Friday April 4, 2024


🌧️ Rain and Snow
High 6° Low 0°
🌞 6:34 am🌛7:35 pm


☁️ Broken Clouds
High 7° Low 2°
🌞 6:32 am🌛7:36 pm



We have made it back from Montréal safe and sound today.

To be honest, ‘Oh no, we’re snowed in; we must stay in Montréal overnight’ is not the kind of disaster that we are entirely upset about.

Pourtant, c'est formidable d'être de retour à Ottawa.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Ottawa Stats
  •  City Hall Agenda
  •  What Ottawa is Talking About
  •  Events
  •  Deals of the Day


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  • 80
  • – The number of families, per day, that are using Ottawa’s only halal food bank, Sadaqa. After nearly 20 years of service, this year has set a record in use. (Natalie van Rooy at CTV) (Donate)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Alan Wong
  • – After training as a paramedic then working with buses at OC Transpo, Wong has found his passion as the new president of VegOttawa, a non-profit founded to promote veganism in Ottawa. (Stephanie Taylor in the Algonquin Times)


  • I don’t think that they’re going to axe it

  • – Transportation committee chair and Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward councillor Tim Tierney on the future of electric scooter rentals downtown. The 2024 season is the final year of a three year test run. Last year, 50,000 people took 179,000 trips on the scooters. (Toula Mazloum at CTV)


  • 🏒 NHL Ottawa Senators 0 – Florida Panthers 6 last night


What’s going on at City Hall

No meetings Monday.


💰 Housing

🚨 Gatineau Camera Creep

  •  A nineteen year-old man who placed a camera in the ceiling of his old elementary school, École l'Oiseau-Bleu, has been given an 18 month community service. Matthias Deschenes is banned from parks, schools, or employment where kids under 16 years of age would be, and must provide a DNA sample to police. (CBC)

⚖️ Eastway Tank Explosion

  •  Eastway Tank, Pump and Meter Ltd and its owner Neil Greene have pleaded guilty to the explosion that killed six. Charged under Occupational Health and Safety Act, the company and Greene must pay $850K in fines and fees. The Office of the Fire Marshal found that the explosion was linked to accidentally mixing diesel and gasoline when calibrating equipment. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)

👟 London Marathon

  •  Some people are questioning the timing of Mayor Mark Sutcliffe’s Team Ottawa trip to London and his entry into the London Marathon. Sutcliffe says that the trip was organized by Ottawa Tourism and when he realized the overlapping dates, he bought his own entry to the Marathon since he'd already be there. Ottawa Tourism does not receive City of Ottawa funding. (Blair Crawford in the Ottawa Citizen)



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  •  Be there to say you were there: ‘Adventure groove’ pioneers Archivers play their first gig ever tonight at Art House. The Ottawa music scene veterans will be joined by Yarns, described as ‘a succession of sound paintings about escapism and removal’.

  •  Experience the Canadian Museum of Nature in a different way, with dance. As DJs fill the building with sound, wander the four floors of exhibitions and then dance until midnight.

  •  Canadian songwriter Michel Pagliaro performs his French and English hits at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre.

  •  Originals Spring Craft Sale continues at EY Centre.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Iris et les hommes (It’s Raining Men), The Old Oak, Exhuma

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Poor Things, American Fiction, Carol Doda Topless At the Condor


  •  Destroyer. The KISS Tribute. Overflow Brewing

  •  Story, Status, Teenage Fiction, Just Fine. Dominion Tavern

  •  Capital Professionals Open Mic (CAPO). Rainbow Bistro

  •  Shaggy 2 Dope. Brass Monkey

  •  Cevilain, The Space Between, The New Hires. Club SAW

  •  Medve, A Fisherman From Maine, John Daniel. Avant-Garde bar

  •  Fagan, Elliott, Reynolds Trio. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Rarity, F!th, Don’t Try, Neon Ghosthouse. The 27 Club

  •  3MFrench Live in Ottawa. Mavericks

  •  Organ Concert with Anne Laver. St. Andrew’s Church


  •  Road Trips:  Across the province today and Sunday (April 7), sugar shacks will be throwing open their doors and offering up sweet treats and experiences in Ontario Maple Weekend. Westport, Ontario’s The Pie Bar and Blair Brothers Maple will have pastries and other baked goods, fresh taffy on snow, a kids’ zone where the littles can learn first hand about tapping a tree, and more. 9266 County Rd 42, Westport, ON.
  •  Closer to home, book a visit to Log Farm and pick up some locally produced maple syrup.
  • Eat, shop, and check out the gifts at Eid Expo. Nepean Sportsplex from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  •  613 Flea is back at Lansdowne Park.
  •  The Travel and Vacation show will cover prime destinations in Canada and beyond. Take your questions to the tour operators, resort reps and tourist boards on site, and attend the seminars taking a deeper dive into adventures, excursions, and experiences. Saturday and Sunday at the Shaw Centre. $10 at the door, but seniors 60 and over get in for free on Saturday.

