Urban Design / Creative Cities


Downtown-BC
  The grand idea to create a professional art fair in Toronto for independent artists came about six years ago. The goal was to establish an interesting program that would engage artists (90 artists showcased their work in 2008) and art enthusiasts. This year, The Artist Project features 250 juried […]

The Artist Project 2013


A whimsical yellow wave cascades over half a block on Robson St., it’s faux grass sprouting crisp white umbrellas. This playful public installation is PICNURBIA, an urban picnic and hang out oasis. Flanked by the stoic VAG on one side and Arthur Erickson’s courthouse on the other, with the simple […]

PICNURBIA: Ride the Yellow Wave in the City


“I like stuff that’s really run down, that looks like it’s been lived in, that looks like it’s got some history to it,” said Ottawa illustrator Colin White over a cup of coffee at a local café. “These are things you don’t think of when you think of the Capital […]

Musings on Urban Design in the Capital



If you flipped through the average Ottawa tourism brochure, you would be hard-pressed to find anything mentioning the burlesque performances and poetry slams that regularly sell-out in the city. You might learn, however, that in 2010 Ottawa was named the IFEA World Festival & Event City. Ottawa takes pride in […]

Festival City


Following my first article for this publication a friend of mine approached me with a movie watching suggestion. The film he presented to me was made by a famous graffiti artist known simply as Banksy entitled Exit Through the Gift Shop. This Film chronicles an obsessive film maker’s quest to […]

Destruction vs. Art Part II: The Case of the Toronto ...


When Natalie Joy Quesnel moved from St. Isidore de Prescott to Ottawa in 1998 in order to attend university, she didn’t really know a lot of people in the city. The current Executive Producer of the Ottawa Fringe Festival now teaches part-time in the Department of Theatre at the University […]

Ottawa to Lose Centennial-Era Astrolabe Theatre



The first time I visited New York City in 2008, I felt born again, seeing urbanity anew. Prior to the visit, I had scoffed at the hoopla, wondering how one city could possibly live up to such hyperbolic ravings. Arriving to the city, though, my senses were overwhelmed – the […]

Inspiration in the City


In 2009, celebrity academic Richard Florida called Ottawa the most creative city in the country. The news surprised everyone, including many Ottawans. For decades, the capital of Canada has suffered a reputation as a stuffy government town. Florida’s findings were published in a study called Ontario in the Creative Age. […]

Ottawa: Canada’s Creative Capital?