Arts and Culture

CAFÉ LE HIBOU

Story kiosk location Corner of Sussex and York Important dates (1965) The year that Café Le Hibou opened its doors at 521 Sussex Drive where it hosted a range of live music performances until closing in 1975. Audiofile No What happened here? Café Le Hibou attracted big names like Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, …

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THE AVALON THEATRE

Story kiosk location Corner of Bank Street and Second/Third Avenues Important dates (1928-1956) The Avalon Theatre, now a Home Hardware, screened films for almost 30 years. Audiofile Yes What happened here? The Avalon was famous for using the latest image and sound technology, and for its starry night ceiling. As you stand at the corner, …

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PLANT BATH

Photo of the front building of the bath house. Showcases the top red bricking and and engraved City of Ottawa, The Plant Bath.

Story kiosk location Corner of Preston and Somerset Street Important dates (1924 -1996) The Plant Baths operated until a lack of maintenance led to their closure in the mid 1990s. They re-opened in 2004 thanks to community lobbying. Audiofile No Who lived here? Ottawa-born Second World War artist Tom Wood spent a few days here …

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SOMERSET HOUSE

Story kiosk location Corner of Bank Street and Somerset Important dates 1896 – The year that Crosby Carruthers department store was built. Audiofile No What happened here? First a department store, then a hotel, Somerset House has also been home to a jazz club and British pub. You are standing in front of one of …

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TIN HOUSE

Story kiosk location Corner of Sussex and Murray Important dates (1961) – The year that the National Capital Commission saved the Tin House façade, which was built by Ottawa tinsmith Honoré Foisy in the early 1900s at 136 Guigues Street, just two blocks away. Audiofile No Who lived here? Many have lived in the Sussex …

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