How to get here

The Ottawa Fringe grounds are all conveniently located within a 1 kilometre radius of Mackenzie King Station and the Rideau Centre. Many OC Transpo transitway routes stop here on a regular basis.

Need help planning your trip to Arts Court and the surrounding Fringe grounds? Check out this custom travel planner from OC Transpo: www.octranspo.com/ottawa-destinations/arts_court

NEW: there will be bicycle racks available for use on Tabaret Lawn, located on the University of Ottawa campus, in front of Academic Hall and Studio Léonard-Beaulne.

Driving directions and parking information for each of the Festival’s twelve venues can be found below.

Venue 1: Arts Court Theatre
2 Daly Avenue, 2nd floor (Elevator B)
Arts Court Theatre is located inside Arts Court on Daly Avenue. The accessible entrance is located just east of the main entrance on Daly Avenue and can be accessed by calling (613) 564-7240 in advance, or by notifying the Arts Court front desk staff upon arrival. When using the accessible entrance, please take Elevator A to the main floor, turn right, and then take Elevator B to the 2nd floor. When possible, please try to arrive a few minutes early in case the elevator is in use upon arrival.

There is an accessible washroom on the main floor of Arts Court, located beside Elevator A. Some front row seating is removable in Arts Court Theatre for patrons using wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get Here
By bus: Arts Court is a 3 minute walk from the Mackenzie King Bridge/Rideau Centre bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. At the lights, continue onto Waller Street. Turn left on Daly Avenue, and Arts Court will be situated on the left.

Parking: Nearby paid parking options are at the Rideau Centre, Les Suites Hotel, or at the corner of Besserer and Waller. Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and in Lowertown. Insider tip: After 6pm and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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Venue 2: Academic Hall
133 Séraphin-Marion Private, 2nd floor
Academic Hall is located on the University of Ottawa Campus, on Séraphin-Marion Private. There are approximately 14 stairs leading up to the venue, but a wheelchair lift is also available for use. If you require use of the lift please notify a Fringe volunteer upon arrival, as venue staff are required to operate the lift.  When possible, please try to arrive a few minutes early in case the lift is in use upon arrival.

There are washrooms on site, though they are not wheelchair accessible. There are accessible porta-potties available for use on Tabaret Lawn (located directly in front of Academic Hall). Some front row seating is removable in Academic Hall for patrons using wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get Here
By bus: Academic Hall is a 2 minute walk from the Laurier Station bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a right turn onto Besserer St, then a right onto Cumberland St, Séraphin-Marion is the 3rd street and the venue will be on your right. Séraphin-Marion Private is not accessible by car, but there is a parking lot entrance between Stewart and Wilbrod that will allow you to drive directly to the side of the building.

Parking: The University of Ottawa offers paid parking in lots B and C, which are located directly behind Academic Hall (there are entrances on Stewart and Cumberland). Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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Venue 3: Studio Léonard-Beaulne
135 Séraphin-Marion Private, Basement level
Studio Léonard-Beaulne is located on the University of Ottawa Campus, on Séraphin-Marion Private. There are approximately 16 stairs leading to the venue, 2 stairs up to enter the building, 10 stairs down to the lobby space, and 4 more down to enter the theatre from the lobby. Regrettably, Studio Léonard-Beaulne does not have an accessible entrance.

There are washrooms on site, though they are not wheelchair accessible. There are accessible porta-potties available for use on Tabaret Lawn (located directly in front of Studio Léonard-Beaulne).

How to Get Here
By bus: Studio Léonard-Beaulne is a 2 minute walk from the Laurier Station bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a right turn onto Besserer St, then a right onto Cumberland St, Séraphin-Marion is the 3rd street and the venue will be on your right. Séraphin-Marion Private is not accessible by car, but there is a parking lot entrance between Stewart and Wilbrod that will allow you to drive directly to the side of the building.

Parking: The University of Ottawa offers paid parking in lots B and C, which are located directly behind Studio Léonard-Beaulne (there are entrances on Stewart and Cumberland). Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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Venue 4: ODD Box
2 Daly Avenue, 2nd floor (Elevator A)
ODD Box is located inside Arts Court on Daly Avenue. The accessible entrance is located just east of the main entrance on Daly Avenue and can be accessed by calling (613) 564-7240 in advance, or by notifying the Arts Court front desk staff upon arrival. When using the accessible entrance, please take Elevator A to floor 2, and then turn left immediately. When possible, please try to arrive a few minutes early in case the elevator is in use upon arrival.

