Name: Jackson Couse
Date: May 04, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Duration: 1.5 hr
Language: English
Start: Outside Tang Coin Laundry, 609 Somerset, NW corner of Somerset & Percy
End: corner of Willow St. & Booth St.
Area: Centretown/Chinatown
Distance: 1.0 km
The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved paths. There might be some steps and grassy areas in McNabb Park.

Sociological Walk: Somerset West


Expect to get involved and even a little messy on this combination walking tour and experimental performance art piece in Ottawa's Chinatown area.



Photo:  Somerset & Percy

This walk is a zig-zagging exploration of the social tapestry of the Somerset West community. Interactive and conversational, this Sociological Walk will give participants the chance to learn about the neighborhood in an engaging, grounded way. Starting at the corner of Somerset and Percy, the route will take as many shortcuts, hidden paths, and alleyways as possible to reach its end destination at Booth and Willow (near Gladstone).

This walk is a work of experiential performance art. Please come prepared to participate, ask questions, and maybe even get a little messy.


From Somerset & Percy, we will walk south on Percy, through McNabb Park, across Bronson to Cambridge St. Public School, take a short circuit around Arthur and Christie St. West, and then south on Bell St to Gladstone. We then come across Gladstone to Booth, and north to end at Willow St.


Jackson Couse is a multimedia artist and long time area resident. He specializes in photography and film-making with a community-based, character-driven approach to storytelling and sociological art. Growing up on Arthur Street, Jackson has lived in the area for nearly three decades. He recently moved back to the neighborhood after a two-year sojourn in New York City.

The walk will be followed by coffee and conversation at Giovanni’s Café for those wishing to stay.