It’s Better to Bust a Gut Than to Bust a Wheel

For the fourth week in a row, the LRT is still down. Riders continue to complain about the service interruptions, while both OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa, along with our Mayor and some City councillors, continue to point fingers at each other and ignore people, especially people with disabilities.

Why talk about public transportation when you can ignore those you promised to listen to?

As all of that continues to unfold, I will keep rolling on a positive note.

I hope you all had a great long weekend and had fun. It’s hard to believe it’s already the beginning of August.

The first half of the long weekend was awesome.

I was at the Ottawa International Buskerfest on Friday and Saturday nights, which is always a good time.

Mat Ricardo was one of the main performers I was excited to see. Mat Ricardo is a true jack-of-all-trades when it comes to performing. He can juggle, do various magic tricks, comedy, and more. He’s also been featured on numerous television shows, such as America’s Got Talent, and much more.


ABOVE: Ryan Lythall at Buskerfest with British performer Mat Ricardo.


In 2017, Mat Ricardo won the Peoples Choice Award at the Ottawa International Buskerfest. Mat and I have kept in touch through Facebook for several years.

After his performance on Friday night, we had a few moments to chat. For more information about Mat Ricardo, you can check out his website at

I planned to spend a few hours at the Buskerfest on Friday night. Like most of the summer so far, clouds began to roll in, and rain suddenly started to fall.

I did my best to get home before the rain got too bad, but I had to take shelter in a nearby store for a few minutes. Fortunately, the rain didn`t last long, and I wasn’t far from home.

As for Saturday night, I checked out Buskers & Burlesque, which took place at the Marriott Hotel at 100 Kent Street. This show (as you may have guessed) combines Buskerfest performance and local Burlesque performers. Mat Ricardo was the MC for the show.

One of the fantastic performers on Saturday night was Sharon. Sharon has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years. She has a background in improvisation acting from Second City in Toronto.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Sharon Mahoney before the show, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, and I am now a fan.

During the intermission, I ran into (not literally) Sharon, and she was extremely friendly and chatty.

Fair warning, her material is not for everyone and will offend some. I like that kind of comedy.

Besides, in this day and age, everything is offensive to someone.

Before I roll along to the next part, I would like to thank the organizers of the Ottawa International Buskerfest. They keep bringing in great acts from all over the world, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

I also want to point out that the Ottawa International Buskerfest is very wheelchair accessible. As a matter of fact, they’re probably one of, if not THE most wheelchair-accessible festivals and events on Sparks Street.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

There’s at least one event I’ll definitely be attending this coming weekend.

I’m referring to Fanaticcon Ottawa, which takes place on Sunday, August 13th, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ottawa Conference And Event Centre.

The Ottawa Conference And Event Centre is located at 200 Coventry Road, inside the Courtyard by Marriott East.

Fanaticcon Ottawa is a convention for fans of comics, anime, gaming, horror, sci-fi, and all things geeky and nerdy.

Along with local artists and vendors, Fanaticcon also features a cosplay contest and special guests.

One of this year’s special guests is Ken Sagoes, an American actor. Besides his countless roles on television and in film, he is probably best known as Roland Kincaid in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Another special guest is Abby Hagyard. Some of you may remember her as “Mom” from the hit TV show, You Can’t Do That On Television, which was filmed in Ottawa. Abby is also a very talented voice actress and can be heard as the voice of “Friend Bear” in the animated series The Care Bears.

Fanaticcon Ottawa is my favourite geek convention in Ottawa and is entirely wheelchair accessible.

Ticket Prices: VIP is $20, which includes early access to the event at 10 am, and five raffle tickets; General admission is $15 and includes one raffle ticket; Kids under 12 get in for free when accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids also get a loot bag.

For more information on Fanaticcon, visit

I hope to see you there!