The Powder Room offers relief to music lovers in a jam

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest gets the Powder Room star treatment

OTTAWA, July 5 /CNW/ - With approximately 12 to 18 per cent of Canadians experiencing overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms, the Powder Room - a national education program for people with OAB - has compiled a stellar line-up of public restrooms to help provide concert-goers some relief to and from the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest.1

Since 2006, the Powder Room has encouraged Canadians to add and rate public restrooms across Canada on the Cross-Canada Powder Room Map - The map enables the public and those experiencing OAB symptoms to cope by mapping out bathroom locations along routes to ensure they know where a bathroom is at all times. With 28 per cent of Canadians having an urge to urinate that is sometimes difficult to put off, and 30 per cent urinating more than 8 times in a 24-hour period, restrooms to and from the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest have been chosen based on their proximity to the bluesy festivities.2

"Being a part of the Cross-Canada Powder Room Map allows for the Scone Witch to not only support the Ottawa community, but it also creates an opportunity for us to be of service to those who may pass on a great event like the Bluesfest because of their condition," says Heather Matthews, owner of the Scone Witch.

Restrooms around the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest include:

  • The Scone Witch, 388 Albert Street
  • The Glue Pot, 340 Queen Street
  • Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street
  • Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill, 402 Queen Street
  • Baton Rouge, 360 Albert Street
  • Black Bear Pub, 160 Bay Street
  • Lyon Tapas Bar, 222 Lyon Street North
  • So Good Restaurant, 717 Somerset Street West
  • Zen Kitchen, 634 Somerset Street West
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street

To obtain a print-out of the public restrooms to and from the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest or to provide a rating for a restroom across Canada, please visit


Overactive bladder affects approximately 12 to 18 per cent of Canadians.3 Having the sudden "urge" to urinate, even when the bladder is not full, is the primary symptom of overactive bladder and not, as some believe, incontinence (urine leakage).4


The Powder Room is a national and fully bilingual educational program developed in collaboration with Canadian healthcare professionals. The program works to improve the quality of life of individuals with overactive bladder by helping them to understand, manage and treat the condition. For more information on overactive bladder, visit The Powder Room has been made possible through an education grant from Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., a leader in the field of urology.


1 Kelleher C, et al. Improved Quality of Life in Patients with Overactive Bladder Symptoms treated with Solifenacin. BJU International 2005; 95:81-85.
2 Leger Marketing, on behalf of the Powder Room, OAB Omnibus Survey.
3 Kelleher C, et al. Improved Quality of Life in Patients with Overactive Bladder Symptoms treated with Solifenacin. BJU International 2005; 95:81-85.
4 Wein A, Rackley, R. Overactive Bladder: A Better Understanding of Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. J Urology 2006; 175:S5-S10.

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For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview with an OAB expert or overactive bladder patient contact: Erin Bodley, energi PR, 416-425-9143 ext. 14,

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