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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?

Follow us on social media to stay up to date on Networking opportunities, and find your perfect inspiration space.

Your Inspiration is here:



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. 

Holiday Calendar

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.


Village Legacy Project

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.

Example of a street plaque from the Village in San Fransisco.

Example of a street plaque from the Village in San Fransisco.

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:

C. Leadman
Executive Director
Bank Street BIA
300-176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 0A6


Event Recap: Bundle Up

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 worked with Creativision who created beautiful beautiful string art installations for Bundle Up.

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: 

The Bank Street BIA partners with Operation Come Home to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Ottawa.

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.