The Debate Match Showdown fundraiser at GCTC starts at 8:00pm and costs $25 per person. 1233 Wellington Street West.

Saturday December 10

▪️Debaser, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, and Galerie SAW Gallery present Pique winter edition, a day of live music, visual art installations, DJ sets, a vendor market, and workshops at the Topique symposium of music and art (registration required). Spend the day exploring three floors at Arts Court. Entry is PWYC with a suggested donation of $20-40.

▪️The Huntley Community Association’s Santa Claus Parade arrives in Carp this Saturday evening, winding its way through the town’s streets from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Along the route, firefighters will be collecting non perishable food donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. 

▪️Visit 60 local vendors at Merivale Mall’s Deck the Halls Christmas Craftshow, from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday. Santa will be onsite from noon to 2:00pm. 

▪️The rescheduled Mayor’s Christmas Celebration is a mostly outdoor event where the kids can have fun at the craft workshop and everyone can roast marshmallows by an open fire. Admission is by donation of a non-perishable food item for the Ottawa Food Bank. 2:00pm to 6:00pm at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. 

▪️Enjoy $8 pints of Beyond the Pale beer and take a break from all the Christmas stuff at Hintonburg Public House’s Karaoke Saturday. 1020 Wellington Street West. 

▪️The Dominion City Xmas Night Market rocks up to the brewery starting at 2:00pm Saturday. Expect great beer and food, gifts and seasonal fun. 5510 Canotek Rd, Unit 15.

▪️Urban Art is holding a soft opening of its new space from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at 1088 Somerset St. W. The Urban Art Gallery and Gift Shop will both be open until December 23 during their posted hours. Once the space is permanently open in the New Year it will also be a destination for workshops and classes. 

▪️Shop with 50 vendors at the Russel Flea at Russel High School, from 9:00am to 3:00pm 982 Russell Road, Russell ON.

▪️Vintage PopUp 613 brings its traveling vintage market to Place D’Orléans mall. A Very Vintage Holiday Market features 30 local vendors of accessories, fashion, and home decor, all with a retro flavour. 

▪️It’s that time of year again. Zola’s Restaurant presents the annual Gift Certificate Blitz this Saturday. Buy a $50 gift card and get a bonus $25 card for yourself. Available online or at 2194 Robertson Rd in Nepean. 

▪️Today and Sunday visit the 13th annual Cheerfully Made Holiday Market at the Amonte Old Town Hall. Admission is $5 at the door. 

▪️It’ll be a cozy affair at Nepean Museum’s Very Vintage Christmas, where guests can wear their pjs as they enjoy 1970s toys, explore the exhibitions, and craft Christmas cards. $19.25 for a family of two adults and accompanying children, $7.25 single admission. 16 Rowley Ave. 

Sunday December 11

▪️It’s the Broadhead Brewery Hoppy Holidays Makers Market, with more than 25 vendors and a tree lighting ceremony. 

▪️Bring the kids to the Ottawa Humane Society Critter Christmas, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. It’s free, but donations are welcomed, especially if they’re items on the OHS’s Wishlist

▪️Bring your talent and your fans to the final Open Mic Night of the season at Atari Garden (297 Dalhousie St.). Performers get in free.

Next week

The Canadian Centennial Choir’s Christmas concert Good Tidings celebrates the season with classical and contemporary songs. Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. at 7:30pm. Tickets $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. 

Deals of the day

1️⃣ Get free shipping with your purchase at Aaniin (‘hello’ in anishnaabemowin)

2️⃣ Everything is 10% off at Rosa Rugosa, when you use the code XMAS10 at checkout. 

3️⃣ Buck Naked Soap Bars and Bath Bombs are Give One, Get One at 50% off at Terra 20. 

4️⃣ When you buy a Christmas Tree at Saunders Farm, you’ll get two free tickets to the Holiday Light Festival. Valid on trees 6 feet or taller. 

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ⛅ Cloudy. High of 0°, low of -3°. 

Number:  2. Where Ottawa lies on Uber Eats” list of the politest Canadian cities. For tipping, Gatineau is #3, Ottawa is #8. For ordering healthy food, Ottawa is #8, Gatinineau is #10. Gatineau did not make the top 10 list for politeness. Kingston was number 1. [CityNews]

Ottawans of the Day: Jovita Akahome, Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley, Svetlana Swinimer, Andrew Morrow, and Christine Toulouse. The five were selected for the TRIAS Art Prize. Their works will be displayed at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic or General campuses.   [Ottawa Business Journal

Quote: ‘I can't say it heals them, but hopefully it helps them just a tiny bit to make them feel better’ – Bill Ellam, director of security and guest services for the Ottawa Senators, on the 67 patients and escorts who had box seats for last Tuesday's Senators game. All the patients were from Nunuvut, who are staying at the Large Baffin centre[CBC]

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▪️The Treasury Board is nearing ordering all Federal civil servants back to the office. The Board is rumoured to soon announce a requirement that civil servants come in to the office two or three days per week. The announcement would also – if any of this is true – standardize how working from home would work. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️City Council turns down councillor’s appeal to reopen tobogganing at Mooney’s Bay. River ward councillor Riley Brockington wanted the City to investigate ways to again allow sledding when the snow comes. Council voted down the idea. The City has banned sledding at the Mooney’s Bay hill after a 14 year-old girl was killed last year when she hit a pole. [CityNews]

▪️City council also officially booted the public from serving as transit commissioners. Previously, the transit commission, which oversees OC Transpo, had eight councillors as members and four people drawn from the public. Some councillors argued that as elected representatives, they are the ones to be held accountable.  [CBC]

+ Related At the same meeting, council voted to hire an independent party to review and recommend what councillors' pay and office budgets should be.

▪️The strong Mayor powers for Ottawa and Toronto have been passed by the legislature. The new law allows the two mayors to pass housing-related bylaws with only one-third of council’s support, to hire and fire all City departments unilaterally, and to prepare the City’s budget. If the result goes the way the Ontario government likes, it will be rolled out to all mayors in the Province. [CBC]

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