Wednesday May 8, 2024


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Beer Fest Draw

Congratulations to ottawan reader Andre S., whose name was drawn from the choosin’ hat last evening. Keep watching for the next reader draw, coming soon.

Twenty One under 21

Nominations open today for the 21 Under 21 Awards (formerly known as the Spirit of the Capital Awards). The Awards, which are organized by Youth Ottawa, celebrate young Ottawa leaders between the ages of 14 and 21 who contribute to local or global communities. The Awards are booked for Thursday October 24, 2024 at Shaw Centre. Nominations for individuals and groups must be submitted by June 14.

– Martha and Darren


  •  Road Trip: Dairy Distillery Sunday Markets are back, starting this week. Shop, sip and enjoy live music from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Also back for the summer: Key Lime Cream liquor, which joins Sunshine Orange Cream and Mango Sunrise Cream in a stellar line up of locally produced, hot weather tipples ( $34.95). 34 industrial Drive, Almonte ON K0A 1A0
  •  Another Road Trip: Arnprior’s Cold Bear Brewing will revive a classic this Sunday when they serve beer floats with their new gluten-reduced rhubarb hibiscus sour beer and Mallard’s Milk Bar sorbet. 100 Madawaska Blvd, Arnprior ON K7S 1S7
  •  If you want to impress your friends around the BBQ, sign up for a Piggy Market Sausage Making Class before it’s too late. After the May 16th class there won’t be another until October.
  •  Sample nine wines from Spain’s Priorat and Montsant regions at Play Food and Wine on Thursday May 16. The Mas Martinet & Family Wine Dinner Takeover at the York St restaurant will also feature a three course meal. Seatings are available from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 1 York St. K1N 5S7
  •  International interiors magazine Dezeen has a photo feature on ByWard Market’s Buvette Daphnée, which is inspired by retro diners in Québec. On May 14 the wine bar is showcasing Québécois vineyard Domaine Bergeville and the winery and cidery Domaine de Nival. 
  •  We’ve mentioned before that vegan burger chain Odd Burger is coming to Ottawa, but now we know that it’ll open at 1050 Bank Street around June 1.
  •  American chain Crumbl Cookies will open in Nepean at College Square Mall this summer. Circle of life, we suppose. Cookie stores return to vogue, then it will be cupcakes again, followed by muffins, maybe? Muffins haven’t had the spotlight for a while.
  •  Good news for Ministry of Coffee on Wellington fans, the location has reopened today – they said – after it was closed for a few days due to a plumbing issue.
  •  Ameya Charnalia at Eat the Strip likes the late night vibes of Chai Talks in Carlington. Charnalia says maggi is the Mac and Cheese of India, and Chai Talks prepares it just like the street vendors do.
  •  It looks like Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen is stepping on Eat the Strip’s toes with visits to food trucks in his search for the best smash burger. Hum declares Smash Daddy on Preston as his favourite, but bookmarked the innovative ideas like the horseradish-and-truffle aioli burger at Embrun’s Pearson Street Smash Burgers N’ Melts. He also enjoyed the real diner ambiance of Edinburger, but didn’t have much to say about Smash Burgers Ottawa.
  •  In Apt 613’s Best Bites, Kiersten Vuorimaki, working alone this fortnight, recommends Wes’ Chips (An ottawan favourite) in Arnprior, Ten Toes Coffee House (Vuorimaki had the best sandwich she’s ever had, with ‘smoked cheddar, at least 3 pieces of thiccc bacon, caramelized red onion, tomato pepper jam, arugula, garlic mayo, and a perfectly fried egg’.), and For God Shakes (A second location of the showstopping milkshake purveyor has opened on Bank Street.).


