• Mayor Jim Watson opens Kaleidoscope exhibit

    Mayor Jim Watson opened an exhibit at the City Hall Art Gallery today, featuring the latest additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection. The exhibition, entitled Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, is on display at the City Hall Art Gallery between December 6, 2018 and January 30, 2019.

     The exhibition features 68 artworks representing 43 artists. Nineteen of these artists are new to the Collection.

     The kaleidoscope was selected as a symbol for this exhibit to highlight the diverse grouping of work and to encourage viewers to expand their awareness and see things in a new light.



    Mayor Watson calls new gallery a “premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community.”

    OTTAWA ON, APRIL 28, 2018 Today the new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) opened to the public, offering a new centre for culture in the city. The inauguration marks a significant moment for Ottawa’s cultural landscape and artistic community, as the new OAG houses galleries for special projects, a permanent collection and the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.

    Along with the expanded space, the OAG debuted a spectacular exhibition showcasing the region’s rich art history. Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, is a landmark exhibition of unparalleled scale honouring over 6,500 years of art making in Ottawa-Gatineau.

    “The province welcomes this exciting addition to Ottawa’s cultural scene,” said Daiene Vernile, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport.  “The new, expanded space allows the Ottawa Art Gallery to provide an inclusive place to showcase the wonderful breadth of historic and contemporary Canadian art.”

    ‘’The opening of the new Ottawa Art Gallery marks a significant moment in our city’s history and culture. The newly expanded facility will serve as Ottawa’s premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community. Congratulations to our local arts leaders who worked tirelessly with the City to turn this 30-year-old dream into a reality. Through the collaboration between OAG, community partners and all three levels of government, Ottawa now has a new home for its most important works of arts; an exciting space to share these Canadians treasures with residents and visitors from around the world.’’
    – Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

    A major cultural investment, the new OAG spans six floors and more than 55 000 square feet of programmable space. The stunning contemporary new building offers glimpses of the urban core and includes rotating galleries for historical, contemporary and touring exhibitions, an art studio, two rooftop terraces, a large multi-purpose room and a café all provided within a barrier-free environment complete. The new OAG has fully accessible entrances, gender neutral washrooms and offers free child-care Wednesday evenings and during vernissages. Admission to the new OAG is always free and its operating hours are 9 am to 9 pm, every day.

    ‘’The new Ottawa Art Gallery has been designed with a sense of interconnectivity, manifested not only in the beautiful architecture, but also in its approach to community. You will see a gallery that is accessible, breaks down barriers to participation, a gallery that is free and open when you need it to be, a gallery that embraces diversity, a gallery for you.’’
    -Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

    The OAG is part of a multi-use complex that also incorporates an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus condominiums by DevMcGill, and a boutique hotel by Groupe Germain Hotels.

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    Véronique Couillard
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    Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

    OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

  • Ottawa’s music industry takes centre stage at the Sonicity Showcase

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Jeff Leiper, and members of the music industry celebrated Ottawa’s vibrant music community today at the Sonicity Showcase.

    In association with Megaphono, Ottawa’s annual music industry festival and conference, the Sonicity Showcase featured a preview of the Ottawa Music Strategy and officially launched Sonicity, a mobile app that offers immersive original soundtracks, composed by local musicians, for seven bus routes on the OC Transpo system.

    A selection of artists featured on the app gave live performances, including Philippe Charbonneau, Boyhood, Nathanael Larochette, Ben Globerman and Adam Saikaley. Following the performances, the festivities continued with a 30-minute Silent Disco Night Ride on an OC Transpo bus, set to an exclusive Sonicity mix.

    The Ottawa Music Strategy

    During the 2017 JUNO Week, the City announced that it would fund the development of Ottawa’s first Music Strategy, aimed at supporting our local artists, musicians and producers, and growing this important sector of our economy. To ensure that the local industry was the driving force behind the strategy, the City engaged the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to assemble a task force of local industry leaders, facilitate consultations with stakeholders and residents and draft the strategy. Over 1,200 artists, industry professionals, fans and consumers of music participated in the consultation process.

    The Music Strategy is a three-year plan that aims to support the growth of Ottawa’s emerging music industry, establish Ottawa as a global music city and expand the City’s role in supporting local music. Currently the City:

    • provides grants to artists, not-for-profit organizations and festivals
    • presents local music at City-owned venues
    • delivers music and musician-focused programming

    The strategy’s recommendations focus on creating a music-friendly environment where every player in the music business – from live music venues to studios to performers – can flourish. The Ottawa Music Strategy will be presented to the Finance and Economic Development Committee in April 2018.