There is an accessible washroom on the 2nd floor just past the elevator. Floor level seating is removable in ODD Box for patrons using wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get Here
By bus: ODD Box (located inside Arts Court) is a 3 minute walk from the Mackenzie King Bridge/Rideau Centre bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. At the lights, continue onto Waller Street. Turn left on Daly Avenue, and Arts Court will be situated on the left.

Parking: Nearby paid parking options are at the Rideau Centre, Les Suites Hotel, or at the corner of Besserer and Waller. Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and in Lowertown. Insider tip: After 6pm and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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Venue 5: La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins (Studio B) ♿  
333 King Edward Avenue, 2nd floor
La Nouvelle Scène is located on the east side of King Edward Avenue,  just south of York Street. Studio B is located on the 2nd floor, which requires climbing 27 stairs. La Nouvelle Scène Studio B is also accessible by elevator. If you require use of the elevator, please notify a staff member or Fringe volunteer upon arrival, as venue staff are required to operate it. When possible, please try to arrive a few minutes early in case the elevator is in use upon arrival.

There is an accessible washroom on both the main floor of the building, and on the 2nd floor directly across from Studio B. Front row seating is removable in La Nouvelle Scène for patrons in wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get Here
By bus: La Nouvelle Scène is a 10 minute walk from Mackenzie King/Rideau Centre Station. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Keep right and follow the signs to Main St/Lees Ave. Turn left onto Lees Ave and continue on to King Edward. The venue will be on your right just north of Rideau St.

Parking: Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and in Lowertown. Paid parking options nearby are:

  • At the corner of Besserer & King Edward- $5 on evenings and weekends
  • At the corner of King Edward & Rideau- $3.50 from 6pm to 6am
  • On King Edward beside La Nouvelle Scène- $5 on weekends and from 6pm-midnight daily

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BYOVs

BYOV A: LIVE! On Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor
This venue is located on Elgin, north of Cooper. It requires climbing 20 stairs to enter the venue. There is one step up from the sidewalk to the front door, 16 stairs up to a small landing with a 90 degree turn, and then 4 more stairs. Regrettably, LIVE! On Elgin does not have an accessible entrance.

There is a washroom on site, though it is not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get Here
By bus: LIVE! On Elgin is a 7 minute walk from the Metcalfe stop on the transitway. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Metcalfe exit. Merge onto Metcalfe, then turn right on Argyle. At the end of Argyle, turn left onto Elgin St. The venue will be on your left just north of Cooper St.

Parking: Free and metered street parking can be found throughout Centretown. City Hall is a 3 minute walk from LIVE! On Elgin and offers $2 parking on evenings after 6pm and all day on weekends.

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BYOV B: Studio 311
135 Séraphin-Marion Private, 3rd floor
This venue is located inside the University of Ottawa’s theatre department, at 135 Séraphin-Marion Private. Accessing Studio 311 requires climbing 82 stairs to the 3rd floor, with landings at floor 1, 1.5, 2, and 3. Regrettably, Studio 311 does not have an accessible entrance.

There are washrooms on floors 2 and 3, though they are not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get Here
By bus: Studio 311 is a 2 minute walk from the Laurier Station bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a right turn onto Besserer St, then a right onto Cumberland St, Séraphin-Marion is the 3rd street and the venue will be on your right. Séraphin-Marion Private is not accessible by car, but there is a parking lot entrance between Stewart and Wilbrod that will allow you to drive directly to the side of the building.

Parking: The University of Ottawa offers paid parking in lots B and C, which are located directly behind Studio 311 (there are entrances on Stewart and Cumberland). Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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BYOV C: Studio 203

135 Séraphin-Marion Private, 2nd floor
This venue is located inside the University of Ottawa’s theatre department, at 135 Séraphin-Marion Private. Accessing Studio 203 requires climbing 53 stairs to the 2nd floor, with landings at floor 1, 1.5, and 2. Regrettably, Studio 203 does not have an accessible entrance.  

There are washrooms on the 2nd floor, though they are not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get Here
By bus: Studio 203 is a 2 minute walk from the Laurier Station bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a right turn onto Besserer St, then a right onto Cumberland St, Séraphin-Marion is the 3rd street and the venue will be on your right. Séraphin-Marion Private is not accessible by car, but there is a parking lot entrance between Stewart and Wilbrod that will allow you to drive directly to the side of the building.

