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10 Creative Hubs You Should Know About

Top 10 Creative Hubs You Should Know About

Availability and access to creative spaces is essential for a healthy creative ecosystem and Ottawa has a wealth of unique and valuable creative hubs throughout the city. Looking for a space to put on a show? Need to learn a new skill for your next creative endeavour? Want to impress your out-of-town friends by taking them to a uniquely Ottawa arts event?

Here is a list of the top 10 creative hubs in the city that do all the above (+ so much more)!

General Assembly (5 Fairmont Ave.)

Housed in a converted garage in Hintonburg, this intimate high-ceilinged space hosts an impressive line-up of shows, events, and talks with musicians and artists local to Ottawa as well as those who are passing through the city while on tour. Conceived and run by artists Sothea Kham and Bruno Souliere it was originally Inspired artist/thinker Joseph Beuys’ concept of the "social sculpture". Eager to experience artists working at the forefront of explorations in music and sonic arts?

Art House Café (555 Somerset St. W)

Run out of a restored heritage home in Centretown, this hub is a gallery, studio, performance venue, meeting space, and art shop all rolled into one. By day it also runs as a full-fledged café and by night as bar-lounge, offering an assortment of delicious beverages, drinks and eats. Wanting to get your hands dirty trying something new? Take one of the café’s Clay Night classes or drop in and swap fiber art skills as part a weekly Creative Threads Meetup (all while enjoying a curated cocktail, of course!)

Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W)

Located in a Chinatown storefront, this alternative arts space is home to a micro gallery, art and record shop, print studio and project space. Run by the art and music collective Spins & Needles, this hub is dedicated to developing and mentoring new and promising talent by hosting development residencies and internship program. Interested in making socially-engaged work? Reach out and volunteer with the space to learn more about public programming as well as a slew of other related practices skills.

The Origin Arts & Community Centre (57 Lyndale Ave.)

Nestled within a residential Mechanicsville neighbourhood, this cozy space brings artists and art-lovers together through an eclectic collection of courses, workshops, masterclasses, performing art events, readings, rehearsals and gatherings. Co-run by artists Jamaal Jackson and Jackie Du-Toit, this space also doubles as a community centre for the neighbourhood. Looking to experience some home and community-grown art? On July 20th, come out to Laroche Park for The Soul Music Festival, a grassroots urban music festival put on by the centre.

Capital Rehearsal Studios (250 City Centre Ave, Unit 202)

Capital Rehearsal Studios has been home to professional development workshops, music-maker fairs, punk shows, and some massive parties. These days, the focus is on the core of the business: a place for musicians and performers to rehearse in the heart of Ottawa. In addition to lock-out and hourly rental rooms, you can find Atelier Guitars – the onsite musical instrument retail and repair shop. Browse a selection of vinyl records or used guitar pedals while Steve adjusts that truss rod!

Fab Lab Onaki (173-A St-Joseph Boul.)

Run out of the Centre d'Innovation des Premiers Peuples located in downtown Hull, Qc, this space is the first Indigenous run FabLab in Canada. With a focus on serving young indigenous creators and makers, this space offers an intensive 5-month program that weaves together traditional modes of creation with training in new technologies, including 3D printing, circuit production and precision milling.

Makerspace North (250 City Centre Ave., Bay 216)

Set up in an expansive warehouse within City Centre, this space supports entrepreneurs, makers and artists to develop their projects big and small. Through its membership program, this incubator and workshop space provides access to key tools, equipment, space, resources, and knowledge. Need a place to swap expertise with other makers? Check out Makerspace North’s Wednesday night Maker MeetUp where you can learn about and play with cutting edge technologies including 3D printers, drones and robots.

The Loop (67 Nicholas St.)

Run out of the newly refurbished SAW Video Media Art Centre, this space functions as a collaborative, co-working space for SAW Video producing members. The space also offers workshops, education and development opportunities, artist residencies, lectures, technical demonstrations and much more for those working and experimenting in the field of media arts. Currently on offer: Plan F - a six-month series aimed at supporting womxn and their allies within the video and media art industry. Have a media arts project that needs a place and space for development? Reach out to the Loop about their upcoming artist in residency opportunities.

Impact Hub Ottawa (123 Slater St., 6th Floor)

Located in a window-filled space in downtown Ottawa, this hub serves as a community and coworking space for people and enterprises engaged in creating meaningful change in the world. On top of offering all the resources and amenities that a brick and mortar office space would, the space also runs a series of networking events, programs, workshops for its members from topics and issues ranging from mindful movement to accounting and taxes. Need a professional space to host an important meeting with your collaborators? Rent out one of Impact Hub Ottawa’s many meeting rooms of different shapes and sizes.

Bayview Yards (7 Bayview Rd.)

Housed in a retrofitted City Works Building steps away from the Ottawa River, this state-of-the-art space runs as a one-stop business acceleration shop for city’s up and coming tech entrepreneurs. The space supports projects through assisting them with technical, business and market capabilities, resources and expertise, including access to workspaces, a digital media lab and prototyping workshop. Looking for a place and space in order to help grow your start-up? Inquire with the Bayview Yards team about joining their incubation program. See it up close May 31st at Artpreneur 2019!

Have other specific space-related needs? Check out Space Finder, a consolidated bank of creative work and event spaces throughout Ottawa.

Did we miss something? Let us know – we want to hear about your space or creative hub!