Do you like Jazz Music? No? Then the 2023 Ottawa JazzFest line up is for you.

Headlining are: Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Feist, Jonah Yano, Lord Huron, Laufey, and Colin Stetson.

Okay, unlike the CityFolk line-up which has very few actual folk acts, the JazzFest is, we reckon, 40 to 50 per cent jazz.

You can see the full line-up here.

Tickets for the June 23 - 30 fest is on sale now.

– Martha and Darren

Craft Beer Update

The warm weather has disappeared again but our region’s craft breweries are preparing for its return with summer-worthy new releases.


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  • ☀️ Mainly Sunny. High of 10°, low of -2° 


  • 8
  • – The number of productions filmed in the Ottawa region so far this year. Three coming up this summer are: A Christmas Homecoming, Gnome for Christmas, and I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead presumably filmed in the Diefenbunker. (Faces magazine)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Jantine Van Kregten
  • – After 20 years at Ottawa Tourism, Van Kregten is retiring as director of communications. Ottawa, she says, ‘doesn’t slap you in the face like Vegas would but, if you scratch the surface, you can find the burlesque shows, the spoken-word poetry, fantastic murals around town. The cool stuff is percolating underneath.’ (Caroline Phillips in Ottawa Business Journal)


  • While we must respect the non-disclosure rules inherent to the bidding process, we can confirm that we are in discussions with one of the bidders about making a meaningful investment in the Ottawa Senators
  • – A statement from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. It’s almost certainly the Neko Sparks group featuring Snoop Dogg as part of their attempt to buy the Sens. (Jackie Perez at CTV)

🐻 Centrepointe Bear

  •  A bear wandering around the Centrepointe area was tranquilized and relocated. National Capital Commission wildlife staff was called by Ottawa ByLaw after the animal was seen at 5:40am this morning. Wildlife staff were able to safely turn over the bear to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which posted a picture of the frolicking ursine earlier today. Ottawa Police, Ottawa ByLaw, and National Capital Commission staff were all upset over their previous lack of coöperation when a bear in Kanata was shot by police. (CTV)

♿ Wheelchair Basketball

  • Carlton University is playing host to Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s first Ottawa Invitational Tournament. The tournament, which starts today and ends Sunday, features the top wheelchair basketball athletes from Canada, the Netherlands and the United States. Tickets are free. (Shaun Vardon at CTV)

🚌 OC Transpo

  •  Seven people were injured after a bus crashed into a ditch on Highway 174 today. The bendy bus had 30 people on board when it veered off near Montreal Road and Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard. The injuries are believed to be minor. (CBC)

🪧 Revenue Canada Employees

  •  Over 1,700 workers on contract with Revenue Canada are seeing their employment end early. Most of the employees work in call centres. Employees who are let go before the new contract is signed will not receive the bonus $2,500 lump sum. (Catherine Morrison in the Ottawa Citizen)

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  •  This weekend Wesley Clover Parks will be home to the Sweetly Affordable Art Fair.
  •  The 15th Annual Red and White Foodie Fundraiser: She Flourishes is raising funds for Harmony House Women’s Shelter. The glamorous event combines cocktails and nibbles from high profile Ottawa chefs like Joe Thottungal and David Godsoe. At the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, 50 Sussex Dr.
  •  Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC, brings his hit play Little Red Warrior and his Lawyer to the Babs Asper Theatre, today through May 27. The play combines classic farce and satire with Trickster stories traditions to explore colonialism and land usage. 
  •  There’s a tap takeover at Union Local 613, where Dominion City and Sonnen Hill (of Caledon, ON)’s collaboration Something Easy will be pouring. From 5:00pm. 315 Somerset St. W.
  •  Paper Picture Productions presents Spring into Jazz, an evening of classics from the jazz songbook featuring Betty Anne Bryanton and The Nodding Acquaintances. The event will raise funds for Operation Come Home’s Homeless Youth Dinner Programme. LIVE on Elgin, 222 Elgin St. 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  •  Hintonburg Night Market launches today from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Urban Art Collective, 088 Somerset St. W. There will be Entertainment. There will be Shopping. There will be Eats.



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Get a free koozie with every 12 cans ordered from Broadhead. No code required; just put 12 beers in your cart. Offer ends this Friday May 19 or when supplies run out.

Pippa and Beach is pivoting, and planning a big rebrand. That’s why everything on the website is discounted until noon tomorrow (May 18). Scrunchies, beanies, vests, joggers, cardigans, rompers, boxy tops … they’re all available at unbeatable prices.


On May 31 the City of Ottawa will be hosting its 20th Annual AccessAbility Day, and residents are invited to take part in the virtual celebration. Advance registration is required. The theme is Developments in Accessibility Legislation and Policies at the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Levels, and speakers will include Mayor Sutcliffe, Stephanie Cadieux, Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer and policy leaders from all three levels of government.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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