A Tribute to the Franco-Ontarians

98 George Street, in alley Next to Giant Tiger | Artist: Pierre Hardy

This mural was commissioned and unveiled in 1996 by Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. The store occupies a building that formerly housed Le Droit, Ottawa’s French-language daily newspaper. The work of artist and muralist Pierre Hardy, the mural features icons and well-known personalities from Franco-Ontarian history: Le Droit, Father Charles Charlebois, Jean-Marc Poliquin, Caisse Populaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Ottawa, (Henri Thériault and Alphonse Desjardins), Jos Montferrand, the Legend of the Flying Canoe, Séraphin Marion, Hector Dallaire, Germain Lemieux (Les vieux m’ont conté), St. Jean de Brébeuf, Lise Desjardins, Jean-Guy Desjardins and Delcourt Soucy (who played a role in the development of Giant Tiger stores), Jeanne Lajoie, “the defenders of the École Guigues” and Donald Poliquin.

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ByTowne Cinema Mural

325 Rideau Street | Artists: Mique Michelle and Kalkidan Assefa

ACFO (Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa or Association of francophone communities of Ottawa), in partnership with the Bytowne Cinema and M9Médias, created this mural located at 325 Rideau, to celebrate Ottawa’s diverse francophone community. This is a fantastic collaboration between Bytowne Cinema and these organizations to create art for the community and visitors to enjoy.
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Confederation Line, Rideau Station | Artist: Geneviève Cadieux

The artist explains her integrated art piece as follows: “In conceiving my design for the project, I have drawn inspiration from the representation of landscape in the history of Canadian art, and from Glenn Gould’s conceptual affinity for the Canadian North as expressed in “The Idea of North,” a sound documentary made for CBC radio in 1967. The notion of the North, which has become a metaphor in the Canadian consciousness, is a symbolic location of the sublime.

Through its allegorical conjuring of the immensity and beauty of Canadian nordicity, FLOW / FLOTS pursues and prolongs this line of cultural thinking. FLOW / FLOTS also evokes the significance of the Rideau Canal and its vicinity to the Rideau Station, as well as the importance of water in Canada’s history, rooted both in the vast area of our land that it covers and in the complex network of lakes and rivers that it forms, an inestimable wealth. The photographic image, featuring a shimmering and pictorially rich surface of water, is printed on the glass.

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Glow Canvas

Nicholas Street Underpass | Community Art Project
A collaboration of artistic expression using glow paint on canvas as part of a public art event held in the Downtown Rideau Zone of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau.

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The Underpass, Rideau Street & Colonel By | Artist: Jean René
The H2O mural was created by The Human Mozaïk and local artist Jean René. Each image consists of interactive underwater digital photography. The models are wrapped in vibrant coloured fabric. Go with the flow and dive into art!

This is commissioned art by the Downtown Rideau BIA as part of its public art program in partnership with the City of Ottawa.

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Inner Chatter

Nicholas Street Underpass| Artist: Matt Dubé

This series of drawings explores the incessant dialogues taking place in our minds during every waking moment.

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Malik Heritage Expo

400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa Little Theatre | Artist: Yousuf Karsh


Commemorating 100 Years of the Ottawa Little Theatre | 1913-2013

As the longest running community theatre in Canada, Ottawa Little Theatre annually welcomes over 50,000 patrons through its doors. Those who have graced its stage and gone on to national and international stardom include Rich Little, Dan Akroyd, Saul Rubinek, Luba Goy, Adam Beach and Jessica Holmes. One of the most famous people associated with the Ottawa Little Theatre was not someone who performed on its stage, but someone who photographed it. It is here where Yousuf Karsh, renowned Ottawa portrait photographer of the rich, famous and powerful, experimented with theatre photography. The experience had an enduring influence on his style. It is also here in 1932 that Karsh met a young actress named Solange Gauthier. They married in 1939. Gauthier introduced her husband to Ottawa’s theatre elite and became his studio’s business manager. This is a commemorative exhibit in recognition of the Ottawa Little Theatre’s 100th Season produced by the Downtown Rideau BIA as part of its public art program in partnership with the City of Ottawa. Launched at The Underpass Wall Gallery in spring 2013. Relocated to the Ottawa Little Theatre for permanent installation September 2013.

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Mixed Media Poem

2 Daly Avenue | Created By: Oni the Haitian Sensation

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O-Train’s Confederation Line Rideau Station

Colonel By Drive at Rideau Street, The Underpass | Source: IBI Group

This commemorative public art installation celebrates the opening of the O-Train’s Confederation Line Rideau Station under Rideau Street in Downtown Rideau. The O-Train is the City of Ottawa’s mass transit system. The Confederation Line was designed to replace buses on downtown streets with light rail transit underground to improve the pedestrian experience and flow of traffic downtown. Construction of the Confederation Line took six years (2013-2019). Rideau Street was closed to car traffic between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street (three blocks) for five of the six years. This installation is presented by the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area as part of its public art program in partnership with the City of Ottawa.

