Arts & Culture in Centretown

Murals of Centretown

The art on Bank Street shows both neighbourhood pride and the creativity and talent of local artists. Take a walk down Downtown Bank and see how many you can find!

Bank of Canada Museum

Begun modestly by the Bank of Canada in 1959, the Collection was mandated in 1962 to create a comprehensive collection of Canadian coins, tokens and paper money. This it did, obtaining large private collections as well as holdings from Library and Archives Canada. Over the years, the National Currency Collection (NCC) has also gathered many thousands of examples of currency and trade items from all over the world and from four millennia of human history.

Boasting more than 120,000 artifacts, this collection goes beyond currency to include items used for producing money such as dies, plates, and engraving tools; items used to help keep track of money like ledgers and accounts kept by banks and governments, weights and scales for measuring money, cash registers, savings banks and wallets. Just to underline its inclusiveness, it also offers examples of counterfeit money.

Wallack's Galleries

Wallack Galleries is situated in Ottawa, Canada. Founded in 1954 by Samuel Wallack (deceased in 1965), Wallack Galleries remains one of Canada’s oldest commercial art galleries. John Wallack assumed directorship of the gallery in 1965, and changed the gallery format to include a stable of contemporary artists rather than exclusively buying and selling works of deceased artists, and the main focus of the gallery remains so to this day.

The artists represented by the Wallack Galleries include both figurative and abstract. These artists provide a broad scope of mediums including paintings, sculptures and graphics.

City at Night

Welcome to Ottawa’s premier destination for electronic dance music! The venue stands out as the primary exponent of electronic beats in the Canadian capital. Programmed and hosted by the city’s most prominent DJs and promoters.

Step into our vibrant space, where the pulsating rhythms and mesmerizing melodies take you on an unforgettable musical journey. Our state-of-the-art sound system and cutting-edge lighting create an immersive atmosphere, elevating your nightlife experience to new heights.

As more than just a club and events venue, we take pride in being a hub for culture and community in Ottawa. Our commitment to fostering a sense of togetherness among EDM lovers is reflected in our diverse lineup of events, which includes themed parties, exclusive performances by world-renowned artists, and showcases for local talent.

Afterlight Lounge & Listening Bar

Curated by some of the most prominent DJs in the Canadian Capital, this unique establishment promises an extraordinary nightlife experience like no other.

As the sun sets, Afterlight comes to life, transforming into a captivating lounge that beckons you to unwind and indulge in its inviting ambiance. Step inside and be transported to a realm where the fusion of contemporary beats and vintage charm creates an atmosphere of pure enchantment.

The focus at Afterlight is on creating an immersive musical journey for its patrons. A carefully selected playlist of electronic, ambient, and soulful tunes sets the perfect backdrop for conversations and relaxation. Lose yourself in the melodies or engage in a tête-à-tête with fellow music enthusiasts – this is a place that fosters genuine connections.

Discover the history of Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ community and the people, places, topics, and events that helped shape it through the VLP’s interactive walking tour.

Historical initiative honouring the role played by bank street in the story of Ottawa’s LGBTTQ+ community includes exhibition and app, available on Google Play and the Apple Store

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