Pure Yoga (359 Bank St) & Astanga Yoga (200 Bank St)
Murals + Murals + More Murals
Downtown Bank is home to some amazing murals. From our giant butterfly, to the purple robot and woman at Snider Plaza, a walk around Downtown Bank will have you finding the perfect spot for your next Instagram post. Just don't forget to tag us @downtownbank so we can share your image!
Labour Day weekend is just around the corner, and it usually represents the end of summer and a return to work or school. But the fun of summer doesn't have to end just yet. We've put together a list of our top 5 summer-vibe places on Bank Street you should visit to keep the summer feelings going - this weekend and beyond!
1. What goes better than summer and burgers? We love Burgers and Fries Forever at 329 Bank St. What we're most excited for at BFF? The AVOCONTROL burger! Available for one week from Sept 1 - 7th. The burger features panko deepfried avocados, Doritos, chipotle lime sour cream, micro greens 🌿, and cheddar!
2. Of course, no summer meal is complete without ice cream. Tired on regular old Vanilla? Try out an exciting new flavour at Moo Shu located at 477 Bank St. Even better - they have the incredible Bubble Waffles available now!
3. Yes, Yoga is a great year-round activity, and Pure Yoga makes us feel especially summer-y. Maybe it's their bright, beautiful space at 359 Bank Street, or their awesome roster of yoga teachers who radiate sunshine - either way, going to a Pure Yoga class will definitely give you that happy summer endorphin kick.
4. New to Downtown Bank, but oh-so-totally great for summer feelings is Naturally Vain at 433 Bank St. We think he perfect way to combat any end of summer blues is by taking a bath with a Watermelon Bathbomb! Not a bathbomb fan? Naturally Vain has a great selection of other products including scrubs and soap bars.
5. Foster's Sports Centre gives us summer vibes - all year long! Did you know they are Ottawa’s oldest bike shop, with over 50 years in business? Stop in at 305 Bank Street and see their huge inventory. They have a great team that will be happy to answer any questions and find your perfect fit.
This Sunday is Ottawa Capital Pride's biggest event: The Pride Parade! While we hope you'll be joining us in the Parade, you may already have other plans. In that case, please be aware of the following road closures around the Centretown area:
This year's parade will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Parking will be limited on roads surrounding the festival from about 3 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday and will be prohibited on the parade route from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Bank Street will also be closed Sunday between Florence Street and Somerset Street from 7 a.m. until midnight for the Pride Community Fair.
The Village Legacy Project looks at the Village and the history of the local LGBTTQ+ community over time. Drawing from a number of archival sources, including interviews with over 35 activists and leaders, The Village Legacy Project takes an insightful, poignant look at Bank Street's LGBTTQ+ history, and includes an interactive website and mobile app with short documentaries (villagelegacy.bankstreet.ca).
Check out the articles below for feature interviews, and a sneak-peak in to the beautiful archival images included in the project:
From the legal rights campaigns to pick-up hot spots
CBC Ottawa All In A Day interview with Glenn Crawford on the history of the Village on Bank
The official flag raising yesterday at Ottawa City Hall kicked off the beginning of Pride Week in Ottawa. Excited to attend? Check out the event listings below for everything happening around the city today:
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ottawa Marriott Hotel – 100 Kent St.
$15 — Tickets available now. Click here to purchase. Doors 7PM, show 8PM-10PM Join Capital Pride and hosts Eva Darling and Koko Shennel as this year’s contestants compete for the crown and the titles of Mr., Ms. and Mx. Capital Pride. Featuring DJ Ashley Gauthier, Kiki Coe, Karter Banger, Master Cameron Eric Leon and special…
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Various locations throughout the Bank Street LGBTTQ+ Village
Presented by the Bank Street BIA @ Various locations throughout the Bank Street LGBTTQ+ Village – See photos, plaques, banners and more from Ottawa’s queer history as we launch our exciting mobile app and website, featuring interviews on the events, people and places that shaped our community.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Centretown Community Health Centre (420 Cooper St)
Presented by Centretown Community Health Centre@ Centretown Community Health Centre (420 Cooper St) New to Canada? New to celebrating Pride in Canada? Gathering for LGBTQ newcomers, asylum seekers, refugees and their allies. Join us for art, activities, food and fun. Celebrate the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and cultural identities. Meet new friends. Learn…
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Swizzles Bar & Grill (246 Queen St)
Presented by Ours Ottawa Bears @ Swizzles Bar & Grill (246 Queen St) Join us every Tuesday evening for various card and board games. A great way to meet bears in your community! More info: Facebook Event
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Ottawa City Hall (111 Lisgar St, entrance at Cartier St)
Presented by Ottawa Frontrunners @ Ottawa City Hall (111 Lisgar St, entrance at Cartier St) Ottawa Frontrunners invites locals and anyone from out of town visiting for Ottawa Capital Pride, as well as locals, interested in joining us for a run or a walk. http://www.ottawafrontrunners.org
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
AIDS Committee of Ottawa - 19 Main Street
Come out to our dinner and help us make our float for the Pride parade? Come check out our social and build meaningful relationships with other guys in Ottawa while enjoying awesome food! https://www.facebook.com/events/176244949584236
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Good Companions Seniors' Centre - 670 Albert Street
$12 tickets @ The Good Companions, or call 613-236-0428 ext. 2100 Pride BBQ Lunch is a licensed event with a cash bar Lunch will be served including: Roll, BBQ Chicken Breast, Wedge Potatoes, Assorted Salads, Rainbow Cake, Coffee and Tea. 1:00pm Entertainment provided by “China Doll.” Deadline for ticket purchase is August 18th by 3…
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1. Your friends!
