Jane's Walk Ottawa has a walk coming up in Old Ottawa East as part of Ottawa Architecture Week. You can find more information on the schedule page . . .
It was fun to be able to walk in the middle of Main street without having to watch for traffic! Unfortunately, the rain that was forecast for 11:00 am showed up right on schedule, so the walk was a wet one. In any case, many thanks to Chris Bradshaw for coming out to share his expertise on interleaving different modes of transportation on the same street.
Thanks to all our walk leaders, participants, and volunteers for making both our summer events very successful. Although attendance for the May weekend was affected by the rain, we more than made up for it with exceptional attendance at our tours of Fleck-Paterson House at Doors Open Ottawa. And thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for designating the Jane's Walk tours as a 'must see' for Doors Open.
We have a space at Arts Court that we're using as a central headquarters for the weekend. Jessica Aylsworth & Jon Booth's video art installation will be available for viewing. The artists will be there between 10 am - 12 noon and 2-4 pm on Saturday, and between 10 am and 12 noon again on Sunday (see the walk listing for Ottawa in One Room for details). There will also be drinks (tea, water, some soft drinks) available, and walk leaders and marshals can pick up and drop off flags. There are washrooms available in the Arts Court as well. If you're on a walk in Centretown or Sandy Hill, drop by to say hello.
Headquarters will be open 10 am - 4 pm Saturday and 10 am - 3 pm Sunday.
The schedule for Jane's Walk Ottawa 2014 is shaping up, including some exciting new walks and some old favourites. We're expecting about fifty walks altogether again this year. Check the schedule page for a list of walks and links to walk details.
Generally, you don't need to sign up for walks, unless specified in the walk details. If the walk leader wants you to sign up, there will be an email address or other method to reserve a place. Otherwise, just show up at the starting place about ten minutes before the start time, and you're 'good to go.'
There are no rain dates for the walks. Jane's Walk goes ahead rain or shine. If we get rain, dress for the weather and bring your umbrella. If there's a real downpour, we might seek shelter until it passes.
To get things started, we'll be hosting two Jane's Talk events this year:
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa
Second floor: Courtroom and Library
The program begins with a walk through a video art installation by Jessica Aylsworth "Ottawa in One Room" and our speakers will continue the theme on the connections between art and community. Speakers include Ottawa poet David O'Meara, story-teller Dennis Van Staalduinen, and author Alain Miguelez, Our MC for the evening will be CBC Ottawa news anchor Adrian Harewood. Doors open at 7:00 and the program begins at 7:30. We would like to thank the Downtown Rideau BIA for their kind sponsorship of this event.
Ottawa in One Room: Jessica Aylsworth and Jon Booth's work evokes the shared memories of strangers as viewers are immersed in a whimsical space filled with scenes of Ottawa neighbourhoods projected onto floating panels of translucent fabric. The installation will be available for viewing over the weekend at Jane's Walk 'headquarters' at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.
Friday, May 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dépanneur Sylvestre, 9 rue Fortier, Hull
The theme of this event will be stories of the area, with story-tellers Michel Prévost and Pascal Aubut. Also featured will be traditional music of the region. Thanks to the Dépanneur Sylvestre for their support in providing the venue for this event.
Put up a poster in your neighbourhood. Perhaps your favourite restaurant would put a Jane's Walk poster in the window. Post one at your local community centre. Display one in your cube at work, or just staple one to the nearest hydro pole.
Generic posters (pdf):
Posters with space to add information on your own walk (until we get the poster maker back up):
If you're on Facebook, drop by the Jane's Walk Ottawa page. Check it out.
Jane's Walk has published a book---the first Jane's Walk annual, with dozens of stories from Jane's Walk 2013! Assembled from text and photos submitted by Jane's Walk organizers, walk leaders, and participants from cities around the world.
"In Guadalajara, they made a citizen’s crosswalk by tracking paint across the road. In Zurich, they took turns wearing blindfolds and being led through a busy shopping concourse. In Calcutta they ventured out to the wetlands at the city’s brink; in Ottawa and Colchester, children led tours of their favourite parks. . . . "
Find out more here.
To thank everyone this year, we've tried our hand at producing a video to share with our volunteers, the Jane's Walk Ottawa community and Ottawa at large. More on thanks for all the help we got . . . .
Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing. more
"No one can find out what will work for our cities by
looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing
dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.
"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.
Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: