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Santa Claus Is Coming to Bank Street!

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The annual Help Santa Toy Parade is coming to Downtown Bank Street!

Every year since 1969, the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters' Association has been organizing the Help Santa Toy Parade and collecting toys along the parade route for distribution to children in need in the Ottawa-Carleton area.

The parade has evolved into a significant event drawing tens-of-thousands of people who line the Parade route and share their generosity. Participants are entertained to the sights and sounds of floats, bands and clowns produced locally and from around the Province.

Here are the details on the parade route and how it will impact traffic: 

  1. The parade will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

  2. The parade route closures shall be restricted to the following City of Ottawa streets:

    • West on Laurier Avenue between Ottawa City Hall and Bank Street, and

    • South on Bank Street between Laurier Avenue and Lansdowne Park.

  3. Laurier Avenue between Nicholas Street and Elgin Street will be closed from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, 19 November 2017 and will remain closed until the tail end of the parade turns onto Bank Street.  Laurier Avenue will be used prior to the commencement of the parade as a staging area.

  4. Elgin Street between Albert Street and Gloucester Street may be closed (at the discretion of the Ottawa Police) from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to accommodate spectators.

You can find further details about the parade at the toy parade website:

Clover #AfterDinnerMint Live Music Event!

Testing out a snack that will be available only for next week's #afterdinnermint live music event! Introducing the #waffledog! @enrightcattleco all-beef hotdogs, @fromageriestalbertcheese curds wrapped in a classic Belgian yeasted #waffle batter, and served with @erikroylelovage ketchup and house mustard with @alska_farm maple syrup.  Doors open at 6, so plenty of time to nosh before Thrust hits the stage at 7! #waffledogsofinstagram #downtownbank#otteats

Testing out a snack that will be available only for next week's #afterdinnermint live music event! Introducing the #waffledog@enrightcattleco all-beef hotdogs, @fromageriestalbertcheese curds wrapped in a classic Belgian yeasted #waffle batter, and served with @erikroylelovage ketchup and house mustard with @alska_farm maple syrup. 
Doors open at 6, so plenty of time to nosh before Thrust hits the stage at 7!
#waffledogsofinstagram #downtownbank#otteats

Clover  food | drink welcomes a new local, live music series called the After Dinner Mint!  

Join them every first Tuesday of the month, starting November 7th, for some great local talent, drink specials and unique bar snacks.  

Doors open at 6

Show starts at 7 with the second set at 8:15


Nov 7th- opening night with THRUST

Bio: A one of a kind power trio unlike anything you will find in Ottawa. Always looking to stand out, Thrust is working to bring back the 70’s influenced funk and soul sound, fused with modern electronica and hip-hop, with a heavy dose of improvisation,  given the strong jazz background shared between each of its three members. With such unique instrumentation, there are no limits to where the music can and will take you, but it will be sure to leave you wanting more

We're Hiring: Clean & Safe Operations Custodian!


Bank Street Business Improvement Area ( BSBIA ) advocates on behalf of approximately 400 member businesses and property owners in and around Bank Street. The district is bounded by Wellington to the North and Catherine to the South.


The Clean & Safe Operations Custodian delivers a safe and clean street public realm experience for all members of the Downtown Bank Street community on an ongoing basis. Interaction with business members for flyer distribution; work in a team environment and good communications skills with municipal operations.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and the BIA management team.

Role includes: • Litter sweeping; • Poster removal (on street lights), documenting and reporting Bylaw infractions; • Graffiti:, photographing, documenting and preparing police reports; • 311 on-line reporting on public asset repairs/conditions • Prepare monthly report providing data on number of incidents and reports filed; • Specific site maintenance e.g. Private property under the care of the Bank Street BIA • Assisting during Special Events • Warehouse management and inventory control on a biyearly basis. • BIA Office maintenance • Winter maintenance for accessibility matters.

Preparing issues log, tracking and escalating operational issues to the appropriate agency (City, utilities, etc.) and ensuring that all issues are promptly addressed and successfully resolved.

Conduct daily and weekly area inspections and managing the resolution of any issues identified. Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all BIA fixtures and assets on the street and in storage.

Ensuring the operational installation of all displays, banners and décor are in good condition and reporting all deficiencies.

Ensuring best practice delivery and continual improvement of Clean & Safe Operations services.

Providing ongoing reports and update to the management team on a weekly basis.

Core Competencies Qualifications & Experience

• A demonstrated commitment to community engagement and/or social innovation; • Good communications skills; • Experience dealing with municipal officials and staff an asset; • Ability to work in a team; • Demonstrate ability to work independently and take initiative; • Performance oriented. • Ability to think on the go and find creative solutions to problems as they arise; Terms of


The role of the Clean & Safe Operations Custodian is a permanent part-time role at 30 hours per week at $14/hour. Benefits plan will be available after probationary period.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to C. Leadman, Executive Director at by October 31, 2017.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $14.00 /hour

#SmallBusinessWeek on #DowntownBank

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This week is the official #smallbusinessweek in 2017🎈In a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Justin Trudeau said that this is a time to "celebrate and thank Canada's small and medium size businesses for their immense contributions to our country's prosperity." 💌Downtown Bank is the home to small and medium size businesses of every kind. We support them this week, and every other week of the year. Join us in our support and #shoplocal

Our directory features all of the businesses along Downtown Bank. Check it out and stop in this week to show your support. 



October is National Pizza Month!

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Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? To help us celebrate, Dominos at 464 Bank Street in Ottawa is giving away ONE YEAR of FREE PIZZA! The steps to enter this giveaway are simple, and can be done on Facebook or Instagram: 

1. Like this photo and the pages for Downtown Bank and Domino's Pizza 464 Bank St. on Facebook OR Instagram
2. Tag 3 friends who you'd want to share pizza with
3. Comment your favourite pizza toppings! 🙌 

Rules and regulations apply. The winner will be announced October 20th! Winner will be selected at random

The Village Legacy Project - In the News!


The Village Legacy Project - In the News!

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 (

Check out the articles and video below for feature interviews, and a sneak-peak in to the beautiful archival images included in the project: 

September 25 2017
Watch the newest interview with Christine Leadman, Executive Director of the Bank Street BIA & Glenn Crawford, Researcher for The Village Legacy Project, as they talk about The Village Legacy Project on Rogers TV Daytime segment with Dylan Black! 



Village people: Take a tour of Ottawa's LGBTTQ+ past

Interview with Glenn Crawford on The Village Legacy Project and the historical significance of the Bank Street area

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Walking Through the History of Ottawa's Gay Village 

A look at The Village Legacy Project app, with remarks from Bank Street B.I.A Executive Director Christine Leadman and Glenn Crawford 

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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



Keep checking back, new articles will be added!




Easter Seals Drop Zone 2017 on Bank Street


Downtown Bank Street is a proud sponsor of the Easter Seals Drop Zone 2017 in Ottawa! Yesterday brave individuals rappelled off of 333 Laurier - a 20 storey building in the heart of downtown Ottawa.

These individuals are both brave and generous, as they donated a minimum of $1,500, all of which went to the Easter Seals! The Ottawa Fire Department joined participants, and did a demo of a rescue during the event.

Check out the images below for some of our favourite shots from the day: 

Bank Street Business Raises $15,000 For Montfort Hospital

On Tuesday, September 12th, Eggspectation hosted a community breakfast by donation, and the proceeds were donated to Montfort Hospital's "For You, Sweet Heart" campaign. The breakfast raised over $15,000! Watch the video and read about the event in the Ottawa Business Journal article below: 

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Ottawa Business

By: Caroline Phillips






Back to Class on Downtown Bank!

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There's no doubt that back to school is an exciting time for university and college students. We think that Ottawa is the perfect city for students; world-class diverse universities and colleges, exciting events happening all around the city, and unique neighbourhoods to explore. Downtown Bank Street is an awesome place to get everything you need for the semester - and not just books and supplies! Here is our list of the top spots you'll want to check out if you're a student this fall! (Not just students though, everyone can enjoy!)


