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


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  • 2026
  • – The year that the Canadian Forces expect to finish moving the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment from Cold Lake, AB to a hanger at Ottawa International Airport. The project was expected to be completed in 2023. (David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen)

Honorary Ottawans of the Day

  • Won Lee, Pixel Kim, Brian Ehnis, Carol Harris, Michelle Bennie, Anthony Hodgetts, Rory Berk, Thomas Sinclar, Maddux Ma, Nathan Neutel, Lara LePeare, and Jamie Petit
  • – The 12 artists with developmental disabilities from Calgary and Korea are headlining a new exhibit Intense Difference of Its Own, at the Korean Cultural Centre until Sept 29.  (Stephen Hunt at CBC) (The Exhibit)


  • We are not pressing charges against people who rummage through a donation bin; you've got to be kidding me
  • – Rideau-Vanier ward councillor Stéphanie Plante, who is angry at the management of the Concorde Motel. The Motel posted a note threatening criminal charges or eviction of tenants who take items from the Salvation Army donation bin. The Salvation Army is a tenant in the building and say they had nothing to do with the note. (Ted Raymond at CTV



🚊 OC Transpo

  •  OC Transpo is now accepting Visa, Mastercard, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. The system will not accept debit cards – although you can hook those up to Google and Apple pay – nor can it be used on anything other than a one-time trip for one person. American Express is not accepted either. Riders can create an account to view their trips but only after they have taken their first trip.

    ParaTranspo riders have been able to use both credit and debit cards since April but OC Transpo chose to use a different system for the buses and O Train.  (CBC)

    Related Blackburn Hamlet will be the guinea pigs for OC Transpo’s first on-demand buses. The plan would see Route 28 closed on weekends but transit riders could use an app to book a mini-bus – seconded from ParaTranspo – which would make a special trip. ParaTranspo riders, who have been requesting on-demand rides for years, still must book at least 24 hours in advance. 

    Related Ottawa Transit Riders is presenting a roundtable discussion on ParaTranspo issues at City Hall on Sept 25. ParaTranspo riders are invited to attend.

🚆 VIA Rail

  •  VIA Rail is adding two more Ottawa-Toronto trips. Train #646 from Toronto to Ottawa will run once daily on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday starting Oct 26 and Train #644 will run once daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting Oct 27. Train #43 from Ottawa to Toronto will run on Monday, Friday, and Sunday, starting Oct. 27, while train #647 will run on Friday and Sunday. What time of day are all these trains? VIA Rail hasn’t said, despite that information being a lot more useful than the train number. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

⁉️ Uplands Wedding Shooting

  •  Over 50 bullets were shot at the wedding party in which two people were killed last Saturday. Police have released few details but the number of bullets suggest that more than one person was pulling the trigger. Police do not believe the two victims, and six other injured people, were the intended targets. (Joanne Laucius in the Ottawa Citizen)

💰 Landsdowne 2.0

  •  A letter from eight Ottawa worthies has been sent to City Council asking for financial transparency in the Lansdowne 2.0 decision making. The letter asks questions that do not have answers like how ‘much more debt would the City be committed to if Lansdowne 2.0 proceeds’ and ‘How much, on a percentage basis, would surcharges add to the average ticket price for the Redblacks, Ottawa 67’s and other ticketed events’? (Bulldog Ottawa)

🛻 Convoy on Trial

Convoy co-organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich are currently on trial for their parts in the Convoy siege. We’ll mention when something interesting happens.

  •  The Crown played TikTok videos of Barber telling truckers to ‘grab that horn switch’ and ‘let it roll as long as possible until they're busting your f--king windows down’ if police tried to roust them. 
  •  The trial is scheduled for 16 days but is already two days behind schedule. 

    (David Fraser at CBC)



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  •  Today is the deadline to complete the Ottawa Humane Society community engagement survey. OHS says responses to the anonymous survey will help the organisation with its five-year plan. Do it for the animals. They would do it for you. Not the cats, obviously, that’s a given. But the dogs and bunnies would.
  •  Vintage Pop-Up 613 and Westboro Village present Westboro Cinema Pop-Up Night Market from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Shop from local vendors then settle in for a screening of School of Rock. Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road.
  •  We noticed the resurgence of smocking in summer 2023 womenswear, but have you ever wondered how that effect is achieved? Watch the pros in action at Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest, running today until Sunday in Almonte. In addition to smocking, there will be demos in textile disciplines like quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets to the festival cost a $8 per day.
  •  Mooney’s Bay Park is the site of Afrofestival Ottawa, two days of African music, art, and culture. Free admittance.
  •  Ottawa ComicCon pop-culture festival brings together cosplay aficionados, celebrities, and vendors for a sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, tabletop games and comic books extravaganza at the EY Centre until Sunday.
  •  If you think visual art is a non-competitive pursuit, you’ve never seen an Art Battle. Overflow Brewing hosts artists who create works in 20 minute rounds, which are judged by the bystanders watching the proceedings.
  •  Electronic music fans, you need to be in Gatineau this weekend for the 10th anniversary edition of the River Side Festival. Today through Sunday.

