history on the streets

While walking around the Byward Market in Ottawa, I saw a lot of traffic control boxes at intersections that were wrapped with old black and white photos. This is the result of The Capital History Project, a collaborative effort between Carleton University, the Workers History Museum, and the city of Ottawa. These boxes first appeared 2017 and they are/were all over the city. I am not sure how many there still are …. but here are a few of them….

below: Petigorsky’s shoe repair. Mr. Oscar Petigorsky in front of the store that he and his wife Nina ran, 1930s. The store was at 289 Dalhousie Street.

below: The sign on the side of the horse drawn wagon says “”Tea and Coffee Warehouse, W. Cunningham, Grocer, Wine Merchant”

below: “Ottawa band Modern Rock Quartet at Cafe Le Hibou”, photo by Dave Sproul circa 1970. MRQ was formed in 1967 and over the next few years they played with many top rock groups of the era. According to Wikipedia, their first live performance was at the Prime Minister’s official residence – that would be Pierre Trudeau.

black and white photo by The Photographic Stores, Dave Sproul, of a band, 3 members, one on drums, one man on guitar and third man singing with mike on a stand

below: Sam’s? Buy & Sell

For a complete story of these boxes, see the Capital History website. There you will find an interactive map showing the location of all the boxes.

Photos taken May 2023

on the funeral home wall

In the Byward Market area of Ottawa, you can find a collection of large mural as you look across a parking lot on Dalhousie Street.  They stretch along the wall of a funeral home on  St. Patrick Street.

below: The darker end of the murals is signed by three.  They are Juan Carlos Noria, The Laporte Brothers (Phil and Dom Laporte) and the Higher Ups.

car parked in front of a large mural on the side of a funeral home, two storey brick building, on left side of mural is man in uniform cap hands to mouth as if calling, over one of the double garage doors are two men's faces side by side, one pink and one black, on far right is the start of another mural with birds
close up view of mural, man with hands by mouth as he is calling, paint peeling on the concrete and wood

below: Apples and currants in the corner

mural on an exterior wall, blue background, two large red apples with two bunches of yellow currants,

below: The other part of the wall is for the birds so to speak.  The blackbird (raven?) on the left was painted by DRPN (Drippin’ Soul)

mural on side of beige brick wall, painted by two people, on the left is realistic raven head, on right side is a bird with many feathers in yellows, pinks, and blues,

below: This is a closer look at the head of the bird on the righthand side. It is the work of Mique Michelle, an artist who work often features feathery birds (or other animals)

Close up pf head of bird in mural by Mique Michelle, many feathers,

street art on Dalhousie street in Byward market of Ottawa, on the side of funeral home, a man looking like a train conductor calling out with hand beside mouth, two faces close together, one pink and one black.   Also a Drippin' soul black bird head with beak pointing upward, some triangles in the background


Tunnganarniq: An Inuit word that means fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive. It is also the title of this large mural painted by Inuit youth artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) along with the Embassy of Imagination in partnership with Ottawa School of Art. It was completed in 2017.

large horizontal mural on a wall beside a parking lot featuring a blue whale on a pink background.  Some other marine animals are also in the mural

below: At the head of the whale.

Upside down head of walrus or seal in orange beside the head of a blue whale in a mural.

below: Tusked orange walrus

parking lot payment booth with no one in it beside a wall with mural of large blue whale

below: A tusked orange walrus swims along side.

orange walrus with two white tusks in large blue whale in a mural

below: At the tail end

tail end of blue whale in mural, a man in winter boats carries a package (a fish?


text bubble on pink background for a street art mural with title tunnganarniq, an Inuit word for inclusivity and positivity

ᕼᐊᓕ  ᔫᓯᐱ- Harry Josephee,
 ᑭᐊᕙᓐ  ᕿᒥᕐᐱᒃ- Kevin Qimirpik,
 ᔮᓂᔅ ᕿᒥᕐᐱᒃ – Janice Qimirpik,
 ᓯᑯᓕᐊ  ᐋᑕᒥ – Christine Adamie, 

a man walks down a city sidewalk, past the end of a mural with a big blue whale

Photos taken April 2023