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Readi Set Go (136 Bank St)

Readi Set Go is the perfect place to grab your school essentials - especially if you're looking for something a little different! They have an amazing selection of funky bags (all sizes!), pens, water bottles and so much more. 



Is there anything worse than needing to print that important paper and realizing you're missing ink...or maybe even a printer all together? Luckily, there's a Staples right a short bus ride or walk away from the University of Ottawa and Carleton U! They're open until 9pm on weeknights, and carry everything from Laptops to Bristol board! 


Wallack's Art

Whether you need art supplies for a school project or to de-stress from your homework, Wallack's is the best place around to get your supplies. Now, until September 28th, Wallack's is having a Back to School sale, so be sure to checkout the event soon!


Prospero (128 Bank St)

Prospero Book Company is a great stop for students looking for textbooks and personal reads! Our favourite feature at Prospero? The Book Blind Date shelf! Pick up a book without seeing the cover or reading the synopsis, and explore a whole new world.




Book Bazaar (417 Bank St)

Book Bazaar is a unique used-book store on Bank Street! Along with having a lush selection, they also carry gently used textbooks. Before you go to your campus book store and spend (what feels like) a million dollars on that Biology textbook, check out Book Bazaar! This shop is also a great escape from the crazy outside world - head down to Bank Street and lose yourself in this book wonderland. 

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Wilf & Ada's (510 Bank St)

With an all day & every day brunch menu, coffee & booze bar and cozy atmosphere, Wilf & Ada's is a sure-bet. A scratch diner, this restaurant is worth checking out with friends, and taking your parents when they come to visit!


Sansotei Ramen (153 Bank St)

This restaurant is a local hot spot! With the daily out the door line-ups for lunch and dinner, you might think avoiding the chaos is the best bet. However, the wait is WELL worth it - as Sansotei is a delicious option for ramen lovers.


A+ Sushi (202 Bank St)

If you're a fan of Sushi, you'll want to try A+ Sushi on Bank Street. Along with classic rolls, they have some special creations (like the Sushi PIZZA!) that are a MUST. Get away from that campus food and experience the best all-you-can-eat! 


Morning Owl (139 Bank St)

8:30AM lecture + 10 readings + lab work = COFFEE REQUIRED! Morning Owl is one of our favourite spots to grab a coffee and a treat, and it's also a great place to bring your books and have a study session. Close to UOttawa and Carleton but far enough away from campus, this coffee house will help you feel comfortable and relaxed as you get work done!


Arlington 5 (5 Arlington St)

Arlington 5 is a funky coffee shop located behind Wild & Ada's. Just like Morning Owl, Arlington 5 has a great atmosphere and awesome selection of drinks and bites!

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ISO Spa (464 Bank Street- entrance on McLeod Street)

University and College is a crazy time, so be sure to step away from it and take a break. If you're looking to be in complete peace and quiet, ISO Spa is a must-checkout. ISO Spa is Ottawa's only floatation isolation therapy spa downtown! 

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Bellwethers Vintage (9 Florence St)

Finding the perfect vintage item is an experience. Just off of Bank Street you'll find Bellwethers Vintage, a special little boutique. "An ultramodern collection saturated by the past and fueled by the future. Conceived by a need for sustainability, and our love of luxury and ludicrousy. 

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Pure Yoga (359 Bank St) & Astanga Yoga (200 Bank St)

Both of these yoga studio's are amazing places to try something new, or continue to develop your yoga practice. Pure Yoga  has a broad class schedule with amazing teachers, while Astanga is more focused, with meditation sessions, morning Mysore, and noon evening flow classes.

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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!

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The Village Legacy Walking Tour

Discover the history of Ottawa’s LGBT community through the VLP’s interactive walking tour. Take the tour along Bank Street and visit sites old and new, see archival photographs and watch interviews from some of our most significant community leaders to learn about the people, places, topics and events that helped shape our community.

