From Ottawa’s urban edge in Hintonburg sparks a new venue; an alternative space for expression and co-creation!
The Origin Arts and Community Centre is a hub for artists, community members and patrons to explore and engage with the arts, culture and entertainment scene in Ottawa. Located in the heart of the historical Kitchissippi ward, the studio offers a lounge, co-op snack bar, performance stage, main floor seating, loft, and 10×10 projector screen for guests to enjoy. Art pieces crafted by local artisans highlight the interior, and the intimate floor space can be transformed to reflect various events and productions.
The Origin’s main philosophy is to provide an affordable, inclusive and safe environment for individual or collective groups to achieve their creative goals. It has become well known for its culturally diverse and inclusive programming by hosting weekly performance events and workshops that draw patrons from various demographics. The all-ages, non-alcoholic venue is home to meditation sessions, Maracatu drumming, youth artistic showcases, vernissages, open mics, theater rehearsals, poetry slams, movie and gaming nights, support groups and social activist meetings.
Owned and operated by three local creatives, Jacqui Du Toit, a South African dancer, playwright, actress, puppeteer and storyteller, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, the Ottawa English Poet Laureate, arts educator, youth mentor and creative entrepreneur and Ali Misana, an event planner, social engagement officer, barber, and Hiphop historian, The Origin has dedicated the past two years to serving the demands of the burgeoning arts and cultural landscape by establishing platforms for Ottawa residents to experience festivals, retreats and showcases that demonstrate the unique arts scene that the nation’s capital represents.
This venue is well-suited for private or public events, and gatherings of eclectic varieties.