  •  Heavy Head, Robinson Kirby. Avante Garde
  •  F!TH, Hug Mosh, Passenger Princess. Club SAW
  •  1000mods, Freedom Hawk, Quiet Crimes, and Subsun. Dominion Tavern
  •  The Escape Society, The Big Train Wreck, Jim McDowell. Irene’s Pub
  •  2 Shadows. Mavericks
  •  Django Libre. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
  •  Dizzy & Fay. Options Jazz Lounge
  •  The Empties, School House, Hannah Vig. Rainbow Bistro
  •  John Carroll. Stray Dog Brewing Company


    🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks play host to Hamilton Tiger Cats


  •  The Ottawa Arts Council presents Mandala Spotlight: Unveiling Mandala on Stage at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The event showcases the IBPOC artists contributing to Ottawa’s performing arts and music scene. Visual artists and craftspeople will also be taking part. Doors open at 4:00 pm at the Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Ave.
  •  The New Edinburgh Street Fest takes over one of Ottawa’s prettiest neighbourhoods (in a city that has plenty of gorgeous neighbourhoods, tbh) with a music program at St. Bartholomew’s Church, porch concerts throughout the village, open house tours, a walking tour, and beer and wine. The fundraiser supports Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families. Tickets $30.
  •  Doors are open at the Arteast Ottawa Fine Arts Tour, today and Sunday. The artists are located across the city’s East end from Vanier to Orléans, so be sure to consult the map.
  •   It's apple pickin' time. Halls Apple Market is now open for apple picking and the purchase of fresh baked goods and cider. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 2930 2nd Concession Road, Brockville. Closer to home, Pinewood Orchards is located in Kanata and open for picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  •  The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Embassy of Mexico present a Live Exhibit of Traditional Mexican Textiles, featuring a catwalk where you can view all the fabrics to be included in a silent auction. Funds raised will benefit the museum. If you can’t attend the fundraiser on the evening of September 9, you can still view the fabrics as part of your admission to the 28th annual Fibrefest festival. 
  •  The Mississippi Mills Textile Museum’s Fibrefest continues today in Almonte. Catch the demos in textile disciplines like smocking, quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, knitting, and lacemaking. Tickets $8 per day.
  •  BeechFest, the street party filling Beechwood Ave from St.-Charles to Maria streets, will be lit. From “Pints in the Park” to the live music and DJs to the BBQ and corn roast, this event promises a good time for the entire fam 
  •  Live music and DJs are also in abundance at Latin Sparks Festival in LeBreton Flats, but don’t be intimidated if you don’t know the dance moves. In addition to the performances, the lineup includes beginner Salsa and Bachata classes. Tickets from $49.99 or save 20% when you buy a two ticket bundle.
  •  The Vanier Community Association unveils the Pollinator Garden at Nault Park at 10:00 am. 
  •  Drip House turns four this weekend, and they’re throwing a Block Party at 340B Parkdale Ave to celebrate. Vendors will be selling cool vintage, accessories, and fashion, as well as food and drink treats. 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
  •  Butter Tart Festival. We could type more words but… why? We said BUTTER TART FESTIVAL. (It’s in Stittsville from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.)
  •  Enjoy shopping with 50 vendors at the Autumn Equinox Craft Show. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Ave.

  •  Heavy Head, Robinson Kirby. Avante Garde
  •  F!TH, Hug Mosh, Passenger Princess. Club SAW
  •  1000mods, Freedom Hawk, Quiet Crimes, and Subsun. Dominion Tavern
  •  The Escape Society, The Big Train Wreck, Jim McDowell. Irene’s Pub
  •  2 Shadows. Mavericks
  •  Django Libre. Montgomery Scotch Lounge
  •  Dizzy & Fay. Options Jazz Lounge
  •  The Empties, School House, Hannah Vig. Rainbow Bistro
  •  John Carroll. Stray Dog Brewing Company


     🏈 CFL Ottawa RedBlacks play host to Hamilton Tiger Cats


  •  The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton pay a return visit to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park. Bring your gardening questions to the experts. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  •  Ottawa School of Art opens the doors for those curious about studying the visual arts. The campuses in the ByWard Market (35 George St) and Orléans (inside the Shenkman Arts Centre at 245 Centrum Blvd, Orléans) will offer glimpses into the courses with free live art demos, darkroom photo printing, printmaking, and more.
  •  At this week’s Barrhaven Farmers’ Market, the 2023 Harvest is celebrated with food, produce, and a “Sweet Apple Sundae,” sales of which are raising funds for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.
  •  Red Apron welcomes neighbouring businesses like Dominion City Brewing, Sula Wok, and The Falafel Guys (to name a few) for the second edition of the Real Food Round-up. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot at 410 Gladstone Ave.
  •  Irish comedian Dara O'Briain plays the Shenkman Arts Centre stage.
  •  To round out Stray Dog Daze - the week long celebration of the brewery’s six anniversary - the inaugural Cornhole Tournament will take centre stage.

  •  Welodubz. Berlin
  •  Bent Up Good. Atomic Rooster
  •  In Between the Masses Launch Night. Avante Garde
  •   Escape from the ZOO, Holy Locust and Sugar Bomb! Dominion Tavern
  •  Kentucky. The Glen Scottish Restaurant + Pub
  •  Setou & Senyo. 27 Club

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Slipacoff’s Premium Meats offers free Ottawa shipping on orders over $250. Right now they’ve got deals on steak as well.

Classic nightshirts from 49th Apparel (made in Canada!) are 60% off, and when you spend at least $150 you won’t pay shipping.


We would normally hold a restaurant related story until our Wednesday Food + Drink update but this maybe sold out by then.

Simons, possibly the only currently successful department store in Canada, has launched Bon appé-tee – new streetware shirts on their in-house DJAB label inspired by four Canadian restaurants: Hono Izakaya (Québec City), Aunty Lucy’s Burgers (Toronto), Pizza Coming Soon (Vancouver), and, since 1986 in Ottawa, Zak’s Diner. What a great idea.


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