“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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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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Canada Day on Rideau

Nicholas Street Underpass | Artist: Petr Maur






Downtown Rideau is the place to be on Canada Day! Enjoy our Living Flag, sit on a temporary patio, take in some local live music, discover amazing buskers and enjoy the evening’s fireworks over Parliament Hill.

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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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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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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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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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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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