Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WW SketchCrawl 49 - October 24, 2015

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons; Suwannee.payne
The ByWard Market (known also as Marché By) is where Ottawa was born...

and where we will meet on 

Saturday, October 24, 2015 

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"The history of the ByWard Market area is the history of fire, of working-class folk, of farmers, industry, brawls and bawdiness. Although today it is best known for its trendy restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs, this was not always so. The Market area was until two or three decades ago known simply as Lowertown, Ottawa's oldest blue-collar neighbourhood and the cradle of the city's French population." (Source:

For our WW SKetchCrawl, sketchers will find plenty to sketch with the outdoor market, the courtyards, the Byward market building, public art and a number of architecturally significant and interesting buildings and lots of people.

This location is weatherproof with plenty of places to warm up between your sketches or you could spend the day sketching inside from many of the locations within the market. There are tea shops. coffee shops and  food shops with windows looking out into the busy market.

"The Market offers a variety of architectural styles in residential, commercial and mixed-use forms, reflecting the vital and continuous evolution of economic, social and cultural activity within the city core. The boundaries extend from St. Patrick Street on the North to the south side of George Street on the South, and from MacKenzie Avenue on the West to the east side of Dalhousie Street on the East."

Sketch The Outdoor Market

Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Outdoor vendors are an integral part of the ByWard Market experience.  Unlike some other market experiences, you'll find ByWard Market vendors outside no matter the weather, 363 days per year (closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day)!

Typically, agri-food vendors are open May to November, 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 p.m.  Bad weather will rarely disrupt selling. Art and craft vendors usually operate May to October and start at 9:00 a.m. sometimes until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m (Source:

Expect lots of pumpkins, squash and Halloween inspired crafts
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Sketch the Courtyards

The courtyards we know today were simply back alleys for the disposal of garbage and storage of junk for the Sussex Street stores. Over the years they became used as parking lots, which they remained until the 1970s when the NCC decided to restore them into interior pedestrian spaces. They provide shelter from the wind and good places to sit and sketch.
  • Tin House Court: The most popular is Tin House Court.
  • Beaux-Arts Court (Between Murray and St. Patrick)
  • Jeanne d’Arc Court  (Between York and Clarence)
  • Clarendon Court: (Between George and York) Clarendon Court has served as a tavern, a hotel, a barracks, an art academy and a hospital during its lifetime.

Clarendon Court (near Byward Market Square)
Map Source: Wikimapia

Sketch the Byward Market Square Building

The ByWard Market Square building is the heart of the ByWard Market area.

The original market building was constructed in 1848 and the current one was built in 1926.   It was renovated in 1975 and re-opened in 1976. At this time the building became a domain for Art and Craft producers.

It is fun to sketch from the outside or the inside and is a great place to warm up between sketches.

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Inside the Byward Market Square Building
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Sketch the Public Art

Public Art: The Tin House

Sketch Buildings With A Story
The Rochon House, 138 St Patrick

City of Ottawa - Official Plan - Byward Market


When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 (10 am to 4 pm) We will start at 10 AM but feel free to come later. Stay for the full six hours or less

Where: Byward Market. Meet at 10 am in front of the Ottawa School of Art 35 George Street. ( Look for the SketchCrawl sign.

Meet at 10 am at the Ottawa School of Art
35 George St

How: OC Transpo buses stop at the Rideau shopping centre. The Byward market is a short walk from there. Drivers: there is only metered parking spaces available in the surrounding Byward market area. The exception is the World Exchange Plaza (45 O'Connor St - a 15 minute 1.1 km walk) which offers free indoor parking on weekends.

Lunch: 12 Noon - Meet at the Byward Market Moulin De Provence Bakery 55 Byward Market Square

Afternoon: 1:15 Continue sketching in and around the market

Show and Tell: At 3:15 head to the Heart and Crown ( to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined. The Heart and Crown was chosen because of its ample seating - it is actually 5 pubs (Heart and Crown, Snug Pub, Mother McGintey’s, Black Rose and Peter Devine's) under 1 roof (with 6 patios) and stretches a full city block in the Historic ByWard Market.

Show and Tell at 3:15 at the Heart and Crown on Clarence


  1. sorry i can't be in two places at once - I will be in France, with the Paris SketchCrawlers, sketching at the Gare du Nord. Anyway, have a good time, I look forward to seeing your pics online. Mike

    1. We will be planning some indoor sketchcrawls for winter (November, December) - hopefully you can make it to those. Have fun in Paris Mike!!