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Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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OMIC 2nd Annual Capital Music Awards

OMIC 2021 Awards Logo

The inaugural OMIC Capital Music Awards got a bit of a blow last March (as did we all) but they are back again this year with the 2nd Annual Capital Music Awards.  The call for nominations ends March 31st, 2021 -- so click here to get your picks in if you are an OMIC member in good standing.  All the winners of the 8 categories will be announced during the broadcast special of the Capital Music Awards 2021 at the end of April on RogersTV Ottawa on Channel 22. Anyone can tune into the awards and get an earful of the Ottawa local music scene as the program will feature 5 pre-recorded performances!.  Check the OMIC website for updates about the broadcast.

There are 8 awards categories, 2 of which are new this year:

  1. Single of the Year

  2. Album of the Year *new this year!

  3. Artist of the Year

  4. Group of the Year

  5. Video of the Year

  6. Best Production and Arrangements * new this year!

  7. Impact Award

  8. Virtual Performance of the Year *previously Entertainer of the Year

The Capital Music Awards recognizes artists and members of the community who contribute to Ottawa’s diverse music scene. This second edition of the awards will showcase some of the best that the region has to offer and help promote the local music scene to the rest of Canada and beyond. The awards would also provide a platform to honour inductees towards an Ottawa Music Hall of Fame, as envisioned by the Ottawa Music Strategy.

Check out the list below for local music you can borrow from OPL

Local Music -- Ottawaby Steacy_Library

A list of great Local Music CDs by Ottawa musicians that you can check out of the Ottawa Public Library. Cataloging or annotation is included so you're not just checking out random music genres -- but sometimes that's fun too!