    Sonicity, a mobile app created by the local arts organization Artengine, integrates art, music and technology into the daily commute. Commissioned by the City’s Public Art Program and funded in part by the City’s Innovation Pilot Program, the app offers a unique way to connect audiences to emerging artists from Ottawa.

    Sonicity includes original compositions by local musicians Scattered Clouds, Boyhood, Mike Dubue, Memetic, Adam Saikaley, Nathanael Larochette and Ben Globerman for their favourite bus routes. The original compositions reimagine our public transit as a musical map inspired by Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, and provide travelers with a rich soundtrack to energize and enhance their journeys.


    “A vibrant music community creates jobs, builds connections, and helps make Ottawa a culturally exciting place to live and visit. We’re putting local musicians centre stage with projects like Sonicity, and developing the Ottawa Music Strategy to actively grow music as a part of a strong and diversified economy.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “As a member of the Ottawa Music Strategy task force, I’m excited to present our vision for Ottawa as a music city. In collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, we’re shining the spotlight on Ottawa’s talented musicians and their valuable contributions to our local art scene and entertainment industry.”
    Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward

  • New task force will help galvanize music industry in Ottawa

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa, together with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), will spearhead a task force of music and film industry leaders to develop a Music Strategy for Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jeff Leiper made the announcement today during the “Ottawa as a Music City” panel discussion at the Innovation Centre.

    OMIC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to growing the city’s music industry for the benefit of its artists, businesses, and the city as a whole. Since it was formed in 2015, a direct result of the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, OMIC has:

    • developed relationships between its members and the national industry, the City and the community-at-large;
    • delivered music-focussed programming in partnership with the City, Ottawa 2017, and the JUNO Awards;
    • conducted important research on developing the industry in Ottawa.

    The City of Ottawa and OMIC will work with a task force of music and film industry partners, as well as other business leaders, to develop a strategy that will strengthen and grow our music industry, as well as other cultural sectors in Ottawa.

    In order for OMIC to conduct the research and consultation work required to develop this Music Strategy, the City is investing $30,000.


    “Live music is a growth industry in Ottawa. It shapes our identity and who we are as a city. In addition to the cultural benefits, a thriving music industry helps to level the playing field for our homegrown companies who are competing to attract talent from around the world. This music strategy will be part of the legacy of the 2017 JUNOs happening in Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Music is one of Ottawa’s great assets. We have incredible music talent, dedicated music entrepreneurs, and vibrant music scenes. Developing a municipal music strategy is about bringing together industry and government to create an environment that nurtures music’s transformative potential. As a representative of Ottawa’s music industry, OMIC is excited and proud to have the opportunity to work with the City and business leaders from connected sectors on this important step for the growth of our music industry and for the growth of our city.”
    Andrew Vincent, Executive Director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)

  • The Government of Canada provides funding in support of Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery

    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced that the City of Ottawa is receiving $5,250,000 to fund the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the Arts Court building. She also announced that the Ottawa Art Gallery is receiving an additional $1,300,000 for specialized equipment to outfit their new space.

    This funding will help the City of Ottawa continue to house 26 not-for-profit arts organizations and to display the Ottawa Art Gallery’s vast collection for local residents and visitors alike.

    This funding has been made possible thanks to the unprecedented investment of nearly $170,000,000 for cultural spaces over two years in the 2016 Budget. These investments will help strengthen the middle class with new jobs, provide opportunities for families to access the arts in their own communities, and create spaces for artists and artisans to perfect their craft and ensure that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world


    “Arts Court is a great example of an institution that allows the arts to grow in our communities by creating a home for local talent. I am proud that our government can help support their great work. Investing in Canada’s cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class and grow our economy.”

    —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    “I am pleased to see the Government of Canada invest generously in the new Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project, and in our local arts sector. A vibrant and thriving arts and culture scene stimulates our city’s economic growth, and makes Ottawa an attractive destination for tourism, business and talented professionals.”

    —Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa

    “Ottawa is replete with amazing national cultural institutions, and it also has a thriving and growing regional arts scene. So it is wonderful to see the Government of Canada recognize this and support the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project!”

    —Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery

    Quick Facts

    • Arts Court is located in the historic 1870 Carleton County Courthouse in downtown Ottawa.
    • $5.25 million of the announced funding will support the renovation of the existing Arts Court facility and the construction of a new and expanded space for the Ottawa Art Gallery. This project is being managed by the City of Ottawa.
    • $1.3 million of the announced funding will go directly to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment following the construction of their new facility.
    •  The new Ottawa Art Gallery will expand from its current 10,000 square feet to over 31,000 square feet. It will include several galleries and a new screening room.
    • The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
    • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, launched in 2001, invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.
    • As of March 31, 2016, the Fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory. The program receives an average of 137 applications each year.
    • As of December 31, 2016, 80 percent of the money allocated in Budget 2016 has been approved for projects. This investment is supporting 157 projects in 96 communities across the country this year.

