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Jan 23, 2024

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The hopping place tonight is a music and film industry mixer called Reel Vibes at Lou Dawg’s on Main Street. It’s invite only, although if you can find someone who is going, just tag along. Things get rolling at 5 p.m. and the live entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. with Jonny Wyatt and David Dino White. Organized by the City of North Bay, it’s the first of a series of quarterly networking events planned for 2024.

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Top Shelf

  • Crohn’s Disease impacted by buffet of food choices

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Today’s Activity Nudge

city of north bay oval skating rink lee park

The skating oval at Lee Park is now open with ideal weather forecasted for the next week. Eight of North Bay’s outdoor rinks are also open, see HERE for details. There are no more excuses, get off the couch. City of North Bay Photo

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Crohn’s Disease
impacted by buffet
of diet choices

Arwyn Paterson is a local realtor who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and started using the “Specific Carbohydrate Diet” which drastically improved her condition. She joins today’s To North Bay With Love show to talk with host Lisa Boivin and Kelly Martin, who have also started to follow this diet, and they share the big changes in their day to day lives.

  • Lisa and Kelly talk about how this diet has helped their gut health 2:10
  • Arwyn joins the show to talk about her personal journey with this diet 10:10
  • How Arwyn has changed her diet over the course of her life 17:45


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Reduce the burden you put on others by doing “your own work.” To understand the concept more, check out the latest Richard Fortin Presents podcast with guest Yves Doyon.


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To North Bay With Love:

Lisa Boivin, host of the To North Bay With Love podcast, gets out of the studio and takes a trip to the White Water Gallery at 159 Main Street East to chat with Artistic Director Alex Maeve Campbell.

She also brings on two artists, Victoria Ward and Gary Blundell, to talk about their trip to the Bay of Fundy inspiring them to paint the pieces featured on display. All three agree that art makes a community better.


Cogeco has the big tilt between the Sudbury Wolves vs North Bay Battalion game live on YourTV Thursday at 7 p.m. Rotary At Home TV Bingo is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Lions At Home TV Bingo on Sunday’s at 7 p.m.

Backroads Bill:

The Kennedy Island pictograph within the Upper French River was one of Dewdney's first pictograph finds. Bill Steer Photo

Backroads Bill Steer explains the importance of pictographs in last week’s podcast, while also recommending where to find the best examples across Ontario. Bill also describes how pictographs, petroglyphs and petroforms are all different kinds of expressions and each has its own historical significance. See his written column on the subject published by BayToday HERE.

New podcasts drop Wednesday mornings. Listen on the Echo website HERE. You can also find the Backroads Bill podcast on Spotify, Apple, IHeart Radio, Spreaker, Google, and Amazon. Read the Backroads Bill column at

The Frontline:

The NFL Eh?! podcast dropped Sunday with a few tears and cheers as the playoff results decide which teams are going to the Super Bowl.

Powassan Voodoos Ryan Patrick and Dylan McElhinney talk about growing up in Pittsburgh, the road to the Voodoos, differences between Canada and America, and the bus leaving Dylan behind.

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Catch them after Thursday’s match against the visiting Sudbury Wolves.

Art People Podcast:

The Art People Podcast is a five-episode series produced by actor Joe Drinkwalter, with interviews with Michelina Beam of Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, Brianna Lintner of BReal Studios, actor and director Rob McCubbin, singer and songwriter Hannah Grace, and Kelsey Ruhl, about the On the Edge Fringe Festival.

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind. Awards top their talk in the 29th episode released Jan. 17.

0:03:40 – Start The Awards!

0:05:29 – Best WTF/Surprises Moment

0:14:34 – Baw Gawd That Man Has A Family (over the top action scenes)

0:26:57 – Something That Got You Angry (not real life)

0:35:46 – Dumbest Media Headline Of The Year

Their 28th episode Jan. 10 has a Game Show theme.

Events Echo

Wednesday, Jan. 24

  • FJ McElligott ‘Magical, Mystical Music and Art Show with auction, $10
  • Chippewa Raiders and Scollard Bears clash in NDA hockey match at West Ferris arena starting at 6 p.m. (playoff semis begin Feb. 9).

Thursday, Jan. 25

  • Nipissing Serenity Hospice open house 4 to 7 p.m. celebrating four years of operation
  • North Bay Battalion hosts the high-flying Sudbury Wolves at 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26

Saturday, Jan. 27


(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay or check out their December newsletter HERE.)

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