When it comes to marching in the Pride Parade, the more = the merrier! Surrounding yourself with an accepting group of BFFs is ESSENTIAL!
While we've have a rainy summer so far in Ottawa, that doesn't mean you should take your chances and skip the sun screen. Grab a bottle at one of the shops on Bank Street and prevent peeling! We recommend: Herb & Spice Wellness Shop (380 Bank Street) for an all natural alternative.
With crowds, comes waiting. Luckily, there's going to be lots to do in the area before, during and after the Parade. Why not grab a bite to eat at one of the amazing stops along Bank Street with your BFFs to help pass the time? We recommend: Eggspectation (171 Bank Street), and Wilf & Ada's (510 Bank Street)
Make sure you don't need to make any last minute day-of ATM stops by brining cash with you! That way when you find the perfect item at the Community Fair after the Parade, you can pick it up.
5. A Pride flag
This item may seem completely obvious, but we just wanted to remind you to bring a flag - any size will do! Check out Dollar It at 297 Bank St, for Pride flags and even more awesome accessories.
6. A colourful outfit (we recommend anything with Hot Pants!)
No such thing as a dress code at Pride. With the theme of this year being "Just Be" we encourage you to Just Be: colorful, be scandalous, be conservative...Be whatever you want.
7. An open mind
Remember that LGBT encompasses a wide variety of genders, sexualities, races, and walks of life — not just your own.
While the drink selection at the bar will be amazing, don't skip the H2O. Stay hydrated! In need of a cute water bottle for the occasion? Stop in at our newest fave accessory stop: Readi Set Go at 793 Bank St.
9. A cute AF sign
Ask for hugs or make a statement. Either way, you’re standing up for LOVE. In need of supplies to make the magic happen? Staples at 403 Bank Street and Wallack's Art Supplies at 231 Bank St have everything you'll need.
10. And last but not least...BRING YOUR PRIDE
Feel proud of who and what you are, and what everyone in the LGBTQ2 community has accomplished!
Pride on Downtown Bank
A rainy Friday is a perfect occasion to look back at the exciting events of Pride 2016 to get us ready for Pride 2017! Here are some of our favourite images from last year's parade on Bank Street:
Feeling ready for 2017? This year the Parade starts on August 27th at 1:30pm on Downtown Bank Street, check out the parade route below:
But that's not all that's happening! The 27th will also feature a Community Fair and Sidewalk Sale along Bank Street. Check out your favourite stores as they join in the Ottawa Capital Pride celebrations. Details about special events, promotions, and sales will be features on our instagram and blog in the coming days!
-The Downtown Bank Team-
The Bank Street B.I.A is a proud sponsor of this year’s Ottawa Capital Pride Festival. The programming begins on August 21st at Ottawa City Hall for the official flag raising, and continues until Sunday, August 27th with the Pride Parade down Bank Street. A full listing of the events can be found at ottawacapitalpride.ca/events
The theme for Capital Pride 2017 is "Just Be". “Ottawa Capital Pride is intended to be a welcoming and safe space for everyone,” says Tammy Dopson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Our theme celebrates the individual experience of all who attend our festival, as well as Pride as a place to celebrate our community’s diversity.” The theme “Just Be” recognizes the journeys individuals have and the journey shared as a community.
Another exciting part of this year’s Ottawa Capital Pride is the Village Legacy Project, in partnership with the Bank Street B.I.A. The Village Legacy Project works to assemble a historical perspective on the LGBTQ community of Ottawa with references to champions of the movement locally, nationally and internationally.
The perspective speaks largely to the City-wide movement, activities, milestones, landmarks etc. and the role of Bank Street during these times recognizing that these have culminated from worldwide activities. The official launch for this project is August 22nd at Wallack Galleries. You can RSVP to attend the event by going to the "Events" section of our site.
The Ottawa Capital Pride organization’s mission is to create an environment for advocacy, education, and the fostering of a strong and vibrant LGBTQ community within the Nation’s Capital region. For more information, please check the Ottawa Capital Pride website at ottawacapitalpride.ca
Feel free to connect with the Bank Street BIA at anytime via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Closures: August 27th, 2017
Ottawa Capital Pride is coming to Bank Street, with the Pride Parade and Community Fair happening on Sunday, August 27th!
