The Ottawa Jazz Festival Line-up has been released.

Headliners this year include Melody Gardot, Lord Huron, Buddy Guy, and Herbie Hancock.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival runs from June 23 to 30 – but unlike previous years, there will be no free day.

– Martha and Darrren


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  • ☁️ Mostly cloudy. High of -1°, low of -5°. 


  • 11
  • – Where Ottawa lies on a list of ‘the best cities for students in Canada’. up two places from 2021. Number one is Kingston, number ten is Toronto. (Josh Pringle at CTV) (The List)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Michael Wollock
  • The newspaper publisher has retired after 50 years. In the early 2000s, Wollock sold his chain of eight Ottawa newspapers to Toronto Star parent company Torstar. In 2017, Torstar swapped them for Postmedia papers in different cities. When Torstar and Postmedia turned around and shut down 24 papers, Wollock was so incensed that he returned to the capital city to set up four new Ottawa Voice newpapers. (Ottawa Voice PDF)


  • We built these roads many years ago without considering the climate change scenario
  • – Carleton professor of civil engineering Kamal Hossain, who says that while the City is aware that climate change is making potholes worse, it is not changing the formula for the repairs. For example, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunuvut mix in concrete in their roads to enhance durability.  (Nicole William at CBC)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 5 – Seattle Kraken 4 last night
  • 🏒 QMJHL Les Olympiques de Gatineau 8 – Les Saguenéens de Chicoutimi 2 last night

🚋 OC Transpo

  • Renée Amilcar, the general manager of OC Transpo, is rumoured to be the leading applicant to run Boston’s transit system. Amilcar has been on the job for only 18 months. Previously, she ran Montréal’s buses. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)

🏒 The Sens

  • Nine groups have made offers to buy the Ottawa Senators, with some offering more than US$900 million for the team. Now that last week’s deadline for offers has passed, a shortlist will drawn up. The National Hockey League hopes that the sale can be made before the end of the regular season, in June. (Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams at Sportico)

🦋 Butterfly Effect

📱 TikTokked

  • The City of Ottawa has banned the TikTok app on municipally-provided cellphones, following similiar bans by the Province and the Federal government. The Ottawa Police Service has already removed the app from the Service’s phones. The City of Gatineau has asked employees to remove it from their phones. The various governments fear that the app can collect personal data from phones and store it at TikTok’s headquarters in Beijing, where there is no serious protection from the Chinese government gaining access to it. (CBC)

🦅 Biden drop by

  • US President Joe Biden has set the date for his Ottawa visit: March 23 and 24. Biden will also given an address to Parliament. (Politico’s Ottawa Playbook)

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  • The Westboro Legion welcomes Vintage PopUp 613’s Spring Into Vintage event from 11:00am to 6:0pm. There will be vintage. There will be art. There will be makers of many cool things. Entry by donation. Proceeds will go to Cornerstone Housing for Women.
  • There’s a lot going on at Mādahòkì Farm this month, starting with today’s Indigenous cooking class featuring Bison Chili and Bannock. Participants will learn from Inuk Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe, and will take home enough Bison Chili and Bannock to share with the family. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, $75 per person. 4420 West Hunt Club.
  • Thompsontown Maple Products postponed their Ceremonial First Tapping last Saturday, due to the massive dump of snow we received in the region. The new event is now today from 10 am to 1 pm. Along with the official tapping, there will be speeches, an interactive maple display, and a tour of the sugar camp. Plus fresh baked goods, Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee, and maple taffy. 780 Black Rock Lane, Clayton, ON
  • The Soca Kitchen brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays, and alongside classic brunch offerings you’ll enjoy Mimosas at just $5 each.
  • PiQue Spring 23 arrives at Arts Court, filling the building with music and art. This is an all ages, licensed affair. Entry is Pay-What-You-Can but donations of $20-40 are suggested.


Just Announced

  • Broadhead has launched an Irish Red Ale just in time for St Patrick’s Day. You can try this medium bodied, auburn red beer at the taproom's St Patrick’s Day Party, where Curbside Decisions will play starting at 6:00pm. No cover. Friday March 17 at 1680 Vimont Ct Unit 106, Orléans
  • Reserve your spot at Deacon Brodies’ monthly scotch tasting on Sunday March 26.

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Use the code c0d31426e108 to receive 10% off your entire order of soaps, salves, and room sprays at Sister Sage, until March 12.

Flat rate shipping on Peace by Chocolate is now a thing. The Antigonish, Nova Scotia chocolatiers are now making it possible to enjoy their fine treats for a flat rate of $10 anywhere in Canada. Yes, you read that correctly. Check out their adorable Easter confections.

The folks at Almonte’s Cheerfully Made will be permanently closing their one year old 2nd store Paper Folk, and they’ve got a closing sale going on. Get cute stationery things like gift bags festooned with eyeballs, a bright red retro dial phone (only one left), paint by numbers kits, and lots of other cool stuff.

Tarot Card Reader Jill McArthur is holding a Spring Equinox Sale on In person, virtual, and group readings.

Ottawa Public Health reports COVID-19 stats on Tuesdays and Fridays. This information is from today. 


The cutups at Ottawa Bulldog have made a ‘Top 10 Municipal Secrets The Chinese Hope To Steal With TikTok’. No. 9, ‘City plans to invade Gatineau’. 

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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