A new artistic adventure is taking place in the ByWard Market, and it’s happening right now! From this moment until Thanksgiving, you are invited to experience the ByWard Market like never before. From Large-scale murals, to tiny Lego pieces, from historical visions re-imagined to futuristic sound & light installments, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The programming quietly kicked off at the Northdal Summer Shopping event in July, with the large-scale mural on the side of First Memorial Funeral Services building, visible from the parking lot facing Dalhousie street at Saint Patrick. Five artists contributed to the final product, which demonstrates the array in styles. The train depicted in the image below pays homage to a train that once traveled through Lowertown decades ago. This mural is designed to last for the rest of the summer and into the Fall months.

From left to right: Juan Carlos Noria, Dan Metcalfe, Phil Laporte, Mique Michelle, and Kalkidan Assefa

Next to pop up in the ByWard Market are the York Street Art Cubes, featuring three distinctive styles, each reflecting the artists’ heritage and backgrounds. Each cube stands 8x8x8, and are visible from all angles. See them on York Street on the green meridian between Market Organics and Origin Trade. Moving from the static scenes after these installations were complete, ZEPHYR and Movies in the Market popped up on different streets on Friday August 11 for one-time showings. “ZEPHYR” a special 16mm film loop projection and musical performance live presentation, that only enhanced market’s nighttime atmosphere of joviality. The final summer installment of Movies in the Market featured The Karate Kid (1984), and a brave crowd turned out despite weather warnings of thunder and rain. Audiences relaxed, ate popcorn, and enjoyed the free movie. Chalk Art Day brought three artists to Murray Street to create and display their own works of art. Juan Carlos Noria, Francois Pelletier, and Genevieve L. Richard dotted the sidewalk with their art while pedestrians stopped to contemplate the sights.


Sunday Stories takes place from Sunday August 20 – September 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Clarendon Courtyard, just behind Urban Barn on York Street. Enjoy free family programming including children’s stories, magicians, clowns, face painting, colouring, and free reading time in this quiet oasis just steps from shopping & coffee!

Please do not leave children unattended in this space.


August 24-27, George Street

Join us with BrickmanGraeme as he builds a scaled down, re-imagined version of the ByWard Market out of LEGO! For four days straight, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., all are invited to add their own flare to a brick masterpiece! When it comes to building innovation with bricks and blocks, BrickManGraeme is Canada’s original Master Model Builder!

Tick Tock Tom – Metal Masks and Forgotten Spaceship Chairs

September 1, 2, 4, George Street Plaza

Three dimensional, mechanical, hand-made sculptures in the ByWard Market, ready for you to pose with, interact with, and experience. Take a seat in the spaceship captain’s chair (originally designed for an Ottawa-based film production), place metallic mask over your face, and imagine yourself in a whole new retro-futuristic steampunk\techno world! Take your photos with the backdrop of artwork by Tick Tock Tom. You’ve never
experienced anything up close like this before!

The Roll Down Doors

ByWard Square, Ongoing, visible only at night

The ByWard Market was built on fresh produce, locally made goods, and eclectic imports from all over the world. None of this is reflected better than along what is easily considered the grocery isle in the Market: ByWard Market Square. Storefronts from George to York streets are looking back on their varied backgrounds with this historic project designed to bring you back through time, and to show off what once was there.

With assistance from the National Library and Archives, the Ottawa Public Library, and the Ottawa Jewish Archives,  significant images were discovered. Every effort was made to place photos on the roll down doors for the storefronts they used to inhabit nearly 100 years ago.

From close up, depictions of antique retail practices unfurl as the viewer steps back to take in the complete image comprised of dozens upon dozens of individually slatted adhesive poster strips that were painstakingly put in place. Viewers will notice familiar family names of those who once owned the shops, while others will notice which stores are still serving the public after nearly a century of change and evolution in the marketplace.

LOOP by Creos

September 2 – October 2, George Street

This illuminated musical installation, featuring a distinctive retrofuturistic look, uses cylinders two metres in diameter. Members of the public are invited to sit down inside and activate the mechanism, causing beautiful images inspired by 13 fairy tales to come to life. Loop is sure to spark children’s imagination and revive their parents’ childhood memories.

Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar – the pump-powered vehicles familiar from Bugs Bunny cartoons. The retro-futuristic machine plays animated fairy-tale loops set in motion when visitors work the lever together. When the cylinder starts spinning, it lights up, making the series of still images appear to move. A flickering strobe effect accompanies the black and white images, like in the very first movies. The animation is visible from inside or outside the cylinder and can be viewed from up close or far away. The speed at which the images move, the frequency of the flickering and the tempo of the music are determined by how fast the participants move the lever.

Created and produced with the support of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal.
A creation of Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix.
A production of Ekumen


August 25, evening, George Street Plaza

Celebrate CFMDC’s 50th anniversary with this one-time showing at George Street Plaza. Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that has since grown and evolved into a world-renowned distributor of independent media art. We honour our collective history of avant-garde art film, while playing a key-role in determining a more contemporary definition of distribution in the digital milieu. Now in our 50th year, with 3700+ films in our catalogue by over 1000 members, CFMDC is one of the most enduring, respected, forward thinking, and engaged, distribution centres in Canada.

Silent Disco with visuals by Roxanne Luchack

September 2 & 9, George Street Plaza

One screen. Two DJs. You decide.

#silentdisco going strong! @quietevents @capitalpopupcinema #myottawa @ontariotravel @ottawatourism

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Spin-N-Motion with IFCO

September 8, evening, George Street Plaza

George Street Plaza
September 8, Evening
The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO) is thrilled to present Spin N’ Motion, a collaborative project that unites analog modes of production and presentation vinyl (records) and emulsion (film) for one incredible evening of a live film and vinyl performance and presentation!


September 29, Evening, George Street Plaza

An IFCO production featuring live DJs and fashion from the ByWard Market. It’s George Street Plaza completely made over.

Mise En Rose

August 19 – Thanksgiving Weekend, Jean D’arc Courtyard

This peaceful urban oasis of lush greenery and flowering plants in the courtyard provides a restful , beautiful resting place and a beautiful backdrop for passersby to snap some memorable pics of Ottawa this summer of 2017.

Created by Artistic Landscape Designs @artisticlandscape.on.ca


Giant letters spelling out ByWard are being placed on York Street, right beside Pub 101. What’s the big deal about it? YOU ARE! The “Y” will be omitted, and will leave enough space for you to stand in to be the Y in ByWard.

After all, you are the reason.


Lace up your walking shoes and get ready for a leisurely stroll through the ByWard Market to learn more about the artistic installations spread out throughout the neighbourhood, discover vernissages in various galleries, and explore beyond the core!

By Day By Night Art Walk Bilingual Brochure 2017!


16mm short films, Friday September 22, George Street