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Pizza Murals

A four-piece mural commissioned by Gabriel Pizza Rideau to enhance their interior and because, well, it’s pizza which should be honoured and celebrated.

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Princess Peach

14 Waller Street, The Loft | Artist: Dems & Doll
This is a modern take on Princess Peach, she is portrayed as a strong independent woman that does not need to be saved by Mario. She has her own style – edgy, yet still ladylike. She is a heroine instead of a damsel in distress. Princess Peach is an extension of a larger character mural. Visit The Loft to see the full mural.

Photo credit: Sarah Doll, Instagram @doll.face.one

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Rideau Canal Murals

Laurier Ave Underpass | Artists: Cassandra Dickie, Dodo Ose, and Ryan Smeeton

Queen Elizabeth Drive side

As part of the city’s mission to beautify the downtown area the Murals on Underpasses program was implemented to showcase local artists artwork on large city canvases. Cassandra Dickie and Dodo Ose created a surrealist mural on the Queen Elizabeth Drive side of the Laurier avenue underpass. Their mural shows the evolution of the Rideau Canal and historical images that display its journey. Ryan Smeeton created a surrealist mural on the Colonel By Drive side of the Laurier avenue underpass. His mural took a different approach by showcasing the significance of the Rideau Canal and why it is important to the city of Ottawa.

Colonel By Drive Drive side

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The Future is Ours to Create Mural

35 Waller Street, The Ottawa Mission | Artists: Phil Laporte, Mike Davis, Cassandra Dickie
A group of artists from Ottawa Urban Arts are using spray cans to paint a mural on the side of the Ottawa Mission on Besserer Street. The project is funded by the city’s “Paint it Up!” program, and is designed to cover walls tagged by graffiti with spray-painted murals. Apparently when this happens, graffiti artist don’t tag the affected area again.

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The Hand is a Mind is a Heart

uOttawa, 85 University Private | Artist: Laura Taler

This mural is a new public art commission created by Laura Taler, a graduate of University of Ottawa’s Master of Fine Arts program. It positions the body, and its breadth of sensations, as central to the acquisition and transmission of knowledge. Standing thirty-two tall by thirty-two feet wide, this public art installation was chosen amongst multiple content submissions responding to the theme “The Inner Workings of the Mind of a University of Ottawa Student”. The image of a brain, which viewers can see by tilting their heads to the left, symbolizes thought. Everything is held together by the heart, which fuels the passionate curiosity that motivates the desire to learn.
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Time’s Shadow

50 Rideau Street, exterior of Rideau Centre | Artist: Catherine Widgery

Time’s Shadow, a stunning glass triptych by artist Catherine Widgery that beautifully represents the changing of the seasons, is the cultural highlight of the CF Rideau Centre’s $360 million, three-year revitalization, inaugurated in August.

Time’s Shadow consists of three seasonally inspired art panels displayed along the exterior façade of the huge shopping centre. There are 11,000 square feet of art and consists of fritted and ceramic printed panes of glass held up by stainless steel “spider” fittings. The cycle of the seasons in the landscape are woven together with images of the sky from dawn to sunset, as a metaphor for the cycle of our lives.

Photo by Christine Anderson, Text from Canadian Architect

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“TRANSFORMATION” The Welcoming Ottawa Mural

215 Wurtemburg Street, at Rideau Street | Artist: Claudia Salguero

This mural, the largest in the city, celebrates Ottawa’s diversity, underlines the importance of inclusion and enhances awareness of the contributions of newcomers to Ottawa. It will become a heritage component of Welcoming Ottawa Week, an annual week of events created to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa residents to newcomers.

It was created by more than 60 people, including newcomers of different cultures, languages, ages and genders, with the participation of Indigenous artists and under the guidance of professional multidisciplinary artist and community arts based facilitator Claudia Salguero. Installed on the outdoor wall of an Ottawa Community Housing building the mural was made possible through a partnership between Ottawa Community Housing, the Tenants Circle at 215 Wurtemburg, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, and the Lowertown Community Resource Centre. The funding for the mural came from Ottawa Community Housing, The City of Ottawa – Diversity in the Arts Fund and Crime Prevention Ottawa.

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Youth Engagement Mural

Youth Services Bureau | Artists: Mike Davis, Cassandra Dickie and young artists

Artists from the organization Ottawa Urban Arts, in partnership with YSB’s Youth Engagement Program, worked with clients of the YSB’s Drop-in, which provides a safe space, lunch, access to housing and support to over 1,500 young people, ages 16 to 20, who are living on the streets or in poverty. The mural, on the east side of the YSB’s Drop-in on Waller Street, gives young people an opportunity to express themselves in a positive way and develop their artistic skills. The project aims to foster a sense of pride in young people who face many barriers, including youth who are street involved or unstably housed, living in poverty and often experiencing substance use and mental health issues.

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