  • 298,918
  • – The number of parking tickets issued by the City in 2023, down 13 per cent over 2022. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day


  • If this becomes everyone's problem, then everybody will be engaged with solutions

  • – Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Stéphanie Plante, who is advocating a change in bylaws that would allow emergency shelters to be allowed in all wards. Shelters are currently allowed only in the most densely populated areas. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC)


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What’s going on at City Hall

French Language Services Advisory Committee
Thursday, May 09 at 6:30 am

  • 4.1 Francophone participation in recreation and cultural programs and French programming offered by the City of Ottawa
  • 4.2 French-language services provided to residents and training provided to new hires as it relates to the Bilingualism Policy and the requirement to provide an active offer
  • 5.1 Changing start time of French Language Services Advisory Committee meetings

📋 Agenda


💰 Development Charges

  •  The Tweet above is a great explanation of development charges, currently being debated at City Hall. (h/t Neil Saravanamuttoo). Jamie is pointing out that the vast majority of new developments will be within the greenbelt, yet most of the new infrastructure built will be to service sprawl.

    Development charges are the set fees charged to new developments to pay for roads, sewers, libraries, and parks, etc. In the past few days, developers have been freaking out over reports that the City will charge an average of $12,000 to new homes and who would ever pay that?

    Neil Saravanamuttoo points out that those roads, sewers, libraries, and parks, etc. will be built regardless, the only question is who pays: developers or property owners at large.

    The City’s Planning and Housing Committee is discussing the matter today.

🏠 Tiny Homes

💥 University of Ottawa

  •  The New York Post is making fun of University of Ottawa protestors who spelt ‘Palestine’ wrong when they graffitied Tabaret Hall. The protestors spay painted ‘Free Palastine’ across the steps of the hall. An image of it was used in American rapper Macklemore’s video ‘Hind’s Hall’, which has been viewed more than 13 million times. (Ronny Reyes in the New York Post)

    Related After consulting with Ottawa Police, the City will raise the flag of Israel on its national day without the customary ceremony. The police warned of a risk to public safety on May 14. With Global Affairs Canada, the City has flag raising events for 190 countries.

❗ Emergency Alert

  •  Those in Québec or whose cell phones connect to towers on that side of the river will be getting an emergency alert test at 1:55 pm today. Every province and territory in Canada is holding the test – except Ontario, which will test the system on May 15. (Natalie Stechyson at CBC)

🧊 Highway 417

  •  The Ontario Provincial Police are looking for the owner of a truck that lost a fridge on Highway 417 near Vanier. No one was injured in the fridge drop Monday, but there were several collissions. (Alex Black at CityNews)


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  •  Atlético Ottawa vs Pacific FC in the Canadian Championship Quarter Final (leg 1 of 2). 7:00 pm at The Stadium at TD Place.

  •  Lost Baggage Musical Theatre’s Disco Ball Paint Nite is not your average painting experience. You’ll be painting a disco ball on a round canvas while raising money for the theatre company’s equitable performance development program. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Liam McGuire’s, 1705 St. Laurent Blvd. K1G 5L1.

  •  Forget your work stress with a mid-week Milonga (tango social), hosted by Milonga de La Confesiòn and Rahim Salsa Noudehaki. $15 to dance the night away (no lesson, just dancing). St. John the Evangelist Church, 275 Elgin St. K2P 1M1.

  •  Urban Art Collective’s show featuring colour blind artist Dave Fortier (DAWD) continues until May 18. Wednesday through Sunday at 1088 Somerset St. W. K1Y 3C7

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Irena’s Vow, German Language Film Festival Ottawa: Bonjour Switzerland, Exhuma

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Problemista, Yamnuska: The Ragged Edge, Club Zero


  •  Derecho Party. Brass Monkey

  •  Separator, Off Hand, Candyboys. House of TARG

  •  Drag me to LIVE presents 80s Night 2.0. LIVE on Elgin

  •  Tyler Kealey’s Urban Campfire. Red Bird

  •  Paul Anthony Roberto, Anthony John Bacon. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog Brewing Co

  •  Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle hosted by Kristine St-Pierre. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Why Wednesday. THE 27 CLUB


