Photo Credit: Ontario Culture Days

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Welcome to Ottawa! Today we are joining Amit Kehar as he introduces us to some of his must-see arts and culture spots in the capital.

To start the day we headed to one of Amit’s favourite coffee joints, I Deal Coffee, located on the outskirts of the Byward Market.

The Byward Market is not your traditional farmers market. Along with produce stalls, this site is buzzing with an eclectic selection of cafes, shops, and art organizations, including our next stop the National Gallery of Canada.

The National Gallery of Canada has lots to see inside and out. They house over 40, 000 works as well as a large piece of public art called Maman by Louise Bourgeois. We had the opportunity to take a glimpse inside as Amit led us to his studio.

While there we got a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the #FoodtoPalette video series which will be available to watch through the Ontario Culture Days festival.

Ontario Culture Days Programming:

  • This festival season, the National Arts Centre has put on a selection of performances, art projects and dance workshops. Explore their musical performance by  CBC’s 30 under 30 musician Manar Naeem, learn some colourful Anishinàbemowin (Algonquin) words or get moving and let Josée Bourgeois teach you some powwow dance moves to the sounds of traditional music at the Powwow Workout classes happening on October 15 and 22.
  • Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar invite participants to explore the colours hidden in their pantry through the #FoodtoPalette watercolour workshop. Learn more at #FoodToPalette.
  • Bruyère Artist in Residence cj fleury has put together a series of self-guided art tours for patients at the Saint-Vincent Hospital along with an online art gallery for visitors. Learn more here.
  • TAKE UP SPACE has released a  sneak peek of their work-in-progress “dream & true north”. Join this quartet of dancers as they navigate the rollercoaster of emotions that surfaces when the entire planet is plunged into uncertainty. Watch here.

Throughout the entire Ontario Culture Days festival, we’ll be dropping in on many different communities across the province. Hit the button below to check out the growing roster of these featured communities.