  •  The Calabogie 500 snowmobile race returns to Calabogie Peaks, and this year there will be live music. Today and tomorrow at 30 Barrett Chute Road, Calabogie.

  •  Originals Spring Craft Sale continues at EY Centre.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus, Iris et les hommes (It’s Raining Men), The Old Oak, Exhuma

  •  Mayfair Theatre: The South, American Fiction, Poor Things, The Room


  •  Hailey Blais. National Arts Centre

  •  River Town Saints, City Robinson. Brass Monkey

  •  Big Shiny Dwayne. Bronson Centre

  •  Barry and the Blasters. Rainbow Bistro

  •  DB Cohen and the Revelers. Atomic Rooster

  •  Dumai Dunai, The Oscillators, Area Resident. House of TARG


  •  Experience multiple versions of the Tamal as countries from the Caribbean and South America bring their recipes to the Tamal Festival. There are options for vegans and vegetarians as well as meat varieties with chicken, pork, and beef. Noon to 7:00 pm in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne.

  •  The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Quintet and Carleton University music students will collaborate on Sunday Socials 2.

  •  Originals Spring Craft Sale ends today at EY Centre.

  •  Using Monday’s solar eclipse as inspiration, the Carleton University Faculty of Science and Department of Physics present an afternoon talk about the wonder of the universe. Sun, Moon, and Science: An Afternoon of Celestial Beauty is open to everyone.

  •  Stray Dog Brewing welcomes Pawsitive Steps to the taproom for a Puppy Meet and Greet Social event. Meet doggos looking for their forever homes, bring your pub for a by-donation nail trim, donate pet accessories, and groove to the tunes provided by the Orléans School of Rock house band.

  •  The Calabogie 500 winds up at Calabogie Peaks.

  •  It’s the final day of the Travel and Vacation show at Shaw Centre.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Iris et les hommes (It’s Raining Men), Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Rocky Road to Berlin, Carol Doda Topless at the Condor, Poor Things


  •  Dave Hause, the 27 Club

  •  Jamie Douglas. The Gilmour

  •  Live Big Band Jazz Night, Lavender Grill

  •  Monette (album launch and showcase). Rainbow Bistro

  •  Preston Pablo. Canadian Tire Centre

  •  Joe McLeod. LIVE on Elgin

  •  River Town Saints. Brass Monkey

Monday – The Blindingest Day of the Year

Just Announced / Now Booking

  • Parliament-Funkadelic will play Ottawa Jazz Festival June 22. Tickets at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

  • The Marshes, Matchwood, and Blackbird Falls golf clubs will all be opening April 9. Reserve a tee time now.

  • The next City of Ottawa hazardous waste collection date is coming up fast. On April 21 take your hazardous waste to RCGT ballpark at 300 Coventry Road. If that date and place don’t work, the City’s website lists the collection dates and locations for the remainder of the year.

  • NAC is running English and French versions of the Porte Parole production of Rose in the Machine to mark Autism Month. The French version, Rose et la Machine, runs April 25 to 27, while Rose in the Machine will be presented May 1 through 4.


Tomahawk Steaks are 25% off at Wellington Butchery. For a limited time get them for $63/kg (regularly $84/kg).

Save up to $450 on Essential Bundles at Solo Stove.


The Ottawa Network has announced the winners of its 2024 Bootstrap Awards, celebrating Ottawa’s self-funded entrepreneurs.

Taking home the prizes this year were: 

Green Award: The Aggressive Good, a dry food and snack delivery system

Innovation Award: Novacene AI, providing AI-based solutions to private-sector and government clients

SAAS Award: Rain Technologies, which helps businesses gain visibility on key metrics and drivers

Marketing Award: Vykon Inc., which offers custom mineral supplementation based on hair tissue mineral analysis

Bootstrap Capital Award: Constant Health, a healthtech company focused on personalized, evidence-based care

Disruptor Award: Impactor App, which bridges the gap between innovative digital solutions and impactful social change

Community Impact Award: Quick Market, which connects local ethnic food stores with their communities

Founder of the Year Award: Emma Brown, Whimble, a community-based solution in the home-care industry that connects individuals with disabilities and seniors requiring last-minute personal care assistance with nearby experienced caregivers



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