Please be aware that the following street closures will be enacted on August 27th, 2017:
Laurier to Somerset will be closed from 1pm-4pm for the Pride Parade
Somerset to Florence will be closed from 7am – 12am for the Pride Parade and Community Fair
Florence to Catherine will be closed from 7am – 4pm for staging set up
The Parade route can be found on the Ottawa Capital Pride website at ottawacapitalpride.ca/events/pride-parade/
VISIT https://ottawacapitalpride.ca/ TO SEE HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!
It’s time to pull your bike out from storage! Before you ride make sure to get a tune-up with the bike experts at Fosters on Bank. Getting your biked checked is important for your safety and to make sure you don’t get stranded in the middle of a ride. The city of Ottawa has placed bicycle repair stations throughout the city in case you run into problems. Visit their website to find the locations of these stations.
New year means new gear! At Sports 4 you can gear up with comfortable shoes for your bike ride. The staff is always on hand to help you out with your specific footwear needs. Hydration is key and Sports 4 has your back with their variety of hydrations packs available. Comfort is key and Athletic wear is always worth the investment. It’s important to be comfortable and have clothes that make you feel good while you ride
Not prepared to get out on the road yet? Enjoy the comfort of being indoors at Spin City where they take you on an adventure while in one spot. Spinning provides you with a challenging and empowering ride, filled with music that is sure to pump you up. You just bring yourself and Spin City will give you the shoes to lock you into your ride.
Don’t forget to eat well to keep up your energy, whether it’s for your ride to work, shop, or just for an adventure around the city. Downtown Bank Street provides you with tasty eats and treats to keep your body energized. Stop by Herb and Spice and pick up freshly pressed juice from their juice bar to hydrate while absorbing vitamins. Or pick up a lunch to go from LUNCH, they have delicious, fresh sandwiches that are perfect for the on-the-go cyclist.
Start your ride with breakfast at Wilf and Ada’s to fill up on an awesome breakfast made with local, and fresh ingredients. Cycle around downtown and circle back to Downtown Bank for a special treat. Cool off with a new flavour from Moo Shu Ice Cream, or grab a tasty treat from 3 Tarts. No matter where you stop it’s sure to be a delicious break from your ride.
Bank St is your innovation space this April. With spaces like the Impact Hub, and 25one Community, the opportunity is open to rent out space for an event or workshop. Bank Street is the perfect place to network, you can find a coffee shop on every block that makes the perfect meeting spot. Energy is in the air as you walk down the street with people constantly buzzing by. Make Bank Street your inspiration as your walk past murals and art to get your creative juices flowing. There’s always something going on whether it’s a special in one of our many restaurants, a sale at a local business, or an event, you can be sure to find your space here. Your next big idea could be right here. So why not explore the opportunity?
Follow us on social media to stay up to date on Networking opportunities, and find your perfect inspiration space.
Check each date in our February calendar for some great things do on #DowntownBank. From Parliament to 417, and everything in between, downtown Bank Street has everything you need to celebrate the winter season.
Check each date in our holiday calendar for some gift-giving inspiration this holiday season. From Parliament to 417, and everything in between, downtown Bank Street has everything you need to celebrate the holidays. Find a unique gift for all the special people on your list.
The Bank Street BIA is seeking a historian/researcher to assemble an historical perspective on the LGBTTQ community of Ottawa with references to champions of the movement locally, nationally and internationally.
The perspective should speak largely to the City-wide movement, activities, milestones, landmarks etc. and the role of Bank Street during these times recognizing that these may have culminated from worldwide activities which should also be incorporated.
We also seek to have the historical references interpreted and/or replicated in a physical manifestation that can be incorporated in the Bank Street BIA streetscape through several mediums including but not limited to photography, plaques, murals, banners, etc.
The total value of the project is $15,000
Proposals Due: July 29, 2016
Completion date for project is October 28, 2016
Please submit your proposal to:
Bank Street BIA
300-176 Gloucester Street
On February 20th we hosted a winter social in support of Operation Come Home. We invited community members to Bank Street to enjoy hot drinks, music, art, and support a great local cause. We asked everyone to bundle up in his or her favourite winter wear and join the Bank Street BIA and Operation Come Home for a heart-warming afternoon. Event attendees were asked to bring winter clothing to donate to Operation Come Home. Overall, we were able to collect over 30 articles of clothing and someone graciously donated $100 worth of bus tickets.
We received a video from last week's event Bundle Up and we'd like to thank Moojan H. from Carleton University's Carleton School Of Journalism for attending #BundleUp and creating this great video!
Check it out here:
We'd also like to thank Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Catherine McKenney, Eric the Intern from CHEZ for attending the event. Thank you to Bridgehead Coffeehouse, Mr. Churritos, and of course Operation Come Home for your support and participation.