• It was OttawaRoadTrips.com. Laura Byrne Paquet sent out her newsletter yesterday morning and it had a kind mention of your ob't newsletter proprietors.
  • Thank you Laura.
  • Excluding the hundreds of new readers of the ottawan who already know about Ottawa Road Trips, may we suggest that you visit it and be inspired.
  • Because new readers are still coming, we’ve asked Martha’s mom to put her choosin’ hat on hold for one more day. 
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  • And it is not an essay question – but many people wrote us long emails about what the ottawan means to them. To say we’re touched is too inadequate. Flabbergasted, maybe.
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  • On the boards
  • Here’s something about Darren: the man loves musicals. He can’t get enough of the jazz hands, the exaggerated dance moves, and the often over-the-top story lines.
  • Hadestown, while technically a musical, has none of those things. That’s thanks to its contemporary retelling of several Greek myths, specifically those of Hermes, Persephone, Hades, Eurydice, and Orpheus, and the melodic and memorable tunes that the New Yorker called ‘soulful’. 
  • Darren and Martha were invited to the show last night and enjoyed it immensely, even if the actors’ mics were turned up so loud that many of the lyrics were indecipherable.
  • The set was one of those mostly static touring show scenes that doesn’t change much beyond the lighting, which is something that usually makes Martha’s heart sink (she likes to be wowed by scene changes). However, the tight and inventive choreography, a floor outfitted with a turnable, and a graceful staircase that led to a small balcony for upper level action, kept our attention from wandering at all.
  • The cast and musicians (who are situated on stage and very much a part of the action) were all excellent, but J. Antonio Rodriguez, who plays Orpheus, needs special mention. The man has serious pipes, hitting all the sweet high notes and breaking hearts all over the theatre.
  • Hadestown is playing until Sunday at the National Arts Centre.

– Martha & Darren


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  • 🌦️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 26°, low of 14°. 


  • 46%
  • – The per centage of Ottawa City Councillors who are satisfied with the quality of service provided by the Ottawa Police Service, according to the Service’s own survey. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

Ottawan of the Day

  • Carlo
  • – The 83 year-old proprietor of Carlo’s Sharpening Service has been honing lawnmower blades and garden tools in Old Ottawa East for 57 years. He has also been disappointing ice-cream lovers for the past 57 years as he drives his van around announcing his presence with a bound-to-be-confusing 'ding-ding-ding'. (Anthony Lenzo in Mainstreeter)


  • I have an issue with the state dictating how people use their homes
  • – River Ward councillor Riley Brockington supporting a vote at City Council today to drop the vacant unit tax. The resulting vote was to keep the tax. (Arthur White-Crummey at CBC


  • FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 4 – New Jersey Jackals 3 last night

🚗 Queen Elizabeth Driveway

The tempest in a teapot over using the Queen Elizabeth Driveway for recreational uses during the summer continues.

🏗️ Experimental Farm

  •  The tall development that was threatening to throw shade on the Experimental Farm has been pushed back – because no-one asked the Federal Government. The City’s Planning and Housing Committee rubber stamped the plan to build two towers of 16 and 27 storeys next to the Farm, despite complaints by scientists that it would block the sun on their agricultural experiments. However, City Council today discovered that neither Agriculture and Agrifood Canada nor the National Capital Commission had been given notice. The City’s Planning and Housing Committee will need to decide what to do. (Ottawa Citizen)

🏆 Ottawa Urban Design Awards

  •  Nominations will be closing soon (September 1) for the 2023 Ottawa Urban Design Awards. Anyone who has contributed to Ottawa’s urban design landscape is eligible for nomination. This year’s categories are:

    ▪️ Urban Infill. Both categories, Low-rise (1-4 storey) and Mid-rise (5+ storey), are for buildings that introduce quality-built spaces into established neighbourhoods in ways that respect the community

    ▪️ Public Places and Civic Spaces: for spaces that enhance, extend and embellish the public realm

    ▪️ Urban Elements: for design elements that contribute to the unique character of the neighbourhood at a human scale

    ▪️  Student Projects: for theoretical or studio projects submitted by students

  •  Vision and Master Plans: for an unbuilt vision of the city

    We love that last category. the ottawan plans to submit our vision of Ottawa complete with a monorail replacing the Queensway, streetcar tracks put back from where they were pulled up (Martha's mom likes that one, having utilized the city's streetcars frequently in her youth), the VIArail station moved back downtown, and the new Civic Hospital built on Tunney’s Pasture like Mother Nature intended. We assume that a submission built in Minecraft will be acceptable. (City of Ottawa)

🚧 Albert Street

🏙️ City Manager

  •  Wendy Stephanson is the new City Manager for Ottawa. Stephanson had been doing the job on an interim basis since Steve Kanellakos resigned from the job last year, two days before the release of the Provincial report on the O Train. Kanellakos must have congratulated himself on his lucky timing as he was excoriated in the report. Ten candidates were interviewed before City council decided to stay in house. (CBC)

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  •  Brew Donkey and Camp Fortune are joining forces to create a cool day out: the Zip Sip Hooray Tour allows participants to enjoy the Peak to Peak zip line, the Mountain Coaster monorail, and some great local craft beer in one fun day on September 30.
  •  Stray Dog brewing in Orléans is busily filling the spots in the Brewchre Tourney, happening every second Tuesday in the taproom. This isn’t your grandma’s euchre; this is good, competitive fun with beer lovers. $25 per person (includes your first drink and two slices of pizza).

Buy your Camp Fortune Season Pass before September 30 to save on Limited and Unlimited Passes, Weekday skiing, Night skiing, and more.

Select pieces of Rose Buddha swimwear are up to 40% off.

If you ever wanted to know what a Clevelander thinks of Ottawa on her first visit, Laura Johnston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer dropped by recently. She loves the new National Capital Commission River House. She also learned how Parliamentary democracy works, which is nice.

We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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