    Associated Links


    Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage

  • Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini & Kevin Bazinet to perform at Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert

    Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce that the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event.

    This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, March 17, as part of the celebrations in the nation’s capital surrounding the anniversary of hockey’s most treasured trophy: the Stanley Cup.

    The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable multimedia experience for all ages.

    Tickets for the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will go on sale this Thursday at noon. Prices range from $39.50 to $69.50. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca.

    Ottawa 2017 partners with Live Nation Canada
    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is pleased to welcome Live Nation Canada as an Official Partner of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. The global leader for live entertainment will play a key role in planning musical events in the year ahead.

    Stanley Cup 125th Tribute
    As announced last summer, the Stanley Cup® 125th Tribute will take place from March 15 to 18, 2017. This extraordinary four-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup. It will be the signature event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® this year in Ottawa, where the tradition started.

    Events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument.

    About Ottawa 2017
    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

    About Live Nation Entertainment:
    Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

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    Media information:

    Ottawa 2017
    Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations

    National Hockey League
    Jasmine Gahfour – Manager, Communication – Public Relations

    Live Nation – Canada
    For more show information please contact:
    Erin Smyth – 416-260-4226

    Ottawa Senators
    Brian Morris – Senior Director, Communications

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  • Submissions now open for JUNOfest 2017

    JUNO Week’s two-night music festival invites Canadian artists from all genres to apply.

    TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that artist submissions for JUNOfest, presented by CBCMusic.ca are now open. The annual musical festival will showcase performances by top Canadian acts in venues across Ottawa on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of JUNO Week 2017.

    Artists interested in participating in JUNOfest can apply between November 29, 2016 and January 27, 2017 at www.junofestsubmissions.ca.

    About JUNOfest:


    • One of the signature events of JUNO Week, JUNOfest is a two-night music festival featuring 100+ artists playing on stages throughout Ottawa. The festival will feature live performances by regional and national artists representing the many genres that make up Canadian music, including local artists representing Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant music scene and 2017 JUNO Award nominees.
    • JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists only. A $20 application fee will apply.
    • JUNOfest will be produced by Shawn Scallen/spectrasonic.


    JUNOfest will offer shows at more than 15 venues across Ottawa/Gatineau on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1


    JUNOfest has showcased more than 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres including: African Guitar Summit, Alexisonfire, Alex Cuba, Anvil, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Deep Dark Woods, Divine Brown, D-Sisive, Doc Walker, Down with Webster, Elliott Brood, Elizabeth Shepherd, Feist, Fucked Up, The Gryphon Trio, Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Hot Panda, Jane Bunnett, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Julie Doiron, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, k-os, Kellylee Evans, KENmode, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Little Miss Higgins, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, Milk & Bone, MSTRKRFT, NQ Arbuckle, Plants and Animals, The Sadies, Said the Whale, Saint Alvia, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Shout Out Out Out Out, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Ten Second Epic, Thornley, Two Hours Traffic, The Wailin’ Jennys, Wintersleep, and hundreds more.
    Rich Aucoin at JUNOfest 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo credit: CARAS/Cameron MacDonald 2015

    The 46th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.

    Website: www.junofestsubmissions.ca, www.junoawards.ca
    Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards
    Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

    Click here to read the full release.

  • Call to musicians, promoters and music entrepreneurs for 2017JUNO Host Committee projects

    New funding program announced

    Ottawa – The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are pleased to announce an investment of $30,000 in a new one-time funding program that will enable the capital’s musicians, promoters and other music entrepreneurs to develop and present unique musical experiences throughout the city in early 2017.

    From January to March, this micro-grant initiative will help build and engage audiences across all 23 city wards in the weeks leading up to the JUNO Awards.

    “Hosting the 2017 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week is an opportunity for us to support Ottawa’s growth as a music city and to foster new ways for residents and visitors to experience music with performances in non-traditional music spaces,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This new micro-grant program will help build excitement for the Awards and contribute to their legacy by boosting visibility for local music, and by creating connections between local musicians, promoters, and other businesses.”

    “We are delighted to bring the JUNO Awards, Canadian musicians and Canada’s music industry to the nation’s capital during our country’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO,of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS),The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We are equally thrilled that Ottawa has developed a new strategy to further promote and develop its local music scene.”

    Today’s announcement at Zaphod Beeblebrox, a longstanding music club in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, included special performances by local artist Mélissa Ouimet as well as

    Kalle Mattson, whose video “Avalanche” was nominated for a 2016 JUNO Award.