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Lady Dive: Ottawa by Land and Water (59 Sparks)

Lady Dive specializes in guided tours of the National Capital region of Ottawa-Gatineau. These unique multilingual guided tours of Canada’s capital let you appreciate Ottawa’s historic scenery from every possible angle. Thrill to the stunning sites on land or while rocking gently on the Ottawa River! Whether you're new to Ottawa this year or have lived here for a while, this tour is sure to show you some of the best views of this beautiful city!

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The Bank of Canada Museum

Stimulating. Engaging. Most of all, fun. Visit the Bank of Canada Museum and explore the Bank’s role in the economy and your own, very important, place in it! You don't have to be an economics student to enjoy this fantastic Ottawa feature!

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The Haunted Walk

Fall doesn't just mean back to school, it also means Halloween is fast approaching. The best Halloween activity? A Haunted Walk of Course! They feature a number of different walks (from the Old Ottawa Jail to the Diefenbunker), each one spooky and perfect for the Fall. 


Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St) 

The newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature offers free admission on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Take your learning outside of the classroom and take in the beautiful exhibitions at this museum!

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Escape Manor (201 Queen Street)

Last on our list (and in no way least) is Escape Manor! Think you and your roommates work well together? Bring them down and find out! This awesome experience is truly one-of-a-kind, and the perfect indoor activity as we head in to chilly weather. 

Summer Isn't Over on Downtown Bank!


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. 





Pride Parade Road Closures - August 27th

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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.

From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Bank Street will be closed in both directions between Catherine Street and Gladstone Avenue.
  • Gladstone Avenue will be closed in both directions between O'Connor Street and Kent Street.
  • O'Connor Street will be closed in both directions between Gladstone Avenue and MacLaren Street.

From 12:30 to 4 p.m.:

  • Gladstone Avenue will be closed between Lyon Street and Kent Street.
  • Kent Street will be closed between Gladstone Avenue and Laurier Avenue W.
  • Laurier Avenue W will be closed between Kent Street and Bank Street.
  • Bank Street will be closed between Laurier Avenue W and Somerset Street W.

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.

Pride Week Events for Thursday August 24th

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The Ottawa Pride Week celebrations are in full swing! Today features another set of great events, check them out below and join in on the fun of Ottawa Pride 2017. Click on the images to expand the descriptions for each event: 

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TD Pride Speaker Series

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Human Rights Vigil

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

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Bear City 3 at Gallery 101

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Pride Youth Movie Night

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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The Village Legacy Project Exhibition 

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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10:00 PM - 2 AM 

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The (Gay) Babadook

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Pride Kickoff Party 

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Pride Week Events for Tuesday August 22nd


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: 


Mr./Ms./Mx. Capital Pride Pageant 2017

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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…


Village Legacy Project Launch and Exhibition

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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.


LGBTQ Newcomers Gathering

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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…


Gaymer Night

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

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Tuesday Run or Walk with Ottawa Frontrunners

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.


Social for +gbtq2s guys

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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!


Senior Pride BBQ Lunch

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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…


10 Ottawa Pride Parade 2017 Must-Haves!

The Ottawa Pride Parade is just a few days away - so it's time to start thinking about getting everything you need to make the most of it.

Here are our 10 favourites inspired by's list of Pride Parade Must-Haves.

Check out the stores we recommend on #DowntownBank! 

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!


2. Sunscreen
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. 

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3. Patience
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)

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4. Cash
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.

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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. 

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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.

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7. An open mind
Remember that LGBT encompasses a wide variety of genders, sexualities, races, and walks of life — not just your own.

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8. Water
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. 

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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!

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Flash Back Friday: Pride 2016

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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: 

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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!

Happy Pride!

-The Downtown Bank Team-

Pride Events - All Week on Bank Street!

Pride Week on Bank Street!

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

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

Feel free to connect with the Bank Street BIA at anytime via email, at

Pride is Coming to Bank Street!

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Ottawa Capital Pride is Happening on Bank Street!

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


From the Blog

Bike Month on Bank Street





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.

From the Blog

Innovation Hub April

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?

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February Calendar

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.