Parking: The University of Ottawa offers paid parking in lots B and C, which are located directly behind Studio 203 (there are entrances on Stewart and Cumberland). Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk)

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YOV D: St. Paul’s Eastern United
473 Cumberland Street, Basement level
This venue is located at the corner of Cumberland and Daly. Accessing the Hall in St. Paul’s Eastern United requires going down 8 stairs to the basement level (6 stairs, then a small landing, then 2 more stairs). There is also an accessible entrance on the south side of Daly, just east of Cumberland. There is a designated parking spot for drop off and pick up beside the accessible entrance for patrons with varying mobility. When using the accessible entrance, please ring the bell twice and take the elevator to the basement, where the Hall is located. When possible, please try to arrive a few minutes early in case the elevator is in use upon arrival.

There is an accessible washroom located in the basement of St. Paul’s, just beside the kitchen on the far side of the Hall. Front row seating is removable in St. Paul’s Eastern United for patrons using wheelchairs upon request.

How to Get Here
By bus: St. Paul’s Eastern United is 5 minute walk from the Laurier Station bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a right turn onto Besserer St, then a right onto Cumberland St, Daly is the 1st street and the venue will be on the left corner.

Parking: The University of Ottawa offers paid parking in lots B and C, which are a two minute walk from St. Paul’s Eastern United (there are entrances on Stewart and Cumberland). Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. There is also a paid parking lot on the corner of Besserer and Cumberland ($5 on evenings and weekends). Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (10 minute walk).

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BYOV E: The Improv Embassy
176 Rideau Street, 2nd floor
This venue is situated on the south side of Rideau Street, just east of the corner of Dalhousie and Rideau. Accessing this venue requires climbing approximately 20 stairs. Regrettably, The Improv Embassy does not have an accessible entrance.

There are washrooms on site, though they are not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get Here
By bus: The Improv Embassy is a 4 minute walk from the Mackenzie King/Rideau Centre bus stop. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Follow Nicholas/Waller to make a left turn onto Besserer, then a right onto Dalhousie. At the first set of lights, turn right on Rideau St. and the venue will be on your right.

Parking: Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill. There is also a paid parking lot approximately 3 minutes away, at the corner of Besserer and Cumberland ($5 on evenings and weekends). Insider tip: After 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (11 minute walk).

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BYOV F: Besserer House ♿ *
328 Besserer Street, main and 2nd floor
This venue is situated on Besserer Street, and has *limited accessibility. There are 4 steps leading up to the front porch, where the main entrance is located. There is a back entrance which does not require navigating any stairs, however, a portion of this ambulatory show will take place on the second floor of the house, which requires climbing 15 stairs. Patrons with varying mobility may need to remain on the first floor of the house for the duration of the performance. There is a washroom on the main floor, though it is not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get Here
By bus: Besserer House is a 10 minute walk from the Laurier station. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Keep right and follow the signs to Main St/Lees Ave. Turn onto Lees Ave and continue on to King Edward. Turn right onto Besserer, and the venue will be on your right just past Nelson St.

Parking:
Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and in Lowertown. The closest paid lot is at the corner of Besserer & King Edward, and is $5 on evenings and weekends.

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YOV G: La Marquise de la Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
333 King Edward Avenue, 2nd floor
This venue is situated inside La Nouvelle Scène, on the east side of King Edward Avenue,  just south of York Street. There are 27 stairs leading up to the second floor, where this venues show takes place. There is staff-operated elevator that can take patrons to the 2nd floor, however, accessing the venue for this show requires climbing a ladder, as it takes place in a small attic space. Also note that the venue could possibly be quite hot, however fans will in operation and patrons will be provided with cool liquids. There are accessible washrooms on both the main and 2nd floors of La Nouvelle Scène.

How to Get Here
By bus: La Nouvelle Scène is a 10 minute walk from Mackenzie King/Rideau Centre Station. Many major transitway routes stop here regularly. To plan your route, you can use the OC Transpo travel planner.

By car: From the west or east, take the 417 (Queensway) to the Nicholas Street exit. Keep right and follow the signs to Main St/Lees Ave. Turn left onto Lees Ave and continue on to King Edward. The venue will be on your right just North of Rideau St.

Parking: Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and in Lowertown. Paid parking options nearby are:

  • At the corner of Besserer & King Edward- $5 on evenings and weekends
  • At the corner of King Edward & Rideau- $3.50 from 6pm to 6am
  • On King Edward beside La Nouvelle Scène- $5 on weekends and from 6pm-midnight daily

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