    In addition to the micro-grant program, the host for the 46th annual JUNO Awards was revealed. JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé will take to the stage to host the broadcast at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

    “I’m so proud to chair, for a third time, Ottawa’s JUNO Host Committee. Music is a reflection of who we are as a people, where we’ve come from and where we aspire to go,” said Guy Laflamme, Chair, 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “If ever there was a year to celebrate Canadian music and showcase what draws us together as a country, it’s next year during Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.”

    Micro-grant program at a glance:

    • Applications open Wednesday, November 2, 2016;
    • Application deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016;
    • A total of $30,000 in project funding is available;
    • Events will be funded at a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $2000 each;
    • All events must take place within one of Ottawa’s 23 wards;
    • Events must be held between January 1, 2017 to March 26, 2017;

    Application information will be online tomorrow at www.ottawa2017.ca/JUNO.

    The program will be administered on behalf of the JUNO Host Committee by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). An independent five-member jury, with representation from Ottawa’s music community and one representative from the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, will assess the applications.

    JUNO Week in Ottawa will take place March 27 to April 2, 2017 at venues across the National Capital Region. JUNO Week and the 2017 JUNO Awards are an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.

    The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee would like thank its sponsors: Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Bell, Gowling WLG and many more valuable partners and volunteers.

    For more information about the JUNO Awards visit www.junoawards.ca.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-calibre experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Mayor’s inaugural Gala for the Arts raises $75,000 for the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project

    Ottawa – The inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, which was held on Saturday, October 15, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, was a huge success.

    Through generous sponsorship, donations and ticket purchases, the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts raised $75,000. These proceeds will be directed towards the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

    “Next year, our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community will find a new home in Ottawa’s premier arts hub: the newly expanded and renovated Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court facility,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Gala’s beneficiaries, the Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Art Gallery, work diligently to grow and support the professional development of our Arts Community. This is why hosting this Gala and supporting the arts is so important: by investing in the arts, we invest in our City.”

    260 guests attended the sold-out Gala and enjoyed memorable performances by internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt, the Ottawa Symphony, the Aboriginal Experience Dance Troupe and Bear Nation Singers, the Ottawa Dance Directive, Fresh Meat Theatre, The Yips and the upbeat musical group Swing.

    The Ottawa Art Gallery displayed artwork from their extensive collection, and local Arts Court partners ArtEngine, Saw Video and Saw Gallery brought a modern, fresh and technological facet to fashion and visual arts.

    The culinary arts were also proudly showcased. Guests savoured delectable creations from an impressive dinner menu elaborated exclusively for the Gala through collaboration between the chefs of The WhalesboneAtelierBeckta and Thyme and Again.

    “There are many priorities in any municipality but great cities can attest to culture remaining one of the key pillars, and Ottawa is no exception. On behalf of the Ottawa Art Gallery, we thank Mayor Watson for his inspired support of the arts in our city and his leadership on the OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project,” said Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery’s Director & CEO.

    “We are delighted to have had Mayor Watson’s unwavering support for the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment,” said Peter Honeywell, Ottawa Arts Council’s Executive Director. “Proceeds from this inaugural Gala will contribute to improving arts spaces that will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors for decades to come.”

    Mayor Watson would like to acknowledge Platinum levels sponsors CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA and Gold level sponsors Groupe Germain and the Rideau Transit Group, who rose to the occasion and showed not only their support for the arts community, but for the community at large.

    Click here to view photos of the evening.

  • Underpass murals celebrate the Rideau Canal

    October 6th, 2016 – New murals were officially showcased today on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Colonel By Drive under the Laurier Avenue Bridge. This is the third year of the Murals on Underpasses program intended to feature local artists and beautify the City.

     “These underpasses are key gateways to Ottawa’s downtown, and it’s only fitting that the artists have celebrated the historical and social significance of the Rideau Canal,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These murals are fun and whimsical and yet help document Ottawa’s unique communities and their histories.”

    Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney and Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury also participated in today’s showcase.

    Queen Elizabeth Drive

    Artists:  Cassandra Dickie and Dodo Ose

    This mural is a surrealist approach to the evolution of the Rideau Canal, inspired by a combination of double exposure photography and watercolour technique. Large historical images and smaller detailed contemporary scenes reflect a journey down the canal, from nature to urban sprawl, summer to winter, and past to present.

    Colonel By Drive

    Artist:  Ryan Smeeton

     This mural highlights the significance of the Rideau Canal and reflects upon the aspects that make it so important to Canadians as a source of leisure, history and commerce. The imagery references its engineering and construction as well as its everyday function.

    “These murals bring recognition to local artists, enhance our neighbourhoods and have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism,” said Councillor Egli. “They give downtown visitors out for a walk or a skate even more reasons to stop, and gaze and enjoy their surroundings.”