  •  It could be the most intimate venue in town: On the second Thursday of each month jazz guitarist Tim Bedner and a special guest play a 90 minute set for just 35 people at GigSpace. This week Tim’s guest is double bassist John Geggie. The $20 ticket includes the beverage of your choice. 953 Gladstone Ave K1Y 3E5.
  •  Canada Gems Shows’ Rock N Gem Show runs Thursday May 9 through Sunday May 12 at EY Centre. Find the beads, crystals, gems, and jewellery of your dreams. Tickets $2 at the door. 4899 Uplands Dr. K1V 2N6

  •  There is only one ‘Jimi Hendrix of the pipes’ and he’s playing in Ottawa this Thursday night. Scottish piping sensation Fred Morrison is joined by Cape Breton husband and wife duo MacIsaac and MacKenzie. The show is presented by the Glengarry Pipe Band. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St. K1N 5K5.

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Wicked Little Letters, Ciné-Club D’Ottawa: Les Infants des Autres, Blade Runner 2049.

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Problemista, Le Samouraï


  •  Billy Boone’s Rock Review/DJ andBaritone Guitar. Avant-Garde Bar

  •  Paul Anthony Roberto & Anthony John Bacon. Montgomery Scotch Lounge

  •  Roddy Ellis: Moon Over the Lake. Club SAW

  •  The 20th Century Boys. Rainbow Bistro

  •  Thursday Night Bingo. Broadhead Brewery

  •  Willi Carlisle, Aaron Jonah Lewis. Dominion Tavern

  •  Legendary Scorpions Guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Overflow Brewing

  •  Huu Bac Quintet. National Arts Centre

  •  Red Fox, Easy Tiger, Dunberry. LiVE on Elgin

  •  Root Cause, Madfolk, Just Fine. House of TARG


  •  The 72nd Canadian Tulip Festival gets uderway today at Commissioners Park, Dows Lake. This year’s festival runs daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm until Monday May 20, with a program of guided walking tours, music, movie screenings, shopping, and food.

  •  The Tiny Home Show offers a glimpse into the world of the compact lifestyle. The speaker line up covers everything from how to legally live in a tiny home in Ontario, to financing, to using your tiny home as a business, and a Q & A about real life in a tiny house. You’ll also get to tour tiny homes on site. Today through Sunday at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, 2452 York’s Corners Road, Edwards, ON K0A 1V0

  •  Creative Continuum 2024’s theme, GARDENING, invites participants to view our local arts community as more than an ecosystem – it is a garden requiring cooperation, intention, and care. Creative Continuum 2024 will explore topics like climate action, place-making, and creative entrepreneurship that bring together community, artists, and change-makers to generate forward-thinking, action-oriented discussions. Friday May 10 at Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource (815 St. Laurent Blvd).

  •  Southside Tap and Grill is throwing an East Coast Kitchen Party with live Celtic music and authentic food like Halifax Donairs, Crab Cakes, and Lobster Rolls. 4 Lorry Greenberg Drive. K1G 5H6

  •  Ottawa chamber choir Seventeen Voices will perform Music of Hungary, with selections by Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. The choir will be joined by guest organist Matthew Larkin and Bulgarian/Canadian violinist Ralitsa Tcholakova. Tickets $30 for adults, $20 for students. Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi, 20 Fairmont Ave, K1Y 2K2

  •  ByTowne Cinema: Wicket Little Letters, Evil Does Not Exist, One Life, Princess Mononoke (subtitled)

  •  Mayfair Theatre: Irena’s Vow, Common Ground, Femme


  •  4DAYWKND, Charlie Elder. Rainbow Bistro

  •  In-Between The Masses, BirdDog, Perfect Nobody. Avant-Garde Bar

  •  Shutdown Friday. Nuvo Lounge

  •  Factory Friday with Kris Tin, SyvyL and T-23. City at Night

  •  The Golden Egg Band with Special Guests. Irene’s Pub Restaurant

  •  Distortion (90s - Now Rock Dance Party). LIVE on Elgin

  •  Battle Beast, Blackbriar, Sovereign Council. The Brass Monkey

Just Announced / Now Booking

  • OrKidstra Centre Hub’s biggest concert of the year will also end its current season, with a program of jazz, popular, and classical music. The evening will be free to attend but donations are always appreciated. If you can’t make it in person the concert will be live-streamed on YouTube. Tuesday, June 11 at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St.


