Covert Ottawa Weekly Newsletter: 4/20 Edition

Good morning! Here we go with week #6 of social isolation. I hope you’re all doing well and following the rules so we can get out of this sooner rather than later. We’ve been hearing all kinds of different messages from politicians and medical/scientific professionals regarding when life will return to normal, but really, nobody knows for sure. We continue to adapt to this situation, and make due with what we have, while many create ingenious and entrepreneurial inventions or ideas to work through this. If you can help out and do your part, please do so, if not, then just stay home as that helps just as much!

Festival Update:


Escapade has postponed their festival until the first week of September. They are promoting that the headliners will be the same, but there will be some changes to the line up. The announcement comes out today so stay tuned! They are offering the opportunity of refunds if you so choose. However, if you have tickets, I’d hang on to them as the always sell out!!


Ottawa’s biggest music festival, Bluesfest, is still pending. They’ve said that they’ll be making the decision on May 1st whether they will continue with the festival or not. It’s going to be tight I think, and in my honest opinion, but that’s just my opinion, I think it will be cancelled. The city has closed their parks and facilities until at least the end of June, and we’re still not really seeing a decline in daily new cases, so at this point, I will be surprised if Bluesfest is still on considering that it draws nearly 50,000 people per day including staff, volunteers and patrons. We continue to wait…


Festival Updates


Today (Monday) is 4/20, normally a hilarious day in Ottawa where hundreds if not thousands of people head over to Parliament Hill at 4:20pm to smoke a joint. Although legalization has significantly minimized the impact of this statement, I still think it’s funny. The photos that come out each year on April 20th or the day after with a cloud of smoke around the Hill are quite interesting to say the least. This year will no doubt be very different, and it will hopefully be empty.


**Photo: Grandin Media


There are a couple fun events today though, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that they were planned for today. The biggest virtual concert of the day (that I can find) is Cyprus Hill, who’s playing online starting at 4:10. Not that this compares, but they were amazing at Bluesfest a few years back, so I’m definitely excited to watch them again today. Also today, the commonly occurring virtual paint nights have an adults-only theme with Snoop Dogg being the subject of the painting.


One World Together At Home


This past weekend, there was a HUGE awareness event with a ton of celebrities performing to bring us all together in support of fighting COVID-19. Put together by Lada Gaga, Global Citizen took to the internet and created this amazing collaboration. If you missed it, you can watch the entire 8 hours on YouTube still with the link right off the Global Citizen website.





I watched the entire show! I won’t fully review it, but I just wanted to make a few observations. First, Kudos to Kesha for a true quarantine look. She pulled off the messy hair and “I don’t give a crap” look, and it was amazing. Second, Jack Black was hilariou; His clip with a dance through his backyard was amazing and I’m super jealous of his backyard and all the toys he has there. It’s not clear however, if they’re for kids or himself.

Charlie Booth’s performance of See You Again was incredible. Jessie J stole the show with all of her songs and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello together singing “Wonderful World” brought a tear to my eye. It was magnificent. A shout out to Eddie Vedder who was also incredible playing on that antique organ. It was pretty cool. Finally, to the Rolling Stones….I don’t know where to begin. Mick Jagger was true to form and continues to be fantastically entertaining with no decline in energy, and he in no way shows his age. Keith Richards….well I’d like to say he’s not showing signs of his age either, because really he’s not, as I don’t think that guy has aged in 20 years. (You can interpret that however you like. ?) My favourite though, was watching drummer Charlie Watts play his furniture. His facial expressions were hilarious, and his couch was the best cymbal I’ve ever heard played. You need to watch their show! They featured “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and it was awesome.


This week, there are two other larger online fundraising concert series with a great line-up of talent. There’s a fundraiser for New Jersey and Los Angeles. You can click on those to get streaming details.


COVID-19 Global Tracker


Just an interesting thing that CNN has on their website. Maybe interesting is not the right word; depressing might be a better fit.


Self Isolation Diary


I received this email from a co-worker last week and though it was fitting for so many of us. What day are you on?

Self Isolation Quarantine Diary:

Day 1- I can do this!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!

Day 2 – Opening my 8th bottle of Wine. I fear wine supplies might not last!

Day 3 – Strawberries: some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who Knew?

Day 4 – 8:00pm. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas.

Day 5 – Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!!

Day 6 – I get to take the Garage out. I’m so excited, I can’t decide what to wear!

Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!

Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.

Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going bar hopping.

Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He’s a web designer.

Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”

Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.

Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidently touch your face.

Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3-1.

Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month?


Hair Cut Tips


Into week #6, I can vouch for most guys that the haircut cycle is way off. I’m good for normally 3-4 weeks for a hair cut, so even those who grow it a little longer, are likely getting a little bushy now. I know a lot of you are having your wives/significant others cut it for you, but if you’re just looking to do it yourself, here are some tips from a good friend of mine who sent this out on social media. He’s pretty much naturally bald, but still has work to do to maintain the little guys that just won’t leave.


“To anyone contemplating shaving your head, here is a couple of tips:
1- you can’t go from shag carpet to hardwood floors in one pass, take it down in steps.
2- if you are alone, use the sound of the clippers to know if you got it all in the parts you can’t see.
3- if you buy clippers, buy clipper oil.
4- do it in your underwear then shower after, the hair gets in your clothes and gets really itchy.
5- you will be chilly after.
6- if you go outside, sunscreen or a hat. That’s Vampire skin under your hair.”


**Photo: Pintrest


Have a great week everyone! Let’s keep up the good work and stay safe.


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