Save 15% on Aventure Outaouais Wine Tours. Use the code MO15OFF to save on the Pontiac Wine & Cider Tour or Petite-Nation Wine & Cider Tour. The sale ends May 11 at 11:30 pm.


The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition has announced the nominees for the 5th Annual Capital Music Awards. The awards will handed out May 16 at the Bronson Centre Music Theatre

Live Music Venue of the Year

  • The Brass Monkey
  • Bronson Centre Music Theatre
  • Club SAW
  • LIVE! on Elgin
  • Rainbow Bistro
  • Red Bird

Video of the Year

  • Almiros – « Boîte de Pandore/Vulgaire »
  • Beau Nectar – “Buds”
  • High Waters – “Strange Love”
  • Jessica Pearson and the East Wind – “Row”
  • The New Hires – “New York City”
  • Pony Girl – “Laff It Off”

Live Music Curator of the Year 

  • Carissa Klopoushak – Chamberfest
  • Debaser – Pique
  • Fiddles on the Rideau Festival
  • Pearly Pouponneau – Pearly Media
  • Sharlène Clarke – Hors Pair Social
  • Shawn Scallen – Spectrasonic
  • The Space Between
  • Stacie Sivyer – The Rainbow

Newcomer of the Year

  • Beau Nectar
  • F!TH
  • Grey Brisson
  • Hannah Vig
  • James Gibson

Single of the Year

  • Country Club Pool Boy, Sister Amaru – ‘Nothing Sweet’
  • Double Experience – “This is War”
  • JOLY – « Ça tourne encore »
  • MaCMuwsA – “AINT TOO MANY”
  • Pony Girl – “Laff It Off”
  • Les Rats d’Swompe – « Dans l’cabanon »
  • Zach Diamond – “Moves”

Album of the Year

  • The Commotions – Volume III
  • Mikhail Laxton – Mikhail Laxton
  • Mimi O’Bonsawin – Boréale
  • Pony Girl – Laff It Off

Solo Artist of the Year

  • Grey Brisson
  • Jessie Simmons
  • Melissa Lamm
  • Mimi O’Bonsawin
  • Zach Diamond

Group of the Year

  • Beau Nectar
  • The Commotions
  • F!TH
  • Les Rats d’Swompe
  • School House

Songwriter of the Year

  • N’nerjie – “Tug of War”
  • Pascal Huot (Pony Girl) – “Wannabe”
  • Hannah Vig – ‘Juliet’
  • Anthony Brisson (Grey Brisson) – ‘Nobody!’
  • Mimi O’Bonsawin – “Willow”

Best Production and Arrangements 

  • Beau Nectar – « On fera la fête »
  • The Commotions – ‘Feel The Commotion’
  • Doressa – ‘Curtains’
  • Ken Yates – ‘Consolation Prize’
  • Pony Girl – ‘Laff It Off’
  • Valvehead – ‘Corrosive’

Music Educator of the Year

  • Danah-Lee Krieger – More Than A Song Studios
  • Danielle Allard
  • Jacynthe Dupont
  • Marc-Antoine Joly
  • Sherryl Fitzpatrick – Sherryl Fitzpatrick’s School of Music

Sound Engineer of the Year

  • David ”Quest” Leclerc
  • Nick Schofield
  • Nicolas Séguin
  • Stefan Jurewicz
  • Steve Foley



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